How a Rescue Dog Can Change Your Life.

I had some extremely sad news recently.

One of my ex-foster rescue dogs, Mickey, has passed away. He was a thirteen-year-old Yorkshire Terrier and I was lucky enough to follow his life from rescue to adoption because he went to live with a relative of a close friend. In fact, I agreed that whenever his mum and dad wanted to visit their son in the States, Mickey would come back to me for a holiday.

He was eight when I fostered him so he has become part of the family and the only dog welcomed completely into Holly and Alfie’s pack. He had a quiet, calming nature and fitted in so easily.

I was asked by the rescue to collect Mickey from the family who had surrendered him. Mickeys life had been turned upside down by a new baby who had turned into a mischievous toddler and Mickey just wanted a quiet life. The family could see that he had become an unhappy dog so they found a rescue who would do everything they could to find him a new home.mick

It was so hard to take Mickey away from the only family he had ever known. His mum was in floods of tears and I felt truly dreadful. The only consolation was that I could personally guarantee that we would find him the best home possible. His previous owner emailed me every Christmas just to let me know that she still missed him and to enquire that he was ok.

I knew that a pedigree Yorkshire Terrier would be snapped up, he had no health or behaviour problems which is a rare thing in dog rescue. He was also extremely cute, active but quiet and small enough to fit on someone’s lap.

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My friend rang me to say she knew a couple who were extremely interested in adopting Mickey. They had just retired and lost their own dog so they could devote themselves to Mickey.

Devote themselves they did. Mickey was treated like a king with freshly roasted chicken every day, three walks and loads of toys. The match was perfect, Mickey had found an ideal home and his new mum and dad had filled the void in their lives with a well trained, highly affectionate handsome and mature dog.

I knew that Mickey had a tumour and didn’t have long left but he carried on for much longer than expected, in fact, he amazed us all.

I hope he has met up with his old friend Alfie and they are chasing squirrels together on Rainbow Bridge.

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It is called Rainbow Bridge because of its many splendid colors.
Just this side of Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills,
and valleys with lush, green grass.
When beloved pets die, they go to this place.
There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again.
Those who are maimed are made whole again.
They play all day with each other.
There is only one thing missing.
They are not with their special person who loved
them on earth.
So each day they run and play.
Until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up!

The nose twitches.
The ears are up!
The eyes are staring.
And this one suddenly runs from the group.
You have been seen!
And when you and your special friend meet,
you take him in your arms and embrace.
Your face is kissed again and again and again,
and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together…
Never again to be separated.

This poem is written by an unknown author. What a great shame that words which have brought comfort to so many cannot be attributed to a particular person. It never fails to make me cry but I also smile through the tears because it gives me hope that I will meet my furry soulmates again.

Mickey was extremely lucky to find such a wonderful forever home but all too often the older dogs are overlooked by potential adopters who prefer a puppy or younger dog. Some people should consider an older dog because they are housetrained, less excitable and happy with a stroll in the park and a warm fire to sit next to.

 

 

True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling

True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop

Annie Darling

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, I decided to cast aside my psychological thrillers and get romantically inspired with this book by Annie Darling. I was looking for a book which would add some colour to the bleak, cold wintery days and True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop was just the right choice..

Description

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good job, four bossy sisters and a needy cat must also have want of her one true love. Or is it?

Another delightful novel from the author of The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts. Perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond and Jenny Colgan

Verity Love – Jane Austen fangirl and an introvert in a world of extroverts – is perfectly happy on her own (thank you very much), and her fictional boyfriend Peter is very useful for getting her out of unwanted social events. But when a case of mistaken identity forces her to introduce a perfect stranger as her boyfriend, Verity’s life suddenly becomes much more complicated.

Johnny could also use a fictional girlfriend. Against Verity’s better judgement, he persuades her to partner up for a summer season of weddings, big number birthdays and garden parties, with just one promise – not to fall in love with each other…

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My Review

This is the first book I have read by Annie Darling and I will definitely be hunting out the previous novel in the series The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts.

