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I am a home educating mum of 2 living in the Northwest of England. I long to travel with my family (including the fluffs) to see the world and have amazing adventures, because life is too short to worry about paying off a mortgage!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Docker Park Farm - Dog Friendly Day Out

It can be a real struggle for Mum finding a family friendly day out that also allows yours truly to tag along, so when she made a quick call to our local farm she (and I too of course) was chuffed to bits to hear dogs were welcome. So off we trundled to Docker Park Farm and it was AMAZING! My canine senses were tingling all over, my nose ventured into every nook and cranny and not only was I allowed in the main farm part, but dogs are also welcomed into the cafe! The staff were really friendly and I even got a sneaky piece of very crispy bacon (thank you to the lovely lady in the cafe for that, she could obviously tell I was on my best behaviour). The food was tasty (yes I sampled a piece of the jacket potato with brie, but I left the caramelised red onion chutney for Mum) I spied it also came with home made coleslaw and fresh salad. Dad had a meaty home made burger with crispy, chunky chips, downed with a latte, delish!
Next we wandered through to the farm and I was in heaven, no doubt I will have plenty of dreams about that tonight. There were the most unbelievable smells of horses, pigs, alpacas (a llama-esque animal with soft fur, see I learnt something new today too), cows, sheep, ducks, hens, goats, donkeys and owls.

Me enjoying my day out at Docker Park Farm in Cumbria
The walk round was great and there are loads of things to keep the kids busy (always a relief as it means I get left alone!)
Apparently it was a very affordable £5.50 entrance fee for adults, but free for me so I didn't take much notice.
All in all a super day out and it means I don't get left home alone. Highly recommended and I give it a big paws up, in fact I can't wait until we go again, I think I'll go mark a day up on the calendar!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Dog Friendly Dog App

I like to think of myself as a technology savvy pup but I've been a little slow on the App uptake if I'm honest. So when a fellow dog park friend mentioned My Dog Uk I had to get my mobile skills up to scratch so I could see what all the fuss was about! It turns out that My Dog Uk is a free dog profile app that has also teamed up with Petlog to create Lost Pet Alerts. Confused? Well here's a bit more info; Petlog is a really valuable online service that has the largest microchip database of pets, so if your dog, like me, enjoys a good wander every now and again you can create alerts using this website to help get them back home safely. This means a whole heap of important contacts will be alerted that your dog is where they shouldn't be and they can help keep an eye out for them.

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Petlog My Dog UK App

The My Dog Uk app contains a convenient, mobile version of this service so if you're out for a walk in unfamiliar territory and your dog decides to do a runner (on an amazing scent trail of course) you can use the app to send an immediate alert out, pretty nifty isn't it?
The only downside I can see to this is any dogs with wanderlust may get their sneaky trips cut short, so no more nipping off to find tasty tidbits. I suppose us dogs shouldn't really be doing that anyway!

The main focus of the app is on creating a profile and building a doggy network, you can store photos and important details and build up contacts, great if you have a dog looking to make new friends with like minded canines. You can even search for dog friendly places near you so if you're out for a walk and fancy a quick drink you can check to make sure the local cafe (or pub) would be happy for a furry to join you! There's also loads of information at your paw (or fingertips!) on dog care, products, and insurance etc which is really handy.

My only growl would be that a couple of the pages took a little while to load, but given that I have loads of free time and I'm sure these things are constantly being improved on I'm sure it can only get better.

These apps are suprisingly easy to get on your phone, (of course I used Mums when she wasn't looking, she really should stop leaving it lying around as I'm sure I overheard Dexter the cat plotting to order a pallet of tuna with it) and they are pretty straight forward to use. Even with my short attention span I managed to .........oooh a bird...... ahem, sorry, I mean even with my attention span I got the app downloaded and running in seconds, added a photo and a few bits and pieces of info and had a peek at local dog friendly cafes.
I've had to let Dexter in on the My Cat Uk app that will be appearing soon too, although he seemed a bit busy, muttering something about fish and tins and how many could they fit on a truck, I think he was texting someone!? It's a good idea anyway even if he's too busy being naughty to have a look.

So in a nutshell it's worth a look and if you have a bored dog at home why not let them have a play around on it, I bet they'll have a superb profile up and running by the time you've made a brew and before you know it they'll have a whole canine network set up and you'll be filling the calendar with park dates and dog parties! What more could a dog ask for?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Hurrah to Pudsey

So pleased that the British public have such good taste and the fabulous Pudsey won the show! It's high time we had to positive doggy role models in the media instead of the doom and gloom on dogs we normally see. So it just goes to show that a dog just needs the right home and trainer (I see humans as trainers not owners!). A big well done to Pudsey, enjoy the dizzying heights of stardom as you've earned it!

See Pudsey and Ashleigh's highlights video.

Go Pudsey

Ahhh im in love with a fluffy white pooch named Pudsey! As usual mum's watching a dog act in awe and secretly despairing that I can't concentrate on even one thing at once nevermind attempting dancing. I'm cheering on Pudsey all the way in Britains Got Talent, I reckon the Queen would love to see them performing (that's if she's not caught them on the TV yet, does she watch TV?) It's great seeing a dog champion us pooches and show that not all of us in the media are vicious, deviant dogs. I'd happily share a chew with him and really have my paws crossed for the final result. Go Pudsey!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Loving the new Harvey advert by Thinkbox

I was just sat watching a bit of TV with mum when, yay, the new Every Home Needs A Harvey ad came on, this time with the anazingly talented Harvey's new friend rabbit. As usual I was transfixed, I too have a favourite toy that is looking a little bedraggled now and it's my moo cow! Mum tried to hide it in the bin once but my fabulous sense of smell found it ha! Anyway enjoy the talents of Harvey - Watch "Harvey and Rabbit TV ad by Thinkbox" on YouTube