Thursday, 13 December 2018

2019 Calendars - Still Time to Win One!

Just over a week to go and there is still time to place your bid to win one of these fabulous calendar’s featuring a whole year of Ziggy!

Without the generous support of Labrador Rescue South East & Central Ziggy would not be as improved as he is today.  We have had some ups and downs and sometimes felt like he was getting worse rather than improving but for the foreseeable future Ziggy will continue on his medication and also have his special bath’s every other day.  His skin is so prone to allergic reactions and the white blood cells are trying to attack from the inside but he is more stable now than he has been in the past, so I’m very thankful for that.

Ziggy is just one of the dogs cared for by LRSE&C through their Welfare Fund which makes fundraising all the more important.

Today, Ziggy still needs to grow some fur but he is happy and healthy and so loved, we hope we can give back to the charity by selling these special calendars.

Information how to bid is here:  Fundraising Calendar

Friday, 23 November 2018

Ziggy's 2019 Limited Edition Fundraising Calendar

We are very excited to announce the launch of Ziggy's Official 2019 fundraising calendar!

Following in the paw-steps of Wiggle and his calendar, we decided Ziggy should have his own fundraiser to help the wonderful charity who help him, Labrador Rescue South East and Central.

The calendar is a very limited edition with only 3 having been printed and they will be auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going to charity.  I will post to anywhere in the world for no extra cost!  

Here's a preview of this fabulously Ziggy-fied and useful calendar, printed on quality glossy paper:

There are only 3 of these fabbie calendars up for grabs - to raise funds for Ziggy's charity, Labrador Rescue South East and  Central.

The calendars are offered on an auction basis, to the three highest bidders.  If not for yourself, they would make a lovely gift for anyone you know who loves partially-furred Black Labradors.

To be in with a chance of having a whole year of Ziggy while also helping a wonderful charity, email your best offer bid to

The 3 highest bids at midnight (GMT) on Friday 21st December 2018 will each win a calendar. 

Postage and packaging, to any location in the UK or Worldwide will be paid by me.  
Once the winners have been notified, electronic payment will be required to the charity's Just Giving account, details of which will be provided.  

Good luck and please bid generously!

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Still hoping for fur....

This week Ziggy was back at the vets to see Bridget for his monthly dermatology appointment.  Good news is that she was really pleased with how he is doing and the bacterial skin infection is under control and he is certainly a lot less itchy.  

Ziggy is one of the worst cases she has worked with and he is high maintenance in his care needs but I always knew that and we will carry on with his baths every other day and his special diet and medication and keep on hoping that one day he will have some more fur..

Ziggy tries curling up small as he doesn't feel his bald area's are so visible but I assured him that I love him very much that his imperfection makes him perfect to me:

After some wet and windy weather today was beautiful and sunny:

We had a lovely walk up on the Downs and even though there was a biting cold wind, Ziggy was running to keep warm:

It's so lovely up there, especially to think of all the other Labrador's who have gone before Ziggy.

Happy boy:

I can't imagine that puddle water tastes very nice:

Joy for Ziggy = Feeling the wind in his ears and the slobber splattered down his neck!

Sunday, 28 October 2018

More tests and a day out

The week started off fine for Ziggy, all happy and autumnal without a care in the world:

Then on Wednesday he spent the day at the vets, under anaesthetic having skin biopsies taken which have left him with various puncture wounds:

The samples plus skin scrapings and swabs will be sent away for testing but whe he came home, poor Ziggy was feeling a bit strange after his day so a quiet evening was in order:

Ziggy came to work with me the next day so I could keep an eye on him but he slept for most the day:

He did managed a little lunchtime stroll in the village:

By the time it was the weekend, Ziggy was much more like his usual self so I told him we were going out and as soon as he was in the car, he was ready to go:

It was a lovely, bright but cold day so we went to Bradford on Avon:

We visited the Doghouse which is a fabbie shop selling lovely dog stuff as well as serving coffee.  Ziggy chose a new sweater:

Bradford on Avon is really dog friendly so Ziggy did some shopping and stayed nice and warm in his snazzy sweater:

And once he was home, he played with his little squeaky pumpkin:

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Sunny Autumn Sunday

It's been such a perfect Autumn day today that we made sure we got out and enjoyed the sunshine.  Ziggy has a day at the vets coming up so I wanted to make sure he got an extra fabbie walk before he has to stay on lead for a while.  He was happy as always:

Sunshine through the big old oak tree:

We were out for ages, walking from one field to the next:

We love our fields.  Lots of happy memories of walks with all my previous Labbies and lots of interesting smells for Ziggy to sniff out:

We thought this tree was looking especially pretty:

Sometimes Ziggy plods along behind me and other times he likes to run on ahead:

A damp schnoz - part dew, part slobber splatter:

Heading home:

This week Ziggy will be spending Wednesday at the vets as he is going to have skin biopsies taken while he is under anaesthetic.  The vet will make small incisions to take skin samples for testing.  Despite all his treatment to date, Ziggy is still itchy and biopsies are the only test not yet completed so hopefully it will enable treatment to stop him being so uncomfortable. 

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Sleepy Ziggy

Ziggy is a boy who loves to sleep.  He likes to get up early for a wee and then go back to bed.  Then when it is time to get up, he has breakfast and then sleeps on the sofa.  

He likes to sleep on the big bed:

Ziggy stayed awake long enough to go the field before the sun set: 

But now the days are getting shorter, a couple of times last week we found ourselves walking in the fading light:

Ziggy had an appointment to see his dermatologist on Friday so came to work.  Where he slept:

We went to see Grandyma.  After initial excitement, Ziggy slept some more:

Today started off rainy so Ziggy settled himself on the sofa.  He woke long enough to come for a walk when the rain eased off:

And now, he is sleeping on the sofa, making sure he is properly rested for a good night's sleep....

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Busy. busy Ziggy

Last weekend we went to meet a very special Labrador, 15 year old Alfie who found himself in the dog pound and needing help.  Luckily for him, he found a place to call home and with the lovely Jo and her Labrador Rescue family.  Thanks for a very kind donation via our local petshop, we took a supply of special diet food:

Grandyma was staying with us so we all went for breakfast in our favourite cafe in town where Ziggy wasn't the only Black Labrador:

This week we have noticed how fast the nights are drawing in so we've made the most of getting out in the evenings: 

Ziggy takes time to rest on the sofa and look adorable:

Yesterday we went to Virginia Water to meed up with a very special friend, Maria and her parents boy Charlie.  It was pouring with rain but that didn't stop us and the boys having a fabbie walk around the lake and a good catch up.

Today was sunny but cold, perfect for a walk in the park.  Ziggy didn't notice the squirrel that ran out almost in front of him and up a tree:

It's the same beautiful park that I took Wiggle on his 14th birthday, so a place of happy memories.

And a very special memory for today, LucytheLab, Wiggle's best girl in Seattle who celebrated her birthday in heaven. Our love and thoughts go to Lucy and her mum xx