Can you believe that we're here, at the end of 2017? This post marks over 18 months of dog blogging, I just can't fathom how quickly it's flown by. I thought I would share some photos from this year, a little highlights reel I suppose!
At the beginning of this year, Winnie experienced the beach for the first time! We went on a dachshund walk to our favourite haunt, Hayling Island, and she got to feel the sand in her toes. I honestly could have cried seeing her running around with the other dogs... at this point we'd only had her for six months, so lts of things were still new and scary to her.
In March, we celebrated Archie's 1st birthday! We also travelled to Yorkshire for our first PR trip, a stay at Ox Pasture Hall hotel. The trip was a bit of a nightmare at the time, but the hotel was beautiful and so was Yorkshire in general! Now that the dogs' reactivity is much less of a problem, I can look back at the trip and laugh at what a naughty pair they were! Of course we still have problems sometimes, but their barking is much more manageable now.
We also managed to escape to our little family caravan a couple of times this year, which I'm so thankful for. I really do feel all of my worries disappear as soon as I drive over the bridge onto Hayling. The dogs love it there, and this year we really made it our mission to explore more of the local area, and visit several dog-friendly cafés. It's definitely something I want to do more of next year!
We've had some wonderful playdates and adventures with our pals this year! Both of these photos were taken by Amy over at Silly Tilly Poodle, and I'm lucky enough to count her amongst our friends. The dogs (Archie especially!) love hanging out with our blogging friends and I'm hoping for more adventures with them in 2018!
Along with this, we also visited several shows with friends! Paws in the Park, Dog Fest and Discover Dogs to name just a few. Meeting the people behind our favourite brands is one of my favourite things to do, along with spoiling the dogs of course. Next year I'm hoping to make it to Crufts for the first time ever, but we'll see!
In August we celebrated Winnie's first gotcha day, and welcomed two new puppies to our family! Maggie and Mabel joined my parents' household, after they sadly lost their black lab, Tilly, in June. They're both absolute whirlwinds and it's crazy whenever I go over to Mum and Dad's with the dogs now, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
We've ended the year with a wonderful Christmas, and even some snow! I really hope that you've all had a lovely time too during this festive season. Looking back at all these photos really reminds me of what a lovely year we've had... let's hope for more of the same in 2018! There may even be a little blog rebrand in the next few months, too.
What was your 2017 highlight? Tell us in the comments!
Chloé, Archie and Winnie