A new member of the family


Flea has been asking for a dog since she was three.

One of my fondest memories is this letter that she made me when she was in reception class. It was a letter all about how I am the BEST Mummy in the whole wide world, and how much she loves me.



When I asked her what the picture at the bottom of the letter was, Flea said, totally straight faced, “Oh, that’s the dog you’re going to buy me, Mummy.” 

Now, I love dogs but at that time, our house and our lifestyle was far from being dog friendly.

At the end of 2014, though, we were finally ready. And so we looked at a few websites and breeds and in the end Flea fell in love with a little bundle of fur, who she named Teddy.

This is Teddy’s “FEED ME” face.


Mostly, Teddy likes to try and start fights with things. My socks. The post. The puppy that lives in the mirror. The cleaner’s mop.


And when she’s done fighting, she sleeps.


Luckily, Lindy’s quite keen on Teddy, who gets to spend a lot of time on work days doing this…


She’s only been with us a week, but Teddy’s settling in quite nicely.

Now, if anyone has any tips on how to persuade a small terrier that my passing feet are not an enemy to be attacked, that’d be awesome.


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.


    • 19th January 2015 / 8:06 pm

      Aaaw, my boots v little puppy teeth. It wouldn’t end well, would it?

  1. 17th January 2015 / 1:37 pm

    I resorted to wearing wellies all the time when I had a puppy in the house. She’ll grow out of it. She’s lovely!
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    • 19th January 2015 / 8:06 pm

      Top strategic thinking, I like it.

  2. 17th January 2015 / 2:01 pm

    Teddy is too cute. My middle boy is very keen on a pet of some kind, he has suggested a cat or a rat, I know which one I’m leaning toward.
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    • 19th January 2015 / 8:05 pm

      Ha! Cats are very self-sufficient, which is nice.

    • 19th January 2015 / 8:04 pm

      She’s being brilliant actually, lots of cuddles but she’s happy to pitch in with feeding and cleaning up, too!

  3. 17th January 2015 / 6:38 pm

    How cute!! My husband would love a dog but with a 3yr old I’ve definitely got my hands full. I’ll enjoy looking in on your adventures and living vicariously though 😉 x
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    • 19th January 2015 / 8:04 pm

      We are bound to be sharing a LOT of puppy spam!

  4. 17th January 2015 / 10:46 pm

    You should get a pair of comedy giant dog slippers and then see Teddy’s reaction. But then again he might crap on the floor. Maybe not!
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    • 19th January 2015 / 8:04 pm

      Hilarious! I suspect in a puppy/slipper fight, Teddy would win, tho.

  5. anthony harrington
    17th January 2015 / 11:05 pm

    awwww Teddy is a sweetheart! I have serious pup envy!

    • 19th January 2015 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks Katie 🙂

    • 19th January 2015 / 8:03 pm

      I know, right?

  6. Mrs TeePot
    18th January 2015 / 1:48 pm

    awww Teddy is adorable!

    • 19th January 2015 / 8:03 pm

      Ain’t she that?

  7. 18th January 2015 / 6:30 pm

    A very cute new member of the family. My girls have ben asking for a puppy for ages, but with no family around and all the travelling we do I cannot see us having one sadly ;-(
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    • 19th January 2015 / 8:03 pm

      Yes, it’s tricky, we negotiated house and puppy sitters before committing this time!

    • Claire
      20th January 2015 / 9:30 pm

      I know, I’m desperate for a dog and don’t want to wait for retirement or lifestyle ‘stability’! A couple of options we’ve been look at;

      https://www.borrowmydoggy.com and Battersea also do dog (and pregnant cat) fostering schemes 🙂

  8. 18th January 2015 / 10:45 pm

    Oh Teddy is just ‘adora-bubble’ as my 9 year old would say. Worth the wait, friend for life. I’d have liked a dog but had to compromise and go for kittens. Lindy is lucky that Teddy prefers her knee to the keyboard (can you tell I have an issue with my Stampy Cat?!)….
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    • 19th January 2015 / 8:02 pm

      It’s not unusual for Lindy and Teddy to spend many a happy hour together!

    • 8th February 2015 / 11:51 am

      How can you not do pets? Pfft. Buy a fish. you’ll love it.

    • 8th February 2015 / 11:51 am

      The name was very much a family decision, glad you approve 🙂

    • 8th February 2015 / 11:51 am

      I know, right? Spooky.

    • 8th February 2015 / 11:52 am

      oh, completely suckered in. We’ve had a few rescue dogs over the years, how lovely of you to give Baxter a new start!

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