A Day At… Paws in the Park Spring Show

Early on the 14th of May we loaded up the car and headed down the motorway, final destination – the South of England Showground in Ardingly. Why, you ask? Well for Paws in the Park Spring Show of course! We were lucky enough to attend the show last year, it was one of our favourites, and we simply could not wait to go back again. We were joined on our road trip by Hannah and Aurora (@thecotswoldcollies) which definitely made the trip much more enjoyable, even if our hoomans were so busy chatting they missed a few directions from the Sat-Nav. Hannah also brought us some new Luna’s Loft bows at match our new Devil Dood Designs sets Mum had made for us, you’ve got to look your best for these events, you never know who you might meet!

After what seemed like hours, we finally arrived at the show and met up with our good pal, Tilly and her hooman, Amy. Excitingly, Tilly was also blogging for Paws in the Park (you can read her blog on the day here – her hooman was much speedier at posting than ours). When we arrived we headed straight for one of the off-lead exercise area to run off some nervous energy, these areas are one of the main reasons we love the Paws in the Park events so much. Lots of dogs (including me!) can be a little bit funny on the lead sometime so having an area where we can do some butt-sniffing without the constraints of our leads is much appreciated. While we were making new friends in the exercise area our spaniel friends Lily and Severus (@spaniellife) also arrived! I’ve decided that the dashing Sev is my brother from another mother, we have matching hair and everything! DSC_0706

The Paws in the Park shows are great for a number of reasons but our favourite thing about them is all the have-a-go activities going on! You can try your hand, or rather, paw at everything from dock jumping to search and rescue and Mum was determined for us to have a go at as many things as possible! We headed straight for the aqua splash area to sign Aurora up for the dock diving, Rhapsody, Tilly and I are far too wimpy to try it (and I don’t do queuing) so we left her and Milo (@milothedalmador) to it and supported from the sidelines! We did however all join in and have a go at; two lots of fastest recall (one with hurdles and one without), a scurry, terrier racing, temptation alley and agility. Phew. I’m exhausted just remembering it all! Aurora and her hooman put us all to shame again when they also tried Canicross, I would’ve loved to have tried it but Mum says she can’t run. Spoil sport.

Of course, Paws in the Park was also a great opportunities for us to catch up with all the companies we love and discover a few new ones too! Our top finds at Paws in the Park were Lala and Belle Dog Bakery and Super Puppies. Lala and Belle had an amazing range of hand-baked goodies for dogs, everything from muffins to donuts, all made with the best ingredients. Keep your eyes peeled for a blog post all about them soon! Super Puppies is the other new brand we are excited to share with you. You all know that we love to accessorise so finding a new company that make high quality accessories was very exciting for us. Super Puppies have a range of cute designs to suit everyone and all their collars come with a bow tie – how perfect is that?! We definitely plan on adding some of their Super Sets to our collection very soon! We also caught up with Benyfit Natural, Wiff Waff Designs and Gerties & Berties, it’s always great to see the teams behind the brands we love and we got lots of fuss and cuddles, obviously.

Paws in the Park also run official agility and flyball competitions, this is something fairly unique to the shows and we think it adds to the amazing atmosphere. While we had our lunch we settled down by one of the agility rings to watch the pros at work. It was pretty hard not to get overexcited by the dogs in the ring but we were nicely distracted by our baked goods from Lala and Belle! At the very end of our day we were treated to something very special, a disk dog display from Ellie and her hooman Sian (@thewondercollies). The windy weather did not make it easy for them but the display was amazing anyway, those girls have got some serious skills! Unfortunately the other two thirds of The Wondercollies, Storm and Jet, were unable to perform on the day but we look forwards to seeing the whole trio in action very soon!

Does Paws in the Park sound like your kind of show? Well, you’re in luck – there are two more Paws in the Park shows this year! The Summer Fair is in Hampshire on the 6th and 7th of July and the Autumn Show is in Kent on the 16th and 17th of September. We might even see you there! You can buy your tickets online here and save 15%!

All photos were taken by Amy (@auraphotographs) or Emily (@sputnikthesighthound), thanks to them for letting us use them for this post!


A Visit to… Not For Cats Dog Deli

img_4920-1Last week we had an exciting day trip planned to meet our friends Tilly (@sillytillypoodle) and Sev (@fachshund) for a good romp on the beach, Sev’s hooman had spotted Not For Cats on social media and thought that it looked right up our street so, when we realised they were not too far from where we were meeting, we decided to pay them a visit and check out what all the fuss was about! We also simply had to meet the big man in charge, shop dog Sampson the Labradoodle, what a lucky Dood getting to run his own shop, right?!

