The health benefits of owning a dog

I’ve thought long and hard about writing this post because I don’t want to persuade people to get a dog. It is a massive commitment for the length of that dog’s life. I also don’t condone buying dogs with so many being put to sleep every day simply because nobody wanted them. But my rescue dogs have changed my life for the better, not least because of the health benefits of owning a dog. Physical health benefits of owning a dog The NHS suggest that walking 10,000 steps a day is a great way to kickstart a more active lifestyle. But according…

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Until you fade away

The problem with dogs is that it feels as though they were always there. And we kid ourselves that they always will be. Where it all began I remember the day you came home like it was yesterday. And yet, it seems like a lifetime ago. You trotted in, sniffed around and curled up happily on your bed. They said not to let you off the lead for a few weeks. They thought you would run off as you were still getting used to your new environment. But I knew they were wrong. You were so attached to me, we let you…

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A review and giveaway of Meg Heath bespoke dog leads and collars

Bubbles is one of the most incredible dogs I’ve ever met. She’s totally submissive to other dogs, obedient to us and even does as she’s told by the children. She’s the perfect running companion and a fabulous playmate for both Pluto and the girls. She knows basic commands and always comes when she’s called. Her beautiful nature is likely to be due to her breed – she’s a crossbreed but mainly Staffordshire bull terrier. And along with the incredible attributes her breed possess, she has also inherited the one bad habit. She pulls terribly on the lead. So did I want…

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15 tips for holidaying with your dog

If we go on holiday in the UK, we want to bring the dogs with us. As soon as we get a camper van, they’ll be going abroad with us too. Not just because of the inconvenience of finding someone we trust to look after them, but because they’re part of the family. There is a quote I love from John Grogan who wrote the book Marley and Me. He says, “Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” Luckily these days, there are loads…

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Interviews With Pets Chapter 5 – Holly Bobbins’ Story

Holly Bobbins read Bracken’s Story last week and commented on Twitter about what a beautiful dog he was. I thought this was a particularly kind thing to say about a fellow canine, so I thought Holly Bobbins would have a tale to tell as well. As it happens I was right – she is the canine force behind Mandy’s photography blog and it turns out she’s quite the local celebrity! Over to you Holly Bobbins! 1. What’s your name, what sort of animal are you and what makes you a brilliant pet? My name is Holly Bobbins and I am a…

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