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WRVS Volunteer in Newport and surrounding area of South East Wales
People in story: 
Charlie Kayes
Location of story: 
Pontnewydd
Article ID: 
A4301001
Contributed on: 
29 June 2005

At the meeting of the Home Guards they were all sat around the fire as they had been on guard duty all night and it was very cold.

The dog, Bonzo, hugged the fire and was told by all the men to move out of the way, to let them see the fire, to shift, in fact every word, clean and unclean, polite and impolite, that they could think of to make the dog move so that they could warm themselves by the fire. But the dog, Bonzo, had different ideas and would not move.

He too was cold and had been out all night on guard duty with his owner, Charlie. It wasn't until Charlie came in and said to the dog, "Who pays the bills for coal in this house", that the dog moved. This obviously is what was said when they were at home and the dog was sitting in front of the fire.

This was a dog who did equally as much work as the home guards and obviusly felt that he deserved a sit in front of the fire just as much as the men who looked after their families and their local amenities by being in the Home Guard, when other men and women were away in the armed forces.

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