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Adopting a dog with behaviour problems

When we found out from our Landlord that we were allowed to keep a dog in our rented house, there was only one place I was prepared to get a dog from and that was the Dog’s Trust.

We’d been looking at the dogs available for rehoming on their website and I’d fallen for this one almost Milo-from-The-Mask looking dog named Frank. From the picture he had a massive head and tiny legs and seemed perfect for our size home. When we finally got to meet Frank we realised the angle of the photograph had been deceiving - he had supermodel long, slender legs and on top of that had a very complex history of medication, attacks and abandonment. It was too late for me though, I already loved him.

We were talked through all of Frank’s issues and given a detailed medical history. He’d been taking some medication to keep his anxiety in check (well that was something we had in common!) and we eventually took him home, much to the disproval of some of our parents who wondered what on earth we’d taken on with such a troubled dog.

Adopting a troubled dog

For the first few weeks Frank didn’t make a sound and we wondered if he even could bark. We had to remove the rug from our living room as all he wanted to do was attack the corners, he tried to dig up the sofas, he wanted to eat all of our shoes and we were exhausted. Our friends wondered if we’d ever be available or have the energy to ever go out again. I’ll admit, it was an absolute nightmare!

Fast forward to now and Frank is the laziest pup I’ve ever known! He loves to laze on the sofa (or bed!) all day after a quick run in the park or attack of Monkey – his favourite toy – and aside from being scared of the toaster, dishwasher and kitchen floor his anxiety is in control and he’s off his medication; the vet says he’s the picture of health. I’m with him most days as I work from home, but we go out for meals and drinks with friends and he greets us when we return with an excited tail wag, the new rug in the living room intact. All this troubled dog needed was love and stability.

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So here are my top tips for adopting a troubled dog:

// Get as much information about their history or condition as possible. Speak to a vet and search the internet for similar cases so you’re prepared for what might come.

// Be patient. It’s going to take a while for you to learn to live together. Don’t give up after the first hurdle, there are so many years of love and dedication your pet has to offer if you just give them your undivided attention while they settle in.

// Have an outlet for frustration, for both you and your pup. We gave Frank one of Boyfriend’s old trainers and when he started to dig up the sofa or attack the rug we’d take him outside in the yard and let him destroy the shoe. It worked like a charm and we didn’t even need to keep it up past a few months. As for you; Scream into a pillow! If there’s two of you make sure you each get a break while the other one deals with the dog.

// Ask for advice. Thankfully we kept in close contact with the behaviourist at the Dog’s Trust and I remember many phone calls being made in a panic, the most memorable being when I was concerned because Frank was being so calm. Haha!

// Get the best pet insurance. Don’t just shop around for the cheapest, get the best policies that work for your dog. PetPlan asked me to share their services with you and I jumped at the chance because PetPlan is our chosen pet insurance provider and was actually recommended by the Dog’s Trust. They offer a Covered For Life policy which is excellent for piece of mind if your pet needs that little extra looking after.

// Register with a great vet. Ours are so friendly that it’s just a pleasure to call them up or visit. Thankfully we’ve only needed to go once a year so far for Frank’s booster injection, but it’s a good opportunity to ask a few questions that have been on your mind.

// Have fun! Discover what works best for you and your pet. We tried taking Frank on long walks, but he gets too agitated and tired so now we go to the local park and let him run around or chase balls. It’s so much fun to share those moments with your pet and makes the whole ordeal worth while.

I wouldn’t change Frank for any dog in the world! He’s so loved by friends, family and strangers that walk by our house! Our parents are surprised at how quickly we dealt with his issues and what a wonderful companion he has become. I recommend adopting a slightly troubled pet, when you get to this stage with them it just feels wonderful and you wonder why you were ever worried at all!

Loves x xx

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Health & Happiness: Choosing New Glasses!

Online Glasses Trial

I didn’t start wearing glasses until I was 14. I was already geeky and bullied, so it was a bit of a concern to need specs. I tried contact lenses but I found them scratchy and irritating so I only ever wore them for special occasions when I was young. I found my old glasses at home over Christmas and dear Lord, they were ugly. Haha!

Funnily enough I was asked recently if I would have laser eye surgery now and I said no; I actually love having an extra accessory! The last couple of times I’ve needed new glasses I’ve bought two pairs, not because I wanted a spare in case one broke, but because I wanted a second colour to match with my outfits. Thankfully these days wearing glasses is much cooler than it was when I was at school, meaning there are so many more styles and colours and fun shapes to choose from.

When Specspost asked me if I’d like to trial some glasses from their new colour collection my little eyes popped out of my head – have you seen all those colours!? And if that’s not awesome enough, look at the prices, they are totally affordable to have one for every day of the week and every colour scarf I own!

Choosing New Glasses

// When choosing new glasses, as much as it’s important to end up with something you like, I think the most important thing is to choose a style that suits your face. The easiest thing I’ve found is to head to a glasses store and try on different shaped frames. Even better if you can also take along a very honest friend!
!! Remember you don’t have to feel pressured into buying anything there and then, get a feel for the styles and make a mental note of which ones suit you.

// If you’re looking to buy more than one pair, that’s where you can get adventurous. I like to pick at least one standard pair and then one pair that’s a little bit more fun so I always have one to suit my moods!

// A lot of glasses brands also sell online these days so it can be tricky to know what to choose without trying them on. Make sure you shop around to find places like Specspost where you can still do that, but in the comfort of your home!

I selected these because I was trying to go for something a bit different, but even though without a doubt I would pick the mint colour way over anything else usually, I just don’t think they suit my face. I’m leaning a little more towards red, but what do you think? I need you guys to me my honest friend today!!

Orange, Clear Red, Clear Green Glasses c/o SpecsPost

Loves x xx

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Welcome, 2015.

Day to Night Outfit

Happy New Year folks! I hope you saw in 2015 with all the people you love.

I’m looking forward to this year. Looking back, last year seems to have been a bit of a dud; There wasn’t much to write home about, I didn’t see a lot of friends and my life became home to a whole lot of heartache and upheaval. I don’t think back to 2014 with many warm memories, but I think it was a massive transitional period for me and without it I wouldn’t be so set towards a great year like I feel I am.

What I’ve noticed around the internet this year isn’t the people declaring a fresh start for 2015, it’s the people giving those a hard time for it. I’ve seen a lot of pointing & laughing and rolling their eyes at fitness declarations, health kicks and new starts. What I don’t understand is why? If you want to make changes in your life, you should feel free to take whatever motivation works for you. If it’s the new year, then you go Glen Coco!

I love the idea of starting the year being fully self employed with nothing hanging over me and finally getting the chance to make my dreams a reality. I’m looking forward to finishing overcoming my health issues and finding some relaxation. Everything seems to have come to a head to make this a year to really progress on that huge, seemingly unobtainable until now, concept of happiness. I feel optimistic about 2015 and I don’t care who thinks I’m a fool because of it, I’m going to jump at this chance to make the changes I want to see in my life. I reckon I’d be a fool not to.

Loves x xx

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