Saturday, 31 December 2016

A Personal letter Written By A Dog

Dear Human

What a shit storm 2016 has been. Not only did some of you employ a mad man as your leader but you even destroyed the bake off.  Yet do not worry tall food giving creatures I am here to help and guide you into the new year.

Here are a few resolutions you can all abide by to help you into the new year.

1-  Get a dog to run the country.  I understand we have someone somewhat similar to that currently but why not go half a step further and just hirer a Poodle.

2-  Don't think about money any more.  It ruins the good things.  * see reference to the bake off

3- After the current climate please protect Dame Maggie Smith. She's wonderful.

I hope that these help you a little bit.

Have a wonderful 2017...  Don't mess it up!!!



Tuesday, 20 December 2016

The Hobbit and Guru

I don't know how many of you have ever had the pleasure of meeting a hobbit so let me tell you now they are totally obsessed with food. Naturally with my springer spaniel puppy being so obsessed by eating I had to name him Bilbo Baggins.

With him not being a fussy eater it meant I could try him out on anything and he would just eat it.  It has also meant I couldn't tell if the food wasn't any good as he gave no clues.

I very stupidly gave him a supermarket brand, that shall remain nameless,  kibble. He bloated out, he smelt of dog,  darted poison and his poo well.... Let's not shall we.  So after seeing a lot of posts online about cold pressed dog food I decided to give it a go.  Thanks to a few lovelies on instagram we were led to guru.

If you don't know what cold compressed food is it's a method of producing dog food at very low temperatures. That means that it retains all of the vitamins and nutritional growth.

Guru recommended a switching over period where you mix it with there old food. I didn't have to do this because.. Well...hobbit and food.

I thought I would list out the befits Bilbo has had after 8 weeks of being on guru surf and turf.

- Better coat.  His coat is shiny and soft now.

- Sustained energy.  His energy doesn't spike and drop.

-He smells better. He isn't sweating out any nasties.

-His poo is easier to pick up

-His immune system is higher

-He's better behaved

Honestly I really am so happy that he is on guru and I cannot recommend it enough

                                                            Shannon & Bilbo


Thursday, 1 December 2016

The art of bathing

I don't know how many of you wonderful readers has owned or even encountered an English Springer spaniel.. If you haven't let me tell you this,you don't tend to see many shiny sparkly clean ones.
They have this special talent of looking shiny on the outside but under that glossy coat is inches of dust and mud and those incredibly annoying sticky bud things.

I know the art of bathing your dog can be quite controversial as to if you should,  when you should and such. So I think I might refrain from saying the frequency of the de-mudding and just say our routine.

 Floppy ear club :
We use something called water wipes to clean inside his ears.  It really is so important to make sure they stay clean as we leant first hand. Spaniels are very prone to infections if you don't check them.

Sleepy eyes :
We always make sure with the water wipes (or cotton wool and water)  to wash underneath his eyes and remove all sleep.

Brush brush and brush again:
Oh my goodness those tangles.  I personally think it is so important to brush your pup each day to prevent tangles and matted hair. It also can be a lovely bonding time for you and your pawsome buddy.

Monkey life:
I genuinely feel like a monkey when I have to do this  after each walk I have to go through bilbos ears and feathering and remove those really incredibly annoying sticky things made by Satan just to stick to your pup!!

The power of a wet wipe:
The magical wonderful things.  I actually wet wipe bilbos paws before he enters the house as I don't really enjoy paw prints on my cream sofa ( I know terrible choice in colour).

A good hose down:
I would say I have to do this a ridiculous amount of times a week. Sometimes a wet wipe can't get all that dirt out and when your dog likes to get cosy in your bed muddy dogs aren't the best.

Bath :
I made the foolish mistake of asking on a Facebook page about how many times a month do people wash there pups. Oh my gosh golly goodness was there heat!  one woman even wrote me a private message saying that you wouldn't see a dog walking down to the river with a bar of soap in the wild so they clearly don't need to wash....
I don't really agree as dogs are domesticated now but that's an entire post on its own.
When we do give bilbo a bath we use pethead life's an itch.

I hope that you enjoyed my post more than bilbo enjoys a bath.


Monday, 21 November 2016

Peanut Butter Treats Recipe

Let's be honest here what dog hates peanut butter?! Bilbo is especially 50% peanut butter.  He absolutely loves the stuff.

On the rare occasion I'm feeling crafty I like to make these treats. I have failed a few times on them so far yet have finally mastered them.

I hope you love them and please tag us on instaram if you try them!

