50 little things that make me happy

I’ve had this post in the notes on my phone for a while now, adding things to it as soon as I experience something new that makes me happy that I’d like to add in the post. I keep all my blog post ideas in the notes on my phone, so it’s an easy way to just delete them once they’ve been written. I also categorize them into months but that’s for another post altogether (categorizing… that’s one thing that clearly makes me happy!) Then I saw in March, one of my favourite bloggers Hello Bexa actually did a post more or less the same. Great minds think alike, I say. She’s cool with me doing a similar type of post so here we are, my usually miserable self about to share 50 little things that make me happy!

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A-Z of me

I’ve seen this A-Z of me post scattered around the blogosphere quite a lot recently; and I’m not surprised. It’s a lovely, simple post to let people know a little more about you. I pinched the idea off of Fraser’s Fun House (who’s blog is fantastic, hint hint mummy and lifestyle bloggers, go and check it out!) and thought it would be a good idea to do as my follower count has grown substantially since the last time I did any sort of “get to know me” or “facts about me” type post which have been lost in the ether by now. So, let’s get going. A-Z of me and please excuse any of these which are ridiculous because chances are I couldn’t think of anything beginning with that letter.

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The perfect present for the pet lover in your life

I know Christmas has been and gone but it’s never a wrong time of the year to support small businesses and buy unique and personal gifts for those you love! We all have birthdays after all! I’ve always found personal gifts the best; to give and receive. Something that no one else in the world is going to have. I also love supporting small businesses when the time comes for gift buying, whether that’s Mother’s Day, Christmas or a birthday. Being a small business myself (albeit not one that sells gifts), I know how important the support is. Not just the purchases but the word of mouth, the positive feedback and even the shout outs and retweets.

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Guest Post: Keeping Your Dog Cool in the Summer

Hi all! Continuing with my week of guest posts whilst I’m away on my holidays, today I have a post from Ashley at Blonde Fashion Happy with some tips and tricks on keeping your doggies cool when summer arrives! It’s super important to keep your dogs healthy when it’s super hot out and some of these are really great ideas!

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10 Reasons Why I Prefer Dogs to Humans

You know lately, I’ve been feeling out of touch with the human world. Like, no offence mum if you’re reading this but humans just aren’t doing it for me at the moment and I’d much rather spend my time alone, in peace and solitude, with just my dog for company because let’s face it, dogs are better than humans. Humans suck, actually. And these are my reasons why I do, in fact, prefer dogs to humans. 

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Man’s Best Friend: A Tribute To All Our Loyal Canine Friends

Last month saw the start of the brand new series of Paul O’Grady’s, ‘For The Love of Dogs’. I don’t know about you but I absolutely adore that show and haven’t missed a single episode since series 1. Paul O’Grady, fellow dog lover, heads into Battersea Cats and Dogs Home in the UK to give us, the viewers, a little insight into the workings of the rescue centre and also the sometimes very grisly background of some of the poor, unfortunate dogs that walk into the centre every single day. As well as extremely informative and eye-opening, the show can often be heart-wrenching and I’ve been known to shed a tear sob uncontrollably at a handful of cases Paul has worked with on the show.

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Book Review: Boo! The Underdog With a Heart of Gold by Lisa Edwards

boo-the-underdog-with-a-heart-of-goldWhat it’s about:

Boo is an unlikely hero. The runt of his litter and the class dunce in puppy training, the odds are definitely stacked against him. But there’s more to little Boo than meets the eye, for he might be clumsy and short-sighted, but he radiates love and empathy.

Working as a therapy dog alongside owner Lisa, Boo has been a true miracle worker, helping countless people with his kindness, soft fur and warm heart. From young dyslexic children struggling to read aloud to the terminally ill seeking comfort in their final hours, Boo has an uncanny ability to sense what each individual needs. And for Lisa, suffering from her own health problems, Boo’s presence in her life is an unexpected gift she continues to treasure.

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Review:

Seriously, with a book cover this cute how could you not want to read this?! I probably wouldn’t recommend this book if you’re not an animal lover but being a dog owner myself, I can relate to some of the struggles, frustration and touching moments Lisa goes through with my own dog, in terms of potty-training, learning new commands and being comforted by a big ball of fluff.

This book really touches your emotions and I praise the author for writing such a heart-felt, honest and very personal account of her life. This true story follows the path of young Boo, found as a puppy in a cardboard box in a pet shop by Lisa who takes him home to her apprehensive husband only to find that Boo isn’t like any other dog. She later finds out that the cause of Boo’s year-long potty training and clumsiness is due to a disability which only makes Lisa more determined to find Boo’s place in the world. In which she does. I found this book a very interesting read as being a dog trainer she often refers to psychological studies about dogs and their behaviours, relationships and actions. This book really touched a soft-spot with me, being a dog owner and animal lover I showed all the emotions whilst reading it as I’m sure Lisa did whilst writing. From joy when Boo encouraged a little boy with selective-mutism to talk for the first time in his entire life to pure grief and sadness when one of her other dogs, Atticus, passed away. She repeats throughout the book that she believes we don’t always get the dog we want but the dog we need. The dog that will teach us something we didn’t know before or bring something out in us (or themselves) that we didn’t know we had and this was definitely the case for Boo. This book has made me look at my own dog differently and I think that’s what’s important in a book – being able to transfer the words and lessons you learn whilst reading into your own life long after you put the book down.

The only criticism I have is as it is set in America, there’s a lot of places, names and terms she uses (particularly for dog training programmes) that I’m completely unfamiliar with. I would have looked them up online and read more into them but there was just so many I would have been there all day. I generally wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who wasn’t an animal-lover or particularly interested in animals however it may make you look at them in a different light. However if you’re a fan of animals or have a furry friend yourself, this is a must-read that will tug at emotions you never knew you had.