New family additions – our hot chocolate Labrador puppies!


Puppies at 9 weeks Well it's that time again when Lauren's home for the summer, plus she's 21 in September (albeit my 5ft 10" baby. How did that happen?) So I thought it was time to 'give in' to her five year quest to get another puppy.
My kids grew up with puppies, well sort of. Holly who's now 10 (but looks half that!) had a litter of eight when we lived in Tiptree in Essex, soon after I left QVC in 2000. Lauren kept one of the puppies and called her Patch (obvious reason here, it was on her belly!). Patch later had two small litters too.

So the idea was born – getting a loveable bundle of fluff back in the family again, and a way of giving Lolly what she really wanted for her birthday. Considering she's home all summer she can do much of the clearing up and looking after too! Ha, Mummy's not silly! lol.

So, having done a fair bit of research it was off to the south coast to choose ourselves a brand new member of the family!
Collecting from the kennels

So little Daisy and Gracie were on their way to a new home! Happily, the third sister had been sold just before we arrived – we didn't have the heart to leave just one little girl alone. Mum decided to buy Gracie, but she craftily managed to convince us to take her home 'for a while' initially! We wondered how the dogs would react to seeing the new puppies. Pretty soon they were settled in. BUT I've hardly had time to think since! They're a lot of hard work, but tons of fun and very playful!

Pups playing

Sorry, cant help the baby talk – they're just so cute!! I posted a pic on my Facebook page and had tons of comments agreeing. I've put other videos on my youtube account too. The new iPhone is fatal – have now worked out how to upload direct, no wonder I'm getting no work done!  

Now back to QVC…

Puppies on sofa At the start of this week I was asked to trial a new sofa cover we're doing (surefit – Needless to say, the pups immediately weed on it. Thank goodness it's washable! And to be recommended – the wee wee just pooled on the top of the fabric – saved a mess on the sofa cushion thank goodness.

My schedule lately has been quite a few late nights – I've another one Wed 9th at midnight with Ali K doing the Abdoer! This means I've had lots of puppy time at home during the day. Yay!

I have a question though, has anyone got any tips on how to deal with a puppy when she does this?

Anyone with any helpful hints on stopping nipping do let me know.
P.S. – As a funny little sign off, take a look at this short clip from my recent ProStrong hour. Is anyone else seeing what my daughter saw? I'm sure Zoe didn't realise she was holding the boards in that position! Made us laugh I can tell you! 




  1. Elllen Finnigan June 10, 2010 at 2:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Did laugh when I watched the Prostrong clip again – looks like she’s got her lady bits on show!! Good job it was late at night!! Loved the clips of your new puppies – they look adorable and hope they bring you and your family years of fun and love.

  2. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen June 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm -  Reply

    i bet you will be looking after your dogs mopre than your daughter debbie.
    i remebrt seeing you rdaughter and son on ehohmany on qvc i thin k 1997 or 1998.

  3. Rachel Hunter June 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie – ah the memories of the floor covered in newspaper !!! Cant believe that our little ‘boy’ will be 6 this year – the time really has flown in.
    Your ‘girls’ look gorgeous – and I wish them both long happy and healthy lives .
    As for the nipping – I would just give them lots of chewy puppy toys to play with and hopefully that will satisfy their need to chew (and give the human flesh a bit of a break !!!)
    Hope you keep us all updated about the puppies progress!
    Kind regards,

  4. SYLVIA June 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    I love the puppies,they are so cute! My wee poodle is 15 and deaf and sleeps all day long now.I dont know what I’ll do without him,but I know I couldn’t be without a dog.Next time my husband says we can have either 2 small dogs or I large.I love the weimaraners,but dont know too much about them.If any others reading this do, please can you respond to this post.Take Care Debbie and enjoy your new family additions.

