Raw Feeding: DIY or completes?

Since bringing Colin home as an 8 week old puppy we have been a raw fed household. As someone who knew admittedly little to nothing about raw feeding before I decided to bring Colin home, I was absolutely terrified that somehow he would not get all the nutrients he needed and so, I decided to feed him complete minces. Complete minces are available directly from a number of different companies (our favourites are Poppy’s Picnic and Benyfit Natural) and many pet stores, including Pets and Home and Pets Corner are beginning to stock a variety of raw food. It is an incredibly easy way to feed raw without worrying that you’re missing any vital elements whilst still seeing most of the benefits of a raw diet (more on this later!).

Although I was very happy feeding complete raw meals, I have always wanted to have a go at preparing my own meals for Colin and Rhapsody. It took me joining the Facebook group ‘Rants of Raw Fed Dogs‘ last month to finally convince me to give it a go. But I was still worried that I would miss something and would end up causing the dogs to have some kind of deficiency. Thankfully, Aniforte have the answer to this – their BARF complete supplement mix! The supplement contains all the essential nutrients and minerals essential for a health life. These include; eco-marine algae, malt germ, brewer’s yeast, seaweed meal, natural eggshell powder, flaxseed flour and a herb mix with milk thistle fruits, nettle leaves, blackberry leaves, chamomile and dandelion root. Armed with the knowledge that I knew I would be covering all the bases I decided to give it a go!

The basic rules for DIY prey-model raw feeding as as follows:

  • 80% muscle meat (heart, lung, stomach and intestines all come under this category)
  • 10% bone
  • 10% organs (half of which should be liver, half other such as kidney, brain, spleen, etc.)

The biggest challenge for me was working out the bone content. All raw feeders will tell you that if the bone content isn’t right, you will know about it as your dogs’ poos will be far too soft. As most bones are within muscle meat it can be a struggle to work out how much they need to make up the 10% bone requires, luckily Perfectly Rawsome has an awesome resource which tells you what percentage of each food item is bone.

Let’s do the maths. Colin eats 300g of food per day. Which means he needs 30g of bone to keep everything running smoothly, all good so far. Let’s say I am going to use chicken wings to make up the bone content in his meal. Chicken wings are 46% bone. To work out how many grams of chicken wings he would need I divide 30 by 0.46 which tells me he needs 65.2g of chicken wings to make sure he gets his 10% bone. If I were using a cut with less bone, for example chicken thigh which is only 21% bone I would need more to make up the bone content, 30 divided by 0.21 = 142.9g. Phew. Hard bit done. I have been preparing multiple meals at once and then freezing in portions so that I don’t have to think about these things every day, for my two I can prepare a weeks worth of meals in under an hour.

Ok, so let’s say I have 65.2g of chicken wings in each of our bowl/tubs for Colin’s meals. Next I would add the organ meat. I cheated slightly on this one (yes, I know, not totally DIY) and use a pre-made “Just Offal” mix from Nutriment as honestly I hate handing raw meat and organs are just a step too far for me at the moment. Anyway, I would add 30g of the offal mixture to each bowl or tub and then I top it up to 300g using muscle meat.

Before serving each meal I would then add supplements on top of the meals I had prepared. Both dogs get Aniforte Salmon Oil and the Aniforte BARF supplement granules mixed in with their meat and Rhapsody also gets Aniforte Green-Lipped Mussel Powder for her joints. For more information on the reasons we use the other supplements, please check out our previous blog post on them!

In a raw diet it is important to feed a range of different proteins, I rotate ours with my weekly meal prep as well as trying to feed a range in every meal. Currently in our freezer we have chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, salmon, veal, venison, sprats, duck and pork all of which the dogs get on a regular basis. Occasionally our local farm shop also has more exciting meats in stock such as pheasant and rabbit so the dogs do sometimes get treated to those too!

Example bowls; chicken necks, salmon, pork mince, chicken hearts, veal offal plus supplements.

My dogs are always super keen for their dinner and, of course, nothing has changed since I swapped them onto their new DIY diet. The main benefit I have noticed of feeding a DIY diet over the complete minces is that both of their teeth have improved dramatically just from having bones every day. Unfortunately if you only feed completes you will not get the same oral health benefit! In the long term, I am fully aware that I will not always have the time/energy to prepare their meals myself so I will endeavour to find a healthy balance between convenient completes and DIY meals, mainly for the oral health benefits.

