Probably a Somalian tabby, Meep spent the first few weeks of his life living in a hedge by a building site and to this day he is scared by feet, loud noises and things moving over his head. As a result he is almost always alarmed, except while sleeping, and prone to fleeing suddenly from laps or food when his surroundings are not perfectly still..
Frodo was a stunningly beautiful mongrol tabby. Although staggeringly vain and often aloof, Frodo could be extremely sweet and affectionate when it suited him.
Frodo died of a brain tumour in 2001.
Bilbo is the family dog, a Hungarian Puli. Being a puli, his face and most of his body are covered by dreadlocks. However, his back is instead covered by thick black curls.
Pulis have a reputation for being extraordinarily intelligent dogs; however, having lived with him for some years now I have reluctantly reached the conclusion that he is, alas, an idiot.
All pictures copyright Fergus Murray.