Throwback Thursday – The Pets In My Life

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Today’s subject: The Pets in My life
Ask most psychologists why pets are good for kids, and they’ll probably tell you it is because they teach responsibility. That may be true, but in my opinion, pets are the greatest way to share unlimited love.

Did you grow up with pets in your home? What do you think the best thing about having a pet was? Was your life changed by having pets? Were you allowed to choose a pet yourself, or were there “family” pets? Are you a dog, or a cat person? Did you ever have an unusual pet? Did you ever envy friends who had a pet that you wanted? How have you dealt with the loss of a pet?

Growing up, we had a dog and a cat, both of which were victims of dressing up and first aid practice. The cat was a mouser and would line up his catches in order of size on the back door mat. None were mangled or bloodied. He was very quick to kill and tidy. The last childhood dog lived to be 17 and a half and I wrote about him here

As a child, my sister had a rabbit, but I had a budgie. He would whistle away as I played the piano, hence his name Whistler. Dad found him on the bottom of the cage one morning, quite content, just a little unsteady so he dosed him up on homemade wine. Although he continued to sing, things still weren’t right so Dad took him to the vet.
After the discussion that the bird was drunk, Dad explained why and it turned out Whistler had had a stroke and would never perch again, so one extra sniff of the ether and he went to Bird Heaven a happy budgie.

In my adult life, it has always been a dog for me. I love them all regardless of breed, and the only one that bit me was my own when I foolishly got between her and ex-Partner’s GSD when they got into a punch up. Lucy was sold to me as a labrador cross collie when in fact she was a collie cross red setter and should never have been sold as a house pet.  She was from working stock, very intelligent, highly active and easily bored. When I moved away and knew I would not be able to take her with me, my Dad helped rehome her and she ended up on a large farm so out in the open and earning her keep. She would have been in her element.

I had Kizzy when Hubby and I met. She was a rescue that had been tied up and abandoned at a breeder’s farm. She was five when I got her, a nervous wreck, but I gained her trust and brought her with me when I left the relationship in Bath in 1989. It was funny, but the only person she’d bark at was Hubby. Sadly I lost her to mammary cancer on December 31st 1990. She was 10 or thereabouts.

It was five years later we got Barney, a border collie who peed on my foot and when we got him home, curled up in front of the fire. We also brought home his brother Rubble at the time, but every time we closed the door, he was physically distressed, so we took him back. He was working stock and later adopted by someone with a sheep farm.
We lost Barney suddenly on March 5th 2005. He would have been 10 that June.
I lasted six and half days. We found a pup and brought her home on March 11th.

Our home is not the same without Maggie. The PIR light in the bedroom still comes on for no reason, and we are convinced she is checking in on us.

Photos February 2019

They say that everyone has one ‘special’ pet in their lives, one that stands out from the others, one that will never be forgotten. I have not forgotten any of my dogs. They were all special in their own way and all have a place in my heart, but Maggie was our baby.
It is still so painful remembering that last day, but we had to do what we felt was best for her, not us.
It is 10 months today since we lost her. She would have been 16 this past January and had been a part of our lives for half the time we were a couple. It was like losing a child, and I have never known pain like it.
Photos: Barney left, Kizzy centre, Maggie right. All you need is love and a dog.

We are hoping to get another dog, but none will replace our girl. The next furbaby will choose us, just as she and Barney before her did. For now, I am getting my puppy fixes from friends and neighbours pets, and Kela visits every day. It helps, but it’s not the same.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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22 Responses to Throwback Thursday – The Pets In My Life

  1. Thank you for joining in Di. I agree that each of my dogs has left a lifetime of joyful memories in my heart. I can feel the love you had for your furbabies in your words. It is devastating when we lose them.

  2. Carol anne says:

    It is definitely not the same, when you have to rely on others pets, and you don’t have your own. I hope you get a new dog soon! Xx

  3. Maggie says:

    I loved reading about your pets, Di. What would we do without that unconditional love?

  4. Each one of our pets gift you a lot of beautiful memories to remember them by. The depth of your love for them shines through in this post. I loved reading about these furbabies of yours

  5. Jen Goldie says:

    I would have loved to share my life with a Border Collie. As a baby I was protected by my Grandmother’s Collie. Cats have been my loving fur babies. 🐾

  6. murisopsis says:

    It is one of the saddest thing about having a dog – they don’t live as long as people. Maggie was a sweetheart and will live in your heart forever. I hope there is another dog that walks into your life soon. Ten months is an eternity!!

  7. willowdot21 says:

    It was so lovely to read about your beautiful fur friends again Di, they all give so much and ask so little 💜💜

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