Today is the last day to submit your photos for my commonwealth games competition. All the details can be found here. Voting will begin tomorrow.
I’m behind as always: mummy and daddy had the audacity to go to a wedding this weekend and didn’t take me with them – oh the horror! But luckily nanny and grampy came over to keep me company, so I can’t complain too much.
I’m just going to catch on some sleep and then I’m going to catch up with you all.
What did you get up to this weekend?
Thanks so much to everyone who’s entered my contest so far. There’s still time to get your photos in. All the details are in Tuesday’s post. What will your event be?
perhaps you’re a football star?
Or maybe a star weight-lifter?
Can’t wait to find out!
Slightly blurry pic of me and Bella doing zoomies in the stream:-)
It feels like forever since I’ve held a competition so I thought one was well-overdue!
It’s a photo contest and the theme is the Commonwealth Games. So send in a photo of you running, leaping or jumping about. Or maybe a picture of you post-event all tuckered out lol. Entirely up to you. Send your photo to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org remembering to include your name and bloggy by Monday 11th and voting will start on the 12th.
The two most popular photos will win a dog or cat collar from Mollie’s store.
If you are not a dog or a cat, you will win something of equal value from my local pet store. Oh and it’s open to anyone wherever you live.
Any questions let me know. I look forward to seeing your pics!
Often when I come back from the pond and my fur is wet, it parts in the centre. Mummy says I’m embracing my inner ridgeback:-)
Perhaps I’m not a malamute at all, but an Alaskan Ridgeback! Maybe I should ask Eko and Penny over at Making our Territory if I can join their pack:-)
Does your fur do funny things when it’s wet?
It’s still hot in the UK and I’m long overdue to blow my coat. I love it when this happens as the carpet, the sofa and any visitors are soon covered in my lovely furs.There maybe 50 shades of grey but there’s only one shade of Misaki. And it’s all over your black trousers:-)
Sorry I haven’t been around to visit any of you of late, I’ve been spending most of my time like this.
Will try to catch up with you all later. Hope you’re keeping cool!
This week I gave birth to a furbaby, and looks like it’s going to be a big litter as the fur is flying in chez Misaki lol!
Happy (almost) wordless wednesday
Today’s post comes from MyOffers.co.uk and I think it’s going to be a useful one!
7 Tips for a Clean and Stylish dog-friendly Home
In life, we’re forced to make a lot of choices. One choice you shouldn’t be forced to make is whether to have a clean, stylish pet-free home or a messy, unattractive home with a dog in it. Okay, that’s easy enough to say if you have a Chihuahua that lives in your handbag most of the time – but what about if you have a slobbering St. Bernard or a shedding Shetland Sheepdog? Hopefully these tips will help make your home a wonderful place to live for you and your pooch, whatever its size.
1. Buy stylish but practical pet products
Finding stylish pet products is easier than ever online, and if you have the budget for it some of the higher quality products can really add character to your home. If you’d rather not spend much on designer dog dishes you can still create a chic look by ensuring that dog cushions, throws, bowls and other products match follow a colour scheme. Just make sure anything that your dog is going to be lying or drooling on can easily be washed – spending a little more if necessary is definitely worth the investment.
2. Be unique
You don’t need to follow the crowd either – it’s easier than ever to find unique designs with websites like Etsy, so have a browse and find something that will really express your and your dog’s personality. If you’re a creative DIYer grab the opportunity for truly original one of a kind designs – you can always use Pinterest for inspiration.
3. Groom regularly
All of the beautiful things in your home will soon lose their sparkle if they’re covered in dog hair, so groom your pet on a regular basis. The time you’d have to waste removing hair from around your home would be much better spent brushing your dog, which is a great opportunity to bond and show your affection. Meanwhile, weekly baths will ensure your home smells as good as it looks, and keeping your dogs claws clipped will allow you to have beautiful hardwood floors and will prevent furniture being damaged.
4. Train your dog
Having a well-behaved dog is probably the simplest way to ensure a clean and orderly home. If you can get them to sit at your front door after a walk so you can give their paws a quick wipe the number of paw prints on your floors will reduce drastically, while if a dog knows where it may and may not sit you’ll cut down on the number of rogue hairs. Contrary to the popular saying, a dog is never too old to learn a new trick with the correct training, as long as it is physically and mentally healthy.
5. Choose your materials carefully
When it comes to furnishing your home you have plenty of scope for putting your personal stamp on things – but you should definitely think of your dog when choosing materials. Microsuede sofas might look nice, but one in leather or leather effect will be much easier to maintain. Ultrasuede is a good choice if you’re desperate for soft furnishings.
If you’re happy to have your dogs on the furniture use attractive but durable throws that can be easily washed and removed when you have guests visiting. Colours that match your dog will help stray hairs blend in (that’s no excuse to not brush them up though!).
6. Build a great crate
Dog owners that need a crate to act as a safe haven for their dog, are often dismayed at the lack of stylish options available. As well as generally being ugly, they often take up a lot of space. It’s time to put your DIY skills to use again (or employ the help of a close friend!) to adapt an existing piece of furniture such as an unused side table. Of course, it’s essential to make sure the crate is solid and secure so it won’t tip over, and it needs to be well ventilated.
7. Give your dog plenty of exercise and attention
It’s no coincidence that a dog becomes restless and starts causing havoc in the home when its owners find themselves too busy to give it the attention it needs. If you really do find yourself struggling for time because work commitments have suddenly increased in the short term why not ask friends or family members if they’d be willing to help out? Many people who aren’t lucky enough to own a dog of their own would happily bark at the chance to spend some time with your adorable canine!
Over to you
Hopefully these tips have helped you think about how you can make your home a more welcoming place to live in. If you have any ideas of your own please do share them!
Tips provided by Lionel Thain of online competition site MyOffers. Go to MyOffers.co.uk for a chance to win John Lewis vouchers, money towards a house deposit and much more.
The last few times I’ve been down to the pond I’ve made loads of new friends. This week there was a group of collies and a lab cross. They were all fixated on chasing a ball. Not being that way inclined I just practised my doggy paddle and let them get on with it. I even belly-flopped into the water a few times and daddy said I might make a dock dog afterall! Well, that’s presuming that I don’t actually have to fetch anything lol.
The only downside of having a good swim, is being called ‘stinky’ afterwards. I wish my peeps had a better sense of smell.
As we’re paws-deep in summer, our park has opened up the paddling pool. Dogs aren’t really allowed but we passed it early in the morning and I took a sneaky dip.
It’s a bit of a shame that there was so much rubbish about and that things had been left in the water. I wouldn’t have minded if there had been food left out lol.
Hope you’re all keeping cool.