It’s a dog’s life!


Mr Bojangles and Scruncher Thank you so much for all your kind messages and to those of you asking for an update on Mr Bojangles (Mr B) and Scruncher. It’s always madness in such a great way in the Franks household. The boys are simply adorable and the love of our lives.

They keep us so entertained with their funny little ways and you dog lovers will know exactly what I mean. Scruncher has just celebrated his fifth birthday and Mr B his first. Of course the Franks did the candles and the doggy cake (a healthy doggie one of course!)

How different they both are. Scruncher waited patiently for his while Mr B was so excited and it became one big birthday game. When we take them for a walk we get stopped all the time for pictures (of the boys of course!) and so many ask if they are father and son. A half-hour walk can seem like a marathon sometimes. Not that I am complaining with all the exercise.

Scruncher and Mr B Scruncher is so chilled and even at five years old has this wonderful innocence about him. Mr B is a cheeky little fella who loves to flirt and so knows he's a looker. He just loves life and lives it to the full every moment possible. They look so funny walking together and even though Mr B is so confident, he always looks around for Scruncher by his side, and to us, for the confidence to know that he can be the superdog he soooo thinks he is.

Yet any new sound he runs a mile. He will hog the fire at any cost over Scruncher and, knowing he has been naughty, will rest his head on Scruncher looking at you with those huge doey eyes and wrinkles to die for. He always wants to know what is happening around him and who is doing what where.

Scruncher keeping warm after his hydrotherapy session Scruncher, on the other hand, will just lay by your side ensuring a part of him is touching you and watching your every move with his eyes. But as soon as you are out of his sight he is up. Mr B loves the TV but if Larry is due home on his motorbike I have to turn the sound down on the TV because if a motorbike comes on the television they both think it's Larry coming home and get so excited to go out and see him that I actually have to open the front door and show them it's not him just yet and they are so disappointed.

When they go to daddy day care Mr B greets the customers in reception with his head popping up to the counter while Scruncher is snoring away behind it. It's so funny to watch and the customers love them; they have become the little mascots. They remind me of the cartoon characters Huey and Duey – remember how funny they were?

The boys in their bed I decided that for their birthday we would get them a new bed each. What is it with dog beds and how manky they get so quickly? I decided to do some research and found two great beds – any excuse for a shop! Of course, it couldn't be any ordinary dog bed with me could it? I chose the fabric and had their names embroided on the front and they came from Belgium – don’t ask.

So I awaited the delivery. Two huge boxes arrived and I put them in place for when the boys came home. They look fantastic and it's so easy to wash the covers (a QVC presenter must!). The inside has a special bark in it to help with the dog odour. Any dog owner is paranoid about that and me, well just imagine!

So I waited for them to arrive home and Scruncher was straight into his and snoring before you know it. Mr B was hilarious. He couldn't work out where his other bed was (clever me, I had kept it knowing him soooo well). Everytime he stepped on the new bed he couldn't work out that it was his huge paws  making the bean bag noise, so he would stand still and stare and think so hard before jumping off and running away. I knew it was going to be a long night, he spent two hours unsettled, trying to get some sleep.

Cheeky Mr B looking for a hug I sat on it with him (and yes, before you ask, I fitted) as he sat across me sniffing and discovering what his new bed was all about and, funny huh, somehow he managed to stick his leg out for a cuddle at the same time - priceless. So he is getting used to it but as long as Scruncher is on his, Mr B will give it a go! Scruncher just sleeps in whichever one is free. No fuss, just a kip when needed please.

Oh to be a pampered pooch, hey? Well, rather large pooches!

Lots of love,

Jill xxxx


  1. Susan June 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill,
    Your boys are absolutely adorable! I especially love the pic of the naked belly!! Love that pose. I hope you’ll maybe check your blog more and tell us where you get some of your to die for elegant clothes!? I know cheeky of me to ask but it’s so interesting to know where they come from!
    Susan x

  2. Michelle Roberts July 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jill,
    Just wanted to say your dogs are so cute i just want to give them both a big hug!!
    I have four yorkshire terrier’s one of the girls we call her Potatoe head looks more like a mini bull dog, she’s as fat as a barrell and only has two big teeth sticking out in the front of her mouth, i think a yorkshire terrier was long back in her breeding LOL
    On top of that a run a boarding cattery ( don’t ask !!)
    Sounds like your house is as mad as ours, and don’t get me started on dogs beds, we have about 10 beds dotted around the house at the moment, my husband goes mad with me!!
    Take care
    B est wishes

  3. Mrs Miriam Treanor July 4, 2011 at 12:06 am -  Reply

    Hello Jill, i have never wrote on this blog before, although i have meant to for a long time,i have to say you have a fabulous body, , its incredible for ages i wondered if she (i.e. you) would say what your weight was, i am trying to get into shape and this year intend to and i am using your physique as a model to aim at, could you let me know your height, im guessing at 5 ft 6 in and your weight at maybe 9 stone, im 5 ft 8 and 11 stone , im starting tomorrow morning to jog, to get into shape and if you could let us know what your figures are i would be much obliged,as i want to have a body like yours, i am definitley going to give it a good try this year, hopefully the weather will keep up

