Friday, 22 July 2011

Flashback Friday - Plight Of The Poodles

Ever since I was just a twinkle my parents eyes they have owned poodles.

You know the ones, yes?  The fluffy canines that come in 3 different sizes, small, medium and large toy, miniature and standard.

Remember Roly in Eastenders?  Yup, that's them.

Mum and Dad owned toy poodles, the smallest of the breed.  First there was Tina who was bought before I was born.  When I was about 4 (I think) Mum and Dad bought Kizzy to keep Tina company.  Then, when Tina passed away and they realised Kizzy was lonely, they bought Toby.

All these dogs were a huge part of my life.  I even modelled my hair on them, clearly.

Many a school holiday was spent riding down to the local Spar shop with Kizzy (my favourite) in the front basket of my shopper bike (I was SO cool!), ears flapping in the breeze.  I would sit her on my Sindy beach buggy and she'd let me push her around the front room.  Basically, she kept me entertained.

One of my favourite pastimes was 'borrowing' my parents camera and taking snap shots of Kizzy in various set-ups.  Remember the days when you used to have to drop your 35mm film off at the local photographic shop and wait about half a year for your photos to be processed?  None of this instant digital malarky.

Well, Mum would get a shock when she opened her pack of photographs and saw these delights:

I put them in make-shift beds on the carpet
If ever I saw a dog trying to do a Playboy pose, this is it! 
I celebrated their birthdays in secret parties in my bedroom
Clearly I must have been old enough to play with matches (!)
The dogs are well overdue a haircut...
I think they put up with it because they couldn't actually see!
I even celebrated Christmas with them .
Ho ho ho

But this is the pièce de résistance and the one that made my Mum laugh the most...

I give you Kizzy the newsreader!
I actually rearranged the furniture in my bedroom to do this and check out the attention to detail.  The glasses, the signage, the paper, the plant (!) and Kizzy even has a heart framed photo of Marti Pellow on her all newsreaders do, obviously.

NOTE: No animals were harmed during the making of this post.

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Karin Joyce said...

Abso-bloomin-lutely HILARIOUS! I love it! Thank you so much for brightening my day. You are delightful! ;)

Jennypaulin said...

Ha ha brilliant! Bloody hilarious I love the last photo the most too! My nan had a poodle when I was small called Joy - I mostly remember how she used to drag her bottom along the carpet much to my nan's horror lol great post made my day xx

@somethingblue_2 said...

Haha this is brilliant, really made me laugh! They must have been such lovely, patient dogs and clearly they were a large part of your childhood. Love it x

Funky Wellies said...

How cute! Your post made me smile, and I LOVE your "Note" at the end of the post!!

jessies_online said...

That is hilarious!! I cannot believe how much Kizzy looks like you - didn't you have glasses just like that!
so funny....

Keith said...

Ha. You're right that has cheered me up no end. That is exactly what my hair looks like right now. I need to go for a shear very soon :)
Keith aka Reluctant Housedad

Minty aka waterbirthplease said...

That News photo made me laugh out loud! And this post brought back a lot of happy memories, as my parents too had poodles! Two toy's when I was born, then onto miniatures. I think we totalled about seven or eight over the years, with Penny (my very special little girl who was my 14th birthday present) only passing away about 4 years ago. Viva la Poodle! xxx

Cat Parrott said...

Brilliant! What else can I say?

Inside The Wendy House said...

Haha...that is awesome xxx

Mama Syder said...

Hahaha...That photo is hilarious! Brilliant post. I worked in a poodle parlour when I left school and the woman who owned the place used to dye her poodle bright pink! x

Mari said...

I cannot believe Tina and Kizzy sat there so long to be photographed! Amazing. Brilliant post Heather you must keep drinking that prosecco it really does bring out the best of you xx 


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