Posts Tagged ‘Patterdale’

Wrapping up a chilly March on The Mighty Pooch dog blog

We’ve worn gloves in the office at Mighty Pooch HQ this month on occasions as it’s been so flipping cold. Our favourite hot water bottle Brucie has been employed to keep our knees warm every morning – as office dog, he has a vital role to play in keeping us inspired and motivated! Despite having to rearrange a few photoshoots thanks to the truckloads of snow, this month on the new dog blog has been fun and we’ve come across some great finds.

Buddy at the beach on a rare un-snowy day this March

Buddy at the beach on a rare un-snowy day this March

In cool canine kit we lusted after dog-inspired jewellery for the fashion-forward woman – I’m still keen to get my finger through one of those stunning Chris Robin greyhound rings.

We also chatted to Brit designer Joanna Mac, an upholsterer whose English bulldogs are her inspiration. Their expressive faces ensure her cute designs are bang on trend.

In pic of the shoot we shared some of our own dog photography techniques for taking great images, beginning with our very own little chap Bruce who, surprise surprise, we photographed against a gorgeous snowy backdrop as he flew through the air. Move over David Gandy, there’s a new male supermodel in town.

Next up came Buddy, a red dachshund/King Charles spaniel mix whose latest photoshoot at the beach showed off his lovely coat to perfection.

Elsewhere this month I confessed to my daft notion that the beautiful town of Patterdale in the Lake District – the birthplace of Bruce’s ancestors – would be a sort of Disneyland for patterdale terriers, complete with gift shops and museums dedicated to my beloved breed. In the words of Del Boy, what a plonker!

Greyhound ring by Christopher Robin

Greyhound ring by Christopher Robin

And finally, we celebrated National Puppy Day, as dog lovers across the globe campaigned for an end to puppy farms and pet shops selling pups. Let’s hope, one day soon, we’ll see an end to this cruelty.

And so April is almost here – we hope it brings milder weather. Hey, maybe even some rays of sunshine! To The Mighty Pooch blog, April will bring more musings from the crazy dog lady, plus plenty of new cool canine kit to drool over and some gorgeous products to brighten your dog’s day. We’ll take a whistlestop tour through some quirky surprises for stylish interiors in part 2 of our bulldog couture feature and we’ll also meet Dexter the boxer and Lucy the spaniel in pic of the shoot. Plus, our new website should make an appearance. So stay tuned. And get in touch!

Happy Easter!

Aislinn Kelly and Michael Thompson

Disneyland for patterdale terriers: a foolish thought

I have something to confess: I thought that, when we visited the village of Patterdale in the Lake District (where patterdales originated), it would be like Disneyland for patterdale terrier owners. I really did. So Michael and I booked a weekend in a cosy dog-friendly inn and took Bruce, our patterdale mix, on holiday to see the sights.

patterdale sign

Michael and Bruce in Patterdale


On the journey, I imagined patterdales of all shapes and sizes dragging their owners down the main street of the village, the tips of their ears meeting on the top of their heads from sheer determination to reach the next bottom for a sniff.

I was convinced I’d see ridiculous people wearing patterdale dog costumes beckoning us into dog-friendly shops, where rows of patterdale paraphernalia would gleam on the shelves. Stuff you’d never need but somehow have to have. Pat the patterdale mascot would wave at us across the street and urge us to enter a Ripley’s weird and wonderful museum of all things patterdale.

I pictured myself spoilt for choice in the bijou gift shops, as I debated over an Abigail Ahern-esque patterdale lamp and a large white candle carved into the shape of my favourite breed, before deciding there was definitely room in my life for both. If the worst came to the worst, I thought, I would settle for one of those bizarre mugs where the head and tail wrap around the mug to make a handle. Maybe even a fridge magnet.

I just knew Bruce would love Patterdale too. A village full of Bruce lookalikes. He could have a good sniff, investigate lamp posts sprinkled with genuine patterdale pee and make important comparisons. He could maybe learn a thing or two from some of the more polite patterdales walking the main strip.

Michael and Bruce enjoy the beautiful scenery at Ullswater

Michael and Bruce enjoy the beautiful scenery at Ullswater

I could be terribly proud of Bruce’s coat and how shiny it is. I could talk to other crazy dog ladies about the little tricks and characteristics of the breed and the individual personalities of our little friends. I would be in patterdale heaven.

Or so I thought. In reality, I went to Patterdale and I didn’t even come back with a ‘lousy t-shirt’. As pretty a village as it is (and it really is!), nestled in the glorious scenery of the Lake District, all I could find to bring home was the Patterdale village sign. And as that seemed to be stuck fast in the ground, I had to settle for a photo of that.

Disneyland for patterdales … what was I thinking?!

Final, more serious note: Despite the lack of patterdale gift shops etc. etc., we’ll definitely be back to the area. What a beautiful part of the world – highly recommended for a relaxing, scenic holiday with plenty of great walks for dogs.

Words: Aislinn Kelly

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