Words my puppy knows
Jun14

Words my puppy knows

When Hetty started puppy class, at 13 weeks, the trainer told us the puppies were too young to understand words. Well, we’d already taught Hetty to sit using words only and she knew the word ‘ball’ from about 10 weeks. In my favourite book of the year, Lessons in Chemistry, there is an incredible dog who knows hundreds of words. Apparently the norm is about 50 words. I was lucky enough to meet Bonnie Garmus, the...

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The joy of a puppy
May10

The joy of a puppy

Hetty the cockapoo (or cockerpoo) puppy is now five and bit months old and I can honestly say she brings us so much joy. This was what everyone told me about a dog, and what I hoped would happen. The first few weeks were undoubtedly hard, but the challenges get less and less, and now we mainly have joy. I know having a dog isn’t practical for everyone, but I really think that if everyone had one, there would be a lot more happy...

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Week 1 of puppy ownership
Feb08

Week 1 of puppy ownership

Everyone said owning a puppy was exhausting – and they weren’t wrong! After a week of puppy ownership, we felt like we’d had Hetty the cockapoo (or cockerpoo) forever. We also felt very tired. And a little bit stressed. The drive home with her was scary, as she was crying a bit and we didn’t know how to make it better. We stopped the car twice on the way and I ended up driving, with my husband sitting in the...

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Silent Sunday 23.1.22
Jan23

Silent Sunday 23.1.22

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Silent Sunday 9.1.22
Jan09

Silent Sunday 9.1.22

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