Waggy Tales Dog Blog

Hi everyone I wanted to start a blog to share my two great loves…..dogs and books

I have always loved dogs and had a lot of experience in the rescue world both as a foster mum and home checker. I also have a mini dachshund who we adopted in 2015.

Every breed will be welcome, pedigree or mixed, it doesn’t matter as long as they have waggy tails!

There will be informative content too, including health and behavior issues and all about the process of rescuing a dog or buying a puppy from a breeder. I always try to review and promote any books featuring dogs, especially if they are rescue related.

I am an avid book reader and have written several ebooks which are collections of funny and thought provoking poems. I try to support authors by doing book reviews through NetGalley and will post here on this blog and Twitter.  I read psychological thrillers, mystery, crime, children’s books and chick lit. Feel free to get in touch if a review would help you out.

From time to time I will post poems that I have written and my love for crafting will be included too.

Hope you can stop by x


But first of all, I wanted to share a poem with you about Alfie who sadly passed away on 5th April 2017.

Let me tell you a little about Alfie first



Alfie was a Cavalier King Charles spaniel crossed with a Shih Tzu. We needed a companion for our older dog and researched the temperaments of these breeds. We found out that both breeds were loyal, caring, affectionate and sweet-natured.

Well, Alfie didn’t disappoint. He was all of those things…….and more!

He soon became a soul mate for our older dog but more importantly, he took on the role of nurturer to all the rescue dogs who came through our door. I called him my ‘wingman’ because he took care of the canine side of fostering whilst I did the human stuff. He would share his bed, his toys even his mum with whoever came to stay there were no exceptions. He seemed to know that the foster dogs didn’t have privileges like he did. And when they all moved on he still had his soul mate Holly and later Mr Darcy the dachshund, but that’s a whole different story!

Here is Alfie’s poem

You shared your loved ones
your toys, your bed
‘Such a softy’ was often said
And when they left
for pastures new
You picked me up
and helped me through
Your little soul mate
looks so sad
She’ ll always miss
the love you had
Your partner in crime
looks at the door
the one where you met him
with an open paw
That tiny puppy
you taught to play
she’d nibble your ears
then run away
The one who was sick
hurt and betrayed
You taught him to trust you
and great friends were made
Then there’s the pal
who visits each year
On hot sunny days
and with Christmas cheer
with a wag of your tail
and your welcoming face
the fun you’d have!
the birds you’d chase
When the days were dark
with sadness and pain
You gave me a reason
to get up again.
And now
too soon
its come to an end
And your work is needed
in heaven my friend.
They needed an angel to stand at the gate
to welcome the others
who’d wait and wait
for their family to join them
so alone and so sad
But you’ll comfort their sorrow
and soothe pain
that they had
Now the house is so quiet
the cushions are neat
There’s no sneezy kisses
or pattering of feet
The summer-house
won’t be the same
without my boy
hiding again
And the cold lonely nights
when I cannot sleep
We drank warm milk
and to bed, we’d creep
So for now
we bid you good-bye
My angel in heaven
a new star in the sky.
I wrote the poem less than a day after Alfie died it is raw and unedited because it shows the anguish of losing a pet. Something else I’ll be writing about.

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  1. Oh, what a wonderful connection. Because had you not decided to follow Learning from Dogs I may never have read this beautiful, passionate poetic tribute. Please allow me to repost this over on LfD in my Keep Their Memories Alive folder.

  2. This is just beautiful. My sympathies for losing your sweet pal. There is a wonderful book “Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates” that gives scriptural references to God’s creatures having a place in eternity. I look forward to the day I see my fur babies again. Thank you for following and sharing this! I also shared this on Facebook!

  3. Thank you Terri you are very kind, its comforting to think that our pets will be waiting one day and I will look out for the book you mentioned, I look forward to reading more of your posts xx

  4. Oh I love this. <3 I am sending much love and blessings to you and to Alfie. So glad you wrote a poem. I just did a women's group on forgiveness, and we were talking about how creativity can help us to forgive.

    So glad to connect with you. Have a wonderful evening,
    Debbie xo

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