Our giant goofball

two dogs

Sam’s cousin Ollie came to visit recently, and I feel this photo says it all! Ollie is such a handsome dog, he has such elegance and grace and his coat has a lovely soft sheen. Sam has this huge goofy smile and a boisterous, clumsy gait. He should be in kids movies. He’s such a goofball, but he’s our goofball.

What’s in a name?

I was pondering name meanings the other day, so decided to investigate :) Once you start you’ll end up searching for everyone you know, I did anyway! My name, Katie, means ‘pure’ and is a derivative of Catherine, which I already knew. I didn’t however know much about the names of the dogs in my life, so here goes…

Jessjess name

Jess comes from Jessica, which means ‘rich’, but also ‘gift from God’. Seeing as Jess is showered with treats and affection, I guess in dog terms, she is rich! When we adopted her (read story here) she didn’t have a name, so we had a blank canvas. She didn’t suit anything too girly, or posh, or nothing so unusual either, just a traditional dogs name, Jess :)


max nameMax 

The meaning of Max made me smile :) A single word came up, ‘greatest’. On further exploration I found ‘macho’ too. The way Max struts his stuff, and has a good bark at other dogs, I think he thinks he’s macho :) But house mate Jess knows how to put him in his place :) Max already had his name when he arrived, and it’s an abbreviation of Maximilian, which he does get called, as well as Maxine, Maxy-waxy and Maximus Prime…


Samsam name

A Hebrew name, Sam short for Samuel and sometimes Samson means ‘God has heard’. Our Sam was originally called Davison, which is also Hebrew, but used more as a surname. He suited a short, simple name like Ben, or Sam :) Our favourite famous Sam is probably the lovely little Hobbit, Samwise Gamgee :)

Have a look into your own pooches names, and see what you find :)



Meet Alfie and Bea :) Who today are making a guest appearance on DogTailsBlog!

The brother and sister duo are the latest additions at my dads house, and oh they are adorable! Alfie is the very lovely and very stripy kitten on the left :) He is the bigger and braver of the two, and settled in quite quickly. On the right is his tiny little sister Bea, the more delicate and quiet sibling. They moved in around August time, and Oscar couldn’t wait to meet them…

Meeting Alfie…

Being your typical black Lab, Oscar loves splashing around in water on walks, rolling in goodness knows what, eating, well anything, and he never tires of a game of fetch with his football.And although he is heavy and boisterous and has a painfully whipping tail, he has good intentions :) He just wants to make friends! But of course the kittens weren’t as keen to become best buddies with a giant, black, noisy, sniffing, strange smelling…thing!

They were definitely intrigued by him, but poor Oscar just scared them off as soon as his excited tail began thudding up and down on the wooden floorboards when they approached. Then he would just look up at us as if to say ‘But I just want to playyy…pleeease!’

Luckily, this stage didn’t last too long…and now the trio are friends! Hooray! They even sleep together, and Oscar has also downsized and started squeezing himself into the cat bed!

Alfie’s discovered a new toy…

‘I will fit into this bed…’









‘Talk to the paw…’

Watching the world go by…