About a fortnight ago I got a nasty shock, we were all sat on the sofa watching TV one evening and six fireworks went off. They weren’t massive but they utterly terrified Doris. We didn’t know she was afraid of fireworks as we only adopted her in January, after Bonfire night and New Years midnight fireworks. It was very worrying for us seeing her, she was shaking and crying so much she started to struggle breathing, followed by a fluctuating heartbeat. Every little movement or noise got her all worked up again. It was heartbreaking to watch her struggling, there really wasn’t much we could do except stroke her and tell her she was safe. Her panic attack lasted around 2 hours, as an owner with PTSD who has panic attacks I understood her fear.
This week a postie knocked with a nice parcel. A Pawsome box for Freya and Doris to share. It’s like a “beauty box” but full of doggy treats and toys not make up and lotions. A random selection of goodies for your best friend, as a subscription box. A great idea I think, it takes away the dilemma of choice. I often end up buying the girls the same treats, the same type of toys – it’s easy to end up with favourites and not look at new things. Discount code at the end of this post.
Being ex strays my girls really wolf down their food just in case they don’t get anything the next day. They aren’t so bad these days, they’ve got used to getting fed the right amount then getting a little top up in their bowls in the evenings. They will always try to get extra, and Freya used to hide treats and biscuits under the sofa for later. Nearly a month ago I started Freya and Doris on Tails dog food*, you tell them about your hound – weight, breed, health concerns and favourite meat flavours – they custom make the right food mixture for your hound. This means although Freya and Doris are very similar they have different food tailored to suit each of them.
This Halloween I’ve decided to do things a little different, and I have made the girls outfits. This is Freya’s third Halloween here and Doris’ first so I thought it would be sweet if they matched. I’ve altered a blue mini dress of mine to be a Star Trek TOS uniform so the hounds are also joining Star Fleet.
Tuesday was a normalish day, we walked around the city finding the Scrumpty statues. We walked about 4 kilometres, then I drove to the last one as my parking ticket was nearly up. You do not want to mess with parking in Gloucester, we have almost as many parking wardens as car parks. After getting home it was calm but not that quiet. A neighbour was doing DIY so there was some muffled banging. Freya and Doris went upstairs, I assumed to steal my bed, but half an hour later I heard rather louder noises. Banging, thumping, scratching. Before I could investigate something hits the ground in the garden. Something brown, and fluffy… jesus it’s Freya!
Sorry to be the one to deliver bad news, but this warm weather is great for pesky fleas and parasites. I usually use cheap flea spot-on treatments for the dogs in the first couple of days each month. I aim for parasite treatments on the 1st of each month but I am a bit ditzy sometimes and it can be a day or three late. This month though they had something a bit stronger, Bob Martin Clear range. The spot-on is boxed by size, the medium is what suits Freya and Doris, it is dosed by weight so weigh your best friend first. The box contains 3 pipettes, so that’s 3 months of solid treatment, at around £4 a box that means that it is really good value. It was easy to apply, as with most dog spot-ons you squeeze it on to your hounds shoulder blades and neck area. […]
During the Easter holidays my hounds had a few new treats and toys. Lots of toys and treats from Pet Face. I hadn’t heard of this company before but I must say I like the products. The rubbery “crystal” toy is a favourite with Freya. It has a strong bung you shove in the bottom of the crystal, that smells a bit like marmite. She’s been trying super hard to get it but only manages to nibble away tiny pieces so far. Whilst the rubber toy is fine this bung is a bit worse for wear, but PetFace were kind enough to even send refills for it.
The girls got some post this weekend. A nice little parcel addressed to them from Pooch&Mutt. If you’ve not heard of them before they sell a range of premium dog treats and dry food but with a little twist. The products aren’t just made with nice ingredients, they are made to address a doggy problem too. There are foods for hounds with bad breath, flatulence, and weight management issues. Treats to help with joint pain and anxiety issues. It looks like normal food, the girls seem none the wiser I am perfuming their whiffy mouths. Freya and Doris are trying out the fresh breath complete* food. The photos of my gorgeous dogs do not show the pungent gases wafting from those huge snout, but trust me, when Doris is huggled up in my bed then yawns towards my face I’m amazed I don’t pass out! When driving with the girlies […]
I do love these dogs so much. Doris is a particularly cheeky girl, and she normally starts things and Freya will join in. This was what she did outside Halfords, blatant chair stealing.
This weekend Doris came home. Yay! So here are some snaps of Freya and Doris.
As I said in my Christmas day post I recently sent a delivery of toys to The Dogs Trust for FreyaWoof’s old kennel buddies. As I was checking out the delivery dates versus the Trust’s opening hours this beauty caught my eye. I wasn’t trying to get another dog but Doris is a Saluki, she looks like Freya and her description sounded like Freya. I had to meet her!
Did you know dogs in public places are required to wear a tag with certain details by law? You can actually get a £5000 fine for not having your pooch tagged in public. Freya’s old dog tags looked lovely but the engraving almost faded off. I know that sounds bizarre, but there were so many scratches that the surface engraving was unreadable. So it was perfect timing that Collars and Tags* got in touch and asked if she wanted to have a new tag* on them.