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In The Country Magazine
In The Country

Welcome to parenthood!

Ok so I feel I have neglected the blog a little in all my excitement to get the magazine up and running, along with the arrival of our beautiful Bella who you may have seen on my social media accounts by now. If not – here you go. You’re welcome.

Isn’t she just the cutest? This lovely little lady is James’ new puppy. She is an 8 week old pedigree black Labrador.

So Bella has been with us for one week now (a week and a day to be exact!) and already we love her to pieces. She has such a great character, I can’t wait to see her grow.

I have to admit I was a little apprehensive at first as was James I think, however all the doubt disappeared the moment we got her home.


It wont be long until she will be hooning around the farm with James during the Harvest buzz

I hope you think she is as yummy as we do.

The first few nights she was absolutely perfect, she was quiet as a mouse. Sleeping the whole way through the night without a peep. However the last few nights she has been waking up about 3 am, and not really settling back down. I know this is all normal puppy behavior but goodness me it is exhausting! 

She is definitely James’ dog though – a real daddy’s girl. Which is so lovely to see. He has taken to parenthood quite well. Happily getting up in the middle of the night to let her out in the pouring rain.

She is a funny one – James took last week off to spend with her and it is safe to say they have totally bonded. She sits on command, follows him around everywhere and watches his every move. She doesn’t even come when I call her name yet… the only way I can get her to sit is if i plonk her in front of me and bribe her with a treat.

 I must admit, I was quite enjoying the stay at home dad/house-husband situation. I would come home from work, to a lovely candle lit house and dinner in the oven, with my two favorites waiting for me – what more could you want?

Although, he is back to work today and I am sure it will have been a testing day for our little lady as this will be the longest she has been alone in the cage.

We tried to venture out for an hour or two at a time, gradually increasing it to about 4 hours (the amount of time she will be left between breakfast and lunch time), to try and help her get used to it ready for the week ahead.

I saw a recent post on Instagram by ‘the_country_mans_diary’ asking what feed people are feeding their working companions. The response was interesting. A large amount of people feed their working dogs a diet of raw food, however both this chap and now I, am curious to find out more.

I have done both, and whilst I do not disagree with a raw diet, it certainly didn’t agree with my young Labrador’s tummy, when a friend suggested I tried her on it. Another friend swore by it, feeding her two working Spaniels raw food, however when I consulted a Vet for some professional advice they suggested it is too harsh on their stomach, and that she wouldn’t recommend a raw diet.

I have seen a number of you have bought puppies recently, so I am just curious to know what you feed them? Bell is fed on Skinners – Field & Trial Puppy, something I swear by.

I am thinking of running a puppy diaries style series in the magazine once launched, what do you guys think about this?

Drop me an email on: itsacountrylife@outlook.com

Until next time,

Lots of love,

Hollie-Ella Xx

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