Thursday, 14 April 2011

Its over to Mom

"Thanks George"

A year ago today I started Georges' blog

He's changed alot in that time! true to his breed characteristics and we love him all the more for it.
I started the blog for me to have a diary of him growing up, but it has become more than that.
Along the way I have picked up many friends and enjoy the banter in the comments.

Its taken me a while to figure out what I should put in this post
So I'll tell you why we picked a Welsh Terrier.

I grew up with a Lakeland terrier called Sooty, he was an independent little dog. I remember one time when he stopped my cousin  going back down stairs after visiting the bathroom!

Also the time when he got out, we spend hours looking for him, and the time when mom and dad said he was ill and wouldn't be coming back from the vets, but he did and lived for some time after that.

Me and Sooty on The Clee Hill, which is where George was born!

The next dog to come into our lives was Tigger, we were married and I was working in a small pottery making shirehorse's!!! the boss had two dogs that she always brought to work with her an English Setter and  American  cockier spaniel. The front roller stutter door was open and this dog just walked in and curled up in one of the dog beds, no collar.

 We made a phone call to the police but no one had reported her missing, There was no way  the boss could take her home, so I said I would, we put an advert in the local paper again no one came forward.

We named her Tigger because of her marking, we didn't know her age but she lived to the age of 11years with us.

Our next dog was Jack we got him from the dogs home, he was
10 months old.
Jack stuck to me like glue, he would follow me all over the place.

In the later years of his life he was going deaf and blind, I used a lot of signing with my hands which worked wonders, but we had that bond, like a type of telepathy, no need to say a word

I was giving him a bath and found a lump under his chin, I thought it was to do with his teeth, it turned out to be the cancer lymphoma the vet gave him a month to live, that was the November of 2009, he made it passed Christmas but I had to let him go on 29th Dec. aged 15. It was not a good Christmas that year  

Then came George, I was that close to Jack that I knew I could not be without a dog as part of our family. 
This time it would be different, we decided we would have a puppy!!!
With me growing up with a Lakeland and we both love Airedales we narrowed it down to a Welsh Terrier, just because of the size!!
Its not a popular breed, most folks think he is an Airedale anyway!

On 23rd January 2010 we picked up George, a little bundle of fur that melted our hearts, he's a big ball of fur now, but still melts my heart, even though he's a daddy's boy.

Its also a good time to look at the blog, I did think I would just do a year of Saturday Steps, the first one was on the 15th May!! but on reflection I will keep this going until I run out of steps!!! as every walk we go on has some steps along the way.
So I will be doing what I have done over the last couple of weeks, a Saturday Steps including a post. 
I could easly do a post everyday with the things that George gets up to! but, as you all know, blogging can take over and I don't want to get to the point when I find it a chore, stop enjoying it and stop.
When I first started I had no idea at the end of the first year I would be up to 195 followers and George's 1st Birthday when 55 of you sent in photos of you on steps, amazing.

Plus Flat Georges 2011 World Tour, a big Thank You to everyone that has done a blog post and sent in photos.
I class that blog as yours, you are the ones taking him out and about writing the post and taking photos,
 I'm just hosting it. 

 I love seeing what you are up to, I'm just sorry I can't comment on all your blog posts but time does not allow.  I better wrap it up now, George is tapping his paws, thanks for making this an enjoyable year of blogging.

See Yea Jan xxx

Well I can't add to that so till next time see yea George xxx


How Sam Sees It said...

We've enjoyed meeting you and George! We are the same way - we've met so many wonderful and caring people through blogging. We enjoy it immensely! Congratulations on a 1 year bloggiversary - I hope we have many more years together!


FiveSibesMom said...

Happy 1-year Blogiversary! We are so happy to meet you too! We so enjoyed your stroll down Memory Lane, what wonderful photos! And we love your header photo in the lily field, just beautiful! Here's to another year of wonderful postings and friendships!

Scooter said...

Hey Jan & George!
Wow, what a super post. Happy 1 year Blogiversary! I really love reading your blog and I try to check it out every day. I agree, not enough time to do all we want, but we sure are all having fun with what we can. George is a joy to follow! Thanks for sharing his life with us.
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Anonymous said...

Dear Jan and George too!

