Bunged Up

I am so bunged up.

I’m just sat here whimpering because my mouth is the only place any air is coming out.

(Just to clarify, this is a head only issue)

The first cold of the autumn/winter season and it sucks. London is calling my name is less than 48 hours time and if I have to accessorise with tissues…

Well, I won’t be happy!

Hope everyone is safe and well and not under water because of all the flooding! Although not everyone was unhappy…


All fun and games until she got thrown in the bath!

I don’t understand it, she’ll happily wade through mud and water and general ickiness but put in a lovely warm bath and getting massaged with shampoo…

You would think I was peeing on her for the fuss she makes!

And yes, just incase you are thinking- ‘That’s not the cute puppy we all know and love.’

She’s not a baby anymore, she’s this gangly leggy thing who sprouting up faster than a teenage boy! She’s like a teenage boy that eats cat poo!


I mean- what has happened to her little puppy face and little puppy paws that we thought were so big!?! I don’t think I signed up to my little puppy growing up…

Anywhooo I hope everyone is keeping well!



Invite People Into Your World

I’m feeling all reflective this weekend…

I’m sure you’ll all have seen by now the tragic news about Paris along with other devastating events that happened on Friday. Apparently 115,200 people died in 24 hours because of terrorist attacks or natural disasters.

That’s a lot.

It really made me realise that I should be hugging my loved ones for one simple reason…

Because I can.

We take a lot of stuff for granted and hindsight is always a wonderful thing.

A facebook comment I received today off someone who I went to high school with made me think a bit differently again. It said that she wished that she tried more to get to know me in school and become my friend. Now, to be fair to her, as a closed book I wasn’t easy to get to know but I remember thinking how lovely and bubbly she was in school and wouldn’t it be great to be her friend. I wonder how many people think that about each other and just don’t say anything for one reason or another and how sad that is to miss out on what could be a great friendship, relationship etc.

It shouldn’t take events like this to make people be thankful for what they have but it does and I’m grateful for that. I almost think it makes me love the people around me that little bit more.

I am always accused of being closed off and hard to get to know (actually, most of the time people’s first impression of me is that I’m a bitch) and that’s because I’ve been burnt before but how much am I missing out of by only keeping a very close circle of people around me? How much am I missing by not saying ‘I like you’ to someone who likes me too? (on a platonic level Mr Amy Who, don’t you fret!)

What I’m trying to say is go hug someone, whether it’s your husband/wife, best friend or someone you don’t know. Go tell someone an interesting fact about you and welcome them into your world. Appreciate that we’re safe and well and can read a silly little blog post like this.

Finally, for anyone reading this that has been effected by the events in Paris, in Lebanon, in Beirut, in Baghdad, in Japan, in Mexico. We need to get better as a group of humans…


My Beautiful Macy Bear

On the 21st of August I promised you a blog the very next day with an update on my puppy.

That’s before I knew…

Knew how exhausting a puppy can be.

To say we’ve only had her just over two weeks is incredible, one because I can’t really remember her not being here.

But that might be because I’m so tired.

I see 7am on a daily basis now. Puppies don’t care about Sundays!

But Oh My Lordy Lord do I love her.

Macy Bear (formal name) is eleven weeks old today and she’s just a bundle of cuteness, fluffiness, farts and biting.


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I want to try and tell you everything but the last two weeks have blurred into one.

Looks wise she is a perfect little labrador, the vet said she’s quite small for a lab puppy her age but she was from a little of eleven, however she’s piled on one whole kilogram in just a few days this week. She currently weighs 7kg and is starting to become a bit of a lump to carry!

She’s a mixture of golden and white fur and has beautiful brown eyes and a very active wagging tail! Everyone she’s met has definitely been won over by her.


Personality wise…

She likes to sleep. A lot. She likes to bite you. A lot. She likes to play. A lot. She loves belly rubs and food. She will literally love you forever if you give her a treat. I know she’s a puppy and probably most puppies are happy but she’s so happy. It was always nice to come home after a day of work but now to come home and have someone so happy to see you- it just warms your heart!


