Monday, January 07, 2008

Fun Monday # 48 Pet Parade



Lisa's chaos is our gracious host today and she say:

"Let’s meet your pets. I think most of us have at least one pet and I would like to see your fluffy or scaly pal. If you don’t have a camera you can tell us about him/her/them. If you don’t have a pet tell us about a pet you had or a pet you want. If for some weird reason you hate all animals we want to know why gosh-dang-it".

As you will be aware my current pets (if you can call tortoises pets) are hibernating and in any case I have shown you lots of photos of them in the past. So today's offering is about my much loved dog Tamsie, born in 1978 and who had to be put to sleep back in 1993 after she developed septicaemia. I have written about her before so sorry if I repeat myself.
Tamsie was a lovely family pet and from the moment we brought her home, as a tiny fluffy ball, we were all captivated. She was very much my baby and she loved to sit on my knee (even when she got too big and she she was the perfect foot warmer)! She was not supposed to come upstairs but as she got older she used to sneak up and sleep by my bed far less comfortable than her basket!

Tamsie loved water as you can see from the photos. So going on holiday was something she got quite excited about. As soon as we started packing the car she got in and wouldn't budge!

Long walks just sitting in the sun, she was a great companion.
She was equally at home at the tennis club and nearly always came with us. She was tolerated because she was so well behaved. She didn't like too much fuss but she liked to be around people (oh and I think the little treats everyone gave her might have had something to do with it)!
She loved to recline and look out of the window and she always knew when I was due home from work.
The last picture is one of my favourite and it still hangs the wall in my breakfast room.

All these photos were taken in the last three years of her life and do you know, even after 15 years I still miss her and feel quite sad as write about her~ good job you can't see the tears. There are so many stories I could tell you, like the time she escaped from the garden as a puppy, when the girls left her tied up outside a shop and came home, or when she ate all the Christmas chocolate (I may have mentioned that one before) but i think it's time for me to move on and come visiting. See you soon.

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53 Comments:

At 7/1/08 09:49, Blogger Hootin' Anni said...

:::bawling::: Oh I DO know just what it's like to lose a family member [the four legged kind!]. It's so hard on us humans. What a wonderful, fantastic photo tribute.

 
At 7/1/08 10:14, Blogger Tiger Lamb Girl said...

Aw Chris - I never realised you had a border collie before! She was beautiful. And it sounds like she had a lovely disposition.

How old did Tamsie live to be?

Thanks for sharing the photos:).

 
At 7/1/08 10:21, Blogger ChrisB said...

TLG she was around 14 in fact we lost her a month before Dillon was born. I think she would have been quite jealous of him!

 
At 7/1/08 11:01, Blogger Peter said...

Border Collie is the popular breed of dog so far Chris, I had one when I was growing up on a farm, he was also a working sheep dog, they are a great breed.

 
At 7/1/08 12:22, Blogger Asha said...

Happy Monday Chris!:)

She looks so happy and serene. Our dog is going to be 9yrs old this year, getting old.

Lovely photos, my daughter loves dogs.

 
At 7/1/08 12:32, Anonymous Nekked Lizard Lady said...

Tamsie was precious and it must have been very sad when you lost her. But what great photos you have. That last picture, you can just see the love she had for you in her eyes and I can see why it's your favorite!

 
At 7/1/08 12:52, Blogger Sandy said...

You know the old line about how it is better to have loved and lost? I think that is especially true of dogs - the love we have for them and oh, my gosh, the love they have for us.

Tamsie was as lucky to have you as you were to have her. Thanks for sharing.

 
At 7/1/08 13:08, Blogger Steffi said...

Really cute pictures of your pets!Tamsie looks so sweet!

 
At 7/1/08 13:18, Blogger Alix said...

Tamsie is so lovely Chris and the photos are beautiful. We had to put down our rough collie 12 years ago and we still talk bout all his adventures.

 
At 7/1/08 13:34, Blogger Beccy said...

I still miss Tamsie so much, she was the best.

 
At 7/1/08 14:06, Blogger thefoodsnob said...

I remember your stories before, and I haven't got tired one bit!
She was very beautiful, and it sounds like she was just what a dog should be in every sense.


Lisa

 
At 7/1/08 14:06, Blogger thefoodsnob said...

