Who ever said don’t work with children or dogs may have been wise however he may also have been a little grumpy.
Petnanny events have always been for charity and pretty flamboyant and full on. This time however I wanted one to reflect who I am and who the company is. Not a big grandiose affair, nope I wanted an intimate ( steady on missus), friendly get together where we just enjoyed being with our dogs and their friends.
With the perfect hall for us, a shout out to bring some food, it was quickly sorted ( baring the usual risk assessments etc etc which was done before our get together).
What could possibly go wrong?
Lots and lots of things. I can account for the dogs as they’ve known each other for many years, however add owners and children then it starts to get more colourful! Oh and of course food, toys and more food.
Now I can take no credit for Arya and Freya, that belongs solely with their parents. Both were gentle, sensible ( 3yr old and 1 yr old so sensible for their age) and simply loved the dogs. They ran, ate, fell down, got back up and said hello to a lot of dogs, no squealing which surprised me.
The dogs ran, played, begged, did scent work, searched for food together, played some more, hung around, had a lie down and settled lovely when they were put on a lead for the start of the buffet. Once everyone had eaten a good amount of food they were let off ( the dogs) and baring Lola puggle being a food ninja ( truly impressive skills) and the odd hopeful sniff of the table no food was stolen not even from the hands of babes.
My mam, Sheila, had joined us with her puggle Tilly and thoroughly enjoyed herself. That is a great barometer for me as she is easily put off events, bad behaviour or anything untoward is quickly noticed and whilst nothing would be said, she would make her apologies and go home.
I am so very grateful to have shared the afternoon with dogs that we should all be so very proud of, some lovely people with a simple love of their dogs and wow we have some phenomenal cooks within our group!
Well done to Freya, Arya super children and their parents. Well done to Flute and Tips ( my ibizan hounds), Tilly ( Puggypuggle), Truffle ( staffie x and queen bee), Lola ( Ninja Puggle), Carmen ( pharaoh hound), Jack ( very calm not normally calm jack russell), The posse Stan and Elsie ( staffordshire bull terriers), Winnie ( best dress worn, pug) and Raymond ( reindeer extraordinaire pug), Rez ( Vizsla), Ember ( daddies girl and stage star), Fluffy ( tibetan terrier), Cooper ( the teenager who made me very proud Labradoodle) and last but not least Gatecrasher Dougal ( he wasn’t at all shy about it and demanded to be part of the gang).
Thank you for joining me and bringing such amazing food, you all made it a wonderful afternoon and thank you Justine for helping as ever.
A special thanks to Sue and Graeme I imagine it was tough to come and I was so very pleased to see you both. A special mention to Fluffy’s family who came so we could see Fluffy and for him to mix with his old pals.
Time to go and eat another amazing home made flapjack that was left over ( how did that even happen they are gold!).
Working hard towards a goal is worth every moment you have days like today. Seeing owners handle their dogs so well is fantastic and for me the day was made seeing two dog mad toddlers being able to enjoy safe dogs without fear ( more likely parents would feel the fear to be fair).
Till the next time!