This post was kindly sponsored by Aniforte UK, all views and opinions remain our own despite this partnership. 


Small Business Spotlight: The Distinguished Dog Company


Apologies for our brief Small Business hiatus, we are in the process of moving back in with my parents until we take over our Army quarters after the wedding in January so it’s been chaotic around here to say the least! I wanted to squeeze one more in before Christmas, purely because some the items we received would make perfect Christmas presents! We first met The Distinguished Dog Company at Pup Aid at the end of the summer, we caught them just as they were packing up and only managed to sneak a small peak at the goodies they had on display! When we arrived home we looked them up and I just knew we HAD to share their products with you all! Here to tell you a little more about The DD Company is owner, Tracey.

What was the inspiration behind The Distinguished Dog Company?

Mr Gatsby, our Lhasa Apso was the inspiration for the brand. When we got married we knew that he would be the star of the wedding and wanted him to feel dapper amongst the groomsmen. At the time I couldn’t find anything for him to wear that fitted with the style of the wedding and ended up importing something for him. After the wedding madness I decided to make him a bow tie, on his first walk with it on he had a certain swagger about him, so I made him some more and the idea developed from there! All of the accessories are about the dog feeling the bees-knees in what they are wearing.

Mr Gatsby himself

What makes your dog accessories stand out from others?

There are some amazing brands in the UK and further afield that create wonderful pieces, but the one thing that I always go back to when I am developing a new product is that it needs to be better than a human would wear/ use/ eat/ have.  I am also really passionate about sustainable fashion and keeping production local so everything is make here in the UK, mostly in Devon where I am based- I think that adds to the passion that goes into each piece.  

What is your best selling item?

This is a tough one as it depends on the time of year and over the past three – four months I have been collaborating with artisans to bring to life completely new products that I have only soft launched at events so there is not a true gauge on those yet. Let’s say that everyone loves a bow tie at Christmas!

Which is your personal favourite item?

Oooo I can’t hone it down to one. I love each and every one of the bow ties and neckerchiefs that go to dapper dogs all over the world as I make each of them myself from scratch, but then there is also nothing better than seeing something that I have imagined and designed be brought to life by an expert and working with them to perfect something wonderful.

Do you have any exciting Christmas items at the moment?

Our ever popular Luxe Velvet bow ties are a firm favourite at Christmas time, and this year I also launched a beautiful hand-knitted Christmas jumper which is stylish and cozy and has been very popular.  

What does 2018 hold for DD company?

There is a lot going on. I will be developing the bow tie collection which will also include bespoke wedding bow ties and an entire collection made using short-run tweeds,  the Colynes Leather Collar and Lead will be launching on the website (a collaboration between myself and an incredible leather worker in South Devon, made using Oak Bark Tanned leather tanned here in Devon- it is incredible and built to last) the knitwear collection will be expanding and I have a whole new collection of stylish hand-made toys in the initial concept stage at the moment so lots going on!

Doodle Review: The Distinguished Dog Company Bow Ties and Neckerchief

Blogger mail is exciting at the best of times but when a surprise box arrives the excitement reaches new levels in our house! Even The DD Co. packaging is exciting! Everything is beautifully packed in recyclable materials, we love a company that produces luxury products whilst maintaining environmentally friendly standards. We also love to support companies that are based in the UK and all The DD Company products are made in Devon (on the South coast of England for any of our international readers!).

The first item inside our beautiful box (which Mum has decided to keep to store our extensive bow tie collection) was a gorgeous neckerchief, otherwise known as a bandana to less fancy folk. Tracey kindly sent us the Wonderment Luxury Dog Neckerchief which is part of their latest neckerchief collection, matching bow ties are also available. The front side of the neckerchief is a beautiful, luxuriously silky Liberty fabric with a lovely Alice in Wonderland feel to it, backed with an electric blue soft jersey cotton. This neckerchief has a true luxury feel, all the way down to the leather The DD Co. tag carefully fixed on the corner. These neckerchiefs are a classic tie-on design and are available in three sizes to suit dogs of all sizes, Rhapsody wears a size Small and The DD Company neckerchiefs start at £18.50.

