A man from Norwich has admitted that he is having terrible trouble trying to write a meaningful Valentine’s Day card to his spaniel Norman.

Eric Mendlesham-Browne, 54, told us that he just couldn’t think of the right words to convey his affection without coming across as ‘seedy.’

He added, ‘Roses are red, violets are blue’ is all well and good under normal circumstances, but Norman’s colour blind so it would be a tad insensitive.’

‘I think I will just put a simple message inside and get him something a bit racy for the big night instead.’

Speaking to the local newspaper North Norfolk Today, Norman said, ‘Anything has to be better than last year.’

‘It was just some crap from Card Factory with a sausage-shaped chew toy that didn’t squeak.’