The genius of Furbo...

Ever wondered what your dog gets up to all day everyday? You may just think he or she paces around the room or sleeps for hours on end, but it’s only until you watch them, secretly, that you learn their habits.

Could you imagine doing this to a human? You wouldn’t get away with it. But pets are different. You want to know they are OK. That they are drinking, eating, and not chewing on your new sofa.

MEET YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND… FURBO!


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Can we just appreciate how well it fits with your lamps and other nic nacs? It’s so unassuming. One might think it’s one of those room air fresheners that pump out a spray every 3 minutes, but oh no! It’s a gateway to interacting with your dog when you’re not at home.

The people behind Furbo have worked with professional trainers and vets to develop the best technology and the most useful features to make this little machine the perfect device for dog owners.

Now, onto the fun bit: this is my dog, Dolly. She LOVES the treat function. Just a swipe up of the treat emoji at the bottom of the screen releases your chosen yummy snack (they have to be small and circular)…



There is also a talk function too, where you can speak to your dog. I’ve had to use it a couple of times… once where Dolly was climbing on the furniture to get onto a shelf. There was lots of screaming, and lots of treats being thrown, and eventually she came down. If we didn’t have the Furbo, there’d be smashed glass everywhere!

Sadly our other dog, Dhillon, HATES the talk function. He’s scared of it. He’ll run off and hide. But then again he is a very precious little dog!



The camera (1080px, 160 degree wide-angle view, 4x digital zoom) also has an LED night vision function… perfect for when your lamp timers go off! I have to admit though, in the dark you can see bright eyes, which is a tad scary, but at least you know they aren’t doing anything they shouldn’t be!

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By the way, all this can be done from your mobile phone (just download the app), 24/7. There’s a BARK function too, which you can set to be sensitive or less so, which sends a notification to your phone when they are barking. Or when the cleaner is using the hoover (don’t tell her!).

It’s all very convenient, and actually a life saver. To be communicado with your dogs is a genius move! If only they could talk back!

You can get the Furbo for £199 instead of £249 right now, which is a big saving!

See more, and get yourself one, here.

Written in collaboration with Furbo

White Stuff x Battersea Dogs & Cats Home...

Another charity collaboration for you to marvel at… this time, it’s with British retailer, White Stuff, and UK institution, Battersea Dogs & Cats home. And it’s oh-so-amazing!

The collection is full of amazing jumpers, tees and tops, and what we love about it is its fun factor: bright, colourful, full of energy. And the shoot! That poodle! The gorgeous cat! It all looks so great styled up.

Shame there isn’t any menswear, not sure why we were left out, but there’s lots for women and kids, and even a couple of cute matchy matchy looks too.

Take a look…

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PRAI x Wild At Heart collaboration...

It seems this blog is just overrun with charity collaborations, but we're OK with that! All for a good cause. And this one is a goody... Wild At Heart Foundation (WAHF) and PRAI Beauty have collaborated on one AMAZING product! 

Nikki Tibbles - florist and co-founder of WAHF, and Cathy Kangas - founder of PRAI Beauty, are both huge dog people. Between them they have 11 four-legged friends. Nikki is always off around the world offering neutering and rescue programmes for the stray dog population, and Cathy is on the board of the Humane Society doing all she can to help the rehoming structure in the USA. These ladies mean business! 

So they came together and have now launched this limited edition run of PRAI's best-selling Throat and Decolletage Creme, with the gorgeous crystal dog design. £5 from every sale will go directly to the WAHF to help fund their initiatives in Puerto Rico.

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On the PRAI Beauty site we are told about this product:

Our #1 Selling Product! This weightless créme developed specifically for the throat and décolletage helps to promote cell firmness and resiliency, while absorbing with minimal blending to avoid skin stretching. The number one selling formula is comprised of Sepilift DPHP™ to restore elasticity and support skin’s collagen. Shea butter, Hyaluronic Acid, Squalene and Glycerin keep skin supple and visibly reduce and correct the signs of aging.    

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Go on, treat yourself. And help some dogs! 

Find out more on the PRAI Beauty page here, and take a look at the WAHF website here. 

