This blog is in memory of our beloved Border Collie Tippy who died on July 28th 2010. Every Sunday over the course of the next few months I will post memories and pictures of her life with us, both as a working farm dog, family pet, best friend and work mate.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Free as a bird now.

We will always remember you Tippy.

The First Photo.

This picture of Tippy with daughter Fallon is one of the first pictures taken of her. She never was one for having her picture taken, even when made to sit still for the camera her head would usually look in any direction but that of the photographer.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

God Bless You Tippy.

The pictures you are going to see of Tippy this week were the last ones ever taken of her. They were taken outside our house just a few weeks before she died.

God bless you Tippy our little wonder dog.

The last picture of Tippy.
It's a year tomorrow that Tippy was taken ill with pancreatitis and as a result of this and her other problems was dead four days later so this will be my last Sunday post on this memorial to her.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Tippy's last video.

Unfortunately I only have two video's of Tippy, I've already shown one and this is the other - this is actually two short video's joined together and were taken just a month before Tippy died.. Please excuse the washing on the line. The fact that one of our dogs great pleassures in life is hanging out the washing just goes to show easily you can make your dog happy, it's just a shame they have never learnt how to use clothes pegs.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Tippy Posing

This blog is fast approaching the end of the road so these two photo's are the last of the older ones I have of Tippy and to me they are a reminder of a wonderful weekend we spent with her in North Yorkshire. Here she can be seen posing at the beauty spot called Sutton Bank during a tour of the area which ended by spending the night at a B&B and an evening meal in a village pub which of course Tippy enjoyed with us albeit under the table.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

On the face of Tip.

This series of pictures is of some of the expressions on Tippy's face, there were of course many more that sadly went uncaptured, one such expression being when she was grinning. You've no doubt seen dogs do this, they show all their teeth a bit like as if they were snarling. Tippy used to do this when you returned from somewhere without her, she would show her teeth and wag her whole body - Tess just wets herself! I'm hoping this sort of excitement will maybe turn to a smile later in life.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Caught napping.

This week my pictures of Tippy are relaxing pictures. As we have seen these past months Tippy worked and played fast and hard but like any other dog there were times whan she just wanted to put her feet up and relax. As I've mentioned in the past she seemed to acquire a chair in every room downstairs and wasn't fussy about who's bed she slept on upstairs given the chance. The only restrictions placed on her by us as to where she went depended on how muddy she was. I've heard it said that dogs shouldn't be allowed here there and everywhere because of this that and the other but to us she and any other of our dogs are treated as any other member of the family - I will get shouted at for going upstairs with muddy feet just the same as any of the dogs will so provided she respected the rules of the family she was allowed to go wherever the family was allowed to go and so Tippy could just as often be found fast asleep on one of our beds as she could outside under a bush on a hot day or on the back seat of the car while out for a drive. Below are some of the places where Tippy has been caught napping.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Good friends.

This weeks pictures of Tippy are really just a reminder of what a great dog she was with regard to other dogs. Within the space of a month she went from being the only dog of the household for ten years to being one of three dogs and she never kicked up any sort of a fuss about it at all. Her and Tommy became great friends and I think he helped her to come to terms with her retirement from being a working farm dog and she in turn calmed Tommy down from being the wild dog that he was when he came to us. Vicki and I always thought they became like husband and wife, Tippy certanly used to keep him in order and well and truely rounded up.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Some favourite things.

Like any dog Tippy used to have her favourite toys, below are some pictures of her enjoying play time. Her most favourite toy of all time was the tennis ball and loved nothing better than performing alsorts of acrobatics as she jumped to catch the ball, unfortunately this was never recorded as it was before the days when we aquired multi-functional digital camera's. Another favourite pass time was having a tummy rub, you should never turn down the chance of a good tummy rub because one day you won't be able to and then you will wish you had taken the time.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Saying it all without words.

I'm sure that most of you will recognise this picture as the one in my profile. It was taken by my ex-friend Jo when her and David came over to visit one time. I like this picture because I think it says everything about all the featured subjects.