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We made the cover!

Image courtesy of Manchester & Cheshire Dogs Home

Image courtesy of Manchester & Cheshire Dogs Home

I’m thrilled to shout out the words ‘we made the cover!’, like some sort of celebrity hitting the tabloids! But this is much more important; Max has been chosen as one of the many dogs to feature on the Christmas cards by Manchester & Cheshire Dogs Home!

They recently opened a competition via their Facebook page, asking for Christmassy dog photos. I entered both Jess & Max (Jess being a MDH dog), and although Jess isn’t starring on the cards, Max will of course be representing them both :) Can you spot him? Fourth row down, fourth across! These are the photos I entered…



There are four card designs, and the cards along with a stunning calendar can be purchased through their website :)

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…

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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 :)


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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 :)


Hello 2013 & Our Christmas diary


Today is the 1st January, and this is my first DogTailsBlog post of 2013 :) My Christmas was lovely, but just missing one thing… snow! Never mind, it will come soon. Over the festive period I was busy, busy, busy! My family are a little spread out, so I have a bit of travelling to do when it comes to Christmas time. As usual we ate delicious food, watched lots of films and wrapped tons of presents… and of course the animals were more spoilt than the humans!

So my Christmas looked like this…

Oscar insisting on walking down the stream while I walked alongside on the path, whilst visiting my dad!

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Max sporting his new coat on Christmas Eve Eve with Jess, when I got to my mums house :)











Watching 101 Dalmatians and just having fun :)


Jess & Max fashioning their Christmas bow ties, and pulling crackers!

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Although I didn’t spend Christmas Day with Sam at home in Hull, he had lots of fun with everyone here and of course got lots of presents, and even more when I arrived back on New Years Eve Eve :)

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So that’s Christmas 2012. I’m still waiting for someone to ask me ‘Oh, what’s your New Years resolution?’. But I don’t have one, and never do. A new year doesn’t have to mean a new you, you can make good things happen any time of year :) In 2012 I got my degree, and started my own business, and now i’m excited to expand on that and watch it grow in 2013 :)

Happy New Year, hope your 2013 is full of wonderfully wet noses & waggy tails! 

It’s a dog’s life…

I was just looking through some photos when I came across these rather relaxing ones of Max

I seem to have captured a rare moment where Max is not causing trouble, disturbing the cats, eating an object that is not food or barking at innocent passers by through the window! He looks very peaceful, and very innocent! This one on the other hand, doesn’t look so comfortable!