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Debbie Flint

Thought I'd send you an update since I've not emailed for a while. And a pic of silly choccie lab Gracie on my kitchen floor!

Have just finished two stints helping the Medical Detection Dogs team (my charity) at the Kent County Show. It was so tiring tho, I don't know how Claire and her diabetes-alert-dog Pal and co do it. I was so tired tonight on the way home, after a six a.m. alarm call, that when i got back into the car with my hot beverage, instead of plugging the phone in to charge, I tried plugging the i-phone lead into the bottom of my coffee! Oh how we laughed! Until I chomped through my bottom lip, 'cos I'm an idiot. Plus having spent some time out in the hot midday sun, yes even with top grade Ultrasun, i overexposed my hands. I have photosensitive skin so can't do what normal skins can, and I have to seek refuge rather than stay out in it. But since I was holding a camera mid-recording, I couldn't really move, so now my hands are puffing up like a good old michelin man's. Wonder if it will show on air tonight! 

News below about the Prai comp for a £50 prize on my QVC blog, and how to get my audiobook of my steamy novel for just £2.99 (for audible app).

 

Kent County Show

Well the two days I spent there at the MDD stand was fab!

The full lowdown of what happened at the show can be found on the Charity page of my website here - click here to see the videos. If you're going today (Sunday 10th) then Claire and Pal will be there too - do go buy a little stuffed doggy or tea towel, pen, car air freshener - it all helps!

 

 

Plus I had another TiFFT (try it for the first time club!) with a live interview on BBC Radio Kent - here's a quick chat with Erika North after I'd done it!

AND I touched a baby owl - meet it here. Lovely event.

 

Bodyblade at Rochester Castle! And I dashed away lunchtime Saturday to go have a very special meet up. To create another wonderful workout video, recorded with the help of Bruce who was live from LA having got up at 3am to join us on Skype!

Here's the final video - the Rochester Castle Supersix, using just 30 second on each exercise and stretches in between!

and here's the behind the scenes at Rochester Castle  live facebook post I did throughout! Visit the Bodyblade Ohana fbk group to keep in touch with where the next one will be!

 The Bodyblade gang - Bruce's Angels! Rochester Castle, July 2016. More pics from the day here. Plus a little look around the street near the castle - its very picturesque - click here to see what I found.

 

Cuddles with the Grandpogs at Lauren's!

Well the Kent County Show had a very dog-tastic theme, and if you are a regular you'll know I have three 'flabradors' and I do love the little poggies. Spaniels are definitely what I will get next time - you can wash them in the sink. Lol. But Lauren's two are beautiful. . Thing is, they are so different. Little Baloo has always been the cuddly one - she's the eldest.

watch the difference - here's Baloo's cuddle and by contrast, here's Luna's attempt at a cuddle!

Bless them!

 

 Charlie Bear's blog  - if you missed coming to my website last week, or reading my QVC blog, here's the post from last week, with all the pics and videos of the fabulous opening, and a heart-breaking video of Charlie presenting a superb present to the little Make a Wish Foundation VIP guest, little Elspeth from Scotland who cut the ribbon. Her reaction is amazing. go here.

Book of the Week - Rosemary Dun, another writing colleague - her debut novel is out soon - currently on pre-order. Romance with a twist. More here on my RiWiSi blog.here

Plus - my Take a Chance on Me is on special offer! Currently only £1.68 - and the audio book is only £2.99 - get it on Amazon here for audible app, whilst it's available for under a fiver for both! My debut novel, a steamy romance with an international jet setter theme! Glad it wasn't me in the end who narrated it, given the steamy scenes! lol. If you read it, do kindly add a review to Amazon/Goodreads! Thank you!

 

Delighted to read this latest review - thank you Denise W., on Amazon! -

'I downloaded this as a holiday read, knowing that it's not something I would normally pick up. I have read Debbie Flint's TTFLS and enjoyed her writing style so thought I'd give it a go. I'm so glad I did. I finished it in two hits, loved Mac and recognised a few people in Sadie! Uncomplicated yet enthralling, simple, but so well written you won't want to put it down. A thoroughly enjoyable read!'

get yours here!

QVC BLOG This week's blog is well worth popping over to, to have a read and enter my PRAI COMPETITION - just by leaving a comment! Go here and see it on the main qvc website. You'll also find a conga blooper during a fashion show, my review of Ab Fab movie and sneaky peeks of bargains from the week ahead! go here.

