Introducing Albie the Terrier October 22, 2015 15:15

Welcome to Pheasant Plucker & Son! After a long time whirling around in our head the website is finally here and we’re excited to see where it goes.

Albie the dog

For the first post we want to introduce Albie the Terrier, currently featuring in our Thank You notelets. The inspiration behind him was this old 1980s photo of Gran and her cheeky Jack Russell, Badger.

Gran with her Jack Russell Badger

A kind and fun-loving matriarch, Gran ruled the roost, literally, by breeding chickens to give herself an income in an era when most farm wives relied on the housekeeping money they were given. She was a compulsive giggler with an ice-blue twinkle in her eye and we adored her for her generosity and ready supply of strawberry jelly and tinned peaches.

At summer country shows there was often a terrier race just for fun towards the end of the afternoon and Gran would seize any opportunity to enter Badger into them. The races were pandemonium with terriers everywhere; running in the wrong direction, fighting, mating, refusing to race or disappearing off into the distance. Gran would let Badger go, stand back and watch the chaos unfold, laughing at the silliness of it all and enjoying the simplicity of an afternoon away from the farm.

It is certain that Albie the dog (named after a toddler we know with the same hairdo) didn’t behave very well in his race and although he won it, his sheepish expression conveys that terrier races are always won by fair means or fowl (sorry, pun intended).