Dennis – a day out of kennels LIVEBLOG

Older dogs need loving homes too… and Dennis is a sweetie!


this blog will be updated with real time events today. Dashing Dennis is stressed in kennels and desperately needs a foster home or even better a forever home. He is one of the youngest residents at Senior Staffy Club at 8 years of age. He is full of fun and character and is very eager to learn. He is looking for a pet free home and can live with children 8+ he is currently in kennels in Stafford but can be rehomed anywhere in the UK for more information on Dennis you can click this link – http://www.seniorstaffyclub.co.uk/Pages/Dennis.aspx or if you would prefer to telephone to find out more and maybe offer Dennis a forever home please call Nikki on 07870392164

Here’s a bit from Dennis! please expand video and turn up your volume –

Here goes I’m leaving the kennels and making my bid for FREEDOM……

I’m out! Im…

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Pawpost Valentine’s box review

Looking forward to receiving Flake & Zeus’s Pawesome box now!!


The Valentine’s Pawpost box was full of love-ly items. This month there was two toys, 3 treats and a paw wax.

image Tess having a nosy!


The first toy was a rope in the shape of a heart called good Karma rope toys by Jac and Bones ( http://www.jaxandbones.com )and is classed as serious chewer. It is made from AZO free, vegetable dyed rope which naturally frays to act like dental floss fir your dog. It has been tested in the USA for pup safety and is Eco friendly. Not only is it very well made and non toxic but with every item bought from this company, they donate 10% of the proceeds to help rescue and animal welfare groups. The company has been doing this since 2003.


The second toy is a cyber rubber dental bone made by Rosewood ( http://www.rosewoodpet.com )This large rubber bone cleans the dogs teeth and…

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News, pics and trialling new products!

I have lovely news! Flake and Zeus have won a Pawesome Box! I have no idea what’ll be in it, but it should arrive in March sometime… and of course, I’ll post photos of the box, the dogs and what happens!! Pawesome boxes are available on a monthly subscription basis, for both cats and dogs! Just follow the link above. 🙂

Zeus trying to prove he's Top Dog!

Zeus trying to prove he’s Top Dog!

These two lie on top of each other constantly. In the evenings, it’s for body warmth. During that day, I have no idea!

When Amber’s Baby Oleg toy arrived, we discovered that Flake really took a shine to it. Whether it awoke her “maternal” instincts, we’re not sure, but she did become a little obsessed. Thank goodness Oleg survived and lives in Ambs’s bathroom now!

I really want Baby Oleg...

I really want Baby Oleg…

I love this pic… 🙂

Apart from the dogs, I have another addiction – comping (entering prize draws and competitions). It’s a very absorbing hobby and brings lovely rewards. I recently won a beautiful Armani gift set from Dave Lackie – it came all the way from Canada.

My "Armani smile"!

My “Armani smile”!

Gorgeous, isn’t it? I never thought I’d be wearing Armani, in any way, shape or form! Just goes to show what lovely things you can win. At the moment, I’m taking part in a market research project for a collaborative marketing company called Trnd.com who have sent me a bottle of the new 007 Perfume for Women. Needless to say it’s divine! Nick has all the Bond fragrances for men, so I was delighted to get a chance to be a Bond Woman with this fragrance. It’s really lovely – subtle, with lots of special notes that intrigue the senses! This is the pack I was sent and already 7 of the samples have gone to friends to test!! I await feedback eagerly…

007 - licensed to thrill!

007 – licensed to thrill!

I’ll keep you posted as far as the dogs’ and my wins are concerned. Happy days!! 😉

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What Do You Do?

This is vitally important to every country where the poor get poorer and the rich get richer. Let’s try to get a government that really gives a crap about the poor, not the rich, where all society counts, not just the elite.
VOTE! Use the only power left to us…


We are going to have a revolution!!!


Hang on a minute, false alarm we’re not.

It’s just another comedian talking politics again.

