Kilo a Dogs Tale

Riding home from work at the Battle Hill Colliery in Wallsend a young lad hears what he thinks is a woman in distress- He parks his bike and runs down an an embankment where he discovers it is not a woman but a sack that has been thrown into a sewer. upon opening the bag he discovers that it is in fact a little staffordshire bull terrier pup. He places the pup into his bait bag and takes it home to his mother where they live in a miner's cottage in Cullercoats. If you love animals you will love this story.

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14. Kilo Chapter 14

It was a little after three thirty when Jack returned. Kilo was in the yard chewing on a bone. Kilo came to see Jack and greeted him. The back door was locked so he knew his mother was out. He let himself in then popped on the kettle to make tea. Reaching inside his pocket he took out the change and placed it back into the tin on the mantle piece. When the kettle boiled Jack spooned tea that was left into the pot then stirred it before putting a tea cosy around in then leaving it to brew. It was twenty past four when his mother returned pushing a pram with little Tilly inside. She was well wrapped up to keep out the biting cold wind.

“Where have you been mam, is Tilly alright?
“Yes she’s fine. I went to the co-op to get some tea and milk then asked them if they could arrange a date for Martha’s funeral,
“When will be then?
“It’s next Tuesday at twelve noon.”
“How much is it going to cost mam?
“Well the gentleman said that we could get something towards the costs because of this new welfare state. It was to help poor families with who couldn’t afford to pay for a proper funeral.
“I won’t have charity mother.” How much money do we have saved?
“There must be over two hundred pounds saved from you alone then there is the money that your father left to you.”
“Martha will not be buried in a pauper’s grave, not if I have anything to do with it.
Look I’ve been given some Ostermilk from Dr Booth. It’s a powdered milk formula for babies. He has given me six months supply. You make it with boiling water then shake the bottle to make sure there are no lumps in it. Leave it to cool a little and then feed it to Tilly every three hours said the Doctor.

Jack’s mother showed him how to change the baby’s nappy how to feed and wind the child after. Jack was clumsy at first but soon got the hang of it.
Tilly was a good baby, she rarely cried and once she had her feed she would sleep right through until the morning.
 Kilo liked to sleep beside the crib. Normally he would lie on the rug in Jack’s room but since the baby was born Kilo took it upon himself to be with Tilly.
He protected both Nelly and the baby whilst Jack was at the pit working.

 

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