As readers of my motoring blog 'Exhaust Pipe Dreams' will testify, I'm a bit of a car nut. I was looking at a lovely old Volvo coupe the other day, when I realised the original advertisement featured a blue Great Dane, just like our Charlie, in the back seat! I don't know whether the head of marketing at Volvo was a dog fan or whether they were trying to demonstrate the roominess of the car, but it has my vote! A safe Swedish car with luxury Italian Bertone styling and a Great Dane in the back. Ticks all the boxes.