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Gracie’s first week

We have been busy since I got here:

Thursday 14th Jan 16 (8 weeks old):

Came home with Mary, I was very brave and didn’t cry. I slept a lot, but had an instant attraction to Poppy, if it wasn’t for my play pen, I would be all over her ALL THE TIME. Mary doesn’t think Poppy would appreciate this. Uncle Gary comes round for cuddles and then I go to NEVR hospital for cuddles off the reception staff.

At the vet hospital
At the vet hospital

Friday 15th Jan 16:12400530_1720625441484683_6923550916256214785_n

I slept all night, Mary is most impressed with me! Today I go to my neighbour’s houses (please see plural), where they all love me (and how couldn’t they?!), the hairdressers and the we visit Morrisons. I got a lot of cuddles today and seen so many things, trolleys, wheelchairs, old people, tiny people and  haven’t been fazed by anything.


Saturday 16th Jan 16:

The good sleeping has continued (and has done throughout the week). We go to more people’s houses and then Rio comes over for a playdate, I sleep all afternoon. We then go and visit Big Gracie, she is nearly 4 years old, her birthday is on the same day as Specs!


Sunday 17th Jan 16:

I come to puppy class (just for cuddles) with Mary, she says I am not allowed to see the other pups, because I am too young, but I get a lot of cuddles off all the customers and staff. More house visits.

Monday 18th Jan 16:

Today I went to the vets, first we walked up Chillingham road and then we went to the vets, I got more cuddles. However12494677_1722167377997156_7769501854641542568_n, this came with a catch… I had a pointy thing stuck into my back! I screamed my disapproval, Mary laughed at me! Humph! Anyway, I soon forgot about it and was more lively then ever.

In the afternoon I went to work in the office and van shopping, more cuddles. I don’t think the vans were quite big enough to fit me in though..12417804_1722777384602822_1227853760562570980_n.

In the evening, I went to puppy party at Blythmans Vets, it was such fun! I played with Rio, who is definitely my BFF.



Tuesday 19th Jan 16:

More people! Today I went to work with Specs the puppy, it was so good to finally meet her and her Mum, Jackie. We had a lot of fun saying hello to each other. In the evening I made another appearance at class, to meet the advanced students. I like these appearances.

Wednesday 20th Jan 16:

Happy birthday big Gracie and Specs!


We went shopping today, work in the office and visited a building site, where men in yellow coats and hats said “hello” to me. There were some very big lorries and dumper trucks whistling past us. I was much braver then Mary.

Building site, we got closer, but Mary didn't want to be seen taking photos!
Building site, we got closer, but Mary didn’t want to be seen taking photos!

Thursday 21st Jan 16:

I have now been with Mary for a week. I was pretty confident, when I came, I am even more confident and lively now!

Things she now knows I love:

Cuddles off anyone, playing (especially bally and tuggy), eating, balancing, climbing and Poppy.

Today we went to Jesmond (all socialisation has been in Mary’s arms, much to my disapproval), we went up and down the high street, people kept exclaiming “AWWW!” everytime they saw me, I even had my photograph taken. It was very noisy, especially when we went to the metro station, but I  didn’t flinch.

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Mary’s story, the owner of Gracie Harrison

Mo is to blame for everything, she found the advert for 3 week old Yorkillon pups, about 5 miles from where I live. I couldn’t not go to see them and when I did, it was love at first sight, I named her Gracie.

Gracie the Yorkillon

Mum, Wendy (Yorkshire Terrier) and Dad, Bubbles (Papillon) seemed to have lovely temperaments, there was only one puppy left and she was the pup I would have chosen. It must have been meant. However, once reality set it, my poor family and friends had a month of me being particularly annoying (I don’t do things by halves!):

My thoughts before getting Gracie:
“Oh no, I won’t have time to do anything with her!”
“Oh no, I won’t have time to do any work, once she comes!”
“Awww, she is so beautiful! So excited to get her!”
“Oh no! Poppy is not going to love me as much!”
“Aww! I can’t wait to play with her!”
“Aww! I can’t wait to love and hug her!”

I was terrified and excited, all at the same time. I made a list of everything I would need…

We set the pen up about a week before getting her, to let Poppy (my older dog) get used to the new configuration. The pen means that Poppy’s life with a new puppy is disrupted as little as possible, Gracie isn’t able to constantly annoy her, the pen also means that Gracie can’t chew at things that she shouldn’t be chewing (puppies are generally suicidal).