Finally - do join me on QVC tonight, Sunday, for the launch of the new Prai Today's Special Value if you need skincare for ageing skin - it's superb.

Have a great week! 

best wishes

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 ps all my books are here on amazon - click here or go to 'Writing' tab at top of this page.

 

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Watch this - the amazing MDD dog Magic and his owner / 'partner' Claire - watch how he alerts her in the middle of the night! This blog on the Cambridge uni site has hit over 1.5m views!

 click here!

This is why I devote my time to fundraising for this amazing charity. If you'd like to donate you can go to Chris Jopp's Just Giving page here

or you can text eg 'DOGS21 £5' to 70070 to donate five pounds. Or find out more here on their website about what you can do to get involved. Like sponsoring a puppy. I named two, after raising enough through my events and contacts. The first one was Derek, now about eight months old I think. And the other is little Lesley who is now not so little! See the updates below (or archive, bottom left) 

Anyway off I popped to the Kent County Show to help out for a few hours both Friday and Saturday and met up with Claire and her diabetes alert MDD dog, Pal. Whilst we were at the fair he alerted her to high or low blood sugars several times - spectators were in awe, quite rightly. It's a spectacular life-changing skill.

Here's the look around the show which I did on Friday, including a chat with Claire about Pal and Medical Detection Dogs. Click here.

Plus I had another TiFFT (try it for the first time club!) with a live interview on BBC Radio Kent - here's a quick chat with Erika North after I'd done it!

AND I touched a baby owl - meet it here. Lovely event.

 Fundraising

Chris's page is helping to raise the funds to cover the costs of being at the Kent County Show. Do help! 

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Lesley my little sponsor puppy is not so little! See archives for other updates on lovely little lesley.

The latest - i LOVE HERRRRR!!

Lesley is a delightful, affectionate, happy, confident little dog who has not yet met a person or creature she doesn’t like. She lives with hens, ducks, geese, sheep and a cat and has encountered all sorts of other animals from alpacas to frogs - all fascinating! (A visit from the sheep shearer was especially entertaining). Her best friend is probably the cat, who patiently tolerates her washing his ears but draws the line at games of roughand-tumble. Her very first public outing after her vaccinations was to the village pub while on holiday in Cornwall where she brought everything to a halt while everyone including the barman made a huge fuss of her. Nothing seems to bother her in terms of loud noises or strange-looking things, she takes it all in her stride. She is intelligent and quick to learn new commands and is eager to please. If anything, her enthusiasm to meet people and other dogs needs a little more control but she is gradually learning that not everyone is as keen as she is to jump about and play. Lesley has visited lots of different places including shops, railway stations, farms & pubs and has enjoyed a bus ride and a wonderful day on a canal boat. We plan to take her to a number of country shows over the summer. Her favourite toy is undoubtedly a tuggy and she greatly enjoys taking all her bedding and toys out of her sleeping crate and distributing them around the house for us to trip over. Thus far - touch wood - she hasn’t really done anything especially naughty or destructive aside from a little bit of unauthorised digging in the garden. Lesley is the second Medical Detection Dogs puppy we have had after a sprocker (Alan) last year who we grew very fond of and it will be a real wrench when Lesley eventually has to leave us but whoever is lucky enough to become her ‘client’ will be fortunate indeed.

jUNE 2016.

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Lesley my little sponsor puppy is not so little! See archives for other updates on lovely little lesley.

The latest - i LOVE HERRRRR!!

Lesley is a delightful, affectionate, happy, confident little dog who has not yet met a person or creature she doesn’t like. She lives with hens, ducks, geese, sheep and a cat and has encountered all sorts of other animals from alpacas to frogs - all fascinating! (A visit from the sheep shearer was especially entertaining). Her best friend is probably the cat, who patiently tolerates her washing his ears but draws the line at games of roughand-tumble. Her very first public outing after her vaccinations was to the village pub while on holiday in Cornwall where she brought everything to a halt while everyone including the barman made a huge fuss of her. Nothing seems to bother her in terms of loud noises or strange-looking things, she takes it all in her stride. She is intelligent and quick to learn new commands and is eager to please. If anything, her enthusiasm to meet people and other dogs needs a little more control but she is gradually learning that not everyone is as keen as she is to jump about and play. Lesley has visited lots of different places including shops, railway stations, farms & pubs and has enjoyed a bus ride and a wonderful day on a canal boat. We plan to take her to a number of country shows over the summer. Her favourite toy is undoubtedly a tuggy and she greatly enjoys taking all her bedding and toys out of her sleeping crate and distributing them around the house for us to trip over. Thus far - touch wood - she hasn’t really done anything especially naughty or destructive aside from a little bit of unauthorised digging in the garden. Lesley is the second Medical Detection Dogs puppy we have had after a sprocker (Alan) last year who we grew very fond of and it will be a real wrench when Lesley eventually has to leave us but whoever is lucky enough to become her ‘client’ will be fortunate indeed.

jUNE 2016.

