16th December 1998 - 30th September 2011
Images and words courtesy of Anne Reynolds.
Jamie has been with me since he was a small puppy. He’s now 11 years old, and shares his home with a cat called Willow and Sukie, the stray black cat, who seems to be making a home with us.
Anne reminisces about her reasons for owning her Scottie dog 'Jamie'
When I was a little girl I made a Scottie dog, with a little red tongue sticking out, sewn by hand, and after the bombing of Coventry I went for a weeks holiday with my cousins.
The ruins were a dreadful sight. We heard the Bombers coming over all the time, usually about 7 o'clock at night - it was dark as I recall most times. I can still hear the engines - even now. We were under the stairs as the air raid shelter was too far away. My mother used to wrap me in an eiderdown - it was a lovely port wine red colour. We were only 9 miles away from Coventry.
My mother made me take my little cloth Scottie to my aunt for a thank-you present for having me. It broke my heart and, after too many years to mention, this is the reason I have Jamie. He is Kennel Club registered, although I have never taken him to dog shows. He is a pet, and "my little boy." Jamie is now 11 years old.
Jamie in the garden 2006
Jamie, Willow, Sukie and I all believe that there are fairies at the bottom of our garden. I know there is because my Dad told me so when I was a little girl. I told the children in school and they came and asked my father, "Mr Griffin, can we see the fairies please in your garden?" That posed a predicament for my Dad!!
Willow at Christmas, 2008
I have had Willow since he was a kitten, when he was found in a patch of long grass. Willow is part Siamese, and was 10 years old at Christmas 2008. As soon as I start to dish-up Sunday dinner, Willow now sits on the dining-room chair waiting for his!