Love is in the air…

Hi Friends

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!  Hope you all had a day filled with lots of love, hugs and kisses 🙂

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Valentine’s Cookies

Our Valentine’s day was spent at home with our Aunty Jodi and Aunty Ashleigh, as our mum and dad were away on holiday.  Jodi and Ashleigh are best friends so they made a lovely tasty meal (which of course they shared with us!) and baked heart cookies and macaroons, which we also got to sample.

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Mum & Dad’s message in a bottle

Mummy and Daddy were in India on holiday for Valentine’s Day but they fed some stray dogs to spread some Doggy Love!  Mum and dad also made their own message in a bottle and threw it in the sea for someone to find.  They wrote in their message about their holidays and how they fed the stray dogs and asked whoever find the message to enjoy their own holiday and feed some more hungry dogs if they can find it in their heart.

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Mum donating supplies to Friendicoes

Mum and dad also visited a dog rescue centre in Delhi called Friendicoes.  Mummy bought bowls, leads, treats, toys, shampoo, thermometers and blankets and took a big holdall bag filled with supplies to donate to Friendicoes to help them look after Delhi’s doggies.  They were very grateful and let mummy meet a few of the dogs in their care.  Every time mum and dad go on holiday, they research a local shelter near where they are visiting and visit with donations while they are there.  Mum says she misses us when she goes on holiday so feeding stray dogs and donating stuff to animal shelters means she gets her “doggy fix” when she’s away from us.  To find out more about Friendicoes, click here.

Whilst mum and dad were on holiday, our Aunties Jodi and Ashleigh came to live in our house to mind us.  We love them loads so we didn’t miss mum and dad too much!  Our dog walker, Riannan at Pawsome Pets, came twice a day to walk us.  Riannan is the best – we love her!  Even Dolly, who is timid and nervous and hadn’t met Riannan before now, came out of her shell and happily toddled off to the park for her walk everyday.  For more information on Riannan and her dog walking service, click here.

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Mum with Uma on the Winter Walk

This week, we went with mum and dad to join a small group of other volunteers to take part in Merseyside Dogs Home’s “Winter Walk” – a walk around Sefton Park with ten of the homeless dogs currently in their care.  We helped by being very well behaved off our leads so that mum and dad could walk Uma Furman, a lovely little puppy who is searching for someone to adopt her.  Uma is just four months old, a little timid, but great with people and other dogs, friendly and affectionate (she loves to be carried and fussed!)  She will make someone a perfect dog and deserves some love and affection.  To find out more about Merseyside Dogs Home, or to adopt Uma and give her a forever home, please click here.

We are starting to prepare for our spring and summer show schedule now – check out the “Upcoming Events” page to see where we’ll be each week selling our tasty treats on our stall.  Most local shows around the Merseyside area, we will be accompanying mum and dad to so we can’t wait to see all our puppy pals again this year!

Woofs and hugs

Meg, Alfie, Roxi & Dolly xxxx

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Hi Friends!

Well, December is here and that means one thing…… Santa Paws is on his way and Christmas is coming!  Mummy has been baking lots of Christmas doggy cakes and Christmas Dinner flavour Christmas Tree treats for all our four legged friends – we hope you love them 🙂

This week we went for a photoshoot with mum and dad so we could get some nice pictures all together including Dolly.  The pictures were taken by Gareth Doe Photography (www.garethdoephotography.co.uk) and we had a lovely time. Gareth didn’t even mind when Roxi had a little wee on the floor (mum and dad were mortified because Roxi is a big girl at 5, house-trained and ‘should know better’!)  Look out for the new pics on the website soon.

Before Christmas, we are going on holiday with mum and dad to Wales to celebrate our daddy’s birthday.  This will be Dolly’s very first holiday and we think she’s going to love it!  We can’t wait to get wrapped up warm in our doggy coats and go out on big long walks along the beach and up in the mountains with mum and dad.  Mummy and daddy love travelling so they go away a few times a year, but this is their favourite holiday of all because they get to take us with them.

