Dog breath???

Did you know dog’s love mint?  Well they do.  And it does freshen the breath.

This week’s dog treats are Choco Mint – I love playing with flavours!!!

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Who stole last week???

I am sure someone is pinching days out of the week – they seem to be flying by already!  I just seem to get started on the week – get things going and under control – and it’s Saturday and I have to go away again.

So far in the last 10 days or so Alfie has chewed – the brand new jumper I made him – TWICE.

 

 

 

 

I can repair – but – honestly – how ungrateful!!!

He has also chewed Henry’s old fleece – that only just fitted so that’s a goner.

He has also chewed his new vest I made for him to go under his rain coat – there is so little left of that you can’t even tell what it was.

I think I will knock up a couple of quickies with the new super chunky yarn that has just arrived – perhaps he will find that too thick to chew!!!

 

 

Baking fail

I am not proud – I can hold my hands up and admit to my baking fails!!!!

I have a big, paw shape cutter – and I had the idea of the ‘Paw-fect Beefie Biccie.  Made from fresh steak mince from Lee and with doggie choc buttons for the pads.  So far – good idea.
It’s not going to plan!!!

– I put the buttons on after the biscuits were almost cooked – thinking that they would melt and stick on – wrong – they (mostly) fell off!
– I put them in for a bit longer – thinking that all they needed was a bit more time – wrong – they (mostly) fell off!
– I put them back into a very hot oven – thinking that a blast of heat would quickly melt them – wrong – they (mostly) fell off!!
– then I tried putting them onto the raw dough and cooking them into place – thinking that a long time of heat would melt them – wrong – they (mostly) fell off!!
– Next time I am going to cook them on a much higher heat than I do normally – and I am thinking I may grate the buttons as well!

Mind you – there is nothing wrong with the taste – Alfie is tucking into them quite happily, odd buttons and all

 

 

Yeah – pink baking

We are back up the strength and baking again.  This time of year is actually busier for us than Christmas – with all the tidying up and moving about – plus we have had a new unit put in the shop – so there was painting and decorating to sort out as well.

For the Valentine menu this year we have Prawn Cocktail treats (made with fresh cold water prawns of course!!!!)  and Strawberries and Cream treats (yes fresh strawberries in January – and they smell divine).  I used a tiny bit of natural food colouring in the strawberries – and I love that the are a bit pink!!

Happy New Year

We are back from our holiday – I haven’t been out – seen any one – done anything for 10 days.  Alfie was NOT a happy chappy to have to come out to work this morning!

The new unit is in the shop – and it’s all a bit of a pickle at the moment.  It is going to look fabulous when it’s all painted tidy again – just bear with me while I de-junk after Christmas and we will be rearing to go again!!!

 

 

Christmas Hours

No more commission work before Christmas please.

Both the websites will close after the weekend to ensure that all the Christmas orders go out properly in good time.

The Kendal shop will be open all Christmas week and close at 4pm on Saturday.  Then I am off for 10 days ‘holiday’.  The kitten website will be getting a make over during this time with a new shop opening for Posh Dog and Posh Dog bakes.

All the shops will reopen on Wednesday 3rd January for another year of wild and wacky fun and silliness.

 

I am so thrilled – I finally have a proper, separate cutting table.  It is going to make so much difference to be able to spread the whole length of fabric out properly.  I have been using the kitchen worktop – but it’s just too narrow when I am cutting the big coats.  And besides – I want to make a few bits for myself again.
It’s a large fold up one – so I can put it up in front of the TV and take my time when I want to do some cutting out – and when it fold up it sits against the cupboard wall perfectly.  I scrounged 2 from my son now he has closed his shop – so I have one for the summerhouse too.

 

 

 

 

 

Working on the night shift

OK you guys – over the Christmas hols I am transferring The Posh Dog Clothing to a new website.

No need to panic – We are growing stronger – and I am just putting it all under the Bricks and Mortar shop site as that is the one that gets all the attention!  In the long run it will save me a bit of money and be easier to run.

In the short term – http://www.princesskitten.co.uk/shophome/cat_883531-The-Posh-Dog-Clothing-Company.html

will still list everything for you

over the next few weeks products will be moved over to http://www.thekittenandthegoat.co.uk/poshdogclothing.html

the princesskitten site will stay active during this time – until all the items have been moved over – after that this site will be used as a transfer page to the new one.

In the mean time –
email for commission work – kittenandgoat@gmail.com
facebook – search the posh dog clothing company – https://www.facebook.com/theposhdogclothingcompany/

Most of my baking sales are coming through the Conscious Crafties site

Either way – I am taking this next few weeks to gear up for next year!!!!

BRING IT ON

Tartan is SOOOOOO in Darling!

The way it is working at the moment is – as soon as I start to work on some stock pieces I get custom order coming in – so it’s taking me ages to get the new fleece coat colours out.

This is the first of the red tartans – in a large size
The moral of this story is – if you want an order before Christmas – contact me and shout loud – then you will get done before the normal stock items!

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Winter is knocking – – –

– – – – and I have changed the fleece coat pattern a little.

 

 

 

 

So many of you are now using a body harness – and you want a hole added for you to clip your lead through!!!!

I have dropped the wrap around chest band for a mid side band that has a velcro fastening BOTH sides for extra adjustment.  This means I can add a button hole stitched space to the centre back for your leads!!!!

