Thursday, 26 January 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

Oh we have another award from our friend Haopee at My Dogs Love Me! Thank you so much for that. To accept the award we thank Haopee and we must pass the award to up to 15 other blogs and share 7 facts about ourselves.

I will make a start with 7 facts to share:

1. My peeps, Judith & Leigh,  have had miniature schnauzers for 15 years now since getting their very first in  January 1997. Her name was Maisie and her sister Match was our Kaska's mother! This is Maisie in her later years:

2. We are all fed on a raw food diet. We have a yummy prepared food from Natural Instinct made with raw minced meat & bone with added salmon oil, kelp and vegetables/fruit.

3. In 2007 Judith & Leigh decided to get an affenpinscher to join their family. That was Alfie Crybbe.

4. The affenpinscher is a German breed like the schnauzer and it is believed that  many years ago the affenpinscher was crossed with the Standard Schnauzer to make the Miniature Schnauzer. Affenpinschers can have prick ears like Alfie Crybbe or drop ears like Aoife. The name means monkey terrier and the affenpinschers have little monkey faces :-)

5. Caoimhe is my real younger sister. My mother & father had another litter of pups just over a year after I was born and Caoimhe was one of those pups.

6. We all live in Yorkshire which is the largest county in England and is divided into 4 separate areas: East, West, South and North Yorkshire. We live in North Yorkshire about half way between the cities of York and Leeds. There are lots of green places for dogs and peeps to visit with the Moors, the Dales and lots of historic houses and gardens - this is Fountains Abbey where dogs are welcome :-)

7. As well as 4 dogs, we have 3 hens and 2 cats in our family. The cats are sisters and are called Satin & Lace. The hens are named after dancers and are called Isadora Duncan, Ninette de Valois and Darcey Bussell. They are a bit wet in this picture as it was pouring with rain - they like to shelter under the large spruce tree in the garden.

I would like to pass this award on to 2 blogs to start with - which are:

 Nora Bella -a sweet little pepper & salt schnauzer who lives with her black mini schnauzer brother Theo. Both are gorgeous little schnauzers - check them out!

and Zeus FM - another mini schnauzer with attitude - he is a bit of a wild child but lovely with it!


  1. Thank you so much Magic =D
    Your pics make me miss the Yorkshire moors really badly ! I wish I can bring Zeus to run in them and perhaps terrify some sheep *cheeky grin*!

  2. Congratulations! I loved reading all the interesting tidbits about your family, Magic!

  3. Congrats on your award. We didn't know much about Affenpinchers.

    SHE's visited your neck of the woods and would love to go back.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  4. Congratulations! I really enjoyed reading about your 7 facts....:)

  5. Hi, Magic. Wow, so Caoimhe is really your sister? Cool.

    Don't you have a hard time pronouncing those chicken names?

    By the way, do affenpinschers have their ears cropped? I was just wondering. Or is it natural?

    Huggies and Cheese,


    1. In the UK it is illegal to crop any dogs ears so the affenpinschers here have never had theirs cropped. The prick ears are just naturally like that.

  6. I have read about the affenpinscher possibly being one of the breeds used to make the mini, but I never knew about their ears being either floppy or standing up. Do you think this might be why so many schnauzers have different ears, some that are floppy, some that stand up on their own without them having surgery to stand up. Or is that something you see in standards as well?

    P.S. I'm so jealous of where you live, so much history and beauty!

    1. It does seem to be just the mini schnauzers who do have ears that can stand up in some dogs. The Standard and Giant schnauzers are rarely seen like that - but they do have bigger ears too so that may be why they stay down more easily :-)