From the moment of bringing her home, I knew it was the right thing, it was like she had been with us forever. I am hoping in this blog to be as honest as possible. I don’t think it is always going to be easy, but I think it will be a lot of fun, she has already improved my life, she is hilarious and I love her.


Girly Sleepover…Part 2

Hello everyone,

I am so sorry that it has taken so long for me to post this, however I have had such traumatic week, what with me being spayed, then feeling better and Mummy still not letting me run and jump! Humph.

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I was super busy when I went to Mary’s house, here is a rough guide to how my days were spent (when I wasn’t doing things, I rested in my bed, in the play pen):

7am Get up and toilet

8:30am Poppy and Mary go to for a ‘big girls’ walk

9:30am Breakfast, Mary made me do all sorts of things to get it, sometimes we did easy things like me targeting to her hand and other times we did hard sendaways, into a down. She was particularly proud of me when I did a sendaway. Toilet.

12pm Walk, I was let off the lead on this walk. Mary said she was a little bit scared, I don’t know why! Anyway, she made me trail a really long piece of rope, that she would stomp on when she wanted me to stop. Her excuse was that I couldn’t dodge away from her, if she tried catching me. I would never do that!

3pm Dinner time and toilet, yummy and more trainins, often in the garden as it was nice and sunny!

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4pm Visit Poppy’s neighbours. They love me, what can I say?

5pm Lead walking around the estate. Mary made me wear my gentle leader, so I didn’t hurt my neck. I got treats when I walked nicely beside her.

6pm Out and about at a dog class.

On the Tuesday night I went to Juniors and met up with Nina the German shepherd from Puppy class, she is so big now. Mary got me to walk backwards, it was such fun!

On the Wednesday night I went to do some Agility with Linda, Luna, Poppy and Mary. It was really fun when Mary worked with me, however she would sometimes play with Poppy and I got jealous, cried and tried to get out of my cage. Mary just ignored me, I was most affronted!

10pm Toilet and beddy byes.. I was shattered!

ps. I was so good at going to the toilet on walks. Apparently not all puppies do this, when you gotta go, you gotta go!

pps. By the end of my sleepover, Poppy started playing with me! She just ignored me at first. I think she likes me… although she may not admit it.








Girls Sleepover!

My sister, Emma has been really clever and is graduating from University. This means that Mummy and Emma are going to Hull and I have come to my BFF’s (Mary) house for a sleepover (not looked after, I am a big girl now).

So it is 9pm now, I have been here about 4 hours and this is what I have done:

A really muddy walk,

A bath (yuck!),Specs2600

Zoomies around the garden,

Trainins- Wait and stay practise ,

Cuddles with Mary, Uncle Ian and Auntie Elizabeth. There are lots of people to cuddle here. I like that.

Oh and been to see some of Mary’s neighbours, Uncle Gary and the Schnauzer girls! People keep calling me ‘The Famous Specs’ I like having a title, it suits me.

That isn’t bad, I am going to have a nap now. Night Night.

Agility Socialisins

hnh400pxEver since I met Mary, she has been telling me all about how fun agility is. It sounds great- outdoors all day, no baths, a moving home that she calls a ‘caravan’, lots of other dogs, runnins and jumpins and lots of yummy food. It sounds like a dream!

So last week, I went to see what she was talking about, Auntie Elizabeth came to pick me up and we traveled to Barnard Castle to visit Mary and Poppy.


It was so exciting! Once we arrived, we went to watch Auntie Sue and Magic run an agility course, they went round really fast and got a pretty ribbon a few hours later, it was so shiny, I definitely need some pretty ribbons. Mary put my gentle leader on me because I just got so excited… I wanted to be everywhere NOW! But, even the gentle leader didn’t get me down, cos there was just so much to watch and sniff and listen to!

People kept taking me away from Mary, they said they were stealing me becaustug400pxe I was “being sooo good”, although they all had a new name for me- The famous Specs!… one couple even swapped me for a pint of milk, but I didn’t mind because they gave me cuddlins and treats and all their friends came over to say I am beautiful.

Next up was to watch Luna and Auntie Linda and then Poppy and Mary run, we queued in a big, long line, so Auntie Elizabeth and I did some tugging, it was really fun, I even out tugged her. Mary said I was brilliant, cos even though there were lots of dogs all around me, I totally ignored them!

