Monday, 29 December 2008
Today I leave mums and head back home.
The weather decided to be amazing today so we have given the dogs a last walk in the Croc (pronounced croch) just over the road from mums house.
I hope I am not tempting fate by saying this before we have left but Mia has been very good
No toilet accidents
one scrap with her and Ben when I tried to put her with him for a christmas foto - no idea which dog started it but it was my fault.
One stairing out contest when granny told Mia to get off the sofa and she decided to take it out on Ben.
But a time out in the crate and she was as good as gold
we have been having some lovely naps all together and she has been v good, although still crated at night.
and she looooves her grannie and follows her all over the place
we have had a few nasty looks when she goes mental on the lead at other dogs, but it is getting better and far more important for me to get her to trust me than please Cesar Millan fans by a pointless show of domininence
Nope, yelling and hitting the dog will not show her I am boss, it will show her that an approaching dog is a v bad thing
Thursday, 25 December 2008
Merry Christmas everyone
I hope santa claws and santa paws was good to all the kiddies and furkids alike
Mia and Ben shared the turkey giblets last night and today they are getting lamb. They have some chews and a big tuggy chewy squeeky soft toy to share
They love it so much it has already been repaired once.
As it was such a stunning day we decided to tire the dogs out before lunch so off to Fairburn estate for a lovely woodland walk.
Both dogs had a great time, running around till we saw the signs that said that dogs had to be on a lead. Then as they had worn themselves out a bit they walked pretty nicely on lead.
Dinner soon then drinkies and slobbing around watching TV. DOctor WHO is on tonight - yeah!!!
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
This time after visiting my fathers grave - and Mia giving us a little heart attack
Graveyeard in in the middle of nowhere surrounded by dry stone dykes, then a wee road, another wall, electric fence and then a field of sheep
I thought the doggies would be fine to run around in the graveyard, but nope
Mia climbs the wall, runs across road (just missing car wheels) cumps next wall and wriggles thru electric fence and runs into the feild of sheep
The laws in Scotland state that a farmer can SHOOT and out of control dog that is stressing his sheep
All she dose is stampeedes them all into one corner (about 100 sheep in one tiny corner) then, happy that she has done a good days work she runs right back to us.
Guess its on lead any time there might be sheep from now on.
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
The doggies and I headed up north yesterday to visit my mum for christmas time.
Mia was a little star (as was Ben of course) infact overall she has been really good since the last post about her.
Out walking she has actually been hiding behind me when big dogs come too close and offlead running away more.
She still has her scrappy doo moments when approaching a dog first, but once she figures them out she is much better
and very flirty with big male dogs
After over 3 hours in the car yesterday we took them for a little walk and then they slept most of the evening.
Today after a shopping trip for us we took the doggies to the fairy glen(Reelig Glen)for walkies. We saw the tallest tree in the UK (although it is in a deep valley so it dosent look much)
And then we went up to A and B's to show them the doggies
Mia and Ben were v well behaived in the strange house, Mia only bounced a little bit but maily they said hello gently and then lay down under the table while we had coffie and yummy homemade shortbread.
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Just looking at Mia and thinking about what she might have looked like as a puppy made me realise that I havent done a puppy post fot Ben
Currently he is about 21 months old
I got him from Dogs Trust in Glasgow on 20th May 2007, he was suposed to be around 8 weeks old
I think he might have been a bit younger or taken away from his mum far too young because he had no idea about keeping himself clean, infact for the first 4 nights I was woken up with the terrible smell of him curling up nice and warm in his own poo!! so for the 1st week he had a bath more than once a day.
From the start I realised that Ben haddnt read the puppy book. He thought stroking was the most scary thing in the world, didnt know how to play with toys or really interact with people. But he was cute, loved his food and bonded strongly to me.
Poor wee soul was very carsick whenever we went anywhere, so much so that he became really scared of the car for a while.
and when he went to puppy classes he was soooooo excited he barkbarkbarked the whole time, except when he was working. Right from the start Ben was top of his class, obedience and agility. Infact at some of the obedience classes when we had 'stay' compatitions I had to take us out because we won every single prize.
He has come on so well, he is a very thoughtful dog, timid of lots of new things, but if he knows you want him to do something he will give it a try. He loves learning and doing his tricks. He loves most dogs and people although he kinda keeps away from kiddies he is v gentle with them.
