This Easter, I spent time down in Saundersfoot with my family and our dog Betsi. Our family life has definitely changed for the better since she joined us and it was lovely to see so many families on the beach, enjoying playing with their pooches.
Cardiff-based jewellery designer Lou Gray increased the size of her family with the addition of Marley, an almost 2 yr old Australian Labradoodle. As it is National Pet Month, I asked Lou to tell us a bit about how she has found dog ownership to be.
When did you first get Marley?
She came home to us when she was 10 weeks old from a local breeder.
How has she fitted in to family life?
Marley is definitely one of the family! She wants to be involved with everything that’s going on in the house - we include her in as many outings and trips as we can as she loves nothing more than being out and about with us all.
What are their favourite foods?
She’s super fussy, but will never turn her nose up at a bit of chicken or peanut butter stuffed toy!
What's been the biggest challenge?
Her extreme bounciness. I’m sure she has some kangaroo genes...
What is naughtiest/most embarrassing thing your pet has done? This list for Betsi is very long......
See above 🙈. I’m developing a thicker skin!!
Any advice for anyone looking to get a pet?
She’s changed my life for the better and I can’t imagine not living with a dog now. Obviously do plenty of research...and don’t underestimate the time and financial commitment.
As part of Lou's beautiful jewellery collection, Lou creates print jewellery so that you can keep your loved ones close to your heart and she tells me that she can do this from paw prints as well as human prints! So if you fancy getting a totally unique piece of jewellery that reminds you of your special furry friend, please get in touch with Lou.
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.