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My Dogs Today


My Dogs & The Bentley

I was born into a house which had Dogs. The Dogs were English Bull Terriers the male dog was called Jack and the female was .Elsa......

Jack was a kleptomaniac!. He kept the family in legs of lamb during most of the war years, the terrible years of rationing in the U.K. So My future, was, it seemed ,mapped out to include dogs.


I can now very clearly remember,at the age of eight, being picked up in a huge car ,which, I was told later, was a Bentley .

My Dad and I, and Jack,(the dog) were driven to kennels some few miles away where Jack was, I was told, going to 'Mate'.

At That young age I didn't know what that meant . Soon I saw huge animals chasing each other in this game of 'Mating' The Two I noticed more were like some kind of Bear,now I know them as Newfoundland dogs. They were so big.

Jack was chasing a snow white girl dog ,and they were so alike, I couldn't tell one from another. Anyway they were chasing each, other and I didn't think it was anything remarkable .

I was more interested in getting into the luxurious Bentley and investigating the secret wooden draws where sweets and drinks were kept. Even to this day I can smell the tangy leather upholstery and see the green,green carpets of the floor and the pull-down blinds.

Where Does Doggy Sleep ?

In those days I remember dark winter nights when my Mother would allow the dogs to sleep on the bottom of my bed. This caused trouble between me and my Brother who thought he was the owner of the dogs!

Times That Are Sad

I have carried on allowing my dogs to sleep on my bed all my life, except the few years in between dogs , when they, my darlings had left me.

They had reached that time which we all dread, and life was not joyful for them any more, sad days which we will, all of those who are in this game of loving and losing these wondrous spirits, know only too well.

How many of us love so much that to 'leave go' is too hard. We may make the mistake ,it is a mistake, and it is harder for us and our pet in the reluctance to let go.


when I met my Husband and had children. We would spend long periods on the beach with the kids those lovely sunny times I would think how great if we had a dog- I obviously was thinking of my dogs from the past.

I was tough and I waited until my youngest child was Seven.

Back to the old days

Thinking back to my younger days I remember a house full of different kinds of people my parents were 'Progressives' The house was always full of noise even the cocks and hens would wander in .

Sometimes there would be jazz nights and always the piano was playing anything from jazz to classical along with brilliant singers.

The animals just accepted this 'noise' and from then ,to now ,I always make sure that my animals are never left alone without the radio or T.V. on.

In those days dogs were accepted anywhere. In restaurants,cinemas,shops just anywhere,especially pubs!!

One period my Mother was unable to walk, after a bad slip, and as we all worked my elderly aunt came to stay, so as to look after My mother, who was confined to her bedroom.

It was decided to leave our Boxer Boy Bengo ,at home for the day, he was still a pup but was a big boy and very much still in the playful mode.

We were driving home earlier than usual. The phone call from my aunt had us all worried !

In a hurry, it seemed that all the cars in the world were on that already busy road .

The traffic lights on red forever. We arrived home !

No Dog In Sight

I was the first to jump out of the car and rushed in to see my dog. 'Bengo, Bengo' I shouted but no dog in sight- What we did see, my Dad and Brother were inside by now, was my old aunt in tears and saying she had to go, and go now !

We dashed upstairs to see if anything was wrong with mother. She was in tears also !

It took ages for us to make any sense of the situation. Meanwhile my brother had driven Aunt home ,then, in her own house she had told him the story.

She was frightened of the dog and he ,the dog,had made a game of it ! Anyone who knows the Boxer will "get it". It seems two young cousins had arrived for a visit . She brought them in gave them drinks and cake, then they played around with the dog.

It was only when they attempted to leave that things changed. He,the dog, stood by the back door and showed his teeth then a deep ,deep growl !

The boys were aged 12 and they were petrified!

The first thing they thought of was to hide in the coal-place. Aunt was terrified as she was not a dog person. She managed to get to the telephone ,where she phoned the RSPCA They were there soon !

Without any questions they took Bengo away... and apparently the boys crept out and ran for their lives

We were all in shock!

Furious, Mad !

it was decided that My Brother, and I, would go that very night to an Aunts house-another aunt-who lived near the RSPCA in order to be on the spot as quick as possible for the morning in order to search for Bengo,the Boxer Dog .

Early Morning

We awoke very early. The three of us,John my twenty two year old brother ,and his girl friend Dorothy, and myself,17.

We got in to the Ford V8 car and John drove to the RSPCA in Manchester. We parked and almost ran into the office. I was nervous,we all were apprehensive.

Would Bengo be there ? In a cell !

Would worse have happened ? Oh No! I almost cried out in my terror at the thought..

In Shock

A Woman appeared and John asked about Bengo, ' where was he '? She was shaking her head as she told us he wasn't here. 'Where is he? Where is our dog'? he asked again.

We were in shock when she told us quite calmly 'he's been sold' !

she said this, as she was shuffling papers through a drawer. More questions from us, like ' who to' and 'where is the address'

'I can't give you that information' she replied. She then said she would fetch her 'superior'.

She walked off through a swing door, and as the door closed, John jumped over the counter and opened the draw .

