Busy Bees

This past couple of weeks things have really taken off!!!

We are at the point now where things are selling faster than I can get them listed.  So we are going to try a change of tactics.

This week end I will be working with these fleece fabrics to make coats.

First – we have a couple of novelty patterns

Also a smart Argyle pattern in 3 colour ways

If you would like a certain size – holler out and bag yours now.  kittenandgoat@gmail.com

PS – there is not much of the red left already!

Also – new bandanna fabrics.  I have been looking for a copyright free Super Hero theme for e-v-e-r – and finally I have one – well 2 – green or orange.  The other is a blue ‘nautical’ look dog theme.  Shout out and let me know if you fancy one

Love and licks

Posh Dog

 

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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

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

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 weeks bake

This week I thought I would experiment with buckwheat flour.  It is gluten free – and I want to be able to offer that option.

It is a really fine, light flour – and I missed the bran roughage of the wholemeal flour.  I obviously could not add a bit of bran – so I added some oatmeal.  Technically oats are Gluten free – but because they are grown / processed along side wheat – they are at risk of cross contamination and you can’t call them that.  Long term I need to find some sort of roughage to add instead of the oats.

The buckwheat makes a really light, crisp biscuit – which my 2 little testers liked!

Alfie Update

Who’s a smoochie puppy then?

So – vet check up today – William’s boosters were due too – so we all went – Rachel is amazing with them – how many vet consultations have you had that take place on the floor at dog level!

Rachel was really pleased with the progress that Alf has made these past 2 months.  He has put on weight – his coat looks amazing – his teeth are cleaner – he is standing up sooo big and tall – – and – – he is interacting with others.  He is so keen to learn and get involved – and is responding to the outside world – bless him – he is trying sooo hard.

Because of his start in life Alfie has a special type of worming tablet- and he has to have one every month instead of the normal 6 or 12 months.  All puppies are born with worms – but – because of our treatments in the UK they are blasted out of the dogs system in the first 12 months and you just have to keep it topped up.  Alfie has not had this and we have to take extra care for the next few years.

The same thing applies to his other parasite regime.  Normally a dose of Frontline every 4 – 6 weeks will take take care of this – but because of his street life Alfie has a mite problem.  We use advocate – a stronger, slightly different formula than normal that includes a chemical to control mites.  Apparently they will be there even though we can’t see them – and they are a bad thing!

I am so proud of him and the progress he has made is such a short time

Alfie Update

I made a HUGE mistake the other day.  I told Alfie off!!

I was tired – and cranky – and I wanted to get on with what I was doing – and he was barking and carrying on and I needed to talk to someone – so I barked back and tapped his bottom.

– Totally normal training reaction  – for a totally normal dog.

The instant I had done it I thought to myself – you silly cow – you can’t do that!

And Alfie went of in a total panic and hid for the rest of the day.

A split seconds loss of concentration – bugger!

That’s the thing with trying to train a nervous dog – my training rule book has totally been thrown out of the widow.  No normal rules apply.  You can’t scold a nervous dog – not can you put them in their place or dominate them.  You have to coax them out to do the right thing.

So – he went off and hid in absolute terror for the rest of the day – he would not be coaxed into bed to snuggle – and it was 2 days later that he started to interact with me again.  I feel such a muppet – but it was a really good wake up call.  Alfie has made huge progress in the past couple of months – but it has only been a couple of months and there is such a long way to go yet.

Last week his toilet habits were disastrous to say the least – was that a consequence of his telling off and him losing confidence?  or just a bad week?  Who knows – this will be a long road of humps and bumps – but I hold my hands up – I could have done better this week.

A couple of days later – we are in recovery mode!  I think I am forgiven

Summer colours

It’s been a rough week health wise – but I have finally managed to get a few collars in summer colours made.

This is Williams new collar in the seaside theme – Alfie ate the buckle off his old one!

 

 

Here is the selection so far – I will be listing them in the shop as soon as the camera battery has recharged and I can take photos.

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Alfie update

OK – SO Alf has just turned 1 years old.  Yeah – got that – 1 year old – just turned one – getting to be a grown up – testing his boundaries – doing grown up doggie stuff.  SOOOOO – past the nerve tingling, gut wrenching puppy tricks then?

Yeah – Right – – – SOOOO Wrong!!!!!

Bring on the shoes, books and toilet roll!!!

I have been struggling to get my head round the shoes issue for the past couple of weeks.  I have lost 2 pairs of shoes (one was my good pair that I was hoping to get at least another year out of) – a pair of cheepie old slippers – and the old goat has lost a pair of crappie canvas shoes.  I understand that behavior in babies – lost loads of shoes when Wills was a pup – big people smells and teething!!!  ( We don’t ‘Teethe’ as a 1 year old???)

Add to the mix – we have now just discovered toilet rolls – and newspapers – and scrumpled paper – and balls of wool.

Oh – I get it – I know the ‘whys’ – at 3 months old – NOT 12 months.

Stuck between a rock and a hard place here.  You can’t tell a dog with anxiety off in the ‘normal’ way – in ‘theory’ you have to praise the good and distract from what you don’t want them to do with other things.

Bless him – it’s as if we have hit the reset button and now he is starting as a baby puppy – he is soooo funny.

We are still having house training issues – food issues – street / people issues – but every week it is like we have a new animal, learning new skills and coping with the world in his weird way of thinking – but we have baby steps of learning to cope and deal with it rather than bullying the animal into repression/submission.  It takes waaaay longer – but is much healthier for the dog – and he is such a superstar!!

Oh – and – by the way – he has just run off with a wooden spoon from  – somewhere – no idea where he found that one!!!!

 

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!

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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep an eye on the SHOP – or CONTACT ME for more details

 

 

 

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

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.