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yes the Medical Detection Dogs will be present for the huge Kent County Show - in Deitling from 8-10th July. Ticket only event. Come see us on the stand! Headed up by Claire and her fab dog Pal, with help from our lovely volunteers - there will be a lucky dip with some fab prizes.

It was very successful at the June 12th Fete, so we are recreating it!

ROCHESTER CASTLE WOBBLE

Bodybladers Get Together! We will be meeting at Rochester County late morning on Saturday 9th July, to record a little supersix video, with Bruce on Skype. Then lunch! Then in afternoon (ticket needed) we will go to the Kent County Show to see the Medical Detection Dogs stand.

More info to be posted below and on the event page on Facebook - do click here and  state 'going' if you are in the wobble!

DONATIONS

Chris Jopp's Just Giving page is where to post your donations - we need to clear £700 if possible, that's the new target to help pay for the stand at the show!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Chris-Jopp 


Join the Bodyblade Ohana facebook group too where the group reside. https://www.facebook.com/groups/bodybladeqvc/ 

more news soon!

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And a lovely day was had by all! Thanks to everyone who made it possible. More info and pics and videos on my - 

newsletter here

 

and on my QVC blog here.

And thanks to Aimee, Lorri Vick's pal for making this amazing MDDD cake - with little 'derek' and 'lesley' (the pups I named) in marzipan, even the streaks in my hair were red and blonde marzipan! lol. It got divided up at another fundraiser the week after and brought in another £40! 

As reported on Facebook, the super Mega Draw- the online raffle - made a whopping £4,200, and the afternoon and evening events and auction etc took it up to over £7500!

Sara's Mega Draw page - £4273

Jan's auction and evening do page - £1418 (plus some separate cash)

plus cash at the afternoon fete.

A great time was had by all. Thanks again.

 

NEXT FUNDRAISER - we will be at the Kent County Show on 8,9,10 July - in Deitling. More here. Do come along! Preceded by a special Bodybladers get together at Rochester Castle - if you're a bodyblader and would love to go, make sure you also join the Bodyblade Ohana group and request info.

 

WELL DONE DR CLAIRE GUEST

And yet more congratulations to the amazing founder of Medical Detection Dogs, Dr Claire Guest was invited to the First Women Awards last night (Tuesday) as she was nominated for the Science and Technology category and won!
Huge Congratulations Dr Claire!

Well done all

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This weekend (29th may) I caught up with lovely Lesley puppy and many of the official canine partners and talented dogs, helping their owners to remain more healthy. As usual there’s more about the charity on my website here.

Doggy day out in Stowe School, Bucks.

Nice pic of me and Lesley!

As an ambassador to the Medical Detection Dogs charity, I get involved in all sorts. This time it was the open day for all the volunteers, owners and doggies. I had to get up and do a little speech – regulars will know I’m not the best at that, so I was quite proud of myself once it was done. It’s been announced that MDD will now be doing some Malaria infection detection studies, where dogs may be useful yet again, over and above what they are bred for! The founder, Dr Claire Guest, did her usual wonderful chat about the latest finds and Rob Harris and Ozzie did their usual excellent sniffing demo. Turns out that 5% of humans are actually super-sniffers! Are you? My daughter Lauren, my sis Linda and my pal Jillly Halliday are definitely some – I’m not – unless I don’t eat dairy for weeks, then my sense of smell sharpens up! Anyway, at the MDD Vintage Tea and Fete on June 12th we will have a special ‘guess the sniff’ table so you can test yourself!

It was lovely to be amongst ‘my people’ once more – specially these two! Lesley puppy is 16 weeks old now and the darker of the two -

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbg8XHOVtvg

Then all the new ‘graduates’ got up and received their certificates – here are some of the amazing partnerships, including many who have diabetes type 1, where the dog detects too high or too low blood sugar on their owner’s breath, plus Addison’s and POTS detectors. More info here on the MDD website if you’d like to find out more.

