NEWS: Dear World, Meet StyleTails Resident Dog, George!

George the Yorkie

As a write this, I have one eye on the laptop and one on a very small and extremely cheeky Yorkshire Terrier named George. Finally, after years of yearning, hoping, wishing, dreaming and plotting potential dog-nappings, I am officially a dog owner. Tell all your friends. This is big news.

Despite having dogs (and cats and birds and fish) as a kid, like many of you, the idea of owning a dog in London has been somewhat of an impossibility. There was the full-time job, the top floor flat, the allergic flat-mate, the two house rabbits and not to mentioned the MAHOOSIVE commitment that goes along with having a dog.

Well I said ‘SCREW YOU!’ to all those potential obstacles and this week picked up this little dude (previously named ‘Tiny’) from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. He had been bought by a guy for his girlfriend as a Christmas present (idiot) and she couldn’t look after him. The lovely Jane at Battersea Dogs Home told me a puppy had come in that could be suitable, and so the young pup previously known as ‘Tiny”, was on his way to a new home and a far better name – George.

My one criteria in looking for a dog was that they had to be able to co-exist with my two very cute, fluffy, floppy-eared rabbits. I then of course did the total opposite and took home a small terrier with a big attitude. What a FOOL you say! Yes, you are correct. I seriously have my work cut out for me with this guy.

George sleeping

Professional Sleeper

Here’s what I’ve learnt in George’s first week:

  • Dog farts are really quite repugnant. He does them in his sleep a lot. They nearly make my eyes water and I’m constantly suprised they don’t wake him up
  • George is a miniature celebrity – like Danny DeVito for example. He made at least 8 friends on the way to the Vet this week – he’s far more popular than me
  • George is not bothered about the Vet. In fact he took it upon himself to simply curl up and sleep through his entire examination with Andrew at Hyde Park Vets on Wednesday
  • George has a rather healthy appetite. When I say healthy, I mean he is a GUTS! He’ll eat anything, quite litterally. Must keep him trim, taught and terrific!
  • Training a puppy is hard, frustrating, repetitive and often exasperating but ultimately rewarding.

So, stay tuned for the trials, tribulations and training mis-haps with young George.

Have you raised a puppy?

Do you own a Yorkie?

Am I mad?

ST + George x




Sara is the Founder & Editor of StyleTails. A writer, design-lover and long-time animal-hugger, Sara launched StyleTails in 2012 to inspire people live a more beautiful life with their four-legged friends. Along with her canine sidekick George, a rescue Yorkie with a big attitude, Sara regularly commentates on luxury pet product and lifestyle trends and has been featured in Elle Decoration, BBC Radio, and is also an expert contributor to WGSN, the leading design trend forecaster.


  • Reply February 15, 2013


    I raised a little staffie puppy who sort of grew a bit into a little tiny staffie grown up. She was a rescue and came to live here at 7 weeks.
    She is the most chilled, lazy dog in the world. But had a small blip in teenagedom where she ate everything pretty that I owned. Including smashing and stomping her way through about £300 of Christmas decorations. Oh and a table leg. And quite a lot of shoes.
    My other staffie who I rescued at 6 has done no such thing and is and angel 🙂

    • Reply February 21, 2013


      They sound lovely Liv! I think George is definitely having a teenage moment. We’ll get him straightened up in no time 🙂

  • Reply February 16, 2013

    Alex Frith

    Congratulations on your new little man! Your story of waiting and such sounds v. similar to ours. You can kiss goodbye to getting work or anything done for that matter for a few weeks. I tap this to you as my still fairly recent-ish Basil snores his head off nestled between my curled up legs and I am expecting a fart from him too soon!

    • Reply February 18, 2013


      Thanks Alex! Congrats to you and Basil too. Yes, the work / life routine has gone right out the window. I’m surprised anything I’m posting on here makes any sense at all. Hope you’re enjoying Basil and the joys of puppyhood! (including the odd fart)
      Sara x

  • Reply February 17, 2013

    London dog Photographer

    This professional sleeper definitely deserves a professional photo shoot 😉

  • Reply February 19, 2013


    Thank you for coming to see us last week. It was lovely to meet you and George. He’s a cutie. Hope he’s settling in well and has made friends with your rabbits xx

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