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MEET MY NEW PUPPY, ELSIE!


Meet my new pride and joy, Elsie. I had been toying with the idea of getting a new dog for the family for a couple of weeks and found myself visiting The Dog's Trust a few times to try and find one that chose me. 

It's approaching a year ago that we lost our beloved Maisy. If you haven't already, you can read Maisy's story here. No dog will ever replace her but we have so much love to give so I felt it was the right time to offer it to another pooch and begin the journey of having a four legged best friend once again.


I bought Elsie from a breeder in Essex and it's not been a very pleasant experience. I paid £400 for her and was told numerous times that the breeder has a litter of "healthy puppies". It's safe to say that some people lie and only breed dogs in order to earn as much profit as possible. Sadly (and regrettably), I think this breeder was indeed one of those bad people. However, I wouldn't change Elsie for the world. I'm just very angry.

Elsie settled in fine but then started bleeding in her poop after just two days of having her. When I contacted the breeder to ask them if they had wormed her, I got a reply saying "I think so, I don't know". That was verification to me that I wasn't dealing with someone who genuinely cared for these puppies. I was dealing with a money obsessed idiot.


Despite being ten weeks old the day after I bought her, the breeder was advertising them as 8 weeks old and none of the puppies had received their first vaccination jabs. Not only this, but the breeder had no idea what food he had been feeding the puppies when I rang him regarding what food I should buy for the first week.

I felt Elsie was in pain when going to the toilet, so I took her to the vet on Friday and they told me she has colitis. This is caused by having worms in her system for so long without being treated. They have now attacked her intestine and caused swelling in her stomach. She is now on medications to remove the worms and sort out her digestive system. I dread to think what may have happened if I left it any longer without consulting a vet.


I am going to do a separate post on the do's and don'ts of buying a puppy (or any animal) through an internet advert. I was naive to say the least and have learnt a lot about what you should look out for when buying a healthy puppy, what questions to ask the breeder themselves and what things should make you turn away from a breeder.

Onto Elsie herself...

Elsie is a 10 week old chocolate labrador who was born on 5th November 2015. Her dad is a golden retriever, her mum is a black labrador and they had a litter of 5 pups, including Elsie. She has settled in really well and definitely sees me as her mum. She follows me EVERYWHERE and has me up at 5am on the dot every single morning wanting to play tug of war with her teething toys. It's a good job she's cute!


She is on a particular diet of boiled eggs and rice at the moment to make her stomach better but she seems to wolf it down quicker than her regular puppy food! Elsie LOVES to chew everything and anything; shoes, firewood, handbags, phone chargers, tissue and even her fluffy bed.

Basically... remove everything off the floor unless you intend on it being destroyed.

Her training is slow but going well. She has been sleeping next to me in bed every night whilst she settles in but as of tomorrow, she will be trained to sleep in the kitchen over night. Her toilet training is going very well and I feel like a proud mummy every time I see her sniffing the floor and squatting to release herself on her puppy mats. Of course, there's an accident every now and then but she seems to have the hang of it already!


Elsie is yet to start her vaccinations so 'walkies' are on hold for the time being... boo!! However, I intend on letting her off the lead and training her to stay within a reasonable distance.

I am going to give Elsie her own little feature on my blog with regular updates of how she's getting on throughout her life so I hope you enjoy the journey that me and Elsie are beginning and come along for the ride too!

If you have any particular questions about puppies, buying puppies, training or anything else, do leave them in the comments below and I'll get back to you!

Love, Ashleigh and Elsie x

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  1. She's gorgeous. Cute name too. I want a puppy now xx

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    1. Thank you! Ah, they're the best pets to have :) x

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  2. I can't wait to read more updates about her! She is such a beautiful pup, aw! I'm sorry about what you had to go through with the breeder, that's insane. But at the end of the day, you've got Elsie. And although you went through a lot, you're the perfect owner for her! I can't wait to watch her grow as you update! Enjoy the puppy days, they go by fast! xo

    McKenzie | therosynook.com

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    1. Thanks Mckenzie! I'm happy you're excited about future posts with Elsie. I feel very lucky to have her and I'm sure she feels the same too (hopefully!). I am treasuring each day :) Love your blog by the way! x

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  3. Cute pup! I recently adopted a puppy - he's 16 weeks now and if you ever need any tips on training or preventing separation anxiety I'd be happy to help where I can!

    My twitter is @charlotte_harvs

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    1. Happy puppy-adoption to you too! How cute :) What breed is your pup? I have given you a Twitter follow! Would love to share puppy tips!

      Ashleigh x

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  4. Ah i'm SO excited for you, she's gorgeous! It's a shame about the breeders, it's scary to think these people have the heart to do such a thing for paper! I hope she gets better soon :-)

    Emmie | www.carpediememmie.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Em! She is much better now, thank goodness!

