Bernard's Dog Blog

Month: December, 2014


So blogmas was a slight fail.. I think I managed two weeks worth, but life got in the way. The week leading up to Christmas was my dad’s birthday, my partners, his twin brothers (duh) and then mine! We have all had such a fabulous week, and we are only half way through half term woohoooo!

I have a shed load of photos to show you all! Bernard got absolutely ruined at Christmas, he actually got more parcels than my brother – oopsy! He’s been so good though, and the tree is still in one piece! Result!

I’m not sure if any of you guys remember his reindeer outfit we had bought him to wear on Christmas Day, but he actually out-grew it! So there was a last minute dash to Pets At Home to get him a new one..

He has grown a fair bit! Haha. Whenever we put this outfit on him he immediately starts to sulk, to is usually bribed with lots of treats!

Christmas Day brought a lot of happiness, laughs and love to our household (even more than usual!) Bernard got a Barber jacket from my brother and his partner – wit woo Bernard! And he got pretty much the entire range of toys and food from Pets At Home! He LOVED unwrapping them all!

I got the most BEAUTIFUL gift from my brother, an infinity bracelet with R for Rob and B for Bernard!


And what’s Christmas Day without a family selfie?! I’m so so happy how much everyone loves Bernard in our house. Whilst he is my dog, everyone adores him and it makes me very very happy. Here’s dad, brother, Bernard, mum and me..

Considering my brother was once terrified of dogs because of a nasty bite from a strangers dog when he was little, he looks pretty happy to be with B now πŸ™‚

Bernard was so well behaved, he needed a few cat naps throughout the day as I think the excitement all got a bit too much!!

Bless him! At night time, Rob came round with yet more presents for B. Bernard has been so so lucky this year, and has absolutely loved his first Christmas with us! Only 3 months left til his 1st birthday, so we best get planning something for that!

I hope you have had a magical Christmas, sharing it with the ones that mean the most in your lives (4 legged friends included). we are off to southport beach today – slightly mad but we will wrap up warm and play fetch on the sand! Enjoy the rest of the Christmas break all of you πŸ™‚ lots of love from us xx



Blogmas day 14

So today wasn’t the kind of doggy day I had in mind, as I spent the entire day in bed poorly 😦 Bernard had a fab day though and went on two super long walks with my mum and dad.

IMG_7763.JPGAfter the good news at the vets about his nose, it has gone bad again.. I managed to get a photo of it his time hoorah!

You can kind of see where all the hair is matted together because of the scabs, hence why the vet wanted to shave it off. He has yet another course of anti-bs so fingers crossed, hopefully this will sort him out!

I hope you have had a more successful weekend than me!! I can’t wait for this cold to go so that I can really start to enjoy the festive season!

Blogmas day 13

Massive apologies for the lateness of this post – had my first Christmas do with the new work lot. Early finish?! I hear you say.. Nope! We were out 4! So I’m more than happy to be home in my pjs snuggling B.

I feel awful when I leave him for so long. Especially at weekends which is usually our time together! We have a full day tomorrow so will definitely make up for it πŸ™‚ sorry for the rubbish post, will absolutely do fun things tomorrow to tell you all about! Goodnightttttt

Blogmas day 12

12 more days til Christmas Eve!!!!!! So excited. Had a fab day at work today, lots of Christmas activities and better yet – it’s Friday!

And luckily, Bernard’s vet appointment went really well. He was very happy with his progress so didn’t need to stay in all day and he didn’t have his face shaved! Woooo yeah.

Here he is snuggling up to a bag of wool haha!

It was Christmas jumper day today, and I forgot to show you all last night that my mum made me this fabulous creation..

It went down a treat at work!

Also.. I am part of the UK Cockapoo Owners Group on Facebook and shared a photo of the sewn dog tree decoration and had a lot of interest in people buying them! I had never even considered this before but I’m starting to think about it for next Christmas. Any of you guys can be a trail runner for me if you want, see how you like them!

Anyway, I have a horrific cough coming along and need to get to bed – I know, what a saddo on a Friday night! Night all x

Blogmas day 11

Evening you lovely lot! I have had a very christmassy craft night and got quite a lot of decorations done..

First up are the Christmas trees. These were made with green felt, then I have hand sewn each button, bead and star on. They are all slightly padded too with a little tree hanger on the top.

Then I did these little puddings..

And finally, the one I think I am most proud of – a Bernard.

