Crufts 2017: Accessories 

By now you must all be aware of our hooman’s issues with buying us accessories so it’ll be no surprise to you that we came away with a few new bits from Crufts!

First up we have our gorgeous new tartan sets from Mabel & Mu, in blue and pink. Mabel & Mu released an impressive ten new prints at Crufts, each as cute as the next, we had a seriously tough time deciding which ones to choose! In the end it came down to Mum’s obsession with matching. There’s nothing we love more than a good coordinating set and these new releases from Mabel & Mu are the perfect addition to our Spring wardrobe. We opted for bows to complete our matching sets, after all, who doesn’t love a dog in a bow tie?! The bows from Mabel & Mu are the best in the business, they don’t loose their shape like most doggy bows out there and they come in a huge range of sizes to suit pups of all shapes and sizes!

Second, we have our fabulous sets from Wiff Waff Designs and, you guessed it, they’re matching! Wiff Waff also released a number of new designs for Crufts and we just fell in love with their Pink and Green Fizz sets. The bright, modern geometric prints are both eye-catching and stylish, we love the way the patterns look again our colouring. Wiff Waff bandanas are some of our favourites, their quality is superb and they always have a great range of fabrics! These will be a solid staple for our many trips we’ve got planned this summer so keep an eye on our Instagram for lots of cute pictures.

Finally, lucky Miss Rhapsody came home with a brand new purple drying robe from Dogrobes. I’ve had a Dogrobe since 2015 and Mum still maintains that it is the best thing she’s ever bought me! Once Rhapsody came along it made sense that she needed one too and Mum just couldn’t resist how cute the limited editions grey and pink look together so I ended up with two! One for when I’m gross and muddy and one for after our baths, makes sense, right? Mum says it was only fair that Rhapsody had a new one to even things out (and she can also get fairly filthy on walks!). The purple is totally gorgeous and suits Rhapsody perfectly. We’ve got our eyes on their new patterned robes next, the tartan is to die for and we can’t wait to see what fabulous designs they come up with next!

Crufts 2017: Treats, Toys and Food

We had the most amazing time at Crufts last weekend, totally exhausting but completely wonderful. Not only did we pick up lots of great bargains but we also got to meet up with lots of our friends from Instagram, both canine and human. More on who we hung out with later, this post is all about the treats, toys and food we charged to Mum’s credit card!

Our first mission at any show is to stock up on treats. We can be a fussy pair according to our hooman, personally I don’t see what’s wrong with having high standards but it does rather limit us when it comes to buying treats. Mum also likes to keep our diets as natural as possible so that means we are doubley limited! Luckily for us two of our favourite treat companies were at Crufts; Boxby and The Dog Treat Company. Boxby (sold by Dependable Pets here in the UK) do THE best training treats, their fabulous ‘Trainer Mini Bones’ are taking the canine community by storm! These minuscule bones of joy are perfect for photoshoots, trick training, agility and any other activity where lots of treats are required. As there are lots of different flavours in each pack they never get boring and, as they’re so tiny, you don’t need to worry about maintaining your waistline! Boxby also do a fabulous range of Grain-Free treats which are ideal for those with a sensitive disposition and also make great high value rewards for training. We could not get enough of their new ‘Salmon Protein bites’, we’ve been using them in our Kongs and they hold our interest like nothing else! Another fantastic treat company we were thrilled to see at Crufts (unexpectedly as they were there as part of a joint stall!) was The Dog Treat Company who make an amazing range of handbaked liver treats. We’ve been  using their treats as high value training treats since we first went to Discover Dogs in 2015 and were very excited to see they have a new range of treats out! Like their original range their new treats are 100% natural, handbaked, wheat and dairy free with no added nasties! They come in a number of varieties including Fresh Breath, Joint Care and Skin & Coat, all of which include a small selection of additional (natural, naturally) ingredients and all of which are delicious. Mum’s favourites are the Fresh Breath with added parsley, peppermint and organic coconut oil, not sure why she has a favourite but they all taste great to us!

Talking of stocking up, we simply had to swing by the Benyfit Natural stand to put in our food orders for the next few months! Some of you may not know that we are raw fed (and both have been since weaning), we have tried all the different brands and Benyfit is by far the best quality raw food on the market. They always have really good hamper offers on at shows, if you’re raw fed then you should definitely swing by to check them out next time you spot them, they also give great cuddles and yummy treats! We always place an order for a hamper (or two) when we see the team at shows, their food is not the cheapest but we reckon we’re totally worth it!