Verity Love is an introvert in a world full of extroverts. She hates small talk, mingling and any sort of noise. She lives alone, above a bookshop where she also works and has a cat called Strumpet.

The problem is, although she is happy being single, her friends and family are constantly trying to set her up. She needs a fake boyfriend so that people leave her alone. When she meets Johnny, he happily jumps into the role of fake boyfriend, as long as Verity exchanges the favour. There then follows months of weddings, birthdays and housewarming parties that Verity has to attend as Johnny’s new love interest, even though she hates social gatherings.

Verity is a vicars daughter and one of five sisters. I adored the Love family and all their quirkiness. The vicar is a keen beekeeper and his wife happily feeds any waif or stray that turns up on the doorstep so the house is chaotic and noisy. Verity loves her family but she is the black sheep, preferring to read a book than join in at rowdy family get-togethers.

Her favourite book is ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and the story has many references and similarities to Verity’s life. Her constant catchphrase ‘What would Elizabeth Bennett do?’ was inspired and she instantly dismissed any possible suitor who was not extremely familiar with the Jane Austin novel.

This isn’t a predictable, sugar-coated chick lit. It is well written, witty and warm with characters you would love to meet in real life. I was sad when it ended because it felt like losing a friend, I hope we get to learn more about the characters of The Lonely Hearts Bookshop very soon.

Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase Links

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‘Romantic fiction perfection – I totally fell in love!’ Cressida McLaughlin

‘Delightful’ THE SUN

‘A funny, beautiful, cozy little tale… the perfect piece of escapism!’ Cesca (Cescalizziereads)

‘Heart-breakingly funny, warm, and tugs at the heart strings’ Agi (OnMyBookshelf)

Praise for Annie Darling:

‘Sophisticated, romantic, compelling and absolutely charming. A brilliant new addition to the romantic comedy genre, I loved it’ Alex Brown

‘Get ready to fall in love … an instant heart-warmer’ RED

‘A delightful romcom’ PRIMA

‘Completely hilarious and breathtakingly romantic’ Cressida McLaughlin

About the Author

Annie Darling lives in London in a tiny flat, which is bursting at the seams with teetering piles of books.

Her two greatest passions in life are romance novels and Mr Mackenzie, her British Shorthair cat.

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12 Metabolism Boosters To Help You Lose Weight

12 Metabolism Boosters To Help You Lose Weight

We all know that if we want to lose weight we have to exercise more and eat less. However, if you suffer from a sluggish metabolism like I do, the results of dieting can be painfully slow. There’s nothing worse than sticking to a healthy diet, cutting out sugary snacks and going to the gym three times per week to jump on the scales and find that you’ve only lost one measly pound! That’s enough to say ‘Stuff It’ and reach for the chocolate biscuits!

My metabolism is much slower now than when I was younger. It’s as if Mother Nature is sending me a message to up my game because I’m not getting any younger! That would be fine except I have a debilitating back problem and going through the menopause. I don’t want to be the size of a house, I have cut out alcohol and snacks and try to do extra walking on my ‘good’ days but the weight is painfully stubborn.

I’ve been researching how I can get my metabolism going a little faster and hopefully burn more fat.  I’d like to share some ways which might just give a sluggish metabolism a kick up the backside.

