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Buddy's birthday and doggy gifts

It's Buddy's birthday today. He is six years old, and I can't believe that the tiny black bundle we brought home, it seems like not so long ago, is definitely all grown up. Well, physically anyway, at heart he is still a mischievous puppy, and is still full of energy, and I wouldn’t have him any other way!

In the last year he has tried many things for the first time – agility, heelwork to music, and obedience classes and competitions, and taken them all in his stride. He has also passed his Bronze, Silver, and Gold Kennel Club Good Citizen awards.

Rest assured he has had a good day; we have sung to him and spoiled him. Jenny wants to arrange a birthday party on Saturday, but that is still under discussion! I think she is just wanting to get him more presents.

On the subject of presents, Dog’s Trust have come up with a great list of alternative doggy presents. Dogs aren’t Christmas presents, but there are many ways to incorporate a doggy theme into your gift – read on below and find out how.

Take care,

Julie x

1. Youdoodog

The do-it-yourself dog-making kit, perfect for any dog lover. Best of all, the
profits go to helping real dogs in need at Dogs Trust if bought through

2. Sponsor A Dog

Giving a real dog for Christmas is irresponsible, but sponsoring of one of Dogs
Trust’s lovely Sponsor Dogs like Chad here is a great Christmas present! For £1
a week, the lucky recipient will get photos, letters and updates from their dog
throughout the year. Visit

3. Nintendogs

Are your children ready for a real dog? Check how dedicated they are with this
fun and adorable Nintendo DS game. Nintendogs is even used by Dogs Trust
Education Officers to teach children about the responsibilities involved in dog

4. Biscuit the Dog

A dog is for life, not just for Christmas, but this life-size, lifelike,
interactive Golden Retriever puppy toy is a great alternative!

5. Barbie and Tanner

Classic Barbie and her lovely dog Tanner have teamed up to spread the message
that owning a dog means having responsibilities. Barbie knows even the most
glamorous dog owners scoop poop!

6. Radio-controlled K9

Own your own radio-controlled version of Doctor Who’s famous robo-dog sidekick.
K9 is the faithful doggy companion who doesn’t mind his owner’s attention
wandering a little after the Christmas excitement wears off!

7. Swim To Me Puppy

Give a dog a home in your bath foam! This cute swimming dog from Rescue Pets
begins to swim when placed in water.

8. Pound Puppies Newborn Beanbags

Many people don’t realise that owning a puppy can be a real handful. However you
can own armfuls of these cute little beanbag puppies with none of the lifelong

9. Wrex the Dawg

This robotic pooch will scoot around, obey your commands, and has changing
moods. He can turn his head, twitch his ears, pant, wag his tail, and unlike a
real dog, you can switch him off when you have finished playing!

10. Top Trumps

Afghans, Beagles, Chihuahuas – get to know details of all your favourite breeds
this Christmas. Dogs Trust disagrees with carrying dogs in handbags, but makes
an exception for this great pack of hounds!


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