Who is BleakHounds?
Well, here goes ....
I am Jackie and I set up BleakHounds Design in 2008 having failed to find somewhere to provide quality items for my dogs.
It was a no-brainer really. I got my first sewing machine when I was nine years old and my mum taught me to knit when I was 18. She had tried before but as I showed no interest she gave up until I asked. Something must have stayed with me all those years because she showed me two basic stitches and that was it.
Combining my passion for dogs and the skills I already had with the need to work from home seemed the way to go.
I have owned dogs in my own right since 1990 when we brought home a tiny cocker spaniel puppy who was quickly named Ben after "Ben Gunn" in Treasure Island.
For ten years Ben was our only dog and then we found Morse a rescue lurcher who was quickly followed by a rescue whippet, Beau. Sighthounds were very popular in our home and continue to be.
Our first Jack Russell Terrier, Rebus, arrived in 2008. He certainly lives up to his name and always has plenty to say for himself and an opinion to express. We were warned that he would be the Alpha male. Much to Albus' disgust he was promptly downgraded. It was quite funny as Rebus did not even choose him as second in command! He loves to get dirty and will go out of his way to do so.
I hear many stories and have experienced sighthound mischief but nothing could have prepared me for Rebus. He was a steep learning curve. He was extremely easy to train but does have a deaf ear when it suits and an extreme hunting instinct which seems to be prevalent in all of his litter.
In 2011 Rebus' sister, Ollie, had a litter of two pups. A long coated Jack like Rebus and a little short coated black and white pup who was instantly mine and is very much a "mummy's boy". On arriving home, Radley immediately took over as Rebus' right hand man. Never have I seen such team work and the pack thrived on their leadership.
2017 sees the pack stand at three dogs after losing Beau to old age in 2015; Rebus, Radley and Diesel who are all great friends.
Me and my Boys; Rebus, Radley and Diesel