I adopted Bertie when I lived in Devon some 12 years ago. Since then, the one-eyed grouch-bag has lived with me in Northumberland and most recently in Somerset. With his superb whiskers, wicked left hook and lovely soft fur, he's been a wonderful friend who has taught me much. Sadly, I had him put to sleep on Christmas eve, with renal failure making him ever weaker despite the excellent attentions of our vet. I will miss him so.

Sarah Schmitz