An addition to the family
‘A ball of fluff called Pip means that we have a dog in the house once more’
With lockdown finally easing, it’s been a month of new arrivals in the Inglis household. First up has been Pip the pup, who bounded, licked, and yapped her way into the house a couple of weeks ago. We’d been on the look out for a new dog ever since old Jack passed away a couple of years ago, but what with moving and then renovating an old house, the time was never quite right until now. And then, as luck would have it, a friend of a neighbour who knew someone who knew someone else had heard of a puppy in need of a home, and before we knew what was happening, we were in a garden in Bristol being licked enthusiastically by a very cute ball of black fur.
Pip, as this ball of fur was called, was the last remaining pup from a small accidental litter. Her mum was a shaggy little dog who’d escaped and spent five days on the run in the wilds of Bristol, before coming back pregnant by an unknown father (or fathers, as it is possible for litters of pups to have more than one father!) A couple of months and one difficult Caesarean section later, three pups were born, each with different variations on a small, cute and fluffy theme. Two had quickly found new homes, as had Pip before she’d been returned by the new owners who found her too full of beans for their little city flat. And that’s when we found her, and immediately fell in love with her goofy mongrel looks, one ear up and one ear down, and eager-to-please nature.
A few weeks have passed since Pip arrived, and she’s turned out to be an absolute cracker of a pup, full of everything you’d expect in a young pup - energy, mischief, cuteness, and affection. She’s quickly settled in, picking up the basics of training remarkably quickly, and enjoying exploring the overgrown wilderness we call a garden.
One decision we made when she arrived was that we were going to feed her on home-cooked food, and this is working out really well. Although I’ve been involved in various commercial pet food brands over the years, including tails.com and Vet’s Kitchen, I’ve recently become a convert to the benefits of feeding real food made from fresh ingredients – and there’s no doubt that Pip is thriving on it, wolfing down delights such as chicken breast with carrot and sweet potato, and cod fillets with rice and courgette! It’s surprisingly easy and cheap to do as well, so I’d definitely recommend giving it a try, and my new Vetchef website give you loads of free advice and recipes tailored to your dogs so take a look at that if you’re interested.
And then, as if one ball of furry cuteness wasn’t enough for one house, a week or so after Pip arrived, we also welcomed two new kittens into the house (in for a penny…) Jasper and Tauriel have taken Pip’s energy levels and dialled them up to 11, racing around the living room, taunting the dog and generally causing mayhem – albeit, very cute and adorable mayhem.
The only member of the household who’s not too impressed with this sudden influx of cuteness has been our older cat Cuddles. She’s remained aloof, staying well out of the way of the younger animals, and occasionally glaring at us with her steely yellow eyes as if to say how unimpressed she is by the new arrivals.
Cuddles aside, the rest of us have found having a houseful of little animals an absolute joy, and a great tonic after the long months of lockdown. It’s so good to have a dog in the house once again, and I’m very much looking forward to many happy years with Pip, Jasper and Tauriel enriching our lives.