When I first came to live with my big Sisfur, Kizzy, and her Human Beans she introduced me to many of her friends, one of whom was her Aunt Newfy, a beautiful Black Labrador from the New Forest. In the months and years that followed, Aunt Newfy became my Furry Dogmother, friend, mentor, teacher, and all-round role model.
Her human, known to all as Her Indoors, was what I believe is called a nacademic & in time became a Professor in her field (fields being a New Forest speciality, though I thought working in them was only a fairly recent thing unless you were a farmer). Newfy studied hard and followed Her Indoors into the world of education. Her first venture was Newfy’s School for Pups, of which I was proud to be one of the very first students. She was always strict but fair, and it can’t have been easy trying to keep a dozen or so unruly pups on the straight & narrow. I remember our first Nativity Play which Miss Newfy organised and in which, of course, she appeared as the star.
I still sometimes refer back to my books, though they’re a little dog-eared now.
Many of her pupils continued their education at #NUTS (Newfy’s University Training School) and some even graduated. I dropped out early to become a successful Supawmodel and Aunt Newfy was there to support me at my first red-carpet event.
Being a Labrador, Newfy was a quick learner and could easily acquire new skills. With HI’s background being in the medical profession, it was inevitable that Newfy would become a competent nurse, in turn passing on her skills to many of her protégées. I am grateful for that training every time my Beans need my nursing skills, though I never did quite master the use of a syringe – to say the least my approach is hit or miss…I blame a lack of opposable thumbs.
Being a caring kind of fur, Newfy volunteered as skipper of her very own Ark which could be called on in case of flood. It has to be said that her navigational skills were legendary…..mainly for their somewhat erratic nature. She once tried out a flying version which went on an unscheduled world tour before disappearing without trace. It was suggested that the battery was flat but as she wasn’t sure what shape it should be, that wasn’t much help, and in the absence of said Ark, she couldn’t even pump it up to be on the safe side.
We wish Newfy a happy & peaceful retirement over the Rainbow Bridge. May the cheesy biskits arrive #InAJiffy every time she fancies a snack, and her memorable bed never forget her.
Thank you, lovely lady, for all the joy & banter along the way, and thanks to HI for being your long-suffering social secretary. You will be much missed but will live on forever in all the happy memories we shared.