18th birthdays, pet mishaps and Diamonique


Well I have to say my children’s 18th birthday went along very well – they seemed very happy with their prezzies and they had a long, busy, weekend being joined by extended family on Friday and then out with their friends on Saturday. We then went out for a meal on Sunday, just the four of us and it was a lovely end to a special weekend.

Dale Franklin's pet dogsI must share a story with you all – last Thursday, Tracey and I had a business meeting at our house and our guest arrived immaculately turned out, suited and booted to impress.

During the meeting he appeared to droop his head down towards the table, he then reared back up but it soon dropped back down again – well I thought he was going faint, until Tracey burst out laughing!
“Ellie” our five month old ‘Beardie’ puppy had crept under the table unnoticed and reached up between his legs and grabbed his tie. She gave it a couple of tugs before she let go – honestly! You couldn’t make it up!! He saw the funny side of it but I kept giggling to myself throughout the meeting and even told him I would mention it in this blog!

If you’ve got any funny pet stories – I’d love you to share them in the comments section below.

Not that I’m one to humanise animals but Ellie decided to send her pal Toby a Christmas card, I don’t think it’ll last long enough to go on the wall – as it’s edible! Courtesy of Millingtons. We gave the card to Toby and the stocking for Ellie but as you’ll see in the Video – It didn’t quite go to plan but the good news is they both loved them. For those of you that haven’t seen the Millingtons range at The Q, it’s brought to us by none other than our long-standing Gardening expert and my dear pal Richard Jackson’s sons Chris and Nick. It’s a fun and tasty way to let yours or a friend’s dog be a part of Christmas rather than let them eat too much turkey! (Dog owners will understand the unspoken results of doing that).

The pack of three edible dog cards can be found here and each card comes with it’s own envelope which obviously shouldn’t be given to your dog, also featured in the video is the Stocking & Bone. Ellie is now five months old and as the dogs enjoy them small bits may fall off, please don’t let your young pups (under three months) chew these and I personally consider keeping an eye on smaller dogs whilst they enjoy them.

Diamonique tennis braclets in three colours

On Thursday night, 4th December, I’ll be launching our gorgeous Diamonique Today’s Special Value for Friday. At The Q we consider Diamonique to be the world’s finest simulated diamond. This one is a stunner yet it’s actually discrete. A classic line or tennis bracelet cast in sterling silver with a total equivalent diamond weight of 4.35 carats, and with a stylish magnetic clasp, available in three sizes and a choice of silver, yellow gold and rose gold finishes.

Dale's daughter with a tennis bracelet and their dog

My daughter Ali chose to wear it during her 18th Birthday Celebrations, pictured hugging Ellie – so I hope you can join myself and Diamonique guest Alison O’Reilly at midnight on Thursday, as it’s bound to be very popular particularly at this time of year and on 3 easy pays !! Yes all the 3s – 3 sizes, 3 colours and 3 Easy Pays !

Well I hope I’ll be OK to make the launch as you may have seen on Wednesday I presented/ate my way through a three hour Festive Food Finale! – three hours ! I know I love my food but at the time of writing – I hadn’t done the show – so hopefully I paced myself.

Well until next time stay safe and well
Dale x


  1. chantel briody December 8, 2014 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale and family I loved the video of ellie and Toby munching away on the edible cards. Our first dog Ben who was a labrador ate the turkey
    Once while mum and dad had drinks with friends and I was at my cousins we came home to bone all over the house, it was high up too and good old Ben managed to get it, anyway I’m at my friends this year for Christmas as my neighbour and next door neighbour lost her fight against cancer so I’ve been invited to my neighbours youngest sons for the day. Have a great birthday and Christmas dale and family xx

    • Dale Franklin December 20, 2014 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

      Hi Rio – labs have amazing appetites don’t they! I’m very sorry to hear the news of your friend’s passing – I’m sure you’ll raise a glass in her memory and remember the good times – I hope you have a lovely Xmas xx

  2. Jean Pugh December 9, 2014 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale,
    It sounds as if your two had a great 18th birthday.

    I could not stop laughing at what you said about Ellie and the Tie, I guess it was just to tempting to leave alone. Never a dull moment when you have animals. Love the video of them with their Christmas Treats, what a great idea as so many dogs are fed the wrong things especially at Christmas, chocolate is not good.

    Toby seemed to be very tolerant of her when she tried to take his reindeer chew. Wow has she grown.

    Anyway enjoy those two beautiful dogs. Take care.

    Love Jean x

    • Dale Franklin December 20, 2014 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Jean – they are wonderful fun and Toby is very tolerant but Ellie is just a Pup trying her luck – Have a lovely Xmas x

  3. lorraine December 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    hi dale love your blogs! have you seen charlie having his eyebrows done by ali young? its on debbie flints blog–sooo funny x

    • Dale Franklin December 20, 2014 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

      Lorraine that Boy worries me! Ha ha! Have a lovely Xmas x

  4. chantel briody December 25, 2014 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale first of all, thankyou for your kind wishes yes I did raise a glass to absent friends and family. Secondly happy birthday and merry Christmas combined I hope you and your family have a fantastic new year x

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