Archive for the ‘Switzerland’ Category

Cleo’s International Fan Club

Monday, July 19th, 2010


It does not matter what country I am in or where I am someone will go out of their way to stop me and ask me about Cleo (and often Tarpi, but if I am honest more often Cleo). I could be in the Netherlands in a postoffice or walking down the street in Zurich or this month walking in a park, every month at least once someone has stopped me and asked me what breed she is and where she comes from.

It started from the first week she arrived in the Netherlands, in fact I had a lady come and ask me if she could have her !

In the beginning when they asked what breed she was.. i used to reply with quite some confidence .. she was a purebreed… ‘pure naughty’ .. which used to get a few chuckles..

though she’ll still try her luck.. she has I think grown more used to her position at the bottom of the greasy pole :)

well shes come a long way (as have I through what she has taught me) and is an adored and treasured member of the family.

What does a Swiss watchmaker and a Potcake have in common?

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

I have to say i’d be surprised if a Swiss watch maker had more ‘in the zone’ happy concentration as my Potcake girls having their dinner..

there is just this peaceful feeling of all is right in the world.. :)

Lots of love



too much dog hair.. ? no problem

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Knitting with dog hair

even though I have Tarpi and Cleo for quite a few years now.. i am still quite surprised at the hair everywhere.. so, I bought the book below a year ago..

turns out Cleo has quite passable knitting hair.. :) its long and mohairy.. maybe mutti will get a pair of ‘Cleo’ socks for Christmas this year…. :) Tarpi’s shorter stiffer hair is better used as golden accent hairs…. :)

How much hairloss is too much hairloss..

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Dog Hair

Yes this is a picture of a pile of dog hair (on a chair for size perspective) .. laughing..

you might be mistaken for thinking this is a weeks worth of dog hair from both of my dogs.. but its not..

its one day from one of my little girls..

Some will not be too surprised to find out this is one day of Cleo’s hair.. !
To her defense though, a heatwave started a few days ago

which brings me to .. i wish I could say i was living vicariously through her hair loss… but i’m NOT!.. (more…)

I found one in my ear..

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Yes, I found a dog hair in my ear ..

I have to say I was surprised, but not as surprised as when I was helping a gentleman get a cupboard into the back of his volvo station wagon.. and noticed quite a sprinkling of black dog hairs on the ceiling of the boot area. I had to ask… its not often i see others with surprising dog hair situations ..

turns out he had two great danes.

I like to think though that if there is a prize for finding dog hairs in unusual places, I still may have won it…

In my ear! .. I might as well have found an alien in a jam jar :)

Lots of love



4 eyes ..

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

girls are well:)

lovely plump and shiny ,

we went for a walk by the river and its quite hot now and they had a nice dip, they are both so smart even though it is shallow they crouch down right in to their necks to get good and wet and cool :) when they came back they wanted to have a little nap on the bed but with their wet bodies i nixed it , so for quite a while I had 4 eyes focused on me waiting for me to change my mind :)

they are sweet little sausages.

Hope everyone is well.


Lots of love Cath

my life is really quite tough you know

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
why cant i be outside playing all day?' look

why cant i be outside playing all day?' look

sock tease

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
first the mischievous look

first the mischievous look

finds sock takes sock

finds sock takes sock

plays with sock

plays with sock

chews sock a little

chews sock a little

having a rest, socks' still mine though

having a rest, socks' still mine though..

yin yang napping

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Here they are .. usual post breakfast nap

yin and yang this time.

Happy New Year,

Love Cath

yin yang napping

yin yang napping

cuddle anyone ?

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

heres a pic of tarpi this morning.. she likes to visit for a cuddle first thing :)

Lots of love


morning cuddle

morning cuddle

prime bed real-estate

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Hi Muttikins,

hope all is well, when are you planning to come over? bring Inge Margaret a potcake puppy and or 3 bags of nestles chocolate chips :)

ps Zurich is the new London, I would say that though.. :) the shopping is really exceptional.. all the stores here.

it is expensive though, maybe they will have sales in January.