  5. Emily Winter June 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie , your wee brown babies are adorable and worth all the little accidents they ahve for a while,just as well it doesn’t last too long.
    I have watched you from the beginning way back in the 90’s and welcome back .You are so funny and make me laugh all the time .I think you are a bit accident prone like myself.You have such a nice manner with the guests which I love .best wishes Emily W

  6. Debbie Flint June 17, 2010 at 9:01 am -  Reply

    Ellen – I know, and thank you!
    Martin – you’re right! Lauren just came back from three days away packing up her uni house so yes I’m exhausted!! Lol. P.S. yes I did about four or five new years’ eve’s I think and the kids featured in a few of them!
    Rachel – my other two are 11 and 9 on Monday, so I know how time flies!
    Sylvia – I’d go for two small ones – perhaps from same litter – it’s a godsend that these two have each other for company and play all the time! My mum bred poodles – I would have had one of those originally but the ex-husband said ‘I’m not walking a poodle’!!
    And Emily – thanks so much!! Not sure about accident prone, but I do have my days! The other day I went for Elemis training in London, met daughter in Starbucks briefly before catching train to Victoria, got myself a coveted Caramel Machiato (my fave!) to take on train – and due to phone call just as train arrived I ended up leaving it under the bench on the platform in Dorking! DOH! Anyway thanks to all the pups are adorable – will keep everyone updated!!

  7. barbara scott June 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dibbie, TIPS FOR TEETHING – sterilised marrow bones, from any good petshop or supermarket (Tesco), but they will not stop fully till they get their second teeth.
    Just love your new “girls”, keep posting pices, after having dogs for more all my life ,Beardies and Old English sheepdogs, at 65 I think that I shall just have to enjoy following you with yours.Take care lots of love . barbara x x x

  8. Jane June 20, 2010 at 12:28 am -  Reply

    hI Debbie
    I am too experiencing having a little brown bundle of joy in the house. I lost my precious black Lab in April he was 13 so we decided to get a pup so we got Freddie a Chocolate Lab. and i totally agree it is like having a baby in the house all over again had to go and buy two stair gates. we have lost the internet due to chewed cables, a mobile phone its hard work keeping up with him. i got stop puppy chew spray but he actually enjoyed it and was licking it.

  9. Gillian Holmes June 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, Loved seeing your new puppies on the blog. I lost my chocolate lab of 10 yrs last year, he had liver failure and had to be put to sleep. Actually though he was the worst puppy, chewed up all my shoes, rumaged in anything that was left on the floor, chewed plaster off the walls, piddled all over the place and tried to bite everybodys nose when they knelt down to pat him! But he was the most brilliant dog with such a great temperament everybody loved him. I’m sure your puppies will bring you as much love and pleasure over the years.

  10. Gayle Metcalfe June 25, 2010 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    Debbie, Love the puppies, lovely little girls. I have two black labs who are sisters from different litters 3 years apart but same parents who are both working gun dogs. They are just the best to have around and love playing with each other. When they were little and nipped me I would hold on the the mouth and that soon stopped them, Good luck with them, keep post, just love seeing pics of lab pups as am addicted to labradors, have lived with them my entire life (all 38 years of it!) XX

  11. Pauline June 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie – I’m sooooo jealous of you. Would love another puppy after losing my beloved German Shepherd (aged 11) last November, but hubby won’t have another one (yet). Says he can’t go through losing one again, but I’m sure I’ll work on him soon. Would definitely get a lab as had one years ago and they’re adorable.

  12. Jean June 29, 2010 at 11:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Your two pups are gorgeous, with regard to the nipping, they do this when they are teething, a sharp no and a little tap usually does the trick. I have two yellow labradors and seven black ones, all working dogs. My youngest are just gone two, two boys and a girl I kept from a litter I bred. I love them, they give you so much love, and life would not be the same without them. Keep us posted on your puppies, you will have great fun with them, it is a shame they have to grow up.

  13. deb flint June 30, 2010 at 2:33 am -  Reply

    Thanks to each of you – Pauline, Gayle, Gillian, Jane, Barbara – helpful tips and so lovely to hear your stories about your pets too! will try some of the tips! And I promise I’ll keep you updated – hope you like the latest update this week!
    best wishes to you all!

  14. Pauline Hatton July 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    I have a border collie puppy is 10 months old today, I am still bearing scars where he nipped me, the only thing that worked when out walking was a water pistol straight in the face. Totally harmless and extremely effective, I had tried everything he was clearly trying to herd me!!! Puppies are beautiful, I will be getting a second one when he is a little older. Lovely to see yours.

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