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Posted on January 10th, 2019

I was asked to be in a Pantomime this Christmas. It was Beauty and the Beast in Rugby at the Benn hall. “OH YES IT WAS!”

This is why I look a bit sad in these photos from the official photo shoot.

Lying on the sofa with my poorly back!
At the photo shoot with Jan and Shane. Shane played Silly Billy and I was his dog.
You can see I don’t look very well but Shane tried really hard to get me to smile.
Meeting Shane again and now all better.
Our first proper rehearsal. Shane showed me exactly what to do.
Jon Dylan Brown played the Dame. I loved his funny clothes. He really made me laugh!
Hollie Aires played Belle. She was very pretty and had a beautiful singing voice. Hollie also bought me a secret Santa, it was a bag of treats, chews, a water bottle and a pull toy. Thanks Hollie!
Ethan J Smith wrote the Pantomime and played Belle’s father, the Professor. Thanks for asking me to be in your pantomime Ethan, I had a great time!
Charlie Healey was the Prince and the Beast. He had could sing brilliantly! He was also a very scary Beast!!
Maggie Oliver was the Enchantress and looked very beautiful!
Chris Gilbey-Smith played one of my favourite characters, he was the baddy called Leonardo and he was brilliant!
This was where I sat back stage waiting to be called on. It was great because squirrels kept running around outside and I was very good at barking at them, until everyone said I musn’t do that when people were on stage.

Jan made me a special sparkly scarf to wear for the final scene when everyone was dressed up for Belle and the Prince’s wedding. Don’t I look smart?

I had such a great time at the pantomime and we’ve all made some lovely new friends. Thanks to everyone in the pantomime for letting me join in the fun!

Big woofs, a very happy but tired
Chico Chugg.


Posted on January 4th, 2019

For Christmas I got an Elf hat, don’t I look cute?!!

On Christmas morning we went for a walk.

On Boxing day we went for another walk this time to a lovely beach. The water was very cold but I couldn’t resist running and biting the waves, it was great fun!

I’m hoping to put a film up of Jan and Mike singing Christmas songs. I’m not sure I like it when Jan sings, Mike’s OK though.

Hope you all had a Happy Christmas and I wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Big woofs Chico Chugg.

Canal and River Trust Explorers

Posted on May 26th, 2020

Janet and I support Canal and River Trust Explorers and they have organised some amazing activities for you to do at home during this Coronavirus time.
Please check out their website and Face Book pages to join in with all the fun!
Look at this latest idea isn’t it fun? I love playing with Lego even though I find it difficult with my paws! WOL!

Look at what you are doing at home!

Posted on April 2nd, 2020

Thanks for sending all these great photos, showing us what you are doing at home.

Send your photos, called ‘KIDS’ PHOTOS’ to:


Posted on March 27th, 2020

I thought I’d start a diary page to show you what I’m doing while the whole country is now staying at home because of the Coronavirus.

I must say life hasn’t changed a lot for us, because we have a very quiet life in and around the marina.

However it’s lovely how people now shout across the canal to us and have a chat while I’m outside playing. Everyone is being so kind.

The doctors and nurses have been amazing and working so hard. We have family that are doctors and just want to say a big THANK YOU to all of them. If you check out my Facebook page you can hear everyone at the marina clapping and celebrating the marvelous NHS.

Enjoy my photos as I add them each day.

REMEMBER keep safe and well! Big woofs Chico.


Posted on March 11th, 2020

I have had so much fun reading the stories you are sending me. Thank you so much for sending them. Here they are for everyone to read.

You are all fantastic writers and story tellers!

These are from the children at Good Shepherd School.

‘Tina the tale of a Siamese kitten.’
I love how Tina speaks to the audience just like me in my books. Jan loves the descriptions of all your friends! Brilliant writing…we want to read more!!
‘Duggy the dog steals food.’ Oh my goodness Duggy sounds a bit like me, always getting into trouble!
‘Muddy Dog.’ We love the way as a writer you talk to your audience! Great illustrations too!
Tumble in the ditch.’ What a great title! Your first sentence hooked us and made us want to read more!
‘Barry the Bear.’ Your story really made us laugh, especially the bit where Barry burped so strongly that he caused an earthquake! WOW!
‘Shooky and Blaze.’
We love your illustrations and your story ideas are great! It looks like you have lots more ideas too! Fantastic! Keep writing.


Posted on March 4th, 2020

On Monday we went to:


We had a fantastic day with all the children and staff and want to thank everyone for making us so welcome.

I can’t wait to see all the stories the children have promised to write, they had some fantastic ideas when they started planning during Jan’s workshops.

We were really lucky to be with everyone for a member of staffs special birthday, so really enjoyed the cake and bikkies.

Many thanks to staff for all the photos and a lovely end to our Book Week tour.

TICKFORD PARK Primary school, Milton Keynes.

On Tuesday we had a great day with all the children and staff.

Many thanks to everyone for making us so welcome and I can’t wait to see the stories the children are going to write and send to me.

REMEMBER: Keep writing!

Here’s a little film Tickford Park made when Mike showed the children how he makes the voice overs for my TV series. The children had fun doing a voice for Henri and deciding what he might say.


Good Shepherd School.
The staff and children made us very welcome and the children loved joining in with the workshops.
The Foundation classes were brilliant at using the tiller and rope and now know how to drive the boat.
I hope the children send me all the great stories they are going to plan.

January and February

Posted on February 18th, 2020

Well it’s been funny start to the New Year with all this wind and rain.

Everywhere’s so muddy around the towpath and every time I go for a walk I have to have a shower when we get back to the boat.

Any way here’s some photos to show you what I’ve been up to.

Soon it’s ‘World Book Week’ and Jan’s doing lots of workshops and presentations in schools. We’ll ask them if we can share some photos of the days with you. Keep watching.

Christmas 2019

Posted on January 3rd, 2020

I had a lovely Christmas this year with all my family.

AUTUMN has arrived

Posted on November 11th, 2019

I love this time of year when all the leaves are changing colour. Here I am snuffling in the woods near the marina.

CHILDCARE EXPO at the Ricoh Arena

Posted on September 12th, 2019

September 27th to 28th.

Jan, Mike and Anita had a wonderful time at the Childcare Expo. Thanks Childcare Expo for inviting us to film the event.

Here are some photos from the two days.

Phew, two exciting days meeting lots of interesting and friendly people! I hope they take me next year!! Big woofs Chico Chugg.

Summer Holidays

Posted on August 30th, 2019

It’s been a funny old summer.

The weather’s been very mixed, boiling hot one minute, cold , wet and windy the next!

We haven’t been away because Jan and Mike have been working lots on a new book, but it’s not about me, so I’m not sure I’m going to like it!

AND I’ve been poorly and had to go to the vets!

Anyway it wasn’t that bad, have a look at my photos.

Hope you’ve had a good summer. We can’t believe it’s almost time for back to school.

Jan and Mike are busy booking lots of school assemblies, so watch out they may becoming to see you soon with my books and films!

Big woofs, Chico Chugg.


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