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Week 17: Pets
May 7, 2011, 1:05 pm
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 17:  Pets. Did you have any pets as a child? If so, what types and what were their names. Do you have pets now? Describe them as well. If you did not have pets, you can discuss those of neighbors or other family members.

Growing up on a farm, there were always animals around, but very few became pets.  I don’t remember ever having a dog, but there were always cats around.  One in particular that I remember is Snowball.  She was a white cat with some calico markings; her ears and tail except the tip were calico.  She was allowed in the house, and had to be chased out of my father’s chair, when he came in.  One day when my father was mowing the yard with a tractor and cycle mower, Snowball got too close and lost the tip of her tail, so it no longer had any white.

In late April or early May, my husband brought home a puppy.  It was cross between an Austrian sheep dog and Samoyad. He had the curled tail, but had the coloration of the sheep dog.  We named it, “Sparky”.  He took it took school for the boys show and tell.  Sparky was not a small dog, and didn’t take to everyone.  In July when my husband died, Sparky was there to remind us of him.  About six months later, we found a stray dog on the farm, and took it to the vet, and got it cleaned up only to find out that it belonged to a neighbor.  My youngest was so hurt having to give up this dog, I broke down and we got one from the pound. A mutt with a lot of rat terrier was chosen.  He was black, with some white under his chin, and looked like a “Shadow”.   Very quickly, Sparky and Shadow became friends, and were constant companions.  Shadow never let the larger Sparky intimidate him.  When we moved from the farm, we left Sparky and Shadow with Grandma.  Each lived a long life for a dog, and would always welcome us when we came back for a visit.

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog ( has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (


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