Katie Canvin and Muffin

Katie Canvin, owner of fashion boutique Austique and mother of two, chats to us about her Yorkie Poo Muffin and what it’s like to have a lively dog with young children. Kate Middleton take note!


What are you up to at the moment and how is the new shop going?

Working so hard on all areas of the business but focus is on Ledbury road, our underwear line Cheek Frills and our austique fashion label. The new shop has been doing so well, we feel very welcome in w11!

How old is Muffin and what breed?

She will be 2 on October 10th and is a Yorkie Poo. So very kind, very clever and full of energy!!!

What is it like having a dog and a new baby and how do they get on?

Sam the baby loves muffin and spends all day watching her. And she is extremely protective of Sam, I often find her asleep by his cot.

Katie - Austique

Do they play together?

No yet but it is just a matter of time, as soon as he starts to crawl muffin will have no peace!

How does Muffin get on with Constance?

Muffin gets little peace as it is, she and Connie spend all day playing together chasing each other either around the park or the house.

Do they all get on together?

They get on very well unless muffin eats one of Connie’s Barbie’s


Do you have any advice for people thinking of getting a puppy who have a baby/children? Any special challenges?

Definitely be careful that you have a dog that will be protective of a new baby rather than jealous, we were lucky but it is perhaps best to introduce the dog after the baby is born to the family.  We were lucky that muffin accepted Sam in to the family right away.

What do you especially love about Muffin?

That she is so amazing with Connie and Sam.

What do you especially love about the breed?

Their energy has good and bad sides, she is not tired even after two trips a day to the park but on the flip side she is completely boundless which is lovely to see.

What is on Muffin’s wish list from PetsPyjamas?

A new lead she is always eating through hers!


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