(I'm tearing up, too.)


Lisa

 
At 7/1/08 14:15, Blogger Lil Mouse said...

it's always so sad to lose a pet, and aren't water dogs wonderful!

 
At 7/1/08 14:41, Anonymous susan said...

I can tell Tamsie was a very special dog and you loved her very much. She was a beautiful friend.

I've never had to deal with a loss and I dread that day...

 
At 7/1/08 14:59, Blogger frannie said...

I had a dog that touched me like that. He has been gone for many years, but I still miss him a lot.

it is really nice to hear more memories about Tamsie.

 
At 7/1/08 14:59, Blogger kitten said...

Okay! Pass out the tissue! I can tell you had a wonderful dog and sounds like she lived a full and happy life.

 
At 7/1/08 15:06, Blogger Kaytabug said...

She is just beautiful. I love all of the photos! I had my first dog when I was 2 she lived to be 16. I still miss her. Dogs are the best.

 
At 7/1/08 15:27, Blogger Kerith Collins said...

those are some fantastic pictures...losing pets is so hard.
kerith
http://kerithskontest.wordpress.com

 
At 7/1/08 15:41, Blogger Pamela said...

definitely has eyes that draw a person in.

My big rottweiler was the same way. He was well behaved, slept by my bed, and hopped in the car (and slobbered over everything!)

 
At 7/1/08 16:14, Blogger lisa's chaos said...

She was a beautiful dog! I'm sure you will always miss her, always think of her. It's been about 20 years now that my first puppy died and I still think of him from time to time.

 
At 7/1/08 16:18, Anonymous nikki said...

She looked like such a sweet puppy dog. You know, I have never seen pictures of your tortoises! I must live under a rock.

 
At 7/1/08 16:45, OpenID coloursofdawn said...

Another wonderful tribute to Tamsie. She was a beautiful dog, and looks somewhat like Chase. They do love chocolate. Our George and FosterFroto have to be watched when there is chocolate around. They will dig in bags for it, and sneak it when the kids get up for a drink (from the couch, not the table;-)). I don't mind you reposting about Tamsie, it makes me recall things you wrote before, which is cool because I don't visit every day.

 
At 7/1/08 17:07, Blogger Kaycie said...

She was really a beautiful dog. And she sounds so sweet. No wonder she stole your heart.

 
At 7/1/08 18:58, Blogger Joy T. said...

Awwww *sniff* the loss of a pet is so horrible :o( Tamsie lives on in my heart now thanks to your beautiful post about her.

 
At 7/1/08 19:52, Blogger The Rotten Correspondent said...

What a beautiful dog and what a wonderful part of your family. Your photos are terrific.

 
At 7/1/08 20:23, Anonymous Karmyn R said...

She sounded like a wonderful dog!

 
At 7/1/08 20:56, Blogger Devon said...

What a soul touching pet! I read somewhere that Monks come back a dogs. My dog is so happy, loving, joyful and patient, it makes me wonder....

I am happy you had Tamsie for all those years. Do you have another pet now?

Thanks for the tag, I gave it my best attempt today!

 
At 7/1/08 23:40, Blogger Sam said...

I'll never forget the first time I set eyes on Tamsin. It was love at first site when we picked her out from the litter box.

I think the last picture (your favourite) is a good deal older than her last 3 years. I am pretty sure I took that picture at the Crescent probably in the mid 80s.

But I could be wrong. Because my memory is like a sieve.

 
At 7/1/08 23:42, Blogger Sally Lomax said...

Aaahhh..... what a lovely post Chris. I understand about how attached you become. We too have a Border Collie. Called Lucy! She's lovely too.....

 
At 8/1/08 00:48, Blogger mjd said...

Your Tamsie reminds me of our Princess, the kind of dog to love as a family friend.

 
At 8/1/08 01:27, Anonymous enidd said...

what a lovely dog, chris. almost as lovely as stalin and fluffy. enidd wishes you a very happy new year.

 
At 8/1/08 01:31, Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Such a noble face on your dear, sweet Tamsie.

(Do you think you might be ready for a new doggie?)

 
At 8/1/08 01:36, Blogger Alison said...

She was beautiful!!! You brought tears to my eyes!! Thanks for sharing.

 
At 8/1/08 01:39, Blogger Blue Momma said...

