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Cuddy is growing very fast...
he was so tiny in the first photos of him that we saw ...
You can really see by how much he has grown in the photo of him with Ellie walking together on the sand...
Very sweet photos of E&D they look very comfy...


That was so sweet!


What a lot of people seem to forget is that we Jack Russells know that we are the largest dogs in the whole world!

We don't need to prove ourselves to anyone and the only dreams I want to be in are those of little girl JRs - now that I am growing up - fourteen and a half weeks.

All Ellie and Douglas have got to do is be careful where they put their nose and we will get on fine - especially when I come to stay with Uncle Hugo and Auntie Vanessa for my holidays.

My new hobbies are recyling my Mum Susan's clothes, last week I managed to produce almost a whole ball of wool for her knitting circle out of two jumpers and yesterday I made a useful tiny ball out of a plaited leather belt! I am happy to take any orders from other creative people.

My Dad Alan likes to sing me to sleep with a lullaby.... 'Dream Angus' is my favourite but I keep waking up when Mummy Susan shouts "stop it, its only a dog!" which was not very sensitive, funny thing jealousy.

Oh dear, better paws for thought now as I feel another naughty streak coming on.....! Goodnight Ellie and Douglas, sleep well, I know where you live!

your adoring Uncle, Cuddy


oh I forgot - last week I went to a puppy party at the Vets - three other JR's, all male sadly, a couple of other odd balls of fluff, a black lad who was a bit quiet, then in came this huge Japanese Akito Fighting Dog.....then the vet said "right, lets let them all off the leash and see how they get on with one another" the akito clearly had not read up on JR's and came at me.....hey ho.....I must send him some flowers when he comes out of hosp.

what was that Paul Simon song Elie and Douglas? ah yes.... "let me be your bodyguard!"

in your dreams!



Cuddy I know the sweetest little J*R..
Her name is Muffin...
I call her Butterfly...
as she has such pretty ears...
when you have grown up...
I will tell her about you...
until then.....

Little Sis

Hee hee hee! I enjoyed that one!


they are so cute.


Yay! Another Douglas and Ellie Story! I'm a bit behind in my commenting, I know, but I did want to let you know how much I enjoy reading about your adventures.

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  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon