Fitzbillies Cafe, Cambridge

One of the ‘must dos’ in Cambridge is to sample a Fitzbillies Chelsea Bun. The cafe has been selling these sticky delights since 1921 and the recipe is not allowed to be written down. Steven Fry led a public outcry when the cafe was threatened with closure by tweeting “No! No!...

Cannock Chase Birches Valley Walk

Park at the Go Ape – Pay and Display. As a child, my parents use to spend all weekend at the sailing club on the Cannock Chase reservoir, also known as Chasewater. Nowadays, when I go back to visit family in Stafford, we head for the Birches Valley Forest Centre,...

Date night with a dog

I recently went back to internet dating. In a flurry of winks and messages, I got to the stage where I was agreeing to meet one of the men who lived locally and therefore wouldn’t require much effort to get to. We decided on the Pint Shop in Cambridge, where...

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...

Weekend Away to Weston-Super-Mare & Cheddar Gorge

One of the nicest surprises I had this summer was finding out how dog-friendly Cheddar Gorge is. Betty and I were on holiday in Weston-Super-Mare and staying at the dog-friendly Richmond Hotel. The Richmond is welcoming and homely to humans and dogs alike. When we arrived, two middle-aged couples, holidaying...
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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