Our box also contained two more, smaller boxes, intriguing right? Inside these boxes were the most beautiful velvet bow ties we’ve even seen, Mum had to check they weren’t actually for humans! Tracey has chosen matching Purple Pomp Velvet Luxe Bow Ties for us and they are just to die for. The buttery soft velvet is luxurious beyond belief (and yes, we need to learn some more synonyms for luxurious!) and is just perfect for the festive season! The bows slide easily onto any collars (up to 3cm wide) and have two elastic loops to secure them which means they sit impeccably at all times, no floppy bow ties here!

We thought we’d test our bows and decided to take them on a little London adventure, we got absolutely soaked but the great British weather but the bow ties still looked perfect for our afternoon tea bus tour. We can therefore confirm that although they seem too beautiful to actually wear, they can withstand a fair amount of adventure! The velvet bow tie collection from The DD Company start at £15.50 and are available in two sizes, both Colin and Rhapsody wear a size small.

The Distinguished Dog Company also make other goodies for both dogs and humans! We personally love their human Walkies jumper and their wonderful gift boxes would make the perfect present for any pooch this Christmas! You can check out the whole range on their website here and you can also follow them on Facebook,Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news, products and cute photos of all their customers looks perfectly distinguished!

Doodles on the Road: Greenbank Barns

Welcome all to our brand new feature; Doodles on the Road! We are thrilled to be beginning our foray into dog-friendly travel, it is something I have been interested in doing for a while. We’ve been living vicariously through our friends’ Instagram pages, specifically Lily and Sev (@spaniellife) and Alfie (@_alfiebear for some time so, when we were offered a trip to Yorkshire by Holiday at Home I’m fairly sure I actually jumped at the chance! Our base for the trip was the lovely Greenbank Barns located in North Yorkshire and we were thrilled to share this trip with Steph and her two gorgeous Cocker Spaniels, Sev and Lily who also have their own blog at www.stephandthespaniels.com.



Greenbank Barns are located less than 10 miles from the A1(M), just off the A66, making them easily accessible from both the north and south.  The nearest town is Barnard Castle which has everything you’d need, from bakeries and supermarkets to small, local shops. The Yorkshire Dale are just to the south and the Lake District is less than an hour to the west, both areas are fabulous for walking and not to be missed when you have four-legged friends ready for adventures! Highlights for us included a day in Ullswater in the Lake District and Brimham Rocks in the Yorkshire Dales. The National Trust is a fabulous resource for planning day trips and almost guarantee beautiful views and a tea room!

Local Food and Drink

The Greenbank Barns are set up as self-catering accommodation, with fully equipped kitchens, there is really no need to spend lots of money eating out! That said, sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking and thankfully, for such evenings, there is a lovely pub/restaurant called Fox Hall Inn less than a miles away that is dog-friendly and serves great food. The dogs were made to feel extremely welcome, there was even a doggy menu with handmade biscuits and dog beer! Fox Hall Inn also does take-away fish & chips should you prefer to eat in the comfort of your barn.

The Barn

We stayed in Shorthorn, the smallest of the Greenbank Barns, which boast an impressive 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a spacious downstairs entertaining area comprising a kitchen/dining room, a lounge and a games room. Shorthorn can sleep up to 8 adults with additional beds and cots available for children under 10 on request. All the bedrooms are spacious and beautifully decorated, light and fresh and all but one have their own equally lovely en-suites.

The whole of the ground floor is set up perfectly for entertaining, as well as the Foosball table, there are board games to keep any children in the party amused as well as two Smart TVs for those occasional rainy days. For such a huge expanse of space, the lounge and games room felt remarkably cosy with a lovely country house feel about them and lots of unique, statement furnishings. One of the highlights for me was the log burner in the lounge, it was much appreciated when we returned with numb extremities from our long walks! The kitchen in Shorthorn was the dream for someone like me who loves to cook, stocked with everything you could even need, even if you decided to host a dinner party!

The outdoor dining and BBQ area, although use minimally by us due to the drastic drop in temperature the week we visited, would be perfect for al fresco dining in the warmer summer months. We did manage to take advantage of the hot tub once on our trip, looking out over the Dales from within the warmth and comfort was exceptionally beautiful.


