If you've ever owned, loved and despaired of a dog, you'll know these pictures come from the heart.

Country Life illustrator Annie Tempest – the brilliant artist behind the weekly Tottering-By-Gently cartoon – has come up with a new series of pictures about life with your dog.

And they are, frankly, marvellous. We don’t think we’ve ever seen the joy, frustration and hilarity of dog ownership so amusingly depicted.

Without further ado, here they are:

Kennelling

The 10 stages of owning a dog

Obedience

The 10 stages of owning a dog
Testing the ground

The 10 stages of owning a dog
Grabbing your chance

The 10 stages of owning a dog
Settling in

The 10 stages of owning a dog
Outpacing

The 10 stages of owning a dog
Upping the stakes

The 10 stages of owning a dog
The night-time manoeuvre

The 10 stages of owning a dog
Equality achieved

The 10 stages of owning a dog
Ruling the roost

The 10 stages of owning a dog