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Cathy, Nikki and some of Nikki's dogs

All images from Britishbeautyblogger.com

Fashion with compassion: TOLFA x Saira Hunjan T-shirt

It's so heartwarming to see such a spotlight on animal welfare at the moment, especially the whole plastic in our oceans crisis (see more here). Obviously anything dog related is specifically important to us too. 

Anyone else been watching Paul O'Grady's For The Love Of Dogs - India? There seems to be a massive problem with stray dogs in India, lots suffering from diseases and dehydration. But programes like Paul's, and charities like TOLFA (Tree Of Life For Animals), based in Rajasthan, are key to helping the issue in India. 

TOLFA is a rescue centre that works to eradicate rabies and to treat injured animals, as well as sterilize street dogs and rehome too. They have teamed up with amazing artist, Saira Hunjan, to create an exclusive T-shirt with all proceeds going to help rescued animals in India. 

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Saira, a renowned tattoo artist, has also worked with fashion brands Tod's, Orlebar Brown and Ettinger to create exclusive ranges using her intricate, delicate artwork that has been printed on bags and clothes, and etched into accessories. And now she has drawn this enchanting Indian inspired piece for this collaboration. 

"The magical TOLFA dog goddess is a reminder to see the divine in all. She helps to protect all that are guided to her for love and kindness. Under the Tree of Life, she gives shelter and nourishment. And from her heart she radiates the light to heal.” Says Saria. 

 This is such an amazing and important charity to support, so if you're feeling generous, please do click here to buy a T-shirt (starting from £10), and click here to see more about TOLFA.

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Dog Food Review: Nineteen 87

Here's the thing... we have two dogs: one who likes ALL, ANY, WHATEVER food (Dolly, the rescue), and the other (Dhillon) is fussy and particular, often turning his nose up at new tastes. Like a true diva. So when it comes to finding food they are both into, it gets tricky. 

Not that they both have to like the same food, but to be honest, it just makes life SO much easier.

When we are offered food to review I'm always nervous Dhillon will just turn his head, so tend not to take anyone up on the offer. But I had a feeling with Nineteen 87. I'd read some reviews before saying yes to reviewing, and it seemed to be favourable by lots of difficult pooches. 

THEY WEREN'T WRONG! DHILLON LOVES IT! 

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And the reason why Dhillon likes it: It's completely uncomplicated! 50% chicken, lamb, beef or salmon, some plants and extracts and some amazing vitamins and minerals to keep the dogs healthy. That's it! No nasties, no wheat, no maize, no rice. No fillers basically. 

I told you Dhillon is fussy! We can't really rely on Dolly for an honest review as she just gobbles up any food, however her tail is SUPER waggy when she's eating Nineteen 87. 

I wouldn't recommend any old food to you guys, but this one is a winner!

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Other little points are Nineteen 87:

  • The name is the year that Graham, the creator, started working in the pet food industry.
  • The kibble is the perfect size for all dogs.
  • The packaging is super lovely, with a little illustration by artist John Byrne, of his own dog, Mischa.
  • It's all baked, which locks in all the goodness.
  • And it's all made in Graham's bakery in St Asaph, Wales. 
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Santa Paws - Christmas market for dogs, coming soon!

About time too! Put Sunday 26th November in your diaries people... the lovely people at Fetch & Fellow, the ultra fab doggy lifestyle brand, have curated a special dog Christmas market. 

Taking place at Netil Market, E8 3EL, between 11-4pm, expect stalls showing off amazingly stylish dog accessories, artisan dog treats and even some human gifts too, obviously all with a puppy theme. Get ready to splash the cash!

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Some of the brands you'll be able to buy from on the day: Fetch & Fellow, Lead the Walk, Growlees and Edition 12. And food wise, there'll be doggy peanut butter from Neoh & nobo, treats from The Artisan Pet Deli and 'pupcakes' from Blues Bakery.

Pet photographer, Rachel Oates, will also be on hand if anyone fancies a cute Christmas family portrait taken in the special pop-up studio. 

And the best bit... a percentage of the stalls hire will be donated to London rescue charity All Dogs Matter. So go and spend to give back too! 

Check out the Facebook page here. 

Enjoy!

Some of the best dog treats...

