Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Top Ten Brands to check out at Cruft's

We can't believe Cruft's starts tomorrow. 

Mummy always does lot of shopping at Crufts and with so much to see it can be difficult to know where to go first. 

So here our top ten brands to check out on this fun packed weekend. 

Natural Instinct - This is must in our house, Lottie has been on their raw food diet a year now and loving it. Their raw food diet for dogs and cats follows the motto "you are what you eat". Our wholesome and delicious meals are the no stress, no mess way to feed raw!

DoggyTreat -  are a family owned company based in Scotland who have over 25 years experience in the pet industry. Anco have been sourcing and manufacturing ethically approved, 100% natural, healthy, hypo-allergenic dog treats and food from across the UK and Europe since 2005. This is a company that is new to us, Lottie is particular looking forward to trying their Anco Roots. 

PitPat - This is a company we have had lots of connections with in the past and we can't wait to meet the team again, we reviewed their Pitpat last year after visiting Cruft's. PitPat the activity monitor for dogs. Allows you to discover the secrets of your dog’s day through a free app that monitors time spent walking, running, playing and resting. It sets goals, tracks progress and calculates calories burnt so you can make sure your dog is getting the exercise it needs.

Grippy Leads - We just couldn't attend Cruft's without ours! It’s the lead with the loops! Grippy leads are unlike other dog leads on the market.Featuring an innovative multi-loop design, this unique lead allows you to walk your dog at varying distances and bring your furry friend to heel with ease and control. Designed and handmade in Cornwall, from cushioned webbing, the leads are colourful and comfortable for you and your pet. You can even add a matching collar. There are 8 colours to choose from, perfect for even the most pampered pooches! 

Dependable Pets - are passionate about great food, tasty treats & fabulous toys that your Dogs & Cats will love. This is another new brand to us, so we can't wait to see what products they have on offer. 

Equafleece - We only learnt about these quite recently so am hoping to pick our first one up at Cruft's. They offer warm, water-repellent, breathable fleeces for you and your animals. 

Ditsy Pet  A stunning brand of handmade pet collars & accessories, using unique fabrics and trims to create an individual product for your canine friends.No dog can have to many collar, right? We brought a few of their gorgeous collars last year and am hoping to pick up some this time. We can't wait to see their new designs. 

Ruff and Tumble -  Drying Coats are modelled on horse blankets. They go on over the head and are a tailored to fit, with a cosy neck collar and a wide belly strap which fastens simply with Velcro. They’re top quality double thickness cotton towelling which makes the coat soft, absorbent and comfortable for the dog to wear. Perfect for after wet walks and bath times Ruff and Tumble Drying Coats are also fantastically warm for the cold winter days and can also be soaked in cold water to create a cooling coat for hot summer days! All coats are machine washable. We picked up one of these last year, but two is always better than one! 

Mabel & Mu - designs and make the most gorgeous dog collars, leads and accessories. We haven't owned one of their collars yet, but Im sure we will fall in love as soon as mummy claps her eyes on them! 

Benefit NaturalWe're passionate about the health of working dogs and the benefits it can bring to your dog. That’s why there’s nothing artificial in our complete dog food solution, it's completely nutritionally balanced from puppy to adult. Yet again this is another newbie brand to us, but we look forward to seeing what they have on offer. 

These are just a few (I mean a few) brands we will be visiting on Saturday the 11th when we are at Cruft's the biggest dog show! 

We would love to know what brands are on your radar. 

Love Lottie (And Jessica) 


Monday, 6 March 2017

Westie really are the Best in Show... We're off to Crufts!

It's that famous time of the year again. 

The one where all doggie get nose twitches and sense of lot of treats coming their way! 

Thats right, its time for Crufts. 

I got to attend with my Hooman last year as part of the very important press team, and was top doggie repawter! We had such a brilliant time and make a real weekend of it. Even better Marie Burns and Devon the West Highland White Terrier won the ulimiate prize of Best in Show. 

It was certainly the icing on the cake of an amazing weekend. 

Well guess what? We have been invited back this year! How great is that. We will be there on Saturday the 11th March, which is Gundog day. 

In 12 months we have grown our blog and followers lots, we know lots more people than we did this time last year. (I think its great as I always get more treats). We hope to meet lots of you there, whether you follow us here, on our social media or know us in person, don't forget to stop and say hi. You will be able to spot us as mummy will have this orange bandanna on the back of her wheelchair. Also she will be the human trying to juggle me, her wheelchair as well as whist snap shooting every opportunity. 

Below are a few details about the event... 

