Saturday, 20 February 2010

Yet another disaster...

My washing machine has stopped working! It seems like one thing after another. Currently there is human laundry in there, but on the kitchen floor waiting are:

6 muddy dog towels
1 muddy dog coat
2 wet and/or muddy dog harnesses
1 filthy muddy dog lead
1 dog walkers coat, complete with mud, slobber and dog hair.

So I am hoping that's my 'Bad news comes in threes' all done now (one van written off, replacement van broken down and now the washing machine).

What doesn't kill us makes us stronger, but I think I'm strong enough now, no more disasters please! When I started my own business I knew it wouldn't all be plain sailing, but I'd like something to go right now please.

Luckily, looking after dogs and cats mean I'm never short of a cuddle when I want one!

Now I must dash to beg my mum for a loan of her machine...

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

The Awwwww Factor

Little dogs often get lots of 'Awwwwws' as we enjoy our walk (giant breeds tend to get 'Oooohhhhhs'), especially when we see children.

And just so he doesn't feel left out - Fred was with us, so here's a pic with him in as well.

You may notice the space Lola (Cav in red coat) likes to keep between her and the other dogs in both the photos. This is essential for her comfort, without the space she really doesn't want to walk with us, so I make sure to arrange the dogs so that she can have her space.

She seemed very happy to meet Max, so I am hoping to find some Chihuahas for her to walk with in case it's a size thing! Max normally has a longer walk than Lola so can't make them a permanent match.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

No Current Vacancies

Unfortunately my van has been rammed by a hit and run driver skidding on the ice. No person or dog was in it at the time as it was parked up empty, so everyone is safe and well.

However, while I source another van and begin to refit I will not be able to take on any new customers.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Dog of the Month - January

Humphrey has been walking with me for 8 months - he's a very cute Bulldog, nearly two years old now. He's a cracking personality! Very entertaining, and all the regulars in the park love him - even those without dogs can't see him without cooing over him.

He is very much the reincarnation of Tigger:

The wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is Tiggers are wonderful chaps
They're loaded with vim and vigor
They love to leap in your laps
They're jumpy, bumpy, clumpy, thumpy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun

This doesn't always go down very well with other dogs, although he did learn very quickly to be calm and controlled around the other dogs in his regular walking group. Every new dog though, got Tiggered.

Then, after a very quiet winter of calm walks, in January I started walking a very cute 10 month old Wire Haired Fox Terrier. Humphrey was very happy to see his new buddy, and very gently and carefully made friends. No leaping in her lap! I think it might be love...

So because of his very grown up and calm welcome for the new girl, not only did Humphrey win Dog of the Month for January, the awards were created simply so he could have the first one!

Sadly his time with us is coming to an end, but we hope to see Humphrey again in the future, and we will always remember him fondly.

His presentation photo is slightly whited out (and he's trying to eat his rosette), so here's a collection of photos from the last 8 months.

We love you Humphrey! xx