Poorly Bramble and an ingenious doorbell


Hello – I hope this week’s blog finds you well as we head into February 2018!

It’s been non-stop busy at work and home of late. We had a bit of storm damage to our roof with the really high winds we’ve been experiencing recently. The first I knew of it was the big wet patch that appeared on the wall in one of our bedrooms! All fixed now I’m pleased to say.

If you’ve caught me on Twitter @mecharliebrook you may have seen the updates I’ve been giving on Bramble my Cairn Terrier. I took her to the vet last week as we were a little concerned about a small lump, about half the size of a grain of rice, which had grown on her lower eye lid. As a precautionary measure we were advised to have it removed.

Bramble is the perfect patient and during all the examinations she barely flinched. So the day arrived for surgery and she duly went under anaesthetic to have it removed. The procedure went really well and the sample has been sent off for testing.

She was as good as gold but was really pleased to be picked up to go home. However Bramble is less than impressed with the cone she has to wear for 10 days! She’s adapted really well though and isn’t knocking into things quite as much as she was the first few days 🙂

Speaking of my dogs, they’re really good at alerting me to someone walking up the driveway and knocking on the front door. But what if I’m not in? Well… QVC and Ring has the answer!

This is brilliant – in fact so much so it’s rapidly becoming one of my all-time favourite products to arrive at QVC in all the years I’ve been here.

Coming to QVC as a Today’s Special Value it’s the Ring Video Doorbell 2 with Chime Pro Wifi Extender.

It’s fantastic! It allows you to be ‘in’ when you’re ‘out!’ Perhaps you’re round at a friend’s, at work or away for the weekend. You simply answer the door via your smartphone, tablet or PC. It is so clever. It has a built-in camera which allows you to see the visitor but also a built-in speaker and microphone so you can have a two-way conversation with them as well.

You can also receive instant alerts as the camera has built-in motion sensors to inform you of someone’s presence even if they don’t press the button.

There are so many more brilliant features which we’ll discuss in more detail during the show.

I found the installation and set up a breeze. Ring make it so easy. They even provide a tiny spirit level and drill bit. Connecting to my WiFi was so simple and the Ring app is easy to use and really intuitive.

I’m thrilled to be joined by the inventor Jamie when we launch the TSV this coming Wednesday 7th February at midnight as we head into Thursday morning.

I love it!

I do hope you can join us.

See you soon!

Take care,


  1. Antoinette Browne January 31, 2018 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    Hello Charlie. Give Brambles a big massive cuddle from me. Antoinette.

  2. Mandy jennings January 31, 2018 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie I’ve just been told the same thing with my cairn Marley glad everything went well give bramble a big kiss from me please take care

  3. Lesley February 1, 2018 at 1:54 pm -  Reply

    Bramble is beautiful. Hope all goes well. Pets are such a worry when they’re ill. I get so worried when Mollie, my cat, gets ill. Will take a look at the Ring TSV next week.

  4. Heather February 1, 2018 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie
    I hope Bramble is getting better

  5. Kim February 3, 2018 at 9:43 am -  Reply

    Big hugs to Bramble x

  6. Kathryn Stewart February 5, 2018 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie. Poor Bramble. Our furry friends are a non stop worry. My lot (alas lost my beloved cairn 2yrs ago ?) hate the cones of shame. I made my own out of a flight sock (or other long wide sock) and stuffed with socks, scarves etc til it became a fat collar. Then held with a hair clip at back. Same result but dog was much happier. Just a thought xx

  7. Lorraine Rixson February 5, 2018 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    Woofs+kisses to Bramble,hope back to normal soon x

  8. Geraldine carron February 5, 2018 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    Charlie I hope bramble is ok now I have just got a 5 year old cat dinky and I hated leaving her at the vets but she is ok now I really love watching you on qvc you always cheer me up when you are on there

  9. Joanna B February 6, 2018 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie

    I hope Bramble is better + that the biopsy is normal. A worrying time but it sounds like you acted quickly, which is good.

    Take care and give Bramble get well hug.

    Joanna xx

  10. Charlie brook February 7, 2018 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    Hello Antoinette – big cuddle given!

    Thank you!


  11. Charlie brook February 7, 2018 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Mandy, thanks for your kind message!

    Best of luck with Marley! Let me know how it goes.

    All the best


  12. Charlie brook February 7, 2018 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lesley – thanks for your message.

    You’re right… They can be a worry, I hope they understand we’re only trying to help them when the cone has to go on!

    Hello to Mollie!

    Best wishes


  13. Charlie brook February 7, 2018 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Heather – she’s very much on the mend and rushing around!

    Thank you.


  14. Charlie brook February 7, 2018 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kim, thank you. Big hugs given!



  15. Charlie brook February 7, 2018 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathryn, I’m impressed, very inventive. Thankfully the cone is off now and she’s racing around.

    I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your Cairn. I have so many fond memories of my pets which have passed away while still missing them too. I’m sure you have many memories to cherish.

    All the best


  16. Charlie brook February 7, 2018 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lorraine. She’s back to normal thank you and stealing socks!



  17. Charlie brook February 7, 2018 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Geraldine and thank you for your kind words.

    What a great name – Dinky! She sounds fabulous!

    All the best


  18. Charlie brook February 8, 2018 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    Hey Joanna and thanks for your reply – hug given to Bramble!!

    We got the all clear so we are relieved… Thank you 🙂


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