Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Walkies with a wheelchair

Well it looks like summer is finally on it's way! Any dog owner's favourite time of year.

For those of who that don't know we live in quite a rural area, and their are lots of doggie friendly countryside walks - however very few are wheelchair accessible. 

I suppose this is something that many of you may not even think about. When you put your walking boots, pick up the lead and open the door, you don't even consider if the place is accessible. 

Unfortunately for somebody who uses a wheelchair like me - this is one and mainly the only thought that crosses your mind when you open the door. 

My wheelchair just isn't made for rough grass or wild woodland. Which can really limit where we go. 

At the moment i'm the process of getting a new adapted car and new wheelchair and i'm hoping to get an attachment that will mean I will be able to go over grassland much easier - of course with all these things comes cost and when your an adult funding is very limited -  I don't have a spare £7000 for the cost of the new chair and attachment stashed under my mattress. Im on the hunt though and I will reach the amount - these things just take time.

In the mean time, we make the best of a not so good situation. There are a few doggie walks with nice countryside views that do have paths for my chair. Our favourite is a lovely little brook walk about 1 mile from our house. 

Our Happy Place

After my recent surgery my mum has been walking Lottie, and it's something I really miss. 
Today, however was the first time me and Lottie managed to get out together and we headed for our favourite spot - the brook! 

We had a fantastic time and Lottie loved running through the grass, whilst I wheeled along side her on the path. 

So Lottie can have a little more freedom, I use a Flexi Lead. I know these are very conversational in the dog world. But trust me they are a god send for wheelchair users, in my opinion it's the owners that make the lead sensible to use and I always have full control over Lottie. 

You might think this blog post is a long woe is me post, believe me if you knew in 'real' life you would know that isn't the case at all! I started Lottie's blog four years ago now (where does time go!) to raise awareness of my disability Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and to achieve this I want you to all understand fully exactly what having a disability is like! I hope I have opened your eyes a little...if not at least their are some cute photos at the bottom! (But please remember don't take granted what others wish for!). 

Of course this walk gave us the opportunity to take plenty of photo's and we thought we would share some of these with you below.

Until next time. 
Love Jessica and Lottie xxx 

Friday, 7 April 2017

Wellybix Dog Biscuits Review - Malted Milk with Oats

We have reviewed one of Wellybix products before when we were sent the Bake-A-Bone to review, however the lovely Alison kindly sent us a new line of their biscuits for Lottie to taste test. 

Now when it comes to biscuits, Lottie is their straight away. What dog doesn't love a good biscuit. However, you can get biscuits and then you can get good quality biscuits and thats exactly what Wellybix biscuits are. 

Who are Wellybix? 

Wellybix are a UK company based in Teeside. The company, who is run by Alison, and of course chief taste tester Welly the Jack Russell. They sell a range of handmade dog biscuits, their Bake A Bone boxes as well as a range of accessories all dogs need. All of her biscuits are homemade, and some of the ingredients even come from her own garden. All the ingredients contain no artificial colours, preservatives or flavour enhancers and have been approved by a veterinary laboratory. 
What did we receive? 

Wellybix currently have 11 different flavours of dog biscuits for you to purchase, so there is sure to be a flavour to suit your dogs taste buds. 

Their newest flavour is Malted Milk with Oats which is what we were kindly sent. 

Each bag of biscuits contains 110g and are currently priced at £3.55 so they are great value for money. 

They are handmade with simply ingredients - Wholemeal and plain flour, rolled oats, wheatgerm, malted milk, honey, skimmed milk powder, sunflower oil, water. 

The biscuits are fairly large so are great for all breeds of dog, for smaller dogs like Lottie I simply break them in half, meaning you get even more for your money. 

As soon as you open the packet you can really tell they are Malted Milk (they even smell like malted milk biscuit! Yum). 

What the taste tester thought? 

As soon as we received the package from the postman Lottie could not wait to open it. 

She was not best pleased when I had to stop her taste testing them to take some blog photos (the life of a pet blogger hey). 

Once she finally got her taste buds on them, she loved them. Lottie can be a little fussy at times but she took to these straight away and in fact wanted more. Greedy guts! 

Lottie would highly recommend these hand baked dog biscuits and gives them a 5 out 5 in her paw rating. As for her human she also give them a 5 out of 5 rating, sometimes it's great when Lottie loves a product but then you find its full of the nasties, where as with these I know she loves them and I know they are great quality at the same time, that a winner in our book! 
You can sniff Wellybix out of social media and their website as below: 

Love Lottie and Jessica xxx

We received a pack of biscuits from Wellybix at no charge with no obligation to provide a review. All opinions expressed here are our own and truthful!

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