Year of the Dog: Italian Spinone

I went to Emmaus in Bolton the other day with Ethan, my friend and her kids. We hadn’t been there long when we spotted a really excited puppy! I wasn’t sure what breed the beautiful puppy was but it turns out he’s an Italian Spinone, what a handsome boy! Alfie is only 11 weeks old but he’s already getting big! I l looked up the breed when I home and they grow to a good size. Alfie was very happy to see us, he was very excited and loved playing with Ethan and his pal Stanley. He also really enjoyed eating stones, his human mummy has to spend lots of her time taking stone out of his mouth! Alfie gets to go work with his humans which is great, he also shares an office with a parrot!

Alfie Spinone

Gorgeous Alfie!


Alfie Spinone 2

Name: Alfie

Breed: Italian Spinone

Age: 11 weeks old

Favourite food: Raw meat and stones!

Favourite toy: His squeaky toys which he’s now broken! The parrot now imitates the squeak though!

Favourite pastime: Eating everything and sleeping!

Year of the Dog: Louie the Handsome Estrela Mountain Dog

I’ve had a great day today! I’ve been on a trip to London with work and I got to visit the fantastic Horniman Museum and whilst outside I spotted the most amazing dog called Louie! At first I thought he might be a Leonberger but he’s actually a very handsome Estrela Mountain Dog. I’ve never met a Estrela Mountain Dog before so I was very keen to feature him on my blog! Louie is a really friendly boy and as you can see from the photo’s he’s very friendly! I got to give him lots of strokes, such a gorgeous boy.


Handsome Louie



Smiley boy!



Name: Louie

Breed: Estrela Mountain Dog

Age: 6 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Cheese!

Favourite toy: Louie doesn’t play with toys, he doesn’t even play fetch!

Favourite pastime: Standing in front of the TV at a pivotal moment of the programme!

Year of the Dog: Two Gorgeous Puli’s

What an exciting day!  I was out and about at lunchtime today in Manchester when I spotted a couple walking two gorgeous Puli’s, I couldn’t believe it! Puli’s are amazing, what a super cool breed of dog! The last Puli I saw was my ex-boyfriends when I was 18, quite some time ago now! I really hoped to see one last year during my Year of the Dog so I was really pleased today to see two. Zebbi and Kimba are both beautiful friendly girls, I gave them both a good stroke. They are like celebrities, I wasn’t the only person to stop and take a picture of them, it happens everywhere they go! Zebbi and Kimba are both from Hungry but they are from different breeders. They both get on well with each other for most of the time! They both love snuggles and Kimba likes to rest her head on her humans feet, whilst Zebbi likes to lie on her back with her feet in the air.

Zebbi & Kimba 2

Kimba and Zebbi


Kimba 2

Beautiful Kimba!


Name: Kimba

Breed: Puli

Age: 3 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Stolen food!

Favourite toy: Her human mummy’s slippers! They look a bit like her and she likes to carry them around. She’s a good girl and doesn’t chew them!


Gorgeous Zebbi!


Name: Zebbi

Breed: Puli

Age: 4 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Raw bones

Favourite toy: Squeaky teeth!

Favourite pastime: Zebbi could play fetch all day!

Year of the Dog: Brilliant dogs in the park!

I went to the park this afternoon and I couldn’t believe it when I spotted two Neapolitan Mastiff’s! I was very excited, I really wanted to see one last year for my Year of the Dog but unfortunately I didn’t meet any (they are pretty rare), so I couldn’t miss the opportunity to say hello. To make it even more exciting there wasn’t just the two Neapolitan Mastiff’s; their humans also  had two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, two German Shepherds and two Border Terriers with them, they own 9 dogs in total (one was at home)! What a lovely group of dogs they are, I got to give nearly all of them a fuss. One of the Neapolitan Mastiff’s is a little shy so Bella offered her services to pose for me! Bella is a very friendly girl, I gave her lots of strokes! Bella went to live with her current human when she was 2 years old, her previous owners didn’t know what they were taking on and decided they weren’t the right humans for her to live with. She’s very happy with her 8 dog siblings now!


Beautiful Bella!


Name: Bella

Breed: Neapolitan Mastiff

Age: 5 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Meat!

Favourite toy: Bella doesn’t play with toys

Favourite pastime: Going for walks and disappearing!


Shortly after I said goodbye to the gorgeous gang of doggies I spotted a Boston Terrier, again another one of my favourite dogs that I don’t get to see very often; happy days! Ollie was with his doggy best pal Teddy, a Maltese and Shih Tzu cross; what a lovely friendly pair.


Handsome Ollie!


Name: Oliver (Ollie)

Breed: Boston Terrier

Age: 8 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Any human food!

