Hi Furry Friends!
Boy have we got lots of exciting news to share with you! December has been jam packed with festive fun and lots going on for us to tell you about!
At the beginning of the month, mum and dad took us to see the “Weeping Window” poppies, which are at St George’s Hall on tour from London. Although remembrance day was last month in November, the poppies are in Liverpool until the end of January so we went to have a look one night when it was quiet.
Speaking of remembrance, we were delighted to hear that Diesel, the police dog killed in the Paris terrorist attacks, was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal – the animal version of the Victoria Cross. This month, mum and dad were lucky enough to be invited to the Kirkdale PDSA Animal Hospital for a tour. The PDSA is one of the charities we donate monthly to and mum and dad loved being able to go behind the scenes. First they got to find out all about the PDSA’s history and how the charity was founded. Then they got to tour the hospital, meet the staff and even sit in on some pet operations! They then got to meet some of the in-patients who had recently had surgery and see the medicine dispensary. The day was then topped off with mulled wine, mince pies and the chance to do some Christmas shopping at the PDSA shop! They had a lovely day and were thrilled at being given the chance to see where their donations go. To find out more about the PDSA, click here.
December wouldn’t be December without a visit to see Father Christmas and this year we all went to see Santa Paws at the doggy grotto! Dolly was a little wary of Santa but she soon thawed when she seen what treats he had on offer! After we met Santa Paws, mum and dad got us some presents, including some yummy doggy beer – which we loved!
After we met Santa Paws – it was time to pack! Daddy’s birthday is just before Christmas and every year we all go to Wales to stay in a bungalow for a few days. We absolutely love our holidays with mum and dad. We all relax, have fun and get to spend lots of quality time together! Because it’s winter and nearly Christmas we don’t see many people and we get to go on long walks in the countryside, on the beach and climb mountains! We like it so much we never want to come home. Here’s a couple of snaps of our jollies…
When we got back from our holiday it was all systems go for baking all the Christmas cake and treat orders! On 23rd December mum and dad delivered all the Wirral orders and on Christmas Eve they delivered all the Liverpool orders. Mum and dad loved playing Santa and delivering treats and cakes to all the doggies of Merseyside! Mum wore her Christmas jumper and dad dressed up as Father Christmas! Each dog came to the door to meet Mum so she could get a pic – some dogs even wore Christmas jumpers or festive accessories! Mummy loved meeting all her customers and giving them their Christmas treats personally. To see the photos of all our lovely Christmas customers click here. Thank you to all our customers – we hope each and every one of you had a lovely Christmas with your families and enjoyed your treats from Doggy Love Bakery.
Our Christmas was lovely! As usual we spent it at home, just us and mum and dad – although we did spend Boxing Day with Nanny and Aunty Jodi too. We got spoilt by our family – mummy baked us our own personalised cakes, daddy served up Christmas dinner, nanny made us each treat jars and we got toys, doggy beer and a new doggy feeder as part of our presents.
Mummy got daddy a special silhouette picture made of our family with all of us on, made by the lovely Jo at Paintings Van Gough. Daddy loved it so much he hung it up on the wall the day after Christmas without mummy even having to nag! See if you can spot which of us is which…
Mummy got lots of nice presents but her favourites were some charity donations/sponsorships from daddy and her best friends. Mummy’s friend Lizzie made a donation to the RSPCA instead of getting her a present, and her friend Kate sponsored the lovely Lavender Underdog for her! Daddy also sponsored a kennel at Battersea Dogs Home for her too. Mummy was super grateful for all her presents but ones like these touch her heart and are by far her favourite!
We’ve had lots of Doggy Love Sleepovers this year and Christmas was no different. We had the beautiful Mia to stay with us for ten whole days over the festive period while her family went to Italy to spend Christmas with their Italian relatives. As it was Christmas and Mia was away from her family, we wanted to make sure her time with us was extra special. Mummy baked her treats and we made sure she had some presents from us to open on Christmas morning. Even our nanny got her a little something because she knew she was coming to stay. Of course she also had her own Christmas dinner on Christmas day, just like us. Mia was a perfect house guest and was very well behaved. She is a very happy, bouncy, friendly pup who just loves everybody and we will definitely miss her! Her family are going away again later in the year though so we get to spend a lot more time with her in the summer time!
So, Christmas is all over and next up comes New Year. 2016 is going to be a big year for us here at Doggy Love HQ. Our mummy has a milestone birthday in January, us pups have our first holiday abroad and in the summer we will be back at all our usual dog shows with our stall selling our treats and meeting all our lovely customers again. In July mum and dad are volunteering for a week in a Romanian dog shelter and then in October they’re off to China to trek the Great Wall to raise money for more dogs! If you have any pet supplies or anything to donate to the Romanian shelter (blankets, treats, food, bowls, leads etc) please get in touch and we will pick it up from you. If you want to sponsor our mum and dad for their Great Wall Trek, please click here.
We are also working on some new doggy cakes, treat flavours and themed treats for next year and we’re even developing some treats for cats! Apparently many of our doggy customers live with feline pals – who knew?!
On New Years Eve we will be cuddled up on the couch with mum and dad – probably snoozing our way through the new year! Whatever your plans and wherever you are – we wish you all the very best for 2016, we hope it’s a good year for you all. Click the link below to view a card from us, and we look forward to seeing you all next year 🙂
Goodbye from us for the last time in 2015!
Meg, Alfie, Roxi & Dolly xxx