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Monthly Archives: October 2010

  • Happy Halloween

    I got this picture from one of my friends in the USA, they really know how to do Halloween in the states and I think this picture says it all. I love all of the different designs of carvings in the pumpkins. The most we usually manage is the typical scary smiling face. But I feel inspired to try harder this year!


    A great big Happy Halloween to you all, but remember to make sure all your pets are safe inside before all the fireworks and bonfires start!

  • Cute Bandana Boys

    What great friends we have found on twitter, people like @puppy_love_pets who sent us some lovely hand made bandana gifts for the boys! As you can see Dougal can still turn on the charm when he wants to, just look at him in his lovely red check bandana.



    New boy Ozzy had just woken up from a nap when we managed to get this picture of him in his Skull + Crossbones pirate bandana. It is perfect for him as he is swash buckling around the house like a typical puppy. I know the guys at puppy class will be so jealous.


    They really are such cute items, made with care and attention to detail and unlike scarf style bandanas they stay put as they have velcro fastenings which fit your individual dog's neck perfectly. New fabrics are introduced on a regular basis so you should check out the Puppy's shop where you can purchase a bandana for your pooch or even for your cat! Thanks so much to @puppy_love_pets for sending these lovely presents to the boys and I can't wait to see the christmas designs!

  • Ozzy Versus the Halloween Ghoul

    Well little Ozzy has been with us just over a week and he is beginning to settle in. He is a typical puppy inquisitive, funny, nosey and a bit smelly sometimes. He surprises us constantly and is very funny when he encounters something for the first time like this singing Halloween Ghoul. He did not like it much when it was singing ( it sings the monster mash, and the little pumpkin joins in with the chorus) , but he got a little braver when it shut up! He has his 1st Puppy Class tonight at the local vets so no doubt we will have lots more stories about his antics with other dogs. He and Dougal are getting along fine now that he has been put in his place a few times. The cats are a different story they have stayed out of his way all week and only ventured inside the house this weekend. I have made them a comfortable bed in the hall so that they can be inside without having to go near the new pup. Hopefully they will come around soon and realise that Ozzy's bark is much worse than his bite..most of the time

  • Plague Rat Cat Toys

    It is not just about dogs at Dougal's Den, we have a range of cute cat toys as well and one of our favourites is the Plague Rat toy. It is hand made in Wales and is possibly the most potent catnip toy we have ever seen. Made from natural linen with a plaited woollen tail with cute leather ears. Inside it is stuffed with a secret blend of catnip and pieces of valerian root. Plague Rat Cat Toys Our cats go a little crazy when they smell the plague rats in fact we have to make sure we are in on delivery day otherwise we come home to a ripped open parcel, which the post man has stuffed through the cat-flap, with two very happy cats. If your cat loves cat nip then they would love a plague rat, usually cats go all silly and behave like a kitten when they first get their paws on the beasties, swiftly followed by a long long snooze! These toys are not really suitable for kittens under 6 months old the strong cat nip coupled with the valerian is strictly for adults only. They do have a strong musty aroma to humans but to cats they smell irresistible, so why not treat your cat to a plague rat on special offer at the moment priced at £2.99. Three Plague Rats

  • Ozzy Versus Carrot

    Ozzy trying out a carrot for the very first time a typical puppy wanting to try out new things and carrots are a good healthy snack that won't mean weight gain. Ozzy will be testing out some of our puppy products so look out for more fun and games from the Prince of Dogness.

  • New Puppy

    We had quite forgotten just how much time a new puppy can steal from you. Introducing Ozzy McDougal who arrived with us on the 9th October which yes is only 4 days ago! Ozzy_at_kennels Ozzy was born on the 11th August and will be 9 weeks old tomorrow he is a cairn terrier and is quite dark in colour but as we know Cairn's can change colour dramatically so we think he will stay dark with a bit of red. His mum was dark and his dad a red both lovely dogs. So he is installed in the household and already making his presence felt, he has a crate in the kitchen where he sleeps at night and generally after about 5 -10 minutes of howling he settles down for the night. We are obviously in the middle of house training and with the assistance of puppy pads ( these did not exist 15 years ago when we had Dougal) we have so far only had one major accident on the carpet. The thing that I had forgotten is just how much you have to watch a new puppy like a hawk, having had an older dog for so many years I had to totally puppy proof the whole house. So plants that he could chew have been moved, toys that were long forgotten by Dougal have had a new lease of life. Cats bowls have to be moved immediately as Ozzy loves the taste of stinky cat food. The house is looking a lot more tidy apart from the puppy toys, news papers and puppy pads all over the place. I was reminded just how much having a puppy is like having a small unruly toddler who demands attention all the time. So the last few days have been spend letting him settle in, now we need to get him into a routine so that I have a chance to get back to being able to do some work. So here is the routine:-

    • Wake up - go outside for a pee and a poo hopefully
    • Have breakfast
    • Play time for 20 minutes
    • Go outside for a pee and a poo hopefully
    • Go into little satchel bag and go for a 'walk' with Dougal
    • Come home have a sleep for about an hour
    • Have lunch + play time for 20 minutes
    • Go outside for a pee and a poo hopefully
    • Have a sleep for about an hour
    • Have afternoon snack
    • Play time for about 20 minutes
    • Watch while we prepare dinner
    • Sleep until dinner
    • Have dinner
    • Play time for about an hour
    • Go outside for a pee and a poo hopefully
    • Sleep/Play/Poo until bedtime
    • Howl for 10 minutes
    • Sleep

    Get up and do it all over again Ozzy has a a little play pen that he spends some time in, this is a great idea as he can be with us but not getting into everything and getting under foot. He will be going to a puppy party for one hour over the next three weeks to help him socialise with other dogs. He will be able to go for walks outside from the 2nd November after he has had all of his vaccinations so hopefully he will be able to walk off some of his excess energy. He is a total joy and greets each new experience with wonder, he has already given us hours of pleasure with his cute little bear like face, his tiny bark and big howl and of course the way he want's to copy Dougal and be a big dog. A new puppy is a wonderful thing and little Ozzy is everything we could have wished for and more. We will have more tales of how Ozzy is getting on in his new world soon, now where did I leave that mop!

  • Hand Painted Plates Big Scary Animals

    I love to keep an eye on Etsy as there really are some great creative people on there. So I was thrilled to find these beautiful hand painted plates by James Ward Designs. They have a whole range of original drawings, prints and clothing, but my favourites are the crockery range. All of the designs are hand drawn originals and are not transferred or screenprinted.

    Serving Plate Cat Sleeping


    This large serving plate was inspired by the family cat who likes to find a big plate to fall asleep on.

    What you leave I steal


    This bear reminds us of our recent holiday in Montana when we were in bear country, he is on a 7.5 inch side painted plate.

    Monsieur Mangetout


    Having had goats as a child I think the name for this piece is perfect goats will eat anything so Monsieur Mangetout is absolutely spot on. These pieces would make a great addition to a plain white table setting, just a few of the designs would be a real talking point. A few of these painted plates hanging on a black wall would look stunning. I may just have to get the black paint out! James Ward ships all over the world and also takes commissions.

  • Halloween Plush Dog Toys

    While we were stocktaking this weekend we realised that we have just a few of these cute Halloween Ghost plush dog toys left and even better they are at a special price of just £7.99.



    All dogs love plush toys and although they do not last forever these will probably last longer than the ordinary plush toy as they are made from two extremely durable fabrics, Starensier's Cosmo Cool Spacer and Diesel, which are commonly used in top the range trainers. It squeaks as well, so it will scare off any ghosts this Halloween. So why not treat your pooch this Halloween to a toy that is a little bit different.

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