Tribal Treats!!

•November 9, 2014 • 8 Comments

My friend Theodore at Chelsea Dogs contacted me last week to see if I could help out with a bit of treat testing… He and his canine colleagues have to try out all the products and sometimes they need to get extra help so of course I was only too happy to oblige.

So, a couple of days later a package arrived in the post containing two packs of Tribal dog treats – Liver & Lavender and Beef & Tomato. They have other flavours too – Tuna (I figured Pickle might want to eat those), Coconut, Banana & Peanut Butter (that one’s Theodore’s favourite) and Apple, Mint & Ginger (I eat a lot of minty horse treats so I reckon these could be good too) – but anything meaty is always a safe bet. Oops, almost forgot there’s a Chicken & Flaxseed treat and also some Cheese, Carrot & Sunflower seed ones too – now they sound really good, I shall see if mum can get me some of those as cheese & carrot are two of my favourite things… and I’m sure sunflower seeds must be good too.

Mmmm can't wait to get started

Mmmm can’t wait to get started

Well, we did encounter a slight problem straight away – opening the packet. I couldn’t manage it with my paws so of course I had to let mum do it for me. Could she get in? No… the top wouldn’t tear off and she had to resort to scissors. Sheesh, how hard can it be to find a pair of scissors? Eventually she found some and then we were in… the aroma was good and I think the humans would give them 10/10 because they’re not stinky like my tripe sticks. In fact I reckon you could pop a few of these in your coat pocket on a walk and not end up with a smelly pocket. They’re also nice & biscuity and they won’t leave a greasy mark either.

Waiting for the treat

Waiting for the treat

Okay, well let me have it… now please… I’ve got a mouthful of drool and that’s not a good look.

Mmmm nom nom

Mmmm nom nom

At last… all this posing is rather inconvenient when all I want to do is get down to the eating. To get the full effect you’ll need to have your volume turned up, they really are super crunchy…

Well, testing just once wasn’t enough… I had to do more tests to see if I had a preference.

Liver & lavender or Beef & Tomato?

Liver & lavender or Beef & Tomato?

Waiting… always waiting, waiting for the command…

But it was a close thing...

But it was a close thing…

Liver and Lavender won that time but to be honest they were only a foot apart and I really wasn’t that bothered which one I ate first, I knew I was going to get both in the end.

Liver and Lavender or Beef and Tomato

Liver and Lavender or Beef and Tomato

And once more, just to make sure. Er, make sure of what? That I like them? How many times do I have to try them before they’re declared well and truly ‘tested’.

They're both good

They’re both good

I think mum forgot which one she put on which side but I really didn’t care, I ate them both anyway.

Pickle wanted to get in on the act

Pickle wanted to get in on the act

Excuse me!!! I think you’ll find that these are ‘dog’ treats and not ‘cat’ treats. And they most definitely aren’t for playing with. Pickle was shooed out the way so I could carry on with the delicate task of taste testing. The Liver and Lavender ones are ideal for bed time treats – the packet says that they are ‘rich in nutrients with a calming aroma to keep your dog happy and relaxed’ and suggests a couple before bedtime. The beef and tomato ones are a ‘source of antioxidants for strong immune health’ and Tribal suggest having them in the morning to help keep your dog in tip top shape. I’m all for that.

Time for bed after all that tasting

Time for bed after all that tasting

So, after a hard couple of days of crunching and sniffing and deliberating, I came to the conclusion that I like both treats the same, which is just as well because I can have the beef & tomato ones in the morning and the liver & lavender ones before bedtime. I’d give them both a big five star paws-up and would recommend them to any discerning canines looking for yummy healthy treats. With morning and evening treats that just leaves a large portion of the day with no treats but I’m pretty sure some of the other flavours would be suitable for elevenses and mid-afternoon snackeroonies.

Finally, I’d like to woof a big thank you to Theodore at Chelsea Dogs for asking me to try these fab treats and give a big paws-up to the folk at Tribal for making them. Before you go, why not go and take a look for yourself?  Better still, try some, I think you’ll love them. And I don’t say that about any old treat… it may be hard to believe but there are some things that I refuse to eat!

It’s been a busy few days so I’m off to bed now for some rest and relaxation with the help of a couple of the liver and lavender treats of course.

Wednesday Wanderings

•September 10, 2014 • 2 Comments

 It was a lovely evening tonight, just the right temperature, not too hot and not too cold. We decided to try a new bit of footpath that we’d not tried before – it went diagonally across this field that had lots of tiny stacks of straw. Most of them were 2 bales high but this one was just 1 bale high so I hopped on for a photo opportunity.

