You may have already read our page about the rescue cats we have adopted over the years. Although we aren’t owned by a cat at the moment, we have a mischievious dog and a brood of chickens to keep us busy. Our dog is a Tibetan Terrier and she is called Lily. We have had her since she was 8 weeks old and she has ruled our lives ever since...! We wouldn’t be without her, she is such a special little girl. She is 4 years old now and you can see the photo below was a quick snap taken when she was sitting on my chair at my easel. When I get up, she most often takes the opportunity to take a nap there as its the perfect size for her to curl up on.
We go to our local dog club each week where we learn obedience. We have been awarded a number of certificates and rosettes including the one below. This was taken when we had passed our Good Citizens Kennel Club Silver test. We have already passed the bronze and we took the silver test in 2017.
Lily has always got on well with our chickens, she is quite fascinated with them. It was good timing as we hatched some chicks when she was a puppy so she has grown up with many of them, including Boris our Rooster. The photo below was a lucky snap when lily was sniffing Boris. They do let her sniff them on occasion and its quite funny to watch.
We mainly have Buff Orpington chickens, and one ex battery rescue hen. We would very much like to rescue more hens next spring as it is so rewarding. They spend lots of time down in the wooded area of our garden which is a perfect habitat for them, they love the dappled shade.
We build them a wonderful shed to live in, which you can see below. It is right at the bottom corner of our garden in amongst the trees. It is sheltered all year around form both strong sunshine and rainy weather. We have an electric fence surrounding the garden so that foxes are unable to get in so the chickens are always safe. In the summer we keep them in an enclosed area so they cant get up to mischief in the main part of the garden, but they have plenty of room to roam. In the winter months they have full access to the garden and its lovely for them to be able to come to the studio door to get the odd crust or biscuit!
We hope that you have enjoyed seeing our chickens and dog. if you would like to find out more about Nicholas or myself, or perhaps our studio, or you might like to read about the materials we use for our cat portraits. Which ever page you head to next, we hope you enjoy it.
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