Every dog wants to be best in show, but for those dogs that haven't are like me and prefer a more laid back lifestyle their are still plenty of things for you at Crufts too - 
  • 22,000 dogs competing for the world class title of Crufts Best In Show. Spilt into seven groups, Working, Toy, Utility, Hound, Gundogs, Pastoral and most importantly Terriers. 
  • The Arena showcasing fantastic displays and competitions
  • Good Citizen Dog Scheme training ring, the UK’s largest dog training programme.
  • Dog Activities Ring, where you can learn how to unleash your dog’s potential
  • Breeder's Competition
  • Eukanuba Friends For Life Award
  • Young Kennel Club,  International Junior Handling and Young Kennel Club Groomer of the Year. 
  • Scruffts - Best Crossbreed
  • Discover Dogs - located in hall 3. With over 200 breeds its the perfect opportunity to speak to experienced dog owners/breeders to find out what breed is best suited to your circumstances. 
  • And of course plenty of shopping. With over 400 trade stands with special show offers and exciting new products for you and your best friend! For a list of all the exhibitors click here. 
Cruft's takes place from 10 - 13 March 2016 at The NEC, Birmingham. Show opening times each day: 8:15 - 19:30

Ticket prices are as follows - 

Thursday / Friday
Adults £16.20 Child £11.88 Concessions £11.88
Adults £19.44 Child £15.12 Concession £15.12 
Adults £18.36 Child £14.04 Concession £14.04 
Best In Show 
A - £25.50 / B - £20.50 / C- £17.50 D- £15.00

*Concessions: Children aged 12-15, Students with valid NUS card, Seniors aged 60+. Under 12s go FREE!

If however you can't make it this year (we hope to see you next year) Crufts will be on the television as follow: 
  • Cruft's will be televised on More4 from 6.30pm - 9pm on Thursday 10th March and 6.30pm - 7.30pm on Friday 11th March 
    Channel 4 from 7.30pm - 9pm on Friday 11th, and 7pm - 9pm on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th.The exciting climax of Crufts - Best in Show - will be judged at 8:30pm on Sunday and will be shown live on Channel 4. 

We hope to see lots of you there. 

Love Lottie (and Jessica) 


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Sniffing out the very best dog blog around.

When I started writing Lottie's blog just over two years ago, if I'm honest I hadn't even heard of dog blogging. 

Once you start your own you soon find out about others, and believe me there are some great doggie blogs out there these days. 

Here is our top picks of the best dog blogs around... 

Stephanie Dreams 

Stephanie Dreams is a lifestyle and dog friendly blog. Slowly being taken over by her two spaniels, Severus & Lily- which is perfectly fine because they're such a large part of her life. They blog about dog friendly trips and Travel, wearing the finest pooch attire and tips and info for dogs and their owners. You can find them on Twitter and Instagram

Doxie Girl 

Doxie Girl is a fairly new blog, Bernie who is the star of the show is 7 months old and shares his home with his two hoomans. Bernie is also a big Instagram star and currently over 9,000 followers, wow! Their blog is an amateur dog blog documenting life being owned by a Dachshund. You can find them on Twitter and Instagram

Adventures of Doodles follows the life and loves of a little doodle Colin and his little big sister Rhapsody. They share honest reviews, days out and,of course, lots of photos! You can find them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Lu is definitely head pooch over on this blog, My Fluffy Day.  Lu is a fluffy little Yorksire Terrier from Ireland who decided to try out blogging for some fun! Their blog is still in its puppy stages but, they love writing up reviews on some of the lovely treats and toys that my mom has got for me. You can find them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Lu also has a Redbubble Store.

Archie's Great Adventures is a blog that any dog lover can enjoy. With a mix of reviews, days out, cute photos galore and everyday tales of dog ownership, you can follow the adventures of Archie the yorkie, and his dachshund sister Winnie. You can find them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Chloe who runs Archie's blog also has an Etsy shop which you can find here. (She has some super cute bandanna's in stock).

Sarah, Ted & Millie other known as TWLIGHT BARK UK is the go-to blog for all things dog. They have been blogging for about a year but have recently relaunched their website (and we think it looks great!). They love to share their own likes, dislikes and stories, as well as discovering the stories of others and sharing them with their followers. In the new year expect to see interviews with great dog brands; top tips from leading members of the dog industry; review of their favourite dog products; individual stories from the dog community as well as event coverage and charity features to name just a few. You can find them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

Hounds & Small is a blog about the fun, life and times of Daisy the Labrador and her 4-year-old small human called Little T. Hence the fantastic name. You can find them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

And of course don't forget to follow me on social media, you can find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

Love Jessica and Lottie xxx