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.

 

Location

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.

Dog-friendly

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!

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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!

You can see Kate’s full range of luxury boxes at www.littleluxuriesbykate.com and you can also follow Little Luxuries by Kate on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date with that latest news, offers and product information!

Could your pet be the UK’s first Pet Detective?

Light pawed pets causing havoc throughout Britain

Research shows Britain is awash with pet-ty criminals, costing the nation £305million

• Over half of pet owners admit their animal regularly nick belongings

• The cost to the nation of pet pilfering is a staggering £305 million

• It’s not all about cat burglars – birds are actually the biggest perpetrators

• Top items stolen include money, post, food and even underwear

• One in 25 owners have fallen out with neighbours as a consequence of their pet’s actions

• ADT has launched a nationwide search to recruit a “Pet Detective’ to help put a stop to pilfering pets

Britain is in the grip of a crimewave. Pilferers are breaking into houses and stealing everything from cash to underwear – and it’s costing the UK a staggering £305 million. You might even have a thief in your home right now… but who? Well, look no further than Fido or Fluffy.

If you’re one of the 12 million British households who own a pet, you could be the next victim. Britain’s furry friends have turned into furry fiends as over half of UK pet owners (52 per cent) admit to harbouring a pet criminal. But the real number of furry and feathered felons could be even higher, as a further 15 per cent say they suspect their beloved animal is thieving but they can’t prove it.

Surprising new data from ADT, the UK’s leading security brand, reveals owners lose £49.34 on average to their light pawed pets, but shockingly, one in 16 (six per cent) owners has been burgled to the tune of over £150. That’s a lot of kibble.

The research also reveals that ‘cat burglars’ is a misnomer as birds are the true scourge of the nation, with a whopping 59 per cent found guilty of filching (perhaps this should be renamed ‘finch-ing’?).

Pooches are also prolific with 58 per cent caught with their paw in the proverbial cookie jar, compared to only 47 per cent of cats.

However, reptiles have the most extravagant tastes, with the items they steal coming to a whopping £209 over their lifetimes.

Top items taken by pets include food (71 per cent), money (seven per cent) and even underwear (21 per cent):

1. Food (71 per cent)

2. Shoes (25 per cent)

3. Other pets’ toys (23 per cent)

4. Children’s toys (22 per cent)

5. Underwear (21 per cent)

6. Post (17 per cent)

7. Blankets (17 per cent)

8. Clothes (14 per cent)

9. Newspapers (nine per cent)

10. Money (seven per cent)

The research also revealed that old pets are even teaching themselves new tricks as they pursue a life of crime – 35 per cent of pilfering pets learnt to undo food packaging, 30 per cent can now open doors and 12 per cent can unlock handbags to get to their loot.

Which could be why one in ten owners (ten per cent) just don’t know how to make the thieving stop.

So to combat this wave of pet pilfering, the security experts at ADT have teamed up with Instagram superdog Pumba the Chow Chow (@thingsonpumba) to create a new role on the product innovation team – the UK’s first ‘Pet Detective’.

Pumba and ADT are looking for the UK’s most prolific cat, dog, budgie or bunny burglar, to help ADT understand how pilfering pets manage to evade capture, and identify weak spots in Britain’s homes by setting a thief to catch a thief!

The role is a year’s consultancy. The exclusive position will be reimbursed with a new ADT Smart Home system which will be installed by ADT, a year’s free monitoring and a generous welcome bonus of £500 of vouchers for Monster Pet Supplies.

If you have a pet pilferer at home, apply on their behalf on the ADT Facebook page. [Insert FB Link]. The application process is simple – owners simply need to upload an image of their pet in action and detail their suitability for the role using the following criteria that Pumba has set out for the applicants:

Track record of being light-pawed

Highly intelligent – comes up with ingenious ways to pilfer possessions

Intrepid explorer – capable of venturing far and wide to find every nook and cranny

Experienced at evading capture

– Full bag of swag

Pet plundering leads to more than just financial loss, as one in 25 owners have fallen out with someone thanks to pet theft. Six per cent are even too embarrassed to return stolen items.

Not all pet pillagers are getting away with it though. 65 per cent of owners catch their pet in the act – which could be because pets aren’t master criminals. 40 per cent don’t bother to hide their loot at all, and 39 per cent of owners admit to accidentally handling stolen goods as their pet simply gifts them the stolen items.

Technology is also helping owners rout out thieving reptiles and rodents alike; one in 20 (five per cent) pet owners have revealed they caught their pets stealing through their home security systems – as technology in the nation’s homes gets smarter the pets will have fewer places to hide their loot.

Lee Jasper, from ADT said: “We’re a nation of pet lovers but the research has revealed that the nations pets don’t always return the love – they’re thieving our possessions behind our backs. As experts in home security, we wanted to get to the bottom of this. As the best way to catch a thief is to set a thief we’re searching for the UK’s most prolific pet pilferer. We’ll use their insider knowledge to understand and learn more about the security weak spots that the UK’s pets exploit.”

Gabriel, the owner of Pumba said: “We are excited to see the potential candidates coming forward. Pumba has had her moments of thieving so she knows that these pets have a long road ahead to get clean. However, becoming the ADT Pet Detective should help keep them on the straight and narrow.”

Pumba added: “Woof.”

The research also revealed that pet burglars are turning a blind eye to their human counterparts. A shocking 76 per cent of dog owners revealed their dogs didn’t alert them to a burglar being in their home. Eighty-five per cent of cat owners also said that their cat didn’t meow when a burglar came in.

Surprisingly birds make the best burglars and the best pet burglar alarms – with 46 per cent of owners revealing they were made aware of an intruder by their pet bird squawking.

For more information about ADT’s Pet Detective campaign, visit www.adt.co.uk/petedetective.

This post was sponsoredby ADT Pets At Home.