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Sunday the 16th June was a very exciting day in the Knight household because not only was it Fathers day, it was also this beautiful little pup’s 2nd birthday.
(Rosie on her second birthday)
We brought Rosie home when she was nine weeks old and our lives changed forever. Having a puppy is lovely but boy is it hard work! I will admit there were times where she had been challenging and I didn’t want to do it anymore with the chewing, the runny poop whilst we were trying to find the right food for her, the dog hair, the chasing her around the living room trying to retrieve Emily’s £30 twinkle toes shoe.
I made a commitment when we decided to get a dog that even when it got tough we would get through it and we did. We took her dog training and carried it on at home as much as we could. We found a food that didn’t upset her belly and as she got older she did calm down a little bit.
When Rosie was around 18 months I started to do a little bit of research on breeding. I wanted her to have a litter before we had her spayed. I looked into everything, the health tests needed, the costs, the compatibility calculators on the kennel club website, how much it would cost for the health checks, the scan and for a c-section just in case, god forbid, she needed it, how much it would be for the puppies injections, microchipping, etc. I thought about the amount of poo and wee there would be and how heart broken my kids would be having to re-home the puppies and decided against breeding. Another reason being was there are already far too many dogs out there looking for homes and I didn’t want to risk adding to the statistics. So we decided to get her spayed.
Another challenge we had to sort out was her weight. She was weighing around 32kg at around 20 months old and the vet told me that her weight should be around 28kg so we needed to stop giving her treats and start measuring out her food and take her more energetic walks.
When I took Rosie to the vets a few weeks ago for her Kennel cough and to buy some more flea and worming treatment she weighed bang on 28kg and her shape looks like number 3 in the picture above instead of number 4.
For Rosie’s birthday, my mission was to find some indestructible dog toys for her. I only managed to find a few which I will link below:
We brought one of these for Rosie when she was a puppy and it’s still going strong, the only reason we brought her a new one was because I wanted to buy her a different flavour. These come in Chicken, Bacon, Peanut butter, Original.
These are different to the Kongs you can fill up with their spray treats as these are solid and not rubbery. You unscrew the Kong and fill it up with plain mixer food, Rosie spends ages knocking it around the room to get the food out. This isn’t a quiet toy.
Rosie loves this toy, It is very tough and great to play fetch and tug of war. We have had ours a long time now and it is definitely being put through its paces.
We brought one of these for Rosie when she was a puppy and she wasn’t interested in it at all. We are going to try it next but in a XXXL size. I will keep you updated on this one.
That is all the toys I have managed to find at the moment which seems to last a decent amount of time. We have tried soft toys, rubber toys, tennis balls and she will destroy them all within minutes. If you can recommend any that work for your dog then we would love to hear from you, please on Jo@theknighttribe.co.uk
For Rosie’s birthday, I had also been looking online for some dog-friendly recipes so me and Emily could bake her a birthday cake and we came across this one.
We sang happy birthday to her, Emily blew out her birthday candles and Rosie ate the entire cake.
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What you will need:
- 65gPeanut Butter (Check that it does not contain Xylitol and this is very harmful to dogs)
- 120g Wholemeal flour
- 80g Honey
- 1tsp of Vanilla extract
- 140g Grated carrot
- 1tsp of Bicarbonate of soda
- 60ml Vegetable oil
- 1 Egg
Prep:20min › Cook:40min › Ready in:1hr
- Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a ring cake tin or medium square tin.
- Combine the egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla, and honey, if desired, in a large bowl; blend well. Stir in the carrots and mix thoroughly. Sift together the flour and bicarb and fold into the carrot mixture. Spoon cake mixture into the prepared tin
- Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. Let cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes; then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
I covered the top of the cake in peanut butter and made the number 2 using dog treats I brought from Millies wolfheart.
If you like this cake recipe, why not come and check out the dog biscuit recipe I tried and tested.
The knight tribe – Rosies 2nd birthday
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My First pair of Hotter Shoes
We have had a Hotter store in Peterborough for quite a long time now and I would never have considered stepping foot inside until I went to my first blog on event back in May 2018. I had always remembered their shoes being quite plain looking and aimed towards the older generation.
They had a stand last year showcasing their latest range and as I browsed through them I was pleasantly surprised by how much they had changed and how stylish they looked. So when they contacted me to tell me that I had been selected to visit my local branch between the 13th -23rd of May for Fit Fortnight and to pick a pair of shoes of my choice, I was very happy to oblige.
The Fit Fortnight campaign is designed to help customers find perfectly fitting shoes by measuring their feet and providing expert advice. Their shoes come in sizes 3 to 9 with some half sizes and extra width fitting options so you’ll be sure to find the best Hotter shoe for you.
