Experiments this week

So – Bobby has a condition that means he is on a really restricted diet.  No meat – no dairy – no wheat – no cereals – no rice – no processed anything – no fats/ /oils / sugars.  Basically – he can have fruit and vegetables and a little white fish.

I love a challenge!!!
These weird looking things are Sweet Potato chews.  Just Sweet potatoes – nothing else – slow baked / dried.  They go crunchy – and are really sweet.  It’s like molasses toffee – the old goat went off last night happily chewing on one!  Alfie likes them – and so does Suki – but then they like everything I give them – still waiting to hear back from Jack and Dexter.

These will become part of our offerings – along with Chicken Jerky and Liver Jerky.  But perhaps more towards the winter when it’s more comfortable to have the oven on!

Serious pot

How about this one then?

 

 

 

 

 

This is one serious pot of peanut butter.  I thought crunchy would give a bit of extra texture and crunch.  It contains – peanuts – nothing else – no extra oils or sugars – just whole peanuts.  I have started my goods in book so that I have a proper record of ingredients and their code numbers.  Loving all this!

 

New look for the Joseph Jumpers

The best thing anyone has ever told me – and it’s become one of my favorite tricks – 2 strands of DK weight yarn worked together is the same as a strand of chunky weight yarn.  And you can create some amazing effects.
 

Worked with a ‘light’ or ‘dark’ theme – they look amazing.  I am working on 5 different sizes for this – and now I have a long, skinny dog I am much more aware that I need to do some longer back lengths.  I have worked the backs and next week I plan to tackle the underbody sizing.  The Joseph is a full body jumper with no buttons – so the underbody / chest piece sizing needs to be right.

They should start to appear in the shop in a couple of weeks – and work will go on to refine the written pattern for sale if you want to work your own jumper.

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This week’s bake

This week I have a totally new recipe for you – BBQ ChickenI wanted to try something totally new – and what better for summer than a B-B-Q dish.

I could not find a sugar – salt – onion free sauce – so again – created my own using a salt – sugar free tomato paste with honey and balsamic.

Based on a fresh chicken breast from Lee (Watson and Wollard) – with whole meal flour for texture and a free range egg.

Both my testers were dead impressed!

PS – there are still a few cheese treats left from last week’s bake as it has been really quiet in the town.

Incy, wincy spider

Well – it looks like a spider to me!

I have spent all weekend working on the food hygiene plan that I have to produce.  I started with the one for liver – it is 5 pages long – yes – really.  I thought you might like to see the flowchart from it.

It’s upside down – I can’t get it right way up – mind you – that’s pretty much of my brain at the moment!

Any one off to Scotland?

Posh Dog has a new outlet – Check HERE 

Trishy at No 26
26 Kempock Street
Gourock
Scotland
PA19 1NA
It is a craft gallery – with all sorts of makers contributing.  I wish they were a bit nearer – their stuff looks amazing.  I love the little hand painted bags – and the soaps – and they have wands – and home baked treats – soooo yummie.
Trishy is very active in supporting her crafters.  The Facebook page is full of gorgeous images to drool over – and she is always holding events or taking stuff out to shows and events.  Ohh to have that much energy these days!
It is quite a busy tourist and walkers area – so I am hoping that it will be a boost for us – there are not all that many people making for dogs.
They are not selling on line – but with the gorgeous things they have in stock they have – they so should! – this is their Facebook page

This week’s bake

Running late – I have tweaked the labels a bit in line with what I am learning from DEFRA.  It is complicated – but it is very interesting.

This week I have perfected the Cheese Love recipe.  I have to say – they smell divine.  Alfi e’s nose was twitching all the time they were baking – he loves them!

As I used eggs as a liquid binder in these I thought I would share with you where the eggs come from.  I only use free range eggs from a local farm at Levens.  They come The South Lakeland Free Range Eggs – Low Foulshaw Farm

Summer fun

I have finally got some new summer fabric bandannas listed.  Do you know how hard it has been to find 100% cotton fabric in a gingham check?  Don’t schools have summer uniforms anymore?

These are from Rose & Hubble – I love their designs – quite often use their fabrics (and the are CE approved).

Some have bright backs – but some have more soft, muted colours and are really pretty.

 

 

 

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Alfie Update

Alfie update – I think we have had a bit of a revolution – well 2 steps forward at least.

