If you don't know me personally then you may be wondering why I decided to call this blog of mine 'Nellie and Oliver'. Well, Nellie and Oliver were my two childhood puppy dogs who I loved with all of my heart. They are both no longer with us and my whole family misses them dearly.
I still remember the day we went to pick up Nellie (black and white Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) from a farm near Armidale, NSW. Our Dad must have had the day off work and I think it was during school holidays because I remember my brother, sister and I went with him while Mum was at work. I vaguely remember all these gorgeous little puppies running around the farm and us choosing little Nellie to take home. We were all eagerly waiting for Mum to get home and I remember us all sitting on the front step with Nellie as she drove up the driveway. Nellie was a very loyal and loving dog. She was also a little bit crazy. And by crazy I mean she would lick the screen door for hours on end and had some other obsessive tendencies. We loved her very much and hope she's having fun licking the screen door in puppy heaven.
Oliver, or 'Ollie', was a gift to our family from my Aunty. He was a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cross Poodle, or 'Cavoodle' as they are technically known. I also remember the day that Aunty Kim brought Ollie over to our place. He was a little yellow fluff ball and I remember him running around his new home with Nellie not quite sure what was going on or who this new strange friend was. Ollie was an extremely gentle pet. He never barked and he slept a lot, especially in his old age. We talked to him like he was a human. He was such a huge part of our family and when he passed away last year we were completely devastated. I'm sure him and Nellie are having great fun together now.
Now days, we have a puppy by the name of Chester in our family. My brother adopted him from the pound and he lives with my family in Tamworth. I've only met him once so far as I live five hours away, but I'm enjoying seeing regular Instagram photos from my brother as this little pup grows into a big pup.
So there you have it - the story behind the name.
Photos by my brother and me.