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Our picture by Col’s Critters

For daddy’s birthday, we each got him a present.  Roxi got him a book full of Dog friendly walks, hotels, holidays, pubs and restaurants – because she loves being with daddy and going with him everywhere and she hopes by getting him the book, he’ll take her away lots!  Alfie got daddy a little metal sign that says “All you need is love… and a dog” which daddy put on the wall in the kitchen.  Meg got daddy a massage because daddy has a removals company (www.neilsremovals.co.uk) and so he has to do lots of heavy lifting every day and sometimes gets a bad back, so she wanted daddy to have a chilled out day getting a nice back rub so he can be as lazy and relaxed as she is! And finally Dolly got daddy a hand-drawn picture of all of us together, made by Col’s Critters (www.colscritters.yolasite.com) In the pic, we’re all doing what we love most.  Daddy loved his picture and said it was his best present!

We also have some very exciting news – Doggy Love Bakery is featured in an article in Real People Magazine this week – on sale from Monday 11 December.  The article is called “Barking Mad Doggy Chefs” all about the bakery, how mummy started baking and US! We are very excited to be famous pups!  We are also more than happy to sign pawprints hehe 🙂  The January issue of Tatler magazine also featured mummy’s Christmas cakes.

Although we love Christmas, this time of year always reminds us about the people and doggies out there that don’t have a house or a family at Christmas time.  So mum and dad have been gathering food to donate to some shelters and giving out free treats and blankets to doggies that live on the streets with their homeless owners at this time of year.  We are very lucky – mum and dad buy us presents, let us sleep in their big bed and cook us a Christmas dinner on Christmas day – but not everybody is so lucky.  Mum and dad are going to volunteer to help serve Christmas dinner to homeless people this Christmas day and we are giving away some of our toys that we don’t play with much to the dogs that don’t have families or homes of their own yet, so they can have a present for Christmas.  Please check out our “Charity Work” page to find out about some of the charities that need help and please donate anything you can  – money, time, supplies – to those lovely animals in need this Christmas.

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The two doggy shoeboxes for the Romanian homeless dogs we have made up for Love Underdogs

Mum and dad have also made up 2 shoeboxes for the Love Underdogs shoebox appeal.  In the shoeboxes they have put leads, blankets, shampoo, brushes, toys and treats so two lucky doggies in Romania will have a nice Christmas box to open on Christmas morning.  Mum and dad are also visiting India next year and they plan to visit some shelters in Delhi so they’ve been buying lots of dog supplies to take on their trip to donate.

We would like to wish all our doggy pals a safe, happy, loving Christmas and a 2015 full of belly rubs, long walks and tasty treats!  We can’t wait to see you all again at the summer dog shows next year. Lots of love, barks, licks

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Meg, Alfie, Roxi & Dolly xxxx

Autumn’s arrived!

Hi friends!

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Mum and dad’s carved pumpkins

Autumn has arrived and with it comes the dark nights and chillier weather.  We hope you all had a lovely Halloween – we stayed at home with mum and dad and went to the door to greet all the trick or treaters.  Every year mum and dad carve pumpkins and have a competition to see who has craved the best one.  Their pumpkins this year are pictured – mummy won with her creepy tree carving.

Next up it’s going to bonfire night in just a few short days.  Like lots of pups out there, we don’t like bonfire night because we think fireworks are scary! Mum and dad always stay at home with us and have a movie night or watch TV so we can feel safe.  Alfie and Roxi aren’t massively frightened, but Meg doesn’t like going out in the garden for a wee when the loud fireworks are going off and we expect Dolly to be very frightened too (if the sound of the dishwasher scares her, there’s nothing down for us with the fireworks!)  We would urge all doggy parents to stay home with their pups so they feel safe, comfort them, turn the TV or radio up nice and loud and don’t react to the bangs – even if the dog gets a little jumpy.  If the dog sees his family acting nonchalantly and laid back about the bangs, it will encourage him to realise quicker they aren’t anything to be super scared of.  Of course, treats always help as well 😉

Over the past few weeks lots has been happening.  Mummy AND Daddy walked to the very top peak of the Pepsi Max ‘Big One’ rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach last week to raise money for Battersea Dogs Home.  Mummy found it loads of fun, but it was a massive achievement for Daddy because he’s scared of heights so we want to say a big well done to him!  Mummy was pleased because she surpassed her target of money to raise, but you can still show support and sponsor her if you wish by clicking this link:

https://www.justgiving.com/Rebecca-Hughes11

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Me and Neil at the top of the Pepsi Max Big One, raising funds for Battersea Dogs Home!

Christmas is coming we’re all prepared with Turkey & Cranberry Christmas Tree treats, Doggy Christmas chocolates and Christmas cakes.  Get your orders in early to avoid disappointment as Christmas is a super busy time for us.