(excuse my voice btw, I do talk to her like she’s a toddler…)

Health wise, like I said the vet said she was quite small and she had a bit of dry skin but other than that she’s a very healthy puppy. She’s had her first set of vaccinations and is due her second set on Tuesday. We’re dying to take her out into the world so she can explore as she’s very curious!



It’s amazing how much your life does change and how it puts things into perspective. It’s not like other things don’t matter anymore it’s just you realise that really, you just want to be at home with your little munchkin than putting in hour upon hour of overtime in at work stressing yourself out about things that could just be done the next day.

It’s not all fun and games, it’s getting to the stage now where her playing little nips are starting to turn into really harsh bites and you’ve just got to grin and bear it sometimes at risk of getting overly frustrated. And I’ve never had so much to do with poo in my life.

We need to take a second to talk about the poo- it’s vile. For the most part I’m ok with it, I’ll get my little doggy bag, scoop it up and put it in the bin like the adult that I claim to be… Other times, when it looks more like melted chocolate but smells like something has died…

Well I just leave that…

And then it gets stepped in later…

Responsibility at it’s best!

We’ve started on training her. She can sit and give paw and lie down. She’ll leave things depending on her mood, she definitely doesn’t listen if she’s out in the garden or if the things she’s got her teeth around is you (seriously, any tips on the biting would be much appreciated!)

So on the whole, we’re tired but happy and I’m really so in love with my little Munchkin that I think i’m just going to go cuddle her right now…

Therefore putting myself at risk of being bitten to death…


Puppy Countdown: 19 Days! Puppy Haul!

It’s official, I’m going to have one spoiled puppy!

She has so much stuff, it’s almost depressing that I’ve not really bought anything for myself recently.

Oh wait that’s a lie, I have. A waterproof jacket, I’ve bought a waterproof jacket.

For dog walking.

Therefore it’s for Macy not me.

Do you know how depressing it is spending your money on a waterproof jacket.

Luckily I’m a frugal queen and found a jacket that was supposed to be £70 and get it for £28. Boom.

But still, a waterproof jacket. Ick.

You would think since we’re getting her in August I wouldn’t need one just yet but the weather has been so horrible this week!

Anyway, it is now a little under three weeks until we pick up my new baby so we’ve been experiencing a whole new world of pets at home and http://www.petplanet.co.uk to get everything we need (and some stuff we probably don’t) for the little one.

Before I get you up to speed with everything I’ve bought, here is this week’s photo of her…


She’s getting so big!

I can’t wait for puppy cuddles!

Ok, yes, puppy stuff. That’s why we’re here!

Let’s start with her bed…


Crate- On Loan (thanks grandma and grandad!) Crate Mat- Jollyes Pet Shop.                             Blanket- PetPlanet.co.uk                                    Giraffe Pillow- PetPlanet.co.uk

How cute is her little bed?!

I really didn’t want it to just be an empty crate with just a mat that wasn’t very soft so as much as all of this might not last 5 minutes with her chewing it puts my mind at ease a little.


I mean look at her little Giraffe sleep pillow! It’s so cute and so soft and probably won’t last five minutes but if she doesn’t like him then I’ll have him!


Of course, the all important Kongs.

I keep reading books that say we need three kongs in our house- three?!? They’re not cheap! But hopefully this should help with her little baby teeth!

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Her toys! I know, I know- how many toys does a nine week old puppy need but you just never know what she’ll like and what she won’t. These are from petsathome, asda and pet planet. These should all help with her teething, we’ve tried to keep the soft toys to a minimum because she’ll probably tear them to pieces!


These are the only (only!) two soft toys we have got her, a newspaper which I think we’ll be fun and a little lamb, which will be not so fun for her to tear apart. But both have the oh so lovely squeakers in so maybe it’s better that the lamb has a quick death!


The clickers!

We’re going to use clickers to train her so she doesn’t get a treat every time she does something good, I’ve put dibs on the orange one!