Now onto the fun stuff, our new toys! We have been looking for a small tennis ball launcher for ages, due to Rhapsody’s minute size she can’t carry a normal sized tennis ball properly, as much as she tries! When we heard Chuck-it! were going to be at Crufts we just knew we needed to swing by to check out their little launchers and luckily for us they still had some left.  We are long-time fans of Chuck-it!, their toys are great value for money and super durable. We are yet to destroy any of our Chuck-it! balls and the same can definitely not be said for other brands! Another great find was Rhapsody’s new treat ball from Beco Pets. The Beco Ball is made from natural rubber and rice husk fibres and is perfect for hiding yummy treats in! They come in four different sizes, we have the smallest size which is ideal for Rhapsody and she prefers it to any other treat dispensing toy! It is a slightly irregular shape and therefore moves erratically which provides hours of entertainment for both dogs and their owners. Mum seems to think its hilarious when we can’t work out which way it’s going to go!

Finally we have a very exciting new toy from Paws Trading, a Paws Pocket.  Since we started agility Mum has been fighting a fairly constant battle to keep me motivated. She finally discovered a treat dispensing activity ball last Summer and it seemed like all her problems were solved until I destroyed it, #sorrynotsorry. Luckily for her the guys at Paws Trading have created their very own agility training ball called the Paws Pocket. The Paws Pocket holds a treat or multiple treats by three ‘petals’ that are held together with Velcro, it is also available in three different sizes to suit all breeds of dog. They are great as a training aid to help us more relaxed pooches to increase drive and motivation. It has worked wonders for my speed and accuracy at agility and it is looking pretty indestructible so far!

 

A Photoshoot with… Luna’s Loft

A couple of weeks ago we went on a very exciting photoshoot with one of our new favourite companies, Luna’s Loft. We also brought along our new pal Kevin, you’ll be seeing lots of him around here! We’ve got lots of lovely photos to share with you but first we wanted to just give you a little lowdown on Luna’s Loft.

Luna’s Loft is a constantly evolving brand, they started with bandanas, then came their gorgeous handmade rope leads and collar and I know there are a variety of other fantastic products in the pipeline. Let’s start with their bandanas. Luna’s Loft create totally unique bandanas, not only in their unusual fabric choices but also in the way they fit. LL offer two options, ribbon tie-on bandanas and bandanas fitted with elastic. We have never seen bandanas fitted in this way before (and you all know we love a good bandana) and honestly, it’s genius. They are so easy to get on and off, no faffing with tying or taking collars off which is great when you’re in a rush. Their ribbon tie bandanas are also great, much less bulky than a traditional tie-up and ideal for growing pups like our pal Kevin!

Next up we just have to talk about the gorgeousness (and no, I’m not 100% sure that is a really word) that is the Luna’s Loft rope collars and leads. We follow many-a rope lead company over on Instagram but they are largely in the USA. Which means that usually shipping costs more than the leads themselves. Boo. Well, fellow British fur-pawrents, despair no more, Luna’s Loft is here to meet all your rope accessory needs! With designs ranging from classic ombre to stunning rainbow, these leads and collars are just what the doctor ordered. Beautifully made using extremely soft rope and durable hardware, we just love the quality look and feel of these leads. We have both a bright and pastel rainbow lead and cannot wait to show them off at Crufts this week!

You can get your paws on the gorgeous creations from Luna’s Loft from their Etsy shop now!

Hannah, the master creator behind the brand, is also a very talented portrait artist, you can check out her work on her Facebook page. So that’s it. Now you know all about Luna’s Loft and the driving force behind it, now you can enjoy the photos of Colin, Rhapsody, Desmond, Eve, Kevin (Chow Chow) and Olly (King Charles Cavalier Spaniel). All photos were taken by Hannah.

Crufts 2017:Who We’ll Be Visiting

We are unbelievably excited about our trip to Crufts next week. Not only will we get to see the creme-de-la-creme of the show dog world and the top doggy athletes from around the world but we will also get to visit all our favourite companies under one roof! Over the last couple of years we’ve come to love so many great British pet companies and we can’t wait to catch up with everyone and stock up on all kinds of goodies! It would be impossible mention everyone but here are the top 10 stalls we will be visiting at Crufts 2017!

1) Dependable Pets – our favourite for training treats, their ‘Love Bites’ are our all time favourite training treats so we’ll definitely be stocking up! They also have a great range of other treats and food with lots of healthy, grain-free options for those with a sensitive disposition.

