Socialising A Puppy In Isolation

Socialising A Puppy In Isolation

13 weeks Socialising A Puppy In Isolation

When Ripley the chihuahua came along in February I was determined to take every opportunity to socialise him really well. He came everywhere with me, visiting friends and family and meeting dogs of all shapes and sizes. When his vaccinations were completed we started taking him for short walks, and everyone wanted to chat and give him a gentle stroke. Ripley met lots of other dogs and I was really proud of my friendly, confident puppy.

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The Reason Why Socialising Was So Important To Me.

I have a very anxious Dachshund who we adopted at around two years old. He has fear aggression so I have to be really careful because he can be unpredictable. Many rescue dogs who have stayed with me have problems meeting other dogs, with strangers, fireworks, thunderstorms and being left alone.

Darcy was kept in a kennel environment before he was rescued. As a result of this, he is scared of the vacuum cleaner, the washing machine, and many other normal household implements. The problem is that he was never introduced to these things in the vitally important puppy stage of his life.

I wanted to take every opportunity to introduce Ripley to as many experiences as possible during his first weeks of life. It was extra important to me because I desperately wanted Darcy to have a confident, happy companion to give him extra security.

Then came Lockdown!

So my plans have been diminished significantly due to the Lockdown which has been put into place by the government. Ripley has only seen me, my husband and my two other dogs for the last three weeks. We go for walks but have to avoid passing other dog walkers, we haven’t taken him on car journeys or to visit friends and family. He hasn’t experienced heavy traffic, the beach, cats, young children…all things I had planned to do, but is now impossible.

He still seems extremely happy and his antics and cuddles have kept me going in these worrying times. To him, and all other dogs, life continues on as normal and that gives me great comfort.

Socialising A Puppy In Isolation

So, I have questions, which are playing on my mind and I hope someone with more experience than me, can give me some answers.

Can any experienced dog owners, trainers or behaviorists tell me

Will the work I put into socialising Ripley between the ages of 13 – 20 weeks still be beneficial?

Will he recognise my extended family and their dogs and not be fearful when we meet again?

Is there anything I can do during isolation to keep his confidence levels high?

(I was hesitant about posting this because it is trivial in comparison to problems which people are facing. However, it might be helpful to other people who have puppies and can’t socialise them properly in present times)

I hope everyone is safe, well and enjoying your fur babies more than ever.

If you are feeling isolated, hop along to our Facebook page ‘Waggy Tales’ for a chat. I would love to see photos of your dogs.

Of course, I can’t leave without saying a huge thank you to all our wonderful and brave NHS staff and keyworkers.

Keep safe everyone and thank you for reading.

The Couple on Cedar Close by Anna – Lou Weatherley

The Couple on Cedar Close by Anna – Lou Weatherley

One sunny August afternoon, the residents of Cedar Close throw their annual summer barbecue. Children play in the cherry-tree lined street, tables are laden with food, and the wine is flowing. For Laurie Mills, it’s her first time meeting the neighbours. And it’s the first time she discovers her husband Robert is having an affair.

Cedar Close has always been a nice place to live – a quiet suburban street where everyone looks out for one another and bad things don’t happen.

Until late one evening, when Robert Mills is found dead in his bedroom.

Downstairs, in their beautiful kitchen, his wife Laurie sits alone in the dark with her head in her hands.

She can’t remember the last few hours, but she knows she didn’t kill Robert.

The trouble is, no-one believes her…

An utterly gripping page-turner about the dark secrets that lie behind closed doors. Perfect for fans of JP Delaney’s The Girl Before and Gone Girl, The Couple on Cedar Close will keep you reading late into the night


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My Thoughts

When Laurie Mills awakes from a drunken stupor she finds her estranged husband dead and herself covered in blood. She can’t remember anything from the night before and finds herself the prime suspect. Laurie and Robert’s relationship is complicated and the police find out that there are many sides to Robert’s character. DI Dan Riley suspects that this is not a clear cut domestic murder, nothing adds up and he needs to find out what really happened.

This is an engaging thriller, with plenty of suspense, twists, and turns. Anyone who likes to delve into the workings of the mind of a psychopath will really soak up this compelling story. I was glad that the loose ends added up at the end of the book and enjoyed the uncomplicated writing style. D I Dan Riley is a clever detective with strong instincts and a desire to uncover the truth, I look forward to reading more books in the series.

Many thanks to Bookouture (via NetGalley) for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

Dog Trivia Quiz For Children, Answers Included.

Dog Trivia Quiz

Family Fun

I put together a dog trivia quiz for children who love dogs.

It’s great fun and the adults will enjoy it too.

Why not have a go and see how many dog trivia answers you know.

