Hello! Sincere apologies, but mummy has been too busy to update this site for a good long while. This website was a project for her Masters in Online Journalism (for which she got a distinction!) and now she’s working on other projects so hasn’t found the time. I also now have a little sister, of the human variety, and that keeps mummy busy too. But, it’s not all bad news because Ralphie.co.uk lives on on Facebook, with regular updates, pictures and chats with my doggy friends and their owners. So pad on over and say hi!
Love Ralphie, woof! x
I just had to check the house to make sure Ralphie is still here. Because for a minute there I thought he’d upped sticks and moved in with Kate and Wills. Headlines report the Royal pair have just adopted a black cocker spaniel puppy and this picture suggested Ralphie has been enjoying strolls on the beach with the Duke and Duchess. The cheek! Just kidding, it’s a Ralphie lookalike and there seem to be a lot of them.
I saw a Ralphie being walked by someone in Newport Pagnell the other day, he was in today’s Daily Mail and he features in a framed photo in Ikea, Milton Keynes. Honestly, what he gets up to while we’re at work, God only knows.
This mini site is brilliant and made me laugh lots – so go check out Food On My Dog which is, simply, pictures of Tiger the dog with different types of food… on her head! Cruel? Certainly not! It demostrates Tiger is very well trained – there’s no way Ralphie would pose for the camera with a biscuit on his nose, you’d just see a flash of crumbs!
Dog owners and walkers in Milton Keynes are being asked for their views in a bid to encourage responsible ownership and a sense of community.
The Parks Trust is holding an open evening for dog owners on Thursday 23 February from 7pm until 8.30pm at Campbell Park Pavilion, 1300 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 4AD to talk all things dog and parks related.
They’re interested in what type of dog-related events you’d like to see or be involved in and to listen to your thoughts about encouraging responsible dog ownership. See here for full details.
Huge thanks to Willow Veterinary Centres for posting on Ralphie’s wall about a puppy scam which has made its way to Milton Keynes. The full details of the scam can be found on Willow’s website here but it’s a typical example of pulling on a potential dog owner’s heart strings, offering a pedigree puppy for free and then conning them out of money for ‘delivery’ never to be seen again. Pedigree puppies are not cheap to buy and it’s easy to see how people could be tempted by this offer, but please don’t be scammed.
We bought Ralphie almost two years ago now and he was £550; we paid a deposit of around £100 when we saw him and picked him out at just two weeks old. That ‘secured’ him for us and we paid the full amount when we collected him at eight weeks. when he was old enough to leave his mother. So don’t ever pay up front and in full for your puppy and don’t buy one without seeing it first, seeing it’s parents where possible and without having a chance to quiz the breeder about health checks etc – you need to make sure the puppy you’re paying for will be a healthy one. Equally, if you’re buying a puppy from a home where it’s no longer wanted, go and see it in its home environment first.
Whether to get your dog neutered or spayed is a question faced by all dog owners. Ralphie.co.uk talks to Stony Stratford’s Gemma Bessant, owner of Stamp the chiwawa, about her decision…