Wordless Wednesday – Famous Dogs

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Welcome back to this weeks Wordless Wednesday, hosted by BlogPaws
This week I am going to show you some famous dogs! Hopefully you will know some!

lassie
First up is Lassie. You may have seen the Lassie films, in which case you will know who Lassie is! She is a Rough Collie and an amazing ‘actress’/’actor’ there have been more than one Lassie but here is the Wikipedia page of Pal who acted as Lassie in the 1950’s; click here to view.

pippin
Pippin is a Tibetan Terrier who stared in the British child programme ‘Come Outside’. He was the lead role in the children’s programme and preformed many tricks that were comical. Unfortunately the series ended in 1997 but the show still shows occasionally.

marley and me

Marley and Me is based on a true story. It started as a book written by John Grogan and was then made into a film. There were multiple dogs who stared in the movie but they are all very talented. You can read more about the film here

 

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Shopping trip part 1 – Training pads and brushes

Just under 7 weeks until I have a gorgeous little puppy running around my house! To celebrate that fact, guess what I did? I went shopping!

Once again I bought everything from Pets At Home. First are Puppy Pads.
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These are Simple Solution Puppy Training Pads. I bought these for £6.99. Click here to buy online.

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As you can see they are the ‘New and Improved’ make. They claim it is 100% more absorbent. They also claim that they prevent leaking and run off and have an Odour control. This persuaded me to make the purchase. Joanna said that when we bring the puppies home they will be training pad trained. Meaning that they will know only to do their business on the pads. So if they know this then the pads will get used a lot. So I wanted ones that really did the job and protected the floors.  Let’s hope it works!
From the picture you can also see that there are 14 pads size 21.5″ x 22.5″ / 54cm x 57cm. I only went for the 14 pack because I wasn’t sure how many I would need. However if it does turn out that I need more the store is only down the road so I could just pop in!

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As well as offering no leaking or run off, it also offers this whole list; 100% more absorbent, prevents leaking, neutralizes odours, powerful attractant, Anti tracking, quick drying, extended use.

Next I bought a pack of brushes.
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These brushes were £8 from Pets At Home . Unfortunately they do not sell this product online.

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The packet includes a rubber slicker, comb and flea comb.

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Here is the rubber slicker. Each brush has a rubber handle for grip making it easier to hold.
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The bristles are wide apart meaning that it wont get caught in knots causing the dog pain but also slitting the knot into pieces making it easier to then comb away.

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Here is the flea comb.

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This time the bristles are closer together meaning it can detach the fleas when other brushes would miss them.

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This is the comb. I am actually quite disappointed by this. It is just a feeble plastic comb which does not feel as though it would last very long. If it got caught by a knot I feel as though it would snap.

Now for the ‘Before use rate’
Training PadsImageImageImageImageImage5 stars! The package says that it is almost a miracle pad! If it lives up to what it says then these pads will be the best thing I have bought so far! They do so much!
Brushes:ImageImageImageImage4 stars! My first ever 4 stars. I am almost disappointed by these brushes. The slicker brush and flea comb feel fine but the comb is just too weak and I don’t have high hopes. The 4 stars are simply for the other 2 brushes which I think will be quite good and get the job done smoothly.

This is part 1 of this shopping trip. Unfortunately the post was getting too long and I felt it would be better to simply split it in two half’s. The post will be up on Thursday!

Saturday Pet Blogger Hop – First day home

 

Welcome back to this weeks Saturday Pet Blogger Hop! Hosted by Two Little Cavaliers. This week I am going to share with you some videos of people bringing their puppy home for the first time.

Do you remember the day your bought your new pet home? You loved it and were just too excited! First is a video of a Husky Puppy on its first day home.

Next is a Springer Spaniel on her first day home meeting her older brother.

Here is a 7 week old black Labrador puppy experiencing her first day home

Lastly is a beagle puppy! I couldn’t resist

I hope you enjoyed the videos and found them just as I did!

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First Puppy Visit!

Yesterday at 2pm we traveled down to visit Joanna and her pups! We met all of her dogs and the pups who are the cutest little things! We got to ask her as many questions as we could and she asked us some and answered ours. I for one feel very reassured by her and I hope she trusts us with one of her pups!

