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Debbie Flint

Beautiful little dog! She's such an adorable, loving animal, seriously one of the cutest ever and everyone's little star down at the research centre, where the bio detection dogs get to 'play games' all day when the 'go to work' - rather, doggy day care, where they help with early detection of human disease. 

This week Dr Claire Guest was in the news again - along with Carolyn and her Pal. Well done team!

Don't forget the Mega Draw is now on till Sunday 13th August - just a £5 donation buys you a ticket to our official MDD raffle - go here to get one soon and check out the impressive list of prizes - big bundles this time - worth a go!

And tickets are now available for the jazz concert in The Plough, torrington, Devon, on Saturday 16th September - go here to buy tickets - do come it'll be fun! more about it here on the Facebook event page.

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It's here! The brand-new raffle in aid of medical detection dogs is now active on JustGiving. There are some amazing prizes - see the full post here and check out the amazing value of first prize! All you have to do is buy a ticket for 5 pounds and Just Giving will do the rest, as will Sara the lovely lady who always organises these fundraisers. There are some massive prizes this time as you can see, it is on until . The winners will be notified straight after. All the info you need is on the page. Thank you in advance for helping.

We have raised some wonderful money in the past, I do hope we are able to do so again now, especially considering how Dr Claire has been doing the rounds on various TV news interview programs recently following the announcement that the medical detection dogs team will before long be able to help detect Parkinson's disease apparently (see here.) That's on top of their work with the NHS in a trial to detect prostate cancer in urine samples provided by the hospital. Plus maybe even breast cancer one day.

That's half of what they do. The other half is that they provide individual dogs to owners who have illnesses, eg diabetes (type one brittle) plus they even cover the cost of the upkeep and everything for the poor patient. It really is a worthy cause and I do hope you are lucky! Fingers crossed for you!

Raving about Rowan

I have to say I am absolutely raving at the moment about the brilliant Rowan Coleman novel - 'The Summer of Impossible Things.' I finished the audio book this week and it was one of those books that had me entranced – I kept finding myself staring into space because I was thinking about the characters in the story and could not wait to get back to the next bit. It is a genius time travel web of intrigue, and I loved every second. Do read my review here, where you can also find out how to get it for free.

Plus if anyone finds it, this week's My Weekly mag has a story by Julie Cohen my mentor. Julie is doing a tutored workshop at Retreats for You, our guesthouse, on September 25, Monday to Friday, for £600 or so. Full board including wine at dinner, tuition, one-to-one et cetera. If it is still available or if you would like to go on waitlist for the next one, do let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

My QVC blog this week is now up here and has some interesting news, and a picture of Lee Hohbein my telly hubby - and his ripped pants! Ha ha! Do go see if you can. It also has tons of sneaky peaks from next week as usual and the early bird link available now for a cool pair of Skechers ballet pumps, Sunday's TSV. And which high flying daring ride I may go on in the next few weeks... out now, do go look.

On Facebook this week there were several Vlogs that were very different – including this one which was done from inside the 'Filter Through' coffee shop in Holsworthy where I go regularly not only to Waitrose but also to shop or to meet friends. Thing is when I tell them where to meet, I often mistakenly put 'see you in the Follow-Through…' OOps!  Now that would be an interesting shop… Not! Go to my official Facebook page to find out more and see some of the blogs. Do be sure and 'Like' the Facebook page if you would like to get regular updates.

At home in Devon this week, I took a photograph outside in the back courtyard to show the lovely flowers, the dogs came trotting after me and I said to them 'sit!' - as you do. And they did! Like two sentries! Like those lions on either side of a gated entrance. How funny.



Next week look out for a special video on the electric bike that I have now finally got set up and I'm using around the beautiful Devon countryside. It may be going up a very steep Hill pretty easy I must admit :-)

More next week.

 

Have a great week!

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ps - RFY gets featured on Queen of Retreats site. Ella from QoR came along in April and gave us the most glowing review! more here.

And we've also made the top ten for writing retreats! A new review blog has listed my lovely guest house in Devon in the Top Ten in an international summary of the best places to go to write. Thing is, you can also come to just chill! Or bodyblade or craft or whatever! Very chuffed I was! Go here to read all the info about it - and do come! 21st Aug is full now, but we've got another special QVC viewers week, 2nd October ! 

- here is the link to the free short story I posted on my website. go here to read 'the Jolly Lodger' - based on a shaggy dog story....

 -  Tickets are Released for my Concert in Devon on September 16thTalking of updates,Go here to read more about the night, and if you can, come down for the weekend. The Plough in Torrington is lovely, and a proper little arts venue with lots of concerts etc. Then the next day, we’ll be opening Retreats for You, my guest house in Sheepwash, for the Sunday afternoon too, for a vintage tea rooms event, so come down and meet us all!

Also -  Fancy a Stay in Devon? Would you like to come down? I’ve got a new date for QVC viewers,  if you are one, and fancy a fab full board stay – you can inspect the new kitchen and decide if Daisy and Gracie have indeed got trimmer! More info here, or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . It’s 2nd October can include yoga/walking and wholesome food – and wine! £90 pppn if you book soon – do come?

- That blog on emotional bullying  is worth reading – click here – it’s now had over 6500 views and am very glad it’s helping so many people when they find out they’re not alone. Do have a read and share it.

 -  check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about how to get your copy is here

 

 

Ps my new Till the Fat Lady Slims book is now out on Amazon here, and there’s such an amazing support system on Facebook on theTTFLS group here - do come join us!

