Poppy is a rescue whippet brought over to England from Ireland. She is an extremely lovable dog who was very nearly put to sleep by the Irish team who found her, either lost or abandoned. She was very thin and covered in mange but had such a sweet nature they decided not to give up on her. The mange was successfully treated before she was brought to England in May 2011 and we had already offered her a home before she arrived at the local Canine Rescue Centre.

She has proved to be a wonderful, obedient and loyal dog  with a very sociable nature and has acquired many canine and feline friends, although she loves people most, especially those who bring her yummy treats. After some early sparring, she also managed to make friends with our old cat, Tootsie and then the antics of our kitten, Treacle two years later. Treacle gave birth to two beautiful kittens of her own in 2014. They were so gorgeous that we found we couldn’t part with them and Jaffa and Zanzibar became an essential part of our household. We were devastated when one early spring evening in 2016 Jaffa disappeared and we never saw him again. Despite endless searches, scouring the woods and fields, putting up posters, door to door enquiries and the efforts of our local Cat Protection staff no trace was ever found and we never discovered what happened to him. For more than 2 years I didn’t have the heart to continue with this blog but after acquiring a new ginger kitten I have decided to resume writing in order to  continue recording all of the adventures of our furry friends.

6 Responses to “About”

  1. Lara murphy at 9:48 pm #

    I came across your blog by accident and when I saw the photos of poppy I had to take a second look as she is so similar looking to my maggie who was also rescued in Ireland and brought over to England to the rescue centre that I work in. When did you take poppy in?


    • poppychat at 10:19 pm #

      Hi Lara
      Poppy was rescued by the West Cork Animal Welfare Centre and brought over with a van-load of other dogs to St Briavels in the Forest of Dean in May 2011, when we picked her up. She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us! You can read stories about when she first lived with us if you search under ‘Early Days’. Perhaps your Maggie is related to her in some way. They are such beautiful dogs, aren’t they, but of course you don’t know their ancestry when they’ve been abandoned. Which rescue centre do you work for?
      Thanks for visiting the site.


  2. Lara murphy at 5:59 am #

    Maggie was also from a rescue in Cork. I adopted her last September when she was about 9 months old. It turned out that she had nasty fractures of her foot that hadn’t been treated as a puppy so she had major surgery and had a frame and pins on her leg for 3 months but is now back running everywhere with my other dog. I work at Dogs Trust in Canterbury – we get quite a few dogs over from Ireland.


  3. scarlybobs at 4:38 pm #

    Hello! Just a message to say I have nominated you for a Liebster award! You can read about it here:


    Feel free to ignore this if you want to, you are under no pressure at all to answer the questions etc. 😀


  4. Twilight Bark UK at 12:14 am #

    Poppy is adorable! I look forward to reading more about her.


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