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We had to walk all the way across the field and at the other side mum had to help me over a stile because it wasn’t at all dog friendly. Boo hiss. What’s a big labrador supposed to do? Mum can pick me up but if I was any bigger she’d struggle to get me up and over the steps. Anyway, when we eventually got over the stile we had to do a bit of road walking but first we sat for a while on this bench.

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We had to walk quite a way but the road was very quiet, we only saw one car the whole time we were on it.

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We’d been walking along Crichel Lane and then got to this junction where we turned back down towards Manswood.IMG_0885

There are some nice old houses with great big chimneys. 

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It was good to be back on footpaths instead of tarmac. My paws don’t like roads very much but mum says it keeps my nails down.

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After our walk we went to visit Granny and by the time we drove home it was dark and the Super Moon was out! It really did look big and pink and very Super as we were going along the road but it just looks like a little white dot here! IMG_0894

Maybe we’ll have better luck next time there’s a Super Moon, or perhaps you should just look at someone else’s photos!

 

A Walk with the Gingers!

•September 9, 2014 • 5 Comments

Oops, that’s probably a non-pc title isn’t it? But honestly they’re all ginger, not a spec of black between them, and a gorgeous bunch of girls! Come to think of it, even my morning walk was with Pickle who’s a tortie so a part-ginger. These are a few pics from one of our morning walks up in the field, starting with us walking along the footpath.

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And this is me sitting down by the fence staring through the stock fencing watching my friend Simon. If the gaps in the fence weren’t so small, I’d be down there saying hello toy im.

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As usual, Pickle came along too, she’s still doing her #bemoredog thing and trots along just like a dog. She even pants like a dog with her tongue out.

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She doesn’t get as distracted as I do, though sometimes she stops to climb a tree or chase a critter in the long grass.

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She’s getting ahead of me here.

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I thought I heard noises from down in the car park, could it be someone coming to see the horses? Maybe not, just a false alarm.

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All quiet down the hill and it’s going to be another lovely sunny day.

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We walk all the way round the field.. by now Pickle is panting like a dog.

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Mum tried to get a picture of her with her tongue out but she moves too fast. Anyway, now onto the proper gingers. We went over to visit my bestest Auntie Susie and Maja and Shelby who you’ve probably seen before, but it was also my first time meeting their new pup Ilka who’s 10 months old now.

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Ilka is a Vizsla like Maja – isn’t she pretty?

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This is me and Shelby, we’ve been friends for a long time now.  I think she likes having another short pup to walk out with.

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Maja and Ilka were miles ahead of us.

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We went for a lovely long walk but it was difficult for mum to get pictures of all four of us. Most of the pictures she took were all blurry because we move so fast.

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Here we are at the top of a hill. That’s Ilka at the top.

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Here we are going down the hill.. I was having a bit of a bonkers moment because of all the sand. I don’t know what it is but sand always makes me go bonkers.

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And here we’re on our way back to the car. Shelby and I look like we’re not friends but we are really.  We had a great time and I think we should do it again really soon.

Friday Flower Walk

•August 2, 2014 • 2 Comments

On Friday afternoon we went to Manswood for a walk. The horrid heat has gone and it was lovely and cool and cloudy so we could go out earlier than when the sun is shining and it’s baking hot. Here I am on the big chunk of tree where the footpaths all cross. Someone has stuck some feathers in it.. somewhere there’s a bird with no tail feathers.

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The combines have been out so I had lots of fun running in the stubble and trying to find the straw critters hiding in the piles of straw.

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This is an odd sticky dead tree that sits at the top of the hill.

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The sly was looking even greyer than it had been when we started out. We haven’t walked across this field before because it was full of oilseed rape before and when it’s really tall it’s not very nice to walk through.

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This is a view from the top of the hill.

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And another one a bit further over..

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and another…

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and the last one.

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I suppose you could be wondering where all the flowers are…. well, there were such a lot of different flowers that we’ve put them in a slideshow.

We weren’t too sure if the Flickr slideshow was going to work, but it did… so next time we’ll spend a bit more time doing it and find some less plink plonky music.

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On Thursday there was light…

•July 31, 2014 • 4 Comments

It all started on Wednesday when the men with the digger and the ‘trench digger’ arrived to dig a trench up through the field to the stables so that we could have electricity in the stables and lights for the winter.

So, to start at the beginning.. here is the digger unloading itself from the transport, with the help of a driver of course.