The dog were allowed free roam of the downstairs of the house however they were not allowed in the bedrooms or on any of the furniture. There was a lovely, warm utility room on the ground floor with two large dog beds provided so there was no need for us to transport ours hundred of miles! All the barns had a spacious outside area which was great for the dogs to run around and expend some energy but they were not enclosed so if you have a dog without a solid recall or one that likes to wander you would have to keep them on a lead.  It is also worth noting that the barns usually have a two dog maximum.

We hope you enjoyed our first edition of Doodles on the Road, we had such an amazing week away with our friends at Greenbank Barns and can’t wait for our next adventure!

Small Business Spotlight: Slumbering Hound

For this week’s Small Business Spotlight we have the wonderful Slumbering Hound for you all. Run by the lovely Dee, Slumbering Hound make a range of dog beds, blankets, cushions and other doggy (and human) items for the home. Here to tell you more about her fabulous company is the lady herself, Dee.

Thank you for joining us! First off, what was the inspiration behind Slumbering Hound?

The inspiration for slumbering Hound is my Rescue Greyhound, Aston. We were lucky enough to adopt him from Kent Greyhound Rescue three years ago. I had been looking into beds and blankets for him in the run up to the adoption and decided, having looked at many, to make my own for him. I was also invited to be part of a local Pop-up collaboration with a group of makers and artists and initially thought I would not have a product to sell, but after an enthusiastic response from friends and family about the things I had made for them and Aston, it gave me the confidence to put a small collection together to sell in the shop. Further interest and encouragement have allowed me to expand Slumbering Hound, especially in the last 18 months, and it has become something I am incredibly proud of.

What sets you apart from other dog beds/blankets?

I have always been of the opinion that bedding and blankets etc for dogs, should not only be comfortable and practical for the dog, but also to compliment the owners home and not be an eyesore in the corner. The fabrics are all carefully chosen to compliment any interior and I am passionate about having cushions and accessories that you are proud to display in your home, that are cosy and comfortable for your dogs and that can be personalised to the clients requirements. I hand-make every item and pride myself on my attention to detail , customer service and providing my clients with exactly what they want for their hounds and homes.

Which is your most popular item?

My most popular products are my Snuggle Sacks. My Snuggle Sacks are handmade from a super soft velour fleece and lined with cosy Sherpa fleece to keep your hound toasty. They are fully washable at 30 degrees and dry quickly. They also have hidden seams for comfort and are generously proportioned. Snuggle Sacks are available in three sizes and are perfect for chillier months at home, camping trips and travelling, even the humans want one!

What is your personal favourite item you make?

My personal favourites are my Personalised Dog Bed Cushions, as that was the first product that I made for Aston. I love seeing photos of dogs slumbering away on theirs, and knowing that theirs is one of a kind. It has been great for me to be able to make improvements to these along the way, by adding the contrast ribbon back and having my own inserts made specially for me, but still managing to retain the essence of  what started it all.

Do you have any exciting Christmas products for the festive season?

I love Christmas and have sourced some gorgeous fabrics for my Festive/winter bandanas. I like the fact that they evoke a feeling of Christmas, but can be worn throughout the season. I love finding new fabrics to use. I also use the Scandi stag fabric to make my Christmas Cards. These are all hand drawn and cut by me, with any dog breed required. I will also be donating 50p from every card sold to my nominated charity this year, which is Glendee Dog Rescue near my home in Hertfordshire. I am also launching my new fleece and cotton Slumber Blankets, which are an exciting new addition to my collection.

What does the future hold for Slumbering Hound?

Well, I would love to keep on making things for peoples hounds and homes, but I would like to make this my full time concern. I love what I have built up and really enjoy the process of making from start to finish. Trying to work part time along side it is now something I would like change as the business grows. I would also like to attend some larger shows and events in 2018 and establish it further.

Doodle Review: Slumbering Hound Personalised Slumber Blankets

Dee very kindly sent us two of her new Slumber Blankets to put to the test. Our blankets are a brand new product for Slumbering Hound so we were very excited to be the first to get our paws on them! They have soft grey sherpa fleece on one side and one of Slumbering Hound’s signature spotty cottons on the other. The sherpa fleece is incredibly soft and perfect for snuggling into on these cold winter’s evenings. Everything about these blankets screams luxury, from the quality of the materials used to the impeccable stitching, they are impossible to find fault with!