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Ways to Increase Metabolism

  1. Eat Almonds. These are high in healthy fat and protein which will make you feel full for longer and cut down on snacking. In addition, balance blood sugars and improve insulin sensitivity which both help towards healthy weight loss.
  2. Drink hot water and lemon instead of your morning coffee.  Lemons are alkalizing and water is detoxifying, which is essential to hydrate all our cells. The lemons mixed with the warm temperature of the water act as a digestive aid and help the body to eliminate toxins.
  3.  Magnesium helps the metabolism by aiding sleep and relaxation. It can be hard to increase magnesium with diet alone, a supplement could be helpful. Sleep deprivation causes the metabolism to slow down and increases blood sugar levels.
  4. Eat more protein in your diet. This helps to improve muscle strength, something which may deteriorate because your body will start to break down muscle tissue to use as energy if your diet lacks calories.
  5. Salmon or any oily fish which contain fatty acids. They slow down the rate at which the stomach empties. It makes you feel fuller for longer and you feel less hungry.
  6. Apple cider vinegar will also curb appetite and boost metabolism. Put two tablespoons in a cup of warm water and drink on an empty stomach half an hour before a meal.
  7. Drink cold water. Your body uses energy to heat it up and if you replace sugary drinks with water you will drastically cut calories too.
  8. Standing up to do jobs which you would normally do sitting down. Maybe invest in a standing desk.
  9. Coconut oil is a medium chain fat. When it is used to replace high chain fats used for cooking it can raise the metabolism.
  10. Green tea contains catechin which may improve fat oxidation and help the way that your body produces energy from digestion.
  11.  Eat breakfast. A healthy meal first thing in the morning gets the engine going and keeps it going. It literally wakes up your metabolism.
  12.  Organic fruit and vegetables are also metabolism boosters. They don’t contain toxins from pesticides which put a strain on the thyroid.

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Now of course comes the exercise bit.

The best exercise to improve metabolism is short bursts (30 seconds) of high-intensity exercise followed by longer intervals of normal intensity.

This can be running, however, swimming and walking are just as good if you find exercise difficult due to a medical problem.

If you just hate exercise, this is a great way to get it over and done with quickly.

I’m off now for a cup of green tea and a few almonds (yum!)



The Breakdown by B A Paris

The Breakdown by B A Paris

A psychological page-turner’ – Good Housekeeping

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

It all started that night in the woods.

Cass Anderson didn’t stop to help the woman in the car, and now she’s dead.

Ever since, silent calls have been plaguing Cass and she’s sure someone is watching her.

Consumed by guilt, she’s also starting to forget things. Whether she took her pills, what her house alarm code is – and if the knife in the kitchen really had blood on it.

Bestselling author B A Paris is back with a brand new psychological thriller full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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My Review of The Breakdown

Cass Anderson is consumed with guilt, convinced someone is following her and getting more forgetful as each day passes.

Is her mental decline due to history repeating itself?,  is she imagining things? or is there something more sinister going on?

I was gripped by Cass’s story in The Breakdown from the start. At first, I was frustrated by how submissive and naive she was as a character, but as I read on I began to connect and feel sorry for her.

It didn’t take long to work out the main plot but there was a twist I didn’t see coming and I was just as intrigued to find out the fine details,  The conclusion was satisfying, the last chapters nail-bitingly tense and an overall great read.

Thank you, NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Biography

BA Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown. Having sold over one million copies in the UK alone, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her books have sold in 37 territories around the world. Having lived in France for many years, she recently moved back to the UK. She has five daughters.
Her third novel, Bring Me Back is out in March 2018.Follow B A on Twitter @BAParisAuthor

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What to expect from a four-month-old Puppy

What to expect from a four-month-old Puppy.

(Training and Behaviour)

It’s five weeks since my daughter bought her eleven-week-old puppy home. I thought I would give an update now that he is approaching four months old.

First of all please meet Luca, a Golden Doodle (Golden Retriever/Standard Poodle)

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Luca is thriving, in fact, he’s gained a third of his body weight in less than a month, he’s had all his vaccinations now and we are looking forward to taking him for some long walks.

He is either full of energy or flat out asleep, there is nothing in between.

Fortunately, there have been no problems meeting his sister Rosie, who has been an only dog for seven years.They seem to get closer every day, playing noisily, sharing toys and sitting nicely for treats.

As expected, Luca feels the need to bite and chew everything, which is completely normal at this age. I recently wrote a post on bite inhibition which can be viewed here

He has toys to chew which we use to distract him if he chews something he shouldn’t (eg slippers) or bites someone’s hand a little too hard. We have to be careful that we don’t leave small objects hanging around because he picks everything up. A couple of times my daughter has had to remove pebbles from his mouth that he found in the garden.

Toilet training is very hit and miss at the moment. A mop and bucket have to be on standby at all times. When he is a good boy and goes outside we praise him like mad and simply point him towards the door when he has an accident. Some days it seems that he has mastered toilet training, other days not so much! He doesn’t like venturing outside if it is cold and wet so we’re hoping for some nice Spring weather soon. Until then we use puppy pads which are super absorbent and we gradually move them closer to the door.

