George the Collie reviews – National Trust Croome 

A National Trust day trip gem.

Set in beautiful Worcestershire, Croome was secret wartime airbase which has been turned into a lovely place to visit.

We went in a group, with my friends, Elsa, Pip and Bob.

Dogs are welcome in the gardens and grounds but not in the house so we had a good run out there instead.

Only allowed in the gardens? Not a problem when you have garden designed by ‘Capability’ Brown – his first commission.

The restored parkland is a joy to walk around and, having been designed so well it has an interesting layout with some great views.

On the day we visited, in between sporadic showers that had us darting for cover, we took advantage of the deckchairs set out around the lake, positioned to take in the best views whilst waiting for our picnic to turn up! 

Overall, a lovely site to visit, my first visit to a National Trust location, and one I’ll look to return to. After I’ve had a rest!

Well worth a visit. 🐾🐶❤️


Manchester. The pointless killing of innocents by cowards.

As I wake up this morning, I go downstairs, switch the kettle on absent mindedly as I pass it on my way to greet George and open the back door for him to go out.

George has his regular ‘just woken up’ stretch in his bed before scrambling up and running outside to assume the ‘ready to hug’ position.

Post hug, I come to make a cup of tea.

During my routine, this is the part where I plug my phone in to charge and review what’s happened over night whilst the kettle boils.

A bomb. In Manchester. 19 dead. At an Ariana Grande concert.

The first thing I feel is sadness. I love Manchester. It’s a great, proud city with a great history. I have a lot of friends there. I am due in Manchester a week today, attending the Arena itself for a concert but, I doubt that will go ahead now. 

As for the bombing, why? What does it achieve, really? Yes you get fear, death, terror and exposure but this is Britain, this is England. We’ve had it before. Manchester has had it before.

It really serves no long term goal.

Once the initial shock has passed, all you will do is unite a City and a country.

The unity does ebb and flow over time but the actions of the bombers just solidify the resolve of the city, of the country.

This isn’t specific to Britain, this is world wide. I cannot think of anything that justifies their actions. Killing people from a distance and thenfilming yourself masked up by some flag? Pointless.

So why do it? Why do it at a concert that will attract children because of its content? Because it’s an easy target and the bombers are cowards.

You feel more respect for someone, fighting for their belief on a front line, weapon in hand. Not this sort of cowardly, stab in the back action.

Bombing a youth concert in Manchester achieves nothing but destruction and death.

If you want to fight for your beliefs, go. Go and fight. There are plenty of war zones around the world to join. Have some courage to face your enemy. 


George the Collie Vs. Social Media.

George on Social Media. The good, the bad and where do you stand?

So I do a bit on social media. It’s like a hobby. 

I am on Facebook, I’m on Instagram and I’m on Twitter. I enjoy the social sharing side and the engaging with people.

It can be a lot of fun and then it can be a bit rubbish.

I know some people make a living of this sort of thing but I believe you’d have to work full time at something like that but, my mom & dad have jobs and responsibilities. It’s never going to be their everything.

I also understand that, for some people, it’s also not a job but it’s IS their everything. That’s fine. For some, it might be their only way of connecting with the outside world and, again, that’s fine.

Social Media can change the world. It can change countries as well as individuals and is a fantastic ways of connecting people.

Unfortunately, like most good things in life, there can be a downside to it with people being deliberately hurtful to each other. I haven’t not had much of this but I do still get affected by others imposing their rules or beliefs on me.

If you push against them they hit back harder. I can take it but there are others that don’t and, if you see individuals being targeted, the right thing to do is to fight it.

It is well documented how abuse on Social Media has led some people to and beyond the limit – with fatal outcomes.

It shouldn’t be about this and we should take a stand. 

If you see and you allow it to happen, you should take a look at yourself and who your are as a person.

Where do you stand?

Joke conversations with George the Collie……

‘Knock, knock’ I said…..

‘Dad?’ George asked.

‘Dad? Tell me another joke.’

