Monday, 30 May 2016

Sniffing out Sunday #1 | 23-29th May 2016

(In case you couldn't tell... this was supposed to be posted yesterday. Oops.)

On my personal blog I used to have a feature called "Sunday Snippets", where I posted a collage and recap of the week's events. I thought that might be fun for Archie's blog, especially whilst he's a puppy and is growing like a weed!

  • Archie turned 10 weeks old this week!
  • He spent lots of time with his Auntie Ruby dog, and yep, she still jumps on his head.
  • He's still pooing and peeing wherever the heck he wants to, haha.
  • There was lots of snuggling and lots of selfie-taking!
  • We went to see Nanny and Grandad almost every day.
  • He's getting much better in the car.
  • Archie got his first clothing items this week; I know, I'm terrible.
  • He tried sausage and bacon for the first time (only a tiny taste)
  • He spent an afternoon with his uncles for the first time! (Mummy was a nervous wreck)
I hope you liked seeing a little snippet of Archie's week! I really hope to keep this up. Have you had a good week?

Chloé and Archie

Friday, 27 May 2016

House Training Hell | Archie's Toilet Woes


Soooo I'm here today with a little bit of "real talk". House training. Furthermore... house training a toy breed. Is it even possible?! Should I just give up and run away to Timbuktu and never look back?! House training, guys. I can't do it.

I said in our little intro post; my family have always had dogs. Back in 2004 my Dad actually bred one of our spaniels, (not something I'm so crazy about these days), and they were all house trained just fine. In fact, all our puppies except one picked up house training almost immediately. Archie, though? This pup spends ten minutes playing outside, and then comes inside to pee or poop on the floor... I've never known anything like it. 

He has set mealtimes and we're crate training him (which is going abysmally, by the way), and I try and take him out every 20/30 minutes to no avail. Such a monkey. I can't complain TOO much, I suppose we set him up for failure by having puppy pads dotted around, and on the whole he at least goes on the pads, but he eats so much grass during his garden adventures that he gives himself a dodgy tummy; lovely to clean up multiple times a day! Let's not talk about the fact that last night, he had what I can only describe as a poo party in his pen. 

Pray for patience for me, and less diarrhoea for Archie, bleh. It's a good thing I adore this little dog so much, I tell ya. 

Chloé and Archie

PS: Is anyone going to Dog Fest in Windsor next month? I'm taking my younger brother for his birthday, and Archie will of course be with us! 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hello & Welcome!

... and look at that fluffy face!

I'm so excited to welcome you to my newest blog, as I document the highs and lows of raising your first puppy. My name is Chloé, I'm 21, and I live in Hampshire with my boyfriend Will, my six bunnies, and of course the subject of this blog; our little Yorkie pup Archie. At the time of writing this Archie is just turning 10 weeks old, and goodness me the last fortnight has been a rollercoaster. 

My family have always had dogs, and we had several from puppies, so I genuinely thought I knew what to expect. I was wrong! Owning a toy breed dog is so, so different to the working breeds I'm used to, and it's been much harder than I ever imagined. However, every day gets a little easier, and I love this little fluffball more than anything! (Or anyone, oops.)

Expect lots of photoshoots with Archie, product reviews, "real talk" posts about the struggles of raising a puppy, recommendations, days out at dog shows and guest appearances from my parents' gorgeous pooches. You can also follow both me and Archie on Instagram. I'm so excited to embark on this next adventure!

Chloé & Archie 

PS: if you're into crafty stuff, you may or may not be interested in my other blog, and youtube channel.