Christmas is also a time for giving and here at Doggy Love Bakery, we like to give back.  Mummy will be donating food and treats to some shelters Christmas week to ensure the dogs in kennels get a nice Christmas treat.  She’ll also be doing her usual rounds of the city centre in the weeks leading up to Christmas to give out free treats to dogs living on the streets with homeless people.  If anyone has any pet or animal supplies (bedding, blankets, food, treats, toys, bowls, medicine, shampoo etc) they would like to donate, please contacts us using our online contact form.  Mummy will arrange to pick the supplies up and take them to the shelters to donate in time for Christmas 🙂

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December 2014 Glamour magazine

We have some exciting news to share as well – Doggy Love Bakery Christmas treats are featured in the Christmas (December) issue of Glamour magazine (out now!) See page 303.

We have a lot coming up over the next few weeks including a photoshoot with Dolly so look out for her profile and appearing on our “About us” page in the next few weeks.

Lots of love

Meg, Alfie, Roxi & Dolly

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Best Doggy Family :)

Hi friends!

Our spring/summer 2014 run of dog shows has now sadly come to an end and we are going to miss helping mum and dad out on the stall and meeting all our lovely doggy customers and friends.  Our final show was the Love Underdogs Reunion and boy, was it a great show to end our season with!  Love Underdogs is a charity that rescue and re-home Romanian street dogs.  It’s also the charity that Dolly came from, so of course we all accompanied mum and dad to the show so that Dolly could see all her old friends and the lovely people who looked after her before she came to her forever home with us.  The weather was glorious, we met loads of lovely doggy customers and it was lovely for Dolly to reunite with her old pals and carers, who couldn’t believe how happy and confident Dolly is with her family.  We also entered the Underdogs fun dog show and are delighted to say we won an array of rosettes!  Alfie came 1st in best rescue dog, Roxi came 2nd in waggiest tail, all four of us came 1st for best doggy family and then the four of us only went and won best in show!!!!  We were more excited about the goody bag of food and toys we won, but mum and dad got kinda emotional to end the season on such a high and they were very proud of us and say they are going to frame all our rosettes!  The icing on the cake was that mum and dad got to go around the Underdogs’ kennels and meet all the homeless dogs currently in their care.  Mum made sure every single dog got fed some of her home-baked treats 🙂  To foster or adopt an underdog, visit: http://www.loveunderdogs.co.uk/

The dog shows might have ended, but the work never stops for mum!  She is currently developing a treat that will be named after Dolly – Dolly’s Doggy Doughnuts.  She is even running a prize draw on Facebook to give one lucky pup the chance to win a free bag when they become available at the end of October.  Visit our Facebook page and comment on mum’s post with your dogs’ crazy nicknames to be in with a chance of winning.

Mum is also getting ready for Christmas when we get lots of orders for Christmas cakes and treat selection boxes.  It seems there’s loads of lovely doggy parents out there that love to treat their dogs over the festive season.  We love Christmas!  Mum bakes special treats for us and every Christmas eve we go to the RSPCA Liverpool branch and donate some food and treats for the homeless dogs.  Mum also scours the streets of Liverpool and gives out free treats to any doggies living on the streets with their homeless owners.  We get spoiled at Christmastime, but it’s very important to remember and help out those less fortunate.

On 24th October, mummy has decided she is going to climb to the top of the Pepsi Max “Big One” rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, to raise some money for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s new kennels, which are currently being built.  If you would like to support our mummy and Battersea by sponsoring her, you can do so by visiting her Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/Rebecca-Hughes11/  They would be very grateful for your support:)

We told you in a previous blog about mum starting college to learn dog grooming.  She is really enjoying this and Meg has already been to college with her as a guinea pig to practice on!  Alfie and Roxi will have a turn over the coming weeks – Doll has decided to sit this one out, still being a little timid and shy around strangers.  Mum hopes to be fully qualified by April next year so look out for Doggy Love Grooming if you’re around the Merseyside area!

We have loads more exciting things coming up over the next few months so check in to keep updated with our blogs.  We have the newsletter subscription button, so anyone that wants to receive our new quarterly e-newsletter can sign up to hear about our blogs, new products, competitions, new products and discount codes.

Lots of love and woofs

Our rosettes :)

Best Doggy Family

Meg, Alfie, Roxi & Dolly xxxx

 

 

Baldy Brothers!

