After my post for my Moving along with the Times this last week it set me off thinking about my pets over the years and over on our DT blog we've been sharing photos and stories and I have so enjoyed it - so decided to share here too. if you're an animal lover you might enjoy my trip down memory lane - if not just switch off now!!!
I went off looking through our boxes of old photos after I persuaded my DH to get them out of the loft. I didn't find them all -you'll be glad to hear! -but it kept us all amused this cold rainy weekend and gave me these old and not so old photos to share with you here.....
|Me and Kim|
Kim - my first dog that I had from about the age of 7 and she lived until she was 15, (I think I was about 10 in this photo) she was from a litter of puppies my Grandma's dog had - my Mam said she knew that we'd end up with one - and we did!! - We'd had a black and white cat (Cookie) before that who just disappeared one day - the way cats do, I know I've got a couple of photos but didn't come across them. While I was young my Dad also used to breed budgies - think that's where I got the animal gene!!
Next came Sunny the dog we got shortly after we got married, she was a border collie cross - more cross than border collie!! We had her for 13 years - she had that awful trip to the vet just weeks after my youngest son was born.
We had a break of a couple of years with no dog but we had budgies (Peter and Wendy) and guinea pigs. We had 3 guinea pigs, who were brothers they were long haired shelties like little yorkshire terriers - I used to have to bath them and cut their hair!
They were called Badger, Cuddles and Tiny. This picture is of my son Matthew with Badger. We had them for about 5 or 6 years
|Matthew and Badger|
It really kicked off when we got our first Labrador Heidi
She was a lovely gentle dog - if not a bit nuts!!
We had her for almost 14 years
Heidi aged around 2
At the same time we got our brown tabby Persian Toby
- the most beautiful cat of all
(terrible photo I know)
and terrible carpet - it came with the house!!
he was closely followed by Jack the ginger mog
and the British Shorthairs that I bred and showed
We had a lilac colour point Lucy
Jack and Lucy
Lucy was a lovely cat but suffered from progressive retinal atrophy and went blind before she was 3
She couldn't cope in a multi cat house so she went to live with a friend of mine and lived happily until just a couple of years ago. I never bred from her and was so glad because the condition was hereditary - but I would have loved colourpoint kittens.
|Toby and Lucy|
|Lucy as a kitten|
|Matthew with Jack - out of my 3 kids he is the one who loved the animals most|
We bred mainly British silver tipped and my breeding queen was Rosie