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!

Chester long legs

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Chester is a handsome Weimaraner pup, now five months old, he has been using my Puppy Visit service since he was just eight weeks! He’s the first Weimaraner i’ve known and its been such a pleasure watching him grow and develop so far!

Originally bred for hunting, the breed are athletic gun-dogs, with a coat colour described as silver/grey and unusually blue/grey/amber eyes. It has also been said that Weimaraners are more susceptible to separation anxieties, which is one of the reasons his owners took me on, and something they work really hard to avoid.  Our visits involve feeding, toilet time, playtime, short walks and a little training :)

Chesters hobbies include…

1. Stealing the toilet roll and ‘TPing’ (a new term i’ve learnt!) the garden

2. Fighting with dried out holly leaves, as they spike him on the nose

3. Running off with shoes, bags, undies…

4. Being slobbery and getting more water on the floor than in his mouth

5. Serious one now! Doing exceptionally well at training (he really impresses me!)

That’s just a little of what we get up to on our visits, as well as taking dashing photos!