Here’s Harry…

We’d had Jack since 1999. He’d been a great dog, very loyal, friendly and ‘low maintenance’.


He’d been on many walks in the Lake District and Scotland, he just loved running around. Over the past 12 months he started to get mobility issues , in particular, his back legs became very weak making it difficult for him to stand or even get up after lying down.


One day he lay on his favourite rug and just vomited and toileted himself where he lay. Jack was taken to the vets, and we did the hardest, but kindest thing we could do for him.

Julie and I were upset, however my son was particularly distressed and sobbed for hours.
Initially we wanted a break from having a dog, however, seeing my son in the state he was in made us reconsider. I spoke to Frank about the responsibilities of owning a dog and said that any new puppy would be his.
Frank then came up with ‘The Pledge’.


After a series of machinations through Social Media, we were put in touch with someone who had puppies who were almost ready to be taken home. We went to the house to see these…


Frank, and ‘Harry’ fell instantly in love.
We arranged a pick up date two weeks after the initial viewing. That date could not come soon enough…Frank talked about Harry every day.
Anyway, the day finally came and we went to pick up puppy.


At first, as you would expect, puppy was a little cautious, however, within about an hour, he and my son started bonding.

Here are a few short videos of the little chap.



Now they are the best of pals. Harry is a lovely little dog, Frank says its like having a brother.


We’re looking forward to many walks ands family outdoor adventures for years to come!



“The Pet”

It’s my son Frank’s 5th birthday soon.


It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since he was born…


He wants a pet for his birthday, however he was struggling between a Hamster, a Parrot or a Guinea Pig.

I’ve explained we can’t get any ‘livestock’ until we return from our holidays as we’d have to find ‘Pet Sitters’, however, at Franks School they have ‘Birthday Assembly’ so he has to take something to school to show everyone his birthday gift.


Today, Frank has decided he’d like a Guinea Pig as a pet (which could all change in the coming few weeks).

In preparation and also so that he can show the photo of his gift to school he’s bought a Guinea Pig cage…


Which could be a complete waste of time and money if he subsequently decided he wants more fish !


Watch this space for updates…

We have an update – we have two female Guinea Pigs. ‘Poppy’ and ‘Caramel’.

I’ve just finished building them a nice little run so they can play in the garden…