You may have noticed a small dog sneaking into a number of pictures on this blog. It’s Heidi after whom, with her counterpart Klaus, the blog is named.

Being a Dachshund you are supposed to discourage them from running up and down stairs, leaping ill advisedly from heights and general activities that might put a stress on their backs. Basically all the things Heidi truly loves. Because of this Heidi needs to be stopped from using the stairs all the time as she attempts to follow you around the house. You could achieve this through training or through mini barriers just to be doubly sure. Being short of stature they don’t need much height and so are easy to step over but do thwart Heidi. I actually suspect she could climb over but they are enough to discourage her.

Mind are quite crudely made but I’ve used left over paint to make them a bit smarter…




Because they are so low I am tempted to paint a height restriction on them like they have for fairground rides, but presumably Heidi would be the only one short enough to see it and I’m not sure she would appreciate the effort.


An evening in

Since the ceiling fell in upstairs in the sitting room we’ve been forced to have a re-jig. We have moved our remaining settee downstairs and the fatally injured one out the front ready for the final trip – to the dump. 

The dogs seem to be carrying out a survey to find the best place to snooze. 

This is the settee that we really need to re-upholster. We bought it for very little in an antiques shop in Rye but just haven’t got round to it. Plus the cost of having something beautifully upholstered is way more than the settee cost. You can do these things yourself – I made the red headboard in our bedroom. But in this case I think we need a professional job. When we find the final home in the house for this settee we’ll make a decision about the look and get it done. 

This chair we bought years ago in Greenwich market. Klaus is pleased as it is starting to look a bit worn. The rug is a simple one from Ikea.

The fireplace is still empty. The slightly ridiculous dogs’ bed is tucked in here and they seem to like it.