Teddy it’s your birthday!


Even comfier Ted!How quickly does a year pass? I can’t believe that my dog Teddy is a year old this month July!

I’ve wanted a dog for years; we always had animals in our family home growing up. As well as our own pets, ours was that house in the neighbourhood that all the strays would call home too. At one point I remember the tally was two dogs Grizzly and Pepper, six cats Spider, Strawberry, Tubby, Amber, Diddley and Pineapple, one rabbit called Mr Browny Bright Eyes, oh and a terrapin called Freddie. Plus we would always look after dogs and cats whilst their owners went on holiday.

It probably didn’t help that my brother Oliver and I also regularly brought back goldfish from the local Fair, newts from the local streams and frogs from a neighbour’s pond. We would usually be told to take them back from where we got them from much to our disappointment.

A girl at school who lived on a farm had a cat called Molly that had a litter of kittens, she told me there was two left that weren’t vouched for. I asked at home if we could take the kittens and bring them to live with us, my request was duly denied with the reason that the house was already full to bursting with pets! I thought I’d take matters into my own hands and naughtily phoned their farm house pretending to be my Mum saying we’d happily take the final two of the kittens off their hands.

When they brought the kittens over my parents obviously found out what had happened but after a fuss eventually agreed to have one. The evening we got him nobody could find him for hours and the whole family helped look everywhere, when he finally showed up he was covered from head to toe in cobwebs – hence he got his name – that was Spider! It was like living in some sort of animal sanctuary and I loved it.

TeddyTeddy on rugTeddy & I at the beach

Whilst at the moment I just have Teddy, the future definitely has more animals in it and lots of kids too hopefully. I love the idea of a lively household, something like in Home Alone the movie, except more rural (and I wouldn’t accidentally leave my youngest behind when going on vacation).

Baby TeddyThey say that dogs pick you not the other way around. I remember meeting and holding Teddy up for the first time last year, he was tiny, a few weeks old and he fell asleep in my hand. I knew he felt content in my company and went with my instinct, so picked him.

The first night he came home I was up all night listening to see of he was okay and kept popping him outside for bathroom breaks. The first few weeks were tiring, toilet training and house training, trying to teach Ted not to chew shoes or furniture through positive reinforcement.

Teddy asleep with boneTeddy asleepComfy Teddy

We are well beyond that now, he was a fast learner and he is as good as a dog can be. He has a wonderful temperament and still has his cheeky moments – one Saturday morning I wanted to treat myself so I made my favourite ‘Breakfast Butty’ smoked bacon and Burford Brown Eggs on a whole meal roll with lashings of ketchup and white pepper.

Moments later my friend Emma called for a quick chat and was outside at the front of the house. I popped out for literally 4-5 mins leaving the sandwich on the table. When I returned there was no trace of the sandwich only instead some yolk on Teddy’s face and a look of sheer content, he’d wolfed the lot – little tinker sneak! Like I said he still has his moments – he demolished the insole of one of my Emu slippers and shredded my favourite shoes.

Teddy & torchTeddy on lap

Teddy says hiTeddy cuddles

Now when I get home there’s never a puddle on the floor, a shredded letter in sight or a roll of toilet paper dragged through the house, but instead the warmest unconditional loving greeting, I feel very privileged to have him. Thought I’d share some of my favourite Teddy moments. Watch this space for a new addition!




  1. Beth Morton July 22, 2014 at 9:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe,
    What an interesting blog. I’ve always thought you are a lovely person but to know how much of an animal lover is great to hear. Teddy looks SO contented in all of his photos – his life got better the day you came along!
    I haven’t had a dog since I was 18 but hope to one day have at least two cats and one dog. We can’t at the moment but I know it will happen at some point. I had two cats of my own for nearly 14 years and I did spoil them rotten but I always used to say to them that I was giving them love other animals didn’t get.
    You’re spot-on when you comment on the welcome you get from a pet when you get home – it’s magic isn’t it?!
    All the very best and I look forward to hearing about any lucky, new additions to your household!
    Beth XXX

