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It’s Spike and Annie’s Half Birthday!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

I’m going to tell you a little story…. Exactly six months ago, on April 19th 2014 (Easter Caturday) three little kittens came into this world – one brown spotty girl who was later known as “Annie”, one snow spotty girl (“Mia”) and one brown spotty boy (“Vladimir”). Their breeder was very happy as all three kittens looked healthy and their cat mother, Flirtini, was a natural and looked after them all very well right from the start.

 

But then! :shock: Around 10 hours later, something strange happened! Flirtie started having contractions again and out came a very large spotty boy! He was very light, almost like a Blue Bengal, though this shouldn’t have been genetically possible as neither parent carried blue, but he was adorable all the same and he later became known as “Spike”!

 

So today, my friends, is a very special day as it is our very own Spike and Annie’s half birthday – Yay! :lol:

 

Here’s all the babies, when they were around a couple of weeks old, Annie at the top of the pic and Spike towards the bottom (begin squashed by Vladimir)

 

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Little babies

 

Very soon afterwards, my mummy and daddy came to visit and fell in love with all four, but especially Annie as they had been waiting to welcome a brown spotty girl to our family for a little while

 

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Annie at about a month old

 

All four kittens were so cheeky! Just look at their faces! (Spike is far right, and Annie is next to him)

 

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Butter wouldn’t melt?

 

There was a little hiccup along the way of our tale…. there was a time when it was decided that mummy and daddy would have Spike instead of Annie, but then a while later, it was decided that they would have both! And what a lovely pair of babies they are!

 

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Snuggly Spike and Annie

 

At 13 weeks of age, they were ready to come home and soon settled in! They had their own room for the first couple of weeks whilst gradual introductions were done with the rest of us kitties. Spike sussed out the toys….

 

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Checking out the toys

 

Whilst Annie made sure the sleeping arrangements were up to scratch!

 

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Hmmm… this’ll do! :)

 

After a few more days, they were introduced to the cat garden, and I wasted no time in showing them the ropes :)

 

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Showing Annie the ropes

 

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Showing Spike the ropes

 

Pretty soon, they worked out what a great toy Dave the Dragonfly is!

 

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Playing with Dave the Dragonfly toy

 

But of course, after all that play, nothing beats a nice catnap! :)

 

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Zzzz … Zzzz … Zzzz …

 

Finally, all that’s left to say is:  Happy Half Birthday to Annie and Spike!

 

Take care my friends!

 

Love from Spot

xxxxxxx

 

Spike: Houdini cat?

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

We had a foggy start to our day today, but the sun eventually decided to come out, so my mummy said we had to make the most of it! Well, as you may guess, I was a little reluctant at first as I think this ‘fresh air’ malarkey is a little overrated….

 

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I’m not too sure about all this fresh air…

 

But after a while I thought it was actually quite fun! Lula and I decided to show those pesky kittens who’s boss of the cat garden and decided to play a game of staring!

 

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Hmmm…. we’ll show them who’s boss!

 

Spike and Annie seemed to be quite good at staring back though!

 

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Annie pondering how long she needs to stare for …

 

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Spike pondering how long he needs to stare for…

 

But then Spike decided to make a move, though Lula was right there to assert her dominance!

 

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Gotcha! :)

 

After a while, I got a bit bored of the staring at Spike and Annie game, so I decided to stare at daddy instead – he was on the other side of the fence working on that building! I tried to get Annie to stare too, but she wasn’t in the mood by then…

 

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Hey Annie! Come and look what daddy’s doing!

 

Here’s another peek of the mysterious building!

 

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The mysterious building

 

Hmmm… I wonder whatever can it be?

 

While I was pondering that, little Spikey (who really isn’t all that little any more) was doing some plotting!

 

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Planning something, Spike?

