dog person

Dogs I have loved:

1. Jock

I was four. He lived at the farm (when my Grandma still lived there, not us) and occasionally would tolerate us attempting to ride him like an old horse. He seemed enormous to me, and kind of gruff and stately. 


2. Nell

The border collie who grew up with me. I barely remember her as a puppy, as I was one too. One year Dad brought her home to our house (from the farm) on our birthday as a treat. She was temporarily tied up to the swings and I gave her birthday cake. It was a highlight. 


3. Spike

The pincer sharp milk teeth of a little kelpie pup. He was like a teenager his whole life. Nell tried to teach him how to round up the cows for milking but he was always skiving off. He was the dog who sat next to me out the back of the hill when I tried out smoking (*cough*) and whose kennel was an old tank that Dad had Macgyver-ed with a door cut out, lined with sacks. I always thought that kennel was a bit genius. 


4. Minna

The last farm dog before Dad retired from dairying. Funny old fat thing she was. "Taught" the ropes by the terminally juvenile Spike and therefore a bit hopeless. Blue Heeler. Loved the quad bike with a passion equalled only with her passion for barking at the cat. And rabbits. And shadows. And a leaf blowing across the driveway at midnight. And two a.m. And four a.m. 


5. Kiska

My dog. My own dog. Alaskan malamute cross Shepherd. Enormous. Untrained. I loved her so dearly and was just out of uni, ready to look after my own dog at my own house. Except I lived in Sydney and Kiska needed a lot more room than my Newtown backyard. And more running that I could give her. And a firm hand, which I did not have. And I hadn't figured out how to travel the world with her.

The hardest decision of my life was to give her away. A family friend wanted a big, fully grown dog, I was lucky. She went to a family with children and a big backyard and they adored her and took her to obedience classes immediately.

I gave her away just the year before I met Adam, which was fifteen years ago. I thought I'd never ever get another dog. You know how they might break your heart. You know how much time they take up. And for me, I kind of failed Kiska. I needed to commit to training a dog, not just loving it. 

We have two puppies arriving on Friday, from the RSPCA. 

To say the excitement is high is understating it. 

And that's just the kids. 



Are you a dog person? I love dog people.



13 Comments on “dog person

Charley (Secret Water)
June 30, 2011 at 12:31 am

Oh how excitement! Maremma’s from the RSPCA? or perhaps some kelpies? I am definitely a dog person. So much so that my dog features in my new blog banner and sometimes even writes her own posts. Here’s a v quick rundown of my beloved family dogs;

Honey Brown – whippet cross labrador – lived forever and hated thunderstorms. Sometimes known as HBD

Dogger: blank mongrel, once ate a bar of soap which made bubbles come out of his eyes and mouth

Penny Puppy – dalmation that my parents had to give away after child number two as she thought the pram was a carriage and tried to attack anything that came near it

Gem – tricolour collie who was much loved but hopeless at rounding up anything but produced:

Sherpa: still wasnt fantastic at herding cattle but much better than his mother as a result of his fathers breeding. We used to call him a “person in a dog suit” – rode in a fish box on the back of my dad’s quad bike and had more nicknames than any dog I’ve ever met.

Madge – black Lab who gave us three litters of pups. Ate anything and evrything and used to runaway and be found later in the village eating cake in old ladies sitting rooms.

Sophie – Daughter of Madge from third litter. Softest, kindest most relaxing and loveable labrador ever. Loved sitting by the aga and in old age let the cats sleep on top of her.

Rhubarb – my current dog who is my own family’s first family dog. She has a lot of flaws. SHe came from rescue, is fiercely loyal, hates small fluffy white dogs but loves the wind in her ears doing 20knots in a tinny.

I’m a dog person πŸ™‚

Can’t wait to see the pics of your newest family members when they arrive.

green ink
June 30, 2011 at 12:32 am

Two puppies?! Even I’M excited!!!

I am so a dog person. Always have been. I always stop to pat puppies in the street, I can never resist (but always ask the owner first!). Tom laughs at me, as he is a cat person.

Once we have room for a pet I imagine life will get very interesting πŸ˜‰ xx

PS: Happy birthday Ivy! (are the puppies her birthday present?)

June 30, 2011 at 7:03 am

I’m glad you’re getting two. Dogs need to have companions.

June 30, 2011 at 8:17 am

Yay for new furry friends. I think it’s so anazing that we are able to build actual friendships with animals.

I’m a dog person, but I’m also a cat person, and a guinea-pig person, and I’ve also adored rabbits, rats, mice, chickens and many other critters. I can’t imagine ever living in a household without pets.

June 30, 2011 at 8:58 am

Charley that summary was totally awesome. I love the sound of Rhubarb with the wind in her ears!!

June 30, 2011 at 8:59 am

and MY GOODNESS how wonderful is your new blog banner!!! Yay Cassandra Allen!!!!

Kirsten Boud
June 30, 2011 at 10:09 am

Morning Fi – I am a complete dog person..though the cat world has tried to claim me as one of their own…Mum loved Siamese and Burmese cats, so we had a procession of those as we were growing up. And then there was the gorgeous Australian Mist cat (called Teah) who I ‘adopted’ when a friend could no longer have her in their flat. She broke my heart by getting run over one night when she managed to slip out a crack in a window. I still think about approaching her little body thinking that was a funny place for her to fall asleep. πŸ™

We have Zali still, a most passive and gorgeous Golden Retriever – I think you met her once when we were living in Alderley. I always wanted two dogs – Zali and Zeke…to be named after Zali and Zeke Steggall, who used to figure greatly in the skiing world. And Zali Steggall was even bigger in the Victorian Parliament after becoming an MP and being ousted from a session when she tried to breastfeed. Hmmmm.

But then the girls came along and welcoming Zali’s companion dog into our family fell down the priority list! But, perhaps that is what is needed in our home now to curb the cluckiness I feel each time I see a new baby??!!

Best of luck with the transitioning of your newest family members!!

K x

June 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Wow — what fun awaits you!

We, in theory, are dog people. Our dog came before kids and got lavished with tons of attention. She doesn’t get nearly as much these days!

June 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm

super exciting – have you read ‘The pigeon wants a puppy’ by Mo Williams? One of my favourite books. Anyway – I know all about wanting a dog and am eagerly awaiting ours!

June 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm

What about Toby? He was about the same era as Jock but quieter, less regal πŸ™‚

Aussie Mum
June 30, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Oh how exciting two new babies in the household. I had to wait 11 years after finishing Uni (I worked overseas for quite a few years) before I got my first dog – he is 8 years old now and still my first baby!

July 1, 2011 at 4:42 am

Congratulations!! Is it Friday in your part of the world yet? I’m so excited for you. I was thinking just today that it’s positively impossible to be glum with kittens or puppies around. We just got a new kitten for our 5-year-old. Now each cat has their own human, or the other way around…

And I do have to say that a farm absolutely DEMANDS a dog, don’t you think? If only for aesthetics!


July 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Wow – 2 dogs! Fantastic! I’ll never forget my old Sam who was a member of my family for almost as many years as I lived with my parents and brother. I must confess that I compare all other dogs to him and find them not quite meeting his standard πŸ˜‰ Good luck with them – looking forward to lots of pics! (And thank you for your lovely comments lately x)


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