Sunday, 30 October 2011

Doris by Justine

The A to Z of Doris

A - Aristocratic

B - Beautiful

C - Cantankerous

D - Diva

E - Elegant

F - Faithful

G - Grande Dame

H - Hilarious

I - Inflexible

J - Jewels - The girl was rarely seen without hers

K - Kissable

L - Luscious

M - Magnificent

N - Nosey

O - Obstinate

P - Prima Donna

Q - Queen Mother (thats what my mam called her)

R - Royalty

S - Stubborn

T - Temperamental

U - Underterred

V - Vivacious

W - Willful

X - Xhibitionist :O)

Y - Yappy - Lady D DID NOT like delivery men

Z - Zippy - She was not

This maybe wasn't what you were expecting, but you know me and Dowis x

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Lady Dowis Of Pelton

I want to tell you a story, to tell you all about a lovely pug called Dowis or rather Doris. Today however I am just going to share some photos of Lady Dot and leave the talking for another day.

We will miss you Dowis and I hope you join us when we are out and about....I will forever look around to see if you are keeping up and long for that happy face trotting towards me for a body rub.

Family orientated
Canny as owt
Hot stuff
Groovy looker
Groovy mover
Lard arse
Pug tired
Irresistible Fat Doris
Young free and single

So desperately missed the one and only Doris

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Kennel cough vaccine

Just a gentle reminder that all should be due their Kennel cough vaccines if they haven't had them already. My boys are now no longer coughing so they will heading to the vets for theirs that'll be fun two patts, two lurchers and two podencos I think the vet will faint with joy.

All the dogs that were coughing have now recovered...we have three who have started and they are ones that have not been coming out and about so still keep a close eye on our little treasures and I hope this blimp is our share this year!

This time of year we tend to get small cuts on pads etc as their feet are generally softer in the wet so we will keep a close eye on that and we are due a good teeth descaling/ anal gland emptying/ ear plucking/ cleaning session not to forget nail trimming so if we miss yours out please shout....

EllaBella Isabella Appafloosy phil

That is her full title though not her registered name!

Well after a fairly uneventful time with Ella I thought I would update you all.

Five/ six days after returning home she managed to, quite severely damage her forehead which thankfully with lots of stitching and care is now healed. Unfortunately her anxious, panicky behaviour didn't improve and it ended up that every morning she had a new minor injury, was fence walking( or rather galloping) so she was due her blood tests to sign her off from edinburgh so I asked the vet to also scan her ovaries.

Unfortunately or fortunately her scan showed she had a stunted ovary and a very abnormal ovary on the right. Whilst waiting for the blood results( all came back fine for her angiodema and vasculitis indicator) she was put on regulate which I believe is very like the pill in humans.

What a complete turn around. It has taken some getting used to and finally I am not having to visit the barn at midnight to see what she has been getting up to.

So all there is to do now is she needs a further hospital trip to be …….spayed!

I now have the hard decision to make…send her to edinburgh which is £400 more expensive but they know her and her problems well or send her to glasgow and they specialise in this op. My heart says Edinburgh my head Glasgow arghhhh.

I have also made a decision that it is time for the boys to lose their pride and joy christmas time so what a snip happy time I will be having bringing a close to 2011!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

A thought

Still on the theme of keeping our guys safe:

Vet waiting rooms.

Despite looking up contamination risk, on the internet, at vet waiting rooms I found more about when to take your dog to the vet( when it is ill?), how much it will cost ( a fortune numpty) yet very little about risk of taking you dog TO the vet.

I found lots about reducing the risk in the surgery, for example 'If a patient has to be hospitalised he/she is taken through to our kennels area. We have two open kennels rooms and a small isolation ward with its own air extractor system to prevent any disease contamination.

Each patient is designated a particular kennel or cage and is retained in that unit for the duration of stay. At all times all cleaning and movement protocols are designed to minimise the risk of disease transfer within the hospitalisation wards.'

Only one mentioned their actual waiting room:

Consultation Rooms / Waiting room

The hygiene of the waiting room and consultation rooms are maintained at a very high standard. They are cleaned thoroughly several times a day to minimise cross contamination and are regularly tested to ensure that they remain MRSA free. There is plenty of seating in the waiting room and there’s a separate waiting area for cats to try to minimise stress.

Yet clearly there is a risk

So what can YOU do to reduce the risk.

Only take your dog in once it is your turn, leave them in the car.

Toilet them away from the vet car park, parvo is spread via faeces, many viruses can live for sometime off the host animal so sniffing around waiting for them to toilet can increase risk.

