This rather grand Kennel Club title heralds the arrival of Tanner a pedigree Airedale Terrier puppy who has recently joined our household. She’s eleven weeks old now and making life interesting for all of us, not the least Penny (alias Dimante Magic Millie, while we’re on the subject of grand titles), our ten-year old Airedale. In the two weeks that Tanner has lived with us Penny has gone from steadfastly ignoring her to slow acceptance mixed with warning growls (“You’re bugging me, kid”) and woofs (“Mum! She’s being naughty again”).
We’ve found that we have to explain Tanner’s name to folk of less mature years, so here goes:
In 1971 decimal currency was introduced in the UK. Pre-decimalisation we had pounds (£), shillings (/) and pence (d). There were 12d to the shilling and 20/- to the pound. Post-decimalisation we had (and still have) only pounds (£) and pence (p); the shilling disappeared altogether, and there are 100p to the pound. When I was a little girl the tooth fairy would leave a sixpence, a little silver coin worth, as the name suggests, 6d (6 pennies), under my pillow, a swap for the loose tooth that had fallen out that day. In slang terms the sixpence was also known as… wait for it… a “tanner”. Penny, Tanner, yes? Yes!
Here she is: