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Post by Maywalk on Sun Jun 26, 2011 2:56 am

By the time 1953 had arrived we had acquired another dog. It was a Border Collie that was going to be put down because it was the runt of the litter. We named him "Rover" and he grew into a lovely long-haired collie that looked rather like "Lassie" the dog in the films. "Rover's" coat was black and white though.
We also gained a cat that idolised my hubby because he saved her life when she had been poisoned, she followed him every where.
"Prince" found the cat in our garden when she was a kitten. I was quite surprised when he came in and kept barking at me as though trying to tell me something.
When hubby and I finally followed him out we saw this little black scrap of a kitten being violently sick and writhing in agony. "Prince" must have sensed the urgency for the kitten although he was not fond of cats and could have killed her with a snap of his jaws.
Hubby immediately ran in for the castor oil and literally poured it down the kitten's throat. He sat up all night nursing the kitten and cleaning up after it kept throwing up but by the next morning "Sparkie" as we called her was perking up and lapping a drop of water.
Her devotion to my hubby after that had to be seen for it to be believed. "Sparkie" followed hubby everywhere. She even fathomed out what shift he was on and used to wait for him coming out of work. She used to run and meet him to walk home with him. It was an uncanny relationship between them.
This next piece will explain what I mean by the close relationship between hubby and cat.
We had no bathrooms years ago and had to have a strip wash down every day at the kitchen sink. Our living facilities were FAR different from today. Houses are not built today without a bathroom/s. They are a MUST in any building regulations now. We had to bring a tin bath in every Friday night and put it in front of the coal fire to get a bath.
As soon as hubby got in and started taking his things off for his strip wash "Sparkie" used to climb up on top of the door leading into the kitchen and when hubby was washing his face she would leap over on to his neck and wrap herself round him. She never dug her claws in just wrapped herself round his neck like a collar.
I had to keep the door shut after she had done this about three times so that hubby could have a wash in peace. I had to lock her in the front room when he was having a bath because she would once again be round his neck.
All three animals used to go out together and the neighbours called them the Three Musketeers.
If any one has seen the film "The Incredible Journey" about two dogs and a cat that was just how our three were. "Prince" would lead and the other two follow wherever he went. It has to be remembered here that there were no restrictions on keeping animals indoors at that time.
"Rover" loved being dressed in Barry's outgrown clothes and he used to commandeer the pushchair or buggy as they are called today. He also had a fetish about his beautiful bushy tail and disliked anyone touching it although my lad could do anything with him including dressing him up in his outgrown clothes.
My son was about three years old by this time and very often we took "Rover" out in the pushchair with Barry pushing it and "Prince" and "Sparkie" walking alongside. The animals that we had over the years have all left footprints on our hearts and we will never forget them.
Wonderful memories about the funny incidents and extremely sad ones especially when "Sparkie" got run over while waiting for hubby to come out of work. I was devastated when I heard about it, but that special bond between cat and master was a different type of grief to mine.
Hubby was heartbroken.
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Post by Tan on Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:32 am

You both really gave your all to each of your lovely pets, they were more than pets weren't they, they were your family, so much you gave, and much they gave in return, lovely stories of your memories here and I smiled through so much, such a terrible shame that Sparkie died in this way, of course your hubby would have been devastated.
When you mentioned about Sparkie wrapping herself around him I thought I wonder if she was worried with hearing the running water that maybe in her mind he might drown and by wrapping herself around him maybe she in her own way was thinking 'let the water get me before my master'..

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Post by Maywalk on Sun Jun 26, 2011 5:51 am

I think it was more being possessive of hubby Tanooma because it was he who nursed her back to health and she looked on him as her saviour.
There was SUCH a wonderful partnership between them.
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Post by Tan on Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:17 am

Aw, yes and how lovely too, so easy could Sparkie have died, she knew how poorly she was, then to be nursed so well and so loving she would have made it her lifes quest to protect your hubby..
Some see pets as just that, not knowing really just how much they can add, and how they can enrich so many peoples lives, their love is unlimitless.

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Post by Joelle on Sat Jul 02, 2011 4:06 am

What a lovely relationship you have had with all your animals Maywalk, Sparkie was most unusual for a cat but a bond was made when your hubby saved her life and how sad that she was run over. I saw the film 'The incredible journey' three times, a wonderful film.
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Post by Maywalk on Sat Jul 02, 2011 1:10 pm

Many thanks Joelle.
Glad you enjoyed the animal stories.

I only wish I could have afforded a camera in those days but unfortunately we were struggling to live then because there were no hand outs 60 years ago like there is today.
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