Favourite toy: Any rope toy!

Favourite pastime: Sleeping

Teddy 2

Name: Teddy

Breed: Maltese Terrier and Shih Tzu cross

Age: 2 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Pizza and Pringles!

Favourite toy: Balls, slippers and socks!

Favourite pastime: Teddy has a mad 5 minutes when he gets back into the house. He runs around and skids across the floor which he really loves!

Year of the Dog: Hilda

It’s been quite along time since I last posted a picture of a gorgeous  doggy but I couldn’t resist sharing a picture of gorgeous pooch I met today! There was a market set up outside work today and beautiful Hilda a British Bulldog was on one of the stalls with her humans. I thought of an excuse to go outside a meet her and I gave her a good fuss, what a beautiful friendly girl!

I walked past later in the day after my lunch so I had to go and say hello again and make her a dog of the day! She was in her little bed when I went over but she ended up getting out so that I could give her a good stroke. She put her head really far back so I could stroke her chin, she also gave my hand a little hug, so cute! As I’ve said many times before, I absolutely love Bull dogs, I want Hilda to be my best friend! Hilda is a rescue dog and has been with her  current humans since July last year. Unfortunately Hilda was not treated well by her previous humans and has the scars to prove it. I’m very pleased she’s got such a loving home now.


Beautiful Hilda!


Name: Hilda

Breed: British Bulldog

Age: 9 years old (human years)

Favourite food: All food!

Favourite toy: Balls

Biggest dislike: Walking!

Favourite pastime: Sleeping, watching Coronation Street and Formula One!

Year of the Dog: I’m missing dogs!

It’s been 6 days since I completed my Year of the Dog challenge and I’m really missing it! It’s so strange to not have to go and search for a dog every day; I find I’m still constantly on the look out for dogs! I also haven’t even got to stroke a dog for the last 6 days! I was going to pop round to my friends house last night and I would have got to see gorgeous Alfie from Day 113 but she wasn’t very well so I didn’t end up going round! Hopefully I’ll bump in to a dog today!


Handsome Alfie!

Year of the Dog Day 365

I’ve done it! Today is the final day of my blog, day 365! I can’t quite believe it! It’s been a fantastic year, I’ve literally met hundreds of amazing dogs! I just want to say a huge thank you to all the people that have followed the blog, the lovely dog owners that have let me take pictures of their brilliant dogs and of course all of the gorgeous doggies themselves! I also want to say a huge thank you to my son Ethan who has been very patient whilst I’ve taken the photo’s and my husband Tim who has also been very patient and supportive (he’s also my IT support!). I also wanted to thank my mum and dad who have come on loads of dog spotting walks with me, they’re the best! Thanks also to my friends who have also been dog spotting for the past year!

I was very excited about meeting Dog 365 today so I decided to visit Heaton Park as I knew there would loads of dogs there! It didn’t take me long before I spotted one of my favourite breeds of dog, a Dogue De Bordeaux so I went over to say hello. Lucy is a very happy girl indeed, she has a massive smile on her face all of the time! She was having a great time running and leaping about! I gave her a good stroke, she’s extremely friendly. Despite her friendly face her human told me that some people are scared of her because she’s so big; she’s a gentle giant though! Lucy’s human has owned a number of Dogue De Bordeaux’s and unfortunately he lost one, Brody earlier this year. He also foster’s Dogue De Bordeaux’s whilst they find their forever home. Lucy was also out with one of her neighbours who takes her out for a walk whilst her human daddy is at work.


Beautiful Lucy!




Action shot!


Name: Lucy

Breed: Dogue De Bordeaux

Age: 5 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Anything that isn’t dog food!

Favourite toy: Lucy doesn’t really play with toys but she loves playing with her human, he’s her toy!

Favourite pastime: Rolling around in muddy puddles!

Year of the Dog Day 364

Can you believe it, today’s dog is my second to last!

I travelled back to Bolton from Exeter today so again I assumed I would be able to find a dog at the service station and I did! I spotted a very beautiful Border Terrier called Fern. Fern was travelling from Cornwall to Lancashire, a long journey! Fern was with her human sisters who she loves as well as her human Grandma who she lives with most of the time. Fern is a very friendly girl, I got to give her lots of fuss; she’s a real cutie! Today is Fern’s second birthday, happy birthday Fern!


Beautiful Fern!



Name: Fern

Breed: Border Terrier

Age: 2 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Peanuts! Fern really loves them; her humans try to hide them but she can hear the rustle of the packet from a mile off!

Favourite toy: Ball

Favourite pastime: Running and swimming on the beach; Fern goes to the beach every day!

