Sepia Saturday – Granny and a dog, again, again, again

This week’s Sepia Saturday theme is on the subject of dogs.  Us Brits are notoriously sentimental about our pets, and I remember my Grandad having a Border Terrier (called Doug) who hated children, because he wasn’t used to having them around.  He would pose for photos wearing my Grandad’s specs and with a pipe hanging from his mouth, but he hated the noise we made. We were forever being told “keep away from the dog”.  Dad also had a Border Collie when I was very young, and she was old, snappy and aggressive – collies are notorious for only having one master, and this one used to chase my Mum out of the kitchen on a regular basis.  As a result, I’ve not been as keen on dogs as I have been on other animals.  Granny appears to have had a faithful Spaniel, judging by the photos found in Great Granny’s album.  I don’t know if the dog belonged to Granny, or was just a regular fixture, but it features heavily…

There’s no disguising those ridiculous Plus 4’s that cousin Frank is wearing.  This is Frank’s Dad and Mum, David Hardie and Mary Auchmuty, with Granny in between them.

I’m not sure who the handsome young man is, but I suspect he is a Kininmonth cousin – hopefully my new-found cousin Janet will be able to confirm this for me 🙂  He’s a big strapping lad, and there’s That Dog again.

Frank, Granny, Mary, and help?  But That (fatter) Dog’s there again 🙂

No Granny in this photo, but I do know that he was Granny’s special friend – I haven’t identified him yet, but he was very important to her.  The young lady is having a bit of a scream – I wonder who she is?  And what he said?  And, Deputy Dawg’s there again.

This must have been taken at the same place, probably on the same day, judging by Granny’s outfit, with the Same Dog – different bloke.  Perhaps a day that they had visitors such as cousins, or a family “do” like a wedding?  Maybe they’re not well-dressed enough for it to be a wedding, another family occasion then.

Now, I’m presuming that this is the same dog, but only because it looks Friesian like in the other photos, and it has been taken in the same place, as the gate is very similar, with the criss-cross wire to keep the rabbits out, high hedges either side, and an interesting roofline in the foreground.  I’m not too sure who these handsome young men are, but I suspect the one on the right is a Hardie cousin.

Deputy Dawg is involved somewhere, he/she was definitely an important part of the family, as the pics show.

Disappointingly, I couldn’t find the couple of group photos that I have which feature cats (my master of choice) but I will wait for Alan to do a “cat theme” and make sure I am at the ready 🙂

Jo 🙂

See what everyone else has done with their old pics on a Sepia Saturday theme – go on, join in, it doesn’t have to be sepia, in fact it doesn’t have to fit in with the theme, you can go your own way 🙂  Chuck something in and see what our interpretations are -we’re  friendly bunch, do it, do it, do it for next Saturday

About Jo Graham

Scottish genealogist - this blog is for my own family history and photos
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18 Responses to Sepia Saturday – Granny and a dog, again, again, again

  1. Christine H. says:

    I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m struck by how good-looking your relatives are. I’m tempted to swap them out for some of my long-ago relatives…the ones that look like they would come back to haunt you (especially if you swapped out their photo for someone else.) Your Granny is just delightful and pretty. Even with the plus fours, Frank is a handsome man. As could be expected, the dog’s not bad looking either!

  2. Little Nell says:

    I have to agree with Christine. They are a remarkably well-dressed bunch too, and the dog just adds to their charm. They all seem happy and relaxed, but the photographer should have said, “Hands out of your pockets!” to the young chap in the penultimate snap, as he lets Granny down; the dog of course behaves impeccably at all times.

  3. Bob Scotney says:

    The spaniel is obviously used to being photographed. I seem to remember see Frank’s plus fours before.

    • Jo says:

      Thanks Bob – yes I’m sure Frank’s trousers have appeared already. It was the shooting uniform of the day (still is, in some places!).

  4. Hi Jo, these are simply wonderful photos! I loved your commentary too, you make me smile.

    Thanks so much,

    Kathy M.

  5. Jo says:

    Thanks Kathy, pleased to hear that you’re enjoying the photos 🙂

  6. tyrogers6200 says:

    Great family photos and boy that dog was bound and determined to be in all the pics! Thanks for sharing!

  7. postcardy says:

    My family had a black and white cocker spaniel when I was a baby. It looked very big to me then, but I now think it must have been smaller than the dog in your photos.

  8. Nancy says:

    I think it’s positively endearing that your grandmother included her dog in her photographs so often. Plus the dog, him/herself looks endearing and adorable.

    Your poor mum out of the kitchen. I think anyone who lives in a home with a dog needs to be trained to keep the dog in beta status. We had an Airedale who was alpha dog. She was not mean or aggressive, just knew what she wanted and insisted. (Plus, we were pushovers because she was so cute.) After her I decided no more and figured out how to prevent having an alpha dog.

    Just one other observation. It seems to me that generally, when men smile, we see their lower teeth and not their upper teeth. (And I think it’s usually the opposite for women.) Anyway, your granny’s special friend has a wonderful smile: we see his upper teeth. And I love his glasses!

  9. Judging by the ivy behind the tall man it looks like the second photo was made at a later moment in time, despite Granny’s matching outfits. Lovely pics, especially the 4th one!

  10. Joy says:

    I dog that does not want to be out of the picture, I love how it is always there, posing. There are some happy photos here.

  11. reflectionsfromthefence says:

    From Reflections, a response I posted on your comments about threaded Blogger messes:

    Thank you Jo for the information on this.

    First, it does not surprise me that WordPress and Blogger won’t talk to each other. It irritates the heckie doo out of me, I have had trouble with WordPress comments for a very long time. It has been so bad that there are blogs that I never tried to leave comments on and in fact, a few that I stopped following them from the frustration, because no matter what I did WordPress would not allow me to leave a comment.

    Now, I have a WordPress account for backing up Reflections only and I have not had as many issues.

    Can we spell F*R*U*S*T*R*A*T*I*O*N???

    Chattering and comments to me are a very important part of the blogging experience, so, I will, as you suggest, revisit this issue.

  12. tony zimnoch says:

    As well as the people & dogs,I love the buildings+stone. They very much remind me of some of my old Scottish photos here.

  13. I am a dog person..that is not to say that I don’t like cats..because I Grandson has a cat that adores me!
    I enjoyed all the dog photos..over here I find a few photos with dogs and a few with cats but not too many.
    Again I enjoyed your Gran..she always seems so happy and full of fun! 🙂

  14. Janet says:

    I love that the dog appears in so many photos! I had a dog when I was a kid who’d try to get in on any photos being taken. Dogs like to be part of the group. 🙂

    Very natty plus fours! Wonder if they were for golfing?

  15. Pam Thomson says:

    My paternal grandmother was a Kininmonth and her grandmother was an Auchmuty before she married a Kininmonth. I have a Mary Kininmonth in my tree, sister of John. Mary married John Auchmuty. There are Hardie’s in my tree too. My Kininmonths lived at Orr Mills Farm and Bowhouse Farm, near Kirkcaldy. I was delighted, and amazed, when I saw your blog!

    • Jo says:

      How exciting, Pam – very pleased to meet you 😀 Email me at and we can compare notes and photos. I’m not always brilliant at replying fast due to pressures of work, but bear with me, please! 🙂 Jo

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