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The trench cutter arrived afterwards and I reckon the best way to show you a ‘trench cutter’ is to show you it in action!  It was a bit noisy for me so I didn’t watch up close, just examined the results afterwards.

it digs really neat, slim, deep trenches like this.

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Unfortunately it turned out that this field wasn’t just any field, this was a field with lots of sandstone under the ground. And trench cutters don’t like sandstone. So, it was taken back to the carpark ready to be loaded up to go home again.

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The digger had to take over afterwards… not quite as neat but it still did the job.

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Here is one of the rocks that came out of the ground… it’s no wonder the trench cutter didn’t like it much.

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When they got to the bottom of the hill the digger had to dig a trench across the road – it digs a nice deep trench but not as neatly as the trench cutter.

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Here it is being used to put the fence posts back again.

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And this is the field we dug the trench through… it’s a really steep slope.

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This is me examining the trench to make sure the electric cable and water pipe are far enough down in the ground.

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Another picture of the trench cutter in action, or perhaps it was just ‘resting’.

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So, after all that digging the electrician came today and fixed the big cable so that we could have electricity up in the stables. And that was about it.

Yes indeed folks, on the Thursday there was light in the darkness and it was wondrous.

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Flowers by Lola

•April 14, 2014 • 6 Comments

A little while ago I entered a competition run by one of my favourite doggy websites Chelsea Dogs and I was lucky enough to be chosen to receive a wonderful collar accessory from Lola.  She makes the loveliest flowers and bows that can be attached to collars and I chose the pink spotty flower.

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Isn’t that just the most gorgeous parcel? I can’t believe that any fashion conscious girl wouldn’t love to have the postman pop a bright pink jiffy bag through the letterbox – the presentation is perfect and they would make ideal presents for those special occasions! No need to worry about wrapping which is always difficult with paws. It’s been ages since I’ve done any modelling so I tried it on straight away.

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If I do say so myself, I do look rather gorgeous don’t I!

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And here I am outside in the garden.

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And again, sitting amongst the primroses.

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It’s very comfortable to wear, even with my long ears, it sits perfectly on the collar wherever you want it.

Standing by Tulip

I match the pink primulas and tulips.

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And just for fun, here’s a picture of me without a head!

If you’re a boy they have some fabulous bows for you too – although you could wear a flower if you want to.. in fact even though I’m a girl I quite like the bows, they’re very smart indeed. So, don’t forget to hop over to Lolas website to check them out, or you can also see them here at Chelsea Dogs.

Anyway, I would just like to say thank you very much to the lovely Theodore at Chelsea Dogs and also another big thank you to Lola. I shall be wearing my flower the next time I go out visiting and I’m sure I’ll be getting lots of compliments.

 

 

Ellie visits Jack and her brother Pip

•March 25, 2014 • 4 Comments

Today I had some peace and quiet – mum took Ellie over to Wool to visit her brother Pip and my pal Jack.

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Here’s Ellie safely locked in her crate in the back of our transport.

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And here is Ellie being welcomed by Pip and Jack… hmmm I think they’re being a bit too ‘familiar’, cheeky boys.

 

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Out in the garden with them for a good run around. Jack is standing around looking sensible while Ellie and Pip play chase.

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Young pups can run very fast.

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And they have no respect for things like flower beds.

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Ellie spent a lot of time on her back… what a tart.

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Jack and Pip were quite amused by Ellie’s antics.

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Woof woof

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Zoom zoom

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Oops, evicted from the kitchen.

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Whee let’s have a race…. hup

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And round and round again

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And back the other way

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And they’re neck and neck

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Quick circuit round the big kennel

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And then Ellie is back to being a tart again, showing off her bits. How on earth does she get her bottom that high off the ground?

 

 

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They’re puffed out now

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Auntie Maggie thinks they’re tired enough to come indoors again. This is Happy the parrot :)

 

 

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Ellie was quite intrigued by the parrot… and Happy gave her a peck on the nose when she was cheeky enough to stick it through the bars.

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A trio of pups

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Isn’t Pip handsome?

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Ellie’s got the ball! And yes, she’s on the sofa with Pip – sofas aren’t out of bounds.

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And this is Jack taking the tennis ball out of Ellie’s mouth.

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Snuggles with Auntie Maggie

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Ellie and Uncle Richard

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Pip in his bird watching position… on the back of the sofa.

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And then it was time to go home again… Jack and Pip came out to say goodbye to Ellie in her crate in the ‘Working Cocker Transport’.

Thank you very much Auntie Maggie and Uncle Richard – Ellie had a super time.

 
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