On the polka dot cotton side, both blankets have been finished with a poodle silhouette and heart in a contrasting colour which is a gorgeous personalised touch without being too loud! Dee offers a wide range of different breed silhouettes on all her products and many can ever be personalised with your pups name for just an extra £5, it’s touches like these that set Slumbering Hound’s products apart from the rest. As well as their signature polka dog fabric options, Slumbering Hound will also have a selection of other ‘doggy’ fabrics available for their Slumber Blankets.

We received two different blankets sizes, a medium for Rhapsody which retails at £35 and a large for Colin which retails at £45. They will also be offering an XL size for large and giant breed dogs which will cost £60. The medium size is perfect for taking out and about with us, Mum recently discovered that we settle much better when we go out for a meal or drinks if she takes our blanket with us and the medium is the perfect size for popping into her bag. The large blanket is great for throwing over our beds for an extra layer of luxury and warmth when the temperature drops! The bigger blanket has also been great for covering furniture on our travels to avoid any dirty paw prints anywhere they shouldn’t be!

Slumbering Hound also offer a range of other products including beds, snuggle sacks, cushions, toys and bandanas in a range of different colours and fabrics. Their beds start at just 40 which is incredibly reasonable for such high quality, handmade items. We’ve got our eyes on some of their gorgeous cushions next, we’re determined to put our stamp on our new house!

You will be able buy your very own Luxury Blankets from the Slumbering Hound website as soon as they go live and use the code DOODLE10 to get 10% off any purchase! You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest product releases, special offers and their weekly ‘Hound of the Week’ photos.

Aniforte Dietary Supplements

About a month ago we were approached by Aniforte UK to see if we would like to trial some of their dietary supplements, a month later and we are very excited to tell you all about the supplements we received and our thoughts on them. Aniforte sent us a total of 5 different products, we have chosen to split the products across two posts in order to do justice to each one! This week’s post will feature a trio of supplements; Omega-3 Salmon Oil, Green Lipped Mussel Powder and Calm & Relaxed.

Before we start, a little background information on Aniforte themselves. AniForte is a family run natural pet brand based in Germany.  They strongly believe nature has all the answers to our pets’ health problems and they are now keen to introduce their products to the UK market. Their range consists of supplements and foods that are 100% natural. They produce products, not only for dogs, but also for cats and horses with ingredients that are free from additives, chemicals and artificial flavourings. At AoD HQ we are all about keeping Colin and Rhapsody’s diets and healthcare as natural as possible, whilst appreciating experts knowledge and advice when there is no viable or scientifically proven natural alternative.

Aniforte Omega-3 Salmon Oil 

The Aniforte Omega-3 Salmon Oil is made from 100% pure cold-pressed Norwegian salmon oil. Salmon oil is a natural, high quality source of Omega-3 as well as EPA + DHA + ALA fatty acids which a dog’s body cannot produce. They are therefore known as essential fatty acids and must be provided through the dog’s diet. Many raw feeders (like ourselves) will feed a wide range of proteins including fish however fish can be expensive and it is hard to find a complete ‘fishy’ raw food. Salmon oil is a handy alternative to ensure the correct levels of Omega-3 in a raw diet. Salmon oil has many benefits including promoting strong bones, in fact, a study conducted by Rouch et al. in 2010 found that the dietary supplementation with fish oil omega-3 fatty acids resulted in an improvement in weight bearing in dogs with osteoarthritis. Dog owners have also observed (although no formal studies have yet to undertaken) that salmon oil may also promote a glossy coat, prevent hair loss, boost metabolism and stimulate growth. Salmon oil is thought to have a preventative effect against many heart diseases, by lowering cholesterol and improving blood flow; as it has been shown to do in humans.  Both dogs trialed the Omega-3 Salmon Oil and it was a welcomed addition to their bowls, both seem to enjoy the taste and although it is hard to say if it will have a long term impact after a month of trialing, both dogs have been looking extra glossy and Colin has definitely been shedding less which are really bonuses for us in additional to the long term health benefits. We will definitely be continuing to use this salmon oil in the future. A 500ml bottle of the Aniforte Omega-3 Salmon Oil costs £7.60 and between them (at 10kg and 5kg) they use 7.5ml per day. The small bottle will last us about 67 days, at a cost of about 11p per day so this is definitely not an expensive addition to your dogs’ diet!