 Vid of all the certificate winners https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DynowjsnEcI

Here’s another one of the stories of someone whose life has been changed by this wonderful charity which I’m proud to be part of. Yasmine’s life has changed beyond recognition as her poggy Nano detects nuts, as she has a severe nut allergy. So bad, at the MDD lunch, she had to call out the paramedics. But mostly her dog will warn her not to even go into an office or a room if there are nuts in the air. Do read it. Your donations help make all this possible. It actually makes you really grateful for your lot – do you know what I mean? I think ‘I don’t feel to good.’ ‘Why?’ ‘Because I stayed up too late and ate rubbish.’ ‘Well you got no problems!’

And here are some of the doggy heroes changing people’s lives.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmWHpB4TyB4

Wonderful Day. Congrats to all!

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Puppy Love – meeting trainee Derek with new trainee Lesley for the first time, with, er… human Lesley (my mum!)

Another lovely trip up to the MDD HQ near Milton Keynes this week, so here’s a round up of what’s coming up in the next couple of months if you’d like to contribute or take part at the events we’re planning!

First, how lovely it was to get up close with the furbabies again – lovely Derek who is now 7 months and doing really well with his training. He's getting a lot of new experiences with his socialiser foster home - Debra his temporary owner is helping to give him a taste of paddling in this warmer weather.

 And little Lesley, now 12 weeks and learning her name. Derek already knows his – it’s so amusing saying ‘Derek, derek,’ and a little Labrador pup responds! My late dad would have been so proud. Mum was too – Lesley is of course named after her too.

The pups are going through socialisation which means they’re taken to lots of different places to have tons of different experiences and to get used to animals, kids and noises. Then they go for training at MDD where they are introduced to different smells or sounds and using clicker training and rewards, whether food or games, to become attuned to the skills they’ll need for their new owners. They meet other trainee or alert dogs, or cancer detection dogs who play games (work) in the research area helping the research team. Here’s Judy, a black Labrador who’s being trained to help a young guy in his twenties who has problems during the night with low oxygen levels due to a heart condition – she will be trained to make sure he wakes up, or fetch someone if he doesn’t. Judy loves puppies and came sniffing out little Lesley for a quick game!

Click this link to watch Judy play with little 12 week old Lesley!

Matching takes place to ensure new owners are getting the best possible relationship with the companion who will come with them everywhere for many years. And further training and gradual introduction to their new home life are next, completing the procedure so they can receive their accreditation and earn the right to wear the famous jackets and accompany their ‘partners’ everywhere, like guide dogs do.

Pic of poster?

Little Lesley is settling in well and getting used to other creatures. Derek is learning the key basics – stay, leave, come, sit etc. They are not taught to beg or shake paws of course, and whilst independence is encouraged, they need to know their boundaries. Yes some dogs do occasionally drop out of the system and are found loving homes, but the vast majority are selected as pups for their suitability even at that early age. And what do they go on to do? Here’s a summary from when I went along recently…

Medical Detection Dogs - what they do and why. Debbie Flint goes along to the HQ near Milton Keynes to talk to the team and catch up with a very special pup.

Upcoming events

June 12th – Wotton Hall, RH56QQ 12-5pm – vintage teas, table top sale and craft, fun games including sniffing game, tombola, kids lucky dip and some fab QVC guests who can offer little mini-treatments to help fund-raising.

Same day – 6.30 – 9pm – tbc – Supper Quiz and surprise entertainment – Patrick Hoy from quacker fashions may be hosting an evening of food and fun, with one of his famous quizzes. To Be Confirmed. Tickets on sale mid May.

From June – till draw day on July 19th – online Megadraw! It’s back! Our fab summer online raffle via Just Giving where every prize is over £50! Take part online – to be drawn on July 19th. Donations already given include £100 Bare Minerals products!

July 8,9,10 – Kent County Show, Deitling, Kent. – MDD stand at Kent’s biggest summer county show. Sniffing table and tombola etc! Come meet some of the talented pooches.

Saturday July 9th – BODYBLADE sponsored wobble! Online and in person, weather-allowing, a new video of super6 variation around 10.45am at Rochester Castle followed by lunch and a trip to the Kent County show (tickets have to be purchased to go to Kent show) to support the MDD stall.