Most of the answers are included  (but I have left some out! )  and in some cases, a variety of examples are given but these are not exhaustive!

I’ve thrown in a few doggy jokes too, just for fun!

Dog Trivia Questions

1 Which dog breed is known to pull sleds?


2 What is the smallest breed of dog?


3 How many Dalmations were there in the Disney film?


Here’s A  Doggy Joke!

What do you get if you cross a sheepdog with a jelly?


4 Why Do Dogs Dig?

Digging is an instinctual behaviour, dogs originally dug holes to hide their food from predators.

5 Name the most popular dog breed used as Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Labrador Retriever

6 What’s the Catchphrase?

Dog Trivia Quiz For Children

7 What dog breed is film star Beethoven?

St. Bernard

8 Which dog breed can run the fastest?


9 Which dog is a Pug?

Dog Trivia Question

(The dog on the right)

10 What is the breed of the other dog in the photo?

French Bulldog

11 How many days are dogs pregnant?

Approx 63 days

12 Guess the Catchphrase?

Dog Trivia Catchphrase

13 Who has better hearing?

a) dog

b) human

Answer is A

14 Dogs have a better sense of smell than humans, how many times better?

a) 10 times better

b) up to 100 times better

c) up to 100,000 times better

Answer is C

Dog Trivia Quiz

True or False?

15 A dog wags his tail to show that he is happy.


16  The Queen’s favourite breed is a pug.


17 The Dachshund originates from Australia.


18 A dog can have blue eyes.


19  Scooby Doo is a Great Dane


20 Name a type of Terrier


Yorkshire Terrier

Boston Terrier

Bull Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier

 20 What Do These Three Dog Breeds Have in Common?

what do these breeds have in common?

The Rottweiler, German Shepherd and Dachshund all originate from Germany.

20 Name a Hound dog.


Basset Hound




21 Name a herding breed of dog.


Shetland Sheepdog

Border Collie

Australian Cattle Dog

Old English Sheepdog

22 Can you name these two dog breeds?

Dog Trivia For Kids

Maltese and Sharpei

Doggy Jokes!

What do you get if you cross a sheepdog and a daffodil

A collie flower!

What do dogs love for breakfast

Pooched Eggs

What do you call a dog who can do magic tricks?


22 What name is given to a dog which is bred from a combination of these two breeds?

Dog Trivia For Kids

Cocker Spaniel and Poodle = Cockerpoo

23 Name a breed of dog which is endangered in the UK.


Welsh (Cardigan) Corgi


Otter Hound

Skye Terrier

24 What’s the Catchphrase?

Catchphrase - A wolf in sheep's clothing

Finish the Quote

25  Dog      T – – – d

26  P – – – y    L  – v –

27  Who  – – –  The  – – – –  O – – ?

28   – a – –   B – st  F – – -nd

Name That Dog!

29 Name a SPOTTY breed of dog


30 Name a dog breed beginning with B

(Beagle, Basset Hound, Basenji, Bichon Frise)

31 Name the dog in the WIZARD OF OZ


32 Name a dog breed with very long fur

(Old English Sheepdog, Afghan Hound, Yorkshire Terrier, Shih Tzu)

33 Name a dog with a curly tail

(Chow chow, Pug, Akita, Pomeranian)

34 Name a dog with a long nose

(Greyhound, Saluki, Borzoi Dachshund)

35 Name a dog used to herd sheep

(Border Collie)

Finally, think of a caption for this photo and post it in the comments!

(I think a lot of parents will relate to this in the present climate!)

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Thanks for taking part, hope you had fun and maybe learned one or two facts about dogs.

If you would like to take part in a similar quiz about dogs, here is the link:-

Dog Trivia Questions and Answers

I hope you are all keeping safe and well.

Keep those tails wagging!

An Almost Perfect Holiday by Lucy Diamond

An Almost Perfect Holiday


Lucy Diamond

An Almost Perfect Holiday is a warm and witty novel about why, when it comes to holidays, getting away from it all can be just the beginning – and why sometimes you need to come apart before you can come together

Summer is here, and down in Cornwall Lorna’s holiday cottages are fully booked. The sun loungers are lined up beside the swimming pool, the sky is blue and a new set of arrivals are on their way . . .

Em’s planned the perfect break with her teenagers plus her new boyfriend, George . . . but now his difficult six-year-old is coming too. Will their romance survive the realities of parenthood?

Maggie’s hoping a seaside holiday will bring her and her daughter closer together, but when her ex makes a surprise reappearance, it changes everything. Can she trust the man who broke her heart?

Olivia has escaped the domestic grind, only for the past to catch up with her. Maybe the time has come to confess all – if she can find the courage . . .

