Cats and dog

The cast of characters amongst our cats and dog are~ Gingembre (Ginger in English), or Gigi for short, is a cat with savoir faire. She has learned to catch mice and moles whilst leaving all the other critters alone. Well, maybe the odd pounce or two. She is mother to Lapsong Suchong, our grey tiger who has issues, and Noisette (hazelnut in French) our tortoiseshell, the little loner. Our dog Chewie is a standard sized dachshund. He is larger than a miniature, weighing in at 16kg. Originally dachshunds were badger hunters, digging and going down their holes after them, hence the shorter legs, loose skin and long body. Chewie by name is also by nature. He likes nothing more than to chew on sticks, balls or wool blankets.

Let’s face it, having a pet duck is not common. And I get asked A LOT about how messy ducks are. Consequently I spend quite a bit of time talking about diapering a duck. Yes, there is such a thing as duck (and chicken) diapers. One of my favourite andRead More →

relaxing in our living room with cats dog duck and two guinea pigs

It’s a quiet Sunday afternoon. The day is overcast, so a tad cooler. Gabby and I have just come in from a little weeding in the garden and picking some vegetables for tonight’s dinner. The perfect opportunity to enjoy a sit down over a cup of tea in our livingRead More →

How w neded up with a menagerie at PumpjackPiddlewick

Menagerie [ muh-naj-uh-ree] noun a collection of wild or unusual animals, especially for exhibition. an unusual and varied group of people. Pumpjack & Piddlewick non-Victorian variation on the definition: 3. an unusual and varied group of animals defining interspecies possibilities. I grew up travelling a lot so there was veryRead More →

Introducing our littlest cat Noisette at PumpjackPiddlewick

We have three cats; Gigi, our ginger female, Lapsong Suchong, our grey tiger girl, and Noisette our tortoiseshell little explorer and snuggle monster. Noisette is the youngest and the smallest. And our most independent. She always has been. Of her kitten siblings she was the only one to figure outRead More →