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Poppy’s first mini-break

It’s been a while since I wrote about Poppy, although if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’re probably sick of the sight of her! Anyway, she’s settling in really well and has now been with us for over 3 months! I can’t believe it’s gone so fast. In some ways, the training that we’ve done has paid dividends, but in other ways, as she’s gaining in confidence, she’s getting more & more naughty. Training was really good for her and us. We know what we need to work on and we’ll keep on with it. However, it was quite difficult sometimes, as she was the smallest dog in the class and she got quite frustrated by it. She let us know by barking – a lot! She also lets us know when someone walks by the house, shuts a car door, knocks on someone else’s house etc etc by barking a lot. It’s difficult to manage this behaviour as if you try to calm her down, any attention you give her is rewarding the barking. So you have to try & ignore it. Which is very difficult & very annoying! So we’re working on that!

Poppy had her first mini-break this weekend too. While my OH & I were at a wedding on Saturday, Poppy spent the day with my OH’s mum & stepdad. She loves spending time with them, and fortunately they feel the same! She was really good at staying with them and slept well during the night, which was good for all of us! We’re going to stay with my Mum for the weekend soon, so it was really good to do a test run. Here are some pictures they took of her while she was there.

Poppy chewingPoppy sniffing

Poppy posingPoppy sleeping

I love how Poppy can look different in photographs. I posted a video on Vine last week & someone asked if she was a black basset hound. We’ve seen her with a few Daschunds lately & she looks more like them than anything else. Whatever! She’s supercute & that’s all that matters. We’ve managed to feed her up a bit too. When we got her, you could see her ribs all the time. We got her up to 11 kilos by the time she became unwell a month or so ago, but she lost almost a kilo in 12 hours so we’ve been feeding her plenty, on the vet’s instructions. She looks a lot healthier, but that doesn’t stop her scavenging for gum & all sorts when she’s out on a walk!

She’s going to have her first ever bath on the weekend so I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures. I’m pretty sure her obsession with the bathroom will be reduced after that!

Blognix – A Blogger event with a twist

On Saturday, I made my way up to the Custard Factory in Birmingham. My reason? To attend Blognix – A Blogger event with a twist. I’d read about on Rosalilium & decided to go so that I could a) Get blogging tips & inspiration and b) network with other bloggers, as this is something that I am rubbish at!

Custard Factory

I’d never been to the Custard Factory before but I know I’ll be going back as it’s an amazing place. It’s got some great independent shops & cafes, and there was also a vintage fair on, which had some amazing stuff. They’ve got another one in August & I’m very tempted to go back & get some furniture bits.

Blognix had some great speakers – Jen, Emma, Kim, Hazel and Colleen. They spoke on:

  • Working with PR’s
  • Social Media Tips and Techniques
  • Blogging Ethics and Best Practice
  • Photography for Blogging
  • Blog Design

I made pages & pages of notes, which I’ll post about over on my work blog later on this week. The great thing about going to Blognix was learning that there’s always more you can do to your blog design and lots of different ways to reach new readers. Plus it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been blogging or how big or small your readership is, you still have plenty to offer. And it was really inspirational seeing so many women being passionate about what they do. You don’t have to be really geeky or techie to have a great blog. You just need to be passionate about what you write. If you need help, then there are plenty of people out there who can help you. And there’s plenty of support in the blogging community.

There was also a cake competition & a picnic lunch, which gave us bloggers time to get chatting about what we write about. I met some really great people and have added a few more blogs to my Bloglovin‘ list and Twitter feed. All in all, it was a great day & I will definitely go to more blogger events.

Have you been to many blogger events? Which ones do you recommend?

Introducing Pinterest!

I’ve been on Pinterest a while and use it daily for a variety of things. I am so familiar with it that I forget that other people might not be! Pinterest is basically an online scrapbook, a tool for collecting and organising the things you love, where you can collate different images from an online source. Not only does it help you organise all the great things you see on different websites & blogs, but it helps to link back to the orginial image as much as possible so you can find out how to make that great skirt in the image you just pinned becuase it links back to the tutorial. Plus Pinterest are releasing updates all the time. These updates have really improved my experience a lot lately. It’s quick & easy to pin, search and now you can send a pin to someone! I think this is fantastic! You see something someone might like or a present you want to hint at! Click on send and it’ll send the image to the person you’ve selected. Planning a surprise party or a collating a birthday list but want to keep it secret? No problem! You can have up to 3 secret boards that only you & the people you choose to share it with can see! Awesome!

PIF Badge 200

But this is just the tip of the iceberg  It’s a great way to collect & keep ideas, information, images, recipes – whatever you want really. You create boards that reflect what interests you, whether it’s food, tea, cakes, cars, photography, knitting or even pugs! Yep, pugs!

