The Recall Diaries #1

After a lengthy chat about recall over on our Instagram page it felt like it was the right time to start a new segment over on this blog…The Recall Diaries. I’ve written about recall before (read that post here) but after noticing a pattern of Josie forgetting everything she knew about recall on a certain field it was time to go back to basics as well as reach out to see if any other fellow sighthound owners who had any pearls of wisdom. And like always my Instagram messages was flooded with not only people who shared the same struggle but had great advice and this is everything that we not only do right now but the things we’re currently implanting to improve recall.

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Why Two Hounds Is Better Than One (For Us)

When Josie was the only hound in our lives I always looked at dog owners who had two or more and wondered if life was easier or twice as hard. We’d only had her a few months when I felt like another dog might be a good idea for our household, the decision came to fruition solely based on Josie’s personality. I saw how much she thrived amongst the company of other dogs. Not only did she seem to learn far more from them than she did from us but she needed someone to run around with. Rarely do we meet a dog who can seriously keep up with her and frankly, I think her speed ruffles a lot of dog owners feathers so she needed a companion. After looking after another hound and seeing how good Josie was with another dog in the house and how willing she was to share her things it cemented the idea in my mind. A few weeks later up popped an advert for a little blue whippet puppy needing a new home and the rest is history.

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The Story Of Edie & Her Sensitive Tummy

Some of you may be aware that the only type of chicken (or any poultry for that matter) Edie can have a little nibble on is that of a plush kind. At the end of the summer, we finally found out why Edie always had a bad tummy as well as a number of other issues she struggled with. And it’s been a tough change to handle but now we’re finally on top of it so I thought it was about time I sat and wrote this post just incase there is anyone else struggling with a poorly puppy as it was incredibly stressful and upsetting. As always though, this is just our experience and if you have a poorly pup please do make an appointment to see your vet.

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Rebecca WarrinerJosie & Edie
The Shivering Whippet Essentials

Happy New Year! It’s been a while since I’ve put together a post over on this side of From Roses so do excuse my absence. Now we’re in the depths of winter, although naturally when it comes to writing this post it’s a good 10 degrees outside. However, we’ve had some seriously chilly days which only means one thing for my little long girls…jumper time. It took me a while to find outerwear that was not only whippet friendly but served its purpose as there is nothing worse than wrangling a whippet into something only for it to come off seconds later. As Josie and Edie are hounds that love to adventure and get dirty they put their clothes through the wringer and here is all the best outerwear we use weekly.

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Josie The Wanderer

I thought today I’d finally share a little update on Josie now she’s 18 months old. We got Josie at 9 weeks old and boy did she arrive with a bang, she’s the first dog that I’ve owned as an adult and in just 14 months she’s taught me an incredible amount. As well as sharing a little update on her I also thought I’d finally give an insight into how we deal with Josie and her wanderings. The idea for this post came about after I mentioned that my beloved little hound tends to roam and my inbox instantly filled with questions about how we deal with it. We’ve come along way lately, I've not cried in the woods at all and here is everything we have learned.

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Why Sighthounds?

Considering I've created an Instagram and a blog for the dogs you might already know, I've got a soft spot for long snoots. But I realised, I've never shared some of the reasons why we chose to have sighthounds as pets and why we believe they're such a brilliant breed. Sadly, I think a lot of people get hounds all wrong and presume their vicious because of their speed but I've yet to meet an unfriendly sighthound who didn't want to lean against your legs whilst enjoying a fuss. 

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Rebecca WarrinerJosie & Edie
Whippet Approved Sleeping Quarters

If you're not familiar with the world of whippets or sighthounds in general. Then you might not know just how lazy they are and how much time they spend in their bed of choice. I often get asked what beds (yes, they have more than one) the girls have so I thought I'd share the best that we've ever found and which ones have the whippet snoot of approval.

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The Whippet Puppy Survival Guide

Puppies in general, are one of the best things in the world. And of course, I'm very biased but sighthound puppies, in particular, are so special and having raised one little hound and being in the process of raising another we've developed our own little survival guide. Because as adorable as those tiny snoots are, they can be quite the handful and you go from cooing over your sweet little pup to staring into space whilst they zoom around the house destroying everything in their way wondering how you're going to get through the next few months.

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