Toby the dog with plaited fur

Fireworks, brownies and Elemis teams!


I hope you are all well, as always.

So the firework season has started and many pet owners face not just the 5th but many nights of quivering pets, particularly us dog owners.

When I was a lad (many years ago!) we used to sing “remember, remember the 5th of November” now kids sing “remember, remember anytime from October through to the end of April” – it doesn’t have the same catchiness does it?

Seriously, our Toby was never much bothered by fireworks as a pup – we live close to Army Firing ranges and the popping of guns and the occasional ground shaking Thunder Flashes are not uncommon. But one year when he was in the garden a rogue rocket from next-door-but-one didn’t take off properly and exploded about 20 feet in the air right over our garden and, of course, Toby.

Physically he was unhurt but it’s true to say he’s not been very happy with fireworks ever since, particularly the ones that go “weeeeee!” I think that’s how you spell it. He knows the difference between the guns and fireworks. Ellie really wasn’t bothered last year – so fingers crossed she doesn’t this year. The only thing that traumatises her is the word “Brush”!

Although, compared to some dogs, Toby’s case isn’t severe, we really don’t need to nor wish to tranquillise him – so last year we bought a plug-in device. It didn’t solve the issue, was quite expensive, but there was a definite improvement.

We sell something at The Q, completely different, but aimed at similar problems called “The Thunder Shirt

This basically works on the dog by giving them a gentle squeeze, which has been proven to calm some dogs down. I was reading the reviews online at and, whilst it clearly hasn’t worked for one or two, it seems to do the trick for the majority of reviewers – so perhaps it’s something to consider if your dog suffers in a similar way?

A platter of Gower Cottage brownies

I’ve been away from The Q this week and return on Monday with Mr Andi Peters and his Food Fest (#andisfoodfest). This will be the fifth show of the series and, as I reported last week, the feedback is heartwarming. I’d love to hear your feedback if you’ve watched any of the Shows – less than heartwarming is fine, as long as it’s constructive :). This show will feature Green Seasons, Joe & Seph’s, The Real Pie Co and Gower Cottage Brownies – the best I’ve ever tasted !

After the Kitchen antics with Andi I have an hour of Household helpers featuring Gtech and their wonderful handheld Gtech multi Mk2 Vacuum TSV another great lightweight powerful tool from Mr Gtech, Nick Grey. I’ve been putting it through its paces at home and it really is rather good – there’s  lots of really useful attachments including a built-in extension tube, crevice tool with additional brushes, flexi crevice tool, upholstery tool etc!

At QVC we always try to give our customers choice and we offer other excellent handheld vacuums at varying prices – this is why I often encourage viewers to try it out for themselves first at home before committing to a purchase. That’s not always something you will find offered elsewhere – well, not without awkward conversations anyway. Yes it’s true you may have return postage costs but that’s usually preferable to a higher priced unwanted purchase.

Toby the dog with plaited fur

Twitter followers will have seen the picture of Toby I posted under the heading “Toby rocks his Celtic Warrior look” my wife decided to plait his top-knot! Who says she’s bored with the kids at Uni?!

Lastly; this year Elemis is asking you to choose teams (!) for its big Christmas TSV at The Q. Will it be  Team #Frangipani or Team #Sweet Orchid  – which rosette would you wear?  Perhaps BOTH?!

Elemis beauty products with Team #Frangipani and Team #SweetOrchid rosettes

I’ll be presenting it with Keeley on Sunday 15th November – more next blog.

Until next time stay relaxed and vacuumed !

Dale x


  1. Susan November 7, 2015 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    I can’t wait! I love all the Frangipani and other gorgeous products. This time it has to be the Sweet Orchid, it will be fabulous, I know! What is not to love about Elemis and QVC’s great TSV collections?

  2. Dale Franklin November 10, 2015 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Well said Susan ! It’s a difficult choice and I’m still sitting on the fence – Dale x

  3. Marian Bolton November 10, 2015 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Hello Mr F. Long time no cheek again!
    I love the food fest shows, they always get me giggling. I bought the boozy mince pies last night. Well it would have been rude not to, you were all such a fabulous advert for them :-))). Should I freeze them when they arrive? They won’t last long but I just wondered whether they would stay fresher. I was also tempted by the luxury duck and orange pie which I am sure will be equally delicious. Was that the one made with warm water? What does that involve then, LOL!! Just one complaint about the shows, there’s far too much temptation, and I don’t just mean the food :-)))))!!!

    • Dale Franklin November 15, 2015 at 10:03 am -  Reply

      Hi Marian, lovely to hear from you again – I’m so glad you’re enjoying APFF it’s a great show to work on. Believe it or not Andi and I have to hold back on the humour because either one of us or our guests say things, usually unintended that sets us off again. I’m not sure re: freezing the Boozy mince pies? Have to check with Brett. Dale x

  4. Marian Bolton November 11, 2015 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    OMG D, Can’t believe I missed the Elemis shout out!! For gawd’s sake, don’t tell Keeley! BOTH for me. Give us a shout out on Sunday :-) x

    • Dale Franklin November 15, 2015 at 10:05 am -  Reply

      Will try to remember Marian, as I know you’re a long time Elemis Fan. Dale x

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