The Little Man: Episode 3, He Made Me Do It

So Jango literally has always been the ‘good boy’ dog. Very loving, affectionate and just overall a top dog.

We had thought over and over again about a new addition to the family and agreed that another dog at some point would fit in nicely. A little furry playmate for Jango to have. He has always loved the company of other dogs being in the house, and we wanted him to have a friend.

So when we brought Boba home, he literally took to him straight away. I was so pleased and relieved. They do everything together, they run together, play together and Boba even uses Jango as a pillow to sleep on.

On this particular day, Boba was teething a little and had chewed some of the house. So when our little one needed changing, we took him upstairs to change him. I would have normally closed the kitchen door to prevent any damage with the chewing. But I forgot.

So the little one is changed and looks tired. We manage to get him to sleep and while the boys downstairs were quiet, I decided to do a little tidy up.

After about 15 minutes I heard a faint yelp. I popped my head over the stairs. Normally I’d see them both together, calling them our two little potatoes. But they weren’t there. I heard another little yelp and realised it was Jango…..Jango who never makes a sound….

So I ran downstairs, noticed the kitchen door was opened and panicked. Looking through the door straight away I was met with nothing. Then another yelp.

Turning to the noise I see Jango. Jango who had jumped up onto the kitchen benches and had made his way along to the cooker hob. Sitting with his butt perfectly positioned on one of the hob rings looking like butter wouldn’t melt.

His yelp wasn’t that of pain, but at the fact he was now up at a decent height and unable to get back down.

Asking him how he got up there (I do tend to talk to them a lot!), he just looked at Boba. Literally as if to say ‘he made me do it’.

I’m not sure if Jango felt that he had managed to convince me that a puppy had managed to get a 15kg, stubborn, adult dog up onto a bench top, but after lifting him back down, he seemed very pleased with himself.

In all honestly though, Boba has been such a great addition to Jango. He’s gone back into ‘cheeky, mischievous puppy mode’……we’re just still trying to figure out if thats a good or bad thing!

The Little Man: Episode 2, Clever Boy

Jango has always been a great eater. When he was just a pup, we used small treats as rewards for his good boy behaviour….a pee or poop outside, it gained him a treat.

However as much as his training was coming on great, we were starting to realise that he was also a very clever little pup.

It took a couple of times for us to realise this. He figured if he went outside and just hid for a bit, then ran back in, we would assume that was him doing his business. It wasn’t until a little while, that we realised he was asking to be outside more often - a lot more than we thought.

Wondering whether he may have found a little hole in the fence or maybe sniffed out another pooch or cat, we watched him a little more closely.

So one day, we let him outside and rushed to the kitchen window. He wasn’t doing his normal zoomies and wasn’t anywhere to be seen on the grass….looking down, we seen him just sitting by the window. Then moments later he strutted in, as though he’d just gained the title of ‘best boy ever’.

So the next time, we did it again and looked instantly down by the window. And there he was, just waiting for his cue to re-enter the house. I could tell he had a little smirk on his face.

We couldn’t fault him. And there was no way he was being told off for that - that in my mind was Jango just using his initiative….and probably deserving of a treat!

The Little Man: Episode 1, Spy-cam

When we first got Jango, we followed all the rules for what you should/shouldn’t do. Literally every type of YouTube video, book, blog etc - you name it, we read it.

I thought I was an expert. What bowl to get - no problem, what bed to get - sure, what food to get him - come on, give me a harder question…..sit me down in the Mastermind chair and you’d see no beads of nervous sweat….I’d have it in the bag…..little did I know that in some ways, I was totally and utterly unprepared!

Everything was laid out ready for the Princes arrival. Literally for about a month before hand, when you entered the house, you’d think a dog already lived there. Bed, bowls, toys etc all there…just waiting….as though my childhood imaginary friend had somehow visited and left his invisible pooch behind.

We were lucky that when we picked Jango up, he was already brilliant with being left at short times and toilet training had begun (with great success). I had decided previously that I would take some time from work and support the Little Man with settling into his new surroundings.

