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Writing a blog is like writing a diary

Once you miss a couple of days it’s difficult pick up where you left off.

I have the utmost respect for all the other bloggers out there. I have been blogging on and off for nearly a year now. I say on and off because my life has taken a few turns this year, and all for the best. In the past 12 months my fiance and I moved in to our first flat together, got our first dog, I started a new job, graduated from college with an HND in Media and Communication and just recently I discovered that the new job I started (which was on a fixed term temp contract) is now a permanent contract and in my personal opinion this is the start of my career.
And the next 6 months are only going to get more hectic as Jack and I are due to be married on¬†Saturday 19 April 2014. Having never really been much of a wedding person I didn’t realise how much time, money and planning went into organising a wedding. I now have a new found respect for people who choose planning nuptials as a career.

I have some great ideas and plans for thewinstonblog and I really want to see them all through, but whenever I think I can find some time to get it done I just can’t seem to find the motivation. I have been uploading some pictures on instagram and occasionally I tweet (or Winston does) but at the moment I am finding it difficult to keep up. My hours at work have been changed slightly and I do alot of overtime so I don’t have much of a routine at all just now and I think that’s why I’im having difficulty fitting the blog into my groove.
To all my blogger friends I want to say well done and hats off. Every single blog I have read has something unique and always manages to capture my interest, I really do applaud your time and effort that you put into your blogs and you always deliver interesting posts and cute pictures. Your dedication is inspiring and I can only hope to have a blog of that calibre in the future…
But that’s when it will be, in the future. I hope that all my readers old and new will understand that I will post when I can and when I feel I have something worth saying, or something I think is worth reading. But do check out our Instagram and our twitter as I am trying to post alot more on them.

I deeply appreciate all the time you have spent reading my blog and getting involved.

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As you can tell, Winston is still very much living the high life. He is just loving his new stripey tee.

Thanks ūüôā

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Winston’s Words – I am so excited!

Hey there efurryone.

So this week The Mother has taken time of work, a whole week of it. And she has promised me that we will do loads of cool things together, take loads of pretty pictures and share efurrything with all of you. I am so excited. Today we are just chillin’ so we are full of beans tomorrow to start our crazy adventures!

On Wednesday (if the weather keeps being good) we are going to Loch Lomond with The Mother’s friends Colby and her grumpy dog Taz – he doesn’t really play with me – and Siobhan. I am so excited! I don’t know what I’m doing the rest of the week but I can tell it is going to be awesome!

I am even more excited that this dog –

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Winston Words – This is how I know!

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On Tuesday the Mother told you all about how I do some proper amazing stuff and it totally baffles her. But between you and me it’s pretty easy to tell whether or not the Mother is getting the hoover or my food out of the cupboard. She takes my bowl with her when she’s feeding me. As for getting a walk after she puts her uniform on, duh, it’s a uniform. It looks the same every time. She puts it on, I get a walk. Simples. And when it comes to having new toys or treats in the Mother’s shopping bag, she always tells me that she has them.

She always uses that silly baby voice she thinks I love so much. Really I just get all excited over the toys and let her think it’s because of ¬†her. But the mystery of how I know she’s in the street before I can see her, I really am psychic.

What about my furry friends? I bet you have some psychic powers!

Winston

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It’s Puppy Awareness Week

All this week has been Puppy Awareness Week here in the UK. And to celebrate there has been loads of things going on, the most important is the new guidelines the Pet Advertising Advisory Group has set in place for puppy and dog advertising online.

The new guidelines include:

No pet is to advertised for a swap

No pregnant pet sales

Websites can ban vendors on a three strikes you’re out policy

And the way to find these bad vendors?

Keywords, when an advert is posted the website will look for key words such as banned and remove the post automatically.

Vendors will also not be able to set puppies underage.

This is a huge step forwarding in tackling puppy mills, however there is more that can be done. But since I am a glass half full kinda gal I want to continue the positive vibe with this story. Finally, people are taking the steps needed to ensure pet welfare is top priority when selling. Fingers crossed for the future.

 

We now have Instagram! I’m still figuring out how to work it because I don’t have the proper app due to my phone. But please follow us and we will update as much as we can. Find us here.

 

I have finally found my camera charger. Recently, I have been taking all my pictures on my phone because I couldn’t find me camera charger, which was super annoying. But it has been found! Yay, better and more pictures for all! Yippeeeee.