I was greeted by Adam who is the store manager for the Peterborough branch, he would also be the person measuring my feet that day.
I can honestly say that I felt completely comfortable through my fitting experience and Adam was a gem. You can clearly see he loves his job and has a wealth of knowledge of Hotter and the footwear industry in general.
Some people have a phobia when it comes to feet and it can be very difficult and awkward for them to do something so simple as getting their feet measured properly. I must admit, I was feeling a bit nervous myself and I don’t have a foot phobia, I also have never had my feet measured before as an adult.
Fortunately, I had been wearing the correct size which was reassuring to know but what I didn’t know was that I have one foot bigger and wider than the other foot, which would explain why I could never wear stiletto shoes without a strap across my ankle otherwise my left foot would fall out of it.
I tried on two different styles of shoes, the first pair was the Shake shoes in Grey/floral which I fell in love with, however, I decided against these FOR now mainly because another style had caught my eye which was the Jewel shoes in meadow floral/pebble grey.
As soon as I saw the Jewel shoes I knew they were the ones for me because A. I love the style, colour and print of them and B. I wear skinny Jeans a lot of the time and they would look amazing paired together. C. You can wear them everyday casual or dress them up if you are going out.
Breaking them in
The first week I wore my new shoes every other day for about an hour each time and they did rub on my left foot (my bigger foot) however, I was expecting this to happen because It always does when I break in a new pair of shoes.
I have had no further blisters or sores since.
They are so light and comfortable that I wear them pretty much every day now except for when it is raining and that is only down to not wanting wet feet.
I have received so many compliments on my new shoes and a few people have even been surprised to hear that they are from Hotter, a local friend and mum has also gone and brought her self the same shoes after seeing mine.
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Crack ’em, Wear ’em, Find your Luck and Share ’em
Lydia and I had a really fun day together in London to celebrate the launch of WowWee’s brand new, exciting, collectable toy cookies.
Lucky Fortune are toy fortune cookies that include a surprise bracelet with a charm inside and a paper fortune for good luck.
They are set to be the coolest and luckiest collectable must-have for the stylish fan.
In series one, there are 100 different bracelets to collect with four levels of rarity, as well as the desired ultra lucky real gold-dipped four-leaf clover. The Lucky fortune cookies also double up as a key chain for little keepsakes. Lydia and Emily love key chains and have decided to attach theirs to their school bags and have given mummy one for her keys.
I love everything about these charm bracelets and what they promote, they look gorgeous and you can tell that a lot of love, thought and imagination has gone into creating and designing these from the charm itself down to the fortune cookie fastener and the little beads on the end to stop them falling apart.
When someone mentions charm bracelet, you instinctively think of girls jewellery, don’t you? Well, not these. As you can see from the collectors guide below, there are plenty of unisex charms to collect. Even mum and dad can wear them. (I love wearing mine)
Next, to each charm on the collector’s guide, there is a sparkle that is coloured in either white, pink or orange and this will tell you how lucky you are.
Where can I buy them?
They will be available to buy from Smyths Toystore from June and can be purchased in a single pack for £4.99 or in a pack of four for £14.99
The launch was brilliant! Lydia had been counting down the days and couldn’t ‘wait to find out more about what this exciting new trend was about; especially as they are brand new in the UK.
The room was beautifully decorated in purple balloons and Lucky Fortune backdrops for plenty of photo opportunities. The tables were set up for a selection of different activities for the children to take part in.
- There were two tables set up especially for the children to ‘un-box’ the Lucky Fortune cookies.
- Sweet and cake table
- Hair station
- Nail station
- Face/ hand painting
- They could also have their fortune told by a real-life fortune teller in the form of a genie, which Lydia thought was amazing.
How Lucky Fortune was born
I got to ask the creator of Lucky Fortune’s Sydney Wiseman how she came up with the Idea of collectable charm bracelets in fortune cookies and here is her answer.
I was eating Thai food with my sister in Montreal, and they give fortune cookies at the end of the meal! I’ve always been superstitious and I got a paper fortune I loved and I went to save it in my wallet (I usually do that with the good ones!) and as I was doing it… I was like “wait..fortune cookie..great blind device..saving your luck..what could we make that’s unique to come in a fortune cookie that’s not another character collectable that will empower kids! And make them feel extra lucky!”
And then I thought small pretty charm bracelet! I also felt very strongly about making it a bracelet program vs a charm bracelet programme so that you can wear a lot of luck on your sleeve! Vs one bracelet with lots of charms (I felt that was a tad overdone too!)
We also got to meet some of our fellow Instagram and Youtube friends, which was pretty awesome too.
Lydia was really excited to tell her little sister Emily all about her day and to share her goody bag with her. You can watch their Un-boxing video below.