Lockdown Lookback.

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Week #9 of the Coronavirus Lockdown, and the ‘novelty’ is wearing a bit thin. Which is more than can be said about me – despite running and cycling daily, the temptation to snack and eat cakes when I’d normally be … Continue reading

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WHEN DOVES CRY? Don’t kid yourself!

Collared Dove

For the past few months, I’ve had a pair of woodpigeons who, when I call, come into the garden to be fed.

The male has become very confident, and yesterday mid morning, though I hadn’t called, walked around the garden following me until I fetched his food.

But now there’s a new kid in town!

Forget images of peace-loving birds carrying olive branches. Forget what Prince said about when doves cry.

Watch how wary even the rook appears when it arrives for some breakfast. I can just imagine it whistling casually, thinking “play it cool, my son, play it cool. Don’t attract attention to yourself ….. oooh shiiiit!”


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Vexed Violet & the Virus.

I received this message from little Violet today. She and her sister, Sadie, are missing their daily walks, it would appear.
(Thanks to owners Gill and Gail for holding the camera and sending this on Sadie & Violet’s behalf.)


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Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, I’m sorry to say that Leading Petcare will have to close down while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic.

(Twelve years and eleven months without a day’s absence – I’d just like to say this one doesn’t count!)

I’m sure everyone will understand there is no alternative to this action and that hopefully, if the country as a whole goes along with the instructions, we will be back to some semblance of normality in a few months.

I’d just like to say a huge THANK YOU to all my loyal customers for your support and understanding these past few weeks. This ‘lockdown,’ is going to affect all of us and apart from anything else, I’m going to miss seeing all my wee pals over the next few weeks at least.

Hopefully, I’ll be back with you all in the not too distant future. In the meantime, look after yourselves and your loved ones, and Go Well.

(I don’t do conventional stock expressions like ‘Stay Safe.’)

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Cabriole and Flame.

How cute are these two?!

Little Cabriole (left) is only a few months old and is deaf – or at least, hard of hearing. But he has his older ‘brother,’  Flame to look out for him.

When I recently visited the Oriental Shorthairs for the first time since Cabriole joined the family, he didn’t appear. Both Flame and his elderly ‘sister’ Star were by my side throughout the visit.

I had a look around the house for the wee one, and not appreciating just how bad his hearing was, I repeatedly called his name.

I noticed Flame kept running up and down the stairs, as if to show me where to look, but I could still find no trace of Cabriole. (It transpires he was most likely in his favourite place which is a warm, towel drawer in the airing cupboard.)

On subsequent visits that week, both Flame an Star would appear as I walked into the house. Flame would then briefly disappear – and return a minute or so later with the wee one in tow.

Everyone needs a big brother like Flame!

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The Gang Reunion.

There was much excitement in the fields around Bridge of Weir today as four of the long-standing ‘Lunchtime Gang,’ met up again after many months apart. Sadly, two of the original members, Marley and Jazz, are no longer with us, but Dougal and Cali carried on where they left off and chased around the hill, until old age reigned them in and they decided the offer of a biscuit was a better option.

(Left to right) Misty, Dougal, Bramble, Cali.

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“We were going to put it back, honest …”



Shadow and Ghost decided to have their own foam party today, while their owners were at work.

Or perhaps they’re hinting for a ‘ball pool’ as their first birthday present, next month?

Whatever – they look pretty pleased with their handiwork.


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