 

The next thing we knew, after my mummy had left the cat garden, he had managed to somehow leap over the fence and into next door’s garden! No-one really knows how he did it, apart from Annie, and she is feigning ignorance! :shock:

 

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Annie practising the innocent look…

 

Our Spike is becoming quite the Houdini as earlier on, he also managed to take advantage of the back door being opened for just a second longer than necessary and ran into the big garden and up my favourite big oak tree! I can see the hoomins are going to be needing to keep a firm eye on him! :) Is he trying to be the naughtiest Bengal in the house? Hmmm… there’s a challenge! :lol: I will have to put my thinking cap on to out-naughty him! :)

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxxxx

 

Annie the star!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Wow! What a great day we had at the show yesterday! You probably already know how well Annie, Spike and Lula did from our Facebook page, but we promised you a more detailed update, so here it is :)

 

Lula: She was in a tough class for her Olympian and was beaten by a fantastic Maine Coon lady who is much more mature and has so far achieved Olympian Silver.  But all was not lost as she got Best of Breed, and then came 2nd and 4th in her side classes which were: Any Variety Foreign Senior Neuter and Any Variety Foreign Visitors Neuter. The Senior class is open to all cats who are 2 years old and above, and the visitor class means they don’t live in the area where the show is held. Foreign is the category that all Bengals belong to for GCCF cat shows, and it includes lots of other breeds like Russian Blue, Ocicats, Sphynx and many more.

 

Spike: He was in a competitive brown spotty kitten class! He managed to get first place in the breed class, but was beaten to best of breed by our breeder’s wonderful kitten, Lucy. This is the last time, however, that Spike and Lucy will be competing against each other at shows because Lucy will no longer be classed as a kitten at her next show, she will be going into the Adult classes as she is not a neuter; once Spike reaches 9 months old+ he will compete in the Neuter classes :)

 

Spike’s side classes all had lots of lovely kittens competing against him, but he managed to win them all, including one where he beat Lucy! That was in the class “Any Variety Foreign Tabby Kitten” :) The other two side classes he won were “Any Variety Foreign Kitten not Bred by Exhibitor” and “Any Variety Foreign Limit Kitten”.

 

Annie: Little Annie! Spike’s results were fantastic, but Annie’s were even better! She of course competes in the Household Pet section due to her jaw being a little misaligned. She came first in her breed class, then she got best of breed. Then she won all her side classes which were:

 

Any Colour or Pattern Short Hair Kitten

Prettiest Adult or Kitten, Female

Most Appealing Adult or Kitten

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Annie showing off all her wins :)

 

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Come and play!

 

Annie’s classes were quite small, but she then went on to beat lots of other wonderful pedigree pets to win Best in Show Pedigree Pet! So that meant she went to the Best in Show pens to compete against the Best in Show non-Pedigree Pet for Overall Best in Show Household Pet!

 

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Come and play! :)

 

After a short wait, the judge came along to show all the gathered crowd who she had decided was Overall Best in Show….

 

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And the winner is….

 

And little Annie it was! What a clever girl! We were all so proud of her :)

 

So that was the end of a wonderful day :) After all the photos were taken and the formalities done, it was then time to pack up and set off for home where all of us had a special dinner and lots of my favourite chicken treats :)

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxxxx

The lull before the storm?

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend? My daddy has not yet finished doing that building work yet, but he’s not been working on it so much over the last couple of  days, so at least I’ve managed to get some quality catnaps at last! ;)

 

In between catnaps, I’ve also been observing those two pesky kittens! They just love running around in my cat garden – I allow them to do so as they’re quite entertaining :) In fact, little Annie is so….well…. little, that she can actually get out of the cat garden without the gate being opened :shock:  She can squeeze through the gap between the gate post and the wall, so it shows how much she loves being in there that she hardly ever does escape but is quite happy to spend time in there with all of us other Bengals ;)

 

I was observing them today and noticed how calm they looked at times, though it didn’t last for long! In fact you could say it was the calm before the storm! See if you agree with me by looking at some pics ;)

 

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Annie loves her perch by the yucca tree!