I am super happy with them all, especially the Bernard one. No Christmas tree would be complete without it πŸ™‚ here they all are together..

And of course I have had my little sleepy helper whilst doing them all – which has been quite challenging whilst he has been having his mad moments, but majority of the time he has been fab!

I hope you have enjoyed this Christmas blog post! Bernard has his face shave at the vets tomrorow – eek! Hopefully fingers crossed it will sort his face out though and be less itchy for him!

Blogmas day 10

Double figures!!!!! We are almost half way to the big day and I cannot wait!! I had a really festive day at work today so I’m getting more and more in the spirit! On my way home from work I had to nip to Pets At Home because B is due his worming tablets (delicious). I’m not sure if any of you have bought them from there before, but I had to wait AGES for someone to come with a key to unlock a cabinet that has all the tablets in.. THEN had to give all my details and all of Bernard’s details – even though I’m sure we do it every time!

So in the 25 minutes I was kept waiting – of course I picked up some bits for Bernard’s Christmas present – oops! Here’s what I have gotten so far..

The teddy doesn’t have stuffing in so I’m hoping that he doesn’t destroy it within 2 seconds!!

When I got home, my little chap was waiting for me with lead in mouth..

I took this as a hint that we needed to go for a walk.. Right in the middle of a hailstorm – nice timing B! Guess I figured out what this weather bomb was all about haha!

After the wet walk, B dried off next to the fire and I got on with some handmade Christmas decorations.. They aren’t that spectacular but we love homemade in our home!

I’m having a craft night with mum tomorrow so hopefully I will be able to show you more of what we managed to do πŸ™‚ hope you have all had a fab Wednesday! 2 more days til weekend woooohoo!!

Blogmas day 9

Good evening my dog bloggy friends! Today was my dad’s birthday so we all got into the celebratory spirit and wore our party hats πŸ™‚


Bernard has been absolutely brilliant with all the visitors and lots of wrapping paper etc. Not worrying about how he will be at Christmas anymore now! πŸ™‚

Hope you have all had a wonderful day! Only 8 more days at work til Christmas half term wooooohoo!!

Blogmas day 8

Let’s begin with a big hello and a photo of Bernard from today for my “dogblog” friends..

I hope you all don’t mind, but I’m doing a completely different post today. Plus, all Bernard has done today is eat, sleep, play and fall up a kirb (haha) oh – and eat my work shoe 😐 he has agreed to let me write this about a non-dog topic – honest πŸ˜‰

I’m sure that most of you interested in blogging will be all to aware of the bloggers, youtubers and new brand of celebrities who have risen to fame by blogging about make up and filming videos about how to apply it. And if one girl doesn’t immediately spring to mind when I say that, let me introduce you to Zoe Sugg (24) or better known to her army of fans (6 million and rising daily) “Zoella”.

I really like Zoe, and I have watched her videos since early this year. She has an air of “happy happy, everything is fantastic” about her, whilst also addressing issues, such as her anxiety and panic attacks. I have never been known to be maternal, but that part of me can’t help but wonder how she is coping today with the recent and ongoing grief she is receiving.

On the 25th November this year, she released, as she called it, her “first novel”. This makes you think she wrote it yes? She also released a vlog (video blog) about it in June this year, stating that as she was growing up, all she ever wanted to do was to write a book, “and now that dream is coming true”. Again, makes you think she wrote it yes? No.

Yesterday, the Daily Mail (reliable or not, it has turned out to be true – shock horror) released the cringeworthy information that the book, having sold close to 80,000 copies within the first week, thus outselling the likes of JK Rowling and Dan Brown, was in fact – ghost written.

Dun dun duuuuhhhh!

Of course, Zoe’s ever faithful fans took to twitter to defend her – so what if it’s ghost written?! Thousands of books are! Siobhan (real author) wouldn’t of sold as many without Zoe’s name on the front so who cares? Everyone needs help with their first novel.

Yes true.

But not when your entire brand is based on the grounds of being honest. Zoe has, up until now, upheld this act of honesty, crying in vlogs, sharing details about her life etc etc.. So why not say “I’m having someone help me with the writing part” – would anyone of really cared?

Although, to be honest, I knew this would eventually happen. As a society, we build each other up to knock them back down. There are always “haters” (worst expression – eugh) and there is always someone waiting at their keyboard, poised over the nasty words ready to press send to a stranger they know nothing about, purely because they don’t like them. It’s sad really. So when this generation of youtubers appeared, it was inevitable that, whilst there would be many fans, there would be people against them. Although this is a new level.