 

This is part of the This’n’That Thursday Blog Hop, where you have a little bit of this and a little big of that, but not much in the way of a proper post.

 

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A Very Big Thank You Indeed.

Yesterday morning, Winston and I got up and ready for our first walk of the day. When we got to the door I noticed a small package and thought to myself, ‘I don’t remember ordering anything.’

Once I opened it I was greeted with a lovely surprise, the Doggy Dog Dogs White on Tartan Dickie Bow Collar.

Winston's New Pressie

Winston’s New Pressie

I would like to thank Paul at Doggy Dog Dogs for sending Winston through his gift. At first he wasn’t too chuffed because it delayed his walk but he soon got over it.

I would also like to take this time to add a couple of details that I missed out in the first review.

The collar sizes are mainly for small dogs, due to Winston’s breed he has an unusually thick neck so we got him the extra large. This fits perfectly and should last him another couple of months as he goes through his last growth spurt. Secondly, I was very impressed with the delivery, considering it was the run up to¬†Christmas¬†I wasn’t expecting to¬†receive¬†my order in any less than 4 days, however, the collar was with me within 2.

Again, I would like to thank Doggy Dog Dogs for their great service and lovely gift, I will certainly be buying from them again.

P.S Here is a picture of Hugo – Winston’s brother – with his very own Dickie Bow Collar from: doggydogdogs.co.uk

Hugo with his Black on White Dickie Bow collar

Hugo with his Black on White Dickie Bow collar

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Tips for buying your dog

Thinking of buying a dog? Well here are some helpful hints and tips on how to go about it the right way.

The most important thing to do when preparing to get a dog is to do your research.

You can never know enough when it comes to picking the perfect breed for your situation.  The Kennel Club website provides a short questionnaire that asks you want you are looking for and offers advice on the breeds that suit you.

Research thoroughly

Research thoroughly

Look up the Kennel Club breed register for a look at all the different breeds that are out there. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few look up any canine societies or clubs that are set up for the particular breed and go onto forums where owners have shared their queries, experiences or any problems they have with the breed.¬†This is one of the best things you can do as this is a great way to get first-hand accounts of the breeds temperament and you may find that they are really just not for you, like I did with dachshunds.

Do Not Buy Online!¬†Do not buy your dog online.¬†¬†The advertisers probably aren’t kennel club accredited and there is a good chance they will be out to swindle you with puppy farm dogs that will have so many problems you wouldn’t believe.¬†¬†Use these online sites to distinguish a guide price of roughly how much your dog is going to cost but leave it there. When you have researched the breed that is best for you and have looked online for a rough estimate then head back to the kennel club website, type in your breed in the search bar and it will lead you to accredited breeders who have been vetted by the Kennel Club and this will guarantee you an element of security.

Once you’ve contacted a breeder it’s time to really knuckle down and make sure you know what you are doing. ¬†ALWAYS¬†meet the puppy before you buy it.¬†¬†If you haven’t seen this puppy before you hand over the money for it, chances are the breeder is dodgy.¬†¬†NEVER ever meet in a lay-by at the side of the road.¬†¬†I know that sounds like a daft thing to say but I have heard of at least 3 people who have met the breeder – for the first time – in a lay-by and there

A Sample of A Kennel Club Registration Document

A Sample of A Kennel Club Registration Document

and then handed over thousands of pounds for the pup (one poor couple got a dog that is going to cost them nearly 3x’s what they paid for it in vet fees). You need to see the puppy to make sure that it is right for you, all breeders should have at least one parent, ask to meet them, this will give you a better idea of what your dog will look like for 13 out of its 14 year life span and also on how well looked after the pets in this household are.¬†Remember you‚Äôre not buying the puppy you’re buying the dog.

Make sure you know what kennel club documentation looks like. This way you can tell if they are fake or not. If you have any suspicions do not buy the puppy and report the breeder to the Kennel Club.

If you have done all this and you feel you are in safe hands then take your puppy and give it all the love and support you can possibly muster! It will do the same with you.

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For a more informative and probably better worded guide to getting a dog visit: http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk and download the Buying a Puppy Guide app for your smartphone or tablet.

Kennel Club Puppy Buying Guide

Kennel Club Puppy Buying Guide