The first thing we noticed upon entering Not For Cats is that it was not your average pet shop, in fact, calling it a pet shop seems a little offensive. It’s a cross between a doggy deli and exclusive boutique! The deli counter was the first thing to catch our eyes (and noses) as it was covered in an assortment of dried meaty goodies, from pig snouts to rabbit ears, from dried liver to goose necks, they had every treat a pup could possibly dream of! Our hooman (and Tilly and Sev’s) can be a little obsessive about what they feed us so being about to choose from such a wide range of healthy, natural chews and treats was amazing. Sev even managed to find a pizzle big enough to take home for his sister, Ava the Saint Bernard!

Once we manage to drag ourselves away from the deli counter we noticed that Not For Cats stocked a lot of our favourite brands; Bramble & Friends, Beco, Green & Wilds, The Dog Treat Company, Benyfit Natural, PitPat, Paws & Hounds, clearly these hoomans knew what they were doing when they set up thier shop. It was great to see such a variety of high quality items rather than having to wade through all the rubbish to find something half decent like you do at a ‘normal’ pet shop. We could honestly have had one of everything, luckily they didn’t have everything in the right size! We also came across a few new brands that we were very excited to try; we picked up a bottle of Wild Wash shampoo and a variety of chews and training treats – we will let you know how we get on with them in due course but so far so good!

Although Not For Cats do stock a small variety of high quality kibble and wet food, we were very pleased to see that they are very much advocates of raw feeding and stock three different brands of raw food; Benyfit Natural, Cotswold Raw and Natural Instinct and well as lots of yummy raw meaty bones! It’s great to see small pet shops supporting raw feeding, the evidence that a biologically appropriate diet is the future of pet food is starting to stack up (if you haven’t seen ‘Pet Fooled’ yet then you simply must make a date with your sofa and Netflix account) and although the big boys of the pet shop world are, in our opinion, way behind the times when it comes raw feeding, we love that the smaller members of the industry are getting on board!

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Not For Cats also have their own grooming parlour which they very kindly let us borrow during our visit, apparently no one else fully appreciated the aroma of the unidentified dead thing I had rolled in at the beach…. Luckily, with the combination of the Not For Cats power shower and the fantastic Wild Wash Deodorising shampoo, I was soon back to smelling as fresh as a daisy! I was even introduced to a strange device called a blaster. Not sure how I felt about that one but it sure made me nice and fluffy! Rhapsody and I are hoping that next time we go down Mum might even book us in for a full beauty treatment, maybe if someone else cut us we wouldn’t end up with wonky bits all over the place, no offence Mum!

Not For Cats run a series of meet up events (we hear there are pup-cakes involved!) for different breeds or cross breeds of dog, we are gutted that our hoomans are away for the next ‘Poodle, Doodle, Poo’ meet up in a couple of weeks time (21st May if anyone wanted to go) but we will definitely be keeping our eyes open for the next one! They also have a ‘Sausage Take Over’ on the 7th May, a ‘Spaniel Take Over’ on the 11th June and ‘Retreiver Madness’ on the 16th July – let us know if any if you attend any of them, we’d love to hear all about it! For more information about any of their events, head to their Facebook page.

You can follow Not For Cats on their social media channels to keep up to date with the latest news, events and, of course, lots of cute pictures! We will definitely be swinging by again next time we are in the area and can not recommend them highly enough for their range of products or their customer service!

Website: http://www.notforcats.co.uk/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/notforcatsdogdeli/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/notforcats/


Photos of the Month: April 2017

Our favourite photos from the last month featuring lots of meet ups with our Instagram friends (let’s hope Mum doesn’t forget anyone!)

Tilly (@sillytillypoodle), Luna and Aurora (@thecotswoldcollies), Kevin (@sirkevinthechow), Archie (@archiesgreatadventures), Winnie (@winniethedaxie), Sev (@fachshund), Selma (@labradorretriever), Spud (@canine_explorers), Fidget (@fidget_the_midget) and Martie and Mia (@martiemiadt). 

All photos in the blog were taken by myself, Amy (@auraphotographs), Jaime (@fachshund) or Hannah (@cotswoldcollies).