Year of the Dog Day 363

We went on a family trip on the steam train to Totnes today, Ethan loved the train! I expected to see lots of dogs in Totnes and I wasn’t disappointed! I popped into a shop and when I got out Tim told me that a tiny puppy Pug had just walked past so I ran up the street looking for it. I couldn’t spot them about so I figured that they might have popped into a shop! We walked past a little pet shop so I peeped through the window and spotted the absolutely gorgeous Pug puppy! Oreo is a beautiful friendly girl. It was her first trip out to Totnes and I think the trip might have tired her out a bit, she was closing her eyes as I was stroking her! Oreo has a human sister who she already loves, they’re already best buddies!


Gorgeous Oreo!


Name: Oreo

Breed: Pug

Age: 16 weeks old

Favourite food: Chicken biscuits!

Favourite toy: Pink Teddy which she loves to cuddle!

Favourite pastime: Chewing feet, socks and slippers!

Year of the Day 362

I popped to Exeter town centre today and I was hopeful I would see a dog there; I wasn’t disappointed there were loads! I spotted a gorgeous Vizsla on the other side of the road and I couldn’t resist going over to say hello! Sprocket is a gorgeous boy, he’s really friendly and wanted to say hello to everyone walking past, lots of people also wanted to say hello to him too! Sprocket even made friends with a little toddler that went past, what a lovely doggy! Sprocket is named after the dog on Fraggle Rock, I used to love that dog! Sprocket turned one yesterday and he had a doggy birthday party with his doggy siblings, parents and grandparents. In total there were 15 Vizsla’s all playing on Exmouth beach, I wish I’d seen them all! I got to give Sprocket a good stroke, it’s his favourite thing!


Handsome Sprocket!


Name: Sprocket

Breed: Hungarian Vizsla

Age: 1 year old (human years)

Favourite food: Fish and liver!

Favourite toy: His rope, he loves playing tug!

Favourite pastime: Being stroked!

Year of the Dog Day 361

I’ve travelled down to Exeter today and I was pretty sure that I would spot a dog at a service station; I saw lots! The first dog I saw was a really cute King Charles Spaniel so I went over to say hello! Bella is a really beautiful girl and so friendly; I’m pretty sure that she thinks everyone at the service station was there to say hello to her! Everyone should, she’s gorgeous! Bella is still young, she’s 8 months old and she has lovely soft puppy fur!


Beautiful Bella!


Name: Bella

Breed: King Charles Cavalier Spaniel

Age: 8 months old

Favourite food: Cheese!

Favourite toy: A fox squeaky toy. Bella loves to squeak it in people’s faces when they’re not paying her attention!

Favourite pastime: Running on the beach!

Year of the Dog Day 360

The weather has been awful today! I finally spotted a break in the rain I went for a little walk down the street with my dad and niece. It was quiet about but eventually we spotted a really cute little Schnauzer! Lexi is very sweet but she’s a little shy; I got to give her a good stroke though! Lexi lives with 3 cats, she likes to play with them but they’re not too keen!


Lovely Lexi!


Name: Lexi

Breed: Schnauzer

Age: 1 year old (human years). Lexi will be 2 in February.

Favourite food: Lexi is on a raw food diet, she eats Natures Menu.

Favourite toy: Cuddly monkey. The monkey has really long legs and arms which Lexi likes to play tug of war with! The monkey has unfortunately lost one of its legs!

Favourite pastime: Walking, playing tug of war and sitting at the window watching the world go by!

Year of the Dog Day 359

Merry Christmas! I’m typing up my blog now before I get too tipsy!

I had to pick up my parents today to bring them round for Christmas dinner and I spotted a very cute dog on the way! I pulled in and ran after handsome Toby, a Staffie and Labrador Cross. Toby is a friendly boy and he’s very cute, I gave him a good stroke! Toby is a rescue dog from Bolton Destitute Animal Statuary. He was found tied up outside the statuary one Christmas; he’s lived with is current human for 5 years!


Handsome Toby!


Name: Toby

Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Labrador Cross

Age: 10 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Chicken treats!

Favourite toy: Teddy which he likes to chew!

Favourite pastime: Walking and going for a run!

Year of the Dog Day 358

I popped to the park this morning to spot a dog! It was quiet about but eventually I spotted a man walking 3 lovely dogs! Peppa the Pug, Daisy the Staffie and Eddy the Border Terrier, a lovely trio, very cute! They all get on really well with each other, they’re best friends! I decided to make Peppa my Dog of the Day, she’s a real cutie, look at that little tongue, it’s always sticking out! It was tricky to get a picture of Peppea as she kept coming up to me more strokes!


Beautiful Peppa!



Name: Peppa

Breed: Pug

Age: 7 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Any food! Peppa steals the other dogs food!

Favourite toy: Peppa isn’t really bothered about toys!