Alfie is taking more notice of the outside world – he is ducking in and out to the garden.   Look at dear old Wills watching him!

Alf understands that the summer house is at the end of the garden – all I have to do now is get the keys and shout that we are going ‘summer house’ and he dashes about the garden round me.  4 weeks ago I was dragging him down on the lead.

He is out first in the morning to get his wees (still coming in to use the paper for his business – but at least he is keeping it one place!)  Routine is the key.  He has the sweetest nature and is trying so hard to please me

I need to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all my customers!!  You are amazing.  I have people dropping in every day just to say hello to Alfie and get him used to being talked too – and I have people bringing in their dogs to say hi as well.  Everyone says how much he has changed already and I am so grateful for their feedback – it’s hard to know how you are doing when you are working day after day – you see the teeny tiny steps – but you mis that it all adds together.

His body posture is so much better now – I didn’t realise quite how big he is!  He cowed in just below knee height when I first met him – now his nose bumps my bottom!!

Love and licks

Posh Dog Pals

Since signing up The Posh Dog clothing Company with the selling platform Conscious Crafties – a selling site specifically for those with disabilities and chronic conditions – I have met some amazing, skilled makers – and some amazing, clever dogs!

This is Nimbus.

He is a Medical Alert dog.  His owner has a condition that causes her to pass out frequently – Nimbus can sense it coming on and makes her lie down quickly so that she does not harm herself.  Just how amazing is that.  It is not something you can train the dog to do – it is an instinct that some of them just have.  So – of course he deserves treats!

I am working on a gift box for birthdays – gifts – thank yous etc.  I am still waiting for my licence – so at the moment these are only available in the shop while I practice my baking and all the paperwork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s bakes

Right – I am there – sorry it’s late – it’s been hectic this morning – and I did 2 bakes last night so more labels and packing to do.

The main bake this week is liver – made with fresh liver from Lee round the corner.  Good old fashioned butchers with local fresh meat.

I am also starting to work on our own peanut butter cookie.  There is a bake ready today – and all feedback will be welcome to help improve the recipe.

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s bake

A special request from Charlie this week – he loved the carrot sticks and wants more!  How can you refuse?

It has given me the chance to go back to the carrot recipe that I made before and re work it with all I have learnt so far.

I have used fresh carrots – grated – cooked – & pureed by me.  It does take longer than using carrot puree but it get’s rid of a few more additives.  It also gives the treat a bit of texture – which means that the edges of the cookie are more rough – but I like the home baked rather than machine made looks.  I much prefer using fresh – so from now on all carrots I use will be cooked by me and not bought ready pureed.

I thought it would be fun to share where I get my ingredients from.  I do try to shop local and fresh – and apart from the dry store (flours, tins, honey type stuff) – I don’t keep things for weeks.

This is Beenies stall in the market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Good – solig – proper – wholesome fruit and veg at decent prices.  When I got my veg for the week – I also picked up 3 carrots just to make the treats this week.

Yeah – most people in the town think I am a bit odd!!

Summer collar

This little darling has been custom made with the top loop a little longer because the dog has huge, fluffy ears and needs a bit of extra space to slip the collar on and off.

 

 

 

It has taken me ages to get my hands on gingham check in a 100% cotton – everything is poly cotton – or stupidly expensive.  I picked up this red – blue – yellow and mint and I will be making bandannas and collars – maybe even a couple of leads too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vet – Check

We went to the vet’s to sign Alfie into the practice today.  I have left it a while so that he would settle in a bit first.  I have to admit that I was a bit concerned he would find it all too stressful and have a panic attack so instead of the usual nurse weight check up and exam I asked to see one of the long time vets.  I had several technical questions to ask that I felt needed a practiced more hand.

She was absolutely amazing.  Saw Alf’s problem as he walked into the exam room and she sat down on the on the floor – so did I – and we did all the work with our legs spread out with the a dog rolling about in the middle and he was amazing.

Result is – keep doing everything the same – slow and steady progress.
– He needs to put a ‘little’ more weight – he is still a puppy so needs to eat well.
– He has one ‘sticky’ ear that needs keeping up with cleaning.
– His teeth are a bit of a mess.  She thinks that in may have been malnutrition (either his mums or his as a baby) – she has never seen anything quite like it – but recommends he learns to have his teeth cleaned – I had already started to give him a toothbrush to chew so he gets used to the feel in his mouth.
– flea – mite – worm protection is a big priority – particularly mites – to protect his immune system. So I need to schedule the medication as it’s not compatible.
– His heart and the physical inspection were all fine.