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Luca with his sister Rosie when he was twelve weeks old.

He loves his food, which is presently three times per day, and tries to get his head in the bowl before you have a chance to put it on the floor! He will sit nicely for a treat and knows he shouldn’t jump up. He will be a very large dog when he is fully grown so it is important that he is taught not to beg or steal food because he will be tall enough to reach dining tables and worktops.

It was a challenging time for my daughter when Luca learned how to climb the stairs, but was too afraid to venture down again. He had to be rescued from the top step where he would sit until someone carried him down. Then he would do exactly the same thing again!  He finally learned how to walk down the stairs when we practiced on some easier steps and rewarded him with treats. My daughter has now purchased a child’s stair gate which keeps him safe (until he is big enough to jump over it!).

Sometimes he responds to his name, but at other times he totally ignores it, which is a concern at the moment. He has no fear, he ignores my elderly shih tzu when she bares her teeth and launches himself on you when you are drinking a hot drink. Hopefully, in weeks to come he will become more aware of danger, but until then we have to be really careful and watch him at all times.

He has had only been on short walks so far and he is comfortable with the lead but has no idea how to walk in a straight line! Everything is new and exciting, but he’s been fine with traffic and other dogs on leads.

As well as Rosie he has met my two dogs and two other family dogs so he is very comfortable around other dogs and just wants to play with them all.

He has had his first bath, which he enjoyed and now tries to climb in on his own!

So, Luca has had a very busy month, growing and settling into his new home, visiting the vet and walking on a lead. At four months old he shows signs of being a fabulous dog, well trained, happy and affectionate.

I will post regular updates, and photos, of his progress.

This is what the Experts expect from a four-month-old puppy.

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Come your puppy’s fourth month of age, you’ll find her obsessed with gnawing on everything in sight with the teething stage in full bloom. You’ll also notice that the pup that was working so hard to earn your attention and affection last month is beginning to show some independence with a hint of stubbornness. Prepare to put your alpha hat on as you deal with ignored training commands and be sure to keep your 4-month-old puppy leashed up when you’re at a park that isn’t fenced lest you find yourself unable to catch a bolting ball of fur that won’t come when called.

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Ten Facts About Goldendoodles

1 They are excellent family pets, but also great working dogs.

2 They are good at agility and easy to train.

3 They make excellent service, sniffer and therapy dogs.

4 The hybrid breed was developed in 1990 by crossing a Golden Retriever with a standard Poodle.

5 They should not be used as guard dogs or made to live outside.

6  They are extremely sociable, affectionate, dogs but can suffer from separation anxiety.

7 They are non to light shedders and a good match for people with allergies.

8 Fully grown they weigh 50 to 90 pounds and can be two foot tall at the shoulder.

9 Their lifespan is 10 – 15 years.

10 They are growing in popularity, similar to the Labradoodle

Here are a few items which we have found really helpful for Luca.

(These are affiliate links.)

A stair gate is so useful to stop the dog going upstairs or into a particular room. It keeps the dog in a safe area and gives the owner some useful time out.

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Stair Gate

This is the food recommended by the breeder. It suits Luca, he has had no tummy upsets and is growing all the time. My daughter is happy to continue with this and will move to the adult dog version when he is old enough.

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Another item which was really useful was this Slow Feeder bowl. Luca tended to wolf his food down. It was bad for his digestion and there was a risk that he could choke so the bowl was a brilliant addition and solved the problem straight away

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Slow Feed Bowl

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Forget Her Name by Jane Holland.

 

Forget Her Name

Jane Holland

Thank you so much to Rachel @rararesources and Jane Holland for asking me to take part in the Blog Tour for Forget Her Name.

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Description

Forget Her Name

Rachel’s dead and she’s never coming back. Or is she?

As she prepares for her wedding to Dominic, Catherine has never been happier or more excited about her future. But when she receives an anonymous package—a familiar snow globe with a very grisly addition—that happiness is abruptly threatened by secrets from her past.

