life as a dog owner

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We celebrated Tilley’s second birthday, well the date we picked since we don’t know the real date, with a little walk to Wycoller. On the Ferndean way which makes a

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**UPDATE**: Quinn met his future family today, a lovely couple and daughter who is at university. They live right next to lovely walking areas, and we are sure he is

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**UPDATE**: The wee lad went to his forever home this afternoon, we know that he has found a great home. We will miss you and the house is quiet without

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I grew up in the 70’s (yes I’m that old) and into the 80s and 90s there was a dog close at hand. Back then I, and other dog owners,

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We’ve been very busy keeping Tilley quiet since her operation so we haven’t had the time to do much blogging. We’re just glad that we don’t do the Christmas thing,

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A couple of months ago, we noticed that Tilley was limping badly especially after a long walk or a long sleep. She would struggle to get up from her bed

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We adopted Tilley from the Dog’s Trust in September 2013 and got a free 2kg bag of Arden Grange Puppy/Junior (chicken and rice) as part of the welcome pack. As

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With two Aldi dog fleeces, a very large fleece blanket, a smaller fleece blanket, a plumply (aka single duvet), a cardboard box (is our dog a cat?), the laundry wicker

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Here’s “Scrappy” when she was first rescued by Leitrim Animal Welfare in Ireland. Read all about how we traced her history… We’ve now had our wonderful Tilley for seven weeks

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… and Tilley has had her ups and downs. (And we love her to bits.) We truly enjoy having her around, she is keeping Peli on her toes since she

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A couple of updates to this post: We’ve since heard from local people about several other incidents of harsh methods being used by this club, including a puppy being ‘pinned

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We have tried with no avail to get Tilley interested in balls so that we can play fetch. But nothing helped even cutting a little hole and filling it with

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Over the last few days Tilley has changed a fair bit, grown a bit and become right young mischief. She have now discovered shoes, which she ignored before, they will

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Over the last few days Tilley’s spay scar started to play up. It was looking good the first few days we had her and she didn’t mind us touching her

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We didn’t have time this weekend to write a post to mark a full week with Tilley. She has been good as gold and Peli has done some splendid work

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Tilley was smelling rather like the bad end of a smelly thing, the second time we saw her she had poo stuck in her fur. We had planned to leave

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… and Tilley is settling in or is that we are settling in. She came home and was pretty settled in and was calm, some odd jumping around mostly to

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First toy down only 20min in the crate with Tilley and the toy had more of its inside on the outside, well at least it wasn’t our shoes.

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Today we picked up Scrappy, from now on known as Tilley, from Darlington Dog’s Trust. We had a 45 minute talk about us what to expect and what support we

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Well after a few years of nagging I have finally managed to drag Peli to a place to look for a dog to have. Lots of talking to and fro

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I have been brought up by a packs of dogs erm I have had dogs around me all my childhood: my folks, grandparents and friends have always had dogs around

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Finding a name for a dog is right up there like finding a name for your kid. We have been talking about a name as long as I have been

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I have had a fair amount of dogs. Even though I haven’t been old enough to be the main trainer, I have learned a lot about it. What will mess

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I’m in the process in talking Peli into getting a dog. I have always had a dog, well ok the last 15 years while living the in England or France,

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