 

for info about my paperbacks and ebooks for sale now, go here 

 

 

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So proud to be an ambassador for this charity. One day it will be one of the biggest charities in the country, mark my words. Well done Dr Claire, again. X #Parkinsons

https://www.facebook.com/DebbieFlintQvc/posts/10159007576825258

 

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Molly the cat detective gets an article in the Guardian too! Well done MDD trained-dog Molly and Colin the detective owner!


https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/may/05/experience-my-dog-rescues-cats?CMP=share_btn_fb

 

Also - Dr Claire Guest was top of the alternative rich list for her invaluable work - well deserved!

 

read more here.

 

interveiwed on the BBC again recently talking about one of the latest projects from MDD - to detect malaria - especially important for malaria free countries, ref Zika virus. 

more here on bbc

Finally - another wonderful update about my sponsor dogs, Derek and Lesley (named via my donations , after my mum and dad)

more to follow

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Charlie Bears will be coming down to my Vintage Pop Up Tea Rooms in Devon Feb 17,18,19th! How exciting! We are doing a bit of a fundraiser for MDD too that weekend and a couple of the actual dogs themselves will be coming along – am so proud to be involved and it makes me smile knowing our help is contributing to irreplaceable canine companionship which changes lives. More here. Book it in your diary if you live nearby – and come try our homemade cakes and exquisite teas in bone china cups in a vintage setting – can’t wait! Sheepwash is EX215NE if you want to check out how far away you are from Retreats For You.

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another pic of my little boy ‘Derek’ the trainee Medical Detection Dogs partner dog I paid sponsor money to name (after my late dad Derek,) who will go to become a diabetes detection dog soon – am so proud of him. There will be a chance to go meet them all at Crufts this year, hall 3, stand 94, from March 9th to Sunday 12th inclusive. If you can go, do ask about their amazing work in cancer detection research too – it’s incredible.

Am going to also attend the Dogs Day Out near milton keynes in April - on 2nd. More soon, or check out their website here.

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Medical Detection Dogs on the BBC 9th October -

#bbclifeline no less! Watch out for fellow ambassador Kate Humble presenting the next charity appeal on 9th October – She’ll be telling the charity’s story, from seven year old Archie, whose dog Domino alerts him to life-threatening changes in his blood sugar levels, to the research work the charity is pioneering into early prostate cancer detection.

 More here.

 

Xmas Cards!

Here are this year’s Xmas cards – look no further!

And how amazing are these designs? Wonderful Xmas cards which will be a joy to give out to people I still give cards to.

 

If you’d like to get some, go here, and know that you’ll be supporting my fave amazing charity MDD.

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So lovely to get these regular updates about my little sponsor dogs - I raised £2000 to name each. Lesley is named after my mum! x

more about how to name a pup here.

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Puppy Party!

What an amazing time we had up at the Medical Detection Dogs HQ this week, including a lovely catch up with Little Derek and Lesley who are not so little any more! They are the fabulous clever canines which I sponsored and named (after my late dad and my mum) – aren’t they growing! Here’s the summary of what happened –

 https://www.facebook.com/DebbieFlintauthorqvc/videos/1073015926114390/

There’s a full round up of what we did on the day of the puppy party on my charity page blog update here. It was a thank you to all the girls who came to help at the recent fund raising events. We had a nice tour, lunch, and a look round the cancer detection research lab, where the little dogs are taught how to sniff out urine samples with cancer in. Hence the need for industrial freezers at minus 80! They cost £5000 each and we’ve managed to raise enough for two so far. They need 8, so if you fancy donating, just let the team know here! Anyway thanks to all my lovely ladies who came to help and also to lovely Arianne Poole who was interested enough to drop by too, and she and the other girls enjoyed watching a live demo of the cancer detection research training, as did Andie (who runs Get Geller Gorgeous group) who is holding one of my favourites, little rescue spaniel Martha. Lovely little Marlow is the new puppy who just arrived – he’s so cuddly and adorable – just like Derek and Lesley were when they were little! Here’s a montage of the day –

 

The kids who need Medical Alert Dogs were also there – mainly they need the canine companions to help with diabetes, as their own dogs detect when they have high or low blood sugar, since they can’t do it themselves. It is a blessing for the parents of these children to have peace of mind that their child is being monitored by such a clever animal, changing their lives by detecting changes in their breath. Here’s the outdoor ‘musical chairs/detection dogs’ game we played – can you spot who is the big kid with Derek the dog?

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWSwWhZvX7E

Hehe! I gave up half way through though, to allow the kids to win! Had to curtail my competitive instinct tho’ – lol. We also heard from mum Serena and her two boys, Charlie and Steven. Steven’s MDD dog is Molly, who stays by him day and night and prevents him going into a coma and has transformed their lives, especially Serena’s, as she used to be up each night testing him every ninety minutes. Here she talks about how Molly can even detect Steven’s blood sugar levels from the sidelines when he is playing a football match!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnXpPZMIA3k

Seriously, a lovely day was had by all, and an amazing insight into the charity for which all the hard work is paying off. I love going there – it makes me feel grounded and I’m so proud of my team, and that MDD asked me to be an ambassador for them.

NEWS – we are going to arrange some sort of Open Day and Table Top Sale in November – more news later in the year, watch out for it if you live near or can get to Milton Keynes.

Here’s a reminder of why Medical Detection Dogs’ work is so vital and how it all began, including the story of Daisy and how she told founder Dr Claire Guest that she had cancer and got it treated early.

Do get Claire's book if you can, it's a super buy and a wonderful present for anyone what loves dogs or is interested in success stories around cancer detection and the amazing research they are doing that can change the way the NHS deals with certain screening in the future.

Love this work!

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