Aniforte Green-Lipped Mussel Glucosamine Powder

Aniforte Green-Lipper Mussel Glucosamine Powder is made from 100% pure New Zealand green-lipped mussels (perna canaliculus) which contain glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and a high proportion of unsaturated fatty acids. The GAGs (complex protein-sugar compounds) are used for the repair and synthesis of tendons, cartilage, ligaments, synovial joints damaged during intense physical activity. As dogs cannot synthesise these GAGs and unsaturated fatty acids themselves it is essential that they are added to the diet through supplements. A study conducted in 2002 by Bui and Bierer found that in a small group of 31 mixed breed dogs the addition of Green-Lipped Mussle Powder to their dried food diets resulted in a change in total arthritis score by the end of 6 weeks showed there was significant improvement the test group versus the control group. They also observed significant improvements were also observed in joint pain and swelling scores in the test group. GAGs are not just useful for treating dogs with existing joint conditions but also in preventing issues in the future.  Green-Lipped Mussel Powder is used a component of a number of well-respected joint supplements such as Yu-MOVE and Higher Nature Vitality. As our older lady we have started adding the Green-Lipped Mussel Powder to Rhapsody’s food and much to our surprise we have actually noticed that she has become noticeably more sprightly over the last month. She has started to slow down and lag behind on walks since the summer but now she seems back to her old skipity-hopity self! Rhapsody weighs 5kg and so need 0.25g of Green-Lipped Mussel Power a day. The 100g tub costs £15.50 and this tub will last us over a year so the supplement will end up costing us less than 4p per day.

Aniforte Calm & Relaxed 

The Aniforte Calm & Relaxed mix is a combination of Baldrian root, hop cones, balm and passionflower herb designed to have a ‘supportive effect in cases of nervousness and stress, as well as general susceptibility to fright’. It has also been shown to be especially helpful in cases of acute and chronic anxiety. The mix is designed to be used at periods of high stress such as the introduction of a new family member or fireworks night and can take up to 4 weeks to reach it’s full effect. Although I have been unable to find any scientific studies to support the use of these ingredients to reduce stress and anxiety online there are a range of positive reviews where this product has helped dogs to adjust to new situations. Colin was our tester for this one as he has a few anxious tendencies, mainly around travelling in the car, so we were keen to see if the Calm & Relaxed would have an effect on him. Unfortunately, we did not see any improvement in Colin’s anxiety from the Calm & Relaxed however it is very important to remember that every dog is different and what works for one may not work for another and if you have an anxious dog or are about to introduce a change to your dog’s life then this is definitely worth a shot! The Calm & Relaxed 100g tubs are £12.90 and would cost us 26p per day to give to Colin who weighs 10kg.

Thank you for reading our review of these three Aniforte supplements, overall we were impressed with the quality of their products and love how natural they all are! We were very pleased to find scientific research go back the use of two out of three products and will definitely be continuing to use both the Salmon Oil and the Green-Lipped Mussel Powder. Keep your eyes peeled for a couple more products coming your way in a couple of weeks times!

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Thanks go to Aniforte UK for sponsoring this post. All opinions on the products we were sent are our own and were in no way influenced by this sponsorship. 

Small Business Spotlight: Little Luxuries by Kate

A catalogue of errors on my part has delayed this post somewhat, I’ve been dying to share it with you all but thing kept getting in the way and I wanted to be able to do justice to the brand and products! I am so pleased to finally be able to introduce you all to Kate and her wonderful company Little Luxuries by Kate. Little Luxuries by Kate sell a range of, you guessed it, luxury gift boxes for humans and hounds alike. Their boxes only contain items of the highest quality, all made in Britain and all fabulous! Here to tell you a little more about her fabulous brand is Kate herself!

Hi Kate, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. What inspired you to start Little Luxuries by Kate?

I think my main goal was and is to be able to stabilise wellbeing and positivity throughout peoples lives through encouraging uplifting adjustments to benefit all lifestyles. Everyone has a different story as to say why they feel life has been a little tough at some point, I think what inspired me to start a luxury gift business was the idea to be able to supply little luxuries to everyone at any stage of their lives which will help their motivation to improve and encourage their wellbeing and lifestyle.

Can you tell us a little more about your range of boxes for pets?