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  5. Elsie is absolutely adorable. I really hope she gets better soon. That is so cruel and sad that the breeder doesn't actually care for the pups wellbeing xx

    Ioanna | hearting.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Ioanna! Lovely name by the way :) She is much better now she's been on a strict diet & medication. Love your blog! x

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  6. Aw she is simply adorable! I hope those dodgy breeders get what's coming to them. Can anything be done once they're reported? Their license revoked? x

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    1. I hope so too Michelle! I'm not sure if they even had a licence! I was so naive and should have really checked before buying her - but wouldn't change her for the world now! Hope you're well x

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  7. She is so cute. Bless her. Can't wait to see more of her.

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    1. She can't wait for her next appearance! x

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  8. What a gorgeous girl! :) My sister has a black lab called Lexi, and I have her spoilt rotten haha! x

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    1. Thanks! Ha! I don't blame you. It's hard not to buy them every toy in the shop. Cute name too x

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  9. Elsie is absolutely beautiful, we are hoping to get a dog this year and it is such a minefield.

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    1. Oh really! What breed are you thinking of getting? Puppies are hard work!

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  10. She is the cuteeeest!! What an adorable pup. That is so shocking about the breeder though! I always hear such bad things about breeders, it must be hard to find a reputable one!

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. Thanks Jasmin! She can be a right little madam at times though! It really is hard to find reputable online advertisers that breed dogs but it's the risk that you have to take unless you rescue a dog from a dog's home. Luckily, there was a happy ending this time round!

      Ashleigh x

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  11. Awh what a cutie, and I love her name too! That's really too bad about the breeder, especially for a higher price, I would've hoped that they were the kind that genuinely care about the animals, not just the money.

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

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    1. Thanks Angelina! It took a whole day to think of the right name for her but 'Elsie' has now stuck :) She was quite cheap for a lab puppy - they are normally around £700 so I should have known really. Thankfully, she is on the mend now :)

      Ashleigh x

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  12. OMG I AM DYING OVER YOUR DOG! She is darling!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

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  13. Elsie is so adorable!! Good job you picked her when you did, I'm sure you'll do a much better job of taking care of her than her breeder! Looking forward to reading more posts about Elsie :)

    Laura @ What’s Hot?

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    1. Thanks Laura! I know. I don't even want to think about what could have happened to her if I didn't get her away from those bad men. She is excited to make another appearance so keep your eyes peeled! X

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  14. oh my goodness Elsie is adorable. So lovely that she's ended up in a good home with you.

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  15. Awwww, she SO cute. Congrats! Bummer about the complications though. It sounds like you have it under control. Best of luck :)
    xx, Pia

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    1. I had no choice but to make her better! She's pretty much my fur-daughter haha. On the mend now though so it's all worked out in the end :) x

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  16. I hope she's okay now, she's so so adorable!

    www.avecdanielle.com

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  17. OMG Ashleigh I'm in love with her! And her name is adorable. Good luck with the training ;)

    Rhi x

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    1. Thanks Rhian! Training is going well so far. She has mastered 'sit' :) x

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  18. Omg Elsie is SO cute. I didn't want this post to end, I just wanted to read more and more about her. It's a shame about the breeders, but at least she's on the mend now, and has a loving family to care for her. She's the cutest little pup ever!

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    1. Haha! There will be plenty more re-appearences from Elsie coming soon! Glad you enjoyed :) xo

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  19. My heart just melted, she is absolutely gorgeous! I have always wanted a chocolate lab, congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Robyn! They are such cute dogs :) x

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  20. Such a cutie!


    S.
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  21. Oh my gosh, look at that face!

    Katie
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    1. I know! It's like butter wouldn't melt, right?!

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  22. What a beautiful puppy!!!! It's so awful the way people breed dogs and don't even bother to care for them, but it's so good that you were able to help her! Hope she gets better soon, can't wait to see her feature more on the blog hehe.

    Albana Janjeva | Stylist | January Swimwear of the Month

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    1. Thanks Albana! I know, I hate those kinds of people. I wish puppy farming didn't exist!
      You have a really nice blog by the way (:

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  23. What a cutie, she has such a lovely face! I'm so sorry to hear about your bad experience some people are just awful.

    Courtney xo

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    1. Thanks Courtney! The support means a lot =) xx

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  24. Hi, so sorry to hear about your bad experience. I made the same mistake myself many years ago buying from a somewhat dubious *breeder* who cared only for money. Please everyone, do your research, check your breeder out, check with the Kennel Club too. Go and see the pups with their mother, ask questions BEFORE you take the puppy home. Pups should be microchipped and 1st vaccinated by 8 wks of age here in the UK. A caring breeder would have sent you home with a bagful of regular food for the pup and he/she should have been wormed regularly.
    So pleased to hear that lovely Elsie has been a lucky one and found a fabulous loving caring owner <3

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