This time the call to revolt came from millionaire comedian/actor Russell Brand.

Now I know that it’s not his fault that he is rich and famous, but I do find it off putting when someone in his position starts talking politics as if he is still one of us.

Russell Brand does not even live in the same world as us.


Perhaps I have misjudged him; perhaps he will use his fame, and the platform that it allows him, to actually influence people into action.

Perhaps he will use his millions to provide us all with AK 47s to overthrow the government.

Umer Abbas

If he does I’ll happily add my voice to any suggestions that post revolution we rename a street after him.

Revolutionary Russell Boulevard.

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BSL – Breed Specific Legislation

Known to lovers and/or owners of pet “bull breeds” as the “Bull Shit Law”… Even the RSPCA are against it. Here’s their view:

What is Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)?

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was rushed through Parliament in response to media and public pressure following a string of high profile dog attacks. Under the Act ‘Breed Specific Legislation’ (BSL) prohibits the ownership of certain ‘types’ (the dogs are not a recognised ‘breeds’ in the UK) of dogs the most popular prohibited ‘type’ is the pit bull terrier.

There’s a video explanation made by them HERE.


We agree wholeheartedly with what they say – after all, we own 2 very loving bull breeds, as you’ve read on my blog, and seen from my photos. I hope you enjoy this slideshow…

I have some more photos of the quickly-growing puppy to share, plus a brief video! I’ll be back to blogging properly again soon – now Nick’s back home from the hospital (again!) …

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Be warned: You will need tissues (or kleenex)

I have referred to Chris Dannan and Loving Homes Dog Rescue before as this is where Flake came from. Before we moved back to the East Midlands, we lived down in Devon & Cornwall for 9 (mainly wet and miserable) years…

People always ask us why on earth we’d move back up here from “such a beautiful place”?
Simple answer: You can’t live on fresh air – roughly translated = there’s no non-seasonal work available for young people, and we have a 19 year old, bright, motivated, raring to work, daughter.

Complex answer: Nick had a tumour (yes, cancerous) in his neck. It took 11 weeks to get to see a Consultant, who said he needed surgery. Hospital round trip – 75 miles for Barnstaple, 101 miles for Exeter. He also had a BCC on his nose which needed to be removed. The Dermatology Clinic took about 3 months to schedule surgery, after which the graft and the graft site were both infected, the graft didn’t take and he lost half his nose on one side. (Note: Avoid the Litchden Clinic if you have a BCC that can be dealt with elsewhere…)

Solution: Move back to Mansfield, Notts. because a very good friend (also a cancer survivor), who owns a few properties to rent up here, bought a house specifically so that we could move back to what we consider ‘civilisation’. Within 6 weeks of moving back here, Nick had been referred to, and seen an Oncologist and was booked into Queen’s Medical Centre for throat surgery. Local to us is King’s Mill Hospital where he was first referred and Queen’s is in Nottingham itself, 40 minutes’ drive away. Big difference. So, that’s why we moved!!

Result: Happier family, healthier hubby, lower bills, better amenities and they treat people with facial “abnormalities” as normal human beings. No-one has pointed at Nick’s nose and muttered about it up here. Cancer, in particular skin cancer (BCCs, etc.) is pretty common these days – and widely talked about. People are so friendly up here too. The weather in this part of the country has been spectacular – we had months of sunshine last year – it was a bit like being abroad again!!

Anyway, we owe Chris a great debt of gratitude and Nick has just built a new website for Loving Homes Dog Rescue which rescues and rehomes dogs all over the UK. They are not a “breed specific” rescue, but they help a lot of Staffies and bull breeds as they need the most help these days.

They used to be based in Devon, but have relocated to the Orkneys where they have a far better base of operations. There’s a ton of useful info. on the website, along with contact details and if you have time, grab a coffee/tea and a box of tissues and read through the “Special Stories” section on the home page…

Here’s a video of Chris’s dog Ashar and how he was rescued –

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