2) Mabel & Mu – one of our all-time favourite accessory companies. They are always releasing new and exciting designs and we are beyond excited to see their new tartan ranges that they are launching at Crufts!

3) Benyfit Natural – as many of you know, we are raw fed and Benyfit make the best raw food on the market. No exceptions. We can’t wait to have cuddles with the team while Mum sorts out our food deliveries for the next few months! Benyfit always have great deals onn their food at shows so, if you are on a raw diet, we recommend you check them out, with your hooman’s credit card, of course!

4) Cosy Chic Pet Boutique – CCPB make gorgeous handmade wooden dog beds. Actually, calling them beds might be slightly insulting them. They are far more than just your average dog bed, they are gorgeous pieces of bespoke furniture tailor made for your home. We simply cannot wait to swing by and check them out in person!

5) Wiff Waff Designs – another of our favourite accessory companies, if classic style is what you’re after then Wiff Waff is where you need to head. They also have new designs ready to release next week at Crufts including some gorgeous geometric designs that previewed on their Instagram this week!

6) Quarters of Sussex – Quarters of Sussex make gorgeous bespoke dog kennels, if your garden is calling out for a new pooch pad, or you’ve convinced your hoomans that you could do with your own space inside, then this is the stall for you. Amazing quality and they used recycled materials, what’s not to love?

7) The Pawfume Shop – ever get the feeling that the l’eau de fox just ain’t quite doing it for the ladies? You need to head to The Pawfume Shop as soon as possible. Their range of designer fragrances for dogs are guaranteed to have all ladies eating out of the palm of your paw. Personally, I’ll being going for ‘DOG in a MILLION’ since clearly I am.

8) Finer By Nature – always a favourite for natural treats, Finer By Nature have a huge range of healthy, additive-free treats. We especially love their range of Grab and Go “Tubbies” as they make great high value treats for my agility classes! They also sell a wide range of supplements and oils including coconut and fish oil, both of which are great additions to our raw diet.

9) Dogrobes – Mum says our Dogrobes are the best thing she’s every bought us. The whole gang now have their own robe (coordinating, of course) but with the launch of their new tartan range it would be rude to not at least have a look!

10) Chuck-it Dog Toys – before we were the lucky recipients of a Chuck-it ball launcher I had no interest in playing fetch. Now, I love nothing more than carrying my luminous orange ball back to my hoomans again, and again, and again. Mum says it’s much easier to tire me out these days and that’s a good thing for everyone!

Remember you can still buy your tickets for Crufts here! If you see us wondering around please do come over and say hi, we promise we won’t think you’re weird.

Help! I’ve Lost My Human! – Our Favourite ID Tags

ID tags used to be pretty boring, a standard rounded silver disk, or bone shape if you were lucky, with your hooman’s details on. Functional but not exactly attractive. In the U.K. it is illegal for a dog not to be wearing a tag in a public place but there is no stipulation that they have to be boring! Here are our top picks for stylish ID tags:

Up first we have these gorgeous hand-stamped tags from Dog’s Best Trend. Nothing complicated just beautiful, hand-stamped tags in copper, brass or aluminium. With a selection of designs to chose from, including some pretty adorable little symbols (including a poodle!), these tags are just pure class. We have them in both aluminium and copper and love them both equally! All DBT tags come with a handy storage pouch and polishing kit to keep your tags looking good as new!


Up next we have another range of hand-stamped tags, totally different but still totally gorgeous and unique. May I introduce the range of ID tags from Paws & Hounds. The whole range of tags are hand-cut from sheets of brass or copper and then hand-stamped with your choice of wording, P&H are constantly bringing out new designs and are also willing to work with customers to create your own, totally bespoke, tag shape!


To add some variety, you may have noticed how much I love hand-stamped tags, we have the colourful and fully customisable offerings from We Love To Create. If you’re a regular reader of our blog then you will know that we are brand reps for WLTC and now have a sizeable collection on their tags! We love how customisable they are, with so many colours and patterns on offer, almost every tag that leaves their warehouse is totally unique.

Last, but by no means least, we have the hand-stamped masterpieces from Simply Handmade Tags. They have an amazing range of different shapes and styles to chose from, none of which we have ever seen anywhere else! Our personal favourites are the Washer & Star Paw Print ‘Doodles’ Style tag (named after yours truly) and the Star ‘Syl’ Style tag.

So there you have it, no more excuses for boring ID tags, we suggest you have one from each of our favourite four, variety is the spice of life after all!