A new member of the family


Hi everyone,

I hope you have all had a wonderful start to the New Year. I must admit I think January is a bit of a down month; it seems to take forever to get back into the swing of things, and I think I’m only just getting to grips with things now – even though I still haven’t quite got round to putting our Christmas decorations back in the loft yet! However I do have a good excuse as our life has been turned upside down by the new addition to our family!

IMG_1887 (2) editI’d like to introduce you to Bailey. She is a female Cavapoo puppy (a cross between a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and a miniature Poodle) and she is actually my husband’s birthday present. We have talked about getting a dog for quite a few years so it has been quite a long awaited event.

I loved growing up with my little dog Skippy, and I wanted the children to have that experience. My husband has always wanted a dog and, when I asked him if there was anything he’d like for his birthday, ‘a dog’ was all he came up with, so it seemed like the perfect time. A friend of mine recommended a breeder who was expecting pups sometime in October so we waited patiently for the puppies to be born. On October 24th we got the news that six gorgeous red Cavapoo pups had been born and we were first to choose from the litter, so at four weeks we went to visit and chose our new addition.

Unfortunately, one of the pups died the day after being born, leaving five, one of which was Bailey! She was by far the smallest and I was worried that she might not survive too, but the kids had set their heart on her, so chose her we did, and left her in the capable hands of the breeder who promised to keep a watchful eye over her over the next few crucial weeks.

On the 23rd of December Bailey came home for Christmas and our house has been turned upside down ever since. You would never have thought that this tiny little runt of the litter would turn into such a livewire! She is absolutely gorgeous and full of fun. She came with me to my sister’s for Christmas and had everyone fall in love with her – she is a really sociable little thing with such a gentle nature. She is now 11 weeks and I must admit I didn’t realise just how much poop I’d have to contend with, but that’s another story! All and any house training tips are most welcome!

In the meantime, if you are still in sale mode and in the mood for a bargain, definitely check out the Clearance section on the web. Just tap in Clearance in the search bar or tap Shop by Department and select Clearance. Did you know there are over 2,000 items on crazy price reductions in the fashion department alone!

It’s like having the January sales every day!

Happy shopping and don’t forget those puppy tips!

Jilly x


  1. marie January 15, 2016 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    Oh Jilly she is gorgeous ! House training will take a little patience and keeping an eye on her and seeing the signs in time to put her out in the garden and lots of praise. It will be so worth it and rewarding in the end. I wish you and your family lots of happy fun times that only a family dog can bring. Love you presenting on thr Q by the way!

  2. Dorothy Hollingsworth January 15, 2016 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Jilly she is just georgeous, bet she’s being spoiled.

  3. Susan January 15, 2016 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    Happy new year jilly! And happy times with gorgeous Bailey! She’s so sweet. I think it’s lovely for kids to grow up with animals and become familiar with them. Hope you all enjoy it! House training, well puppy pads are great. I suppose at 11wks there are going to be lots of puddles and poops though!

  4. Susan Harris January 16, 2016 at 9:46 am -  Reply

    What a gorgeous puppy! I am a dog lover and have 3 Yorkshire Terriers myself. Toilet training tips for dogs… put them out to do their business once they have woken up, after they have eaten and every hour. Put a sheet of newspaper/puppy training pads by the back door just in case of accidents and use the same command word each time you want them to go to the loo. I trained mine within 2 weeks from having them and don’t have any accidents from them at all. Good Luck!

  5. Valerie Wilding January 17, 2016 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Jilly so lovely you now have a puppy My friend has a cockapoo and she is also very lively I have had dogs for 39 years and I would advise the training pads for accidents .Also do not leave too many doors open as they tend to treat the open rooms as a bathroom. I also find keeping a good upset stomach medicine from the vet in the fridge always helps for emergencies.

  6. Carol Luther January 17, 2016 at 11:11 am -  Reply

    Jilly your adorable Puppy Bailey is so so cute!!xx

  7. pauline anne wilkinson January 17, 2016 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi jilly ive just seen your pic of your lovely dog so please you have given in and got your family one even if its for your husband ive always said a house is not a home without an animal so good luck in the future with your little bailey my dog is a border collie called harvey and he rules the roost here but we dont mind after all they are one of the family look after him well please let your fb friends know how bailey is coming on in his life xxxxx

  8. jennifer January 17, 2016 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Bailey is absolutely gorgeous. Have a great life and fun with your new addition xx

  9. Ian and Valerie Jackson January 17, 2016 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    Please find your local vets and get your new puppy going to puppy training most vets run them. Your local Home & Bargain store sells good ” poo ” bags boxes for about £1.
    The law has changed and now all dogs have to be micro chipped this costs is about £16 could be more or less depends on your vets.
    Get use to taking in the car, nice collar , lead and disc with mobile, land line and if possible address or House number and post code on it.
    Happy dog walks wherever you go.

  10. Gill January 17, 2016 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    What a shame you didnt rescue a dog instead of encouraging breeders when there are so many unwanted dogs already 🙁

    • Linda February 3, 2016 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

      Couldn’t agree more Gill. So many lovely dogs and puppies desperate for a home in rescue centres.

    • CrazyDogLady March 13, 2016 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

      How rude to criticize Jilly for buying a puppy. I’m sure hers won’t end up in a shelter. I’ve 8 girls all bought as puppies. Not everyone will dispose of a dog just because they can. Their owners probably didn’t pay for the pup so it’s easy to part company. Too easy for some

  11. JOYCE Davies January 18, 2016 at 9:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Jilly, Bailey looks lovely,hope you have years of pleasure with her. Housetraining should not be difficult but it does need consistency. When you go out put her bed in a more restricted area where mistakes can easily be cleaned up, also put some newspaper or puppy training pads near the door. Puppies do sleep quite a bit and it’s good if someone is there when she wakes to take her outside whilst she relieves herself, pick a word that she will come to know this as (to my dogs wee wee covers everything), when I say wee wee they run to the door. When she obliges by performing for you when you take her outdoors give her loads of good girls just to reinforce that she has done the right thing. If you come accross her making a mistake, a gentle “no” and a trip outside is enough. Good luck Joyce x

  12. LindaRichards January 18, 2016 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jilly, What a beautiful little puppy. I envey you. My little toy poodle died two years ago and we still miss her so much, she was so funny and gentle. We were very lucky to have her until she was 17yrs old. I am sure your family will have as much fun and love from your little pup. Happy New Year to you and all your Family Love Linda.

  13. Muriel bishop January 31, 2016 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Georgous puppy .We have a king Charles cavalier Blenheim and she has the best nature and very easy to house train. Holly loves everything and everyone .good luck with the training and if your vet does puppy socialising its advisable at an early age .

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