Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Summer Fun

Every weekend throughout the summer, you will find some sort of event on. From village fetes to big agricultural shows, there is always something to do.

Recently, I went to Totnes Show with Michelle and the dogs for a lovely day out in the blazing sunshine.
We mooched about, had a professional photographer do a photoshoot of the dogs (can't wait to see the finished articles!), checked out the stalls selling anything from garden benches, dog coats and beds, bird boxes and many other things including tractors and cars!
Unfortunately, dogs weren't allowed in the food tent (despite us trying to smuggle 4 dogs in there - we got caught) so we weren't able to sample the many varieties of cider and cheese on offer - which was probably a good thing really!
The agricultural shows usually have horses, sheep and cattle classes so there's plenty to look at.

The terrier racing is always hilarious - The dogs have to chase a lure from one end to the other - picture an arena full of dogs of all shapes and sizes, lots of barking and when they are let go to chase the lure, dogs scattering in every direction possible!
I took the puppy in but because she's a whippet, they put her in the last section for sighthounds due to the crazy speeds they go. There were only about 6 in her section compared to the other hugely popular sections for terriers and any other variety.
They brought the lure along the line trying to wind the dogs up a bit and when the flag dropped, I let Tiggs go, thinking she'd at least chase the other dogs even if she didn't understand what the lure was about.
Erm.... yeah.... she went about 2 steps in front of me then just stood there not knowing what to do!! Useless! We definitely need to do some practise!
It was hilarious though - I was worried I wouldn't be able to catch her after the race - I certainly wasn't expecting her to not run!!

A lot of these events run a fun dog show and I always love to enter and I try not to be too competitive!

At Totnes show, Tiggs came away with a 3rd in Prettiest Bitch and Monty came 3rd in the Fancy Dress! 
We did another class at a local village event at the weekend and Tiggs won the prettiest bitch class and won a goody bag which she was very pleased with!
Our dog food provider had a stand so I treated both the dogs to a special doggy ice cream and we sat in the sun enjoying the atmosphere.

I strongly recommend going along to any local events if you want to do something a bit different. It's great to support them and you'll have a fun day out.


Monday, 13 June 2016

Pupdate 2

Tiggy is now 5 1/2 months old and turning into a great little dog.

Still got ridiculous ears

She seems to have momentarily paused growing but no doubt she'll shoot up again soon. I just bought her a beautiful new "grown up" collar but she could do with growing into it a little more!

She is still really naughty but super sweet. She loves the rare occasions she's allowed on (in) my bed and I love it when she finally switches the 'maniac' button off and goes to sleep!!

She is still not very good at recall but will usually come to the whistle. Still very much a work in progress and we're going to seek professional help because she is a wilful little toad and if she's busy/tired/cold then she won't listen at all and has been known to just run back to the car.

She still loves thieving shoes but doesn't eat them luckily. She is particularly fond of my slippers and flip flops at the moment and I often have to search for my missing shoe or just wear odd shoes until they are tracked down (middle of the lawn currently popular).

We go to group puppy training classes on a Monday which is generally rather embarrassing as she leaps about like a kangaroo all lesson, winds up the other dogs and doesn't listen. she is good at recall in the class though which is deceiving.....

She loves racing around like a lunatic and is growing in confidence around water. She will voluntarily go in up to her chest but hasn't swum yet. She fell in the stream a couple of days ago but she was playing with a spaniel puppy, rolled in backwards and got a total dunking but it didn't put her off. She just carried on chasing him!

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Bluebell walks

In the last few weeks, the bluebells have been in full flower and looking amazing. We're down near the coast and they came out much earlier than the ones up on the moor.

We have a lovely walk near us which I went on recently because last year there were loads of bluebells and I got some lovely photos. Alas! This year there were hardly any bluebells which was a shame but we still had a really lovely walk - I really should go there more often!

I eagerly waited for Michelle to get back from her holiday so we could take the hounds up to the moor for a walk one evening as there is an amazing spot up there for bluebells and it's not a woodland area - just a carpet of bluebells and I had to show Michelle this amazing spot!

A couple of weeks ago, we ventured up to Holwell Lawn near Haytor Rocks and we weren't disappointed. It was just stunning!

We went after work so the sun was lower; it was peaceful and we didn't see a soul until we got back to the cars - bliss!

The dogs had a fabulous time thundering about and swimming in the water jump - Holwell Lawn belongs to the South Devon Moorland Pony Club so is full of jumps to dream about flying over. 

If you love taking photos and walking dogs, this is the perfect walk for you!


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Devastated by Fire

There was a massive fire at my work last weekend.

