The animals of my ancestors

My great grandfather, Ernest L. Simpson, far right, with his dog.

My great grandfather, Ernest L. Simpson, far right, with his dog.

I sit here typing with two Toy Poodles on my lap.  (I come from a long line of animal lovers!) Where did this love come from?  Until recently, I assumed this passion for animals was nurtured through childhood.  Certainly that is part of it, but I was intrigued by last week’s episode of TLC’s Long Lost Family, in which a woman was introduced to her biological father.  While they had before never met, father and daughter learned they had one huge thing in common – a love for animals.  Both were involved with animal foundations and rescue programs, and considered animals to be a huge part of their lives.  Could this love of animals be partly genetic?  Seems possible!  Regardless, here are some pictures of my ancestors with their various pets:

Harold Uphouse, my grandfather, about 1922/3, with his dog.

Harold Uphouse, my grandfather, about 1922/3, with his dog.

My grandmother, Goldie Simpson, on the right, about 2 years old, visiting relatives and their dog

My grandmother, Goldie Simpson, on the right, about 2 years old, visiting relatives and their dog

My grandmother, Goldie, probably 1926/7, holding a young pup.

My grandmother, Goldie, probably 1926/7, holding a young pup.

My grandmother, Goldie, about 1940, with one of her dogs.

My grandmother, Goldie, about 1940, with one of her dogs.

My mom, Patricia (Uphouse) Rogers, about 1965 with "Ginger"

My mom, Patricia (Uphouse) Rogers, about 1965 with “Ginger”

Me in 1967 with my first dog, Taffy, a faithful Border Collie who was my shadow.

Me in 1967 with my first dog, Taffy, a faithful Border Collie who was my shadow.

Me, about 1974 (sitting on my pony, "Charlie") with my cousin Jeff behind me, and my aunt Robyn standing.

Me, about 1974 (sitting on my pony, “Charlie”) with my cousin Jeff behind me, and my aunt Robyn standing.

Christmas 2011. Human and four footed family members (including my Border Collie, Boo).

Christmas 2010. Human and four footed family members (including my Border Collie, Boo).

Yes, I think this love of animals is just a *bit* genetic.  Okay, maybe not, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!


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