Mom says that she LOVES going up the steps each Saturday. You see she can only walk with crutches on good days. Mom said somethin bout taking her Saturday walks with you and George. Well, I am sure that I go too.

Mom and I have both loved seeing all the sites that you take pictures of.

We are glad that you are looking forward to another year cause we sure are!

woo woos, Tessa

Rose H (UK) said...

Hi 'Mom' Congratulations on your 'Blogiversary!'
I know I'm very lucky to know you, george and Dad personally. George REALLY is adorable, and I've enjoyed strolling down memory lane with you and your fabulous photos. See you soon!
Lots of love
Auntie Rose xx

houndstooth said...

We've definitely enjoyed your Saturday Steps, Pub Walks and seeing George grow up! We're looking forward to another year of seeing what George is up to!


♥I am Holly♥ said...

OMG!! We started our blogs on the same date! I never realized that! Happy 1st Blogiversary!! We have loved reading your adventures and seeing all of the many steps everywhere and look forward to many more to come! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Dear George and Jan... CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FURST BLOGIVERSARY!!! I am sooooo glad to hear that you will be continuing your Saturday Steps... That is YOUR signature!!! HECK... we wouldn't care one bit if you repeated some of the steps... There are always new followers and they need to get caught up. Maybe in a different Season or a different vantage point. Just keep it coming.
I am soooooo very much glad that we found each other. I LOVE your blog and YOU!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! WAY TO GO BUDDY!!!

Hoke said...

You've been very lucky!! George you are cutie!!!

Angels Amber and Max DaWeenie and Mom said...

Absolutely a wonderful post. I really enjoy meeting all the other dogs in your life at one time. And George as a cute. Really loved visiting you today!

Amber and Mom

3 doxies said...

Awwwwwwe George, Happy Blogaversary! I can't believes what a tiny squirt you was as a was precious! Course you still is though.
I gots kinda teary eyed reading bout your mom's previous doggies and 'specially Jck. My mum has been theres...all with doxies.
What a year it has been and I am so happy dayt we has met and dat we is furiends.


Diana Chiew said...

Congratulations on your first blogiversary! It was nice getting to know you. When I first started blogging, all I wanted was to have a diary of Santa our first dog, just like you. For me, I was not a dog person. I have always been terrified of dogs and I don't know much about them. Santa changed all that and I've learned a lot from other dog blogs. Now I have four of them myself!

- Diana

Michelle said...

Dearest Jan and George,
What a fabulous blog you have and such a treat that young George has his life documented. I always enjoy my visit here...and so does my daughter :)

Barbara said...

Happy Anniversary George! You were an adorable baby!!

meowmeowmans said...

Happy blogoversary, George! Thank you, Jan, for sharing this lovely post. We really enjoyed meeting all of the dogs who came before. :)

Pepsi the Lazy Bum said...

Happy blogoversary, George! The stories of your Mom and her previous furkids made A sniff a little, they are all so precious.

& you're SOOOO cute as a tiny wee one! As the others have added, you still are! ;)


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

What a very sweet and lovely post, George and Jan. We haven't known you for the full year but we do enjoy your posts. It is so enjoyable to follow along on your walks. We LOVE George and you through his eyes.

Happy Blogaversary and we will be ready to climb the next set of steps with you.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Patrice said...

Happy Blog-a-versary, George! Today is the 1 year blog-a-versary for my daughter, Amanda at

I enjoyed this post!

Boo21's Mom said...

Now I don't feel so silly -- I started Darby's Daily as a diary or "Baby Book" -- a place for me to record her first year with us. And now it has been two years. I hope there are 15 more! Happy Anniversary to you!

Elizabeth Keene said...

Congratulations on your milestone! (How would it have been to end it? There would've been a deafening silence in bloggerland, we think)

Thanks for all the smiles and the beautiful scenery - including that of George himself - the most adorable bearded mess of a comedian dog we have ever gotten to know. :)

Elizabeth, Jon Farleigh and Dewi

-- said...

What a wonderful post. As a blogger who has just started, I found it really inspiring. I loved reading about all of the different dogs you had throughout your life.

Congratulations on a year of blogging!

Unknown said...