Rod and Benji

Benji & Rod

Hi Friends!

Sorry we haven’t updated our blog in a while – we have been very busy indeed, so there’s lots of news to update you all on.

Firstly, Doggy Love Bakery was featured in an article for the Daily Mail!  We had so much fun baking with mum for the pictures.  You can read it by clicking on this link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2744793/Minted-lamb-biscuits-gammon-flavour-cookies-Woman-inspired-four-pets-starts-bakery-just-dogs.html.

We would like to wish one of our customers, Rod, a big congratulations on his new brother, Benji (pictured).  Rod is a Chinese crested dog that often visits our stall and buys mum’s treats.  Chinese crested dogs only have hair on their heads and legs so their bodies are completely bald!  A while back, mum posted on Facebook about a dog called Benji who was desperate to find a new home.  Benji was a cocker spaniel who was born with a condition which made him completely bald too! Rod’s lovely mum and dad decided Rod needed a brother just like him and offered Benji a loving new forever home so big congratulations – a happy ending for everyone!

This week, our mummy is off to college to learn to be a dog groomer, which we’re very excited about.  Meg, Roxi and Dolly are all short-haired and don’t require much grooming other than nail cuts, baths, teeth and ear cleaning and the occasional  anal gland release (yuk!) But Alfie is golden retriever/collie cross and has a long fluffy coat, which makes him very warm in hot weather, so he gets regular haircuts throughout spring and summer.  Mum is glad she will be able to cut Alfie’s hair because Alf doesn’t like going to the groomers on his own so now mum can groom him at home.  Alfie loves being groomed and especially loves a brush – every morning he stays with mummy while she gets ready for work and when she brushes her hair, she has to give Alfie a morning brush a well.

We are now entering autumn and have just four more dog shows to attend before the season ends until next spring.  The first is Battersea Dogs Home Annual Reunion this Sunday 7 September in Battersea Park, London.  Then we have the Great Greyhound Gathering in Nottingham on 20 September, both of these are charities we donate to.  On Sunday 21 September we have Woofs and Wellies, a charity dog walk with stalls in Croxteth Park, Liverpool.  Croxteth is one of our local parks so will be going with mum and dad to help out on the stall.  Finally, we have the Love Underdogs Reunion on 28 September at Glebe Farm Kennels, Nuneaton.  Love Underdogs is where Dolly came from so we are all so excited to be taking Dolly back to see all her old friends so they can see how well she’s doing and how happy and loved she is.  We are hoping Dolly might even win a rosette at the dog show there  – after all, Meg Alf and Rox have all won at least one rosette each so we need Dollypop to win one now too.  Keep your fingers (and paws) crossed!

In other news, in October mummy is being very brave and climbing the ascent of the Pepsi Max “Big One” rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in October.  She is going to do it to raise money for charity so there’ll be more about that in our next blog, with the link to the Just Giving page should anyone want to sponsor her for a good cause!

Goodbye woofs!

Meg, Alfie, Roxi & Dolly xxxx

Us at Delamere Forrest

Us at Delamere Forrest

 

 

 

 

Our Birthdays

Hi Pals!

On 16th July we celebrated our birthdays!  Meg and Alfie were both born in July a year apart so mum randomly chose 16th as a joint birthday.  When Dolly came to live with us, by coincidence, her passport said her birthday was 15th July!  Roxi is the only one of us not born in July but we prefer to share our special day so 16th July is the date we all celebrate our birthdays together. 

This year, mummy took the day off work and baked us some chicken birthday biscuits (pictured).  We went on two lovely long walks and then had delicious chicken for our dinner.  Dolly’s new harness and lead arrived in the post and our aunties Jodi and Ashleigh spoilt us with cards and treats.  We had the best day ever 🙂  

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This week mum and dad have a much deserved weekend off with no events.  The Giants are visiting our city this weekend and mum and dad went to see them (pictured below).  The Little Girl Giant has a dog giant named Xolo.  Mum and dad said Xolo is their favourite giant because he reminds them of Roxi!

This weekend, mum and dad are also taking us on a big walk – Dolly’s first big day out.  We will either go to the beach or to Delamere Forrest and if the weather stays nice we’ll have a bbq for tea – our favourite!

Next week, the Doggy Love Bakery stall will be at the Port Sunlight Village Dog Show.

Hope you all have a lovely week!

Love

Meg, Alfie, Roxi & Dolly

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