This month we remembered our favourite pets and here are several of the fond memories.
Mrs Peggy Smith had an ‘Italian Greyhound’ named ‘Pushkin’. This breed was popular with Italian Royalty. It was a miniature, standing only 15 inches high. Pushkin watched the television with them and when ‘bed’ was mentioned he toddled up the stairs to his nest. He was with them wherever they went, was bathed in the kitchen sink and always went with them on holiday. It was like losing a child when he died, he was a perfect companion.
Mrs Peggy Rose had a pet mongrel called ‘Scamp’. Scamp was always waiting for Peggy when she came home from school so they could go off together on their adventures around Yanworth.
Mr Alf Harriss. Alf ‘s dad used to look after sheep on Harp Hill and he kept the 3 working dogs at home. They were ‘Collies’. Alf went with his dad whenever he wanted. Mr Brown, the farmer, had the sheep in 2 fields next to the house and a pony called ‘Tom’ in the lower meadow. Alf’s dad had 100 beehives near Brockhampton to tend. Alf often went with him. Alf said they always had honey for tea or breakfast or whenever they liked. ‘Stands the Church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea? (Rupert Brook)
Mrs Doreen Barns always kept German Shepherds, her favourite was called ‘Sam’. He was such a part of the family, he used to play hide and seek with Doreen’s daughter Susan. She hid doggie chocs and used to say ‘no peeking’ to Sam. He always found where she’d hidden them. Doreen swears he used to laugh and says it’s important for children to have pets to love.