Her older sister, Rachel, died on a skiing holiday as a child. But Rachel was no angel: she was vicious and highly disturbed, and she made Catherine’s life a misery. Catherine has spent years trying to forget her dead sister’s cruel tricks. Now someone has sent her Rachel’s snow globe—the first in a series of ominous messages…

While Catherine struggles to focus on her new life with Dominic, someone out there seems intent on tormenting her. But who? And why now? The only alternative is what she fears most.

Is Rachel still alive?

Purchase Links for Forget Her Name

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My Review

It’s not often that a book leaves me speechless, but this is one of them!

I sat in a trance, blocking out everything. My mind flitted between theories, suspicions and just when I thought I’d worked it out…..wham, another twist!

The writing is clear, concise and rather graphic at times. The story is intriguing and grips you from the first page, and just gets better.

The characters are multi-layered, quirky and fragile. As the plot thickens its difficult to work out who is trustworthy.

Sometimes less is more, and this is the one time I don’t want to say too much about the plot for fear of giving too much away. Don’t pick up this book unless you have a few hours to spare because you won’t want to put it down!

A highly recommended 5-star review.

Thank you to Rachel @rararesources for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About The Author

Jane Holland is a Gregory Award–winning poet and novelist who also writes commercial fiction under the pseudonyms Victoria Lamb, Elizabeth Moss, Beth Good and Hannah Coates. Her debut thriller, Girl Number One, hit #1 in the UK Kindle Store in December 2015. Jane lives with her husband and young family near the North Cornwall/Devon border. A homeschooler, her hobbies include photography and growing her own vegetables.

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Review, The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld.

The Child Finder 

Naomi Cottle finds missing children. When the police have given up their search and an investigation stalls, families call her. She possesses a rare, intuitive sense, born out of her own experience, that allows her to succeed when others have failed.

Young Madison Culver has been missing for three years. She vanished on a family trip to the mountainous forests of Oregon, where they’d gone to cut down a tree for Christmas. Soon after she disappeared, blizzards swept the region and the authorities presumed she died from exposure.

But Naomi knows that Madison isn’t dead. As she relentlessly pursues the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce defences that have protected her for so long. If she finds this child, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life?

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My Review

Naomi Cottle is ‘The Child Finder’. She investigates missing children, even the cases where the police have given up. She suffered a traumatised childhood herself and believes that there is always hope, even where others have failed.

She is sent to look for Madison Culver, who disappeared three years previously.  Naomi’s forgotten childhood starts to come back to haunt her and the nightmares continue, as she starts to unravel what happened to the little girl.

A dark, gripping, page-turner that is told from differing narratives. Child abuse is alluded to but the content is not graphic.

The bleak, isolated snow-covered mountains of Oregon bring with it a feeling so atmospheric you can almost hear the snow falling.

The locals have adapted to the severe cold and isolation, but will Naomi be able to break down barriers and gain trust in this damaged community?

Highly recommended, if you enjoyed Room by Emma Donoghue, I think you will like this book too.

Thank you, NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE CHILD FINDER:

‘A beautifully written, gripping page turner…a book that is worth searching for, bringing home, and welcoming into your family. 5*’ Goodreads

‘This book is dazzling and heartbreaking. 5*’ Goodreads

‘A wonderful, extraordinary book. The author speaks from her heart on every page.’ 5* Goodreads

‘I could not put this book down until the captivating conclusion.’ 5* Goodreads

‘I finished the book in a day, not wanting to put it down.’ 5* Goodreads

Wow…a page turner, keeping me in all weekend.’ 5* Goodreads

Loved it and will be recommending it to everyone I know.’ 5* Goodreads

‘The Child Finder is one of the most beautiful novels I’ve ever read.’ 5* Goodreads

 

The Pug Dog Breed, (Characteristics, History, Health)

The Pug Dog Breed

Breed Characteristics, History, Health

Did you know that a group of Pugs is called a ‘Grumble’? how cute is that?

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Here we take a look at the Pug dog breed and point out some interesting facts which may be helpful to anyone thinking of owning one.

