Hello from a lovely summer MeggieMoo HQ.
The observant amongst you will notice the new web address. Yep, we've switched everything over the www.meggiemoo.net address. Please don't forget to bookmark the new (global) site and add the new email address to your address book - firstname.lastname@example.org
Why I hear you ask? We had visitors all the way from Australia to visit Meggie (you can see them on the pictures being her slaves). They pointed out that her influence was pretty much global and we agreed. So in the next week or so everything will switch over to www.meggiemoo.net. If you don't want to miss out be sure to remember.
We first met Matt and Laura in the virtual world when their little Staffie, Mikki, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma late last year (well I first met Laura when she asked for a donation to a fundraiser and I said yes). Their adventure to Europe this summer was already booked so a little detour to us and they got to meet Meggie and the rest of the gang and sleep with several dogs. Good therapy all round we think.
Sadly Mikki died in March as the cancer had spread to her lungs by the time she was diagnosed. She had her leg amputated so she had pain free time at the end and our visitors thoroughly enjoyed having 3 legged dog cuddles again.
Other exciting things have been happening at Moo HQ. We have a new arrival - little Zebedee arrived in June from Spain and has his paws firmly on the table. When ancient Charles died in May it pretty much broke our hearts as he had been part of our lives for so very long. So we had a vacancy but didn't feel robust enough for another old dog having taken on so many over the last few years. So a puppy it was and I am regretting this decision for about 20 hours a day! Zebbies story is included here. And we've given him his own collection of collars of all things that move. Lead training with him is work in progress and as he is rather bouncy I am reminded yet again of why we test hardware to make sure it is strong enough to cope with those boingy on end of lead dogs.
And talking of testing...
...this is the result of the latest destruction. We decided to test a selection of d rings commonly found on dog collars. Ones which aren't too heavy and bulky which I am always concerned feel and look uncomfortable on delicate necks and pull the collar out of shape. Without going into the maths (because I don't really understand it) a smallish dog boinging with a human hanging onto the other end will exert a lot of force, far more than it took to break these.
Think about how your arm pulls if your dog sees their best friend, or a cat or squirrel in this household. You are hanging onto the other end of the lead for dear life. Most of us know that even a small dog can make you have to really dig your heals in. That is the force on both sides of the ring. A single force break isn't good, well none of them are good but you know what I mean.
All this hardware was sent to us by friends as they have chopped it off collars they have bought elsewhere and sent to us to reuse. Sorry, we destroyed it!
Our most asked question...
We have a new most asked question - "how long will it take to get my order". Lots of people assume there is a couple of weeks wait. Wrong! We continue to work hard, plough through the order book and get things in the post as fast as possible. Normally the longest you will have to wait is 3 days before your order hits the post and average delivery times to Europe are under a week. Australia takes a little longer!
We've just added a new collar to our Liberty print range which I am so delighted with I really hope I'll be making lots and lots of them over the summer. Well I sort of do, I sort of don't. It isn't an easy one to make to get the pattern to work so very well. As a result of a bit of nagging by some of our collar addicts on Facebook, it is now available in four colours. Pesky lot encouraging me to buy fabric *wink*. Have a look at the Strawberry Thief
We hope you all have a fantastic summer full of laughter. Or if you are in the other half of the equator, stay warm through winter.