An unpleasant accident on my new leather car seats


Ali's cat DodgeWhat an incredibly entertaining collection of memories you've shared with me this last week! I have loved reading all about your first cars and scary driving instructors… thank you so much :) 

Before I move off the subject altogether though I did want to tell you about a somewhat unfortunate incident that happened in my car just last week! Having only recently had my very old leather seats 'recollonised' -  a clever way of repairing holes and worn bits – I was thoroughly enjoying the smell of newness in the car, and the lovely sheen from the expert polishing. 

I very rarely have anyone else in the car with me, but that was to change when I had to wedge poor Dodge into his hated 'Igloo' (see Blog April 3rd last year) as he was limping and unable to put weight on his front paw, so a visit to the vet was essential. We hadn't been driving very long when I noticed a rather strange smell… metallic, and not very pleasant. I wound down the window  thinking it was possibly something agricultural, but nothing untoward assailed my nostrils from the passing hedgerows. 

Having closed the window, I deduced the smell was coming from inside the car and yes, Dodge had spent a penny in his Igloo. Worse still, he'd missed the lovely fluffy towel I'd set in there and wee'd out of the back of the beautiful wickerwork, straight onto my newly colonised leather!! We arrived at the vets, but I didn't want us to miss our appointment, so I waited until after the appointment to clean up the puddle.

Luckily it was just a bite on Dodge's paw that had caused the swelling, and after a quick shot of antibiotic and some pain killers, we were ready for the return journey. The vet had very kindly given me an incontinence sheet (in response to my explaining about the accident!), the size of which led me to believe he was possibly an equestrian or elephant type of vet, and I duly lined the Igloo with this and put Dodge
 carefully into the middle. 

I then used the damp towel to mop up what I could from the car seat, but there was no escaping the awful odour. That was until just a few minutes from home a new, far stronger smell masked it. Yes, Dodge had decided to try out the incontinence pad with something a little more solid, and mercifully it was trapped in the cotton wool!! 

I'm not sure what appeared stranger, the fact that the windows were fully down in the pouring rain, or that I was trying to drive with as much of my upper body out of them as was safely possible! Suffice to say, I've masked the worst of it with a rather expensive perfume, and am just praying I don't have to ferry anyone around for a while. Dodge is completely unscarred by the experience as my photo (above left) proves 🙂

Now for getting gorgeous…

Ali's daughter Lucy Well, if that wasn't exciting enough, I have to tell you about our Get Gorgeous Event that starts this Friday! Three whole days where we are showcasing some of our premier beauty, fashion and jewellery lines. Lulu's going to be there, we have gold, silver and diamond jewellery, Kipling, Smashbox, Elemis, Birkenstock and Bob Mackie. 

Simon Wilson will be joining us too, and for me selfishly, the icing on the cake is that my daughter Lucy will be coming in to share one of the Silver Jewellery hours with me! Can't wait 🙂 She'll be with me for the 3pm Awaken show on Sunday, so do join us for that and then we can make a it a real family affair!

In fact talking of family, the night before I shall be at the O2 with my sister for the long awaited Michael Buble concert! Be still my beating heart 🙂 Nothing like a live show… the roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd and someone who knows more about that than anyone I've ever been lucky enough to meet, will be joining me on Wednesday 19th May on QVC for a full hour at 5pm! 

Over 40 years in show business, playing some of the most powerful women in the world, and winning arguably the biggest entertainment awards, we will be looking back over her career and hearing her sing live in the studio! Any idea who it is?? Have a guess 🙂

I feel a fit of the vapours coming on, so I shall go and lay down in a darkened room in preparation for the week ahead… lovely to know you'll be a part of it. 

Love Ali xxx


  1. Gail May 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, you always make me laugh with your blogs. Dodge obviously thought it necessary to tell you exactly what he thought about a visit to the vet. The vision of you with your window down and half leaning out of the window in the rain had me in fits of laughter again.
    Will definitely be watching the lovely Lucy on Sunday. I do follow your blogs and Lucy sounds like a lovely girl. Can’t wait to see you Lucy, we’ll all be rooting for you, you’ll be just fine. A very pretty girl; like her mum.
    Take care and have a lovely time at the concert.
    With love from Gail xxx

