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Welcome to my blog.... This is were I will be posting about all the things that go on in my world. I will be sharing photos, information etc and anything else I find interesting. This blog is linked to my website The House Of Genista."Genista" is pronounced "Jennista" with a J but spelt with a G. I am a teddy bear artist. I design and create collectible mohair "Genista Bears", needlefelted bears and other animals. If you have an interest in seeing any of my work please check out this blog, my other blogs "The House Of Genista Bear Studio" or visit my website. Links for other blogs and website are below.... Please enjoy your visit with us and become a follower if you enjoyed your visit. Leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you....... Hugs Hillary Rose THE HOUSE OF GENISTA

Wednesday, 29 June 2011



Please meet "Cloud" a new "Genista Bear" who is just under 10 inches tall and has been created from a beautiful Schulte dense blue mohair with co-ordinating mohair paw pads. "Cloud" is fully cotter pin jointed, poly filled, black German glass eyes, needle felted nose/snout. He can stand on his own unaided using his big bulky feet and his pot belly.
"Cloud" comes complete with his blue wooly stripey pixie hat to keep him warm.
He is now on my website and in my Etsy Shop!
I hope you like him!!

Beary Hugs

"Ruben" - Vintage Dreams

"Ruban" in orange waistcoat

Here we have "Ruben", another Ted in my "Vintage Dreams" Collection. Standing at 14 inches tall Ruben has been handcrafted from a lovely soft cream quality mohair with co-ordinating ultrasuede paw pads. Black boot button glass eyes, black embroidered nose, poly filled with some steel shot for extra weight, fully jointed. "Ruben" has been gently aged to give him a soft worn look, and a look that he has been repaired in places. he comes wearing his lovely old wooly waistcoat to keep his old bones warm. There is a choice of waistcoats with Ruben, you can have him with either his cream or his orange waistcoat. "Ruben" is a traditional looking bear, as are all my "Vintage Dreams" Teddy Bears and he is a solid boy of a substantial weight.
"Ruben" is now on my website and in my Etsy Shop

"Ruban" in cream waistcoat
"Ruban" in the fur
I hope you like him!

Beary Hugs

Tuesday, 28 June 2011


Please meet Mabel from my "Vintage Dreams" collection.

Mabel Front

A traditional looking little Ted, Mabel is just a tad under 10 ins/25.4cms tall. She has been created from a lovely quality spice colour mohair with co-ordinating wool felt paw pads. She has button eyes and a worn cotton nose. Mabel is fully traditionally hardwood and cotter pin jointed, polyfilled. I have gently aged Mable to give her a pretty worn look. She is wearing two gold bells on a leather cord around her neck. She is now on my website and in my Etsy shop!

Mabel back

Mabel side

Hope you like her!

Beary Hugs

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Casper Home And Doing Well

Casper after his knee surgery

Casper is now back home with us and doing very well after the surgery on his left knee. Just to update you, the response we have had from Caspers breeders (Fallowfen Gundogs) has been very derisary, I cannot go into details at the moment for legal reasons, but we are not happy with the outcome or their attitude, so a formal letter is going out today and we have been told that we have a good case to be represented in court, so unless anything changes e.g. a better offer, it looks like that is the road we will be going down.
I also intend to start a campaign/petition as we feel that breeding puppies with genetical problems must stop here and now, (especially by breeders accredited by The Kennel Club). We do not want to see any more puppies have to suffer with Caspers conditions. We have been in touch with The Kennel Club and are awaiting a response from them.

We took all the precautions we could before purchasing Casper. He was purchased from a breeder accredited by The Kennel Club, parents had good hip and eye scores (means nothing), we went all the way to Nottingham to get him to ensure (or so we thought) that we were getting a puppy with no genetical problems. So what went wrong? This is what we need to campaign about, to ensure this does not happen again to anyone else. I have been a campaigner for animals for many years, petitioning, standing outside with banners in the rain and so on, no matter what the distance, so I'm an old hand at this and  like a dog with a bone when I feel something is wrong especially concerning animals. Casper is "My Baby"so you can understand why I am so angry and upset about the whole situation and the way we have been treated.

Casper is feeling much better every day now thankfully, but it is going to be a long old haul to get him walking properly like any other normal dog. As I said in a previous post he has to have his right knee operated on in around 6 weeks (same as this op), and then there are both hips to be replaced one at a time. He's a tough old "Chocolate Pudding" and we are very proud of him and wouldn't change him for the world. Our vet has said that after all the surgery has been completed he should be able to walk and run like any other dog, so I'm looking forward to that. But we should not have to pay £12,000 for our dog to be able to walk properly because of bad genetical breeding.  And, more importantly Casper should not have to go through all of this. We will do it, because we love the bones of him.

I will let you know when my campaign is online so you can pop along and show your support, and have your say if you would like to.
 Please let me know your opinion on buying a dog for £600 and then having to spend £12,000 for him to walk properly! Is that fair? Should the breeder be liable as it is a genetical problem (diagnosed by the age of 6 months) or should we have to bear the full cost of the treatment?

Beary Hugs

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Surgery Today

Casper a few days ago at the caravan

Casper, my beautiful Chocolate Labrador, is  in Bristol at the moment with his Orthopaedic Surgeon, having surgery on his left knee (Luxating Patella). He will have the right one done in 2 to 3 months. Unfortunately we had to leave him in Bristol untill tomorrow as he has to have a tube in to drain the fluid off, but hopefully we will be able to pick him up and bring him home tomorrow, after he has had an assessment.
As for his hip dysplasia, the  x-rays were done on his hips also and they are what is known as "Floating", they are not in the socket. His bones are all in good shape but his hip problem is going to have to be sorted also in the near future. Looks like a total hip replacement for him after all. We were hoping that by the time he reached 18 months that things may have changed but that is looking very unlikely now. He is 15 months old now and nothing has changed so it's unlikely, unless a miracle happens.
We telephoned a little while ago and Casper is now out of surgery and looks like the operation was successful. A groove was cut into his bone for the kneecap to sit in and also they had to pin it together. The vet says that it is now very strong. He will be recovering for at least 6 weeks, no walks etc in that time and will probably have the right knee done (same thing) in 2 - 3 months depending on recovery. After that he will be having a total hip replacement, one side at a time with about 3 months recovery for each side.
We will just be glad to have him back home. I am so far behind with my bear work and art but Casper has to come first. My new designs are all but finished, it's just having the time now to put them all together. Some are nearly completed, just bits and pieces to do so I am hoping to get on with them whilst Casper recouperates. I do have a completed bear that I will be putting on in the next few days, just have to photograph him when we get some sunshine, but he is not from my new designs.
Early start in the morning so I am off for an early night.

Beary Hugs