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Sad News – Pet Bereavement is hard

Yesterday, after a gradual worsening of his dementia and then a sudden illness , Buzz the Jack Russell Terrier went over Rainbow Bridge. It is always a horrible decision to make, even though I knew it would be needed sooner rather than later.

He had been part of our family for over 12 years and was a huge character in a small body. Our house is now very quiet. I haven’t been out for a walk today, apart from in a field on another farm near the coast (whilst delivering packed lunch and phone charging cable to hubby!). It definitely doesn’t seem right walking without a small dog to talk to.

I have already been asked when we will be getting another dog. I had made the decision last year that Buzz would probably be my last dog (I have had at least one continuously for 25 years, and had other dogs in the years prior to that). I was struggling with the care involved, the stress of having an older dog with health problems and the worry when we had to leave him (either for a few hours, or when he went to the kennels). Our life will not be totally settled for the next few years – perhaps we will be spending most of the year in Spain, but who knows right now. It is time now for me to have more freedom to craft/blog/design, and I hope to cycle more now that I am not doing 3 dog walks per day.

I have had many dogs in my life and it doesn’t get any easier to say good bye.

This is the last photo I took of Buzz (take a look at my Instagram @iamaliwade for lots of photos featuring him over the years). It was on Sunday in our garden, which he loved. He would walk around, inspecting the flowers, several times per day with my hubby.

I am not sure if I will be continuing with this blog long-term, as crafting/design is taking up so much of my days now. However, I will leave it up for now – and my range of printables for pet owners.

My main piece of advice for any pet owners is – GO AND TAKE TAKE PHOTOS/VIDEOS OF YOUR PETS TODAY!! You never know when they will be gone.

Crying again now!

Please comment below or send me an email – hello@aliwade.com – if you need any support over the loss of a pet.

Ali x

Four Steps to ensure that your pets are cared for in an emergency

  • Firstly, carry a card in your wallet notifying any emergency personnel that you have pets at home, and display a card in your door/window at home to show that there are pets in the home (or garden/yard/fields).

    I have designed a printable that has these (plus a keychain tag) on one A4 sheet. Lots of different options for your non-human family, including the most popular dog breeds, and I will be adding many more in the next few weeks. I can also do a custom order, with perhaps photos of your pets. Click HERE to visit my Etsy Shop.

  • Ensure that at least two separate people you trust have access to your home – sets of keys, knowledge of where keys are hidden, alarm codes …

    Try to choose people who live close to your home, are around when you are at work, know your pets and are happy to care for your pets temporarily.

  • Prepare an emergency kit for your pets (so one per animal).

    These could contain, for example,
    – Any pet insurance details
    – Vet and vaccination records
    – Information about any medication your pet needs, and where these are in the home
    – A carrier for a small pet
    – A slip lead for a dog
    – Information about any behaviour problems/habits, feeding routine etc.

    Ensure your ‘Emergency Guardians’ know where these emergency kits are (which should be in waterproof containers). Also, always have enough food/medication for at least two weeks.

  • Put into writing permanent arrangements for your pets.

    This could detail the permanent caregiver(s) for your pets, permission for pets to be put to sleep if this is the best thing for them (only you can decide on that), and either a trust or other financial arrangement to ensure they are cared for. This could be in your will or another formal written arrangement.

    However, keep in mind that you need to ensure that there are written instructions to ensure your pets are cared for immediately, as a will for instance will take some time to come into effect.

  • Organisations in the UK that will ensure your pet is cared for if you die or are unable to provide long-term care

    Dogs Trust
    Blue Cross
    RSPCA
    Wood Green Animal Charity

  • This is a lot to think about, but once done (and updated regularly) will give you some peace of mind knowing that in the case of an emergency your pets will be cared for appropriately.

    This is just a very basic guide. Every pet family will be different and your circumstances will vary a lot as well.

    Think about the extra arrangements needed for animals kept outside, particularly large animals such as equines/cattle/sheep/alpacas etc. I will be writing a separate blog post with information for owners of such animals. In the meantime, if you need any guidance, please contact me at hello@aliwade.com.

  • One final tip – take lots of photos and videos of your pets. These will be a huge comfort if you are unable to care for your pets anymore.

  • Take at look at my Pets Page, with some affiliate links for shopping and pet care.

  • If you need some advice on Moving House with Pets, take a look at this guide from GoCompare.

Dog Friendly AirBnB’s in North Pembrokeshire

I will receive a percentage of the AirBnB Service Fee when you make a booking via any of the following links.

If you click on the map on my Home Page showing AirBnB’s in the area surrounding our farm, there is a lot of choice. I am showcasing a few of the properties, which all welcome dogs and one can also provide holiday livery for your equine friends. They vary in size, location and style.

It makes me so proud to be a resident of this beautiful county when I see the wonderful range of holiday accommodation – in truly stunning locations and such fabulous quality.

