A quick update


PuppyWell, yet another week goes by and in this week’s “quickie” blog there’s the usual update on Ellie and Toby and news of upcoming shows at The Q.

As regular readers will know Toby is just a big softie and in some circumstances already Ellie is the boss! The good news is that there isn’t a nasty bone in her body and she’s growing into a very loving dog.

If she pushes Toby too far he’ll voice his disapproval but, for example, if Ellie finishes her food first and Toby is still eating, she’ll casually walk over to his bowl and he moves away to let her finish it! Girl Power!!

Now I have asserted my position as Pack leader (Mrs F may have something to say on that!) and I give Toby his food first and I stop Ellie going to his bowl – but he’s going to have to “man up” at some point. Come on Toby!

I love watching dogs – there is a refreshing transparency to them and they get so much pleasure from simple things – perhaps that’s why they’re man’s best friend? Here’s a quick video I put together showing Ellie’s feminine guile in getting a stick from Toby – it made me smile.

Whilst presenting a jewellery show the other evening I mentioned the time I was locked in a cell in Italy ! It was actually a strong room where all of the Gold was stored prior to being made into gold chains etc but they wouldn’t let me be photographed holding it outside of the cell! Well I found the picture, sorry it’s so small!

Dale with gold

The picture was taken by the lovely Claudia Sylvester whilst we were in Vincenza – judging by my boyish looks it must have been at least 12 years ago. Can you imagine how many hundreds of thousands that 24-carat gold ingot must be worth today? It weighed a ton!

On Monday I have my last show of the Andi Peters’ Food Fest series and we’ll introduce the winner of our competition, Katie, who’ll enjoy (hopefully) a tour of our studios with myself, have a professional make-up artist apply her on-screen look, then finally will be appearing on-air as a “tasting guest”.

This is the first time I’ve been involved in a competition of this type and wondered if this is something you would like to see more of?

Perhaps if you have a moment you could let me know by leaving a comment below.

I’ve been “relaxing” off-air recently by getting involved in some DIY. I love to keep my hand in – not literally, obviously! I know what I can do and what I can’t! That comes with experience, of which I have the scars to prove it. I still like to challenge myself occasionally, trying to master new skills.

I’m happy to fit a replacement light for example, but I’ll call in expert “Sparks” when I need to get bigger jobs done. My DIY mantra is, “don’t mess with electrics unless you really understand what you’re doing”, and even then, will you have the necessary certification? This can be a consideration if you’re thinking of moving home in the near future.

On Monday – as well as the Andi Peters’ Food Fest Finale – I’ll be presenting a cosy TSV from Northern Nights with Susie Adams. It’s a brilliant value eight-piece flannel bedding set! Yes, two sets; one stripe and the other in a block colour.



I put in on my daughter’s bed in the Dusky Rose and finished it off with a beautiful throw from Kelly Hoppen – Ali loves sleeping in Northern Nights flannel all year round but particularly in these colder months – she still likes to go to bed with a hot-water bottle and the super soft Northern Nights flannel helps to create her cosy slumber nest (she’ll hate me calling it that)!

After that I’ll be joining Kim Mendelsohn for her 17th Anniversary of Kim & Co.

It was lovely to work with home guru Alison Cork (you can see her baubles in the main picture) last Thursday and I’m pleased to say that we are back together again this coming Thursday with more classy accents to your home at Christmas.

So, until next time, take care and stay warm.

Dale x


  1. Greengekko November 7, 2014 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi dale how long does it take to groom toby and how often would you have to do it.as his coat looks immaculate.

    • dale franklin November 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

      Hi, it depends how frequently we get him done. We get him professionally groomed every 6/8 weeks or so, it can take 2/3 hours. I know some who show their Beardies will brush them daily but we don’t show him. He’s a pet and Beardies coats are reasonably self maintaining but you need to watch out for matting which can easily occur beneath the outer layer of their famous “double coat”. The matts can cause discomfort and need to be teased out. There’s no getting around it they are higher maintenance than short haired breeds, but we love’ em x

  2. Jean Pugh November 10, 2014 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale,
    Yes I did enjoy the video of Toby and Ellie with the stick, she was not prepared to give up was she, but Toby was in charge. What a beautiful coat he has. You said enjoy my two Labs, actually we have nine Labs, oldest is Fourteen and the youngest Two, plus a Fourteen year old Border Collie and a Two year old golden Retriever.
    It’s a shame it is your last show with Andi Peters, lovely shows such a laugh. Those brownies are so tasty, I don’t know how Charlie managed to stay away.
    The Northern Nights TSV looked lovely but I did buy the Cozzee set the other day
    Enjoy your dogs .
    Love Jean.

    • dale franklin November 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

      WOW Jean, 11 dogs ! What an impressive pack. It did seem strange not being with Andi on Monday, as I enjoyed co presenting the shows and the Gower Cottage Brownies !! x

  3. Rose Gould November 16, 2014 at 8:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Dale
    How cute are your dogs?I have a rescue greyhound she is 10 and we have had her just over 5 year’s,she is a bit of a diva but we all love her to bits,she is the second rescue greyhound we have had.
    I went into hospital on monday so skyplussed your last show with Andi i could not miss it for anything!!!You two are brilliant together i watched it on thursday when i was home and i wasn’t dissapointed fab fab fab and just what i needed!
    I have watched QVC since day 1 bought countless items over the year’s and only ever returned 2 item’s with no problems at all,fantastic customer service and you and Julia are my favourite presenters having said that you and Charlie together are great fun to watch too!
    Keep up the good work i shall be watching whilst recouperating and no doubt tapping my app quite a lot too!
    lots of love
    Rose xx

    • dale franklin November 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

      Hi Rose, Sorry to hear you were in Hospital, I hope you’re well on the road to recovery. Thank you for your kind comments. It’s great to hear of you providing a loving home for Greyhounds after their racing days are over. Toby has a Greyhound (possibly a lurcher) Pal, but he can never keep up with him and Beardies aren’t slow ! xx

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