Our dogs

So I thought it was only right that I add a page to introduce the pups, seeing as this is primarily a blog about them.


Nicknames: Boo, Bubba, Kasp, Kasperdoodle, Bubba-doo, Fatty, Doodle dog, Bugga, Bugga-boo

Kasper is a Border Collie cross Springer Spaniel that we adopted on the 25th March 2011 as a 9 month old pup – enjoy some pics of baby Kasper! 🙂

Kasper had a lot of issues. They ranged from resource guarding, separation anxiety, huge issues with the vacuum, fear of hands moving quickly by him, hatred of handling / grooming and he was extremely scared of men.

Over the years we have put a lot of time and effort into counter conditioning him and working with his fears. He can now befriend a strange man within 5 minutes, cope with people visiting us in the house, people who stroke him when out on a walk and he is fine with the vacuum. We can also dry him, brush him and trim his nails!


Kasper is a stomach on legs; he would eat until he was sick if we let him (and then he’d probably eat the sick…) and he also eats things that blatantly aren’t edible. Such as wax crayons. Yay, colourful poop…

Kasper really enjoys training (he knows around 40 tricks) and he now sees his crate as his safe place. He can happily be left home alone for up to 5 hours.

Kasper’s passion is hiking. His recall is poor around livestock, but otherwise he is absolutely amazing, and these past 6 months he has become impressively responsive – only took us 5 years haha 🙂

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Nicknames: Sash, Cloud, Fluff Monkey, Sashy-pants, fluffybutt, Poodle Pup

Sasha is a Standard Poodle puppy we got from a breeder when she was 12 weeks old.


She was supposed to be my assistance dog, and I worked my arse off training her to be comfortable with the world.

Unfortunately when she came to us she was extremely fearful, and this fear ranged from being terrified of people (literally cowering as people walked past on the opposite side of the road!!) to cars, dogs barking, all sorts. She was one of the most fearful puppies we have ever worked with.

I tried for 6 months to fit a square peg through a round hole, and recently I finally gave in. I was constantly having people tell me not to give up on her, that she could make it as an assistance dog…but she can’t, and it’s not fair to try.

She doesn’t *enjoy* working. She doesn’t like training, she doesn’t want to check in on me, and she’s still way too fearful to do anything but quiet dog walks. She just wants to be off lead, run about, and be independent.

At this point we have no plans to rehome her.




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Nicknames: Grub, Tollster, Tollie-too, Potato, Spud-pup, Spudder, Spuddy one

Tolly is a 7 month old Jack Russell Terrier cross Pomeranian puppy that we adopted when she was around 8 weeks old.

I fell in love with Toller when I saw her advertised through our rescue. She was actually adopted out to us as a boy, but is in fact a girl – I was extremely disappointed as I wanted a boy for various reasons (UTIs, heat, spaying etc)  but it didn’t change how much I loved her 😉

Toller was a tiny bean of a puppy, and is still incredibly small. Fully grown she weighs just 3.5kg!




At 5 months old an off lead Labrador ran across a field and knocked Tolly flying. She smashed EVERY BONE connecting her toes to her paw.

We suffered through 8+ weeks crate rest, after which the vet declared her “fully healed” even though she was still lame and couldn’t walk. Wow. At 8 months old that is totally unacceptable!! Her foot was at a right angle, and after 11 weeks crate rest she was absolutely miserable.

We floundered, not knowing what to do for the best – get her a custom wheelchair, try find a vet that would amputate, have her put to sleep?! We managed to find another surgery that said they would see her, and who immediately agreed to an amputation (which we had been pushing for since the day after the accident!!)

The day after amputation

Toller was fully healed from surgery within 3 weeks. She was off pain meds in one week, and had the stitches removed in less than two weeks. She is so much happier on three legs, and can run faster than ever before!!

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Our dogs are trained using positive reinforcement; we don’t punish / correct them, and try our hardest not to scold them…obviously there’s the odd slip up, but hey, we’re only human. See our training page for more info!


11 thoughts on “Our dogs

    • Haha I loved reading your smelly blog! 🙂

      Thankyou – I think they are both gorgeous, but I may be slightly biased 😉 Wow that’s crazy that Staffies are rare where you live, rescues are overflowing with them here, it’s a very sad situation.

      Thanks for leaving a comment 🙂

      • Staffies are one of the banned breeds in our country 😦 If we lived where you live, my humans would probably have adopted a staffie instead of a smelly beagle like me! (although i’m pretty sure staffies roll in dead lizards too, hmph….)

      • Wow Staffies are banned?! I didn’t know that…Pit bulls are banned here, otherwise I would definitely have a Pittie 🙂

        Haha I LOVE Staffies, but smelly Beagles are adorable too 😉

  1. I just found your blog, and am enjoying your stories & photos.! I’ll be back.
    If you like to read dog stories, check out http://maijaharrington.com, where I’m posting chapters from my book-in-progress, Funny Tails: Adventures & Misadventures in Living with Pugs. It’s a lighthearted, humorous look at my life with our 3 pugs as well as various pugs we’ve fostered for Pug Rescue of North Carolina. So far, readers think the book is really funny. (It’s G-rated. And it’s free, not trying to sell you anything.)
    Maija (pronounced My-uh)

    • Thank you! 😀

      I’ll be sure to check it out, I’m a big fan of pugs – I’ll have to share it with my parents too, they *adore* pugs!! 😉

  2. I grew up with a sprollie. He was the most amazing and trainable dog. Your Kasper is almost identical to my Scotty. He did alot of tricks, and my dad’s best companion. Loved to ride in the truck, and go to school and beat the kids in my dad’s third grade class at math problems. He could escape our pen, which was a 6 foot climb to the top. He also loved to climb ladders. Do you live in the US? I’ve been looking for a sprollie and they are hard to find.

    • Oh that’s so cute, most the ‘Sprollies’ I’ve seen have looked completely different to Kasper! No we live in the UK. Sprollies are quite common here, you see quite a lot of adolescent Sprollies in rescue…breeders seem to be selling them as ‘designer dogs’ and listing them as “ideal family pets” -obviously for the standard family their intelligence and energy levels aren’t exactly ideal!

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