Meanwhile, the teenagers are running wild and love is in the air. With friendship, heartache and secrets in the mix, will this holiday turn out to be a scorcher – or simply too hot to handle?


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My Thoughts

The book is based around a complex of holiday cottages located in beautiful Cornwall and owned by Lorna and her husband Roy.

Although the location is stunning, and the cottages welcoming, things don’t go to plan for any of the families staying in the holiday rentals. Three women, all experiencing different stages of motherhood, find themselves connecting, sitting around the communal pool one evening. They look back at some of the mistakes they made with teenagers who test the boundaries and relationships which were not meant to be. They discuss how sometimes they forget to have fun, and feel invisible as the children become more independent.

The writing is warm with characters who are so believable, with relatable real-life problems that we have all faced at one time or another. I liked how not one of the women pretended to be ‘perfect’ mothers but they all genuinely cared deeply for their children. Mistakes are made, forgiveness is given, relationships strengthened and friendships formed.

A well-paced, insightful and life-affirming read from Lucy Diamond.

Thank you to Pan Macmillan (via NetGalley) for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

The Daughter She Lost by Lauren Westwood

The Daughter She Lost by Lauren Westwood


I know in my heart that I’m going to lose you, my dearest darling girl. I can’t fight any longer. No matter what I do, no matter how much I love you, I know that this is the end for me. But remember that I am with you always and that because of you, my mistake was worth it.

Amanda always knew she was adopted, but when she inherits a house in Avalon Springs, it’s the first she hears of her birth mother’s death. The moment she used to imagine meeting her for the first time and staring into the bright blue eyes they might share, will always remain a dream.

Heartbroken, Amanda knows she must go there to show her children the home where they should have lived, to go through her mother’s old clothes, sell the house and say goodbye.

But as she walks into the stark white house she begins to feel uneasy. There are religious quotes etched into the walls of the hallway and a jewelry box full of letters hidden in her mother’s room.

Because the family she lost is hiding dark secrets and the further she digs, the more the happy life she has carefully built for herself and her children is at risk…

A gripping and emotional novel about what it means to belong. The Daughter She Lost is perfect for fans of Kerry Fisher, Diane Chamberlain and Liane Moriarty.


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My Thoughts

This is the second book I have read by Lauren Westwood and I was eager to see if  The Daughter She Lost was as good as Moonlight on the Thames, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

(My review of Moonlight on the Thames can be read here.)

Now, here is what I thought about The Daughter She Lost.

I quickly connected with the main character Amanda who is a divorced single mother travelling to view a house that she has inherited. You can feel Amanda’s apprehension as she arrives at Avalon Springs and the reception from some of the residents is wary and guarded. I tried to imagine arriving in a strange, remote and run-down neighbourhood where everyone knows your family background… except you!

Amanda knows that she was adopted but knows nothing about her birth mother Angie and the grandmother who left her the house. She needs to know more, but what will finding out the truth uncover?

 I was impressed by Amanda’s strength as she scoured her grandmother’s possessions looking for clues to her family background. Amanda tries to find out who her real father is, but the more she delves into Angie’s past, the possibilities mount up.

The Daughter She Lost is a well written and emotive family drama full of revelations and characters who evolve with the story. Strong women feature heavily and suspense builds as Amanda uncovers secrets which could affect the whole town.

Many thanks to Noelle at Bookouture for the blog tour invite and copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

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About The Author

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Lauren Westwood writes dark and romantic women’s fiction and is also an award-winning children’s writer. Originally from California, she now lives in England in a pernickety old house built in 1602, with her partner and three daughters.

Lauren hopes you enjoy her latest book, My Mother’s Silence, which is a dark, emotional journey about homecoming and family secrets. Your opinions are important to her, so please do leave a review.

Author Social Media Links:

Lauren loves hearing from readers, so if you wish to get in touch, please visit her website:, or follow her on twitter: @lwestwoodwriter

or Facebook: @Lwestwoodbooks

Clover Cottage by Christie Barlow

Today I am excited to join the blog tour for Clover Cottage by Christie Barlow.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

Clover Cottage


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Dead Wrong by Noelle Holton

Dead Wrong by Noelle Holton


The Mill on Magnolia Lane by Tilly Tennant

The Mill on Magnolia Lane by Tilly Tennant

The sky is cornflower blue, the air is scented with the smell of fresh apple blossom and Lizzie Lovell can’t wait to start her new life in the mill on Magnolia Lane. But is she just about to fall in love with someone she shouldn’t?

When Lizzie loses her larger-than-life Dad she doesn’t know how to move forward. Encouraged by a childhood dream she shared with her beloved father, she is determined to continue his legacy and moves to the old Mill on Magnolia lane, a place he had always longed to own.