Easily he found the paper with details of Bengos new address. In a trance, we three, speedily, went through the same door we had earlier come through, in a state of unhappiness, but now, we had a little glimmer of hope in our hearts !!

Would she know ?

Would a taxi-driver cum car-sales manager(my brother) know his way to Urmston, a suburb of Manchester ? He'd know ! We were there in no time ! I didn't believe in miracles ! I do now..

We had barely reached the area when John said to Dorothy and myself 'look for a railway bridge' . that car was barely touching the ground as John ,who had quite a bit of experience as a stock-car driver, put it through it's most challenging test.

The thought going through our three minds was 'would she know' the 'she' being the woman in the dog shelter. if she knew she could easily have telephoned the people who had our dog and they would be warned and could hide him, whatever!.


We Turned a corner and we saw a boy of fourteen or so,he had a lovely Boxer dog on a lead!!!............

The car made too much noise as it skidded to a halt about thirty foot away. No worry!

The whistle of my brothers brought a,tornado-like mass of matter hurtling towards us !

Into the large bench seat in the front,then as the car speedily,very speedily moved away the mass of excitement vaulted over to the rear seat where it gave us two teenagers a face wash we will never forget.....We marvelled at our success ! We smirked at each other! we grabbed and kissed that dog ! that wonderful boxer dog called Bengo...........The last sight as we looked back,was the astonished look on the young lad's face,but he was our dog after all..

All Welcome

That was one of the best moment of my life,the way we found Bengo again.

Another incident from those days was when a beautiful snake wandered in and just made himself at home ! he stayed with us for many years, all were welcome....

My Dogs Today

I still have Boxers today,they are my dog,I wouldn't be without a dog and I know that all dogs are super. However my personel choice is the Boxer Dog.

Thanks for reading..

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mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

you had me worried there for a moment,thought he was lost forever,I can tell you that since we brought Sam home from the north shore animal league in long island he changed all of our lives forever and he is the center of attention for all members of the family, he is a little of a dictator too because everybody has to follow the dog rules for our house that he establishes.

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jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Thanks Mio Cid and Salut to Sam! Good on yer!!

best from jandee

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jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Bien provecho ! Mio Cid

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mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

The president of my country spend years as a hostage of the military dictatorship that ruled the country at times he was kept inside a well about 120 cm in diameter, and was brutally tortured, but they weren't able to break him you can see him enjoying every celebration and popular festivities and he looks like the happiest man alive,"Hay hombres que luchan un día

y son buenos,

hay otros que luchan un año

y son mejores,

hay quienes luchan muchos años

y son muy buenos,

pero hay los que luchan toda la vida,

esos son los imprescindibles"

Bertolt Brecht

There is such true happiness you portray in this hub it brought to my attention that while we are debating social and economic and political misfortunes we should not put aside joy and happiness.

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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Mio Cid,

thanks for your welcome comments,also thanks for the mention of Bertolt Brecht which caused me to go to his site and somehow came across a 'jewel' of a writer-Mildred Fish Harnack well worth a look.

best from jandee

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh how I enjoyed this one;a great hub and thank you for sharing. A most definite up up and away here.

Take Care And Enjoy your day.


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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Thank you so much Eddy, Have you got your new doggy yet!

very best from jandee. (lovely picture)

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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

It was wonderful to run across this hub today, Jandee. I didn't want to miss out on this great story about Bengo. You had me kind of worried there, that things might not turn out well. Good suspense and well told! Bengo. What a pal. Hope you are well.


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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Hello Peg,lovely to hear from you,hope you are well also.

Thanks for reading about Bengo my very first Boxer,he never went on a lead in those far off,different, days,lovely Boy,

bye for now ,jandee

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Hi jandee I stopped by today for another read;this is a beautiful and classic hub with that wonderful story of 'Bengo'.I am up early while Dai still sleeps;Sunday his only day off.

I have to give so many older hubs a makeover and so many bits and boobs to tie together.

To answer your question;

No I don't have my dog yet;we are still in deciding mode!The worst thing is while we are in this mode we tend to stay there.

I had an English Bull called Tara and she was such a character;a 'moody moo' the kids used to call her.

When small as you've probably read somewhere along the line I had my 'best friend' my Beagle Lassie.

Then a cross Alsatian 'Albie' when my two older children were small;next my oh so faithful Doberman Major along with Pepper a Min Schnauzer who ruled the roost;she was still with us when we had our next Doberman Castro such a Character so boisterous and clean off but again pepper ruled the roost.

Next my beautiful Sonny a cross between a Springer/Patterdale Terrier /German Pointer;i have a hub on him and Tara somewhere.

Your beautiful Bengo story reminded me of Jess; when I first left my ex myself and Erin went to a rescue home and we came home with Jess a boxer about 12 months old .

She was completely loony. A man knocked my door one day to let me know that Jess had three legs on the slim ledge outside Erin's bedroom window and was trying her best to get the fourth leg out also. There are too many other crazy incidents for me to relate mow ;but we loved her to bits.

