Hello there everyone! Can we first just say a big HELLO & WOOFS to you all and welcome to 2018 from Ollie & Penny, Thomas and myself! We hope you all had a lovely festive holiday with your furpals & hooman family – we did!
So this time of year is a bit for us. Don’t get me wrong – both Thomas & myself love Winter and all the trimmings – as do Ollie & Penny, but we can’t help being on tender hooks as it’s this time of year where Ollie seems to develop any health problems he may have been harbouring for the last 12 months.
This time last year he was diagnosed with his second bout of IVDD and subsequently had his second operation for IVDD. Three years before this he had his first IVDD diagnosis & operation at exactly the same time of year. Touch wood this last year has been without major instance or relapse.
Update wise – he’s not back walking normally, but he is stronger back there and walking – wobbly; which we’re very proud of after everything he’s been through. It was a tough start to 2017. We won’t go through it all again now, you can read our diaries here, but you can understand why we’re a bit on edge at this time of year and have been taking things slowly & quietly for January so far.
Moving on, we had a quiet Christmas with just us & the wieners, which is how we love it. No stress was the name of the game. We also took a little unannounced social media break after Christmas day into the New Year. Sorry if you missed us but we needed a little ‘unplugged’ time to recharge the batteries. Ironic wording really.
To be honest our ’12 Giveaways’ took it right out of us and we needed a time-out to chill and recuperate. Thank you by the way, to everyone that entered and to the businesses that took part as well. It was a big success and although a lot of work it was also a lot of fun to do! Our winner Shannen Quegan and her pooch Bella really loved her prizes; you can see more from them here.
So we’re getting back to things now – slowly! We thought we’d start with a ‘small’ website update – cosmetic really….. ….before getting stuck back into new postings!
You may have noticed a few changes as you read this! We updated our logo, keeping our cute Ollie & Penny icons but changing the font and colours. We’ve also lightened a lot of the site main colours too! Also some fonts on the website have been changed. We’ve also updated the main drop down menus to make them more streamlined and easier to read by stripping out some details that we feel weren’t needed. All this hopefully gives us a brighter and fresher look for 2018. What do you think?
Talking about 2018 we have a lot of plans for the year ahead! Of course none that we can share with you now!
One of our main goals for the year ahead is to get back to basics on the blog. Back to the reasons why we started it in the first place: as a place to express our feelings, thoughts & opinions; and to continue to provide a sausage dogs eye view of all things doggie related. So look out for lots more articles, musings, reviews and advice coming your way!
That’s all the news we have for you at the moment! If you haven’t already do pop by Ollie & Penny’s socials to the right and follow us for our daily updates!
Regards & Woofs,
p.s. …we’ll be finally choosing some brand ambassadors for the Ollie & Penny Shop very soon! Stay tuned for some freebies!