Yet Another Expenses Scandal

Yet Another Expenses Scandal



Originally posted on UK People's Political Party:

Maria Miller It still astounds me that years after the first MP’s expenses scandal involving false and exaggerated expenses being claimed, they are still at it! Maria Miller has today resigned after yet another media witch hunt (whilst I am disgusted at the continuing expenses scandals, I do not believe that the country should be cajoled into actions by the media either!).

Not A Maria Miller Rehash

There are hundreds of newspapers, blogs and online websites weighing in on this story and it is not my intention to join them, because the facts of what did and didn’t happen are already laid bare for all to see and I believe that the British public are sensible and intelligent enough to make up their own minds once presented with the facts.

It is my intention however, to put into writing my utter disbelief that after the very first expenses scandal years ago, procedures…

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Project Art – The Pet Portrait Edition


Visit this project and make sure you get your original, oil painted pet portraits before the limited offer expires on 14th Dec 2013


Project Art – The Pet Edition is the first of what I hope will be a series of projects aimed at bringing original art, colour and inspiration to homes and people. The funds raised by the project (if I am fortunate enough to get backers), will be used in 2 main areas. The largest cost will be the artwork printing and canvas framing, followed by postage and shipping costs. The remaining funds are for my time in creating the artwork and will be used to buy tools, equipment and materials.

If you look at the many rewards on offer, you will see that all levels and prices are covered and that the rewards themselves are extremely generous. Original artwork is not cheap to create when you add up materials, tools and time, which is why I have chosen digital format painting for this project (please, please read my “What is a Digital Painting” below before thinking these are not actual oil paintings…)


Get 8 Chapters of My New Book – Exclusive Giveaway

Diary of an Under Dog

Diary of an Under Dog

Long time no blog…….

Boy have I been busy over the past few months, last time I blogged I was aiming for 500 Twitter followers but have now just passed 1400 (and I love each and every one of you!), my Border Collie World store is going great guns and Ellie & I are still house-mates and having the time of our lives.

I love giving back to my wonderful followers and readers, because without you I would just be blogging into thin air and your comments and support make me so happy. I have just finished my first book, Diary of an Under Dog (The Puppy Years) and I am so excited….it is due for release later this year but because I love you all so much and because I am not very good at waiting, I have been able to team up with the wonderful The Dog Express website in a fabulous giveaway.

The first 8 chapters of my book are being given away to 50 wonderful winners as an ebook and I wanted you guys to be in with a great chance of getting your hand on one.

The question is so easy, even I can answer it and I’m a BORDER COLLIE (hint hint)……….

Just get yourself over to The Dog Express (this link takes you to the right page), answer the question in the comments box and hopefully you will be one of the lucky 50 chosen at random.

I promise now my paws of fire have been extinguished form all the book writing that I will get back to blogging as I have missed you all so much.

Your published – Jay xx

Cute Cartoon Sleeping Beauty


Mum’s got a new tablet and stylus…….which means photograph city for Ellie and I!!!  The finished pic is pretty cute though (not that I’m biased!!!)

jay and drawn pillow & bone jp



Cartoon Sleeping Jay xxxxx

Christmas Gifts from Dog with a Blog


Launching a line in designer gifts and cards is exhausting….especially when you design, create, star in and produce the photos (Mum snapped the camera though cos those things are not designed for paws…..)

Visit us at – I hope you like what we’ve done with the place……there is lots more being added in the coming days and if you check out Zazzle Coupons….you can get some exclusive deals to save you up to 40% of the retail price (just cos I love my followers sooooo much!!!!)

Just a taster of what we have launched…….

Border Collie Merry Christmas


It’s December…so it is officially okay to say ‘Merry Christmas’ from Ellie & I…..


Disney’s Dog with a Blog


I was just casually cruising through Google looking for links to Dog with a Blog (purely for statistical purposes and not because I am vain!!), when I came across quite a few references to my namesake; see The Huffington Post Newspaper for an example.  Imagine my horror that casting has already taken place and yet

“Doth my ears deceive me, or has my phone not rung as of yet!!!”

Have I not proven my ability to act as a canine stunt dog in almost any situation, through my detailed blogs on my agility class antics. I mean obviously, there was the slight hesitation to jump through the swinging tyre…but I can’t see me ever needed to do that in a real life situation…or the need to walk across an A-frame or beam in a calm and controlled manner!  But I was top of the class when it came to standing still and eating the chicken pieces!!!



         Is it not clear to all those that I know that no dog is more handsome,    sophisticated, stylish or destined to be on the silver screen than me?




I can only hope that my wonderful and lovely blog & Twitter followers, who have supported me over the past 4 years can see past the miscasting of the global giant that is Disney…..and still love me for who I am (if you read that last paragraph with some piano or violin music playing in the background, it works best!!)