Everyone tells me how lucky I am with him, and I do agree although I have put a lot of hard work into getting him where he is today. Hopefully if we can get Mia 1/2 way as well trained as him she will make someone a lovely pet
Monday, 15 December 2008
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Monday, 8 December 2008
Saturday, 6 December 2008
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Saturday, 29 November 2008
We ran 4 courses
Sunday, 23 November 2008
I have been really bad at blogging latley, V busy with the dogs - so sorry about that
So here is an update on her progress so far.
Friday, 7 November 2008
She has had many new adventures this week. A few house visits, a bus ride, meeting all the dog agility people and a whole woodland walk offlead
She still has some problems with recal and guarding Ben from things and she is a bit manic barky growley at new dogs then leaps all over them when they get close
But she is smart and learning new stuff all the time - and megga sweet
Please tell your friends to drop by this blog or my shop and either buy a raffle ticket to help this little dog and all the others in need or donate direct with paypal to pamduthie @ hotmail . com (remove spaces)
Thankyou to everyone who has helped so far, Mia is doing really well but every week there are more and more abandoned dogs in Ireland who need the help of all these amazing people to save them
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Friday, 24 October 2008
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Saturday, 18 October 2008
I had no intention of getting another dog but this little girls face just said 'help me'
She was in a pound in Ireland that puts dogs to sleep after 5 days
I offered to foster her and a local charity were able to pull her to saftey and are working on getting her over here.
So now I am trying to think of ways to fundraise for her to get her medical treatment and to help the charity that is going to all the expense of getting her here.
One thing I am doing is a listing on my etsy for her
the idea is everyone who buys gets a 'thankyou' foto and then are entered into a draw to win a cusom fuzzy of their pet
If you would like to donate direct I have a paypal account pamduthie @ hotmail . com (remove the spaces)
Please tell everyone you know!! and if you have any more ideas for fundraising please let me know.
She is only 6 months old and deserves a better life than she has had up till now
She should be getting here monday or tuesday so I will keep her progress updated on here
Friday, 17 October 2008
From today onwards the friday featured NFEST artists will be cross posted in the NFEST blog.
and in my blog
Any NFEST artist wishing to participate please post in this thread
What got you started needle felting?
I helped during the shearing of a local Shetland ranch, and was generously given a LOT of free wool, so I bought some needles and stabbed away!
How long have you been needle felting?
Only since March of 2008...I've come a long way and get better every time I poke!
Describe your style of work
Most of my things have oddly turned out sorta cutesy....that's odd because I'm more of a creepy, weird minded person when I start out on something. I've also just discovered how much fun wool "paintings" can be.
How do you promote your items?
I chat as much as possible on Etsy, in the forums, labs, and chat rooms. Then here on the forum, Flickr gets a lot of views, and I started a blog for fun! I just listed some specials on IndiePublic's Gift Guide too. Also, there are going to be NFEST members who will all hold a shop sale on the same November weekend which will be promoted in various ways.
What/who inspires you?
The huge pile of wool and my husband saying "Thats an awful lot of wool." Well, that inspires me to keep at it, but I have a wild imagination anyway to come up with most of my things.
Can you remember what the 1st thing you made was?
A very primitive looking sheep. Then immediately a grizzly bear that looked waaay better!
What are you working on right now?
A very creepy macabre vase, black and white with crimson red locks. I wet felted the main vase, and have needled "faces" into places. Creepy.
If you could only save one of your items from a fire which one would it be?
Yikes. We just installed a small woodstove, so I better really think on this one. Well, it would have to be my "Harvest HoneyMOONers" painting, and the "Crimson Passages" (they only count as one, cause they're stored together right now
Monday, 13 October 2008
I havent blogged about the charity for a while so I though I would add a wee peice here.
BACCAS (bowel and colon cancer awwarenss) was set up following the death of my father Dr Rev George Duthie.
As dad made us promise not to run races and things for him we thought the best way to fundraise was to hold cocktail parties - something he loved to host
Our aim is for people to have parties all over the world.
Many people have had parties and had great fun doing so. It can be as big or small as you like, just a few people in yourhouse with a few drinks and nibbles, a small collection for the charity (if you get in touch I can give you badges to sell and ideas for cocktails) and just take a moment to remember that in the UK every 15 mins one person is diagnosed with Bowel Cancer and every 30 mins someone dies of it!
Remember the people who cant be there and celibrate people who are, raise a glass and say
'Bottoms up for BACCAS'
This blog post is part of Zemanta's "Blogging For a Cause" campaign to raise awareness and funds for worthy causes that bloggers care about.