Ellie is on the mend!


Just a short blog this week, as I plan to take a few days break away from The Q, catching up with jobs around the house, including the garden (weather permitting).

Thank you to all who entered my Real Pie Company competition last week and congratulations to the winner Louise, who will soon be munching her way through her hamper.

Thank you for your kind wishes regarding Ellie after her little op, I’m pleased to say that our vet did a wonderful job and she walked albeit a little wobbly out of his surgery later the same afternoon. We had to walk her on a lead for 10 days, until the stitches were removed. I must say for such an energetic dog she coped with this restriction really well. I’ve attached a short video clip to show that she has made a complete recovery and is now making up for lost time.

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Last weekend, I took Ellie and Toby along to a Bearded Collie Club Championship Show, locally, as I knew that both of their breeders would be there. I think they really appreciated seeing them both again and it was lovely to be in a hall surrounded by hundreds of shaggy dogs, quite a few who were related to my two in one way or another including both Ellie’s mum and sister. I’ve included pics of Toby after a quick brush and them both in the back of the car, as we went.

Toby and Ellie

Looking ahead I’m presenting an hour of Pampered Pets at 3pm on the 15th, bound to be something to buy for my dogs.

As I write there’s a storm coming in from the Atlantic, so ‘till next time stay safe and warm inside.

Dale x


  1. Valerie Wilding February 17, 2016 at 11:18 am -  Reply

    Love hearing about your dogs and in the rug show you mentioned how dirty they get. I would love tips on getting very muddy dogs clean. My border collie gets filthy and will only lay down to be cleaned. I have an extremely bad back and am struggling. Hose and river are not an option. Prehaps other presenters have the answer

    • Dale Franklin March 1, 2016 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

      Hi Valerie, yes it’s a tough one! To be honest if they’re really bad (not too often) then a quick gentle hose outside first and finished off in the bath, but as you say it’s quite back breaking. I’ve been told there is a form of “blower” that can clean long haired dogs coats but I have one experience of it or know if it would clean mud off etc. Good luck Dale x

  2. martin forbes February 20, 2016 at 8:53 am -  Reply

    hi dale as we say in aberdeen fit like which means how are you i am well back towork on monday after a2 week lazy holiday from work doing nothing.
    look forward to next one.
    how are kids getting on in university well i hope

    • Dale Franklin March 1, 2016 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin good to hear from you – I’m glad you a good break – kids doing really well at Uni – Thank you ! Cheers Dale

  3. Jean Pugh February 21, 2016 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale,
    So glad to hear that Ellie is okay now, I expect she has to make up for lost time now. Wow Toby looks gorgeous after his groom. Lovely photo of them in the back of the car. I expect it was great to see Ellie’s Mum and Sister at the show.

    They take a lot of grooming don’t they, and you have to keep on top of it otherwise their coats get notty. I no when I had my Border Collie who had a really long thick coat, he would get leaves and all sorts tangled up in his coat.

    Enjoy your days off, hope you get your gardening done.

    Love Jean X

    • Dale Franklin March 1, 2016 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Jean, we had a lovely gardening break once we returned from the Island – still plenty to do though! I like to talk about grooming and cleaning the dogs as long haired breeds really shouldn’t be taken on lightly – they are hard work and/or expensive if you call in groomers every time. We tend to do a bit of both! Dale x

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