When you've got one dog who is super picky with what he eats, and another who will literally eat anything, we've always got massive amounts of dog treats in the house. It's trial and error with Dhillon - nothing too chewy, nothing too hard - and with Dolly, well she'll literally eat anything! I do, however, want her consuming things that are good for her. (She is a rescue, and used to just eat the scraps from her old family's dinner!)

Pet shops and supermarkets are FULL with a million different varieties of treats, from hide chews to low-fat cheesy bites, but the minute you start to look further afield, to the new emerging brands doing slightly different things with treats, you find those really good ones. And good news, they're not bank-breaking, which is the first thing people think of with anything other than Pedigree. 

Check out some of the best treats I've found recently... 

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The Dog House Bedtime Biscuits

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There's no reason why I put this first, however anything that enhances sleep with Dolly is a plus. She likes to bark at night at the moment. Both dogs seem to LOVE these little bone-shaped biscuits. They contain flaxseed, camomile and pumpkin seed, and have no added artificial colourants, no added preservatives and no wheat and wheat gluten. 

Get them here. 

bybenji Training Treats

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Rescuing a five-year-old Dachshund is amazing, but it comes with its issues, the main one being that they are stubborn by nature, so hard to train. But Dolly responds really well to these little bits of heaven. They are made with the finest beef, and contain no nasties. Just meet. i wouldn't give them too many of these though, as they are so high in protein. A couple is fine. 

Get them here. 

Natures:Menu Real Meaty Treats

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These are another favourite of my two... they love them! Dhillon likes them because they are soft. They are made with 95% real meat, which is actually, strangely, quite unusual for dog treats. They come in this flavour and also beef and chicken. Dhillon used to be fed a raw food diet, so he loves anything that is really meaty. These are gluten free with no artificial flavours and colours. 

Get them here.

The Dog Treat Company

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It was only a matter of time until someone clever came up with the same concept as Graze for humans but for dogs. These little boxes, full of amazing, Devon-made treats, are pure brilliance! You can just buy a one off box (they also do little bags of treats and tins), or you can subscribe to have them delivered either every 21, 30 or 45 days. This is the big box, which is £12, the small boxes are £6.75 for a one time purchase. There are lots of options to chose from: treats for fur, eyes, chill out treats and a box for fussy pups (perfect for Dhillon!). They are quite hard, but Dhillon managed them well. The boxes come with a little pouch too, so you can empty the trays into the bags for easy use. 

Get them here.

Barkers grooming day out...

It was about this time last year that we took Dhillon the Dachshund to Barkers Muswell Hill for a little grooming session (don't panic, we DO take him more than once a year!). He loved the experience, we loved the outcome, it was great all round. (See it here)

So when Barkers got in touch again to see if Dhillon fancied a little cut and blow dry, he woofed at the chance! Difference this time is that he has a sister, Dolly! 

And Dolly is a rescue dog, so as far as we were concerned, this could have been her very first time at a groomers! She did have VERY hairy eyebrows and beard. We were nervous actually, who knows how dogs will act towards something/someone for the first time. But we knew she was in good hands with the Barkers lot - it was actually Tanya who dealt with Dolly, she cut Dhillon last time, and she made us feel really relaxed that everything was going to be fine. These guys are trained up to know how to handle every type of dog. 

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I'm pleased to say that Dolly was SO well behaved! She actually looked as though she was enjoying it! From the bath, to the dryer, she was so good! Dhillon is a good boy anyway, so we weren't concerned about him. (Above: this was after the cuts)

Both dogs had full grooms, pawdicures and a fresh breath treatment. They came out looking shiny, sparkly and cuter than ever! 

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Barkers offer lots of treatments at their dog spas: Bath and dry, nail clipping, cleansing tear stain treatment, even a deep sea mud bath. There really is something for everyone! 

And what's more, their extensive range of dog foods and treats (see the doggy frozen yogurt below), dog clothes, beds, lead, collars and toys is really really amazing! They have so much to choose from, it's hard to leave without a big bag of new stuff for your pooch. 

Dhilly and Dolly left with bags of treats, and new cuts to impress their four legged friends. 

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Check out all Barkers have to offer here. 

How dog-friendly are your locals?

