Pets of Didcot

Usual blog posts are suspended for the time being. Instead I’m hoping to cheer you up by sharing photos of Didcot pets, sent in by In Didcot blog readers.

If you’ve got a pet you’d like included in future posts please see the bottom of the blog post for details.

Amy

Amy, our feature photo, is a four year old tortoise resident of Didcot. She belongs to four year old Bryce, who really will have a pet for life! Amy loves dandelions and comes when she is called. She even wiggles her bum when you scratch her shell. She also loves following the cat about the house, which the cat hates!

Porridge

Porridge
Porridge

This is Porridge. Although he likes to try his luck with getting human food (especially ham) he does not eat his namesake. He was named Porridge for being just a tiny blob of a kitten when we first got him and the name stuck! Porridge is now four years old and has still not grown into his oversized whiskers and eyebrows. He occasionally likes to visit neighbours and has even been known to sleep on their beds uninvited. Apologies if you have ever had an unexpected visit from Porridge!

Jax and Darcy

Jax and Darcy
Jax and Darcy

Here are Jax and Darcy. They are two years old, with Jax being the slightly older one. They are cavachons, which means they are a mixed breed of a King Charles cavalier spaniel and a bichon frisé.

Jax and Darcy were rehomed in October 2019 from a charity. They have always been together so could not be split; they love each other!

Darcy is a lap dog and is mighty noisy but very loving. She gives the most amazing cuddles and loves to be carried like a baby. Darcy is a destroyer of toys. Soft fluffy teddy type toys and some tough rubber toys only last minutes before she has gutted them of their fluff. She also likes to squirrel away any treats trying to bury them under cushions.

Jax is a snuggly boy. He is so laid back. Jax loves a long walk and a run through the fields, same as Darcy. He is ball mad and can play ball for hours. Even when he is worn out and panting he still carries on. He’s also like a little kangaroo; I’ve never seen a dog bounce the way he does.

Rehoming these  beauties is the best thing we have ever done.

Willow

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Willow is a lilac colour pointed British Shorthair. When she was younger she went to shows and won rosettes. She is now 16 and loves nothing better than sleeping by the radiator or sunbathing on a snuggly bed. Luckily for Sally, who lives with her, she has grown out of her trick of shredding loo rolls! At the moment she is very good company for cuddles.

Tallulah and Fern

Tallulah and Fern
Tallulah and Fern
These two old ladies are called Tallulah and Fern. Tallulah has been living with us for 4 years and Fern joined us last year. We gave her a home after she sadly lost her cage mate; we think she is about 5 years old. They are not exactly the best of friends, but we know that they both appreciate each others company!

Gypsy

Gyp
Gyp
I’m Gypsy, a 14.5 year old whippet. In dog years I’m an old lady so I don’t do much! I spend my days mostly sleeping and occasionally barking to tell the humans in the house that I need covering up with my blanket, am hungry (hot dog sausages are my favourite) or fancy a short walk. I like to tell them what to do! Telling people what I want can be pretty exhausting,  so when I’m done I like to do some more sleeping so I can do it all again tomorrow.

Molly

Molly
Molly
This is Molly, or more accurately Molly number 3. Molly is a Silver Molly, a tropical fish that grows to about 3cm in length. She lives in an aquarium along with our neon tetras, green tiger barbs, a shrimp, a plec and some snails. Fish are very difficult to photograph; they don’t stop moving!

Gary

Gary
Gary

This is Gary, our pet Giant African Land snail. He has been with us for 2 years and loves cucumber. I put him out on the grass for a ‘run-around’. He also, as I found out today, laid some eggs! I looked it up and apparently its possible, albeit rare. I wonder if there will be any baby snails?

Thank you, Didcot pet owners, for your photographs.

Would you like to take part?

I’ll be showcasing more Didcot pets in a couple of weeks. If you’d like to take part please send one landscape photograph of your pet to indidcot@gmail.com along with a three or four sentences about them.

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