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OB: our Christmas dog

29 Dec

Louis and OB watching the presents…

Well they say a dog isn’t just for Christmas, but this year it was a delight for us to look after OB for 7 days. A 9 month old labradoodle named after a central character in Star Wars, his family needed someone to look after him whilst they went ski-ing over Christmas. Also from Exmouth, OB was used to walking on the beach by the lifeboat station. We had lots of fun and surprises, watching him catch fish and playing with other dogs. For a puppy, we found him very well-behaved and responded well to our commands. We think it helped that he was used to children, (his family have 2 young boys) and his sense of fun was well-matched to us by Devon Dog Boarding.

This was our first Christmas with a dog and we have many happy memories of OB’s stay.

OB playing with Lavinia and Louis on Exmouth beach

OB playing with Lavinia and Louis on Exmouth beach

OB playing with ball on Exmouth beach

OB and Emma on beach gardens

OB and Emma on beach gardens

OB with Bruce

OB with Bruce


Clever forever

17 Sep

Clever: Our bilingual Corgi

Following an enquiry through Devon Dog Boarding, we were offered to host Clever, a pedigree Pembroke Welsh Corgi from Exeter for a 5 night stay. After an initial meeting 2 weeks ago, we felt we could give her everything she needed whilst her owners took a short break to visit family. Clever was dropped off to us on Friday evening together with her food, bed and various equipment and her routine was explained to us.

Since Clever and her owner are originally from Poland, we were told she could respond to both Polish and English commands. Eager to try this out, our son typed some commands into Google translator and amplified the Polish word. I think the tone confused her, so we resorted to a happy English one! This morning before school, our children invented a song and a dance for her – she just can’t wait for them to return!

A daily burst of fresh air

6 Apr

A lifestyle by the sea in Devon is ideal for dog owners, as we’re discovering. What a great excuse to walk along the 3 mile length of beach (out of season) to the pub for brunch and back again, making new friends on the way. The four of us took Molly and Biggles for their daily walk this morning, (Good Friday) and only 3 of us ran into the sea! We sampled The Grove’s new brunch menu which started today, before it started filling up with lunch diners and tourists. A very dog and family-friendly Young’s pub which give out free water and dog treats whilst you dine yourself.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

We’ve started dog boarding…

4 Apr

Since we’re committed to taking students in July and August, we thought we’d also try accommodating dogs whilst their owners take a holiday. We thought we’d be an ideal host family as we have room, a large enclosed garden and the beach is at the bottom of our road.

We only had a meeting with Anna Hooke from Devon Dog Boarding last Thursday and to our surprise, she had matched us up to a pair of cocker spaniels by the Saturday! Biggles and Molly arrived last night for a 6 day stay whilst their owners visit family with their 8 week old baby over Easter. Bringing their own food and toys, they were immediately made welcome by our family and settled down quickly. We decided to keep the student accommodation out of bounds to them, keeping it a dog-free zone.

Lavinia with "Biggles" and Louis with "Molly".

Lavinia with "Biggles"

Emma with "Biggles"

Bruce with "Biggles"