Breakin’ the rules

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Today I am breakin’ the rules on my dog blog, to bring you a cat! But he’s so squishy and cute that I don’t think you’ll mind! Plus I’ll be talking about dog to cat introductions too. So this is Pilchard, the latest addition to my mum’s household.

He’s about four months old now, and has so much character! He loves to play, especially with the cat toys I make for my Etsy shop and he’s fascinated by the indoor rabbit he lives with. My mum keeps finding pieces of straw around the house that he’s stolen from the cage!

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This is Pilchard and Pebbles, my mum has another cat too. As for the dogs, they have always lived with cats, but introducing a new pet, especially a tiny fragile one, is always a big deal. They had short introductions, just a supervised 5 minutes or so, then the kitten would go back into the dining room to his bed and toys. My mum uses a baby gate to section off the dining room to give the kitten a bit of peace and quiet if he needs it.

Max seems to have a higher prey drive than Jess when it comes to small things. He gets excitable about wildlife on walks, and is generally harder to calm down. But Max was actually pretty chilled out. Both dogs wanted attention when we were holding the kitten, but once Max had seen him he was like ‘oh, another cat…’ Jess was much more intrigued and a bit more heavy handed. Not purposely, but when she sniffed Pilchard she would lift him off the ground on her nose!  The settling in period didn’t take long at all, and calm has been restored now, it’s as though Pilchard has been there all along.

Here’s a short but sweet video of Jess and Pilchard together. I just wanted to show a size comparison and how patient she can be, although just as intrigued herself!

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Hello 2015 and a happy snow dog

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Before I begin, I’d like to celebrate the new year with one of my new favourite photos of Jess. I could just squish her! She makes me talk all smushy and high pitched. Oh so much cute.

So hello 2015! My feeling for 2015 so far is simply ‘do what you love’. For me this is mainly aimed at my shop. I spend too much time worrying about what people would want to see in the shop. I know keeping my customers happy is important, but I wasn’t happy with my end results. So far so good though, I’ve created some lovely, detailed items, that I’m really proud of :)

As for the end of 2014, we finally saw a bit of snow! It was good while it lasted, it just didn’t last very long! But I managed to have some fun with Oscar as I was home at the time. He’s a typical retriever and loves footballs, won’t go out without one. Here we are in the garden…

Notice how the video fades out at the end? That’s not some fancy editing, that’s my phone freezing up in the cold! It’s all better now, but it meant I couldn’t get any more photos! I managed to get this one on our car journey back to Lincoln though…

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Maybe we’ll see a bit more before the spring comes!