Restoring the old windmill is a much bigger job than Lizzie bargained for, especially when she is distracted by her new next door neighbour Jude, who has temptingly twinkly eyes and a body to die for. But when Jude’s ex- girlfriend Harriet arrives back on the scene, Lizzie begins to wonder if life wasn’t far simpler before she moved to the mill. Especially when it emerges that Harriet knows something about Jude’s past, something that could shatter her new start and her heart into smithereens …

If your heart is warmed by Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Josie Silver’s One Day in December, you’ll fall in love with this beautiful feel-good story about finding love when you least expect it.


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My Review

Tilly Tennant is one of my favourite authors so I don’t know how The Mill on Magnolia Lane passed me by. So, when I found it sitting in my TBR I was so happy because I just knew I would be in for a treat.

Lizzie Lovall had always admired the mill on Magnolia Lane when she drove past with her dad. They conjured up plans of how they would buy and restore it, but sadly their ideas never came to fruition. Lizzie’s dad died leaving her steeped in grief and having no idea where her life was going. Until she decides to buy the mill, on her own, and start to rebuild it.

Living alone in a caravan, next to a run down windmill, seemed like a good idea at first, but soon Lizzie’s life gets far more complicated. She meets a gorgeous architect called Jude, but his ex-girlfriend Harriet is still on the scene and Lizzie can’t understand why. With complicated family problems arising and finances stretched to the limit, Lizzie wonders if her decision was the right one.

This was just the escapism I needed. There is the perfect balance of heartwarming moments and emotional issues, with characters who are diverse and relatable. The story is about rebuilding, not just the mill, but also life after loss, relationships, friendship, and family. A really enjoyable read.

Thank you to Bookouture (via NetGalley) for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

Lemon Drizzle Mondays at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green

Lemon Drizzle Mondays at the Little Duck Pond Café

by Rosie Green

Today I’m thrilled to join the blog tour for the latest addition in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series by Rosie Green.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.


Molly Hooper has a secret. It haunts her dreams and casts a dark shadow over life with her gorgeous three-year-old daughter, Eva. Arriving in Sunnybrook has given her a glimpse of sunshine. The Little Duck Pond Cafe crew seem so welcoming and there’s even the chance of a new job. Baking delicious cakes has always taken Molly to a happy place, so the job – at the glorious Brambleberry Manor Cafe – might just be perfect for her. It would mean she and little Eva could finally put down some roots at last.

But is Sunnybrook the sanctuary Molly is searching for? Or will the past come back to haunt her, wherever she hides?

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My Thoughts

This is the ninth novella in The Little Duck Pond Café series. These short reads are always well written with interesting characters and a ‘feel-good’ theme which really raises your spirits.

In Lemon Drizzle Mondays at the Little Duck Pond Cafe, we meet Molly, a young single mum who hopes her fortunes have changed when she secures herself a job at the cafe in the grounds of Brambleberry Manor. Unfortunately, the cafe is struggling so the staff are asked for ideas to get the customers flocking in. Molly comes up with the idea to offer a free slice of Lemon Drizzle cake to anyone who pledges a simple act of kindness and soon the new promotion is put into place.

There is a chance for romance to reappear in Molly’s life in the form of Matt who runs a bookbinding business next to the cafe. Sadly, nothing is ever easy and Molly has her menacing landlord to contend with and a daughter who dreams of a birthday party like all of her friends. Luckily Molly has true friends who help her out in their own unique way.

With a theme of kindness, this book wraps you up in a cosy blanket and gives a wonderful warm feeling …another winner from Rosie Green.

Author Bio –

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love. Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now. Rosie has also written a full-length, standalone book, ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’, out now.

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Just A Normal Day For A Puppy

How is everyone doing?

It’s so hard, isn’t it?

I’ve always craved endless hours to read and play with my dogs but I have no concentration. I’ve tried psychological thrillers to grip me, lighthearted romance to try to escape….. but nothing is working!

Luckily this chap has no idea what is going on in the world. It is just a normal day.


He isn’t always like that.

At five months old he has developed selective deafness. He doesn’t respond if I tell him to stop digging the garden, chewing the plants and picking up stones., but he hears the treat tin just fine!

I wouldn’t mind if he left the contents of the garden outside, but he insists on bringing me gifts of leaves, soil, pebbles, and branches.

As if I’m not cleaning enough!

Then at 7pm, he sinks into a twelve-hour slumber fest of utter contentment.

I’m not jealous at all!


I hope you are getting some enjoyment from your books or dogs (or both).

Sending positive and healing thoughts to everyone who is struggling today.


Lou and the dogs xxx