This is all for you, Mum


Because your early-onset dementia sadly prevents you from ever seeing this website, or basking in our reflected happiness.  And I know that you would want to be part of it all, if you could.  You would be so very proud!  Sky is everything you always believed a dog should be.  She licks my tears dry.


This is all for you, Mum, because this is who we are.  We're the sort of people who send cards to and from the dog.  We feed the animals before ourselves.  We choose silly behaviour, character and a kind face over show-ring perfection.  Every time.  We always take the dog's side and we always ask nicely.  If a dog is disgruntled, disobedient or downright sad, we want to know the reason why. 


This is who you are.


I love you with all of my heart, Mum.  We miss you every day, especially the warmth and laughter.  And we grieve for the person dementia has stolen. 


I shall always treasure the many dog-walks and talks we shared.  Not even the breathtaking Manx hills and glens could silence our chatter.  Thank you for showing me the joy of dogs, especially scruffy ones!


Your daughter





For my

lovely Mum

Mary Chubb Tait | Stevenage, Cockayne Hatley, Abbotsley, Royston and Laxey |

Mum at her happiest

With her beloved Grandson, Son and Daughter; and Dogs

Chibbanagh, Isle of Man | 2015

Jo (kneeling) with Albert 

Our beloved Bearded Collie

Copperfields, Royston | January 1988


Sky's first litter arrived under the same kitchen table exactly 30 years later.  Mum took the photo

Mum's maternal Aunt Doris age 100

With Sky | December 2016


Doris died on Mum's birthday in January 2018.  A real livewire and dog-lover, she rode her Triumph T3 to the Isle of Man TT and met Guthrie

Mum with Albert

Aira Force, Glenridding, Lake District

With the sun on your beautiful face  c.1990

Mother & Daughter



For Billy 

Mum's half-brother

  We wish we had known you

Per ardua ad astra

For Billy Izzard | Mum's half brother | RAF pilot | We wish we had known you | Joanna Tait


For Grandma

For everything.  For your abundant love

For Mr Loveday's Little Outing; and Yehudi Menuhin's Swan Lake, Part 2

You bore the pain of loss and betrayal with such grace  

You were loved.  And we miss you so very much

The more  people

I  meet

The more I like 

my DOG


A nod to one of your favourite films, Mum

IMAGE of BUSTER thanks to Tina ©Pam & Bob Langrish | July 2019

Sky | April 2020 🐾


Everything you believed a dog should be, Mum

As the rain stopped

A last precious lucid moment shared

Braaid, Isle of Man | 2016


To guide you in the storm

Point of Ayre, Isle of Man | 2015

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