 

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Spike practising his jungle cat look

 

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Annie also loves hiding behind the grasses

 

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Annie pondering the meaning of life

 

Spike's a fan of the grasses too!

Spike’s a fan of the grasses too!

 

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Annie – chillin’? Or plotting?

 

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Spike looking thoughtful

 

So what’s the verdict? Well, I can tell you, they didn’t stay calm for very long ;)

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxxxx

Lazy Sunday :)

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

We hope you’ve had a great weekend? Things have been wonderful in our World! Annie and Spike did so well at The National Pet Show yesterday – we couldn’t imagine any kittens more well behaved than they were! They wowed the crowds but took it all in their strides! We are all very proud of them :)

 

But today has been a bit different! The excitement of yesterday has meant Annie and Spike were looking forward to a nice lazy day today, which is something I can understand! :) They did have some play time in the cat garden, but soon decided it was time to rest their weary paws and came indoors for a very long sleep!

 

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Making the most of the comfy bed

 

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Close up – he’s not moving! :)

 

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Hello from Annie!

 

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Silly girl

 

Meanwhile, Lula and I stayed out in the cat garden as the weather has been beautiful and we wanted to make the most of it as I’m sure it will soon get cooler! But our daddy was very naughty and carried on making lots of noise, so Lula and I decided to stare him out!

 

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Sigh…. when will daddy be finished?

 

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I hope daddy finishes soon!

 

Needless to say, it didn’t work, and he carried on making lots of noise right up to the time we came indoors! But the good news is, great progress seems to have been made on this thing he’s building, so hopefully the noise will end soon!

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxxxx

Can a cat get any sleep around here?

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Oh my days! We have had to put up with so much in our World over the last few days, we hope your weekend has been a bit better? So what’s going on? Well, my hoomins are putting up some kind of new building in the bit of the big garden that’s next to our cat garden! Our peace has been shattered, my friends, and the quality of my cat naps is drastically reduced!

 

So there I was the other day, chillin on my lounger…

 

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Chillin on my lounger

 

When all of a sudden, my daddy started making lots of noise nearby!

 

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What’s happening over there?

I told him to be quiet, but he didn’t take any notice! :shock:

 

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Hey! Keep the noise down please!

 

Lula decided to sit out of the way, on top of the cat house

 

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Lula on the cat house

 

Though Spike seemed to prefer sitting under the cat house – silly boy!

 

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Spikey under the cat house!

Meanwhile, Annie was being her usual silly self!

 

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Oh Annie!

 

But after a while, both babies decided to retreat to their favourite box in the garage for a nice catnap!

 

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Zzzz… Zzzz… Zzzz…

 

Hmmm… I have a feeling changes are afoot for our cat garden! Watch this space! :)

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxxxx

 

All the news from Spike and Annie’s First Show!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

What a great few days we’ve had in our World! The weather’s been lovely, we’ve been running round in the cat garden and – best of all – Spike and Annie had a fantastic day at their first competitive show yesterday! :)

 

So, on Friday evening, my mummy made sure they were all spruced up and ready to go… not that it took all that long as they keep themselves surprisingly clean, even with all the nooks and crannies they explore in the cat garden :lol:

 

Then, it was a very early start on Caturday when they left all us adults to have a quiet snooze or two, then went off to Sue, our breeder’s house, to pick her up, along with her cats, Lucy (mine and Lula’s half-sister) and Fanny (mine and Lula’s Auntie). Then it was off to the show, though it wasn’t easy-going as there were lots of road closures on the way due to maintenance! But finally they all arrived, safe and sound :)

 

Spike and Annie took to the atmosphere straight away and soon settled in their pens. Then it was a tense time while the judging went on…. everyone was on tenterhooks, but then bit-by-bit the results started to come in, and what results they were!