I Will Survive Jay xxxx



Hope I win a mug for Mum’s birthday…..saves me shopping online again….lol xxxx

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Rudy and Moody launch their first monthly competition with a chance to win great prizes every month. Simply visit and enter this months competition for your chance to win.

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Humans Are A Strange Lot


Yesterday I apparently stared at the front door for over 30 minutes and because Mum could not see exactly what I was staring at, she told me to stop doing it !!!

At the exact same time Ellie was ripping apart her new bed and shoving the soft, comfy innards into corners of the kitchen that would be impossible to retrieve them from at a later date; however this did not appear to bother Mum quite as much as my front door staring, given that she chose to tell me off and not Ellie….it is apparent that I am missing some strange Human trait here where looking at objects they cannot see is potentially terrifying to them.

I think tonight I will try staring at the patch of floor under Mum’s arm chair and see how long she stays seated, too terrified to move…

Sinister Jay xxx


Paying Homage to Mum’s Underwear


Once every year, my owner is overcome by the insane notion that I am either going to be attacked by a rabid flying monkey or that the pavements will turn into a blanket of rusty nails just before my evening walk. Why she thinks this is beyond me, however the consequences are that I am whisked off to the dreaded ‘vets’ and thus ensues the horrific event that Mum refers to as having my annual injections.

As any dog will know, the vets is a place of misery, pain and often humiliation (my vet has a particular proclivity for shoving his fingers up my bum!); but this years injection visit bore such humiliation that I searched high and low for a shovel to dig a hole in the ground as my paws were just not fast enough.

I always know when something bad is about to happen because Mum buys corned beef out of what I assume is pre-emptive guilt. Yesterday out came the corned beef; which I stupidly ate after checking no white pills had been hidden inside it! Ten minutes later we were in the car and on the way to the vets. I lay down by Mum’s feet in the waiting room (There is no point creating a fuss as you just get dragged across the floor on your butt and our vet has wool carpets!) and waited for the inevitable to happen. A couple of dogs came out of the dreaded white door with cones on their heads; screaming the age old war cry of ‘where have my balls gone!’. Finally it was our turn.

Mum placed my trembling body onto the vets table as she babbled on about unlimited corned beef and being able to sit on the sofa (I would have relished in the human guilt factor had I not been so terrified.) The vet pushed my head to the left and spewed out the usual load of rubbish that putting the injection in the neck is painless (how I long to shove a ten inch needle into his neck and see if he still thinks it’s painless). It was just before closing my eyes that I noticed something purple lying on the floor. At first I couldn’t quite make out what it was, it looked like an extra large hanky lying right next to Mum’s right shoe. But then Mum moved slightly and the full shape of the object came into view….

I’ve heard about this happening to humans before but never actually seen it with my own eyes. They put their clothes on in a hurry and forget to check what might have become of the previous day’s garments! The vet was stalling with the injection, he’d started talking about his impending holiday to Mum; I poked my paw out at Mum and tried to get her attention. She seemed to think I was beyond petrified and wanted to hold her hand! I didn’t know how to get her to look down….I imagined all of the dogs in the neighbourhood finding out about it; I’d be the laughing stock of the village.  I needed to do something, pick them up and hide them before the vet noticed…

I moved slowly towards the edge of the table and finally got my back end far enough across that gravity did the rest. I slid off the table and onto the floor before anyone could stop me. Using all of my stealth abilities, I flicked my tail in their direction and they soared through the air towards me before anyone noticed. Unfortunately, Mum was still looking at the vet when she bent down, picked me up to put me back onto the table so she did not noticed what was strewn across my head. In my attempt to sweep them under the table, they had in fact landed on top of my head.

It was too late…….Mum and the vet had finally stopped talking and both looked in my direction at the same time. Mum gasped and slapped her hand across her mouth, her cheeks turning a deep shade of red, the vet’s eyes grew as large as saucers and his eyebrows receded into his hairline and there I sat on the veterinary table with a giant pair of Mum’s purple knickers sitting on my head, my ears poking out through the leg holes like a giant purple hat.

Mum had obviously not noticed that morning when getting dressed that the previous days underwear were still lurking in her jeans. Throughout the morning they had made their crafty way down her trouser leg, poised until the perfect moment to drop presented itself. That moment it turned out had been 2 seconds prior to having my annual injection at the vets.

So I would like to take this moment to thank those purple pants from the bottom of my heart for postponing the inevitable injections, if only for a short while. In Mum’s horror, she had lifted me from the table and fled from the vets room with such speed that the purple knickers had flown from my head and landed smack bang in the middle of the coffee table in the vets waiting room, right amidst copies of Dog Today and Womans Own.

Jay the Knicker Wearing Pooch