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.

This week’s baking

I am a bit worried about me!

So – I am standing in the shop looking for some tins of fish to bake with – and I am thinking – ‘oooh – that will smell yummy’.

The ‘that’ of the idea was smoked mackerel.  I like to buy known brands for my dog baking – so it has a traceable provenance – and so you know it’s reliable – and for my fish I have chosen John West for their company policies and track-ability.  I know some people won’t agree – but I am not an expert and I have to take what they say on trust.  It’s not as if they are some poky little back street company that you can’t rely on – their standards have got to be high.

So – this week – yummy smelling Smoked Mackerel Nibbles

Alfie Update

Alfie has been with me for almost 6 months now so her’s a quick little round up of his progress.

We are through the panic attacks – the night terrors – and he has the muscle control not to wet himself every time someone talks to him.  He is dry in the house now – which is a huge relief I can tell you!  – and he is almost there with his paper training.

It’s hard to find different, stimulating activities for him as still has outdoors fears – so this week we had a bath.  He has quite a tight medication routine to solve some of the health difficulties he may have after his rough start – so there are only a few days in the month before he has his topical treatment that he can have a good scrub.  He seemed to really enjoy it!  He was a bit panicked when I lifted him into the water – but he soon settled and was perfectly still with no shaking while I was pouring the water over him – and the loved the soap rubbing!

Well – it seemed to tire him out – he still has very little stamina

Been Baking all week

The past couple of weeks sales – plus the on line box sales – and the giving away with jumper / coat sales = not much on the tray.  Jeepers – my bad – wowzer – you love my treats.

Thank you soooo much for your faith in Posh Dog Bakes.

This week I have baked 2 different bakes every night all week to catch up with my boxes – which you can find HERE – and to refill general shop stock – and we have the Comic Fest in the town next weekend so I thought I had better get ahead!!!

This week I have baked twice a night – and come to a firm decision about size!  From now on I will be ditching my larger size cutters – and just using the smaller size ones.  It does take longer to cut them out – but they bake better, they handle better, and they post better.

We are almost totally gluten free now – which is a huge step.  The labels are now fully in conformance – and we have introduced a colour coding system so you can see instantly what is gluten free – vegetarian – dairy free.  The production system has been refined and  is working really well.

Now available in box sets HERE

This week’s bake

Running very low on treats, they are doing so well now.  I really need to do a week of baking every night but I don’t have the energy at the moment.

This week I have revisited the ‘Just Carrot’ – gone gluten free – and left the carrots rough instead of pureeing them.  It’s really pretty to see the little strips of carrot in them.

We are just about completly gluten free now.  The new flours are working out very well – they make a really crunchy biscuit that keeps along time

I will just leave this here

I have to apologise – my posting is all over the place at the moment.  There is so much going on in the shop – and my Fibro / ME is playing up something wicked – I am just not getting through all the jobs.

I have opened the order books for the coming winter coat season and I am filling up already – so shout before I get swamped.  I have just finished this dressing gown for a huge ball of fluff that feels the chill after a bath – and being a real mucky pup – he’s always in the bath!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one has a back length of 18″ and is made from an 80% cotton towelling so it will soak up the damp.  There is a big, baggy hood so he can get his ears dry too!

The cost of this is £18.50

Contact me with your orders for the next month – kittenandgoat@gmail.com

 

Happy Birthday to you – Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday dear doggie – have a cake

 

 

 

We now bake gluten free Birthday cakes. They are available in peanut butter and apple or peanut butter and carrot – they have a yogurt and peanut butter ‘icing’ and are topped with grated carob curls.

I had one in the shop to share – and they have gone down a storm.  I have had just one refusal from a greyhound – and one little chap had to be shown how to eat it as he had never had cake before – but he soon got the hang if it.

They cost £4.50 for a single layer heart shape about 4″ across – and at the moment they are collect only from the shop.

Alfie is legal!

I finally got round to getting Alfie a name tag – and I got the most wonderful tag

I love the heart shape – and it’s thinker than normal.  And I love that you can see someone has engraved it – not a machine.

But – you know me – have to fiddle!  Alfie has several collars (and I always getting a new one!) – so I wanted an easy way to swap it about.
If you would like to get your own disc made – the link is here

https://www.consciouscrafties.com/handmade-gifts/personalised-2-5cm-heart-pet-id-tag/

 

 

 

 

 

When you come to the end of your lollipop

– To the end, to the end, of a lollipop,
When you come to the end of a lollipop,
Plop goes your heart!

The yellow honey bee fabric has been my most popular E-V-E-R.  If I could get another 10 metres I would – – but it’s all gone –  this is the very last scrap
The last little useable bits have gone into a couple of poo bag holders and a couple of key fobs.  These last bee goodies will be in the shop soon!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s bake

Anyone who makes scented candles – or soap – should make a peanut butter scent.  I have been baking with peanut butter all day – and the house smells amazing!!!

2 experiments – First pup cake peanut butter and carrot – gluten free
Bit of work still to go in to the proportions – peanut butter is such an odd thing to work with.  All the tester don’t seem to mind though – it’s gone down very quickly.  I also had a try with coconut oil.  First time I have used it – but everyone keeps going on about it and I have never tried it.  Don’t like it – won’t be swapping my olive oil.  It is way too heavy and greasy for what I want – and it’s not a wet enough ingredient for something that is wet and not a solid.  I will use the rest of the jar up in a human bake that needs butter – that may be better.

Second bake – luxury ‘chocolate’ cookies.
No our type of chocolate of course – a grated carob bar  – and – good old peanut butter – yumms

You’re fired!!!

honestly – I think I should sack my ‘tester’ dogs – they just love everything!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week I have come up with  a new invention – Caribbean Crush.  It’s pineapple – mango and banana – and the dogs can’t get enough of it!!

This is the weighing station – the final part of the process.  I think I am finally there with all the labeling – I have just started to add colour coding so you can see at a distance the different types.  This one is not Gluten free – but it is vegetarian – and as there are no egg in it – it’s vegan too.

Gosh we have come along way!

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