Life with a puppy

Getting any sort of animal requires a lot of thought. Have you got enough time? Are you responsible enough to own a pet? Can you afford it? Getting a dog is a massive decision that needs a lot of thinking and planning. As I’ve had dogs before (both rescues) I thought I knew what I was getting into. Boy, was I wrong.

In June of this year, I decided it was time to get a dog. I had been struggling with my anxiety and my doctor said it might be for the best (I definitely didn’t argue). For as long Screen Shot 2017-10-15 at 14.30.21
as I can remember I have been obsessed with dogs. I searched the rescue centres in my area and couldn’t find one that I found suited me so I went online and searched for Cocker Spaniel Puppies (my fave). I found an advertisement from a man who had two 12 week old Cocker Spaniels which he had no choice but to rehome as his baby was found to be highly allergic. So, I travelled the whole way to Dundalk and found my little fur baby. I was split on whether to get the Girl or the Boy. They were both so loving and fun and I just couldn’t choose. Both dogs I had before had been boys so I decided because of that, I choose the boy. Little spy, as he was called then, and I journeyed all the way back to my home and the fun, stress and love began.

Screen Shot 2017-10-15 at 14.34.49Aiden and I both fell in love with him immediately. He followed me around everywhere. We started immediately with his house training. We soon found he didn’t like he puppy pads and preferred the matt by the front door to our utmost disapproval. He soon realised that if he didn’t go outside, he didn’t get his treat. Overall it took him about two weeks to become fully house trained. After one things come another. Teeth.

Puppies usually loose all their teeth before they turn 6 months old which along with this comes chewing, nipping and eating every single thing he gets his paws on. I brush his teeth every single day with liver flavoured dog toothpaste and until he was 6 months old I used puppy teething gel which was a god send. I found this really soothed his gums and calmed it and it only cost around £6 from Pets at Home! I also had him on Dentastix which he is no longer allowed as he is intolerant to things that are high in fat and it makes him vomit. Screen Shot 2017-10-15 at 14.36.17

If you are thinking of getting a certain breed, I highly recommend researching it before you get it. Cocker Spaniels are prone to ear problems such as ear mites as their ears are so big. They are prone to hip and joint problems so gentle exercise is encouraged up until 6 months. When older, they require around an hour of exercise a day.

Mowgli has had a few problems in the short time we’ve been together. He has the fat intolerance problem, he decided he doesn’t like Royal Canin Dry Food, He has anal gland problems and he decided Lillie’s taste great and landed himself with an overnight stay in the vets on a drip.

Screen Shot 2017-10-15 at 14.35.55Mowgli’s last owner fed his James Well beloved Dry Food and I kept him on that for the first few weeks until he decided he was bored of it and made himself throw it back up so I changed his food to Royal Canin which he has since decided he doesn’t like either and I have finally found a food that he LOVES. I feed him twice a day on Lilly’s Kitchen dry puppy food and he also gets one spoonful of wet food per meal. He also gets a Lilly’s Kitchen biscuit in the morning and at night. The night time one is amazing. It contains Camomile and it relaxes him so much he sleeps from 9.30pm to around 8.30am which is great! As for treats, there’s a few different brands he likes. He really likes Good Boy Puppy Milk Drops, Wagg Puppy Junior Treats, Coachies Puppy Training Treats and Lilly’s Kitchen Organic Training Treats.

Screen Shot 2017-10-15 at 14.36.12I’ve created a routine for Mowgli that happens every day at the same time and he knows when it’s time for what. He gets fed at the same times, trained at the same times, walks and play time usual vary. I clean his ears every 3 days and clean his teeth every morning. He goes to the groomers every 6 weeks and gets a bath every Friday. I have the most amazing Dog Groomer (Wizard of Pawz) that listens to exactly what I want done which is just his paws and feathering tidied up and she is so, so good with Mowgli and he loves all the Spa Treatments she gives him (He gets Blueberry Facials and Paw Soaks). He always comes out smelling absolutely beautiful.

