Our Pets

The animals of Standpretty

We share Standpretty with our dog “Tilly”, a Bearded Collie, and a collection of Chickens (including several Bantams).

TillyTilly (or Sallen Mime to give her proper name), is a Beardie and not a “Dulux dog” (which was an Old English Sheepdog) as everyone seems to think. Beardies are descended from a ancient cross between the Border Collie and the Polish Lowland Sheepdog (Polski Owczarek Nizinny, also PON), rumoured to have happened in Aberdeen after a Polish ship captain left his dog behind…)

Tilly is a member of Midlothian Dog Training Club (MDTC) where she has progressed (by some fluke) to the Advanced Obedience class indoors (so far she finds cars, trees, birds, grass and everything else much too interesting outdoors!)

She really enjoys the Agility course (on the lead, see above), especially the tunnels. Her normal routine is to wait in the tunnel iuntil enticed out, but if she can get me to the far end, she’s likely to turn round and go back out the entrance, do a lap or two of the field at high speed, and then come back through the tunnel and continue the course. We also take part in the club displays during the outdoor season, where Tilly does her own hybrid of the beginner’s and Advanced displays.

Our chickens are a mixture of some we’ve been given, some bought, some hatched from bought eggs, and most recently 2 surprise Bantams that were hatched out one day without us having noticed (the broody hen has sat on eggs before without producing anything, so we weren’t “expecting”, as you might say. One of the offspring looks her her (a Pekin), the other looks like one of the other hens (a Silkie), so we guess she just grabbed a spare egg and sat on it. We have an incubator, and have twice set it up in a classroom, to let the children follow the progress from egg to baby chick (and found out how little some adults know along the way!)

While not exactly “pets” we have a field that comes to within a few feet of our (upstairs!) kitchen window. During the Summer the field is occupied by Dairy Cows and it is not unusual to come into the kitchen to find a row of 5 cows looking in. In the autumn, the cows are replaced by sheep, and sometimes they too are looking in the window. Just so long as they don’t try to get closer – there is an 8 foot drop on our side of the wall!