I work for a marquee company and our barn caught fire in the early hours of Saturday morning and it was such an inferno, nothing in the main barn survived.

Thankfully our office is across the yard so was unharmed and we had two fairly simple marquees out on hire so we have a little bit of kit left but we lost about 85% of our stuff. 

We had a load of brand new kit in stock ready for a really busy summer and it's all gone.
It is just the most awful thing to happen and at the worst possible time of year. We are all totally devastated. 

We are very lucky that everyone has been so helpful and our competitors have stepped in to take on our jobs at the last minute and all the kind words we have received have meant so much to all of us.

We are definitely going to fight back from this and we'll be back for the 2017 season with all new kit and a new barn!

Saturday, 7 May 2016


We'd definitely forgotten how much hard work puppies are!
12 weeks old

12 weeks old with a long suffering Monty dog!

Shiny healthy puppy

You will be my friend!

12 weeks old - frog legs

Frog legs!

12 weeks old and looking for trouble
Miss Tiggs is coming on well though and is so darned cute. We get stopped and complimented on her on every walk we do and she is not doing too badly with her training. We still need to nail the house training a bit and get her to tell us when she needs to go out. I've decided she's just a bit dim though so I reckon it will click one day - hopefully soon! She's 90% there so it's not too bad.

Her and Monty are getting on so much better and are good playmates and partners in crime now but he still won't share his bed and he does get annoyed with her being in his face sometimes - fair enough I think!

Her favourite things at the moment are:

 - shoes... all of the shoes! She doesn't chew them, just collects them!
 - sneaking off to eat the cat food
 - chewing the wicker bed to pieces
 - eating sheep poo
 - running around with bits of dead grass/dry poo/sheep wool
 - annoying Monty
 - getting in Monty's bed to annoy him
 - stealing Monty's favourite toy out of his mouth
 - running around like a loony
 - sleeping

She eats like a horse and is growing like a weed - she's very lanky and is still working on the coordination of those 4 long legs!
15 weeks old

16 weeks old

I've got a whistle I'm trying to introduce for recall purposes so when she bogs off across a huge field, I can use the whistle to call her back rather than screech her name.
So far she's pretty good when I call/whistle her but we definitely need to work on it more to reinforce the response.
Coming when called

4 months old - coming when called

4 months old

We have been for a couple of walks with Michelle and her spaniels who get a bit over excited and have chased Tiggs a bit but she's so submissive she doesn't do herself any favours - she could easily outrun them if she wanted to!

Tiggs is now 4 months old and proving to be a very loving little dog with a great temperament. I'm definitely a whippet fan now I own one!
She's been to the pub a handful of times and has been well behaved and quiet each time so that's good - let's hope she keeps it up.
Those ears!

Looking like an Aardvark at 4 months old

We're hoping to go to our first dog show soon so we'll see if they love her as much as we do!


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Meet Tiggy!

We got a new puppy!

At the beginning of March, we went and picked this little munchkin up from a local breeder.
She is a small whippet with champion parents. We decided not to get her papered though as we won't be breeding or showing her.

4 weeks old

Little titch
I made enquiries and was told about a litter that was 4 weeks old so we went to see them and fell in love with one of the two bitch puppies. She was the smallest of the litter and so small she fit in one hand! I went to see them a couple more times before they were ready to leave their mum at 9 weeks.

Now... why on earth did we want a whippet I hear you ask?!

We always thought Dixie had a bit of whippet in her as she used to run so fast and also had a very thin coat and was a total wimp about going outside when wet or cold!
Monty absolutely loves a game of chase even though he has no chance of catching a fast dog so we figured a small whippet would be the perfect addition.

First day home - wearing an old sock!

This bed doesn't look like this anymore...
Monty is learning that she's going to be a good partner in crime when she's grown up. She's very persistent with him and she won't give up until they're best friends.

Trip to the beach

First trip to the pub!

Those markings!
Tiggs is super cute and loves cuddles but for the first couple of nights was up every 2 hours and this has gradually dropped and she now sleeps through til about 7.30! It's like having a human baby in the house.

Veeeery tired!
She has been enjoying her walks and we've tried to get out to lots of new places to experience lots of things. We went for a lovely walk around Saltram House in Plymouth with my friend and her 3 dogs and she met kids, wheelchairs, pushchairs, toddlers, bikes, tractors and all sorts. We're still being cautious about letting her off the lead as the recall training isn't completely solid yet but she seems much more cooperative than a terrier!!

That face...

15 weeks old

The bed has been erm... Personalised!
I'm totally in love with her - she has the sweetest nature and is very entertaining. We have high hopes for this little dog!