– And she said he liked me and was bonding well. – He likes me – He likes me – what more is there!!!!!

At the moment he is crashed out on the sofa – completly shattered.

 

Meet our new Posh Dog Pal

I love to get photos of our Posh Dog Pals having fun with their new purchases.

Meet Madam Gwyn with her new favourite thing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are loads of toys listed in the shop now as I have been catching up with the batch I made earlier in the year.  I still have 1 big bagful to list – some braids to make – and a load of balls cut out ready to sew up.

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Ding-dong-bell – open the door

Well – I did start listing the new doggie doorbells

 

 

 

 

Ummm – they are selling quicker than I can list them!

These training aids have been brewing for  while now – you may have seen the post a while back about them.  I have just got around to finalising the making process and I have a waiting list for them.  The priority of the coming week is to actually get some listed in the shop for general sale!

The designs will all vary – you know me – I love playing with colour and I have loads of pretty ribbons and tapes waiting to be made up.

The doorbells have their own section in the new accessories category – so keep an eye open this week and hopefully I will have several pattern to choose from

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Weekend treats

So – I was popperting about in the kitchen thinking – ‘what on earth is that yummy fish smell’?

– that would be this week’s bake then!

They smell gorgeous!!! – Alfie adores them – but then he’s a soft target.

I was going to make tuna – but I could not get a tin of tuna in water – they were all in brine or sunflower oil.  So I got a tin of John west pink salmon, and use that – all the yummy salmon juices went in as well – which is probably why they smell so good.

There are also a few Banoffee Cookies’ left from last week – I have a 3 week use by – so they are still fine.

There are a few tasters on the front table – so grab them while you can

Snuggle bottom

Someone is getting the hang of the sofa.

He has slept well this week – so I have been able to get a bit of rest.  He is also improving a bit in his toilet habits – the problem is his agoraphobia.  He can manage a bit – but is so desperate to get back inside he forgets he hasn’t finished!

He is also improving in the shop.  He sits in his box most of the time and watches everyone.  He does still bark a bit – but don’t let it bother you if you come in and he does – it is only nerves – he hasn’t got a bad hear in his body.

There is no way he is up for a walk.  All we can manage is to the shop and back (luckily it’s only a couple of hundred yards round the corner) – and we do exactly the same thing every day.  He can come with me to the rubbish bin – and he quite likes that.  But there is no way he is up to explore.

I did have him sitting out by the back door in the sunshine.  He dived in and out a few times – but he did settle next to me eventually.

It’s all progress.

This weeks bakes

As it’s Alfie’s birthday this week I have 2 special bakes for you.

I have made Cheese and Bacon Treats – with whole meal flour – Cathedral cheddar – streaky bacon from Lee @ Watson & Woollard round the corner – and free range eggs from K.A.N.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And for a sweet treat – we have ‘Banoffee’ cookies.  Baked with whole meal flour – fresh bananas – Dogs can’t have toffee or sugar – so I have used organic honey from K.A.N.  – olive oil – along with free range egg.

Well Alf is impressed!!!

Available in the shop now.

 

Pinterest

Yeah – at last I have got my Pinterest account for The Posh Dog Clothing Company all set up.  It used to be just a board under my kitten name – but now it has a proper business account all of it’s own so I can split up the ranges.

If you want your pup featured on the Posh Dog Gang board just let me have a photo

search for The Posh Dog Clothing Company or use this link

Colour mad

Give a girl an idea and you get 6 all in different colours!!!!!

Loving my new blankets – going mad with colour mixes


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not sure why the lilac one has come out a bit pink – I always have problems photographing purples.

These are so super, snuggly soft – I can’t wait to do more!

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend treats

The bake this week is liver treats

I have to admit that I was a little anxious about using liver – I have seen so many people saying how horrid it is to work with – smelly and difficult to clean up after – that they weren’t going to bother again.  Well – I will – it was not big deal – and the dogs on my rounds this morning seemed to be well impressed.

Available in the shop while stocks last – 10 little bone shaped treats for £1.