“The most salient and essential feature of the Shetland pony, next to its size, is its general air of hardihood and vitality. Stamina and robustness - capacity to endure both work and hardship - are among its most essential merits.” - A & C Douglas
Paul and Martha appreciation post, why? I love both :) Paul found Martha at a breeder in High Weycombe named Ann Davis. She became Paul’s first pet and was a lovable klutzy and cuddly ball of fur.
“Martha was my first ever pet I never had a dog or a cat at home. My parents both went out to work, which was why we couldn’t have any. even when one terrible day they were giving away puppies! Just a hundred yards away from where we lived We came screaming home, my brother and I, ‘They’re giving 'em away! We can get one if you tell us now, we can go and get one, we’ve chosen the one we want!’ They said 'You can’t have one son Me and your mum go out to work and it wouldn’t be fair on a dog’ 'We’ll look after it, we’ll do it’ 'You’re at school’ 'We’ll come back at lunchtime. Surely?’ 'No!No!No!’ Crying, crying, crying, We just couldn’t understand because they were free! We could understand not buying one because weren’t that well off, but passing up a freebie puppy! He was quite firm about stuff like that and I suppose he was right.”
“She was a dear pet of mine. I remember John being so amazed to see me so loving to an animal.He said 'I’ve never seen you like that before’ I’ve since thought, you know he wouldn’t have. It’s only when you’re cuddling around with a dog that you’re in that mode, and she was a very cuddly dog.” Paul, Many Years From Now