Meet Dobby – Blogtober Day 20

If you’ve been reading my blog or following my socials for a while you’ll know that I have a dog that I absolutely adore. If you’re new, meet Dobby!

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Growing up we always had dogs but they usually came and went with my sister as she moved in and out of our family home. I really wanted a pet of my own but for years my parents always said no. Eight years ago they finally changed their minds.

Dobby is from our local Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre. The dogs there come from Local Authority pounds, private surrenders or sometimes they are puppies born there. When we arrived at Dogs Trust we were shown around by a lovely staff member and asked to fill out a short questionnaire about our household to help match us to a suitable dog. These were straightforward questions to see if we had any other pets or small children, if we had time and experience to train a dog, etc. We fully intended to take home a trained adult dog but there weren’t any there that matched us on that particular day. We said we’d come back in a few weeks and were set to leave when someone asked about seeing some puppies that had recently been born. Obviously we had to see them! What kind of monster says no to seeing puppies?!

I’m not sure how many were in the litter but there seemed to be a lot of them. They were all gathered in one massive sleepy pile, very cute! Staff told us that they were likely Collie X’s but they weren’t positive. They all had that classic black and white Collie look…except for one. One little guy stood out from the rest. He was tan and white and much smaller than the other puppies. We hadn’t planned on getting a puppy but we totally fell in love with him and knew we could train him. None of the pups were ready to go home right away so we had to wait a while before we could get our hands on him!

The day he came home – so tiny!

Once he was big enough we were allowed to take him home but not before a home check and training session from Dogs Trust to make sure we were well prepared. Dogs Trust took care of his vaccinations, provided us with a lead and collar and enough food to keep him going for a little while along with a wealth of information and reassurance that we could call them with any questions. They even neutered him once he was old enough! They provided all of that and all they asked for in return was a donation and a loving home from Dobby (who they had originally named Professor X!).

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Look at those giant ears…he grew in to them eventually!

The past eight years have been great. Pets really do bring so much joy. Dobby has a lovely temperament, he’s very sweet and funny. He’s patient with the kids, he loves his sleep, he’s incredibly nosy, he doesn’t like to be left in the dark on his own and he’ll do anything for a piece of cheese. He’s always in the window, ready to greet us when we get home, he’s content to sit with me if I’m not feeling so good and he’s a great companion when it comes to going for a walk. Everyone who meets him seems to love him (even those who claim they aren’t ‘dog people’!).

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Dobby makes me laugh, he provides company, he keeps me going. Recently Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick tweeted ‘Animals don’t judge us, they love us unconditionally. They give us so much. Here’s to all the animals that are our companions in light and dark.’ I couldn’t agree more.

Do you have any pets? Share a picture of them, tell me about them! 

This Month I’m Grateful For – September – Blogtober Day 12

Time for some reflection! Keeping a gratitude diary really helps me stay positive. Here’s a round up of some of the things I was grateful for last month:

  • The chance to catch up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while – we message pretty much every day but nothing beats actually getting to spend time together.
  • A health scare that was nothing more – waiting for results is always difficult but thankfully everything is okay.
  • A good first day at college and meeting the lovely people there – I genuinely don’t think I’ve ever been part of such a supportive class before. It makes attending classes late on Tuesday nights and early on Saturday mornings a little easier!
  • The honor of being asked to be a bridesmaid at a friends wedding – it’s definitely anxiety inducing, I’ve turned down the opportunity to be a bridesmaid and a godmother before but it’s a while away so I have time to figure out how to deal with it.
  • Learning – because I’m a nerd! I’ve always loved learning new things and I always want to know more. Learning keeps me well, I like to feel like I’m using my mind. Going back to college, some new books and great Twitter chats have led to me learning a lot in September.

What things were you grateful for in September? Share them with me below!


Hope is… – Blogtober Day 3

The Oxford English Dictionary defines hope as ‘A feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.’

But hope is so much more than that…


Hope is sunshine on a crisp morning,

it’s watching my nephews and niece learn something new,

it’s listening to my favourite songs,

it is watching Great British Bake Off with my mam.


Hope is a bunch of fresh flowers,

a nice smelling candle,

car journeys with my dad,

watching Marvel movies,

my dog resting his head on my lap.


Hope is a good cup of coffee,

having my family together for birthdays,

the smell of a new book,

laughing at a stupid joke my boyfriend told me,

a nice email, tweet or comment.


Hope is yellow,

it’s crunchy leaves in Autumn,

a walk in the park,

peanut butter cups,

waking up at 3am and knowing I still have hours left to sleep.


Hope is being grateful for both the big things and the small ones.

Hope is knowing that there will be more of them.

Hope is believing that bad days won’t last forever.

Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all..._


What does hope look like for you? Share it with me below! 


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This month I’m grateful for…

Practicing gratitude has a multitude of benefits, from improving optimism and happiness to helping people feel less lonely.* Personally, I feel more positive when I practice gratitude. Every week I try to think of a couple of things that I am genuinely grateful for. This stops me from getting too focused on the things that maybe didn’t go right that week.

I thought I’d share a couple of the things I’ve been grateful for in August.

  1.  Having such a tight knit family in difficult times. None of us are great at answering our phones and nothing is exempt from having a joke made out of it but my family are always there when it matters.
  2. My friend Aoife for encouraging me to keep going after my goals and for always being there to share in the happiness when they work out or to offer support when they don’t.
  3. Getting tickets to see Panic! at the Disco in Manchester next year – shoutout to Ian for this one! Going to gigs is one of my absolute favourite things to do and I was really disappointed to see that Panic! didn’t include an Irish date on their Pray For The Wicked tour but I’m delighted that I’ll get to see them anyway.prayforthewickedtour
  4. The return of cooler weather. I couldn’t cope with that hot weather at all! I’m just need made for heat. I think I was the only person in the country who cursed the heatwave every morning! I love cooler days, cozy evenings, the leaves turning and even the lashing rain.
  5. The arrival of A/W fashion and homeware. If it’s not already clear, I’m an A/W baby, it’s my favourite time of year and seeing all of the new stock like boots, hats, scarves, throws, cushions and candles arriving in store is so exciting!
  6. Getting shortlisted in the Irish Blog Awards in the category of Blog Post – Personal Blog for my ‘I Own It’ post. Blog-Awards-2018-Alebrije-MPU_Short-List
  7. Getting accepted by UCC to study Mental Health in the Community. I’m happy beyond words to have the chance to study something I’m so passionate about.




Join in! What things were you grateful for in August? Let me know below!