TBC – poss September 2016 / beg Oct – Cardiff get together with Julia Roberts and Jackie Kabler – an author’s tea party including a reading each and signed books on sale, plus a lunch quiz! Venue and date tbc. Deb’s profits to go to MDD.

Let us know if you can donate anything!

Or want to become a volunteer to help Medical Detection Dogs in your area. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or you can give a kind donation right now if your mobile is handy – just text the amount eg

£10 MDDC14 to 70070.

thanks for helping

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here's the little video we put together following our March 2016 visit to Medical Detection Dogs HQ near Milton Keynes. Enjoy!

click here for an introduction to MDD

also here is Rob the main trainer explaining all about the cancer detection training.

and here is Reuters new report and the cancer detection dogs hitting the headlines.

What a fabulous charity.

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OMG what a lovely trip we had up to Medical Detection Dogs HQ again this week, with a special surprise for my mum. You may recall I raised enough funding to name two little puppies and we already met Derek the dog earlier this year (see archive bottom left.) Well mum didn’t know I’d decided – with help from readers’ feedback – to name the little girl puppy after her.

This is the moment when Lesley Dog meets Lesley mummy – and please note – mum doesn’t know!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un8Cp5UC1Z4 click here

Little Lesley puppy arrived at MDD HQ with a kennel mate called Dyson. They are both going off to socializers till they are 18 months old – getting used to being around people, out shopping, in libraries, stations etc. Then they’ll be trained specifically for the role they are chosen for whether it’s detecting changes in blood sugar in their new owners who have diabetes, or other illnesses.

And they were so cute! Little Lesley is so docile and easy going. Whereas Dyson is a little monkey! This is the pups playing together outside in the exercise pen – soooo little and cute! Click here

And this is when Dyson the boy pup starts getting all macho with his kennel mate – so funny – watch this! Typical boy – click here.

They will keep me informed about how little Lesley puppy gets on and I’ll keep you informed too! If you’d like to read more about the charity, go here to my page or here to their website.

This week I went to the opera as well, right up in the gods! And reported the news with pics on the new QVC blog dated Friday 25th March. It’ll appear on my QVC tab once it’s up. Click here to see it and to see sneaky peeks for the week ahead too including Nails Inc, Richard Jackson's Easter Monday tsv and the new Logo tunic on Tuesday..

Back to you update – First, the group. Wow what a big change for me this week! In conjunction with lovely pal Sharon and a chat with the powers that be, I’ve managed to get them to agree to me not spreading myself so thin with so much social media. I’m handing over the reins to Sharon completely for the Facebook group Back to You (go here to join,) and other admins for some of the other groups. They’ll be in good hands. And I can WRITE MY NEXT BOOK!!! I’ll still use my own page on Facebook mainly though and if you can ‘like’ the page you won’t have to go hunt it out to be appraised of some super competitions going forward including an amazing first competition coming soon to win a left-over Beauty Bash goodie bag. Click here for Debbie Flint Facebook PAGE and press ‘like’ on the page itself.

Go here to read the full announcement about how my social media announcements are going to work going forward. Of course, if you’re on my website you’ll get it all anyway but the daily/regular ‘vlogs’ I’ve been posting only on the facebook page.

Not long till after Easter and the Freedom eating one month programme begins next week – my Back to you blog explains more – read here (being updated Friday pm)

Riwisi = my read it write it sell it blog this week has a book of the week from prolific author Carole Matthews – if you’d like a lovely absorbing romance set by the sea, read the blog here.

Roland Update – great news! This from Lorri Vick – phew! - GREAT NEWS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Xrays just done, which I will post when home, and the change in one week is incredible - Emma, the Vet, and I were jumping up and down when we took the xrays - wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an improvement - am beyond ecstatic!! As always, HUGE thanks for all your support and hugs - this little man now looks like it wont be too far off before thos pins and fixators are removed - if all goes according to plan xxx More about Roland click here - including latest xrays showing huge improvement. 

 

Did you guess? Went on a date this week too – did you guess that’s what it was? I can’t say much except that it was pleasant and whilst no major connection, if I was invited out on another dinner date I’d happily go – nice guy, and nice company. Biggest thing for me though was it was the first time out like that in three years! Gosh how time flies. Now I’ve broken the duck, time to do some more first dates this year methinks. Any tips? Lol.

Have a great week!

Hugs

Debs

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