I had pretty much gone through my whole repertoire in a day. His appetite for gags knew no end.

‘Okay’ I said. ‘Here goes….’

By now I had George’s complete attention and he was shaking with anticipation.

‘Knock knock!’

George shot off in the direction of the hallway and, ultimately, the front door……..

George the Collie Vs Dog Food



This isn’t George. This is Harry the Dog. One of his predecessors. He was a VERY good boy and, as such, received lots of treats. So, George strives to be as good boy too.

This is Harry with a filled bone. Harry could, and would, eat almost anything (not off the table though after having mustard put on his nose) and never complained about what he was given. A really good boy.

After having some problems with Ted, the dog after Harry, that was when we found out about dog allergies. It was never anything i had really thought about. We were aware of the rise in the number of reported and diagnosed allergies in humans compared to a century before but, in pets?–> window.yumprintRecipeDisabled = true; Did your grandparents have food allergies? Mine sure didn’t. A stark comparison to the growing epidemic of food allergies, worsening with every generation. According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011 (1). […]

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A bit of research with dog food manufacturers showed a whole market for Wheat Free and Grain Free dog food and products for allergic animals.

It was surprising and also made you wonder if you’d been feeding your dog incorrectly for a long time.

These thoughts were then checked by the rational part of the mind that said ‘Dogs eat anything’, ‘This is a gimmick’,  ‘Guilt trip to make you pay more’ but i took a punt and purchased a wheat free product from The Laughing Dog food company.

I was surprised at the impact it had on the the dogs temperament. He seemed calmer overall and, happier?, yes, i guess so. Certainly more relaxed as if he had been in some general discomfort.

This is not scientific process by me – far from it – as we never went so far as having Ted diagnosed but it certainly seemed to help. Ted’s other problems are a different story, see my first post  ‘A New Hope’ about all that.

What it did give us is an idea of a healthier diet for our dog. It seems a lot of advertised dog food is created to look almost edible for humans – beef with peas, carrots & gravy – like we’ve just given him a Sunday dinner. I very much doubt most of us would eat a Sunday Roast dinner every day so why would we give it to a dog? Can that be healthy?

Either way, my dog, my choice and he eats healthy. Yes, he gets lots of small treats and i mean LOTS but he is being trained and a lot of these ‘treats’ are actually just pieces of his standard kibble.

It may or may not have been something you’ve considered before but, if you care about your pets, it’s got to be worth a few moments thought.


George the Collie Vs Unwanted Cups

If you are reading this, you have a collection of cups and mugs.

If I wasn’t a dog and had money or items of real value, I’d bet on that. 

One thing I’ve noticed about cups is the massive amount some people tend to collect and how few of those they actually use.

You have favourite cups.

You have cups that came with Easter Eggs, Christmas socks, Holiday gifts, Prizes…… get the idea. The odds are that none of these your ‘favourite’ cup.

You will likely have a batting order of cups and at the bottom if this list will be the odd cups, the gift cups, the ones where the ceramic feels thin, or weird or whatever. The ones you’d rather not use.

When you get to the point that you are using ‘those’ cups & mugs, it’s probably time you cleaned up. You need to take control and sort things out so you get back to using the cups you like.

You should use this in life.

There are things that are your favourites and things that are make do. Make do is never good long term.

If, in life, you are making do, its time you had a clean up.

You can leave my treat by the door. You’re welcome.


George the Collie Vs Home Improvement 

Not the TV show. Actual home improvement. 

Change room layout. Adding more floor space. New doors & windows – where does it stop?

You get settled, then they go and change it all up again. What’s up with that?

I have a bed, a bowl 🍚 and a box 📦 of toys. What more do I need, really. Apart from treats I mean – never have too many of those 🐶.

Decorating, that’s more my style. My ability to ‘help’ with decorating is legendary for one so young.

That’s the sort of ‘home improvement’ I like to get involved in – that and a little gardening 😂.

Love you guys!