Jan, we have started feeling like blogging is a chore too and it shouldn't feel that way. We are perhaps thinking of giving it a break, or just blogging less.

I really loved this post. You've had so many different dogs, but each have a special place in your heart.

Rubie and Poots (her Mum) said...

Hi Jan, Rubie and I love reading your blog and think that George's lovely personality shines through. I love seeing your environment, as the countryside there is spectacular and makes me SSOOOOO jealous. I think I must have been an UK-ite in a past life! I also love your photography and you have made me feel like I should slash out on a better flashy box!! Rubie's mum.

The Daily Pip said...

Thanks for sharing your other dogs with us! I am glad you will be continuing on with the Saturday Steps - you know, I just love stairs!

Your pal, Pip

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Jan and George
I loved walking down memory lane with you... Beautiful photos.. I could not imagine life without a dog.. They bring so much laughter and joy don't they? Well George, you have grown up to be quite the dapper lad...

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Happy blogaversary, George! and his Personal Assistant. We're sooooo glad to have met you and share in all your doings.....armchair travel. We love reading your posts and hosting FG.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Stella said...

I have had some computer problems over the last few months, so I haven't stopped by a lot. But I do wish you a most happy blog anniversary! It was great fun seeing the dogs of your life and I wish you and George a long happy one together.

Cheers and hugs,
Jo the Mom, Stella the dog and Zkhat!

Amber-Mae said...

Hey Jan! I absolutely love this post. Wow, George was ubber adorable when he was just a wittle stinker. And, you kinda like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz in that 4th picture. Sooty looked like Toto. This blog is totally pawsome. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story with us. Happy 1st Bloggaverssary to you & George!

rottrover said...

Jan and George - Happy Blogaversary to you! This was a lovely post. As others have said, it's nice to know the back story. We love reading about George and his adventures as we get to see a little bit of your country. Your lovely walks, your sense of humor and beautiful photographs are really a joy. Looking forward to another year with all of you!

Pat said...

What a heartwarming post. I loved seeing all your other dogs and felt sad when I read about Jack and that last Christmas. I know that George will have helped your heart to mend - and bless him for that. And for being George.. an absolute stunner.
Thanks for sharing him and all your lovely posts with us xx

WFT Nobby said...

What a wonderful blogging year you've had. We always look forward to be posts. You wouldn't believe how many folk ask if Bertie is an Airedale, despite him being totally the wrong colour and size! Anyway, George is a most beautiful dog and your photos of your trips out and about in Shropshire and beyond are great to look at.
Happy anniversary!
Cheers, Gail and Bertie,

Ronnii said...

Whats a loverly post Mrs Georges Mom, Oh mi paws whats a bundle ovs floofy-ness yoo was George Da Momster sayd her coulds havs squidged yoo fur hours n hours ( she still coulds if yoo wanna know da troof ). Her still tryin to gets a photy ovs us on stairs butts wee hides or scoot rounds corners or just show her our butts..........BOL.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 1st Bloggoversary! And here's to many more steps! :) George I must say you were one very very cute pup! And you grew up to be such a handsome dog :D

Looking forward to all of the fun yet to happen with you and your family George :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

We just love YOU BOTH to pieces, Jan and George. I am so glad I met you through Charli and Me....I so miss them both as well. But the trips that George takes us on are so enchanting, but the BANTER is what I love so much and HIS PHOTOS! HE MAKES ME LAUGH SO MUCH...HE IS SO HUMAN-LIKE! Please go on and on and on with this fellow, for he is the best. MUCH LOVE AND LAUGHTER HAS BEEN SHARED and I will forever cherish the stamp and Balzac, well, that ball is his favorite!!!! LOVE TO YOU, Anita

Anonymous said...

Happy one year of blogging!! We hit our one year mark back in January. My only regret is that I wish I had started the blog when I first got Riley when she was 7 weeks old (May 2009). It must be cool for you to have chronicled George's puppyhood! I'll have to check out some of your older posts...I haven't followed you for that long I don't think.

Elyse and Riley

Pippen said...

We are so glad you started blogging! We've enjoyed going on your walkies especially when you get to go to a pub! AND everytime we see steps, we make mom take a picture of us on them... so we can be 'just like George'!

Sam and Pippen

Taryn said...

