Work Hard, Play Hard! 💪🏼❤️

Have we ever told you we adore spending our spare time building jigsaws? 🧩

Well, this is the case! In the last six years we worked hard to make Petissimo the dynamic and appreciated business it is now. We started from scratch, moved by passion for animals and their world! But in the last few years we have started to realise the importance of balance between work and spare time.

As with a lot of freelance people, we spent our initial years with days full of thoughts, ideas and plans! We lived with the impression it was never enough what we were doing to develop our ‘brand’ and showcase our work! When you also consider Paul moved down Manchester a few years before my 2013 arrival in London, the level of stress has reached top levels at times…

The past couple of years have made us able to see our lives from different perspectives. Partly of course, due to the array of interesting people we have met and worked with, who totally trusted and loved our work and professionalism, and partly because life must also contain fun, reflection and relaxation (definitely needed to produce fresh and original graphics!).

So, building jigsaws has become one of our favourite pastimes. Not only a mental challenge, but one to find more space on the wall for a new frame!

Koi fish

What have you found that helps takes your mind away from work and the other difficulties life throws at us?



So it’s that time of year again!  We get very excited in the build up to Crufts, here at Petissimo (well apart from the cats).  It is lovely to be able to put faces to email addresses, or social media accounts of pet businesses we have either worked for or follow and interact with.  This year we have been working with pet healthcare company Mark and Chappell markandchappell.comWe can’t wait to see one of Sabrina’s canvases on display in their portrait competition.  If you’re at Crufts and would like to win a portrait of your furbaby, head over to see them in Hall 5 Stand 79.

Then there are the many charities exhibiting at the show, with dogs doing amazing things!  Our particular favourite from last year being Canine Partners caninepartners.org.uk.  Their stand demonstrates the wonderful intelligence of dogs, assisting with all manner of tasks around the house, their partner finds challenging.  If you’re visiting Crufts, we would very much suggest going to meet them and watch the feats that Canine Partners dogs are capable of in Hall 2 Stand 84.

Obviously, Crufts is all about the dogs!  We absolutely love taking a stroll around and meeting all of the different breeds.  Paul’s ‘Top Dog’ at the moment, is the Bernese Mountain Dog, who are part of the working group.  He perhaps didn’t realise last year, when he lay down with them to cuddle for hours, he was taking the place of a queue of children!
Can’t wait…???



‘Mum was working hard today on some website, tweet, post or something, so I was bored…

Not sure if I was annoying her, but she decided to put me in the bag I used to sleep in a lot when I was a kitten.

Actually it’s pretty comfortable, so I decided to stay in the bag all day!’

Capu ❤️


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This is one of my favourite moments of the day!

I forget to do other things, sometimes to eat, but I never forget to kiss and cuddle my cats!

When I hug my cats I feel refreshed and energised! Ok, now a bit less refreshed, from when Cappuccio decided to spend a lot of time meowing and claiming attention whilst I was ‘hard at work’!

Like a true Burmese, he demands a lot of attention… Fortunately we are thinking of taking a third cat to give him someone to talk to!

Sabry ❤️