From 1st April until 6th May 2019, it's National Pet Month which is an annual campaign raising awareness of responsible pet ownership through educational campaigns, and encouraging fundraising for the nation’s needy pets.
To celebrate this special month, I asked our directory makers to introduce their own adorable pets and to tell us a little bit about their experience of pet ownership.
First up is Cardiff-based Maker Lynda Shell and her adorable puppy Stanley...
Please give details of your pet - name, breed, age.
Stanley, Italian Spinone, age 9months old
When did you first get him and where from?
We got Stanley last August, all the way from Harrogate.
How has he fitted in to family life?
He has fitted in perfectly! It's like he’s always been here.
What is his favourite foods?
What's been the biggest challenge?
Being so big, stopping him from just helping himself to anything and everything on the kitchen worktops has been a real challenge! We’re nearly there!
What is naughtiest/most embarrassing thing your pet has done?
Definitely when he pooped in a friends garden and proceeded to wipe his bot along their cream tiled floor leaving a nice brown smear! As if that wasn’t bag enough we were all eating at the time !!
Any advice for anyone looking to buy a pet?
Do your research! Any pet is a big commitment but the rewards are worth it.
If you have fallen in love with Stanley - I know I have - you can follow his adventures on Lynda's instagram feed.
To discover Lynda Shell Textiles and find out more about the maker behind the brand, visit Lynda's Directory page.
*** To find out more about National Pet Month and how to get involved, please visit the charity's website.
I've been a big fan of the work of Nicky Barter of The Catkin Boutique ever since she joined us for the first ever Rhiwbina's Handmade Market way back in 2013.
Nicky designs and makes jewellery and prints from original animal illustrations. She loves to make items that are cute, quirky and that have a sense of fun. She designs and makes jewellery, totes and scarves from original illustrations, taking her inspiration from nature especially animals.
I asked Nicky how she spends Christmas and what she is looking forward to this festive season...
Nicky will be joining us at both our Christmas events this November:
Penarth's Handmade Market on Sunday 18th November at the Paget Rooms, Penarth and
Rhiwbina's Handmade Market on Sunday 25th November in the Memorial Hall, Rhiwbina.
Both events are open 11-4pm, £1.50 entry fee adults, kids free entry.
April Liddell. Founder of Little Otter Markets. Lives a crafty life. Loves going for walks with her dog Betsi, listening to music, and eating chelsea buns.