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Fletch is 10!…

August 4th was Fletch’s 10th birthday, and last month Otis (our new pup) turned three, so I decided to bake them a cake to share, using a recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker…it was very similar to a cake that I’ve baked for Fletch before

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You need flour, baking soda (I used baking powder), peanut butter, honey, carrots, oil and an egg…and an audience apparently…

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You sieve the flour and baking soda/powder together…then add all the other ingredients…

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…you stir it all up, pour it into a tin (I used a loaf tin like she does on the original blog post) and bake at 350f/175c for 30 minutes while your audience waits patiently…

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…seeing as it’s their birthday you could always ease the monotony of waiting by letting them lick the bowl/spoon…

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…once it’s done you need to let it cool a bit…

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…and then you can “ice” it…I used more peanut butter with a couple of teaspoons of honey to make it more spreadable…

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…and then you can either feed it to the birthday dogs, or you can prolong the torture a bit more by making them wait while you take some pictures…

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Happy Birthday dawgs!

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2015 in Life, Random

 

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Another Claw Bites the Dust…

I was playing with Fletch in the garden on the afternoon of our lovely woodland walk, when Luke pointed out that Fletch was bounding around like an idiot and was likely to rip a claw off.

…and that’s when I noticed the blood all over the patio.

Luckily I have taken a first aid course, so while Luke rang the vets I was busy in the garden elevating Fletch’s paw and applying pressure with a tea towel. Our dog is an accident prone little monkey so as well as my first aid qualification, I’ve also got lots of vet wrap and many hours experience of bandaging his feet.

Within a few minutes (a few shouty, stressed minutes that seemed to go on forever) we had him bandaged and in the car on the way to the dog doctor.

Sadly, despite my best efforts to stop him bleeding, walking to the car and into the vets (through Pets At Home) caused his poorly paw to start bleeding again and nothing the vet could do would get it to stop.

...looking very sorry for himself...

…looking very sorry for himself…

...my bandaging skills in action...

…my bandaging skills in action…

She tried her best to stem the flow with Potassium Permanganate so she wouldn’t have to bandage it (saving us money and herself the problem of bandaging our strong, wriggly dog), but it just wasn’t to be. No matter how much she put on him he was still leaving little spots of blood around the room and I wasn’t happy to take him home and have it start gushing again.

Thankfully she didn’t want us to hold him while the bandaging went on like we had all through the examination and the injections (anti-inflammatory and antibiotic) so we got to sit down and worry about him, which was less stressful than having to wrestle with him.

And that was that!

He emerged shortly after wearing a smart bandage and a cone of shame. Poor puppy. Guilty dog-mommy.

...pleased to be going home...and to have daddy in the back seat with him...

…pleased to be going home…and to have daddy in the back seat with him…

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...wearing his 'going outside' boot...

…wearing his ‘going outside’ boot…

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We shan’t be playing boisterous games in the garden again!

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Animals, Life

 

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Mod Dog…

Fletch hasn’t had a very good time of things recently (more about that another time) and he’s started going to a new vets. We weren’t happy with the old vets (more on THAT another time too!) so we’ve moved him to Companion Care, which is located inside our local branch of Pets At Home. For some people, this might not be ideal, but it’s great for us…Fletch loves going into the pet shop (he gets to meet other dogs and menace the giant bunnies) so he doesn’t get scared or shake uncontrollably, and we can pick up all the extra bits we need at the same time.

It’s also good because while we’re waiting for the vet to see him, he can try on all the clothes!! He’s now the proud owner of a rather smart parka…

"Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine" Fletch channels the Gallagher brothers...

“Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine” Fletch channels the Gallagher brothers…

I’ve always wanted to buy him a coat but not really seen the point (afterall, he’s wearing a fur coat ALL THE TIME), but now the snow has come down – and while he’s accompanying us on our 6am jaunts to Birmingham – I’m glad that he’s got this to keep him warm and dry.

He looks cute too 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2013 in Random

 

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