As of yet I have not had Mowgli neutered as my vet has recommended I wait until he is atleast 10 months old. However, he humps EVERYTHING. Whether it be his doggy friend Bono, his toys, pillows, blankets, whatever he gets his paws on. He has a fascination with socks, toilet role and the toilet in general. He loves flowers and it is a nightmare trying to keep him out of the flowerbeds.

I have bought a stupid amount of toys for Mowgli and he has his own toy box and he plays with all of them. I’ve found he likes the soft teddy type toys but he rips the stuffing out of them now that he is bigger so I have to buy soft toy, take out the stuffing and stitch them back together. His favourite toy we have named Ralph the Raccoon and he carries it everywhere with him.

He is such a loving, gentle dog who is so great with children, adults and just about everyone he meets (apart from the postman, he hates him). He does bark at taller men for god knows what reason but apart from that he is a crazy, friendly pup.

I really do recommend researching dogs before you adopt or buy and think about your circumstances and if they will change.

Until next time,

Elisha

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It’s all very Greek


For a very long time, Greece has held a special place in my heart. The many memories I have there with my mum as we visited the island of Crete every summer to stay in the village of Stalis. I decided it was time that I ventured out of Crete and travelled to a new greek destination and share my love of all things Greece with my boyfriend, Aiden.

In May we landed in Zakynthos. What a beautiful island. The weather during our stay was mediocre. It was around 18oC during the first few days and it rained a few times but after that it soared to over 30oC and I ended up with a nice little tan.

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Dionisos Taverna

If you are looking for a quiet week away,  I highly recommend visiting the small town of Tsilivi. This is a small town beside the sea with plenty of tasty restaurants, ice cream shops and beautiful beaches. We ate in a range of different restaurants including m-eating, Micri Acropoli Restaurant & Bar, Dionisos Taverna, Il Gusto and a small family restaurant in Zakynthos Town which we can’t remember the name of but did the most amazing homemade Garlic and Cheese Breads. We enjoyed every single one of these restaurants and we absolutely adore the food in Greece. The hospitality in M-Eating especially was magnificent and we thoroughly enjoyed our night there.

IMG_9679For dessert we opted to leave the restaurant and go to a small cafe called Gelato Cafe where we made friends with the lovely sisters who own the place. They were more than welcoming throughout our stay and even gave us free desserts to say goodbye when we were going home. They made the most incredible crepes I have ever tasted and yummy banana milkshakes. During the day we always had plenty to do.

Zakynthos offer many different excursions and boat trips and we did quite a few. We visited Shipwreck Beach (I highly recommend wearing a LOT of sunscreen if you plan to visit), The Blue Caves were absolutely stunning and the clear blue waters were breathtaking.

We visited Ancient Olympia which is a full day trip. You have to be at the port for 7am in Zante Town to get a ferry to Kyllini on the Peloponnese (mainland Greece). The ferry takes around 1 hour and after that you get a bus that takes around an hour to an hour and a half to get to the small town of Olimpia – the birth place of the Olympic Games. The site of the ruins is amazing and it is so easy to see what once stood in the place of the ruins. It is amazing to think that the Greek Gods once competed there and to hear the stories and the history makes it an enjoyable day. The tour takes around an hour and a half and then unfortunately you have a 3 and a half hour wait before the bus comes to take you back to the ferry. The town is very commercial with all of the shops in the town selling the same touristy things and selling the same tourist food unlike the authentic towns and villages in Zakynthos. We found it a tough day after the tour but it is definitely worth the visit, just prepare yourself for the wait.

I highly recommend renting a quad or something similar during your stay to get to see the island. There is so much to see and explore but still plenty of time for relaxing at the pool. We stayed in a beautiful hotel called The Contessina Hotel. It has a beautiful pool area and spacious rooms with nice bathrooms. The staff were very friendly especially the wonderful bar man Sot who merrily told us every night that one day he would own the hotel and told us of his hopes and dreams while making us his random potions.

We honestly had the most wonderful time in Zakynthos from start to finish and we would visit this beautiful place again and again.

Until Next Time,

Elisha.