This is a lovely tale of one instance of a dog creating wonderful change in a owner's life.
Tipsy lives with mom, Jackie, and dad, Frank.
Frank, Tipsy's dad, recalls:
One day after a particularly gruelling week at work, I returned to find all three teenage kids in the playroom looking sheepish. Fearing the worst, I started the interrogation! Our eldest son, a six foot tall rugby player declared with a big grin that he not had a tattoo. Our second son declared that he had not wrecked his 11 years of dental work, having just had his braces removed. My daughter just stood there grinning from ear to ear and said nothing. They then pulled from behind the settee a shoe box and placed it on my lap - it shook like an electric toothbrush and I was convinced that they had bought a pet rat. Unable to bare the suspense any longer, I lifted the lid to find a tiny Westie pup, staring up at me with those big eyes. As soon as I stroked her she stopped shaking. Having been adamant that we were not having another dog before I retired, I immediately fell in love with this little pup and this was the start of our enduring relationship. Tipsy has become a big part of our extended family, but I wish one day I could get her to stop rolling in fox poo and barking at anyone who walks past the house!
Want to take a holiday, but don't want to leave the pup at home? Well, here are a number of places throughout the UK ready for you and your dog!
Trees in Bedrooms, camping pods and a Gothic tower: The quirkiest hotels in Britain to stay with your dog revealed in a new book
'A canine guide to British holidays, seeking out the best dog-friendly days out, beaches, hotels, pubs, campsites, cottages and holidays. An amusing and informative guide, illustrated with photos of different dogs, from pedigrees to mutts, at various locations around Britain.
The book builds on the success of the website www.phileasdogg.com, which has been running for 18 months and has a mailing list and social media following in the thousands. The site's main canine correspondent is Attlee, aka Phileas Dogg, a three-year old Battersea mongrel, owned by freelance journalist Jane Common. As well as Attlee, the site is written by a team of Rover Reporters from as far afield as the Shetland Isles and Cornwall.
In the short time it's been running, the site has been picked up by The Evening Standard and The Guardian - "even if you don't have a dog we urge you to read this"; Waitrose Weekend, Prima, Real People and Dogs Today magazines as well as generating local paper stories around the country, in places where Phileas has visited. Jane has been invited on to BBC Radio as an expert in dog travel and worked with Visit England, the Kennel Club and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to promote dog-friendly holidays and days out.'
Book Description posted on www.amazon.co.uk/Phileas-Doggs-Friendly-Holidays-Britain/dp/1472112601
Are you wanting to work jogging into routine? Then, check out How to Go Jogging with Your Dog. The article touches on working with your veterinarian to safety to the actual jogging plan to special considerations. Definitely worth a read.
Are you training your dog and struggling with distractions? Here is a great little article to offer help, Recalls with Distractions.
The website, Your Dog, also offers tips on...
I absolutely adore Victoria Stilwell. I remember watching her television show, It's Me or the Dog, and being amazed at the positive transformations she would facilitate with families and their dogs.
When I made the decision to add a dog to our household, I read her book, It's Me or the Dog. Even though I had grown up in a family with a menagerie of pets, including many dogs, there were a few new tricks and understandings I picked up.
Her website is a treasure trove of information and is definitely worth taking a bit of time to look through.
A recent article, A Safety Guide for Children and Dogs is a great place to start when teaching your own children about interacting with dogs who are part of your family or dogs they do not know.
What other advice would you give to parents with children?
Probiotics is a hot topic at the moments. Do you give your dogs probiotics?
Check out this article on Dogs Naturally, The Scoop on Probiotics for Dogs. It gives the down low on why and when to feed them to your dog.
Every wonder the ways in which your dog shows how they feel? This great article by Robert Morello of Demand Media discusses tail wagging, licking, barking & jumping, and smiling.
What does your dog do to show you he or she loves you
How Do Dogs Show Affection to Humans
Modern Dog Magazine is holding a contest to find the cutest dog for their next cover.
What is cuter than a Westie? I think we know the answer to that. Nothing.
So, follow the link below and enter your dog to win.
The competition deadline is July 2nd, 8pm GMT.
Good luck to all!
This article gives ten great ideas of things to do to shake things up and keep it interesting while out on walks with your pup. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Photo credit: http://www.yourdog.co.uk/Dog-Activities/10-things-to-do-on-your-dog-walks.html
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