it may be an idea to spend the plumbing time here.. its all ok here, snow on the ground girls very happy plump and sleeping on your bed every night.. went for a quick run this morning and then breakfast.
Lots of love

the girls are good to have around. you might be horrified when you see them relaxing on your bed though. this does have a small downside, cleo has an impacted anal gland that she occasionally discharges.. though its only a couple times a week so you’ll hardly notice the stains .. and the sheets are changed every week ..

hehe . I have plumped them up a bit bcs its cold so they are very soft and cuddly..

there goes the pillow

tempted by prime bed real-estate, waiting to be told off

taking liberties

taking liberties

Freiburg – Freiburg the jewel

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Hi everyone,

Switzerland – Basel Bad

At first we ended up in Basel Bad by accident and everything was very copecetic all the same,

we did not get any scowls.. just a surprised ‘I’ve seen a lot of things ..’ look from the Swiss Douane when I came through with a bike, backpack and two dogs :) and kindness from the ticket man who helped me with my ticket.

We did get to Freiburg an hour or so later and ..

Freiburg is really amazingly astonishingly quietly beautiful. . really, i’ve never seen anything like it. Its really a little jewel by any countries standards… its hard to describe except the town planners deserve a little medal, its very beautifully laid out with beautiful colourful period and some stylishly modern buildings with mini-canals running throughout the town. I heard it described on TV as a little bit of a paradise.. and I have to agree..

Freiburg also has a lot of churches

which is nice :) (and also some in the surrounding woods) and they are all impressive in a teutonic sort of way, I have to say though i didnt find them warm and welcoming though, doors not open, no benches outside, or maybe it was just the general teutonicness :) of them.. or maybe it could be because Freiburg appears to me to have a homeless problem though and they try to discourage them from hanging about .. I dont know.. anyway I went to two church services on the last Sunday there, one by chance on my way to the anglican one :)

(by the way I felt I had to go to church after 4 days traveling in France .. in Germany I felt it was necessary after two weeks so it appears Germany is easier to live in for me than France.. if my need for some church attendance is anything to go by.. hehe) Well the girls and I headed into town to find a church service..

Well the first service was a Roman Catholic one (I think) in one of the old churches in the old town (It wasnt planned which church, I just thought id just visit churches on Sunday and it was pretty packed, I dont know if it was a special day but the service was given by 6 priests at the front and it was nice, I felt quite at home and there was good there, I noticed an old mural high up on the wall had a dog in it :) , someone 100 years or so ago sat on a scaffold and though it was worth his/her time to add a mosaic dog to the group of doves following one of the saints :) even if I did not understand most of it it was in German, I did feel the care from the priests and most of the congregation, lots of different ages and genders (no kids though!).

Then I walked to the Anglican service and it was nice and familiar and a good reading and good lesson, he seems to be a very well educated thoughtful pastor and the prayer reading was wonderfully good by a kind man, it gave me hope.

ps. you may be wondering what I did with the girls… no i did not take them into church, though I personally think why not.. ? I tied them up outside and they were good as gold.. though I think it disturbs people to have them there.. i dont know why.. they are such little sweeties..

Freiburg – German Course

I am continuing with the German course, the German teachers are really lovely, but I still think I am making my way to Switzerland, German courses are 4 times the price or more there though, so it seems to make more sense to base myself in Germany for a while till i pass the exam. I could end up in the UK or Germany too though, I really dont know yet, I will try to get into a follow-on summer course in Heidelberg this summer (this will speed up the traject to passing the exam) and see if the attitude to dogs is better there, I love Freiburg though because of its general buzz and livelyness, warmth sunnyness, rivers, woods and location its close to france and switzerland and it is very green , solar energy etc, its just the miserable looks on peoples faces and the attitude to my little fur girls, i dont want to become like that, i did meet a very nice couple with two sweet dogs  in the woods  (husband english and wife German and they had the same down turned (unchanging) mouths even though they were open, kind and nice and friendly) . strange eh..

I’m returning to Freiburg tomorrow evening with the dogs to finish the course so two more months and I just want to say Thank you to everyone for your encouraging emails and prayers, I really appreciated and needed them, I have had quite an experience living in holland these last few years and its not every day you decide and uproot and change countries and I am grateful I can try to do that, but its not so easy and your encouraging words have been good for the soul, I ‘m not sure how my travels will end yet or where but its a good experience to try :) .

Lots of love