A Good Start

This morning I started a weeks work experience in my local vet.  I have done work experience there before, but not since i’ve started veterinary, so I was a little apprehensive that I would be asked all kinds of questions and not know the answers. The first thing I saw as I walked in the door this morning calmed my nerves, a gorgeous little border terrier female in for her spay. I got to watch the spay and the vet was really good at telling me exactly what he was doing, no awkward questions for me. As well as a few xrays, a little wild bird came in for a check over, and there is an ex-lap this evening which should be interesting, I’ll let you know how it goes!



At last, finished the exams, finished second year. Back to normal with some cupcake baking.

Praline Cupcakes, a mish-mash of recipes from Rachel Allen’s ‘Bake’ book. I haven’t tasted them yet, I’m waiting to sit down with a cup of tea to watch the Leinster vs Munster Rugby Match, I hope Leinster win!

It hasn’t yet sunk in that I have a whole FOUR months off college. I’m sure it will go by pretty fast though all the same. I have lots of things planned like work experience in my local small animal vet, teaching sailing in West Cork, and going on annual camp to Essex with my scouts, oh and not forgetting house training a puppy. That should be fun! He arrives in 11 days time, It can’t come soon enough!


Little does she know…

This morning I was talking to my mum about all things dog related (Read: she was just about humoring my gushing about the dog, again) and she suggested that I should write a blog about it, heehee.

Well, back to the study, urgh…



Here is Tigger, my 14 year old moggy.

Her hobbies include sunbathing, giving evil looks and waking us up at unholy hours of the morning. I thought i’d better introduce her as she’d probably be jealous that I mentioned the puppy first. She’s a real character and an integral part of the family.

The dog breeder sent me another photo of Grizz today, he’s 5 1/2 weeks old now. I love his little wrinkly nose!

We’re all a bit concerned about how Tigger is going to take to having a bouncy puppy in the house. She’s had the place to herself from day one, and any encounters she has had with dogs have ended up with her hiding under a bed. I’m going to introduce them very slowly, let her get used to his scent first and then show her the pup while he is sleeping in his crate, although I think Tigger will still react like this…

'What the hell is that?!'

We’ll just have to wait and see. 3 more weeks ’till puppy time!


Well, hello there

Hello new blog, pleased to meet you. I am a busy vet student and I probably, no, I definitely, have more important thing to do than make a blog, but I’m doing it anyway. I’m a procrastinator. If anyone knows how to cure this, please let me know.

At the moment I’m in 2nd year veterinary. I’m in the middle of my exams, 4 more to go. One of the exams we had was practical animal handling. I got shat on by a hamster!

When my exams are finally finished I’m getting a puppy, a little border terrier guy who we’ve named Grizz…

We went to visit him a few weekends ago, he’s about 3 weeks old in this picture. I’m hoping his escapades will provide lots of material for this blog. We’ll be bringing him home some time around the end of May. I’m Very Very VERY excited!

So excited in fact that today I made some doggy treats, just to practice, y’know? I based them on this recipe http://sharedsugar.com/2009/12/oatmeal-peanut-butter-dog-treats/

Oaty Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Ingredients – makes about 40 biscuits

2 tbsp peanut butter

2 tbsp honey

1/2 tbsp olive oil

120ml chicken stock

75g porridge oats

150g Wholewheat flour/plain flour or a mixture of both


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. mix together the wet ingredients- peanut butter, honey, oil and chicken stock. In a separate bowl, combine flour and oats. Mix the dry ingredients into wet ingredients to form a dough, add more flour if the mixture is too sticky. Place dough on a floured surface and roll the dough out to about 1cm thick. Use a small bone shaped cookie cutter to cut out biscuits. Put the biscuits on a lined baking tray. Bake for about 14-16 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack. Feed to well behaved (or not so well behaved) doggies!

They have gone down really well with the two dogs I tested them out on.