When we moved from the farm into the little house on Paine Street, we came with our dog, Shep, and two cats, Clare (who got hit on the highway within days of our moving in), and Stripes.
|This is Shep and our youngest son, Tony. They used to love to |
play in the snow together. Shep loved playing in the snow so
much that we deemed him "the snow dog."
|Tony would pretend that Shep was an Alaskan husky and that |
they were in training for the Iditarod. I'm not sure who enjoyed
it the most...the boy or the dog!
Shep passed away in May of this year. He was a good, old dog...most likely about 18-years-old when he passed...and we miss him.
Stripes is still with us. He came to us as a kitten out at the farm and we have had him for 17+ years now. He's getting old and somewhat feeble, but he's still lovable. One of his favorite things to do is to lay in my lap in the evenings when I'm sitting in the recliner reading my Bible.
Both of these animals came to us at the farm, spent the entire 14 years with us at the little house on Paine Street, and made the move with us to Hill Street. We had several other cats that came to us during those years, and a few stuck around for awhile, but only one stayed permanently and that was Chip.
Chip (short for Chocolate Chip) was born to the Reece family next door. Out of a litter of four kittens, Chip was the only one that they kept. When they moved to Tennessee, they gave Chip to us and he stayed with us until he died in September of 2015. Chip is buried at the house on Paine Street.
Other animals that are buried there are Jenna, our friend, Michelle's, sugar-glider, our neighbor's dog, Bailey, and Silver Queen, my precious little bantam hen. She was such a pretty little thing!
Speaking of hens...
Oh! How I loved (and miss) my chickens! Over the years we've had quite a variety of them and for many years they, not only supplied us with plenty of fresh eggs, but kept us in a profitable egg business. I keep thinking that one of these days I just might have to go back into the chicken business!
Until next time...
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