Throwing a ball with Holly the collie Sunday.

I’m annoyed, thoroughly brassed off and extremely tired, I have just spent the last hour writing a family themed Post which after pressing preview disappeared from view, consequently all my hard work is gone lost forever!

So tonight in place of my ‘long lost masterpiece’, here’s a video I filmed Sunday afternoon and for those of you who haven’t read earlier Posts Holly is the family collie ūüôā¬†

I’ve shared pet photos time to time on Blog Andrew, I ‘snapped’ the one below whilst staying over at my brother’s Christmas 2016……….ok that’s seven months ago but what the heck who doesn’t like doggy photos?………….And by the look of all that torn paper I think she’s just finished opening someone else’s present!!!

Holly Xmas

Incidentally you may remember Holly is a rescue dog who’d spent the early years of her life kept inside a cage, which resided in the kitchen of a Flat with NO GARDEN, frigging disgusting don’t you think? To cut a long story short she had a few problems when my mum rescued her, such as toilet training etc, BUT my mum put her straight and now she’s one of the family, the perfect pet friend……..perhaps don’t purchase a collie unless you have the time and patience to train, that’s very arrogant of me to suggest but they are highly intelligent dogs and require a lot of mental stimulation! But she’s fine now. ūüôā¬†

Sorry the photograph from last Christmas, the video was filmed yesterday.

© Andrew


31 – Pet Dog photos, (all but 2 are new)

A quick message to say thank you¬†to those who replied¬†yesterday evening, reading those comments¬†did really¬†help cheer me up ūüôā In real life I¬†don’t¬†know anyone in person on¬†WordPress and vice versa , yet over the last two years I feel as though I’ve¬†met so many lovely genuine people here. ūüôā¬†(I tell a lie I did meet one lady).¬†

On-line friendships and internet acquaintances are very different to real life but because blog writers are so open honest and revealing of their true thoughts stories and emotions¬†I’ve gotten to know many people from right around the globe and privately email several, yes¬†I lose touch when people finish, ‘go ghost’ or you simply drift apart but I deeply value the interactions with people I’ve met here in this little corner of the Internet, some of them know silly secrets (many ūüėÄ in fact!!!!!) about me ūüôā¬†which are unknown to any other living soul on earth, that’s been such fun,¬†yet they don’t judge and it’s always fun reading their replies after¬†one of my Posts.

Also I adore commenting bloggers I read and follow,¬†yes I’ve lost touch¬†over last two years, that’s life,¬†but I still REMEMBER many of their hilarious¬†often caring replies ahh lol!¬†ūüôā Andrew

A pet photographic post for you………..and we all enjoy looking at pet¬†pictures.

My Great Grandfather, Great Grandmother, baby Robert and housemaid Emma!

Now the above picture of my Great Grandfather Robert, his wife Jane and housemaid Emma is a rare and very old photo taken around 1900, Robert as you may already¬†know fought in the Anglo Dutch Boer War in South Africa, well after the British had won (Jury’s out on that one!!!) he¬†stayed on¬†in Africa and became a Military Policeman tasked with guarding Kimberly Diamond mines, which¬†I’m led to believe was¬†quite a responsible and respected occupation hence they ’employed’ a live-in housemaid by the name of Emma.

My Uncle refers to his Grandfather Robert as “that miserable bugger” which by the expression on his face seems about correct, he looks the type of self confident character who’d take no crap!

Their pet dog’s name eludes me right now¬†though I did¬†know it¬†once and¬†notice¬†he’s a¬†black and white collie again,¬†seems to be a tradition in our family! To begin with they take a lot of training because collies can be problem dogs, maybe that’s¬†because they’re so intelligent…..¬† ūüėÄ anyway we like to think so!


My mother who you’ve seen before
A previous border collie named ‘Belle’


‘Belle’ again

ūüėÄ Why can’t I find and marry a woman¬†like J? Adorable,¬†intelligent, EXTREMELY amusing, never angry, ¬†good looking, big busted,¬†witty, perfect¬†and a fantastic mother in fact an all round wonder woman!! My brother’s a lucky man and I never lie.

A 12 week old ‘Lucy’ and MY Father in need of a shave!
Probably my favourite of all, ‘Lucy’ looking for trouble, she could be a little horror ūüėÄ

Two more of Holly.

Mum with Holly and Lucy

I hope you enjoyed, Andrew


30 – I’m a little upset tonight




I’m a little upset tonight, not tearful because I’m not¬†the crying sort of man, perhaps I should¬†reveal more of my emotions¬†happy or sad, but not tonight I’m just to damn weary, a long day at work, two bus journeys and a phone call from my mum and I’m totally spent.

Don’t assume by me writing this post that I’m hankering after sympathy, I’m a practical man, I’m ok I just felt like writing something down so this post is totally unprepared and written out here and now. I’m not tearful but I am feeling a little low,¬†just the tiny bit emotional,¬†remember an earlier post where I told you all about our two collies called Lucy and Holly? Well mum phoned a few minutes ago to say Lucy was put to sleep at the vets earlier this morning, our loyal friend and precious pet dog had lived to a good age, fifteen years is exceptional for medium size dogs, but today was her¬†final day on earth¬†and looking at the recent photo above she was looking a bit of an old lady!

Fifteen years is a long time, we bought her from a farm and she’s a genuine sheep hearding border collie, I won’t write down Lucy’s life story just that she was loyal a friend and lots of fun, she’d fetch a thrown ball all day long if you wanted, pets become part of ones family don’t they hence that’s why their passing hurts so much. There are lots of stories to tell, only interesting to me except to say I’ll miss taking her on long walks down by the river, I’ll really miss walking the common and¬†across fields. My sadness will probably pass by this time tomorrow to be replaced by happy memories which will be triggered by completely innocuous events in years to come, I’m ok.

So there you are, days like these bring home life’s path can change forever just by means of a simple phone call, so there you are, mum’s not to upset because she’s a very strong woman takes after her mother, and they have Holly who’ll be comfort in the days to come.

My apologies for putting you through this post if you’re reading, but I’m really not sure if anyone does anyway, tonight I lost my pet dog and feel an empty hole in my heart but it’ll pass and that’s fine to acknowledge life goes on. So there you are, life’s path isn’t linear is it?¬†Yes the direction is straight-on but life revolves around cycles, you’re born a baby and ultimately you may grow up and produce a baby of your own and so life’s cycle goes on and on¬†ūüôā all very profound! We’ve had collies before and¬†if my parents were younger they’d have a collie pup again life goes on.

Anyways enough of all that, tonight’s been nice to look at Lucy’s picture and write a few things down, I’m definitely at my most comfortable holding photograph and writing a family post.

Tomorrows another day and there’s more important things in life, remember my post ‘child abduction and the lie that is CCTV’? Well her abduction has had a big effect on me, more than I’d ever imagined, that poor girl, a car pulls alongside as she’s walking to school……….. and well her ordeal puts ANY of life’s problems into perspective and a pet dog dying is of no comparison.