I have a new hairy houndy love in my life


As some of you may know through Social Media or watching live, we have just had a little Sprocker come and stay for a week on a “trial” (we all secretly knew the minute we met him that he was going to be ours!)

Last week, I took the cats into the vet to have their annual jabs and as I left, the two receptionists cocked their heads and with understanding eyes said “so, how are you doing?”. They knew how hard Tynor’s passing had hit me and were being lovely and sensitive about it. I told them that everyone one had been waiting for me to join them in wanting to get another dog and until that week I hadn’t been ready to discuss it. However, being in north Wales with Brian and seeing all the dogs with their owners on the beaches helped me come to that place and so I told them that we were going to start talking about it over the summer.

Immediately they began to grill me as to what size we would look for, how old etc etc and I tried to answer their firing questions. It was a bit like an interview and I most definitely could sense there was purpose behind the interrogation! Well, as it transpired, the vet who had been looking after Tynor whilst he was unwell, was fostering a one year old Sprocker Spaniel as his parents had just had a new born baby and couldn’t manage both. She was desperate to find him a family as she already had two dogs and two kittens and so I said to let her know we MIGHT be interested … ha ha ha, might!

She texted me that evening saying she couldn’t think of a family that she would love him to go to more, we met him the next evening and he moved in the day after. Some things are just meant to be!

So, this is Ronald Weasley. He doesn’t really answer to Ronald but he loves being called Whizz, so that’s how we were introduced to him. My kids however have decided that Ronnie is a great name and he now comes to that, and Whizz… and Weasley… so it’s all rather confusing! I can’t believe how quickly the week has flown by, the poor cats have barely come near the house and if you blink, he’ll take the food off your plate! He’s destroyed goodness knows how many socks, cloths, teddy bears and balls and even tried to bury Myles’s ice skate from when he was younger! So we are thick in training mode already and I think we have made progress… well, baby steps at least!

Kindly our vet friend offered to have him whilst we go on holiday (tomorrow for 10 days) so I dropped him back this evening and he will move in with us permanently on August 2nd…, which is when boot camp will SERIOUSLY begin and we are super excited!! Tynor is of course irreplaceable and yet Whizz is so different; he’s not comparable in the slightest which really helps making it easier to move on and love another furry friend who already feels like part of the family.

I have to say, there’s quite a difference between an old chilled out arthritic lab and a bouncing youthful nutty sprocker spaniel! We are up for it though, as they say: Bring it on!!!!

Have a lovely summer 🙂

Love as always

Pipa x


  1. Anne Munro July 23, 2018 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    So glad this lovely dog has found his forever home, my nephews dog produced 10 sprockers 2 months ago the poor mum didn’t know what had hit her they are adorable, have a wonderful holiday.

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

      Good lord Anne, 10?? Poor Mum!!! xx

  2. Janet July 23, 2018 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Awww….? I’m welling up here…It was meant to be Pippa. Beautiful dog, of many names..lol. He already looks like one of your family….xx

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Janet, he’s definitely one of us!! xx

  3. Judith White July 23, 2018 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Oh Pippa so glad you have found a new love, l lost my black lab and l was so upset, but within a few months we had a cocker spaniel puppy who looks so much like whizz,
    they are lovely dogs and they give you lots of love, hope the training goes well, good luck with the food, they will eat anything, including a wiggley a 6 inch knitted tail which my granddaughters teacher knits for good work in the classroom, yes you have guessed it she brought it round to show me very excited and dropped it on the floor, with one swipe Alfie had swallowed it whole, my granddaughter was devastated, but luckily my daughter had a word with the teacher, who thought it hilarious and she knitted her another. Good Luck

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

      Oh your poor granddaughter!!! They are like lightening aren’t they? Unbelievably fast!! We have already lost a few large pieces of fish and meat which has been hilarious, I think we are getting there on keeping most things out of his reach and he’s getting a lot better at not stealing …I’m not expecting miracles overnight though x

  4. Linda July 23, 2018 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Ronnie is so cute i hope you all are happy with the dog

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Linda x

  5. Clare Morris July 23, 2018 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    How lovely. X I felt very emotional reading your blog. So happy for you all.