That week started off brilliant. I did that strut that I told myself I wouldn’t do…..the cheesy proud new puppy owner walk. Anyone that stopped me was delayed in getting to their destination by 10 minutes….by the time I had explained his name, why we got him, what he was like, how cute he was, how big his ears were, people were sick…I’m sure if they seen me in the street they were crossing over to avoid me. To be fair I don’t blame them, meeting Jango twice was by my definition the go ahead to bring out the photo album.

And then came the weekly dread - the big shop. We left the house as normal, got to the supermarket and started down the aisles. Then out of nowhere I burst out crying. I instantly needed to get back to him….what if he hurt himself, what if he felt unloved…..

After feeling a little sorry for myself and seeing that Jango was absolutely fine, I calmed down. But after this happened a few more times, I decided to see how other people handled this.

Getting to a shop, we found a suitable camera - one that we could see with our phones and therefore have 24 hour access to seeing him. Getting to the till, the lady asks ‘oh these have been popular for kids’……’yeah’ I reply…..’it’s for our puppy’.

To my surprise (and some relief), the member of staff explained that those types of cameras have mainly been bought by dog owners - finally I felt a little ‘normal’.

Back home, we set the camera up, got our phones linked and tested it out. We went back out to do the shop that had been nightmare just days before. I decided that when I had been out for a certain time, I’d check on him…..

… last, I’d be able to prove people right. That he’d be there, wondering where we were. Searching for us. Waiting patiently at the gate for us. But no. There he was, flat out on his bed, mid-dream, chasing after some imaginary flying bone without any thought of his human parents absolutely beside themselves in the middle of Tesco.

The Little Man: Pilot episode, The Introduction

One of the things our customers asked for, was to know more about our website namesake, our gorgeous boy, Jango. We call him many names; The Little Croissant (due to the way he curls when he’s having a nap), Boss Man (well, pretty much because he rules the house) and, my all time favourite, Prince Butterball Jango (why not eh?!).

But most of you already know that. What you guys said you wanted was more ‘life’ stories. We will be as honest as we can - most of these stories are hilariously funny, but we do have a couple of tearjerkers. But rest assured, we’ll hopefully leave you with a smile on your face.

We’re actually starting this with one of our lowest moments. We want you guys to know why Jango is so special to us and how we almost thought we we’re going to loose him. It’s what defined our love for Jango

We got Jango back in September 2016 and he totally changed our lives. Bringing so much love with those big eyes, bunny rabbit ears and huge feet. He showed how much affection a dog can give a human.

We barely had Jango 6 weeks, when I was out visiting some family. I got a phone call, jumped in the car and headed straight back home (still to this day I can’t remember that journey). Jango was struggling. He was loosing the ability to walk, stand and even acknowledge who we were within the space of minutes.

Those puppy eyes went from bright, spritely balls of energy, to suddenly becoming vacant. We jumped into the car pleading with the Vet to help our boy.

Suspecting a potential seizure, he was admitted to the vets. That night we didn’t sleep.

One of the things that sticks in my mind is having to take off Jango’s collar. We had bought that for him months before, while we awaited our excited puppy, buying endless items that we probably didn’t need. And now here we were, taking it off, panicking whether we could ever put it back on.

We got a phone call the next morning. Jango appeared to be a healthy little pup with no explanation of what caused this awful episode. He was transferred to a different Vet to undergo more tests. Being told he would be kept in and would go under anaesthetic (and to hopefully rule out anything serious), we were being sent home without him for the second night. We were literally lost without our sidekick.

Jango had a one-off seizure. Unexplained and totally terrifying, the next day we were advised to take our boy home and monitor him.

He went back to that happy, energetic, boisterous bundle that we had picked up 6 weeks earlier. Nothing else ever occurred after that awful night. We are so thankful that Jango made a full recovery and to the Vets that helped him get back home to us.

We always knew when we picked him out of the litter that Jango was a cute little bundle of fluff with a super gorgeous face, but after that awful moment, we both knew exactly what he meant to us. He became this little figure that followed us round the house showering us with love, he became the youngest family member, he became our little man.

Introducing…….Prince Butterball Jango