No matter how friendly and lovely don't handle other dogs there, generally people take their dogs to teh vet cos something is wrong.

Allow no nose to nose contact with other animals.

These simple changes can make all the difference!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

A choice that isn't a choice.

A choice that isn't a choice.

I am an honest girl( haha I guess I am not a girl anymore but woman, woman smacks of all grown up with kids to me) although I wasn't always that way. I used to steal stuff from my mam then hide it in my brothers bedroom to get him in trouble. Used to lie when I didn't actually benefit from lying. Then I got wiser, swallowed my pride and learnt that being me is just about good enough.

I also know what is right and wrong, oh how I dislike when I know I am wrong even worse when I have to admit to it!

Control is also something that is definitely part of my personality and why I don't give up the ghost on that one is beyond me, just let it go it ain't gonna happen my brain says yet I still try and hold on to it with both hands.

I can't control how people will take this post, how they will interpret it and how they will twist it so I will just continue. We have a fantastic system that has weaknesses, many many strengths but the odd weakness. I may try to stop them, to annihilate them but it isn't going to happen.

Some of the guys have a cough. It strikes dread in my heart when I hear a dog cough. We always have delicate dogs, dogs who are older, weaker or have conditions that make them susceptible to any ailments. I have one myself Shy, a weak stressed heart yet he is indeed as tough as old boots. This cough was diagnosed as a mild virus so I pondered. Of course I pondered, to cancel dogs causes inconvenience, disruption to all and loss of income for me at a time I can ill afford it.

The alternative is far worse.

So we have a cough and I do the texting, name after name making sure everyone knows. It is so important to let people know, that gives us all power. Yet sometimes that doesn't work both ways.

Because ringing nanny causes inconvenience, maybe it means a change of plan, the guys missing out. Often its the doubt, maybe something isn't really wrong just a blimp, why should they lose out if there isn't really anything wrong. I have made my own mistakes taking a dog in the past cos you think to yourself are you mistaken? Maybe you didn't know, didn't see anything where does that leave everyone?

Where we are now. With a choice, do you leave your dog at home change your plans or do you continue with Nanny. Both choices are right. If delicate of course keep them at home what is a week in the scheme of things. Going out with Nanny is right too. After all your dogs are fit and well, they mix with the same dogs weekly and like children who go to school you can't avoid everything all the time.

After making the decision, feeling the pinch keeping in touch to make sure all is well with the coughing dogs you then find out all is fine, its past by! Pants…..

You do realise what this means don't you? I am going to have to do my paperwork. To draw more and get some put away jobs done. Mumble grumble. The upside, happy manic faces greeting us after their mini break and the realisation that our normal day to day life is mighty fine. Munter munter.

At least it wasn't…..shhhh I will say this only once and very very quietly….at least it wasn't kennel cough. Thank you to all who have their dogs vaccinated against that particular nasty. Well no more stalling time to wake my two up and chuck them outside for a wee. Funny how they sprint out like whippets when it comes to a walk yet they creep out like snails when it is wee in the garden time. This is the one time Shy outspeeds the boys, he's up and waiting at the door.

Night night guys

Bye bye cough!

Timeless Grace

Whilst out walking Flute set off at a gallop, long limbs flowing with timeless grace. Jigging left and right when Tips joined in, running just for runnings sake. Mick our friend watched with a smile on his face.

I couldn't tear my eyes away from them when I heard a comment from Bruce, never to be forgotten:

"Run Forrest Run"

He will pay you know, when will men learn that there is nothing more painful than a woman who's been told her little darling is 'special'. Poor man hasn't learnt this yet.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011


Now I am not shy at being forthright. Normally it is about the dogs, this time it is about humans!

There is one thing we can guarantee in some point in some it will rain. You can also guarantee that on a day that it is raining hard, in the morning, we will be cleaning the van, replacing the bedding and being grumpy because one or more of the dogs refused to toilet in the morning and toiletted in the van instead.

Now I don't mind mess, I don't mind the odd wee or poop as we look after old, new and opinionated but I do mind when not enough effort is made to ensure a dog is empty before they head out in our van. Despite starting the first walk at 8.45am as I knew there would be a few who needed to get out asap it was too late. One flood in the middle, two poops. middle needed emptying of everything mats washed and bedding folded up and only towels left to replace messed bedding, same in one of the back cages.

I know we will be walking them but your dog may not be the first out, we could take them further away so the journey could take longer.

So the easiest way to look at it is if your dog won't go and toilet in the garden on a rainy morning treat it as if you are going to be leaving the dog till lunchtime/ late morning. If necessary take them for a short walk.

