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: 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 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 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!

Year of the Dog Day 351

I went for a little walk at lunchtime today. I went to St. Anne’s square again but I didn’t spot any dogs so I decided to pop into a shop; I was very restrained and didn’t buy anything! I walked back through St Anne’s square and spotted a very cute little dog that was already getting fussed by a passer by! Rusty is a very cute and friendly boy, he’s very calm and loves getting fussed. He really loves his human mummy and doesn’t like to be apart from her, fortunately it doesn’t happen too often!


Cutie Rusty!



What a nice Christmas jumper!


Name: Rusty

Breed: Maltese and Chihuahua cross, a Malchi!

Age: 1 year old (human years)

Favourite food: Cheese!

Favourite toy: His teddy; he loves to cuddle up to it!

Favourite pastime: Going for walks!

Year of the Dog Day 350

I went for a walk to the bottom of my parents street this afternoon and I spotted Fudge and her human from Day 189. Fudge’s human is a dog walker so she was also with Maddie from Day 301 and another very cute Jack Russell called Holly with her. They were also with another dog, a handsome Springer Spaniel called Dexter so I decided to make Holly and Dexter my dogs of he day!

Holly is a rescue dog from Bolton Destitute Animal Shelter, she’s only been with her current humans for 4 months! Holly lives with a Dachshund called Winston who’s her partner in crime!  Holly’s humans were told that she was 2-3 years old but they think she might be much younger. Holly is a little nervous around new dogs but she getting much more confident every day.

Dexter is a very happy dog; he’s very active like a typical Springer Spaniel! He was having a great time playing with Maddie, so cute! It was quite difficult to get a picture of Dexter as he doesn’t keep still, I did get to give him a little stroke though!


Beautiful Holly!


Name: Holly

Breed: Jack Russell Cross

Age: Unknown!

Favourite food: Meaty chunks!

Favourite toy: Squeaky duck!

Favourite pastime: Going for walks!


Handsome Dexter!


Dexter 2

Dexter’s human has sent me this lovely picture; he really loves the mud!



Name: Dexter

Breed: Springer Spaniel

Age: 3 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Arden Grange dog food

Favourite toy: Winston a squeaky bull dog toy. Dexter really loves it but his human’s don’t when they’re trying to watch Coronation Street, the toy often ends up on the table out of reach!

Favourite pastime: Going for muddy walks and playing with his ball!

Year of the Dog Day 349

I went out at lunchtime today but I didn’t see any dogs about, just loads of people! When I got to Ethan’s nursery I had a quick walk around the block but again no dogs so I had to wait for Tim to get back from work. I headed out into the damp dark night! I didn’t get far when I spotted a dog on the other side of the road so I ran over to say hello but as I got closer I realised it was handsome Buddy from Day 317! I told Buddy’s human that I was on the look out for a dog and she mentioned that her friend lived close by who has a Dogue De Bordeaux so we headed round to say hello!

Izzy is amazing, what a happy, friendly girl! It’s no secret, I love Dogue De Bordeaux’s, all the ones I’ve every met have had such lovely personalities, so smiley, excited and friendly! I gave Izzy lots of fuss, she especially likes having behind her ears stroked! She lent into me so I could give her a good stroke and a cuddle and she didn’t stop smiling the whole time! Izzy is best friends with Buddy, they love each other so much and play all the time. Buddy made sure he gave Izzy plenty of kisses!


Beautiful Izzy!



Name: Izzy

Breed: Dogue De Bordeaux

Age: 5 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Ham

Favourite toy: Buddy!

Favourite pastime: Jumping in the river to  a swim!

Year of the Dog Day 348

I had the day off today so me and Ethan popped to the park this morning to look for a dog. We spotted a very cute and excited Jack Russell so we went over to say hello! As we were talking to Jackson his doggy friend Jake also came to say hello so I decided to make them both my dogs of the day. Between Jackson and Jake’s humans they have 11 dogs! Jackson lives with 5 other dogs and Jake lives with 4; they’re all rescue dogs! Both of the dogs humans work at a vets and both have taken some of the homeless dogs that have brought in, what good people.

Jackson was brought into the vets after he had been ran over. His previous owner was an elderly lady and she couldn’t cope with him after his accident so his current human took him home! He’s a very excited dog, his previous owner didn’t take him out much so he’s making up for lost time! Jackson loves other dogs and people and wants to say hello to everyone!

Jake was brought into the vets as a stray. He’s a lovely boy, he’s quite chilled and he likes a fuss; he looked right into my eyes to say hello! Jake really loves swimming and his human said that it’s made his fur lovely and soft!


Handsome Jackson!


Name: Jackson

Breed: Jack Russell and Chihuahua Cross

Age: 3 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Anything! He’ll steal any food that’s left out. He also enjoys a good brew!

Favourite toy: Jackson doesn’t play with toys!

Favourite pastime: Walking!


Name: Jake

Breed: Mastiff Cross

Age: 6 years old (human years)

Favourite food: All food! Jake also enjoys a brew!

Favourite toy: Kong with peanut butter!

Favourite pastime: Swimming!

Year of the Dog Day 346

The weather has been terrible today I don’t think it’s stopped raining! I decided that rather than get wet I would see if I could pop round to my friend Lucy’s house to take a picture of one of her dogs. Kita was very excited when I arrived, she made me and Ethan very welcome, she’s a very friendly girl! Kita is a very smiley girl, she wants to spend the whole day giving kisses! Kita is a rescue dog from Leigh Cats and Dog home. Kita came to live with her humans when she was 2 years old. She was found as a stray which has made her a bit of a scavenger. Kita loves her doggy housemate Alba, she’s her best friend.


Beautiful Kita!



Name: Kita

Breed: Husky cross (possibly German Shepherd or Labrador)

Age: 5 year old (human years)

Favourite food: Anything!

Favourite toy: Balls

Favourite pastime: Walking and running in the river!