Recipe below

You will need :
1 cup of oats
1 cup of smooth peanut butter
1 banana

  1.  pre heat oven at 150 degrees 
  2. Using a food processor or a blender pop in 1 cup of oats 
  3. Blend the oats till it makes a flour 
  4. Add 1 cup of peanut butter and 1 banana 
  5. Blend 
  6. Flour surface 
  7. Roll out mixture from blender and cut out into adorable shapes 
  8. Place on baking tray and cook for 30 minutes 
                                   Enjoy them lovelies

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Saturday, 12 November 2016

A very english guide to walking ones dog

* disclaimer:  written absolutely from a place of truth... ish

Theres a secret un said set of rules that you should try to stick to when on a dog walk.  I've been taking note of each and every rule for the last few months ready to post here. 
So make yourself a cup of tea and prepare yourself for a doggy education. 

Rule #1.  When walking past another dog walker ensure you do not full teeth smile.  Simply curl your top lip upwords. If the mouth curl is reapictated you may do a strong nod. 

Rule #2. Always pick up your dogs waste.  I personally use the fanciest pink vanilla scented resepticales.  

Rule #3.  If you see someone who is leaving there dogs waste ensure you do a simple tut or a shacking of head.  

Rule #4.  If you happen to have a randy pup then this one is for you. If you're Yorkshire terrier takes quite the fancy to a dashing brunette springer spaniel it may be the correct time to pop said puppy back on a leash.  

Rule #5.  If rule number four isn't achieved in time might I suggest ignoring rule one and going for full teeth smiling possibly accompanied by a dry humoured joke. 

                                           I hope armed with this you can now finally enjoy a good walk.  




Friday, 4 November 2016

5 Things To Think About Before Getting A Dog

I think I have always been a little bit of a know it all. As a child my mother sent me to ballet classes. After a few plies and a pirouette I came to the obvious conclusion that I was the reincarnation of  Anna Pavlova and there was nothing these royal ballet teachers could tell me that I , the oh wise 6 year old, didn't already know.
At 13 years old I managed to wingle my way into being home schooled then dismissing my math teacher because I of course knew better. This may be a good time to point out I received a very wonderful F  for my GSCE mathematics . So when it came to getting my first dog as a separate entity to my parents I the oh-so-wise, now 22 year old, knew exactly what I was doing and chose the breed I just KNEW was right.

I think my days of being a know it all are behind me. I foolishly chose a Pomeranian.
This may be the correct time to say that I am incredibly outdoorsy and was probably a duck in my previous life as I love nothing better than being all muddy and splashing about in puddles... a duck or a pig .. you decide!

This is Nala. A little Rescue Pomeranian. She make look super happy here ..but my goodness she really wasn't. She was very "vocal" and would growl at me an awful lot. I genuinely and whole heartily believe that its due to her not getting breed specific attention. She didn't enjoy our walks much and whenever I tried to have her join in on our expeditions she would struggle and I would spend the entire time carrying her. I could never provide her the lifestyle that she needed . A slow pace lap dog life where she could run the household.
I am super pleased to say however that she now has that attention from a wonderful lady called Vera. They work perfectly together and Nala ( now Nora) is incredibly pleased , happy and settled.

I knew once Nala had been re-homed I wanted another dog. This time (now Mrs know it all had hung up her know it all cap) I did my research and asked as many dog owners as I could what the best active and friendly breeds are. Every single person suggested an English Springer Spaniel. So here we are November 2016 and I have the love of my dog filled life, Bilbo Baggins. The correct dog for me. I genuinely believe we share a soul and if it wasn't for doing the groundwork and reading up I would never have been as happy as I am now.

So without further a ramble here are my top 5 thing to think about before getting a dog:

  1. Think about your lifestyle does a dog fit into that
  2. What breed is right for you ? 
  3. Can you afford a dog? Collars , food vet bills , beds ect.
  4. Do you have the time ? If not can you get a dog sitter?
  5. If getting a puppy do you have the patience to house train ?

Once you have considered it all. Love and cherish your canine companion and enjoy the unconditional love. 



Tuesday, 1 November 2016


 My oh my isn't this exciting ?! Finally a place to pour my peculiar and perfectly English obsession with the four legged variety of being.
The online world have been the only ones not to raise an eyebrow when I place Bilbo in a bow tie and instead applaud me for how wonderfully dapper he looks.
With every word that I type the higher the pitch of my squeal is getting to finally branch out from Instagram and hide myself in each crevice of the web taking my trusty pup with me.

Speaking of bow ties how cute is this tweed number by The January Rose?  My plan is to have a box filled with puppy treasures and trinkets.

As this is my very first post I thought I would write out all of Mr Baggins little titbits so you can get to know him a little better:

Name:Bilbo Baggins 
Birthday: 21/02/16
Breed: English Springer Spaniel
Place: Cheshire (though he's a Yorkshire lad really)
Food: Raw Fed Natural Instincts
Favourite Toy : A little dog toy he takes to bed
Strangest Quirk: Wraps and tucks himself to bed in a blanket each night

                                              I am very Excited to show you all our adventures.


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