I’d like to share these photographs with you especially if you read and commented a ‘Lucy the collie’ post written the same evening I received a certain telephone call. If you don’t understand my rather cryptic reference don’t worry it’s rather a long story 🙂
Holly missed her friend for a couple of days afterwards, she’d go room to room looking for Lucy confused as to where she’d disappeared to but lol she seems to have forgotten her now, such is life. Here’s a few pictures of us in the park today with her tennis ball, she’ll chase and fetch a ball all day long if you let her, anyways all is well.
A quick message to say thank you to those who replied yesterday evening, reading those comments did really help cheer me up 🙂 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. 🙂 (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 😀 in fact!!!!!) about me 🙂 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! 🙂 Andrew
A pet photographic post for you………..and we all enjoy looking at pet pictures.
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….. 😀 anyway we like to think so!
😀 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.
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 🙂 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.
Dog lovers will hopefully enjoy these ‘family’ photographs, HOLLY is age 3 so as you can imagine she’s bright eyed and full of life, she’ll retrieve a ball on a rope all afternoon and never get bored! Whereas LUCY is age 14 and now a bit of a grumpy old lady who prefers to spend her days sleeping on the sofa.
Now a picture of my mother holding both, I should say they are my mother’s dogs, I exercise and play with them but alas circumstances don’t allow me to have a pet!
😦 I’d love to own a collie dog but locking one up all day whilst I’m at work just isn’t fair………… maybe one day 🙂
Perhaps 3 photographs will suffice for this post because I could write at great length about these two and even longer if I told you stories about all the other collies we’ve owned at different stages of our lives, when my brother and I were older teenagers and living at my parents home we had another black and white collie 🙂 named Belle and worth her weight in gold because she really did help the family through difficult times, pets often are very good at that aren’t they, their loyalty sense of fun companionship friendship and happiness cheers you up when you’re feeling down and yet they want so little in return, love feeding and a warm place to sleep and they’re well happy and content with life.
Returning to our two dogs and they couldn’t be more different, Lucy is a genuine working sheep dog, she was purchased from a farm where her two parents were used to round up sheep, a farmer’s tool have you will rather than pet, consequently when she accompanied me walking through local fields filled with stock animals, Lucy would immediately crouch down as soon as seeing them. Occasionally when walking through a field of sheep I’d allow her to encircle the animals from a distance and she’d quietly move them into a group, a BLOODY dangerous thing to do mind knowing farmers are permitted to shoot untethered dogs around their animals, but I trusted her instincts and only dared try this on a couple of occasions………. just not worth the risk and a little irresponsible of me.
Whereas Holly is a rescued collie, she’d been originally purchased by a family living in a high level maisonette which unbelievably had NO garden, consequently this very active dog could find herself locked in a cage for hours on end, then when the cage door was opened she’d attack the families cats…………some people don’t deserve to own pets! Well how she came to be part of our family is a long story, Holly wasn’t beaten or badly treated just neglected, anyways my mother through her many contacts came to own Holly and she’ll live out her days cared for and loved.
I’ll have to be careful because I could write thousands more words which would only interest my family, that’s IF they knew of this blog which they never will!!! Anyways I’ll save you from tales of long walks by the river and…………..
I’ll finish with a picture of my brother and myself returning home from a cycling holiday with Belle running out to greet us both. (Belle remember is the sheep herding dog!)