New Blog: Woodie – Scary noises!


Hello my dear Woodcrofters!Woody-tail-wag

How are you all doing on this fine autumn day? Noses wet and coats glossy I hope?

Have you noticed that the nights are already getting darker earlier? I bet that funny thing will happen soon where the time of day suddenly seems to change and I feel like I’m waiting forever for my tea. Do you ever feel that? Like your tummy is absolutely certain it’s 5pm and time for your tea but no matter how much you beg it’s just not time yet? Odd!

It was as the darkness was approaching last night and I was on my evening walk, that I heard that dreaded noise for the first time. A whizz and a bang. Always the same every year. Has my luscious golden locks standing on end I can tell you! Now these noises get a whole lot more noisy and scary on 5th November, but even now you’ll hear the odd bang and crackle in the sky.

I’m sure it’s not just me that’s a little scared of those things they like call to fireworks. (Croft pretends that it’s just because I’m a girlie girl that I get the jitters, but don’t let him kid you – he turns into a scaredy cat too!) So I thought I’d tell you a few little things that help me at this time of year, and maybe you can try them at home to help your four-legged friends?

When we got back after my walk, nurse Tickles-My-Ears dug out our “Sounds Scary” CD. She started playing it last night and I could hear very faint fireworks noises, but they were not scary at all! What she does then is gradually plays it louder over the next few weeks and before I know it, there’s fireworks sounds banging and crashing around me and I don’t even mind! It makes 5th November much more bearable. (I’ll probably forget about it by next year though, and get all scared again until the CD comes out again! Haha!) Well the good news is that if you want to try and start playing some sounds for your pets at home, you can now download them from the website of my good friends at The Dog’s Trust. Don’t leave it too late though, we need time to get used the noises!

Sounds Scary – downloadable sounds from the Dogs Trust

Nurse Tickles-My-Ears will also be building me my very own den soon! Ooooohhh I just love my fireworks den! So dark and cosy, full of my favourite toys and has this most amazing smell which takes me right back to being a young puppy again! Love, love, love!

Woodie in den

Croft and I have put together a list of Tips for Bonfire Night on the Woodcroft website which really help us to feel better, and they may help your pet too, so have a quick read.

That’s all for now, good luck keeping your furry friends happy this Bonfire season.





New Blog: Woodie – My First Donation!


Good afternoon my lovely Woodcrofters!

Hope you are all well, noses wet, coats glossy? Can you believe it’s Autumn already? I just love the Autumn! I love charging through the crunchy leaves and trying to catch them as they fall, and there are just so many wonderful smells in the Autumn that my nose goes into overdrive!

Woodie PBBAnyhoo, I thought I’d take a couple of minutes this evening to tell you all that I am feeling most proud of myself! A couple of weeks ago I thought I’d pay a visit to some of my lovely chums who were visiting our Cheadle Centre to donate blood for the Pet Blood Bank. Whilst I was there I got asking some of them why they donate – each one is proud to be able to say that they are helping to save the lives of others. Which got me thinking that I should donate too!

The lovely people at Pet Blood Bank checked that I was eligible first, over 25kg, under 8 years old and some other requirements that I won’t bore you with now but you can see them here if you’re interested: Blood donor eligibility

As I met all of the requirements (especially good temperament obviously!) I was allowed to donate! I must admit once they said I was allowed to, I became a little nervous and my tummy started fluttering with butterflies! But I had a chat to Brooke and Skye who have both donated LOADS of times and they reassured me that I would be absolutely fine. (You can see Brooke and Skye on our website – see if you can count how many times they appear on our wall of fame! Superstars!)

So I decided to be brave and do my good deed for the day. First was a healthcheck where they made sure I was fit and healthy enough to donate and they clipped a small bit of fur from my neck – ooooh that tickled!! Then they took me through to a room where they took some of my blood. It really wasn’t as bad as I thought, it was over in less than 10 minutes!

But then came the best part! I got to hang around afterwards for some treats! They were so delicious I’d definitely donate again if it means I get to eat treats. I’ll do anything for a treat me you know! I also got given a goody bag with this fantastic new bandanna in! Don’t I look beautiful in it? It’s my new favourite thing to wear I think!

Here’s some of my friends who donated too wearing their new bandannas!

Well that’s all really, I hope you’re all very proud of me Woodcrofters! I’m very proud of myself! If you would like your dog to be like me and donate some blood to the Pet Blood Bank you can find out more here.

Toodle pip!

Croft signature copy

New Blog: Croft – Long time, no “meow”!


Well hello Woodcrofters! Cat blinking

I’m sure you all remember me, right? Yes, it’s me, Croft! You may have forgotten what I look like, in fact you simply must have forgotten considering only one person came looking for me when I disappeared all those months ago! Or perhaps I’m just so good at hiding you genuinely couldn’t find me? Yes, that must be it! Thank you to Facebook follower Kathy Dahou – at least you were able to spot me hiding amongst the Easter Eggs 🙂

Look, here I was all along, hiding in the Woodcroft coloured egg! I do look dashing in those bunny ears.

Happy Easter poster from Woodcroft VetsI don’t know, us cats take some “me time” for just one day and our humans are usually out putting up posters on trees, knocking on neighbours’ doors, calling the FBI…so I was sure you’d find me much sooner!

Still, I’m back now, although I’ve not been inside much. I just love being outdoors even more than usual when the nice weather comes. This time of year brings lots of little fledgling birds too. In early summer as we are now, they’ve more than likely left the nest and are hopping around learning to fly, so my folk at Woodcroft have fitted my collar with a handy little bell to warn them I’m coming. Hmm, how thoughtful of them. I do so hope I don’t lose my collar, it does happen all too easily I’m afraid sometimes….

Did you know that if you find a baby bird hopping around, the kindest thing you can do is actually leave it alone? (Unless it’s in immediate danger of being hit by a car, or grabbed by a lesser-sociable cat than myself of course). Quite often it’s parents are still nearby offering food and if you move it, they won’t know where to find it to bring their next tasty grub. There’s some really useful advice on this subject on the RSPB website.

Anyhoo, was only saying a brief hello today, I’m going to go and do some prowling and see if I can paw across something of interest.

Bye for now!

C x