So from now on – all the new styles listed and any commissions can have a harness ‘buttonhole’ added.

I don’t add a hole as standard – as all harness are different – but – I can add one if you tell me where your harness sits – no extra charge.

Any requests for coats to be delivered before Christmas – shout out now – other wise it will be January deliveries

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Baking Mad

It’s a bit dull for you in the kitchen this week.  All I am doing is batch baking for the Christmas Treat Boxes – I am actually getting a little callus on the side of my thumb where I hold the cookie cutter!

I have manages to keep the spinach one a bit more green though.
Suddenly had a brain wave – couple of minutes in the microwave.  Don’t know why I didn’t think of it before – works great for the apples too.

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Baking again

I took last week off baking – I had quite a bit of stock and it was too early to start on the Christmas boxes.  What do you know? – this week has gone crazy and I am going mad trying to keep up.

As it’s getting colder I can get the oven ‘drying’ done more – so Jerky is back on the menu!
Alfie goes absolutely nuts for these!  They are really sweet and woody and he would eat the whole lot in one go!

It’s quiet – SSSHHhhhhhh

It’s all quiet in the Posh Dog Summerhouse – apart form the chomping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The studio is now fully redecorated – just a tiny little bit of trim to add – and I think I may add hang a couple of naked light bulbs for the dark winter months.  I hardly used it last winter as I was so rough – I will need a good light to work by.  I am so pleased with it.

New fabrics – winter is coming

I am not baking this week.  It has been really quiet in the shop this week and I have winter coat orders starting to com in.

I have new fleece – some novelty prints and some tartan, plaid and Argyle.  Checks are all the rage for this season – you can’t beat a good tartan!

If you have a looooong, skinny dog – or a rOund, short dog and would like me to make to order – I don’t charge extra for commission work – it’s what I am doing every day anyway – just contact me.

If you would like to browse in the SHOP – keep an eye out for the new fleece and waterproof coats.

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Soooo disappointed!!!!

Starting to practice the Christmas treats recipes this week.   The Spinach and Philadelphia cheese treats went into the oven – lovely and green

Not quite as green when they came out
I may have to experiment a bit to keep the green colour.

The testers enjoyed them though – that’s what really counts.

Pre order your Christmas Dinner Treat box HERE

A dog’s perfect Christmas

From 1st November (shelf life of the treats until Christmas!)  the Christmas treat menu will be available.  They will be available individually –  as a treat box – or in a stocking with a toy.

They will be available from the shop – or on line on the Conscious Craft website 

A dog’s perfect Christmas Day
GLUTEN FREE Menu

Starters – Spinach and Philadelphia Bites
Ingredients: Fresh spinach, Philadelphia cheese, Dove’s Buckwheat flour, rough ground polenta, South Lakes Free Range egg, rice flour to roll

Mains – Turkey and cranberry
Ingredients: Fresh turkey, Dove’s Buckwheat flour, fresh cranberries, rough ground polenta, South Lakes Free Range egg, rice flour to roll

Afters – Apple gingerbread men
Ingredients: Fresh apple, Dove’s Buckwheat flour, rough ground polenta, South Lakes Free Range egg, ginger spice, rice flour to roll

For baking date and weight see individual packs

Store in a cool, dry place and consume within 10 weeks of the baking date.

This is a treat for your dog – it is not a substitute for a meal.

Ingredients: Fresh apple, Dove’s Buckwheat flour, rough ground polenta, South Lakes Free Range egg, ginger spice, rice flour to roll

For baking date and weight see individual packs

Store in a cool, dry place and consume within 10 weeks of the baking date.

This is a treat for your dog – it is not a substitute for a meal.

The Posh Dog Clothing Company 9 New Shambles, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4TS

Joseph Jumpers

I am really chuffed – the new line of Joseph Jumpers are out now.

The pattern has been totally re-written – and I much prefer the result.  The jumper is available in 4 different sizes and I usually theme the light tones – dark tones – blues tones etc.

It has been a long slog this year – my health has been really poor and I have not been able to put the hours into writing the patterns that I normally do. As a consequence the jumpers will be available in the shops – but the pattern is still full of my rough workings and probably won’t be fully polished for customer’s eyes until after Christmas.

All I can do is apologise – I had meant to start working on a couple of Super Hero motifs – but that will have to wait until the spring

Alfie – 6 months – wowzer

Huge thanks to those of you that passed on advice and tip bits!

We are making huge progress. 5 months on from me getting Alfie – he is now 16 months old. He is now dry in the house (such a relief!!!!!!!) – almost paper trained for his ‘jobs’ – but now goes in the street on the way to work! He has made a few doggie friends – and now is starting to make human friends. We are through all the panic attacks and night terrors – still have food / kitchen issues (I think noises may be a big part of this) – and wide space issues to cop with.

We recently had a big festival in the town and Alfie had to face walking through the most people he had ever faced – and a long walk to the car – he has ever faced. Yes – total panic – and so hard to lead work (me – a wreck!!!) – BUT – really in a really short recovery time – and no overhanging panic issues – did not hide when we got home – all he wanted to do was play.

His whole stance is so much more confident – he has to go to my shop everyday to work – my customers have been amazing in taking it all on board and are really helping him – and he is really working hard to do stuff. Luckily I lead a really calm, peaceful life – so he knows how things work.

I just can’t believe the progress we have made in the past 6 months to turn around this scared little wreck into a confident growing puppy.