Posted: 25/10/2012 at 20:10
I can't really remember a time when I didn't have a dog or cat - my first dog (I was about 5 I think when he was given to me) was a cross between a bearded collie & a sheepdog. He was called Tippy, because he had a white tip to his tail. Had my first cat before that, a black one called Kitty - I remember her climbing up the kitchen curtains as a kitten & falling off into a bucket of soapy water. Next cat was called Snowy - though he was in fact black & white! Quite a long gap then until the next cat - probably 20 years - and she was called Fitzpatrick. Odd name, I know, but she had been found as a kitten in a monsoon drain outside Fitzpatrick's Supermarket on Orchard Road in Singapore and was "inherited" with the house where we lived then. She had a mutilated tail - I'm not sure why, but was told that there were local superstitions about not allowing a cat to be "perfect". Next cats ( in the UK) were Smokey & Roly - two grey & white brothers who were rehomed from the RSPCA as adult outdoor cats. They were really good at keeping the front garden here free from rabbits. Roly was killed on the main road - though it's quite a distance up the lane. Smokey lived a further 4 years and died of natural causes two years ago.
So - dogs (in chronological order):-
Tippy - as above
Carlo - black & white sheepdog
Simon - black & tan standard dachshund
Miggy - black & tan miniature dachshund
Daisy - fawn Italian Greyhound
Rosie - blue-cream whippet
Lily - grey-brindle & white whippet
Freddy - fawn & white whippet
Charlie - grey-brindle & white whippet
Harry - fawn & white whippet
Frankie - red brindle whippet
Piper (aka Pie) - fawn & white whippet.
The last two are here as I type this - and (you've probably guessed) my nickname Hypercharleyfarley is because of Charlie, who fitted that description so well in so many ways. I still miss him so much. - but loved them all.