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.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Christmas Past.

Merry Christmas everyone.

This week I'm going to show you some pictures of Tippy from Christmas past. Like many other dogs Tippy had a natural ability to open presents. Somehow it seems they know how to do this without being taught - who knows maybe in a past life they were all humans. Well anyway right from the first Christmas the first job for Tippy on Christmas morning was to get on the bed with Vicki Fallon and myself and help Fallon to empty the gifts from her stocking. Like humans she used to play the guessing game but with the aid of her pointy nose there wasn't a lot of guessing involved when it came to picking out the chocolate and Fallon was very kind and let her open at least one of her presents. When the time came to open the presents under the Christmas tree Tippy too had her fair share and again took as much pleasure in opening them as she did playing with them afterwards. From the pictures below you will see what a fun time she had over the years.

These first pictures are from when we were at the farm

These next ones are since we moved here.

It wasn't the same without you.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Have A Happy Christmas Tippy.

Every year on Christmas Eve we have a buffet tea party and as with everything we do the dogs are included as much as possible. Here you can see Tippy is well prepared and knows exactly who to suck up to when requiring a sausage roll or mince pie. The only thing I ever remember her stealing was a tray of mince pies. It was the first Christmas that she was with us and Vicki had made some mince pies and left them on the kitchen worktop waiting to go in the oven. Some time later we found Tippy being violently sick and it wasn’t long before we found out why because when Vicki went to put the pies in the oven most of them were missing! However mince pies did remain one of her favourites although she stuck to cooked ones and only when they were given to her.

Look what I found!

I love you grandad.

I will miss you this year Tippy.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

It's A Dirty Job.

At this time of the year there was always plenty of mud around the farm so it was pretty much impossible for Tippy to not end the day wet and muddy. She didn’t mind of course and wondered what all the fuss was about when everyone kept on telling her to stay in her basket. Apart from her basket she somehow managed to acquire an armchair in every room of the house plus the bed in the spare room. The challenge was to make sure she stayed in either her basket or the armchair in the kitchen until she had dried off enough to progress to one of her other chairs and hopefully by bed time she was in some kind of fit state to sleep in the spare bedroom. Of course all the farmers amongst you will be laughing your socks off now as you wonder what was wrong with the dog kennel outside?

Dirty tum - look I'm not getting any mud on the chair!

Clean tum.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Loving Embrace.

I think this picture says quite a lot, I guess there aren't many of you out there who get to give your work mate a loving embrace during work hours - or even out of work hours for that matter. This picture was taken by another work mate called Clint.