The people over at Dog Buddy - the site making it easier to find the perfect dog sitter - have created this brilliant study all about the Great British pub and how dog-friendly they are. Based on 3000 dog owners, the findings lead to some interesting facts (over 30% still struggled to find a dog-friendly pub) and ultimately show that there might be some way to go before we can call ourselves a truly pup friendly nation. 

Dog Buddy have also started their own Dog Friendly Pub Awards off the back of this piece of research. You can now vote for your favourite watering hole. And if you don't know where your local is, they've made it even easier... just have a search here > www.dogbuddypubs.com.

Thank us, and them, later!

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Dog plates for everyone, from Anthropologie...

Because who doesn't love doggy crockery? 

Dachshund, pug, labrador, Anthropologie's amazing plate collection is the perfect thing for dog lovers. In bright, statement colours, these kitchen heroes are just so gorgeous. We popped into the store on Regent Street, London, and can confirm that they are even better in the flesh! 

They are designed by renowned doggy portrait painter, Sally Muir, who has dedicated her art career to painting amazing portraits of humans and animals, as well as stunning landscapes. You can get in touch with Sally here, she takes commissions too! 

So if you see your own breed, or even if you are just a dog admirer, make sure you get your order in quickly, they are selling fast! And take a look at the Dachshund server plate too, it's incredible! 

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Pet London Models...

Welcome to London's best pet model agency! 

I know I'm biased, but my mini Daxie, Dhillon, is the most handsome dog ever. All dog owners say the same, but it's true with him. He's a good looking pooch. So much so that when I got in touch with Pet London Models to see if they fancied representing him, they emailed back to ask him in for, what they call in the modelling world, a 'go see'. 

Side note: we went to see the PLM peeps on the hottest day of the year, right in the middle of the UK heat wave, hence why the pictures below of Dhillon all have his tongue hanging out. 

Pet London Models was founded in 2002 after the Director of the company saw first-hand the mistreatment of animals on shoots and sets. He wanted to change this, and his rule now is 'the animals come first'. 

From dogs to cats, birds to reptiles, and even horses, Pet London Models represent over 3000 pet models now, and some have featured in film, TV, adverts, magazine shoots (see this gorgeous cat editorial in Tatler magazine). Let's hope Dhillon makes it on the big screen soon! 

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Their client list, by the way, is super impressive: Harrods, ASOS, John Lewis, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Mulberry... the list goes on! 

If you think your pet could handle life in front of the lens, take a look at their site here. 

Good luck, and stay tuned for Dhillon updates! 

Dogs Trust Dog Of The Week...

MEET LOTTIE

Gentle giant Lottie, the Bull Mastiff (six-years-old) is a sweet-natured, sensitive girl with a huge heart who loves spending time with her human friends.

Being a shy girl, she is looking for new owners who can help her to settle in and get used to her new environment at her own pace. Lottie does have slightly impaired eyesight so is looking for a calm, adult-only home where she can feel comfortable.

Lottie is full of fun and has a lot of love to give but is looking for someone who can visit the centre multiple times so she can get to know you first. As long as you have a tasty treat and take things slowly, you’ll have a friend for life.

If you think lovely Lottie is the dog for you then please call Dogs Trust Salisbury on 0300 303 0292 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk

Dogs Trust Dog Of The Week - JASPER...

MEET JASPER

Jasper is a sensitive chap who adores human interaction once he knows you. Building a bond with him will be truly worthwhile, as once he knows you he will be a loyal and loving best friend.

Five-year-old Jasper has a playful character and is partial to a game of fetch. He would like a garden of his own so he could spend time with his family playing outdoors.

This endearing Crossbreed is looking for loving owners in a quiet location with minimal visitors. Jasper much prefers the company of his two-legged friends and would like to be the only pet in the household. He can live with teenagers over the age of 16 years.

If you think you could be Jasper’s ‘pawfect’ match, please contact Dogs Trust Shoreham on 0300 303 0292 or visitwww.dogstrust.org.uk.

Dogs Trust Shoreham is situated at Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5LT.