  2. Rhona Fenton May 12, 2010 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, poor Dodge never mind you or the car is the CAT OK?? no different to kids making a mess in the car so why should the cat be any different:)I hope Dodge is feeling better now? I was in floods of tears at your story I couldn’t see to keep reading had to stop and have a moment before I could carry on:)I passed out once at the vets and boy does my mum never let me forget that,the poor vet was running around getting me glasses of water asking if I was ok, my mums reply was well I hope so shes the driver and our cat Tisa just sat through it all:) well a warning from the vet would have been nice before he did what he did I would have looked away,save the passing out bit:) Alison I have my sky plus all set for sunday as I don’t want to miss Lucy how awesome is that having your Lucy on with you I can’t wait:) just about finished the bathroom this has been a project and a half but looking good but it would help if someone would stop moving the finish line:( and to add salt to the wounds my cousin has opened a motorbike shop and my poor colin is trying to smile through the pain of it all as he doesn’t have a bike at the moment and this doesn’t help any, wait till I see my cousin!! have a great weekend and enjoy sunday with Lucy, love to you, your colin and the family, lots of love Rhona xx

  3. Debz Hadlington May 13, 2010 at 9:14 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You may remember me regaling you with the story of my cat Ainzley and his rather embarrassing trip to the vet when he lost control, very loudly, of all his bodily functions. Well, due to his heart condition he has to go to the vets every 3 months for a check up so you can imagine the military precision that goes into each vet visit now can’t you? We go armed with air freshener, several copies of the Daily Mail to re-line his carrier, two bath towels, Detol wipes and several freezer bags to deposit any er, “presents” Ainz wants to leave us on the way there AND back!! We drive there with all the windows down as a matter of course and arrive at the vets windswept and half frozen in the winter and sunburned and with windblown hair in the summer. Its a good job we love him to bits!!
    Debz XXX

  4. Dorothy May 13, 2010 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    You always have eventfull days, POOR dodge pleased he is ok. you should order (URINE YOUR OUT 829924 FORM QVC)bought for a friend and she says it works spray it on and the smell goes its worth a try. Looking forward to seeing lucy on with you itshould be a laugh if she is anything like you. hope Sam is doing ok.
    love best wishes.
    Dorothy xxxxx

  5. alison keenan May 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, lovely to hear from you and of course I made sure Dodge was alright!!! 🙂 More than alright some would say….! How awful to pass out anywhere, but it’d take a brave sort to hit the deck on most vet’s floors! The smell of disinfectant is pretty awful and added to that the bits of claw and fur everywhere, I hope you managed to fall on a chair! 🙂 Well done you for finishing your bathroom I bet it looks great, and every time you’re in it you’ll feel a sense of pride – job well done… if you get my drift! I’m really looking forward to spending the hour with Lucy and I hope you enjoy watching it too. Thanks for all your news and for keeping in touch. Love to all, from us all x x

  6. Diane May 13, 2010 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Had a good laugh about poor Dodge, hope he has recovered from his ordeal – and hope you have too!
    Can’t wait to see Lucy with you on Sunday. What a lovely experience for you both. Hope it all goes well.
    Diane x

  7. alison keenan May 13, 2010 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    Gail, I think you’re probably right – not a journey I’ll forget in a hurry 🙂 Bless you for your lovely comments about Lucy – I shall make sure I pass them on, and we’ll try and say hello on Sunday, in between pieces of jewellery 🙂 Have a lovely week, and look forward to telling you all about the concert next week. Love Ali xx

  8. Tracey Norris May 14, 2010 at 12:10 am -  Reply

    Alison, Can u email me please I’ve been trying to attach a pic of my “Zac” and I can’t do it! He could be Dodge’s twin!!
    Hope his paw is getting better,

  9. alison keenan May 15, 2010 at 9:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Debz you certainly jogged my memory with your story of Ainzley at the vet, and had my sister and I laughing out loud 🙂 The thought of you with the windows down in all kinds of weather always reminds of the hilarious scene in Bridget Jones when she gets to the hotel with hair like a haystack having driven there with the roof off! It’s a glorious day here today, so I hope very much that the sun’s shining where you are too 🙂 It was lovely to hear from you again Debz. Thanks for keeping in touch, Love Ali x

  10. alison keenan May 15, 2010 at 9:09 am -  Reply

    Dorothy, you’re a star! I bought URINOFF ages ago when that horrid black Tom was coming in and spraying in our kitchen and yes it does work. Had forgotten about it, but have now dug it out of the cupboard under the sink and will duly spray and let you know!! I too am looking forward to spending the day with Lucy and know she’ll be great in the show 🙂 Let me know what you think of it, and have a wonderful weekend. Love Ali xx