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Clare xx

  6. Ruth Deans July 23, 2018 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    Oh pipa, your news has warmed my heart up with such joy. We too “found” our recent addition through our vets – they will never replace our furry friends that came before but they ease the heartbreak and fill us with hope anew – and much laughter at their miscieviousness. Much love to you all for your new adventures together

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

      And much happiness to you guys too Ruth, thank you xx

  7. Joanna Downey July 23, 2018 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello Pipa & gorgeous puppy, What wonderful news & he’s going to have a fantastic life with all of you. I just hope the cats accept him. Jo x

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

      Ha! We are still working on that Joanna! xx

  8. Janet July 23, 2018 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    What happy news!! Young Ronald/Whizz looks a bundle of hairy fun and energy. Wishing you all much fun and happiness together! Happy days x

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

      Oh yes Janet, you’re not wrong there! He’s a loon!!! xx

  9. Jean July 23, 2018 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa,
    Yes it must have been heartbreaking when you lost Tynor. I am with you on that one as I lost one of my Labs, a bitch a few weeks ago, she was 13. Fit as a fiddle one day, gone the next, and then a week later I lost one of her sons, who I bred. Still have a brother and sister to him. Plus Two other young Labs, brothers, and an older bitch.Oh must not forget my Golden Retriever, It effected all of them, they wouldn’t eat, one even destroyed her bed.
    I love your little Sprocker, you are going to have your hands full there, not like a laid back Labrador. I’m sure you will soon have him trained. Looks like he is going to be a water dog. Will look out for the updates. Hope your horse is okay.
    Have a great holiday, and good luck and happy days with your gorgeous Sprocker.
    Love Jean xx

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

      Oh Jean your poor little family, what a heartbreaking time for you!!! Yes Whizz is absolutely a water boy, he got inside a horse feed bucket filled with water yesterday, it was hilarious!! Beth is ok thank you, she’s on field rest at the moment after an injury back in April, I’m looking forward to getting her back into work over the Autumn though! xx

  10. Michele July 23, 2018 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    So pleased for you. Your house will become s home again!!

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

      That’s exactly what I said too!! xx

  11. Josephine Lynne Jennings July 24, 2018 at 7:34 am -  Reply

    So happy to read your news. Small steps , but healing ones enjoy your holiday Pipa .

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

      That’s right Josephine, thank you xx

  12. lorraine July 24, 2018 at 9:46 am -  Reply

    pipa this brought tears to my eyes! what a lovely dog-hope you all are happy together x

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

      Awww, thank you Lorraine xx

  13. Carol Ann Norman July 24, 2018 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi! Pippa, I loved reading your blog about your new addition to your family. Ronnie/Whizz looks adorable and full of love and fun!
    It’s always very sad to lose a dog who has been part of your family for many years and you can never replace their special character but you have more love to share with another special boy which will grow and grow. (Even when he is naughty!)
    I will look forward to hearing Ronnie,s future adventures.

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

      I have a feeling we aren’t going to be short of adventures with this one Carol xx

  14. Christine July 24, 2018 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa glad you have got a dog. He looks beautiful,no potty training. Ha Ha .It takes a while to get over your last dog.
    We lost our Westie said we would never get another one. But we got his nephew it is the same blood line.

    Christine x

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

      Oh you’re so right Christine, we lucked out on that one didn’t we!?!! It’s funny, I said the same, that I would never be able to do it again, but that’s just a broken heart talking … sounds like you’re the same, I’m pleased you got your Westie’s nephew, that’s lovely xx

  15. fiona brackenridge July 24, 2018 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa. He looks gorgeous. Have you thought of doing agility with him. It’s great fun and really improves their obedience. I did it with my four rescues and it was a great success. My lot were collie crosses so were working type dogs and it helped give them a job and burn off the excess energy. You don’t have to compete if you don’t want to but I’ll warn you it is very addictive. Either way he will bring lots of happiness and fun. Enjoy him!!!