Dogs Trust Dog Of The Week

MEET BULLET

Beautiful Bullet is an inquisitive chap who loves meeting two and four-legged friends. This 18-month-old fawn-coloured Lurcher loves a cuddle and will sweetly lean in for a fuss, once he has got to know you.

Jenny Hopkins, Assistant Manager at Dogs Trust Newbury, said:

“Bullet is such a fun companion who adores playing with toys and running around with human and canine chums alike. After an exciting day of walkies and letting off steam with a good run, he loves to settle down for snuggles. Although he enjoys playing with doggy pals while out and about, he would prefer to be the only dog in the household so that he has his toys and fuss all to himself!

“Bubbly Bullet would love his adopter to build up time left gradually. He would like to live with children aged 11 years and over; however he can’t live with cats or small furries. A secure garden is a must, so he can run around to his heart’s content.”

If you would like Bullet to shoot straight into your life, please call Dogs Trust Newbury on 0300 303 0292 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk for more information.


Dogs Trust Dog Of The Week...

MEET HUDSON

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Hudson is a bouncy young Terrier full of energy and fun. He adores his toys and is really sociable with other dogs and will play all day long if he could!

He does need a home with people who are able to give him time and space to settle in, and then continue his basic training once he is feeling more secure. He can be a little anxious with new people so his new owners will need to recognise when he’s feeling nervous and help him to build his confidence without rushing him into new situations.

Hudson could potentially live with older children over the age of 14 and with dogs. Once he’s settled he’ll make a great family pet.

If you would like to find out more about Hudson please contact Dogs Trust on 0300 303 0292 and the team at Dogs Trust Evesham can answer any questions.

Dogs Trust Dog Of The Week...

MEET ROCCO

Age: 8
Breed: German Short Haired Pointer

Rocco arrived at Dogs Trust Leeds shortly after New Year after unfortunately his owner’s work commitments meant they could no longer give him the time and attention this older gentleman enjoys.

Despite being a middle-aged pooch he is still really active and will happily walk for miles. He loves playing hide and seek with his toys and two-legged friends too! But when he’s had the chance to burn off his energy, he loves nothing more than curling up in a comfy bed.

He can be a little shy at first and hides his true personality but once he knows you, he is a loving canine companion. He can live with teenage children but would prefer to be the centre of attention as the only dog in the home.

If you think you could offer Rocco his forever home, please call the centre on 0300 303 0292 or visit her at Dogs Trust Leeds, Woodlands Farm, York Road, Leeds, LS15 4NL. You can also find out more at www.dogstrust.org.uk

 

MEATliquor and its charity hot dogs...

For anyone who loves meat, you've probably been to one of the many MEATliquor restaurants around the UK. And now, thanks to their charity hot dog - the Littlest Hobo - you can enjoy the meat, and give something back to! 

Throughout March, April and May, MEATliquor will give £1 to local dog charities from every Littlest Hobo sold - in London, it's Battersea Dogs Home. What's more, there is a dedicated doggy cocktail menu too: A St. Bernard (brandy, black cherry liqueur, lemon juice), Copper Dog (whisky, plum bitters) and Lassie Lassi (vodka, greek yogurt and more goodness) among many. 

AND what's more, the little black and tan Dachshund in the pictures is our very own Dhillon! He was asked to model in the campaign by the people at MEATliquor, and jumped at the chance when we heard it was for charity! 

Find Dhillon on Instagram @dhillythedaxie, and his friend @ziggythesausagedog. 

Enjoy a hot dog if you go to one of the MEATliquor restaurants! Why not eat two, and give more back!? 

Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs is AMAZING!

News reaches us that the people at Nissan have released a prototype of a brand new car that caters VERY WELL for our four legged friends! 

The Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs is essentially a family car, but with lots of built-in features to help the furry family member be more comfortable, and to ensure those muddy walks are taken care of. 

Think: a ramp so you don't have to get dirty and wet lifting them up, a camera linking the boot with the front so you can see and speak to the dog, treat dispenser, no-spill water bowl, drying system, bed, and a very chic quilted leather interior. 

Take a look at this video to see how it all works...

We're not sure when it will come out, or even if it will actually be manufactured, OR how much it will be, but what we do know is is that it's PAWFECT for everyone with a dog! 

Who wants in on the waiting list?