Cats and dogs

The cast of characters amongst our cats and dogs are~ Gingembre (Ginger in English), or Gigi for short, is a cat with savoir faire. She has learned to catch mice and moles whilst leaving all the other critters alone. Well, maybe the odd pounce or two. She is mother to Lapsong Suchong, our grey tiger who has issues, and Noisette (hazelnut in French) our tortoiseshell, the little loner. Our dog Chewie is a standard sized dachshund. He is larger than a miniature, weighing in at over 17kg. Originally dachshunds were badger hunters, digging and going down their holes after them, hence the shorter legs, loose skin and long body. Chewie loves nothing better than wooing the ladies, or digging holes. Decisions, decisions. And last to join us is Sanka. She is a Bergeron Griffon cross. Long and gangly of limb she bounds through life with exuberance and pure joy. A truly happy soul.

We’ll blame Gigi, our cat, for Maggie, our pet duck, learning to fly. Gigi and Maggie came into our household only weeks apart, both as babies, e.g. kitten and duckling. So they grew up together as siblings. And like sibling sisters, they loved and loathed each other. Gigi loved toRead More →

We have three very different cats at PumpjackPiddlewick. Not just in looks or colours but in personality too.

I talk about our ducks on this website a lot as you may have realised. Purely because they are so newly fascinating to me. Even after many years of having them. So you may not know we have three very different cats. Their entrance into our life started with Gingembre,Read More →

Living in a restoration home at PumpjackPiddlewick

Living in a restoration home has its drawbacks, but also some surprising bonuses. Its definitely a world of pluses and minuses, with an ever moving end in sight. But then life is like that anyway. So maybe deadlines, although helpful, ought not to be the ultimate goal. The home weRead More →

Walking the dogs opens up a whole new world of sights at PumpjackPiddlewick.

With Pumpjack away visiting his family, my daily routine had to change. The biggest change came with walking the dogs. Chewie, our standard sized dachshund, wants walking at least three times a day. More if he can sway with his pity me puppy dog look. And we added Sanka inRead More →