My First Holiday without Betty

My brother, Sam, and his fiancee, Kristina, moved out to New Zealand during September 2013, so it had been over 2 years since I last saw them. I decided it was time to make the effort to go half way around the world. My mum recommended flying Emirates and taking...

Grantchester Circular with Byron’s Pond

For this walk, I start out from my home near Cambridge train station. However, if you are coming from out of town, the nearest car parks are at the train station and the leisure centre of Hills Road. There is also limited on-road parking along the A1134 Trumpington Road and...

Hildersham Circular Walk

This walk is easy to navigate and is mostly off-lead. It can be a sociable experience too, especially at weekends – off-road cyclists enjoy keeping within the thin track on the Roman Road and the playground and sports field in the River Granta area is full of families. During the...

How to Cat-Proof your Garden

Cambridge is great, but it is a busy city with lots of cars, cyclists and buses. I seem to hear about vehicles colliding with cyclists every week. Betty and I live off Mill Road in Romsey Town, a notoriously vibrant part of Cambridge, constantly buzzing with activity. I also have...

Ultimate Puppy Starter Kit

When I was doing my research before bringing Betty home for the first time, I was lucky enough to know an experienced dog trainer. Melissa had cared for my cats in the past, but the focus of her All4Pets business now is to provide dog training. She will still happily...
Socialisation Check List
 

Socialisation Check List

Socialisation is the process of introducing a puppy, or indeed any animal, whatever their age, to the world in a way that helps them to be confident with people, places and things that they will encounter in life. The best time to socialise a puppy is within the first 12...
Ultimate Puppy Starter Kit
 

Ultimate Puppy Starter Kit

When I was doing my research before bringing Betty home for the first time, I was lucky enough to know an experienced dog trainer. Melissa had cared for my cats in the past, but the focus of her All4Pets business now is to provide dog training. She will still happily...
10 things to do before getting a puppy
 

10 things to do before getting a puppy

Book time off work. Or change jobs – If you need to keep working, you’ve probably already asked for flexible arrangements. Try to spend the first 2-3 weeks at home to get your pup toilet trained, socialised and used to you nipping out. Cancel your social life – You will...
10 things to know before getting a puppy
 

10 things to know before getting a puppy

Okay, so you want a puppy. Yes, you have to consider all the sensible stuff, but it’s also worth bearing in mind that: They need the toilet all the time – You’re up and down like a yo-yo because they can’t open doors or congratulate themselves for going outside and not...
How do I Toilet Train my Dog?
 

How do I Toilet Train my Dog?

How do I stop my puppy from toileting indoors? It’s a frustrating and all-too-common problem. You’ve just taken your puppy out into the garden, he’s done his business and it seems like everything has gone well. Then, just after you, bring him back in, you find a damp patch on...
Introduction To Pupsnet
 

Introduction To Pupsnet

My name is Emma and I’m not as young as I look. I failed to meet Mr. Good Enough and make babies, so I came to the conclusion that a dog would be a good substitute. One rainy day in November, I drove from Cambridge to Bristol to pick up...
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