Christmas gifts for animal lovers and their pets

Pets are part of the family and many of us put something extra under the Christmas tree for them. If you’re buying for an animal lover this year, this guide includes some great ideas for both the recipient and their pet. Eco-friendly pet toothbrushes Tooth care can now be better for the planet with the Woobamboo range of eco-friendly toothbrushes for the whole family. Brushes are available for adults, children and even pets. These pet toothbrushes are made with 95% less plastic than regular toothbrushes. They come in two sizes with biodegradable bamboo handles. An ideal stocking filler for a…

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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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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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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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