In the last three years the Pug dog breed has been gaining in popularity and according to the Kennel Club of UK. it has consistently been in the top ten most registered breeds.

For me personally, I love dogs that make me laugh and this breed is sure to do that. Even without their mischievous antics that face is bound to bring on a smile! Good breeding cannot be stressed enough and also, a good vacuum cleaner and a pair of earplugs are highly advised.

Pug breed

First, let’s look at all the Pug breed characteristics

Pugs have a great sense of humour. They are known as the clowns of the canine world and love to show off.

They thrive on human companionship.

Pugs are intelligent dogs.

They are loyal and charming pets.

Pugs get on well with children and other animals.

They are not ‘yappy’ dogs.

Pugs are mischievous.

They are a good choice for people who live in flats or apartments.

A  good choice for elderly people because they are low maintenance.

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Disadvantages Of Owning A Pug

Pugs can be stubborn making training difficult.

They are companion dogs and demand attention.

Pugs snore, snort, and wheeze.

They shed profusely.

Pugs love to eat and can gain weight easily.

They have a tendency to overheat.

They may refuse to go out to the toilet if the weather is cold or wet.

Pugs can have specific health problems.

 

Size

A pug should weigh between 14 – 18 pounds.

They are between 10-14 inches tall.

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History

Pugs originated from China

It is believed that the Pug’s name comes from the Latin for ‘fist’ because his face resembles a human fist.

Emperors of China kept Pugs as lapdogs. They were given their own palaces and guards.

The Chinese believed that the wrinkles around the face resembled symbols of good luck.

Marie Antoinette had a pug called ‘Mops’.

Josephine Bonaparte had a pug called ‘Fortune’.

In England, Pugs were very popular in the Victorian era.

Queen Victoria bred Pugs, she preferred the apricot/ fawn coats.

Health Problems

Pugs can suffer from eye and skin complaints, epilepsy, nerve damage, allergies, encephalitis, and joint and muscular problems so it is paramount that a good, reputable breeder is found and you can see necessary health clearances from both parents.

Lifespan is 12 -15 years.

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Breeding Pugs

If you are thinking of breeding Pugs you must first research and take advice from reputable breeders. As mentioned previously Pugs carry many genetic diseases so great care must be given before choosing a match for your dog.

Pugs are renowned for having difficult births due to the large head and small body. A vet must be on standby at the time of the birth in case a cesarean section is needed.

Pugs are pregnant for approximately 63 days and the average litter size is 4-6 puppies.

An ultrasound scan needs to be performed after 6 weeks to calculate how many puppies will be born.

Pug Rescue

There are always Pugs needing homes so consider rescuing a dog instead of purchasing one.

These websites give all the information you need about Pug welfare, fostering, adoption and rehoming.

The Pug Dog Welfare and Rescue and Rehoming UK

Pug Rescue Directory of America

In General

Black Pugs are more energetic, with more attitude.

Males are more laid back than females.

They are reverse sneezers.

They can have a single or double curled tail.

But of course, there are always exceptions!

 

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A mixed breed of Pug and Beagle is gaining popularity, it is called a Puggle.

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Homemade Dog Shampoo and Grooming Tips

Homemade Dog Shampoo

Here is a recipe for a dry dog shampoo to use when you haven’t got time to bathe your dog or if he is too big to pick up and put in the bath.

Is your dog like a dirt magnet?

Here are the ingredients for a dry shampoo using two items you may already have in your store cupboard.

Just mix equal parts of baking soda and cornstarch.

Add a few drops of lavender or another essential oil (optional)

Put into an old talcum powder container, spice or pepper pot.

Apply to the dog’s dry coat whilst brushing, avoid getting the powder in eyes and nose.

Rub down with a towel to remove all the powder.

How does dry dog shampoo work?

The baking soda is a natural deodoriser, the cornstarch removes excess oil. the essential oil simply adds a little fragrance.

This can be repeated weekly if necessary.

Homemade flea shampoo

This is a gentle, homemade, inexpensive dog shampoo which should kill fleas, certainly worth a try before you buy the branded ones which cost loads and contain chemicals.