There grumpiness over. Please be considerate.

I have said it before I blame it on the weather!

Monday, 10 October 2011

A note from the past

Whilst putting my papers in order ( yeh yeh of course I was) I found a handwritten note that made me chuckle.

I can only presume it was from Glynn( my first Employee) and it said:


1st Walk

Loki Nanci Millie and Tash

Tash hasn't been to the deerpark since she had the incident eating the bread. Think this was well before christmas. As soon as we got near to the place where the bread was - she was a good 100yards ahead looking for it. Whoa what a memory for food!

(People question dogs and their intelligence!)

2nd Walk

Leia Zig Hamish Doodle Norman

Mmmm this was overambitious

1 slightly nervous pup

1blind dog

1 sex crazed pup

1 bitch just coming out of season

1 ok dog

Guess who ended up a maypole!

The upside is that this hasn't happened for ages, makes me appreciate how much of a difference all the training makes, to have well behaved dogs, usually!

(Haha I can picture the kind of walk she had, bet she needed five minutes sit after that walk.)

Wednesday, 5 October 2011



I often worry how people, who check out our page on Facebook, interpret what they see. What if people see something that worries them yet never ask. I love the people who ask or comment, even an unpleasant or heaven forbid abusive comment can be at least tackled, discussed or explained.

So I was asked a question.

' Hi i keep looking at your photos how many dogs have you got ,and where do you go to take them out do they ever fight .'

As for how many dogs we have, we have a few! Our numbers do fluctuate to a degree but generally we stick to a set number, a number we can manage under extreme circumstances. Not when things are going smoothly or well, numbers that mean even when Izzy or Veronica( our vans) need to go to the vet, when we are on one leg or one of our guys are poorly we will manage. Two vans, two nannies and a band of happy dogs. Of course we mustn't forget our knightess in shining supertrooper who comes to our aid when we need her!

Where do we take them? Here, there and everywhere! We are blessed with fabulous walks where we are, we have fields, woods and on occassions the beach. Of course we mustn't forget the important places to walk, not the photo pleasers, or customer pleasers and in fact not the dog pleasers….road walks, training walks and rehab walks. All so vital to what we do, forego one at your peril, it is all about balance isn't it. We are also blessed with a fabulous field, eight acres of meadowland, with orchids, thistles, clover and hedges. Fences that fox the wily escapee whilst we train them.

Now for the interesting part. Do they ever fight? They are dogs which mean the potential for fighting is definitely there. In 13 years there has been less than five fights, only one fight that was between our dogs, the rest have been dogs bowling in on ours( one poor poor dog had been hit by a car and in his frantic state he attacked Swift). Our guys fight? No. Any hurt badly apart from the car accident incident, no.

How?! What people don't realise is we didn't get a group of dogs and throw them altogether and stand back to see what would happen. We have Tash, Sky, Mila, Belle, Jasper, Harv…do you get what I mean. They are our guys, friends and companions, we know what they like, what they loathe. We spend a lot of time getting to know them. I have Nannied many of our dogs for years, some eleven years! Week in week out, come rain or shine, sickness and in health. Even when owners move on and the dogs stay rehomed with us to a trusted new owner.

We differ from many and aim always to be different. For example a Creche. The place is the creche, the focus, the prize, dogs come and dogs go yet the creche stays the same, the people will change and still the place stays the same. You never know who might come, who might go, regulars come and mix with new guys. Of course it works if you get it right but it is a totally different environment to Petnan ( which is a good thing I love the fact there is a dog walker, nanny, creche, kennel for every person/ dog out there). The thing that never changes is the creche. Not the family group.

And I believe we are an extended family. There is a core of familiarity in what we do, our every day dogs always there. Over time these may change but it is in stages, one may go and a new guy comes on board, the excitement like the arrival of a new baby in the family, not always initially accepted but ends up part of the family. So we have a happy band of dogs with a tiny percentage changing. This makes for a comforting environment and a fluid security. So fighting would only likely happen when one guy wants something so badly that it is willing to risk everything. Then of course it would also have to override all our training, training to share, to be patient, to deal with frustration and to understand that all good things come along with a few simple rules…dogs understand this they are social animals they know all about what it takes to be a family member as long as we show and explain to them.

Our rules are something like this:

Don't eat people
Don't eat dogs
Don't eat livestock or pets
Don't bully

Of course there are lots more but that isn't important right now.

So they don't fight because they are trained, they don't fight because they know each other inside and out and very rarely fight because they are dogs!

Darlington dog show:


Sam has managed to upload a horde of photos so will try and find a link for those too.