Zoe tweeted today saying she was having some time off the internet as it was “clouding up her brain” – understatement of the century. I can’t fully make my mind up on this topic, if I think it is an issue or not?! Either way, an anxious 24 year old getting this much hate can’t be in a great place right now. I feel for her, it could of all been helped if she had of just been honest. Moral of the day.

Anyway, I’m off to cuddle Bernard. And there will be a dog related post tomorrow πŸ™‚

Blogmas day 7

Goooood evening! B and I have had an extremely lazy day today. Although we did have an afternoon walk with my friend Dean and his two dogs Piper and Freddie! Bernard was filthy so had yet another bath when he got back – I’m sure he does it on purpose!!

I’m not sure if I have mentioned it yet, but Bernard is having an operation on Friday which I am very anxious about, particularly because I will be at work and can’t be there. Thankfully my dad is taking him and my mum is picking him up as soon as. I’m very lucky to have them!

Bernard is extremely itchy all the time, he is flead monthly because of his super dry skin, and has oil on his food every meal to try and get rid of a bit of the dryness. His nose has been a problem area for ages now, and he has had 3 different antibiotics, and 2 creams. Nothing has worked, so on Friday, the vet is taking a lump away, shaving his nose, and taking samples from the scabs. Hopefully then we will know what is causing him so much discomfort.

Until then, it’s Mr Bernard the conehead – poor baby!


You can see a little bit on this photo where some of the scabs are on his nose, as the hair doesn’t sit right anymore. I try to get some of them off once they have been wet, but he is so wriggly I don’t want to hurt him.

We have a night Infront of the fire, X factor, and all other Sunday night TV shows to be watching. Sorry this hasn’t been a very Christmas themed post, we will have more of them this week – promise!

Ps don’t forget to follow his Instagram – I put photos on everyday πŸ™‚ bernard_pup

Blogmas day 6

We have had SUCHΒ an exciting day today and I can finally say I am fullllly ready for Christmas half term. This weekend so far has reminded me of all the fun things we have planned and I am so excited!

Since we moved to the house in Wales, we have been attempting to do it up. e are onto the final stages now with just a bit of plastering left, so excuse the scruffy walls on the photos a bit later on! (I’m sure you will be looking at Bernard rather than our walls!)

This morning, we all had scrammy eggs and bacon – Bernard’s favorite weekend treat. We then headed to the nearby Argos to get Christmas decorations. We will both be back in the North West for the big day, but we thought it would be nice to have a bit of Christmas cheer in the Welsh home too! Bernard was pretty chilled waiting outside the shop, and of course, loved the attention he got.


Look at that handsome chap, right in the way of the door πŸ˜‰

So we got all of this.. a 5ft tree, 48 baubles, 6m of tinsel and 2 lots of fairy lights (flashing and none flashing – fancy) I also picked up a few other bits in Homebase and all of it came to Β£27! It hardly broke the bank and yet it is all pretty decent quality stuff.


We also got little sticky hooks to hold the fairy lights up with. We have spent so long restoring the wooden beams in the cottage, we didn’t want to ruin them with nails and hooks! Bernard hasn’t ever seen a Christmas tree, so we totally made the most out of it – after all he is our baby! Before we began to set up the tree, we took him to a local farm and introduced him to some other four legged festive friends..

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He was such a good boy, slightly excited – but what else would a puppy be seeing his first reindeer?!

We then went home and began with the tree. It was a little bit of a challenge because Bernard wanted to eat it, itch his nose with it, and began sniffing – so we are hoping he doesn’t decide he wants to mark his territory on it!

So here are all the stages of the tree..

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Not bad for Β£5 eh?!

I was also a mean puppy mummy and told Bernard he had to dress up..


Oopsy! Haha! We then covered the tree head to toe in decorations, and a couple of homemade ones by me! We hung the fairy lights on the wooden beam and I am definitely tempted to keep them up there all year long, they are super cosy!


Bernard was really good and sat by and watched me do this.. He wasn’t too giddy or anything, so of course got lots of cuddles and lots of treats. You wouldn’t be able to tell he was happy would you?!


Grumpiest looking pup award?! This one is better, and making a lovely festive wallpaper on my phone πŸ™‚


Hope you have all had a lovely Saturday! Back to the North West tonight because I have a load of work to do ready for Monday. Booooo!