Ruby

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Ruby came to live with us on the 7th March 2004, the day after Oliver’s 15th birthday. Although she was the whole families pet, she spent a lot of time with Oliver who was pretty much her best buddy.
Ruby was with us through until the 29th July, 2015. She lived in our family home in Bartlett Grove in Tawa and then moved with Debra and myself to our Matarawa cottage in the Wairarapa.
Archie, Debra’s Bichon/Poodle came to live with us in August, 2009 and the two dogs became inseparable.
Ruby’s early years at Bartlett Grove were surrounded by all the activities and coming and goings of our four children and all their friends.

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At Matarawa she loved all the space and especially loved going for long walks.
She spent a lot of time in the orchard following me around as I mowed the paddock and when the kererū native birds were around, she would race up and down the paddock as they swooped from tree to tree.
Ruby’s greatest love in life was chasing imaginary shadows and she persevered in this occupation right up until her last week with us. She never did catch a shadow but left an awful lot of holes in the lawn trying to dig them up.

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Ruby was a very active and vocal dog. Any unknown visitors were presented with a good barking off before Ruby allowed them to enter.
Once she got to know you, she was very happy to have a cuddle and any patting was received with pleasure.
Ruby loved sleeping and spent many nights over the years curled up on Oliver’s and Peter’s beds. She was happy to use anyone sitting on the couch as a comfy pillow for herself to go off to dreamland.
In 2015 we sold our Matarawa property and moved back to Tawa. Ruby settled there was us for what was to be her last few months with us before going off to chase shadows in heaven. RIP Ruby. You bought so much pleasure to our family.


Grommet, Brock, Ruby and her siblings. We got Ruby from a family at Makara Beach on the west coast near Wellington City. Her Mum was named Grommet and her Dad, Brock. Ruby is a pure breed English Cocker Spaniel coming a long line of pedigree Spaniels.

Grommet, Brock, Ruby and her siblings. We got Ruby from a family at Makara Beach on the west coast near Wellington City. Her Mum was named Grommet and her Dad, Brock. Ruby is a pure breed English Cocker Spaniel coming a long line of pedigree Spaniels.


Ruby as a puppy with Debra, Oliver, Kelsey and Kelsey’s best friend, Sarah.

Ruby as a puppy with Debra, Oliver, Kelsey and Kelsey’s best friend, Sarah.


Puppy days with Ruby.

Puppy days with Ruby.


15th February, 2005 – Ruby three weeks off her first birthday.

15th February, 2005 – Ruby three weeks off her first birthday.


20th February, 2005 – A walk with Ruby on a warm summers day at Pukerua Beach track north of Wellington.

20th February, 2005 – A walk with Ruby on a warm summers day at Pukerua Beach track north of Wellington.


20th February, 2005 – Ruby and her owners tuckered out after a walk along the coastal track.

20th February, 2005 – Ruby and her owners tuckered out after a walk along the coastal track.


5th March, 2005 – Debra’s Dad, Ken giving Ruby a pat.

5th March, 2005 – Debra’s Dad, Ken giving Ruby a pat.


23rd August, 2005 – I have no idea how this happened!

23rd August, 2005 – I have no idea how this happened!


3rd September, 2005 – Ruby enjoying a run around the front lawn at Bartlett Grove.

3rd September, 2005 – Ruby enjoying a run around the front lawn at Bartlett Grove.


22nd October, 2005 – Ruby loving having all of Kelsey’s girlfriends around for her birthday party.

22nd October, 2005 – Ruby loving having all of Kelsey’s girlfriends around for her birthday party.


11th December, 2005 – Oliver giving Ruby a rub before going off to work at Woolworths.

11th December, 2005 – Oliver giving Ruby a rub before going off to work at Woolworths.


4th Feburary, 2006 – Ruby’s favourite spot in the sun at Bartlett Grove.

4th Feburary, 2006 – Ruby’s favourite spot in the sun at Bartlett Grove.


31st October, 2006 – Family time watching the TV. Ruby making sure she has the best seat. She especially loved watching rugby games and barked herself silly at the rugby players when they were tackled.

31st October, 2006 – Family time watching the TV. Ruby making sure she has the best seat. She especially loved watching rugby games and barked herself silly at the rugby players when they were tackled.


23rd June, 2007 – Miss Modesty taking a nap.

23rd June, 2007 – Miss Modesty taking a nap.


15th December, 2007 – Ruby looking gorgeous at nearly four years old.

15th December, 2007 – Ruby looking gorgeous at nearly four years old.


30th December, 2007 – Debra catching 40 winks and Ruby keeping her company.

30th December, 2007 – Debra catching 40 winks and Ruby keeping her company.


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