Favourite pastime: Sleeping!

Year f the Dog Day 357

Me and Ethan popped to the park this morning. We had a little walk round when we arrived but it very quiet about so we went to the playground for a play. We then went for another little walk round and spotted a man walking a very cute Schnauzer. Ethan really liked Seth the Schnauzer’s beard, he said it was like his dads! Seth is very cute, he’s 11 years old which I was really surprised about, he seems much younger! Seth loves his human mummy, he’s a real mummy’s boy, very sweet!


Handsome Seth!


Name: Seth

Breed: Schnauzer

Age: 11 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Bakers!

Favourite toy: A chewy rabbit which he loves to play with!

Favourite pastime: Walking!

Year of the Dog Day 356

I had to walk to the other side of Manchester today and on my way back to the train station I spotted a very cute puppy tied up outside a shop. I went over to say hello, she was very cute and friendly; I gave her a good fuss but unfortunately I couldn’t spot her owner in the shop so I carried on!

Once I got back to Bolton I spotted a lady walking two dogs so I pulled over in the car to jump out and say hello! I made beautiful Roxy an American Akita my dog of the day. Roxy is very sweet and I gave her a little stroke. Unfortunately Roxy is a little poorly at the moment, she has just been diagnosed with  Volt-Koyanagi-Harada’s Disease, better known as VKH-Like Syndrome (VKH) which is an auto-immune disease. Roxy s currently on steroids which have made her a little subdued. Unfortunately Roxy will have this disease for the rest of her life but they should be able to get her medication levels under control soon. Roxy loves her doggy housemate, they’re best friends!


Beautiful Roxy!


Name: Roxy

Breed: American Akita

Age: 2 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Chicken

Favourite toy: Teddy which she likes to cuddle!

Favourite pastime: Walking and sleeping!

Year of the Dog Day 355

I went out at lunchtime today but there were no dogs to be seen! It was really dark by the time I got back to Bolton and it seemed really quiet about so I decided to ask my dad to come with me and knock on one of his neighbours doors to see if I could take a picture of one of their dogs! Ozzy is little boisterous so we decided we would be better off taking a picture of Iggy. Iggy is very cute, but he’s also very shy, I did get to give him a little stroke though! Unfortunately I didn’t get the best photo, it definitely doesn’t do justice to how cute Iggy is!

iggy retouched

Cute Iggy!


Name: Iggy

Breed: Cocker Spaniel

Age: 10 months old

Favourite food: Anything! Iggy especially loves pasta and tries to steal it off his humans!

Favourite toy: Iggy has lots of toys but his favourite is a ball!

Favourite pastime: Pinching socks!

Year of the Dog Day 354

Myself, Ethan and Tim went for a little walk to the park this afternoon. We didn’t get far when we spotted a really cute Bichon Frise. Millie is a really friendly girl, we got to give her a good stroke! Millie is very lucky and still gets to see her dog sister Daisy who lives with her humans auntie; they’re really good friends and Daisy even goes over to Millie’s house for sleepovers, how sweet!


Beautiful Millie!


Name: Millie

Breed: Bichon Frise

Age: 7 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Millie loves food and she especially loves crab sticks!

Favourite toy: Grey elephant soft toy which she likes to cuddle! She also takes it to her human mummy when she’s excited!

Favourite pastime: Sitting on the window ledge waiting for the postman! Millie also loves sleeping!

Year of the Dog Day 353

I popped out at lunchtime today and as soon as I walked out of the door I spotted a very cute little dog so I went over to say hello. Beauty is  lovely girl, she very calm but also very friendly and happy. I gave her a good fuss, she was very keen to say hello! Beauty sadly lost her dog brother earlier this year, she was very upset after he died but she has now started to come out of herself a bit more. She’s a very sweet dog.


Gorgeous Beauty!


Name: Beauty

Breed: Poodle and Bichon Frise Cross (Poochon)

Age: 7 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Pedigree Chum with gravy; she wolfs it down!

Favourite toy: Beauty used to share a teddy with her doggy brother

Favourite pastime: Beauty loves spending time with people!

Year of the Dog Day 352

I popped to the park this morning and as soon as I arrived I saw gorgeous Ozzy from day 336, he’s such a happy boy! I then spotted a very excited Springer Spaniel so I went over to say hello! Bonzo was out for a walk with his human dad and brother, he was very excited! Bonzo had just been swimming in the river, he loves it. Bonzo loves his human brother, they’re best friends!


Handsome Bonzo!



Name: Bonzo

Breed: Springer Spaniel

Age: 1 year old (human years). Bonzo will be 2 on the 28th Dec.

Favourite food: Cheese

Favourite toy: Tennis balls

Favourite pastime: Swimming and getting muddy!