  11. alison keenan May 15, 2010 at 9:11 am -  Reply

    Hi Tracey, will get your e mail address from my editor and mail you, so you can attach the photo and then I can post it up next week!! Exciting 🙂 His paw’s fine now, and in truth he pretty much skipped out of his igloo last week….well you certainly wouldn’t have wanted to stay in there any longer than was necessary! Have a lovely weekend. Love Ali xx

  12. alison keenan May 15, 2010 at 9:14 am -  Reply

    Diane, it’ll be lovely to know you’re watching on Sunday! Lucy is excited about coming in and has often sat the other side of the camera so it’ll be lovely to have the whole hour with her next to me 🙂 Thanks as always for keeping in touch, and have a great weekend, Love Ali xx

  13. Gail May 16, 2010 at 7:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, just had to write to you again as the hot subject this week is cats. I have two cats; one is over 18 and one is a lodger who walked in during the snow and decided she liked the accommodation, so stayed. This ‘lodger’ is a young cat and she insists on bringing home at least 2 rats every night. Well yesterday I found a baby rat obviously injured by my ‘Sui’ (the lodger). I picked it up hoping to relocate it where Sui couldn’t fnd it and WOW, it bit my finger with such force and refused to let go. I was in shock; I never realised they had such a strong grip, and teeth. Poor little thing, it has to have some form of defence I suppose. Anyway, I was a bit worried so I sought advice. Apparently, I have to watch out for signs of RATE BITE FEVER. Never heard of it, but I have now. That’s what I get for trying to save it. Anyway, if you don’t hear from me in the distant future I may have succommed to RAT BITE FEVER. One excellent rat catcher for hire – any takers?
    Love Gail xxxxxxxxxx

  14. Gail May 17, 2010 at 10:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, just had to write to let you know how lovely it was to see you and Lucy yesterday working together. Didn’t she do well? Crikey, knowing that at any one time millions of viewers could be tuning in to QVC is very daunting indeed, yet I thought Lucy was very relaxed and at ease (bet there were a few butterflies though). I really thought Lucy did a good job. You looked like a very proud mum and rightly so. Shame we didn’t see more of Lucy on the Elemis hour; perhaps next time Lucy. Brains and beauty – doesn’t come better than that. Hope we see you again sometime Lucy. I would like to be a fly on the wall when you go into school today.
    As for me, no signs of RATE BITE FEVER yet but will keep you informed.
    Love to you both, Gail xxxxxxx

  15. Margaret May 17, 2010 at 11:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison , lovely show with your Daughter Lucy ,felt friendly and informal very pretty girl and a credit to you ,QVC should do it more often of course it depends on busy lives but it was a refreshing change , All good wishes, Margaretxx

  16. alison keenan May 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    OMG Gail!!! What a nightmare. Rat Bite Fever? Never heard of it either, but I hope that you’ve had a tetanus recently! You are kind to have kept the lodger – I know that sometimes it’s just not possible however much you like them. We were lucky when Beano walked into our lives. Huge great ferrel cat but such a loveable thing. He adopted Jack as his dad and followed him everywhere. He used to lay on Taxi the dog whenever he was horizontal, and often brought the odd squirrel or rabbit in for us….:( Nothing alive enough to bite mercifully. Hope you have a good week, and if you start foaming at the mouth or developing a pink tail, then I suggest you call the doctor! 🙂 Take good care of yourself and keep in touch, Love ali xx

  17. Mrs Janet Jones May 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,sorry I haven’t been in touch, have had a bit of a scare lately so have been rather preoccupied.I did catch your show with Lucy, what a lovely pretty girl, I could tell you were very proud of her.Would you like to work with your daughter again,as you make a great team? Hope things have improved for Sam recently. My son is slowly moving towards living in Manchester(he’s at uni there) I think he is trying to break me in gently! but it’s still very hard, I feel as if I am no longer required, does it get any easier? I hope so. Anyway keep up the good work as I think you are the best presenter on QVC.Take Care Love Janet x

  18. Susan May 17, 2010 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Loved your Elemis show and as Gail says what a combination Lucy has – brains and beauty! What an important job teaching is. Hope you enjoyed the shows too.
    Take care

  19. alison keenan May 17, 2010 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    Margaret, how very kind of you to comment. I’m passing it on to Lucy, and I have to say how proud I was of her. Not the easiest thing to be as relaxed as she was and I thought she did brilliantly 🙂 Thank you for your message. Have a great week, Love Ali xx

  20. alison keenan May 18, 2010 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Susan, Thank you! Yes, I very much loved working with Lucy, and will pass your kind words onto her. Have to say it was an extra treat to have the Elemis hour with Keely too. Great you saw the shows, and very kind of you to take time out to write. Love Ali x

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