Pug Pinterest board

Personally, I use Pinterest for a number of different things. I use it to collect ideas ranging from craft, knitting, home and garden to pictures of pretty things that cheer me up when I’m having a bad day. I have a range of boards including my knitting board (full of beautiful knits and patterns), temptations (scrummy food that I’d like to eat, not cook!) and a board full of images of places that I’ve been to or want to go to. Click on the image below to have a look at my boards. You can follow them all or just ones that interest you.

Pinterest

If you aren’t on Pinterest but would like to join me over there, then just click here to start your Pinterest addiction. Be warned! Many a few hours have been lost by many people exploring all the pretty things that people have pinned over there! Plus I’d like to introduce Fiona Parker who has some amazing boards over on Pinterest. You can find out more about her & what she crafts over on her blog. And I’d like to thank Rosie over on DIY Couture for introducing me yesterday! Thanks Rosie!

Happy Pinning everyone!

The Poppy Diaries – Week 4

On Sunday we celebrated our first month of being Poppy’s owners. She, and, we have come a long way! Poppy is much more settled in the house & is gaining in confidence about the place. For example, earlier on in the week, she discovered the bin in the bathroom. It has a swing lid, which she poked with her nose. When it swung back at her, it made her jump & bark! This continued until she pulled the bin over & ate part of a wrapper from a bar of soap. Tasty eh? Last night, she found the bar of soap, tried to eat it, barked at it when we moved it out of her reach & then cried when we shut her out of the bathroom. All because the lady loves the taste of soap!

Here are a few of my favourite pics of Poppy:

walkies

We were just about to go for our evening walk. As I switch everything off & move out of my study for the day, Poppy is learning the signs of when it’s time to head to the park! She’s pretty well behaved during the getting ready process, she’s quite happy to sit & wait while we get shoes, coats, treats, poo bags etc!

Sleepy

This was after one of evening walks this week, when the weather has been so much warmer. Because Poppy’s on lead behaviour can be quite frantic, she wears herself out quite easily. And don’t forget, she’s only got little legs… well, little front legs at least!

Giant paw

I love this picture of one of Poppy’s giant paws! Poppy isn’t the easiest dog to photograph because as soon as you move to get the better camera or to get into a better position, she’s all over you! She doesn’t want to miss out on anything! So if you want a picture, you have to be quick.

These are some of the things I’ve learnt about Poppy this week:

  • While her hatred for pigeons seems to have calmed down a bit, her loathing of squirrels has increased. Poppy will go crazy when she sees a squirrel – so much so that she’ll stand on her hind legs, scrabbling away at the tree, trying to climb it to get the pesky squirrel!
  • Poppy has weird tastebuds. Recently she’s been eating dandelions from the garden. While we’re doing up our garden, it’s fair to say that we’ve been a bit lax on weeding the borders. Fortunately, we now have Poppy who is eating the heads off the dandelions. Never known a dog to do this! Her love of used chewing gum is increasing  so much so that she’ll try & pry it off the pavement, no matter how old it is! She also managed to eat some of the suet bird food over the weekend. Gross!
  • Poppy likes to chase butterflies. There was a really cute moment on Saturday when we were all in the garden, with the warm sun on our backs, when a butterfly danced across the garden. Poppy then proceeded to dance across the garden too, chasing the butterfly! So very cute!
  • Her distrust of the ironing board has also increased, so much so that when I put it up she runs out of the room!
  • Poppy is very stubborn. If she wants to stay on the sofa when you want her to get down, she takes a long time to give in. If she wants to try & nudge open the food recycle bin, then trying to get her away from it is really difficult. It’s almost like she has selective hearing & you have to get her attention first before she’ll even acknowledge that you’re there!

We’ve also had a firsts this week, not all good! Firstly, we had a few night time accidents. We’re not quite sure why, it certainly wasn’t because we had mammoth lie-ins or anything! I wish! Over the last few days we’ve been getting up a bit earlier and that seems to have settled things a bit. Poppy was also sick in the house the other morning. (So grateful we have wooden floors!) Both my OH & I heard a strange noise, both of us assumed it was the other, then came the shout ‘Poppy’s been sick!’ Well, now we know what to look out for!

In other positive news, Poppy has really nailed the stay command this week. I got her to sit & stay on the mat at the back door, while I walked to the front door. She stayed where she was until I moved to give her a treat! This is great news & I think we’re ready to try it out in the garden where there are more distractions. We’re still working on play and a few other commands, but I’ll be sure to update you!

We took Poppy to visit my OH’s family on Saturday & she was really well behaved. She didn’t bark or get frustrated, and pretty much did what she was told. Good girl Poppy! It’s fair to say that we’re proud parents!