It's a Dogs Life...

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Hello lovelies
Something slightly different for you today, so I hope you enjoy
If you're a regular reader, or even just like scrolling through my photographs, you will know I have a few loves in my life. A hugely important one is my canine friends, in the form of Alfie & Tilly

We've always had a family dog, Megan was the love of my life & we pretty much grew up together. She was possibly the best dog you could have as a child, and my love for her will never ever stop. She was a white & liver Cocker Spaniel, so loving & caring, with a huge soft spot for my Dad- he could do nothing wrong in her eyes. Having her put down was so so hard, it was around the same time as my Nan dieing, and just the whole thing was crap. I remember kissing her just by her ear when saying Goodbye, it was soft there, she was so lush. I didn't know a lot about why she had to be put to sleep, I think her getting old, problems with her eyes and money all factored into it. I was still fairly young, and even though we all made the decision, my parents felt it was the best thing to do, and at the time, it wasn't something I could over ride


We waited a fairly long time before Alfie came into our lives, Mum swore she'd never have another dog. I think you either get one straight away, or you wait years & years- like we did. Megan was never being replaced, and still, like the other woofers, she is one in a million & will always have a place in my heart. However, we were a doggy family and that space hadn't been filled for such a long time, it needed to happen
We 'rescued' Alfie from Dogs Trust in Newbury, I adore the Dogs Trust & would pick them or Blue Cross over the RSPCA any day>FYI! He was 9months old and a 'hand in', they hadn't had him long, a week or so, but my Mum saw the cheeky sparkle in his eye on the internet & so all four of us went to the center to find out more. Alfie wasn't personally my first choice dog, but he soon wouldn't leave my side & his love was so very strong. Alfie was a pain in the bottom at the start, he still is now to be honest, so much so that my Mum said she'd 'send him back'. I was ready to fight, and move out with him if needs be, but with private behavioral training, along with obedience classes we found out how intelligent he is. Alfie is a Springer X Collie, so basically two of the most crazy, highly strung, hyper but brainy dogs shoved into one amazing body. Both Boarder Collies and Springer Spaniels aren't breads that you should go for if you're not able to or willing to let there minds grow & there bodies go crazy. Mental and physical activities are needed on a daily basis to keep him out of trouble

Tilly was also a rescue, although from a little local shelter that some one at my practice knew of. We never really planned to get two dogs, it just kind of happened. Working at a practice, I see lots of puppies, and I think that's what got the ball rolling. That, and Mum & Dad not ruling it out completely, thought I might as well give it a shot. Tilly was a puppy when we got her, apparently her Mum is a spaniel of some kind, and that's all we know- she is a bit of everything I'd say. She is crazy, not quite all there, fun & very loving. She adores Alfie, and even though she winds him up, he does deal with her well. There's about 3 years between them, so having a puppy in the house doesn't suit Alfie some times, but in general they get on well. We also take Tilly to obedience classes, and they both seem to enjoy it, they can interact with other dogs as well as keep there minds working 
I literally could not be without either of them now, Alf is my security guard (although he is actually a wimp, and Tilly beats him up easily) he comes to work with me every night shift, and our bond just grows & grows. Tilly I go to when I need a cuddle, or a play. She will lay in your arms for hours without moving a muscle, but a little lick in the ear is what she loves doing the most>ICK!


Working as a Veterinary Nurse has tought me so many things about dogs (I prefer them over the feline kind for sure) the breeds, and how to handle them. There are breeds I wouldn't, now, touch with a barge pole-be it for health reasons, or behavior reasons. There are also some dogs I adore which I never thought I would. I'm not the type of person to judge a dog by it's breed, but that breed has the name for the a reason still, and you need to be able to work with it & give it the best life as possible- other wise it may go to the 'dark side'
I also know how much Veterinary medicine & care cost, and having insurance or the money comes down to do or die a lot of the time- and it is so very sad to see.
Alfie & Tilly are both insured with Pet Plan, and with that I get a 'Pet People' magazine (every quarterly or so) The new one has just come out & I thought I'd share with you the new blog they've created about dogs, cats, rabbits etc that could help with any burning questions, while saving you lots of money. It shares advice, real-life stories and pet related news, so you'll able to get the most out of pet ownership.

Visit the pet plan blog


I am in no way an expert, but being in practice for 2 and half years has really helped me understand animals more, so if you have got a question then let me know> I will however probably tell you to go to the professionals. 
I hope you've liked my waggy tail story

24 comments:

  1. I loved reading this... I had a springer spaniel when I was younger, and he was put down at age 19.. he was going blind, deaf and in a really bad condition. I was quite young and didn't understand why at all! My dog was my best friend, guardian.. followed me everywhere, even to school. I miss him! We've never had another dog, I've always had cats aswell, and now got 2 amazing cats :)

    I'd really Love to have a job like yours.. but don't know if I could deal with the sad side of it. Thanks for posting this :)

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  2. I just love all kinds of animals, but dogs are so special - they just don't care if you're poor or rich, healthy or with an illness. They just want to be loved. X

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  3. These photos of your dogs are beautiful - they are all so lovely!