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

      Hi Fiona, yes once the kids are back in school we are going to do some agility. We are already doing some in the garden, it’s so fun and he LOVES it!!!

  16. Heather McMillan July 24, 2018 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

    Good Luck with the New Family Member , you will have loads of fun . I hope you have many Happy Years together, Tons of Love x

    • Pipa Gordon August 9, 2018 at 12:40 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Heather xx

    • Pipa Gordon August 9, 2018 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Heather xx

  17. Melonie williamson July 24, 2018 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa, so sorry to hear about you losing your beloved dog. I lost my girl two years ago and it’s so difficult , but unbeknow to me and my husband our son bought a us a glorious puppy as a surprise, he knew I would have said I wasn’t ready , well two years one our teddy boy, golden cocker spaniel is amazing and filled out empty hearts with laughter and joy . My Jess can never be replaced but neither could teddy now. A house isn’t a home without a daft dog ?

    • Pipa Gordon August 9, 2018 at 12:42 pm -  Reply

      Oh what a brave and wonderful son you have!! I love that he did that for you xx

  18. Kathryn Stewart July 24, 2018 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

    Oh Pippa. Some things are meant….and Whizz was meant. We can never replace our beloved pets but another can find a space in your heart. My friend lost her lab and 18 months later this white blob on springs bounced into her life. Owners looking to find a new owner (his owner had dementia and couldn’t handle this 8 month old pup). What sealed it…his name was Harry…her lab’s name! So Harris (less confusing) came into our lives. She wanted neither a pup nor small dog! That’s life. Enjoy Whizz and be assured your loved dog beyond the rainbow bridge is watching and approving
    Kathryn xxx

    • Pipa Gordon August 9, 2018 at 12:43 pm -  Reply

      Aww thank you Kathryn, you’re so right, some things just are right and work themselves out to be in the right place at the right time so all comes good in the end!! xx

  19. Helen Dovidio July 24, 2018 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Loving Whizz!You just know when it’s right don’t you?After our dog Barney died I vowed never to give my heart to another dog and then I met Kylo!He’s definitely the new love of my life!Having to leave him whilst we go to Lake Garda soon and i’m missing him already!Wishing you and your family lots of happy days with Whizz.

    • Pipa Gordon August 9, 2018 at 12:44 pm -  Reply

      Oh absolutely Helen! Enjoy Lake Garda, I have a friend who went a few weeks ago and said it was wonderful xx

  20. Kylie Gottsche July 25, 2018 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    Oh Pippa He is so cute and handsome. Have fun with the training.

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

      Thank you x

  21. shirley osborne July 26, 2018 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi pippa We have a golden retreiver who,s only a year old and still destroys things. Your little boy looks georgeous and i,m sure he will settle down soon . I can understand how you would feel about another dog as it,s never quite the same but on the flip side there great company and people actually speaks to you .Enjoy your holiday.

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Shirley, we had a lovely time xx

  22. Jean Pugh July 27, 2018 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa, Yes it was so sad when you lost Tynor. I know how you feel, I lost my 13 year old Labrador Bitch a month ago, fit as a fiddle one day gone the next. And then a week later I lost one of her boys he was just 10. It is heartbreaking isn’t it, as they are so much part of the family.
    I love Whizz, I can see you are going to have your hands full there. Once he settles in and you get into a routine then you can concentrate on his training. I’m sure the children will have great fun with him. Certainly a water dog.
    How is your Horse now. ?
    Hope you had a great holiday, and have fun with Whizz.
    Love Jean X

    • Pipa Gordon August 12, 2018 at 11:08 am -  Reply

      Hi Jean, I think I answered further up the post but just to be sure, yes you’re right, we definitely have our hands full and can’t for a second leave the kitchen unmanned!! He is wonderful though and loads of fun! Beth is doing ok thank you, really glad for a break in the weather and the pesky flies to be honest! xx

  23. Christine July 27, 2018 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa he is gorgeous hope you and you family enjoy him. Great name.
    Christine x x

    • Pipa Gordon August 8, 2018 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Christine x

  24. Kim July 29, 2018 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, well done on getting Whizz, he looks a lovely chap! I once read something about the fact that, the reason you choose to have another dog after losing the previous one, is because that dog showed/gave you so much love and affection you want to pass it on – like a legacy from your previous doggy friend. And what better legacy could Tynor have left, than love?! Hope you had a great holiday, have fun with Whizz!