How sad. I know I will see movement out of the corner of my eye sometime and always think it is one of my cats who is no longer with me.

People who don't have pets just can't understand. Maybe Tamsie is running around in doggie heaven with my sweet kitties.

 
At 8/1/08 02:11, Blogger Robinella said...

What a beautiful, sweet pup.

 
At 8/1/08 02:12, Blogger laurie said...

oh, i love black-and-white dogs. and this one is beautiful.

i love the little hints of stories--eating chocolate and escaping; that sounds familiar.

lovely, lovely.

 
At 8/1/08 02:16, Blogger AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

I know exactly what it's like. I lost my own Tamsie in 1997 and I still think about her daily. She was a lucky dog to have an owner who still cares.

 
At 8/1/08 02:56, Blogger SJ said...

What a beautiful pup. Thanks for sharing your love for her, as a dog owner to three dogs myself, I can relate. They really do become part of the family.

 
At 8/1/08 04:02, Blogger Faye said...

Ah Tamsie--everyone should have a border collie--so smart, challenging and affectionate. I also never tire of looking at photos of my old gentleman border collie.

 
At 8/1/08 04:15, Blogger Sabrina said...

Lovely. What a wonderful tribute to an equally wonderful friend! Such great pics! She was a beaut!

 
At 8/1/08 05:21, OpenID sirdar said...

She is such a beautiful dog. My Dawn wrote about one the looked a lot like your Tamsie that passed away recently. Sounds like Tamsie was as loyal as Chase. Must be the breed. Glad you have good memories of her.

 
At 8/1/08 06:22, Blogger bermudabluez said...

Tamsie was a beautiful dog, Chris!! And I know exactly what you mean about losing a four legged family member too. My last dog...before Chloe and Zippo, was Shiva. Shiva was hit by a car in front of my home. I didn't sleep for days...oh the grief. And I completely collapsed when the woman who hit him came to say how sorry she was. So yes, I do understand...Tamsie will always, always hold a very special place in your heart.

 
At 8/1/08 07:06, Blogger ChrisB said...

THANK YOU everyone for the lovely comments (now I need the tissues again).

Sam you are right about the last photo I should have made it clear that particular one was taken much earlier.

CC I often think about it when I see rescue dogs looking for a home. But in reality it's probably not fair as I'm getting older. I can enjoy seeing and hearing about everyone else's babies which is a lot of fun!

 
At 8/1/08 16:19, Blogger Sauntering Soul said...

She was absolutely beautiful! I'm sorry to hear you lost her. Great photos of her.

 
At 8/1/08 16:50, Blogger ped crossing said...

She looked so happy with her big doggie smile.

 
At 8/1/08 20:40, Blogger Amy W said...

CUTE!

 
At 8/1/08 20:41, Blogger Amy W said...

Okay, I hit the button before I finished...it's been one of those days.

She is still CUTE, and yes, that made me cry.

 
At 9/1/08 00:31, Anonymous Julie said...

Oh, I know you probably didn't mean to make everyone cry, but I think you did. I can't imagine losing my Hoss, he is 11 and I can tell he is starting to show his age.

It is so nice that you have such wonderful photos of Tamsie and that you still display one.

Thanks for sharing your awesome pet with us.

 
At 9/1/08 09:44, Blogger Jo Beaufoix said...

Oh she was so beautiful. I too have an old dog that I miss dearly. You have some beautiful photos and some wonderful memories. Big sighhhhhh.

 
At 9/1/08 17:07, Blogger -Ann said...

Thanks for sharing, despite the tears. Tamsie was clearly a happy, well-loved dog.

The new Fun Monday topic is now available. :)

 
At 10/1/08 02:57, Blogger Karina said...

I'm just getting around to some of the Fun Mondayers now, and I'm glad I stopped in here. Tamsie was beautiful and sounds like she was loving and obviously loved. This was a beautiful tribute post.

 
At 10/1/08 16:17, Blogger Tiggerlane said...

The last photo of her really shows her soulful eyes. I want a Tamsie, now. Dog people are the BEST!

 
At 10/1/08 17:43, Blogger ChrisB said...

tiggerlane, Tamsie would have loved your new pad! She used to love sitting by our gate watching the world go by.

 

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