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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

PAUL O'GRADY - Thank you

Date: 24th August 2016

I have resisted watching these programmes because I knew they would pull at my heart strings.  My darling cat, Tamby, passed away last October and the gap he has left is enormous.  I have been wondering whether to home a rescue cat or a dog or both.

I finally did catch the end of one of Paul's programmes and immediately went on line to the Battersea Dogs and Cats rehoming.  At my age and living in an apartment - albeit with communcal gardens and a stone's throw from the Beach and a park, I felt I couldn't go for a Standard Poodle (my preference for over 30 years) and needed a small dog around 4 - 5 years old.

Well - I was instantly smitten with a little Papillon.  I've much admired the one owned by a lady I see in Deal and which she told me was a rescue.  They are intelligent, cheeky and very bright.

I thought I'd reserved Rory but it transpired that he'd been reserved by another family.  Oh well - that's fate I thought.  However when the family brought their other dog to meet Rory, there was no rapport so Rory came back to be rehomed.  It must have been fate - anyway he is going to be mine.  I met him, took him for a walk and fell totally in love.  I was also very impressed with the way in which  the Battersea Home in Old Windsor is run.  You are vetted as is your home and then you have a half hour with a Veterinary Nurse who gives you the absolute low down on the animal you wish to rehome.  Rory was owned by a Japanese family and only understands 'Sit' in English - but we will cope and I certainly won't be learning Japanese.  He has a few minor issues with other dogs but I'm prepared to pay for one to one training.  And he broke his leg 2 years ago so insurers won't cover any future arthritis but that's not a problem - I shall give him lots of naturopathic supplements.

I have two very busy weekends coming up so am unable to collect him until after the Allied Air Forces Memorial Service in York on Sunday, 4th September.  I will be driving down to Windsor with so much joy in my heart.   

Sorry if I sound so over the top but I love pets and have always had them in my life.  Moving to an apartment 13 years ago put paid to having dogs - or so I thought.  I just had my adorable stray cat Tamby and he became such an indispensable part of my life, I didn't know what to do when he died.  I've left many months to mourn and just felt that when it happened, it would and it did after the Paul O'Grady programme.

Can't post a photo because it is not in the correct format and I was too excited at meeting him to think to take a photo on my phone.   He has a very matted coat and doesn't like being brushed but I'm sure we will get through it with love and patience.  I took my sister with me to pay him a visit.  She is an incredible person with animals and I've never known an animal not to go to her.  Okay so he did, but Rory did come to me first by a split second!!!

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