Andy & kids in Wales c1987

2004 was a very sad year for us. It was the year we finally said goodbye to Andy. After a long and courageous battle against his brain tumour the struggle became too much for him and he died in May. No words can describe our loss but we try to remember him as he was before the illness took away his energy and vitality. We also admire the way in which he dealt with his illness. Throughout his slow decline he remained brave and determined to survive and make the most of life. He was generous and patient to the end.

The webmaster is Tony, the ugly mug in the photo. In keeping with the best he has chosen a picture that is at least 10 years old. He will be putting more in this section of the site, but he is better at the technology than the content!

In the meantime you can follow him on Twitter and read about him in the Walk and Talk blogs in which he takes a staring role.

Matilda the Dog, a border collie commonly known as Tilly was born in March 2003 and died on 7th January 2019. She features as the icon of The Sticks in the page tabs.

Tilly was the daughter of working sheep dogs and in her early years she showed her natural tendencies to herding: sheep, children, balls. She learned quickly and soon developed a naughty streak.

Flash a short haired Collie

We inherited Flash, a short haired border collie,  in 2009 when my uncle became too ill to care for him. He was seven years old and of nervous temprement due to traumas in his life. He was a failed sheep dog about three years old when he had been rescued by my uncle.  Flash had been his constant companion, the only person he trusted. Losing my uncle, the first person to show him kindness and love,  was another trauma for this damaged dog. 

It took a long time to settle him in. Others had tried and given up. He barked at night and peed on the floor when left alone. He had been banned by the local pub.  We were his last hope. After six months and a bit of help from the vet he relaxed and settled. He was an ideal dog. Everyone loved him.

The Young Dog, Cody, was born in about 2012. We are not entirely sure of his age or breed. He is a rescue dog. He was described as a cross between a German shepherd and a huskey and his age was estimated at about 18 months old when we got him from Moorlands Dog Rescue in 2014. We decided to get another rescue dog after Flash, a dog we inherited died.

He is a very friendly, boisterous dog but he can sometimes fret. And when he first arrived he couldn't be left alone. At night, or even if left in one room while we were in another, he chewed his way through everything from furniture to underware, high-tech products to shoes.

Cody is fascinated by The Cats. He will sit for hours watching them but he doesn't seem to intend any harm even though he will chase them. Mr and Mrs Cat ignore him but the two Fluffy Cats try to avoid him.



Mr Cat, real name Archie, was born in December 2010 and moved to The Sticks in February 2011 with his twin sister, Mrs Cat, real name Cleo.

Mr Cat likes to be comfortable. If he can't lie on a bed or make a nest in the laundry he likes to lie on cardboard or paper. He is particularly fond of sitting on newspapers in precisely the place you are trying to read.

Mr Cat also likes eating. Although rarely successful he never gives up attempting to take his share of the evening meal directly from the plates on the table. While not shy of blatent attempts to climb onto the table he is also a master of a more subtle approach. Sitting on a chair pushed under the table he will extend one paw slowly up and across in an effort to reach his prey.