Puppy Shampoo & Grooming Brush

Oh. My. God does this smell amazing, I need to find orange scented shampoo so we can be twins in more than just hair colour! I know you don’t need to bath dogs that often but I’ll be looking forward to her smelling like this when we do!


Her Collar!

She already wears a colour but it’s a just a cheap one and each puppy has a different colour but she’s known as burgundy dog in her house so we’ve bought her a proper burgundy collar. This was off Etsy and the store was called TheCustomCollar. It came all the way from Colorado and did so surprisingly quickly!


Her bowl.

This is one of her three bowls but as the other two are just plain stainless steel I thought this would be the cuter one to show you. It says puppy on the front and is a lovely off white ceramic


Our Bibles

This two books have been invaluable to two puppy novices. The Happy Puppy Handbook is really great and explains everything you need to know from preparing for your puppy to puppy behaviours. The Puppy Bible talks you through what your puppy should be doing and looking like on a week by week basis. Get. These. Books!

And that’s it for now- we still need to get the baby gate so that we can keep her in the kitchen when she has her alone time each day (I’ve read it’s important for them to have time alone so they don’t get attached) and we can quickly wipe any accidents and then just her harness and lead.

Oh and food- food would be a good thing.

And newspaper, I feel like we’re going to need a lot of newspaper over the next couple of months…

I don’t feel like we’d need anything else but let me know if we do!

Oh! And just coming in this evening…

A new video of our little cutie pie!


Puppy Countdown: 29 Days: Look At That Waddle!

We’re now less than a month to go!!!

I’m living, breathing and sleeping puppy preparations. There is so much to learn and know.

Do we crate train her? Do we not (I’ve since found out we do)

Apparently eating raw is a thing? (no thank you!)

And puppies pee.

A lot.

Like every 30 minutes

and that’s pushing it.

So for about 3-4 weeks we’re going to have to time our life in 30 minute incriminates. How much can you do in 30 minutes?

We’ve bought a puppy bible…


This thing has been our life line. Anyone who is thinking of getting a puppy (or dog for that matter) get this this book! I’ve never owned a dog before so although I knew some stuff, I was pretty clueless. Not now.

Just call me the puppy whisperer.

The best part about this build up is the pictures and videos. We’re friends with the breeder on Facebook so get treated to pictures and videos!

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I’m so in love!

I’ve already discovered my favourite thing about Macy though.

It’s her walk.

Or should I say waddle.

My puppy waddles!

Look at that butt!

Even her mum has a thing about her butt!

Oh go on then, one more…

OH MY GOD I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Puppy Count Down: 34 Days – Where My Loyalties Lie

Puppy Countdown

We are 34 days away from bringing Macy home.

I’m so excited, but I’m definitely not showing that…

Definitely not.

It’s amazing how our lives are already changing in prep for the puppy princess, I’ve been speaking to vets today and we’ve now got a little welcome visit booked in to go and meet the vets and they’ll show us around. I’m starting to think about vaccinations and how we’re going to house train her (any tips on this would be greatly appreciated!)

Overall a very exciting time! And the best part?

I’ve now got a loyalty card for Pets at Home.

I know!

I think it says a lot about a person when you know what loyalty or discount cards they have.

I’m sure there are people in the world that don’t have any and I have only one question for you people…

Where did you get your willpower

I’ve recently lost my purse so I have none right now but here’s what I did have:

  • Boots (with £20 of points on there! And I lost it!)
  • Superdrug
  • Costa
  • Hobbycraft
  • Matalan
  • Tesco Clubcard
  • Buy 9 bottles of water and get one free (work)

But the last two loyalty cards myself and Mr Amy Who have signed up for are pets at home and Ikea family.

We’re growing up.

I don’t know what it is about loyalty cards…

Maybe it’s the promise of discounts for things (that I will never use)

Or maybe it’s because you get so much ample shopping time to use them (even though most times they expire before payday!)

Maybe I should use the losing of my purse as a blessing in disguise to rid myself of these loyalty cards.

Except Boots- I really need to get my points back for boots.