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Dog friendly places to visit in Cornwall

After I finished my thesis in September, James and I went to Cornwall for a week and, of course, Clover came too! This was her first holiday and my biggest excitement was taking her to the beach for the first time!

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As I expected, she LOVED digging in the sand and didn’t mind paddling in the water either!

The dog friendly beaches we visited whilst in Cornwall were:

  • Sandymouth Bay Beach
  • Tintagel Beach
  • Rock
  • National Trust Trelissick Garden

When booking the holiday, the first thing I searched for was dog friendly cottages and found a website actually called dogfriendlycottages.co.uk. The website searches for holiday properties all over the UK and at a range of prices! (This is not an ad or sponsored, just my experience of holidaying in Cornwall!) We found a lovely two bedroom cottage in Camelford which was cheaper than some of the more popular seaside destinations.

Dog friendly places to eat in Cornwall

Although we had a self-catering cottage, we did eat out quite a bit. As we had Clover with us, we mainly ate at pubs and cafes. Here is a list of the places we ate at:

  • Four Seasons Cafe, Camelford
  • Masons Arms, Camelford
  • The Preston Gate Inn, Poughill, Bude
  • Stein’s Fish & Chips, Padstow
  • The Boathouse Pub & Restaurant, Falmouth
  • The Krab Pot, Port Isaac

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Cornwall is well known for it’s accommodating nature towards dogs and we had a lovely week soaking up the sun (and the rain).  It’s always nice to explore the wonderful places that the UK has to offer and Clover thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the other dogs on their holidays too!

Have you been to Cornwall with your dog? Do you have any more recommendations of where to go? Let me know in the comments below!

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A little life update.

Hello wonderful readers! If you are still here after my absence, please know that I appreciate you!

I feel like I haven’t blogged in such a long time, and the reality is, I haven’t. I finished my thesis in the first week of September and took a well deserved break to Cornwall for a week. I meant to throw myself back into blogging when we returned home but I haven’t felt any inspiration or motivation to do so.

A week after we returned from Cornwall, I was referred to hospital for a small surgical procedure on my leg and since then I’ve been dosed up on painkillers and antibiotics. Writing has been the last thing on my mind but I’m also becoming increasingly bored and fed up with sitting in bed all day.

Clover came to Cornwall with us and had a fabulous time. She went to the beach for the first time, met lots of dogs and I taught her to give paw!

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Her training is going as slowly as my blogging. Although her toilet training is better, she’s still having accidents indoors but at least she sleeps through most of the night without needing the garden. I’ve ordered a clicker to try and progress her training. It’s not Clover who is slow to learn, it is me who is slow to teach. I think my Masters has left me feeling a bit deflated and I’m struggling to get my mojo back. I’d like to teach her some more tricks but I also want to work on controlling her barking. She’s walking lovely off the lead and plays really well with other dogs.

I’d really like to get back into my usual content for you all. I’m aiming to create more food posts and get back into writing about body image. Bear with me, I’m not putting a lot of pressure on myself as I think that will make me feel worse.

Hope you’re all doing well.

What have you all been up to this month?

Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading x

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Clover, the poorly puppy.

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Clover update!

She’s now 11 weeks old and is a bundle of energy! Despite her poorly tummy recently, she is still pestering Bella to play and trying to bite me at every opportunity.

I wanted to talk about her health because I honestly believe the breeder I got her from can’t have followed normal protocol for puppy health.  I got her on Saturday 20th July and by Monday 22nd, I found fleas and her upset tummy had started. After two trips to the vets, she eventually passed worms in her stools. It makes me wonder if the breeders actually kept on top of her worming and flea treatment when she was in their care…

I’m wondering this because Clover was cheaper than the other litters that were advertised online. Her litter was offered at £550 whereas other litters were going at £700-£800 per puppy. Naively, my eyes glistened at the opportunity of saving around £200, however, I’ve spent that in vets bills since getting her. Did the breeders offer their litter at a lower price because they planned to spend less on preparing her for her new home?

For example, the breeders let me leave without giving her any food or a blanket that smells like mum to make her feel a bit more at ease. Other breeders had already organised 4 weeks insurance for when their puppy leaves and I don’t think it is a coincidence that she happened to get fleas and worms at the same time. I also think it is sketchy that when I texted them a week later to confirm her date of birth, they never replied.

I don’t regret getting Clover at all, but I do think I could have been a bit more prepared when getting her. I should have asked for food and something that smells like her environment. I should have inquired more about when they administered her last flea and worm treatment. This was my first time getting a puppy and I guess the excitement clouded my vision.

Nonetheless, Clover is wonderful and I’m so happy to have her. My recommendations for anyone thinking of buying a puppy are:

  • Think about the price of the puppy and ask yourself why this might be.
  • Request that the breeders give you sufficient details about everything the puppies have received from the vets.
  • Ask that the breeder sends you home with some of the puppy’s usual food – diarrhea can also start if a puppy’s diet changes too quickly.
  • For the comfort of the puppy, ask if they have anything that smells like mum that you can take with you.

Do you have any suggestions for what I can add to this list? Please leave a comment below! I’d love to know!

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Hello Clover!

What a week it has been!

I am so full of happiness and love (as well as exhaustion) after my first week with my pup. Clover joined our family on Saturday 20th July after we traveled to Kent to meet her.

I had spent weeks looking online at Cavachons and when it got to the point where I was consumed with thinking about getting one, I knew I should take the plunge and go for it.

A Cavachon is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise. I wanted to go for this breed because:

  1. A Bichon is a hypoallergenic breed which means there is less chance that Clover will shed fur.
  2. James loves spaniels and they are generally a good breed for training.
  3. Both breeds are small so Clover shouldn’t grow bigger than 10kg which keeps vets bills as low as possible.
  4. Cavachons are SO cute!

Clover’s temperament is lovely. She’s so playful with dogs and children. My godson loves running around the garden with her and she loves chasing him. She’s also keen to play with Bella, James’ childhood Sprocker Spaniel. Everyday,  she becomes more and more independent and quite happily tootles off into the garden on her own, although she has a stubborn tendency to not come back when I call her.

I wanted to start training Clover with basic commands (come, sit, stay) straight away but she has had a poorly tummy and hasn’t shown much interest in food. Given her tummy, I was reluctant to offer her treats to entice her more.

Her crate training for sleep is going very well. The first night we brought her home, we put her in the crate and she howled and cried every hour, all night. After this, we chose to put the crate inside a play pen and leave her door open so that she has more space. This worked better and she is settling well into her new sleep space. I’ve always said I don’t want dogs on the bed and I wasn’t going to give in to Clover, despite the demonic noises that she makes.

Clover was late getting her first vaccination so it will be around 4 weeks before she can go to the park with Bella but we’re going to work on teaching her to heel and walk nicely on the lead in the garden within that time so that she is ready when she gets there.

I’m taking Clover’s training very seriously, not only because I want a well trained dog, but because, eventually, I would like Clover to volunteer as a therapy dog. I get so much joy from dogs and I really want to share that with others. A therapy dog goes with their owner to places like hospitals or nursing homes and spends time with those who will benefit from some play time or snuggles. Clover is so playful and takes really well to new people so as long as I can manage her behaviour, I think she would enjoy her volunteering role greatly.

So what’s next for Clover?

For now, I’ll be focusing on her basic training and walking as well as sticking with the crate training for sleep.

You’ll be able to see all her pictures and updates on my Instagram and stay tuned for a YouTube channel (because who doesn’t love puppy videos!?).