    I had a much loved cat (yeah, I'm a cat person, don't hate me!) who sadly was run over a couple of years ago, and my mum was so upset she swore we'd never have another cat agian- much like in your family as you say it's either straight away or not for years and years.

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  4. I am such a dog person it is unreal. I love my own dogs, I love other people's dogs, and I especially love posts like this where the love that people have for their pets comes through immensely.

    Having a pet put to sleep is the hardest decision. I've gone through it twice - once last year and once the year before - and it never gets easier. It is absolutely heartbreakig and although I know it's the right decision as it is unfair to see them struggle and in pain on a daily basis, I am quite selfish in the fact that I want them back.

    Megan was beautiful and I can tell from the way you adore Tilly & Alfie that she had just as fabulous a life. I love that picture of Tilly with her daisy hairband! She's too cool for school ;) Lovely post sweets, and adorable little pooches too xxx

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  5. Such a sweet post, I've never had dogs but I can relate to this in terms of cats! I've had around 13, including the two my family have at the moment, and all of them are so unique and irreplacable.

    Also, is it true that cross breeds and non-pedigrees generally have fewer health risks? Lovely post, I'm now following xx

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  6. Ah this is a lovely post Steph, I love reading about pets and Tilly and Alfie look gorgeous.

    We just have Holly now, after losing Doz last year, she is nuts. 6 years old but still puppy mental. But I love her to bits.

    xx

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  7. Ahhh such an adorable post lovely!! All your doggies pictured and precious! I miss my dog Zac every day who sadly had to be put down at 13 about 8 months ago now and sadly, it never gets easier without him here and I never stop missing him. He was the best dog!
    Thanks for sharing your friends with us :)xxx

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  8. aww i loved this post steph. alfie is a cutey!! i have a 2 year old hungarian viszla & he needs ALOT of walking & ALOT of obedience training haha. he has school once a week & we're starting dog agility with him too :)
    it's so so sad to lose a pet, especially when non pet-lovers don't quite understand how much it hurts, they are definitely part of the family! two years ago i had my own viszla puppy, harvey, & at just 5 months he got hit by a car :( i still get upset about it now. atleast you know megan had a lovely life with you xxx

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  9. I love this post so much :o) I'll never forget the day my parents rang me to say our family dog Lady had to be out to sleep. I was distraught for ages. Mum and Dad got two Springers a few months later - Bella & Suzie who are adorable and now I've moved out I have my own Springer - Miley. I couldn't be without any of them.
    xx

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  10. Aw I love this - I might actually do a post like this myself! I've had dogs in my life since I was a day old so I've got a lotta love for them.

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  11. this is just such a lovely post... i begged my parents for 10yrs to get a dog and it was just soo worth it - their such a huge part of the family :)
    xo

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  12. I actually adore this post Steph - the bit about Megan made me cry :( so sad.

    I'm such a dog person too, growing up we pretty much always had a dog and I won't ever forget any of them. A year ago I bought my very own puppy and I love him to bits, I seriously don't know what I'd do without him! Your dogs look gorgeous :)

    I still haven't insured my pup - I worry about it quite a bit but there are so many different insurers out there and I've heard so many mixed feelings on getting insurance I still don't really know what to do. I think I'd rather get insurance to be secure but then people tell me a lot of them aren't worth it and it's better to save a bit of money every month - what do you think? xx

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  13. Awww beautiful doggies - your 1st dog Megan was gorgeous too! We have 2 springer pups (well one is now 1 yr old!) they are crazy but so loveable & eager to learn. We have ours insured, thank goodness as 1 has had a lot of problems with his eyes (he actually doesn't have any tear ducts in one eye - random!) xx

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  14. Awwww your doggies are so cute <3 xxx

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  15. this was such a nice read! i love dogs but my mum's dead set against them! xx

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  16. Aww this was a lovely post to read Stephie. I'm definitely a cat person and like you when our cat Felix died when I was young my mum swore she wouldn't get another, we waited years before getting Milo. The other week Milo was a bit poorly and my mum took her to the vets and I felt sick all day waiting to find out what was wrong, I thought to myself, I am NEVER getting a pet when I move out because the heartache when they die is just too much, I don't think I would be able to cope with it :( LY xxxx

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  17. I didn't want to read it.. because I knew it would bring me down. I have two dogs, they are the love of my lives. peopole don't understand how much light this things can bring to your life. I am with you girl. this post is amazing.

    following you xx :)

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  18. Aww I love dogs so much, you're making me very jealous... I really want one! x

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  19. Lovely post Steph :) Losing a pet is like losing one of the family
    :( I have never had a dog(we have always had cats) but would love to get one in the future. The Mr has his heart set on a border collie :)

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  20. aww cute dogs and I love the hair band lol I have that one ha ha xx

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  23. I imagine you see Pugs a lot.. they seem to be plagued with health problems. Lily has had a few eye problems and joint problems, and Lola has lost some fur recently. But *touch wood* they're generally okay.

    My Sister used to be a VN and it seems like a rewarding (but hard!) job to have.
    xx

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  24. I love these photos of your dog! :) So adorable. Lovely blog!

    xx
    Whitney, a la Ladywolf

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