Happiness is a dog on the beach

Do you know the dictionary definition of happiness? Don’t quote me, but I’m fairly certain if you looked it up you’d find a photo of a dog on a beach. Bombing around, chasing a ball and launching into the sea. Tail wagging, tongue sticking out and covered from head to toe in sand. No chance of stopping until the day is well and truly over. Then it’s time for their favourite dinner, before flopping onto a comfy bed for a head scratch before nodding off. That’s what happiness looks like. Walking my dog on the beach and seeing her having…

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Pure Pet Food review

Dogs are funny creatures aren’t they? Bubbles is a fussy eater. That is to say that she’s fussy about dog food. She’s notably less fussy about titbits, scraps, rubbish she finds on the floor and poo from any animal. That all seems to go down a treat. Yet dog biscuits without a bit of added flavour? Not a chance. So when Pure asked if we wanted to try out their healthy, human quality dehydrated dog food, we were up for the challenge. About Pure Pet Food Pure was founded by Matt and Dan, who couldn’t believe that people felt they…

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Goodbye to the one who loved me

There’s something special about the relationship with a dog who chooses you as his own. From the moment Pluto strolled into our house as a rescue dog, he had decided that I was his. And that’s how it has always been, for nine happy years. I couldn’t change your beginning It’s hard to say what Pluto went through in the early years, but he wasn’t a happy dog. When our local rescue found him, he had been beaten and starved. There was wood embedded into his chest, requiring an operation to remove it. And it was many months after we…

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The strange but true story of the sausage giraffe

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the amazing unicorn toy that was created from Lia’s drawing. Of course, Libby wanted some of the action too, so she designed her own dream pet. Libby is a loud, gregarious character with a vivid imagination and a wicked sense of humour. Her dream pet was never going to be something as normal and reasonable as a unicorn. Instead, she designed something to reflect her character and personality. Introducing the sausage giraffe After a few attempts at drawing her dream pet, Libby eventually came up with the sausage giraffe. She decided that if…

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When your dream horse comes to life

Lia is an incredibly girly little girl and I have literally no idea where she gets it from. Libby chooses her clothes each morning based on what looks the sportiest. She’s never happier than when she’s wearing a running t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms. Whereas Lia regularly refuses to leave the house wearing anything other than a dress. And it has to be the right dress too. Pink, sparkly and covered in unicorns is preferable. Lia’s dream pet Lia adores the dogs and she would rather like a cat as well. Or a rabbit, hamster or guinea pig for that matter.…

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Dog friendly accommodation around the UK to suit every budget

For many of us, dogs are part of the family. And when you’re travelling in the UK, you want to bring them with you. But I’ve recently noticed a trend towards accommodation declaring itself dog friendly when, quite frankly, it isn’t. There are so many restrictions that unless you have one small dog that doesn’t shed hair or have vocal chords, you can’t bring them. So, here’s a list of UK hotels, pubs, self-catering accommodation, caravan parks and campsites that are dog friendly. I’ve listed any restrictions that may prevent you from bringing your dog, such as only allowing one…

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Age like a dog

An elderly dog padded steadily across a green field. He drank in the spring air and paused to investigate an interesting smell. Life was no longer a rush. Age was not an affliction, rather an opportunity to embrace the finer things. A warm bed, a slow walk and the excitement of being reunited with loved ones. Embrace youth like a dog Every sunrise brings a new adventure. Spring from your bed ready to face the day. Run, play and love with the boundless enthusiasm of a puppy. Fill every moment with excitement, until you can take no more. Then sleep,…

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