  2. Wendy July 29, 2014 at 4:38 am -  Reply

    Aww ..what a wee darling x

  3. June Walker July 29, 2014 at 6:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Chloe
    You are a dog lover like myself, Teddy looks so adorable and well behaved but how looks can hide a mischievous side to them. I have two dogs a Jack Russell who was a resuce dog his name is Toby and is nearly 12. He has recently been ill with diabetes and pancreatitus but is improving daily, because of his diabetes he had cataracts but has had one removed and hopefully he is having t he other one done in a little while. I recently had a Sprocker puppy to keep him company , she is now 16weeks old and her name is Cassie her character is larger than life itself, she looks so innocent but is very mischievous, but like you Ilove my dogs, they are my life , always there with a welcome and always there for you if you feel down. My home weould not be home without them.
    Keep posting pictures of Teddy on your blog and good luck inthe future to you both
    June,Toby and Cassie XXX

  4. Allyson Howden July 29, 2014 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Chloe,
    When you first appeared on QVC I instinctively liked you, and now I know why. You’re animal crazy like me! I have four cats but sadly no dogs at the moment due to my long working hours – andI still miss that special doggy welcome home. What an ADORABLE puppy Teddy is! Please keep the pictures coming.
    love Allyson

  5. Mrs L Paynes July 29, 2014 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    Thank you for a warm story, enjoy your shows. Happy for you and your puppy. He is lucky to have “mum” like you. Did I miss it – who is he? All the best to you and your Teddy! Hope your big family dreams come true soon.

  6. MARVERINE COLE July 29, 2014 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Chloe – loving the pics and adore Teddy. Would love a dog like him. So glad he brings you so much love and comfort! Bring him into the studio again soon, won’t you????? Lots of love from Marv x

  7. linda morris July 29, 2014 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    oh he looks so cute my dog looks a monster to your dog my dog is a collie cross boxer she is nine years old and still loves playing my is like a child even when I go on holiday the second day I cant wait to go home to see her

  8. carol July 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm -  Reply

    he is so lovely what breed is you dog carol

  9. margaret adcock July 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    what lovely photos I had dogs,cats and horses all my life till three years ago, when our beloved pennypop died, we decided not to have anymore pets due to a) our age b) the cost of a vet but we miss very much the welcome when we come home it is so special that they have missed you the welcome is wonderful enjoy teddy it looks a lovely dog
    best wishes

  10. Angie elms July 29, 2014 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe, what a bundle of gorgeousness! What type of dog is Teddy? X

  11. Melanie Davis July 29, 2014 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe, we just got a pug puppy, still not house trained but getting the there! What is Teddy, is he a cockapoo or something similar? He’s cute anyway. ..I think we may develop one or two more dogs over the next couple of years – I’d like a Wheaten Terrier and my daughter has already asked if she can have a pug too….like you, I did ( and still do) have a house full of animals but I hadn’t had a dog in nearly 20 years, so when my son asked for a pug for his birthday, it brought back a lot of happy memories. I’m crate training, but it doesn’t seem to be working…how did you stop Teddy’s accidents? Gimli (our pug) goes outside to toilet and will perform on command, but still makes a mess at night. Any tips? Look forward to seeing more pics soon x

  12. Norma July 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe,
    Love watching you on TV. You are always so friendly and cheerful, but at the same time professional and I always enjoy your shows and you look like you have a lot of fun with the other presenters.
    Teddy is adorable! I used to have 2 cats and my mum and dad used to have a dog, so I’m a big animal lover too. You get unconditional love and animals are always there for you no matter what. I can’t have a pet just now but I definitely plan to get a dog in the future.
    All the best to you and Teddy, x

  13. Karin Davidson July 29, 2014 at 8:32 pm -  Reply

    Teddy is super cute. We all need animals in our lives – they bring such joy.
    Karin x

  14. Chloe July 30, 2014 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Thank you kindly for all your well wishes, Teddy and I are very happy xxx

  15. Anita Waters August 10, 2014 at 9:39 am -  Reply

    Please tell us what breed Teddy is. He’s adorable.

  16. Sue turley August 12, 2014 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

    Chloe your teddy is the cutest thing on four legs I could kiss him to bits

  17. Chloe August 13, 2014 at 11:43 am -  Reply

    Teddy is a cavapoo and he always gets kissed to pieces xx

  18. KIm Allodi September 12, 2014 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Dear Chloe,

    what a cute dog! Please could you tell me what breed he is?

    Thank you

  19. Madeline McShea November 9, 2014 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe
    What a little cutie Teddy is I just love little dogs they give you so much love. Great to see you on qvc you are a fantastic presenter.

  20. julie hulbert November 17, 2014 at 11:55 pm -  Reply

    Chloe please could you tell me the breed of your dog…thank you

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