However when she was only two and half years old she became ill and began to have seizures;sadly after much medication she had to be put to sleep ;she had liver failure;oh how I cried;but the vet's words were "At least you gave her a happy 18 months."

I had meant to leave you this story many mornings ago but you know how it is.

I also love your tales on your childhood too jandee I am bookmarking this one into my 'Special Hubs'. A category i opened last week.

Have a wonderful day and here's to so much more to share on here.


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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Eddy, how nice to read this on a Sunny day in Liverpool.

Just returned from the huge park where the Marathon runners have taken over the park with hundreds there cheering them one,lovely atmosphere!

Lovely Paterdale's clever dogs. Wow! you could write forever on your doggie experiences and I would certainly enjoy reading them,

Have a lovely day in Wales Eddy,

best from jandee

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Hollie Thomas 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Couldn't be without a dog, Jandee. For the most part of my life I've had one, and they've always proved to be my greatest friend. Thanks for sharing this, your mum sounds like an old softie about dogs, just like you and me. Miss you in the forums- make an appearance...please :)

jandee 4 years ago

Hollie wow! Hello there! I am now in France and at long last on line again . Just been watching Manc stuff----music ,miss it so much...

What part of Manchester are you from ? Bet our parents oops! Grandparents knew each other( I am much your elder)

I was born in Collyhurst,have you heard of George Brown ? He was my adopted uncle -Adopted commissar of the international brigade.

Killed in action on the madrid Front July 7th 1937.

Lovely to hear from you and see you in the forums,

very best from jandee

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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

Great hub. I absolutely adore a good dog and have owned several in my lifetime. They are wonderful friends and companions. Thank you for this interesting hub about dogs. Loved it!

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Hollie Thomas 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Jandee,

On my mother's side they lived in Little Italy in Ancoats, around the Blossom Street area. On my dad's side, Deansgate until my dad was nine and they moved to Higher Openshaw. I haven't heard of George Brown but I'll ask my mum. Ancoats and Collyhurst are just next to each other. Have a great time in France. :)

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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Hello Bobbi,

so nice to have you read. Thanks and agree that dogs are super and relaxing companions.

best from jandee

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cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

Thanks for the read, very interesting article. I shared it. I grew up surrounded by German shepherds. My loyal, gentle creatures one could ever imagine. The world would not be the same with out our best friends. The dog!

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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

So right cfin, you were quick eh! thanks a lot for nice comment,

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ahorseback 3 years ago

Awesome and funny too Jandee ! I love my two boys a golden retreiver and an english Chocolate lab ! Bud and Gus !......Thanks for sharing this !......Ed

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jandee 3 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Horesback hello ! Thanks for reading . we were just discussing retreiver's and labs,

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ahorseback 3 years ago

I took my boys today to a snow covered isolated little lake out at the end of a plowed road . The golden just loves to run for any reason at all , and the chocolate just is the most laid back dog I've ever seen ! Lots of snow here !

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jandee 3 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

You are a lucky fella ! I had those dogs years ago ! My gorgeous Ben and Bella,he was well laid back,(Boxers) . Today I have a wonderful boy (Boxer) but !! he is so naughty and will not do a return and completely ruins every ones day with his madness, only wants to play !------Nothing in the world better than watching a dog running for the joy of it--unless it's a horse eh!,

very best from jandee

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ahorseback 3 years ago

Yea ! I do know it Jandee !

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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi jandee, I am eating humble pie here, and it doesn't taste very nice! lol! I thought you were a guy of about 20, hence the attitude on my hub, sorry! lol! as for your dog, I am so pleased that you got him back, what a nightmare! glad the dog knew how to make a great escape and quick! hope you have a great weekend, nell

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jandee 3 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Hello Nell, Think there might be a little flattery there ! Can I be a Gal of 20 please ?? On the other hand is my style so immature ? Only joking. Don't worry.Yeah I'm an old'ie who lived through the bad times of M.T actually was at Greenham,etc.etc.

Tonight was a M.T documentary of her beginnings,her planned marriage,very eye-opening,did you see it ?

keep well,

best from jandee

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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi jandee, well I never! lol! you were at Greenham? Yep I would have been too if possible, sorry it took me so long to answer, been a long weekend, hospital all night with my brother, long story, so I have only just got back on here. And no I never got to see the programme, I am sure it will be back on at some stage though, thanks for all your comments, and have a great week, nell

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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain

I really enjoyed reading this hub. I can especially relate to the sad times bit. We very recently said goodbye to our beautiful Zac who was 16, we and our home is not the same without him.

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Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

This is one of the most confusing, interesting, fascinating , confounding and mesmeriszing hubs I have ever read. Still not sure about it, and not sure if I should have a dog.

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jandee 2 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Hello maggs , so sorry about your loss of Zac (My grandsons name)

but how wonderful that he reached 16, he must have had a good immune system ,with lots of happiness.

I do know that empty feeling though,many times over the years. Thanks for reading,best from jandee.

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jandee 2 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

I hope I didn't turn you off getting a dog ! I am thinking about your comment ! Ha! Is it a compliment(yes) or something else (no) How is that for confusing ?

Nice to have you read,many thanks jandee.

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