  4. Linda Marshall July 4, 2011 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jill,
    Just had to reply to your blog,your boys are so lovely you just want to hug them.I have got a tortoise,very cute and follows me about like a dog but can’t hug him or he bites.
    please can you tell me what has happened to your lovely engagement ring as i have missed seeing it.
    Love Linda xxx

  5. Helen Magowan July 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill, oh my goodness I’m so glad I came on to view your blog -worth it just to see those great pics of your dogs! Such cute faces – they are absolutely adorable! It’s hard not to smile when you look at them – I’m sure they get loadsa hugs as they have such huggable faces!! I love dogs they are such great companions & offer such unconditional love. Sadly at the moment I am unable to have one. My last dog was a cross breed – half german shepherd/half labrador. He was like a big, (& I mean big!) cream fluffy lab with big brown eyes. It would not have surprised me if some day he would’ve spoken to me! lol! He was so adorable – everyone just loved him! I took him everywhere with me – he used to sit in the back seat of the car taking up the ‘whole’ of the back seat. He looked just like ‘Scooby Doo’ perched there!! Sadly he has long since passed away! Mr Bojangles and Scruncher (great choice of names!!)are certainly very lucky pooches!!
    Hugs to both of them! Take care.

  6. Louise July 11, 2011 at 7:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill
    I do have a dad and son – Oscar and Caspar – as I breed boxers. Facially, boxers and british bulldogs are visually similar, so handsome! Mine tend to lie on their backs like yours, as if they don’t have a care in the world. Well, I suppose they haven’t, seeing as we do everything for them, eh? But, would we have it any other way? I’m like you, my dogs are my life – I’ve never wanted kids so Osc and Cas are my babies. Outside of breeding, the most I have had is seven. If I wasn’t living at home, I would have more than two. My two see the sofas as their beds; the last time Cas used a bed was when he had his leg amputated and I bought him a special one, but he soon decided it wasn’t for him!
    Lots of slavery hugs and kisses from my babies to yours.
    Take care.

  7. Karen July 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill
    Wasn’t sure where to write this but loved the outfit you were wearing during the Anti Angeing Beaty Bible show today (Tues). Could you let me know where you got it from especially the grey sparkly top. Thank-you x

  8. Lesley McFadyen July 21, 2011 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    High Jill your boys are just gorgeous and as a dog lover myself I know the stress of the bed and it’s smells!!!
    I have a Bullmastiff called Daisy – we let our niece pick the name and at the time she fit in your hand – not the case now she is nearly seven and a healthy eight stone!!
    We have been talking for a while now about adding to our family and we have decided that a bulldog will be the perfect choice, our only problem that as we are in Scotland we are struggling to find a breeder but I will keep up my search.
    Keep up the good work love watching your shows xxxx

  9. Dawne Curtis August 2, 2011 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill
    Your boys are gorgeous, I too am the proud new mummy of a huge baby Bulldog. He is 20 weeks old and enormous, as I am sure you will know!! He has such an amazing character and plays lovely with my Yorkie. Although the size difference is so funny when you are taking them for a walk! He was a present for me from my husband as I have been quite poorly, my hubbi doesn’t do flowers!!
    Woofs to you and the boys, love from me and mine xx

  10. Annette Roberts August 3, 2011 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill
    Your dogs are lovely, we have an adorable Westie called Bobby, who is 11 years old and still looks like a puppy…maybe that’s because he has boiled chicken and rice cooked for him every day, following a tummy problem when he was young!
    I have just bought the B&W Westie top from QVC’s Web First section and it is the spitting image of Bobs!
    Just have to say that I had a little giggle when you were on with Ken Paves last. Firstly because of your comment about just washing your fringe…brilliant, I have done that myself many a time because I have very fine hair and the fringe is usually the first to go…glad I’m not the only mad woman out there that does this!
    The other giggle is every time I see Ken. I cannot get the image of him in his underpants out of my head…he was with Jessica Simpson on TV, looking at beauty around the world, they were in Brazil and the girls talked him into having a wax of the same name…need I say more! Luckily the camera was on his face, but everytime he’s on QVC that image keeps popping back LOL!!!
    Take care
    Annette x

  11. samantha Thornton August 5, 2011 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill
    I have just got a Bulldog, well she is a cross but looks and sounds every inch a Bulldog . She was at the Bulldog rescue charity these guys do a fantastic job at rehoming Bulldogs for various reason. I’m a big doggie fan and was always use to Boxers. I now have two dogs my house is like yours never a dull moment. Keep us informed on your doggie babies as we all love to hear the storys.

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