I have really enjoyed following your blog. I love "walking around" the English countryside with you. What a lovely place you live in.

I look forward to many more posts!

violett said...

We also congratulate you on the blog anniversary!
We enjoy coming here to visit. George's performance in the first year was huge. He is such a sweet little guy!
And it looks like an Airedale * lol *
We love the photos and interesting hikes with lots of information about country and people. We also love the pub tours.
In another common blog - Year
Lots of Love
violett and Mishka

TwoSpecialWires said...

You know what? You are a very very special family to us, and we feel like we know you even better now that we've met the pups who came before George. Sometimes it feels like a very small world. It always feels like a remarkable one. And we are VERY GLAD you are a part of it.

Happy blogaversary. It's been a fabulous year. And we are REALLY pleased to know that you are figuring out a way to keep it going. Now, if Moma could only figure out as much. (It's hard.)

So. We'll be thinking of you with every new set of steps we see ... and we'll be looking forward to more posts.

We love ya, George and Family
Jake and Fergi and OURFamily!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Dog people are the best people in the world. They (dogs) do special things to us and they make us better!!! Loved your stories of your dogs!! I am afraid that I will lose Bambi with her lumps here and there. That is partly why I cook all her food for her. She never gets anything made for a dog b/c I am so afraid of cancer. I lost Bruce to cancer way to early!!
Thank you Jan for this very special post and thanks for coming and telling me to get here to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
xx, Bambi & Fern

Molly the Airedale said...

Happy blogaversary, George! You were just the cutest little pup! awwwwwwwwww

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Cranberry Morning said...

Happy blogaversary to you! I knew what a Welsh Terrier was because once when I was in Minneapolis at a big dog show, the dog that caught my eye, that I thought was the cutest of all, was a Welsh Terrier. (Don't tell my GSD). LOVE that pic of you. So sweet!

Tracy said...

What a great story and taking us through the years!

I really enjoyed visiting your site...very cute!
Since you like dogs, check out my book about our golden retriever :)

Pup Fan said...

Happy blogiversary! I loved reading about all of the dogs who have filled your life with love, and the photos of puppy George are just so cute. You have a fantastic blog, and I always love visiting!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Don't worry son, we SISTAHOOD don't have a lot of baggage on our beach getaway...everything is taken care of by you will have plenty of room to join us!!!!! You will be with us on our getaway son, our post will go up VERY LATE TONIGHT or early Saturday morning...just in time for you to walk down the steps of the beach to paradise......HUGS! Anita and BALZAC

The Black and Tans. said...

Happy Blogoversary George. We love your blog and look forward to reading all about your future adventures.

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

Elaine Pritchard said...

Thanks for telling us more about the dogs in your life. My LOTH had some special dogs when she was younger - but I am of course the most special.

You have done so much in a year - and so has George.

I hope you do get to see the National Memorial Arboretum. It's a wonderful place.


Road Dog Tales said...

What a wonderful post! Loved reading about the dogs in your Mom's life! So glad she started a blog for you, George and glad we met you! Looking forward to more GEORGE!

The Road Dogs

Anakin Man said...

What a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing such wonderful memories with us and for sharing George with us too!!

I just love George!!!!!

Here's to many more postys and more shared smiles!!

Katy, Anakin, IzZY, Josie, and TriXie
(me not get to say anytings? - 'da nerves -me just go eat some peanutty butters)

The KGs said...

Happy Bloggaversary Geoge and Jan - we love your blog and I still watch 'George Singing' often - it always makes me laugh. He is concentrating so hard! Have another happy year and reading about your previous dogs made me shed a tear for the dogs of my childhood - they never leave your heart.x

Bocci said...

Happy blogoversary a bit lte-how did we miss this?
What a great post-we loved all of those photos and stories about your past beloved dogs.
But those pics of George as a pup are priceless!
Thanks for all of the effort you put into your Saturday Steps and all of your other posts-we love them!

Jon Terry said...

Wow! you certainly have done alot in that short span of time. Thank you for sharing with us those lovely pictures, adventures and yes! those steps too :)
George's Mommy, let me give you a pat in the back and lots of cuddles and licks for a job well done! Keep it up! :)

Love ya lots,
Jon Terry