We came up with the Luxury Pooch Collection to make owners aware of the luxury products that are accessible that will significantly benefit your dog’s health, comfort and wellness. We carefully handpicked each product to provide luxury at affordable prices to develop the health and wellbeing of your furry friend.

Why is it important to you to use other small businesses to fill your boxes?

We strive to support small British businesses to help sustain the British trade. We also take the opportunity to show off the talent and craftsmanship that our suppliers and manufactures have, without them we really couldn’t describe our gifts as a luxury.

Can you cater to different sized dogs or multiple dog households?

Yes, we have created our gift boxes to cover all breeds of dogs. We have recently launched a Luxury Build-A-Box collection which allows you to handpick products to create your own bespoke gift box, you can pick as many products as you wish. Ensuring that owners with two or more dogs get to generously treat all of their four legged friends.

Which is your most popular box?

Our Original Luxury Box has been very popular however considering Halloween has just come and gone, along with Christmas coming up, our Luxury Zen Box has also been just as popular!

Which is your personal favourite item that customers can receive in one of your boxes?

Very hard question! I think my favourite items are the natural doggy sprinkles as they are so beneficial to your dog’s health although saying this, we do have some gorgeous exclusive chunky blankets and bone sets that will be released very soon!

What does the future hold for Little Luxuries by Kate?

My aim is to be able to provide everyone with a little bit of luxury at affordable prices, whether that be through subscription or one off gift boxes. It is important to me that everyone receives unique gifts that have a positive contribution to their lifestyle. In the future, I would like to carry on expanding my collections with the goal to be able to offer little luxuries to everyone.

Doodle Review: Little Luxuries by Kate Luxury Box

Kate was kind enough to send us her Luxury Box to review, this box retails at 65 pounds and contains a range of luxury items every pooch will love! Included in our Luxury Box was; a luxury rope lead, a Union Jack bone toy, Herbal Dog Sprinkles, a Little Luxuries treat jar and natural bone shaped treats, all presented in a luxury gift box which we are currently using to store some of our many accessories! The box is beautifully presented all the way down from the gold embossed box to the acid free tissues paper and twine inside. Truly luxury.

The first item to get put to the test was, of course, the treats! You all know we are quite the treat connoisseurs and only the best get past the treat test. Luckily for us Kate knew exactly where to go for the best treats around – our pals at Wellybix (you can see our full Wellybix review we did last year here)! As soon as Mun saw the Wellybix tag she knew Kate was on to a winner. Our jar contained Wellybix Beef Flavoured biscuits – our favourite! Our human loved the fact that the treats came in a jar and not just in a disposable pack as in most subscription/gift boxes. The jar will certainly be used in the month/years to come, it looks much nicer on the coffee table that a half open packet of biscuits!

Next up, we just had to take our new lead for a test drive! Made from natural hemp rope with twine whipping using the traditional splicing method, this lead is the very definition of rustic. It is perfect for muddy woodland walks as it the dirt just falls right off – Mum says that it’s a good job it does with me around! Sturdy, reliable, this lead has become as staple in our accessory rotation – now we just need another one to match!

Mum was very excited about the next product, the Minty Breath Organic Dog Sprinkles from The Holistic Pet Company. Now, somebody in our house *cough* Rhapsody *cough* has TERRIBLE breath! Her teeth are perfectly clean thanks to our raw diet but boy does her breath pong! The Minty Breath Sprinkles are a mix of organic herbs especially formulated to help with bad breath and to support oral and digestive health. The main ingredients are mint and parsley and I’ll tell you what, Rhapsody’s been getting even more cuddles than normal since Mum started sneaking these into her food! Genius.

Finally we have our Union Jack bone toy, quintessentially  British and my favourite item from our box.  Made by the talented Doggie Moggie Doodah, this squeaky bone has quickly become highly prized in our house and, as of yet, neither of us have managed to destroy it! Anyone that knows us will know that I take pride in my ability to destroy stuffed toys but so far Bone 1, Colin 0. You could not get a more glowing recommendation.

As you might have been able to tell, we’re head over heels for our Luxury Box from Little Luxuries by Kate. Every single product was of the highest quality and we could not recommend them more highly! Of course, Kate offers a whole range of different boxes for men, women, children, babies and us pooches, Mum has her eye on a ladies box for Christmas but personally we think that Dapper Dog box with items for human and hound would keep everyone happy!

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