Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Remember When: First Pets

Do you remember your first pet?
Meet mine, Smokey.
He was a Pekingese.

My dad gave him to us when I was about 3 and he lived 13 years so he was pretty
much always there. For those in to such things isn't that a great sewing machine in
the background. I remember when Mom got her new Singer so for her it was
progress but now many of us would love to have that old one to display.

Back to first pets.
This is Duchess. She wasn't our daughter's first pet but she was the one
who became her companion and best friend.

Duchess was a great dog and this little pet show at the local park was a
highlight to Jessica. I truly believe it was a highlight to Duchess too.

I don't remember how old Jessica was but she did a great job explaining how
she took care of Duchess and all the things they did together.

I never did any special things with Smokey but I remember many snuggle moments
and him riding in the saddlebag baskets on my bicycle.


  1. I remember that dog show very clearly! Duchess won second place and I think she was as proud of it as I was, :-) I miss her still so much. She was such a big part of my childhood.Thank you for posting those pictures! I love the memories. ~Jessica

  2. My first pet was a tiger striped cat. I got him when I was about five and I named him Twinkle--but my brother insisted that since he was a boy cat, I had to at least add the name Tommy--so his official name was Twinkle Tommy Toes, but he always went by Twinkle.

  3. When I was a young girl, I inherited fox terrier named Lollipop. She was with us for a few years, but my brother and I were too young and irresponsible to care for a pet. Years later, when I was living on my own, I decided I was ready to make the commitment of having a pet all my own. I adopted him from the Humane Society (it was love at first sight!) He was a pit bull/corgi mix that I named "Barney." I joke that he was the first man in my life since I had him long before I ever met my husband, but the three of us became a family and he was with me a total of 15 years (I mean Barney--I still have my husband!) We still miss him (and our beloved Satchmo who we lost a year ago) everyday!

  4. My first pet was a turtle which I loved but then my mother said it was unhappy (apparently the turtle talked to her) so we had to put him into a pond by a farm. He probably got ate right away. I think my mom didn't like cleaning the turtle bowl. My second pet was a German Shepard named Wolf who I named after a book I saw in the school library. We did not put him into a pond. He was a wonderful dog.

  5. i am so happy that i discovered your blog. each post reminds me of a forgotten memory of my childhood -thank you so much for this! you are encouraging me to write more of my history for my neices and nephews. what a treasure your photos and memories are, thank you so much for inspiring me!
    Linda B.

    1. I'm glad you have joined us and that my posts are inspiring. That makes it all worthwhile.

  6. "saddlebag baskets on my bicycle." I had those too! Smokey is cute, I had a Peke once as well. Nice dogs.

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