I have worked in managing and cleaning holiday properties in the past, and it makes me happy to see people providing top level customer service for their guests.


Glenside cottage with hot tub, solva

The first property is only a few miles from our farm (I drive past it whenever I am on my way to Solva). Glenside Cottage is a one bedroom cottage, with views over the fields and its own private hot tub (fantastic after walking the coast path, going out cycling, horse riding or even just a day of sightseeing). Holiday livery for your horse(s) is available, so load up the horsebox and enjoy a holiday with your equine friends.


Cosy sea view apartment near porthgain

Another one bed property – this time a ground floor apartment with fantastic sea views, close to one of my favourite Pembrokeshire villages, Porthgain (with a pub serving food and a seafood bistro/takeaway).


ty llawen, berea (between croesgoch & st davids)

Now to a fantastic property for large groups. Ty Llawen (Welsh for Joyful House) is a 5 bed property, which sleeps 9. Perfect for a group of cyclists or triathletes looking for a comfortable base for training, or several generations of family needing space to spread out. Close to the coast and St Davids. Abereiddy (and the Blue Lagoon) is just down the road. The lanes around this area are one of my favourite places to cycle (get in touch if you would like recommendations for routes – suitable for all).

There are a few nights available in October and dates in November. I would recommend booking well ahead if you want a specific week in 2021.


the watch cottage, porthgain

The Watch Cottage is a truly unique property. Over 300 years old, Grade 2 Listed, loved by artists and photographers. Tiny – one bedroom, perfect for one or two adults (with well behaved dog – please say if you want to bring more than one). Close to Porthgain, down a secret narrow lane, and with 180 degree sea views. No central heating (2 woodburners and storage heaters), no tv. Get away from the stress of modern life, walk on the coast path, shop in St Davids and try out the many pubs/restaurants/cafes in the area.


Best Beach in Wales?

In the recent Sunday Times Beach Guide, Marloes Sands in Pembrokeshire was named as the No.1 beach in Wales. We visited there last in October 2019, on a cold but sunny day. I took a lot of photographs (it is, like the whole of Pembrokeshire, very photogenic!) and show a few below.

There are 2 other Pembrokeshire beaches in the Top 10 – Whitesands near St Davids and Druidston Haven.

Which is your favourite Pembrokeshire beach? Comment below or over on my Instagram (@iamaliwade).

Mine is Abermawr, although obviously I love Barafundle (especially if you are lucky enough to go when it is quiet – not very often!) and our ‘local’, Newgale.

Check out my Holiday Accommodation page if you are looking to come and stay in Pembrokeshire this year or next.

If you are specifically looking for an Airbnb, click HERE to search on the map around Marloe Sands.

The closest Youth Hostel to Marloes Sands is Broad Haven, which has a fantastic beach itself, plus shops/restaurants/chippy etc. Click on the YHA Link on my Holiday Accommodation page.

About Ali

Hi, my name is Ali Wade. I am 49 at the time of typing, and live in rural Pembrokeshire with my semi-retired/dairy farmer/cycling addict hubby! I have been blogging since 2012 over on Blogger, and in 2019 I transferred over to WordPress (which is definitely a steep learning curve!).

What started as a simple blog, mainly about crafting, is now progressing into a website that will showcase my sources of passive income. I have Fibromyalgia, Hyper Mobility Syndrome and Psoriasis, and have not been able to work outside the home for many years. We are planning to move away from our dairy farm business – both in terms of the actual physical running of it (we have a contractor providing the labour and machinery now) and also spending more of the year in Spain. Therefore, we are looking at other ways of providing income for our later years (we are far too young to retire!).

I am an affiliate – for several companies that I have been learning/shopping with for years – with others coming soon.

I am concentrating mainly on developing Passive Income, as that fits best with my chronic health conditions.

As Lockdown has been lifted in Wales, there has been a huge increase in the number of people wanting to visit Pembrokeshire (obviously – it is beautiful!) and I am starting to develop a Holiday Accommodation page (which may well become several pages). I am featuring individual properties/businesses, as well as larger companies for which I am an affiliate (such as the YHA).

As of August 2020 my health has been worsening and I have been struggling to keep up with blogging. This will be put to one side for now, but I am still posting occasionally in social media and on Pinterest. I will be publishing a weekly blog post over at my blog for Multi-Crafters – click HERE to take a look.

My Etsy shop is still open (with a range of printables that any pet owner needs), so please click HERE to check that out.

My health has to come first, so I am simplifying my life and reducing commitments. Since the horrible shock of losing Buzz the Jack Russell Terrier (read my blog post about this), I am taking the time to be creative and record memories (getting some digital scrapbooking projects started/completed). I am also learning more about using Procreate and Affinity Designer to produce my own designs for Print On Demand Stationery.

25th September 2020