You will need:

Half a cup of water

Quarter of a cup of baby shampoo

A quarter of a cup of white or apple cider vinegar.

Mix in a spray bottle and apply all over the dog.

Leave for five minutes

Comb to remove dead fleas.

Rinse and comb again.

 

 

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Bathing Tips

Start with the body first and head last, a dog tends to shake once his head is wet.

Use an old sponge to get into difficult areas.

The fur should literally be ‘squeaky’ clean, that’s how you know that all the dog shampoo has been rinsed out.

Pop a cotton ball, loosely, into each ear to help keep the inside of the ears dry. Infections can start when the ears get wet.

Put a towel on the bottom of the bath to prevent skidding.

When drying, blot, don’t rub, this will prevent tangles.

Be prepared to get very wet!

 

How Often Do You Bathe Your Dog?

Surprisingly, it is possible that you could be bathing your dog too much.

It can lead to:-

Damaged hair follicles

Skin Irritation

Increased chance of bacterial or fungal infections.

A dog who is mainly in the home should only have a bath 2-3 times per year but a dog with a skin condition or allergy will need to be bathed much more frequently.

If your dog rolls in mud, let it dry as much as possible, brush out as much as you can, then bathe as normal.

Each breed of dog has a different coat and a different technique of washing will be required to get optimum results Dog groomers are always happy to show you how to bathe your dog the correct way.

 

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Does your Dog Try To Escape  From the Bath?

Make bath time easier with this Stay and Wash Tub Restraint. These are used by professional groomers. There is a rubber suction cup which sticks to the wall and a 19-inch lead.

 

 

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 Are you worried that your dog will get cold after a bath?
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What She Left by Rosie Fiore (Book Review)

What She Left

Rosie Fiore

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What She Left by Rosie Fiore

Helen Cooper has a charmed life. She’s beautiful, accomplished, organised – the star parent at the school. Until she disappears.

But Helen wasn’t abducted or murdered. She’s chosen to walk away, abandoning her family, husband Sam, and her home.

Where has Helen gone, and why? What has driven her from her seemingly perfect life? What is she looking for? Sam is tormented by these questions, and gradually begins to lose his grip on work and his family life.

He sees Helen everywhere in the faces of strangers. He’s losing control.

But then one day, it really is Helen’s face he sees…

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My Review of What She Left

I’m always fascinated by people, who outwardly, are perceived as the ‘perfect’ family. Helen, Sam, and children Miranda and Marguerite were just that, until one day their world turns upside down when Helen mysteriously vanishes.

The children have already known heartache, and it was impossible to think that someone could inflict such pain on them again.

It is usually the man of the family who suddenly disappears, so it was interesting to see the impact that it had on a husband and his children when his wife leaves. How does he cope with a full-time job, home to organise, children to take care of, as well as coping with the fact that they have all been abandoned?

I didn’t want this book to end, I invested emotionally in Sam, but more so, the two little girls who had done nothing wrong but had to adjust yet again, when their lives changed overnight. I loved imagining the process of how you would articulate the perfect disappearance, literally vanishing without a trace, and how damaged or cruel you would have to be, to put these plans into action.

An enthralling read, (it would make a great TV drama) strong characters, and a plot that just flows seamlessly. I can’t think of anything negative to say, I just loved it!

Thank you, Rachel @rararesources for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Author Bio

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Rosie Fiore was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied drama at the University of the Witwatersrand and has worked as a writer for theatre, television, magazines, advertising, comedy and the corporate market.

Her first two novels, This Year’s Black and Lame Angel were published by Struik in South Africa. This Year’s Black was longlisted for the South African Sunday Times Literary Award and has subsequently been re-released as an e-book. Babies in Waiting, Wonder Women and Holly at Christmas were published by Quercus. She is the author of After Isabella, also published by Allen & Unwin.

Rosie’s next book, The After Wife (written as Cass Hunter), will be published by Trapeze in 2018, and in translation is seven countries around the world.

Rosie lives in London with her husband and two sons.