Time at the Border Collie Trust

border_collie_trustWhat an informative and thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours I spent meeting Ben and some of the wonderful dogs as well.

I learnt such a lot, in a short space of time; Ben has a revelatory take on the behaviour and rehabilitation of these sensitive and intelligent dogs.

The dedication and care of staff and volunteers is a joy to see.

Thank goodness for these rescue/re-homing centres and for the wonderful people who give loving homes to so many dogs.


Hello everyone, Polly here again

married_coupleI thought you would like a photo reminiscent of sunnier days, now that we are into autumn! As you see, we also have yet another wedding, this time our lovely pet sitter, Kay Cameron is now Mrs. Harry Walker. Not only are we pets wonderful companions, we play Cupid too.

We are approaching November 5th and I have a few tips to help you with all my fearful friends out there, including Casper the cat, he hates me but I will win him over one day!

Helpful Hints for our four legged friends:

  • Create a cosy, snug ‘den’ for us to hide if we need to; make it attractive with treats or a favourite toy.
  • Close the curtains and keep all the lights on, turning up the radio /T.V. to muffle the loud bangs.
  • If we are trying to settle down give us along lasting chew or a Kong filled with healthy treats, to focus on.
  • When we are fearful, please don’t follow us around or cuddle us; your attentive behaviour just makes us think there is something to worry about. Also consoling and reassuring us makes us think that showing our anxiety is the correct way to behave!
  • Some of my friends have very extreme reactions; there are good medicines, obtainable from your vet to help keep us calm.
  • Any outdoor pets, in pens/aviaries, for example, it is a good idea to partly cover with a thick blanket and a waterproof cover to soundproof plus block out some of those scary flashes.

sues_dog_oct2014I hope this is useful, personally, I like to run into the garden, try to catch the lights and bark at the bangs.

Goodness you humans have some funny ways to enjoy yourselves, what’s wrong with a rubber ball and a tug toy, I say.

Have fun anyway and be careful out there!


Hello again to all lovely human beings and potential clients reading my blog!

pollyI, Polly, made sure everyone was working so hard in July & August we had no time for my news.  So, here we are at last in September.

I hope you all like the photos of our pet sitters who got married this year.  Who needs a dating site – all you need are four legged friends like me to bring people together.  All of us at While You’re Away Ltd wish our newly married sitters every happiness.

Just a little thought for you to ponder on; having a dog to share your life is like looking after a toddler that never grows up.  It isn’t for everyone; if you have any doubts, then don’t even consider inviting one of my brothers & sisters into your life.  But, if you enjoy “well disciplined” fun, dogs will give you great joy in return.  To be able to fully command a dog’s love is to build a loyalty that will surpass anything life can throw at you.

See you in October, I promise you.

wedding2_2    wedding1                                      Karen & Colin Price                                                  Pamela & Don Yates