Celebrating our first year and meeting your pet!


First picture of Misty and BrambleHello, I can't believe it's almost a year, to the day, we collected our two Cairn Terriers, Misty and Bramble, it's flown by!

I thought I'd share the very first photo of them together with you. Misty is on the left and Bramble on the right.

We only ever planned to have the one puppy. However, after much persuading from my family with comments along the lines of 'they'll be company for each other', I got in touch with the breeders to ask about a second puppy.

We were told they'd all been allocated – if I'm honest a little part of me was relieved. A few days later we had a call to say one of the new owners had backed out. Well, my family was thrilled and I too joined in with the excitement, if a little nervous though, at the prospect of two. Well, I needn't have been as having the two has been just perfect for us and was the best decision. They are great company for each other and simply adore one another. At night they put themselves into their own beds, but by morning when I pop downstairs, they've snuggled up together in the one bed!

Bramble and MistyThis is the most recent photo (Bramble on the left this time and Misty on the right) you can just make out my slipper between them. Despite all the wonderful toys and chews we've bought them over the year, they still have an obsession with my slippers. Picking up my slipper with a mouth is the last thing I'd recommend to anyone!

They have brought so much joy to our family and it was a big decision to have a dog (and then dogs) but it's one of the best things we've ever done. For me personally, I'm utterly spoilt as I get to spend most of the day with them. We enjoy long, lazy walks often followed by a bacon roll, for me, and a chew for them. We have conversations throughout the day (although it tends to be one sided on my part) and half the time they look at me with their big, wide eyes as though they seem to understand…. although they're probably thinking, 'what is he going on about now?'

We've had more than our fair share of visits to the vets with a number of incidents. The most memorable and frightening being when they managed to get hold of Dad's medication.

If you're thinking about a puppy then I wish you all the luck in the world. It is a huge commitment and takes up a lot of your time, which has to be considered but it is so worth it. We did lots of research which really helped too.

Our family is complete…. Now where's my slipper, my left foot is cold!

I would love to meet your pet! You may have gathered over the years the Brook family adores animals. I'm on Twitter and would love to see a picture of your pet. I'm @mecharliebrook. What I will do is collate the pictures and put them on a future blog for everyone to see.

We welcome cats, dogs, guinea pigs, mice, parrots, fish, hamsters, horses, pigs and spiders. In fact, all creatures are welcome! Tweet your picture to me @mecharliebrook.

Well done if you guessed last week's mystery picture. It was a Dalek! See if you can guess this weeks 'just for fun' photo.

Dalek Mystery picture










Our busy festive schedule continues here at QVC. I'm launching a brand new range this coming Wednesday called 'Amaya London'. If you love your home fragrance, then you're in for a real treat. It's on the 27th November at 4pm.

Take care and see you soon… Now I must find that slipper!

Charlie x


  1. Jean November 21, 2013 at 8:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Charlie,
    I totally agree with what you say about having a dog and it being such good company. As my husband Mike always say’s a house is not the same without a dog. I know a lot of people do not like dog’s and that is okay with me and then a lot of people cannot have one as they do not have the room or the time.
    As I have mentioned to you before we have nine Labradors, one Border Collie and One Golden Retriever. The Collie and the young Golden Retriever live indoors, (they do go out in the day I do not keep them shut up) the others are all working dog’s and have lovely kennels with run’s and super warm dog bed’s. They are a commitment and you have to look after them. And dont worry Charlie I am always talking to my dog’s, they say it is good to talk to them you get a better bond.
    I will get some photographs sent through to you.
    Animals give you so much dedication and love and are always there for you and yes they do understand what you say, not in the same way that we do of course. Our two youngest labradors who are brothers are a year old now. A friend has the mother of the pup’s and my brother has the father.
    Saw you enjoying the food show’s, certainly some lovely food on the shows. I did order the Green Seasons turkey etc, had it last year and it was delicious.
    Anyway you carry on enjoying those gorgeous dogs of yours and I will mine.
    Love Jean X

  2. Charlie brook November 21, 2013 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jean and thank you for your lovely reply.
    Wow, you do have your hands full with 9 dogs! What if they all pull in different directions when on the leads how do you cope!!
    It is a huge commitment but if you have the time then it is worth every second, they do bring us so much joy and happiness don’t they. And worry too!
    Infact I’ve just collected Misty from the vets who had to have a claw removed which tore yesterday when out walking. She has a big blue bandage which will no doubt feature on my next blog!
    Take care

  3. Debby Slauenwhite November 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie and poor Bramble.
    Just read your latest twitter. Poor Bramble, Bella did that many years ago [and oh boy doesn’t it bleed]. Bella has been to the vets as well, she’s back on the steroids and anti- biotics for her infected skin. In the new year they might test her to see if she has an under active thyroid as that can cause infections on the skin, also she isn’t as active as she used to be. But then she will be 9 on 17th December [ not a youngster any more] although I do wonder some times !!!!
    Bella sends her love and an almighty WHOOF for poor Bramble.
    Love Debby

  4. Diane gilbank November 28, 2013 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    What a lovely blog Charlie, you can tell you love those two dogs to bits! Which is great to read and see the pleasure they have brought you and you family. I’ve just got a kitten, had her a week and what joy and fun she has brought me already. Love watching your shows as there is usually a laugh or two to be had!!
    Take care Diane x

  5. Charlie brook December 3, 2013 at 11:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debby and of course a whoof to Bella!
    Poor little thing, I hope she feels better soon. Ours seem to be visiting the vet a fair bit at the moment! A a big happy birthday to Bella on the 17th December. Have you bought her a gift yet?
    Take care
    Charlie (whoofs from Misty and Bramble)

  6. Charlie brook December 3, 2013 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    Hello Diane, ahhhh, your new family member sounds adorable. I love cats, sadly we can’t have any in our home due to allergies. My two dogs love cats as well…. But in a very different way, of course!
    Thank you for enjoying my shows
    Take care

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