 

Annie:

Second in her breed class to the girl in the next pen (3 in total in class)

First in “Debutante Exhibit” – 2 in the class, the other one being the girl who beat Annie in her breed class

First in “Any Kitten” – 5 in the class, including the girl who beat Annie in her breed class

First in “Exhibit the Judge would most like to take home” – there were 6 in this class, and it was open to all Pedigree Pets, so little Annie beat cats much more experienced than her, four of them were highly-titled cats! :)

What fantastic results! Here’s Annie taking it all in her stride (and wanting to play!)

 

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Annie and all her first place certificates :)

 

Spike:

First in his Breed class, beating the boy next door. Lucy got overall Best of Breed.

First in “Any Ocicat, Bengal, Singapura or Egyptian Mau kitten” – he beat two others, one of those being Lucy who came 2nd! :)

First in “Any Variety Foreign Kitten under 6 Months old” – there were 10 kittens in total in this class, so this was an exceptional result!

Third in “Any Variety Foreign Debutante Kitten” – again this was a big class, with 9 entrants, so to come third was a real achievement :)

 

Spike was just so chilled out and relaxed, he took it all in his stride…

 

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Spike just chillin’

 

My mummy also saw our lovely friends from Tigga Towers at the show. They know how much she likes the colour pink, so they were very pleased to show her their brand new range of their wonderful pink beds and toys! But best of all, they were so impressed by Annie and Spike’s results, that they gave us a lovely kicker toy, one from the new pink range!

 

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Our special gift from our friends at Tigga Towers!

 

When they got home, Spike couldn’t wait to try it out! :)

 

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Spike’s loving his new toy!

 

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Spike’s not going to share!

 

Hmmm… we wonder if we’ll be getting some lovely Tigga Towers pink beds for winter? I mean, it’s not like we have many beds, so I think we maybe need at least another two? :lol:

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxxxx

 

 

We are so excited… but why?

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

We hope you’ve had a lovely weekend? Ours has been very busy… well, when I say “ours” I really mean my mummy and daddy’s because all I’ve actually done is sleep, play and eat :) My mummy and daddy have been all over the country to a craft fair yesterday and then going somewhere down south today… it’s all too energetic for me! :shock:

 

But I expect you’re wondering what we’re all getting so excited about? Well, next Caturday is going to be a momentous day! It’s the day of Spike and Annie’s first competitive show! :) If you live near Worcester in the UK and fancy coming along you can email us if you wish and we can let you have more info :)

 

Thinking of the show, though, has been bringing back lots of memories of our first shows! So we thought we’d share these memories with you as I know a lot of you probably didn’t follow us then… in fact, thinking about it further, we didn’t have our page set up then so none of you did! :lol:

 

Lula and I didn’t go to the same show for our first ones: Lula went to the Tabby Cat Club show which takes place at the beginning of October (and which is our next competitive show after the one on Caturday) whereas I went to the Ocicat and Bengal Cat Club show at the end of October, a Club which sadly no longer exists and that was their very last show, though we didn’t know that at the time.

 

So over to Lula! She did very well at her first show, finishing first in two classes and second in the other two! Here she is showing off, though the pics were taken on an iPhone so are not up to our usual standards ;)

 

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What’s going on here then?

 

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Getting comfier

 

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Very settled

 

She was very well behaved and was nice to the judges, and was even quite quiet! All very unusual for Lula and a habit she soon got out of :lol:

 

I did even better at my first show! I got a 3rd, 2nd and 1st in my side classes… but in my breed class, I not only came first, but I then also got Best of Breed and even better than that, I got Best in Show Kitten! :D I even beat Sultan who was an older kitten than me at the time – he is our breeder’s stud cat and also Spike and Annie’s granddad!

 

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Hello!

 

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Best of Breed

 

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In my Best in Show pen :)

 

So it will be so interesting to see how Spike and Annie do! As we’ve mentioned before, Spike will be in the usual pedigree breed section, like Lula and I have been, whereas Annie will be in the pedigree Household Pet section as she has a slight misalignment of her jaw which is a show fault and means she can’t compete in the other classes. But this will be fun!