    • Pipa Gordon August 9, 2018 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

      That’s so true, thanks Kim xx

  25. Janet July 29, 2018 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

    What happy news. A new hairy four legged friend. Wishing you all much happiness and fun together. X

  26. Janet July 29, 2018 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Such happy news. Wishing you all lots of fun and happiness with your new hairy four legged friend. X

  27. Janet July 29, 2018 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    He has such a knowing face! Happy hairy doggie fun! X

    • Pipa Gordon August 9, 2018 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

      ha, doesn’t he just? Little monster that he is! xx

  28. Karen Hunt July 31, 2018 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    he will bring so much joy to you and your family as I suspect you already know. We have two English Springers and like Sprocker’s they are deliciously nuts and will be for life. They are not known as the 4×4 of the dog world for nothing!

    • Pipa Gordon August 9, 2018 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

      ha ha I’ve not heart of the 4×4 comment before xx

  29. Veronica Dennant July 31, 2018 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Happy Furever home Ronnie. So glad you have found a new furry friend.He is gorgeous Lots of fun ahead I can see xx

  30. Sandy Hill August 1, 2018 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    Aah he is gorgeous! I am sure he will be very happy in his new home with you all, xx

    • Pipa Gordon August 9, 2018 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Sandy xx

  31. Karen August 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    He is a handsome chap . I have a 2 year old cocker spaniel called oscar . Would not be without him !! X

    • Pipa Gordon August 9, 2018 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Karen, they are so very very loving aren’t they? xx

  32. Theresa August 5, 2018 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    So pleased to hear you kept the young puppy, he looks so adorable and love the multi names he answers to, as you said he wont replace Tyner but will give you all lots of fun and joy.

    • Pipa Gordon August 9, 2018 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Theresa …mind you, he only answers when he wants to! If there are sheep nearby he won’t come for love nor money!!! xx

  33. Heidi Barnett August 10, 2018 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, aww he’s gorgeous!!! I can see why you want to keep him, bags of personality and that face! I was so sorry to hear about your lab. I don’t know if you remember, but I did a piece on Fibromyalgia for your site years ago (Heidi). Well my boy is now 10, developed epilepsy a couple of years ago which is now under control. Then this year, he seemed not to be himself. Getting him checked, he has a leaky & enlarged heart & is now on meds. I don’t know how long we will have for but quality of life is the main priority. It’s already hit me badly, and I will break my heart when I lose him as he’s my rock!
    So I totally know how you must of felt without your boy. And now, a new bundle of love for you and the family! I wish you luck with training and look forward to more updates. He’s so gorgeous. Sending love hun, Heidi xx

  34. Hilda burns August 10, 2018 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    Good luck with training your sprocket I have a 13year old working cocker he will only do what he feels.like doing. It took mine years to let him run free in the park the sight of birds any shape or size had to be chased. Now unfortunately he is. a bit old and sore to chase anything although some days it is worth the effort.
    Good luck with your lovely boy.

  35. Jacqueline Taylor September 2, 2018 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Pippa, he is a beaut. Your life will never be the same. I have a one year old blue roan Cocker Spaniel called Darcey. She is so naughty but I would not swap her for anything. She will take the food off your plate if you let her. Cakes especially are not safe. It is heartbreaking to lose a pet as I know only too well after losing my 13 year old Cocker spaniel a year ago. Ronnie will have the most wonderful forever home with you and your family. Enjoy and keep us posted. xx

  36. Linda September 6, 2018 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    I’m glad you have another dog I bet you all are very happy with your new lodger he looks lovely

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