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!