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Clearly spending too much time in the company of dogs!

Instead of doing some real work I found myself speculating upon and waxing lyrical about the love lives of dogs.  Yes, very evidently spending way too much time in their company … and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Four Car Fleabag

Scurrilous mongrel from Four Car Manor,

Thinks she’s best in breed in that blinkin’ bandanna.

Beaten ...

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Swanwick specialities: writing and propriety unshackling

That was close!  Correcting myself in the nick of time, I was about to begin this blog by indicating that instead of my dog lover hat I would be writing this with my writing hat on.  However, my dog lover bonnet is perpetually perched upon my head so let’s just say that I’m writing this with my writer’s gloves on as well.

That rambling preamble, a pre-ramble if you will, is ...

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Scarlett the Starlet

With such a rash of doggie movie stars around at the moment never has the question of who is Hollywood’s top dog been so hotly debated.

In the satin lined kennel we have Uggie, the amazing Jack Russell who saves his master’s life in The Artist (my particular favourite) and who scooped the top canine award at the Cannes Film Festival by winning the Palm Dog and Best Dog in the ...

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Licensed … to love dogs!

As with my first blog of 2012, this, my second, isn’t what I had in mind at all.  It’s better!

I’m delighted to announce that I have now been awarded my Home Dog Boarding license from Aberdeenshire Council.  I am now one of only three approved and licensed home boarders in Aberdeenshire.
Quite an honour.

Gillian Abel, my local Dog Warden, who has been so helpful ...

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Dog-Crate Gate

I had imagined my first blog of 2012 to be a gentle round up of events: a chatty catch-up if you will.  Instead, I have been jolted out of my elongated blogging torpor (reasons for which will follow in a future post) by indignation and incredulity.

Having lived in the US for a few years while working on a degree I retain a keen interest in the colourful carnival that is US politics.  ...

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Surrey surreal dogfight

Played hookey for a couple of hours last Saturday and joined a few fellow writers at our hallowed Cliff Cottage for lunch hosted by the wonderful Elizabeth.  She’ll hate me for saying this, (and will let me know in no uncertain terms as she is a subscriber) but she truly is generosity and philanthropy personified.

In the course of our spirited and diverse conversation it came up ...

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And the winners are … the animals

All the brain-box Mensa members in Banchory must have been washing their hair the other night.  In a ‘scraping the dog-bowl ‘exercise I was invited to make up a team at an SPCA quiz night.  A sucker for anything involving animals I accepted then immediately panicked.  How to shake up my ever-decreasing little grey cells?

Turns out I needn’t have worried as I was in a team of ...

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The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men … an’ dogs

Who was it who said “Life with dogs is certainly never boring?”  Oh, that’s right.  That would be me … along with a couple of million other dog lovers around the world.

I’ve often thought that Rabbie Burns must have accidentally set fire to the paper on which he wrote “To a Mouse”.  “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men” surely must have had … “an’ ...

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No longer a favourite ‘haunt’

The only thing that I ever thought would frighten me during one of my most tranquil of dog walking trails was the odd Capercaillie.  Until yesterday.

My friend Claire and I took our dogs for a good two and a half hour hike in the autumnal mist around Glen Tanar, the largest surviving remnant of Caledonian Scots pine forest on the south side of the Cairngorms.  Nestling in the heart ...

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Giving the bird the bird

Every marketing tool at our disposal ought to be employed as those of us who have businesses try to promote them in these austere and competitive times.

Being a writer I am always enthusiastic and excited to be constantly improving this website, I enjoy designing print ads, researching relevant events/venues to showcase my business and, of course, posting regular blogs.  However, ...

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