What happened, and pictures!

We went through her house in a loop really! First we walked through the gates and there were 2 female beagles in season in the front yard. They were lovely but we didn’t stay out for long as it was freezing weather! We then walked into her ‘Puppy Room’ where mums and their pups stay. Because of the cold weather and the age of the pups and the disaster of the birth; Joanna thought it best that the pups and mum stayed in the lounge with the family so they could be warm and close if anything went wrong. So the ‘Puppy Room’ was empty. Here are some pictures of the pups:

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Here is little Clarence with his tongue stuck out!

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Here are 7 of them. 2 were being snuggled!

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Here is little Dorothy having a group snuggle!

After we went to visit the pups We went into her storage room where she showed us some of the products she uses and the food they like etc. She then showed us the puppy pack we will get when we bring the puppy home and the one we will get next time to help us prepare. We then went outside to visit her other 8 beagles! Here is a picture of them all out in the backyard:

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They were great fun!

After our tour all around her house we then went back into the pups room to have one last visit and some more questions.

Where do we go from here?

We have more visits of course! Joanna said that the more visits we have the more socialized the pups get. So she said to come whenever we want but she advised us to come in about 3 weeks as they will be 4 1/2 weeks old so we will start to see their personality’s more. We will then pick our 2 favorites and  she will decide which is perfect for us. Then we visit right up until the day we bring the little fella home!

Wordless Wednesday – Begging Week

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This week I am giving the theme of Begging. You know that traditional ‘Puppy dog eyes’ look? That will be included!

can't resit face

 

How can you resist this face? It tugs on your heart strings!

Patrick Silveira

 

They walk right up to you and stare solemnly. You just feel like giving in!

dog sulking

When they don’t get their own way, there’s the sulking face. Even that can be persuasive!

I don’t know how I’m going to cope when these faces hit me. I’ll constantly give in!

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First visit! When and what?

ImageI’m as happy and excited as this dog right here!

Yesterday Joanna contacted me with details of our first visit! All the pups are happy and healthy and growing strong and she said that it was the right time to have our first visit. We will be going down on Thursday (21.2.13) so I will post all about it then.

What will be happening

Because the pups are so young they do not have their eyes open and their ears are still sealed. However by Thursday Joanna thinks that they may have their ears and eyes open but it is not certain. Being this young means that it is hard to tell the personality of each of the pups and even harder to actually choose one. So on Thursday we wont be picking a pup. Joanna wants to ask us a few questions and make sure she is OK with selling us one of her pups. We may ask her some questions and meet the pups for the first time. We can pick 2 favorites based purely on looks and the next time we visit we will get to experience more of the personality and our favorites are likely to change.

I am just so excited that I will finally be meeting my future dog!
Here is a picture of some dogs just as excited as me!
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Dog biscuit recipe – Peanut Butter and Banana Treats

Here is another recipe, this time on biscuits.
Here is a picture of what the end result should look like:
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I got this recipe from WholeFoods. Click here to see the recipe on their website.

Homemade Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats

Total Time: 1 hour/ 1 hour and 5 minutes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40/45 minutes

Ingredients and equipment:

  • 1 Banana – Peeled 
  • 1 Cup of Oat Flour
  • 2/3 Cup of Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup of Dried Parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
  • 1 Egg – Beaten
  • Potato Masher
  • Spoon
  • Parchment Paper
  • Baking Tray
  • Cooling Rack

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C, Gas-mark 2)
  2. Put banana into a large bowl and use potato masher to mash thoroughly
  3. Add  oat flour, parsley, peanut butter and egg and stir well to combine
  4. Set aside for 5 minutes
  5. Roll mixture into evenly sized balls. In the picture above 24 balls were made using about 1 tablespoon dough for each
  6. Use the back of a spoon or the heel of your hand to press each of the balls into a coin
  7. Bake until firm and a deep golden brown on the bottom, 40 – 45 minutes
  8. Once finished baking set aside to cool completely

Storage note:

It’s best to store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator

How did yours turn out? Did your dogs enjoy them? What did you change? Let me know!