It’s almost Animal Farm

Animal pictures always cheer us up, don’t they? I realised its been ages since all of mine have been here on the blog, so here’s a quick hello from everyone.

First up is Mr Moonface. My big ball of fluff, who once upon a time was a tiny fluffball and we weren’t sure whether or not he would keep his long hair, as all his siblings were short-haired. Sure enough, it stayed and his markings are just beautiful. Many people ask what breed he is but we have no idea who the father was. He was born in a stable and raised on a farm for the first few weeks of his life, his mum was a short-haired tabby, so I often wonder what his father looked like. His fur most definitely keeps him warm in this cold weather!

Our other cat is Sherbert, brother to Alison Young’s cat, Mouse, both born on a farm over on the Isle of Wight. He’s become quite affectionate in his old age. I say old, he’s nine-years-old, I think now. You should have heard the noise he made in the car when we went to pick him up. The farmer said to us when we arrived “Oh, hello, you must be here for the last kitten. Have a look around the farm, you’ll find him somewhere…” and there he was, curled up in a ball, fast asleep on the tractor seat – not much has changed on the sleeping front!

We have had a couple of goodbyes over the last few months, Myles’ hamster Domino died in 2020 and my gorgeous Beth has gone to live with the family I bought her from. With looking after my mum and then lockdown coming along, I really struggled giving her all the love and attention she deserved, so toward the end of last year I asked them if they had space for her. It was an immensely tough decision and I cried buckets over it, but it was the right thing to do. They love her as much as I do, so I knew she would be well looked after and the silver lining is that they said I could visit and ride as often as I like, so it all turned out well in the end!

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Finally there’s Whizz, our bonkers Sprocker spaniel who keeps us on our toes. It’s really difficult to get a picture of a black dog and I tried for ages, but I had to share this video instead. This is when he gave up on sitting still and tried to pretend he was asleep, but his tail just kept going every time I tried to get him to look at me. He’s such a character! I think he will really miss everyone when they head back to school, he goes nuts when I get in from QVC. I think his happy place is when everyone is around him – such a prima donna!

In fact, he needs to be the centre of attention at all times. If I cuddle anyone, he immediately forces his way into the middle and gets particularly jealous if it is me and Myles. When Beely and I have a kitchen disco, he leaps up and down like a rabbit between us, he even had to be involved in taking photos of the Kipling Today’s Special Value (look out for product number 189467, launching tomorrow at 9pm!) …anything for more attention please! By the way, not only is this the Kipling TSV bag, I’m also wearing the Centigrade coat that I have had for over 10 years, they really are wonderful!

So finally, as I mentioned, it is the Kipling TSV Molly Medium cross-body bag this week and I’m really looking forward to catching up with the lovely Marie-Francoise on Wednesday evening when we launch it. Click here if you fancy the Joules jacket I’m wearing too, as it’s currently on a feature price!

We just have a few weeks to go and the sun will be warming us up and putting smiles on our faces, in the meantime, hang on in there and we will do our best to keep you company!

Much love as always,

Pipa x

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10 Responses

  1. Hi Pippa
    Animals are a godsend really .
    I lost my boys – two elderly
    cats (17 yrs old ) end of 2019. Don’t think I will ever get over it they are like our children.
    Your pets are lovely abs I am sure your horse will be happy to see you always .

    1. Hi Viv, they really are, particularly over the last 12 months. I’m so sorry to hear you lost your boys, it is devastating indeed, I still have our lab’s ashes in the kitchen, I can’t bring myself to part with them and its been over 3 years now. I hope you are well, take care and thanks for leaving a comment. Much love, Pipa x

  2. Hi Pipa
    Thank you so much for sharing the adorable pictures of your lovely animal family – animals certainly have an amazing ability to cheer us up 😀
    Whizz looks like great fun in his video and they must all keep you busy in the loveliest of ways!
    I am sorry that you had to say goodbye to Domino and also make the difficult decision to move Beth. I am really pleased though that you can still ride her and be a part of each other’s lives 😀
    Wishing you and all your family all the very best
    Love Jules x

    1. Hi Jules, thanks for your lovely comment, it’s a joy sharing pictures of the animals in our lives isn’t it? It’s not always easy actually getting the pictures in the first place, particularly of the black ones, they just disappear into the photo! Whizz is indeed much fun, you should see him leaping around barking at us when we do our YouTube fitness classes in the sitting room, he is too funny!! Wishing you all the very best, take care, Pipa xx

  3. Pipa I Love your Animal Farm Blog ! Funny how they are just Part of the whole Family unit you understand what I mean when you Love Animals ha-ha Sometimes I have Shed more Tears for my Pets when they have died !!So in these difficult Times it makes every thing we try to do so much Harder but in the end we Always put them first !!Due to this Pandemic I found I look back on Memories Funny thing one just was of you, Hair Style and all the Different Colours still makes me Smile mind you were very Trendy & the Short Hair suited you !! Mind you always look Lovely. I hope your Mother and all your Family are keeping well Looking Forward to seeing you on QVC xx Pamela

    1. Thanks Mary – I loved having short hair and one of these days will cut it again. Memories are great places to visit aren’t they? I read that when you reminisce memories of happy times, or things like holidays, it tricks the body into feeling it all over again – not a bad skill to develop during lockdown! All the very best to you, Pipa xx

  4. Hi Pipa
    sorry I didn’t know that you had had to let your horse go. That must have been heart breaking but at least Beth is alive and being well looked after. I am sure you cried. I lost my 13 year old lhasa apso during the first lockdown and I still cry when pictures of her pop up on my Echo devices. I have her cousin who is 12 and is good company however. No cats….. do not think that Georgie and cats are compatible 😂 Love seeing Whizz photo bombing everywhere. Kxx

    1. Hi Kathryn, yes buckets and buckets of tears but it’s for the best for now. I’m so sorry to hear you lost your gorgeous lhasa apso – they are beautiful dogs, my grandmother had 4 at one stage, she used to show them at Crufts. They take a lot of grooming but are great little characters, glad you’ve still got her cousin to keep you company xx

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