Last, but not least time for some din dins, we went to the catering van called ‘The dog thedoghouse400pxhouse’- how clever is that? at a dog show as well! The lovely ladies gave me sasauges, they were super yummy and cuddled me, I gave them my best cutie pie looks.


Adventures with Mary

I have just woken up from the biggest sleep. I had such a fun time yesterday, I met 100’s of people, it is exhausting being such a social butterfly.

I went for a sleepover with Mary and she took me everywhere.wet walk
We went on a walk with Poppy (Mary’s Labradoodle) round the field, it was raining so I had to wear Paris’s coat to keep me warm, I thought I looked particularly stylish in it, yellow isn’t everybody’s colour, Mary also attached a really long bit of rope to my collar, she said it was so she could catch me because I am so fast. We did tugging and sniffing, while Poppy played with her ball, Poppy seemed to be more interested in her ball than me, I can’t think why!

Next, we went to visit Mary’s neighbours, due to the amount of publicity surrounding my sleepover. I cuddled, kissed, played and did tricks- I put on quite the show.


I then went to The dog house, Seaham to watch Poppy, Magic and Luna doing some runnins, jumpins and walk over benches that were really high. It looked ever such fun, I want to be like them when I am older.

The next day started with breakfast, to get food I had to bang on a round thing, it made a funny noise and then a click would happen and a treat appeared! At first I was unsure of this game, but after the first 2 treats, I realised how fun it was, sometimes I banged it 2 or 3 times to get a click.. Mary said I was ‘being very clever’… I don’t know what else she expects from me to be honest.

I did some push ups after the drums, Mary says this is to get me ‘big and strong’ for when I am the athlete, I was born to be.. it is hard work being this good at everything you know!

The real action started at lunch time though, we went to the shops at Jesmond, there jesmond webswere metal basket things with wheels on them that people pushed, don’t tell anyone but I was a little scared of them at first, they made such a big noise. Once we found where they were stored we started doing stuff next to them, this made me feel a bit more relaxed, by the end I even went to the end of the lead to see them. I was so brave. scary trollyThere were lots of people and cars as well, they all looked a bit like my big sister Emma and her friends, Mary said they were ‘students’, all I could see was their shoes, sometimes they would bend down and tell me how cute I am, I liked those people.


Next off to Uncle Gary (an Uncle I had heard lots about, but never met) and Auntie Mary’sGary training (not bff Mary, another Mary, how confusing) house to do trainins with clicks and treats, I did all my best party tricks for him and then we met ‘The Schnauzers’, they were super fast and I played hide and seek with them, cos there were so many dens to hide in Uncle Gary’s garden. It was the bestest garden.

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I thought we had finished, but oh no when going home (I was a bit tired, so Mary carried me) I stopped by a house with loud little people, a house with a calm person with a walking stick and some slightly bigger little people.

After a short rest, we went out the house again to pick Auntie Elizabeth and Poppy up from the hairdressers and to vote, I was told I was the youngest dog ever to visit, because I was so young they wouldn’t let me vote, so Mary did it for me, I was quite insulted… what does Mary know, that I don’t? Humph


To finish off my day, I went to school at Croft vets, where I learnt how to walk nicely on lead with my Mummy, I must admit I wasn’t quite as lively as I normally am, but Mary was in a worse state! I can’t remember the journey home, I was dreaming about what my next adventure with Mary would would be.

Specs goes to School

Well, as all you lovely people may know from my previous posts, I am a Specs, which means I am always a very busy girl.

So on Sunday, I went to my second Puppy class – and my third! It was in a different place from my first, Aunty Jen took me there so my Mummy asked Rachel to train me while she “got some work” done (silly really, everyone knows I am the only work that matters). Oh my, it was so fun! I was super keen to start working, so Rachel played tugging with me while Aunty Jenny was telling all the humans what they had to do.

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Life is a bit funny!

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Mary made me do funny things today. She made me dress up as a bumble bee and ride Auntie Jenny’s robotic vacuum cleaner. I loved the robot, it was really fun to climb on because if I did I would get a click, which means treats!


It was a bit chilly outside today and I feel the cold easily so Mary put a bumble bee coat on me to stop me shivering, I think I totally rocked the look, what do you think?