Charlie Sellings

Those of you who met our wonderful and ever cheerful Warehouseman, Charlie Sellings, will be sad to hear that he died suddenly last week. Charlie came to us to work part-time on making up fence orders, but over the years he so loved the job, the responsibility and his van that he voluntarily extended his hours until he was working for us full time. He kept the warehouse smart and well stocked without being asked. Ever cheerful, 100% reliable and just a lovely person to be around. We will miss him enormously, as will our many customers who had dealings with him. He adored his family and, with his wife, spent Christmas every year with them in Australia. He lived for those two months – happily given by us as he worked so hard for the remainder of the year. Charlie was one of those rare breeds, a ‘doer’ and was forever finding odd jobs that needed doing, even the MD’s garden in the Summer. Charlie's unexpected death is a sad blow to our close-knit company. We will do our level best to maintain our hard-won reputation for prompt attention and delivery but please have patience if there is some short-term variance from our usual standards.Laying-M116-interlocking-mats

POSTSCRIPT to ‘The Diary of a Dog’

Bandit Diary of a DogAs some time has passed since my great scribble project, I am sure you’d like to know the current state of play. Well, first of all, spring still hasn’t arrived, even though British Summer Time has; and even the swallows have returned! The winds have been icier and more cutting than in January, and it is always raining, and if it’s not, then it’s drizzling. Yuk!

I feel so healthy and full of beans that it’s spurt or bounce everywhere, and it’s up and out at every opportunity. I can even, finally, run Willow into the ground. In the rear department, my tail usually resembles a demented windscreen wiper. Of course, it goes without saying that my face is constantly split in half with a smile, for life just couldn’t be better. Our bundles, always instigated by me I might add, are really energetic; and we’ve taken to sharing our beds.

Wills has given up mining and taken to hunting instead. Her main areas are the canyon behind the stables and the laurel hedge: her bag to date being five bunnies. That hedge is worrying Bertie, for it is the Belgium to his Maginot Line onto the road, and he gets very twitchy.  Incidentally, he’s still not twigged how I can get through the front gate defences.

Rather like the bog rolls of yore, I’ve taken to gardening. The warehouseman is bashing into it for its annual wash and brush up, and the quad bike is working overtime. He doesn’t seem to appreciate my efforts to help a little bit. In fact, he gets quite shirty; but, happily, it’s Wills who gets the flak. These being a classic case of “give a dog a bad name” of course.

It goes without saying that the change of times is playing havoc with my toilet arrangements.

No more crashing into the board fence either, for the adventurous pussy cat, who caused us such angst, was wandering in the road and a car ran it over. That’s one aggravation less for the other is too timid to venture out alone.

Domestically, we still ricochet from one disaster to the next; the latest being yet another go at cooking tapioca - when the precious and irreplaceable little blue Poole Pottery container shattered in the intense heat of the top oven. He followed that by making a second batch, which came out all lumpy. He’ll never learn, of course, he’s too senile for that, and why this perseverance with tapioca I ask? He decided that the printer had shot it, so bought a new one, but then the old one got over its sulk, and is now working again, but only AFTER he’d unpacked the new one and burnt all the packaging! He did turn over the utility room and, like Dr. Livingston, finally located the source of the worst icicle though. The remaining one is a mere zephyr.

On the squeaky ball front, there was an atmosphere so Bertie bought Willow one. It’s smaller, squeakier and ovoid-shaped – just perfect to take for an extended run which I do all the time; for Wills may well snarl but she’ll never actually fight for it – so there’s now even more of an atmosphere.

Yesterday I took it for our morning walk and it obviously loved the burn-ups, for it squeaked away like mad all the time. Then he pulled a fast one on us by buying her an even nicer squeaking bone which, obviously, I instantly purloined. Now there is a dilemma which squeaky to claim? Think I’ll leave her the ovoid and concentrate on the bone; or perhaps the bone and let her have the ovoid. Wills is being very difficult about the whole thing. The original squeaky ball, of course, is absolutely last week and lying unloved in a corner of the kitchen.

Well, that’s about it Ta ta.


Diary of a Dog

The Diary of a Dog by Bandit, illustrated by Viv Levy and transcribed by Robert Powell charts the day to day happenings of a retired greyhound as he settles into a domestic life, as seen through his eyes.

Available direct from our web store.

Helping you Spring Clean with Products from Fieldguard

Spring time is always a good time to clean out your stables and yards. At Fieldguard we have two top products to help ease the workload.


£18.00 each (exc. VAT and delivery)Our Gripper Mat Mover Tool, literally does help ease the workload by making the arduous task of moving mats much easier and much quicker. We recommend using two Gripper Mat Movers when moving heavy items in order to get maximum benefit whatever your size.The Gripper, which has featured in Horse and Rider, is a single hand positive grip, positive release handle that is ideal for moving flat, heavy objects, such as rubber mats, carpets, sacks, heavy bags, tarpaulins and covers where a finger grip is usually the norm. Because The Gripper allows full hand grip rather than finger grip, it is an invaluable tool to enable even the slightest person to manoeuvre heavy, often wet and smelly, mats with relative ease. It is an invaluable tool when cleaning messy stables, for it makes single handed manoeuvring of the mats possible. No more strained backs or painfully tired hands as you struggle to keep a grip when moving them on your own.The Gripper has a pull strain of 200kgs, so is capable of moving the heaviest of mats and carpets.


Green Gloop Cleaning Fluid is a concentrated detergent, disinfectant and deodoriser that is harmless to all animals and fowl. With a pleasant floral odour, it is also environment friendly.Green Gloop Cleaning Fluid was originally formulated as an ammonia neutralising liquid and germicide specifically for equine use. It is now used in dog kennels, runs and yards as well as with many other animals and fowl where 100% cleanliness is essential. It exceeds the specification, and so has been certified to EN 14349:2012 as being a suitable disinfectant and germicide for veterinary use on non-porous surfaces. Green Gloop is available NOW direct from Fieldguard2 Litre Bottle (£7.10/Litre) £14.20 (exc. VAT and delivery)8 x 2 Litre Bottles (£6.13/Litre) £98.00 (exc. VAT and delivery)25 Litre Container (£5.20/Litre) £130.00 (exc. VAT and delivery)


Large Coir Door MatLarge Coir Door Mat MR50 £10.50 (exc. VAT and delivery)This large attractive coir door mat with an etched horse head design is ideal for doorways, entrance porches, tack rooms, public halls, offices, shops, workshops and anywhere where a tough dirt and moisture preventative mat is required.

Fieldguard chooses TNT as new delivery partner

Pete from TNT

Pete from TNT will be collecting every order you place with us from now on

For the past twenty years, we have had a very happy relationship with Interlink who have all our next day Courier shipments.However, like any marriage, there have been ups and downs. Now we have been forced to change delivery partners, as they are no longer able to carry liquids, meaning they no longer accept shipments of Green Gloop. As Green Gloop accounts for around 30% of all courier shipments the divorce was inevitable.Step forward a knight in shining armour – in the guise of TNT, who are very happy to ship liquids on our behalf so we are now using them for all our Courier deliveries – primarily fence, Gloop, plastic mesh, anti-cast, ramp, and EVA mat deliveries.Whilst we are able to track shipments, it would be most helpful if customers would give us feedback as to their experience on the service provided to them by TNT for the next few weeks.