 

Let’s hope the pair of them will be as relaxed at their first competitive show as they were at the Pet Show a few weeks ago when they were on exhibition to help promote the Bengal breed :)

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Zzzz… Zzzz… Zzzz…

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxxxx

I’ve learned a new naughty! :)

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

I hope you’ve all had a nice Sunday? Mine has been quite eventful! :) First of all, the day started off quite chilly and we even had a bit of a ground frost! :shock: I’m sure when I last looked at my purrsonal Bengal Cat World calendar, it said it was still August?

 

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Brrrr! It’s cold under-paw!

 

Actually – I’ll let you into a little secret… the frost wasn’t as bad as in that photo, that was taken last Winter, but I thought I’d illustrate my point :lol:

 

Then I decided to try some climbing, but the apple tree is a bit boring if I’m honest, it’s just not challenging enough, and more often than not, one or both of those pesky kittens can be found somewhere amongst the branches…

 

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The apple tree is boring…

 

So I came up with a cunning plan! I could see my daddy was busy working in the big garden and was going to do some stuff in our cat garden too, so I watched…

 

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I’m getting a better view of my daddy :)

 

… and waited (even though patience is not one of my strong points)

 

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I’m waiting! Hurry up!

 

And I practised too!

 

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Oooh! My plan is going to work well!

 

And then – finally! My daddy opened the cat garden gate, I ran up to the top of it, then jumped up even higher and onto the garage roof! Yay! I was so quick, the hoomins weren’t able to take any photos, but I had great fun up there! :) :)

 

After a few minutes, though, my mummy got out the ammunition – otherwise known as my favourite chicken treats – in an attempt to get me down! Pffft! Did she really think I’d fall for that one?? The answer, of course, was yes! :) I had to come to the edge of the roof to have a little sniff, where my mummy was standing on a chair, and then she grabbed me and brought me back into the cat garden! The cheek of it!!

 

I could see Lula had been watching it all, but she pretended she wasn’t interested at all, and suddenly found that having a wash was far more interesting!

 

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Wondering what all the fuss is about…

 

So then I went to find Annie and I told her all about my escape! :)

 

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Hey Annie! Let me tell you about my escape!

 

But she wasn’t really interested either and soon wanted to go and join Spike who was having a catnap indoors!

 

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Having a nice catnap

 

So I thought I’d better come here and tell all my friends about my adventure – I hope you’ve enjoyed the read? :) 

 

Take care my friends!
Love from Spot

xxxxxxx

 

Bengal babies: best buddies!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

I’m often asked if Bengals get on with other kitties, and in our experience the answer is definitely yes! And I’m not necessarily just referring to cats of the same breed; Bengals are sociable and friendly souls if you make sure you buy a well-socialised kitten from a reputable breeder. So we don’t mind who we play with!

 

There are of course some steps you need to take to settle your new kitty into your home to ensure they are comfortable and you should always take introductions of two kitties slowly and patiently if you’re welcoming a new kitty into an existing cat’s territory, but after a while great friendships can be formed and long-lasting :)

 

Of course, the easiest way to make sure your kitties get on with each other is to buy or adopt litter mates! As long as they’ve not been separated for any significant length of time, introductions won’t be needed! Here’s Spike and Annie, showing what we mean!

 

Spike and Annie getting away with stealing Lula’s favourite snooze place! :)

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Hanging out in Lula’s outdoor hammock

 

Enjoying new adventures together!

 

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Oooh! Look at those cows! :)

 

Playtime is such fun when there’s two!

 

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Playtime!

 

There’s so many things that Spike and Annie find amusing :)

 

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More playtime!

 

When they’re a bit worn out, Spike and Annie can chill out inside :)

 

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Time to chill indoors

 

And of course, nothing beats a good catnap together :)

 

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Zzzz… Zzzz… Zzzz…

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxxxx