Other Accessories – lunch boxes; soft toys; baby vests AND LOTS MORE!
All the gifts can be personalized – some with photos and others with names making them really special presents to give to your friends and family.
However, I was more delighted to know that Gifts Made Personal have a section for pets! You can get Personalised dog bowls; pillows; bandanas all with your name on!
We went into the conservatory and Hum helped me open the boxes. The gifts were nicely wrapped in red tissue paper.
Inside one box was a pillow and a lovely pillow cover, with my name printed on it! It is about time I had my own pillow so everyone knows which is my seat!
In the other parcel was a really nice dog bowl again with my name on it and a picture of a dog that looks a lot like me.
I needed another bowl as the last one got broken – it was hand made and Hum stupidly put it in the dishwasher when it should have been hand washed ☹ However, my new bowl from Gifts Made Personal is properly solid and looks like it will withstand anything! Very good quality indeed Hum said. She didn’t think the pillow insert was as good quality as the dog bowl but said that it was fine for the price you pay.
You can get bowls and pillows with different dog breeds on them and if you can’t find your breed there are images that suit all (like my pillow). They may need to increase the breeds on offer as there were no ‘doodle’ dog images and there are a lot of us crossbreeds out there now!
Apart from that, I think Gifts Made Personal provides some lovely gifts for your humans to get us four-legs. And Hum said they are great value too!
SO I tried out my bowl with a drink of water and my pillow is now in pride of place on my favourite chair and I am a very happy little poochon indeed Thank you Gifts Made Personal.
Spring has finally sprung and what’s better than a lovely spring walk in the countryside with man’s best friend? Sean Whiting, from equestrian and country specialists Houghton Country, has given us his expert advice on how you can respect the countryside and keep your dog safe this season.
Who doesn’t love a nice walk in the countryside? But, when you’re out with your dog this spring, it’s important that you be considerate of the area, so you can both stay safe and avoid causing any problems for other people. In this article I’ll be highlighting the parts of the all-important countryside code that are especially important for dog walkers.
Respect the area
When walking in the countryside, it’s important to be mindful of the area and the people living there. Always leave things, such as gates, as you find them. Farmers may keep gates closed to stop animals escaping, or they may leave them open to allow their animals to get to food and water. If you do see any animals, try not to interfere with them, even if they look like they might be in trouble. If this is the case, your first port of call should be to alert the farmer. If you can’t find them, you can call the RSPCA and notify them of the issue.
As with anywhere, always clean up after yourself and your dog. If you stop for lunch, take all your rubbish with you and put it in the bin when you find one.
Keep your dog under control
The countryside can provide some pleasant walks for both you and your dog, but it’s important to know where you can walk, and how to control your dog while you’re out. Always try to walk on paths, unless wider common land or open country, known as open access land, is available for you to walk on. These areas include mountains, moors, heaths, and downs that are privately owned or registered with the council as common land. You can use this handy tool to search for open access land in England.
When walking on open access land between 1st March and 31st July, you are required by law to keep your dog on a lead, because this is when birds are usually nesting. On public paths, you can take your dog off its lead as long as you can trust it to behave well and you can still keep close control should anything happen.
Don’t disrupt farm or wild animals and always keep dogs on leads when you’re near any. If an animal is spooked, don’t panic, but calmly leave the field as quickly and quietly as you can. If they start charging, let go of your dog’s lead and leave the area. It’s usually the dog that they see as a threat, and it can easily outrun livestock. But, as a rule of thumb, try to stay as far away from other animals as you can.
If you have to pass any horses with their riders, ask your dog to sit and wait patiently until they have passed by to avoid the horse getting spooked. And always remember to reward your dog with treats for behaving well around animals.
Plan ahead and stay safe
Pack things that you’re going to need on your walk, such as water, food and, poo bags. If you can, pack a portable water bowl for your dog, which can easily be folded up and put into your bag or backpack for when you need it. Or, as an alternative, you can get specially designed water bottles. If you can’t get access to either of these, a lot of pubs and shops leave out water bowls for thirsty dogs.
In Britain, our weather is hugely unpredictable, so you should always pack for a change in conditions. This doesn’t just mean packing coats in case it rains and hats and gloves in case it gets cold — you’ll also want to take reflective gear for both you and your dog to wear if it gets darks or misty, as this will ensure you’re still visible to motorists.
Try to stick to footpaths and make sure you follow signs so you don’t get lost in an unfamiliar area. If possible, try to take maps and guidebooks of the region with you.
A nice countryside walk can be great when accompanied by your dog. By following my advice to keep your dog under control and respect the area, your stroll with your pooch will be hassle-free.
We knew it was on the cards – our owners have decided to get hitched! Amongst much tail wagging and wriggling and pushing and shoving, it dawned on us – would we be able to go along for more than the ride? We love a good wedding as much as the next dog – but not all venues want to deal with the occasional muddy paw print. Our owners undertook some much needed research and have come up with a few spectacular wedding venues that are sure to be a bit hit with humans and dogs alike! Here are three wedding venues that we loved!
Highfield Park can surpass the expectations of any well behaved dog! Staff are kind and welcoming, and you’ll be escorted over to the Fir Tree Court Bedrooms, which is where dogs and owners sleep when they visit the Hotel. There is a small booking fee for canines – and it’s worth every penny. Dogs can enjoy the gardens and grounds, and will be able to keep an eye on things when you go inside to the Rotherwick Lounge. When your dog is ready to take a mid afternoon nap, you can accompany them or, if you want to do your own thing for a bit, the Hotel provides large, comfortable cages – so they remain safe in your room while owners relax with other humans. The menus are superb and the dogs have the pick of meals too! Highfield Park has a dedicated Wedding team who will ensure that all the nitty gritty details have been attended to, leaving the Bride and Groom and dogs to have a fantastic wedding party in fabulous surroundings.
Our second recommendation is a Hallmark Hotel – which offers the Pawfect Pet Package for visiting doggies! If you’re lucky enough to have a beloved friend with four legs – they’ll love the Hallmark Hotel in Stratford upon Avon and there are 12 dog friendly rooms available to book in a variety of sizes – everything from a standard room to a grand suite with a four poster bed – how’s that for luxury! The rooms are on the ground floor for ease of access and you can take two dogs per room. Depending on the size of your dog, the hotel will ensure that the space you have will be suitable for you and your pet. Each and every dog is welcomed to the hotel with their own card and gift pack – ready and waiting for them in their owners room. Their welcome pack contains scrumptious doggy edibles and a food bowl and mat to keep things tidy and a good sized bottle of still water. After all, travelling is thirsty work!
There are 157 acres of landscaped grounds and gardens to explore, but dogs with little legs need not be daunted, since there is a handy Dog Walkers Map supplied by the Hotel. You can pick and choose routes to suit your dogs energy levels and there is also a nature reserve next to the Hotel, so you won’t be short of places to explore. When it’s time to have some rest and recouperation, you’ll be pleased to know that animals are welcome in the Hotel bar/lounge area and you can order them a special treat or drink (non-alcoholic of course!) from the delicious menu options.
This gorgeous hotel blends traditional and modern styles – making it perfect for a Wedding. The sweeping views, terraced walkways, romantic staircases overlooking beautiful gardens are picture perfect and the in-house Wedding Team will be delighted to help you achieve a wedding that everyone loves, including the dogs!
Set in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, this five-starred hotel is stunning, with incredible views, superb eateries and stylish rooms. It’s the perfect setting for a Wedding – with a variety of rooms suitable for ceremonies and celebratory meals. There is a magnificent raised terrace, with sweeping views across the gardens and grounds, right over to the moors. When it comes to bedrooms, there are plenty of options- from cosy singles to luxury lodge houses suitable for groups. Whether your wedding is an intimate affair or an extravagant party – Bovey Castle can rise to the occasion! The ceremony rooms have a timeless elegance, and a summer wedding allows for receptions on the raised terrace – perfect for a night of dancing!
For an additional £25.00 per night per dog, your canine chum can be accommodated in the lap of luxury. Visiting hounds are provided with scrumptious meals, tasty treats, dog coats to help combat the Dartmoor mists and super comfortable dog beds. Dogs can visit many of the public rooms with their owners – but are respectfully requested to give the lounge containing an aged Parrot a wide berth. Dogs can keep their eye on their owners at one of the excellent dining options and when it’s time to repair to the well stocked bar – your pooch can take a well earned rest in your own room. Everyone benefits from a spot of exercise and that’s easy to achieve at Bovey Castle. You’ll be provided with a map, which contains all the information responsible dog owners needs to know – so everyone gets to enjoy the gorgeous grounds, whether they have dogs or not!
While your dog has a rest, you can enjoy the luxury spa, the beautiful indoor pool, the tucked away Cider Barn where you can sample local alcoholic treats, or afternoon tea in the grand drawing room. You are your dog will be be treated like royalty – and there is nowhere quite like in the South West.
As I am sure you are aware, I am a very well traveled little dog and have had several lovely train journeys. However, if your humans are new to taking you on this form of transport, George Moss, a professional freelance writer has sent me this article to share with you!
Taking your dog on the train can be a bit of an ordeal as you need to think about the wellbeing of your little companion as well as other passengers. Still, whether you need to undertake a crucial train trip with your dog in tow or you’re trying to save the planet on your daily commute, there’re a few tips you can utilise to make the whole process that little bit easier for everyone.
But what are these tips? Is traveling with your dog on a train as easy as it sounds, or is this event doomed to be disastrous forever? Well, there’s only one way to find out!
Therefore, here’s how to travel with your dog by train.
The Right Train
Some trains welcome dogs, others have outright banned them. Without getting into which rules are justified and which others aren’t, it’s down to you to accept the situation and go from there. Consequently, you need to do your research and find out which trains will accommodate you and your best buddy!
For example, ThamesLink will take you both to where you need to go, accepting dogs and eliminating a lot of the fuss that comes with travelling with one – being allowed onto a train in the first place. Ensure there’s no shocking surprises or refusal of service on the day of travel by getting on the right train, and things will, obviously, go a lot smoother for you!
Hygiene and Behaviour
Make sure that your dog is clean and its paws, too. It’s advised to go for a little walk before the train but make sure they’re all clean and ready for travel before you hop aboard the train.
If your dog is also prone to getting up to mischief, perhaps bring along their favourite chew toy. This will keep them busy, quiet and occupied, and make them less likely to chew the seats and tables if your pup is committed to wreaking havoc at times or tends to get bored on train journeys. Don’t forget a little treat if they behave well!
Clear the Aisles
You probably know that trains have very tight walkaways. There’s generally room for a single file line as people form an orderly queue to get to their seats. When rush-hour is striking, frankly, it can be stressful for you and your little companion to fit in small spaces. Consequently, you should do your best to keep you and your dog clear of that walkway that runs through the centre of the carriages. If your dog is small, taking it on your lap will help it feeling calm and reassured and if it’s bigger, make a little space for it in between your feet for a few strokes and to avoid taking too much space.
Consider avoiding rush-hour trips all together to avoid passengers accidentally walking on little paws and so on, plus you could get super off peak tickets and have a more relaxed journey. If the time you travel isn’t something you can control, perhaps consider standing with your dog in a more open area near, for example, the toilet areas or the compartment areas between carriages. This will give you and your dog some room, while also allowing people to pass you by easily (and perhaps stop for a pat or two). Be aware of the space you’re both taking up, adjust and make room accordingly to accommodate to the wellbeing of your four-legged friend and other passengers.
The lovely Hayley Somerscales sent me this post to share with you and your Humans.
Everyone loves a trip to the beach in the summer, except dog owners. Visiting beaches with dogs during peak season can be problematic for everyone – other visitors, owners and their canine companions.
The best beaches are often over crowded, which can leave some dogs feeling nervous. Or, pooches who are people lovers may find themselves in the faces of those who don’t appreciate it.
Another issue of the summer season is the temperature. Every year social media feeds are bombarded with pet lovers warning of the dangers the heat poses for dogs, and a wide-open space with little cover like a beach could result in an expensive trip to the vets.
But dogs shouldn’t be denied the miles of sand to run across or the cool water to leap through. This is why many dog owners opt to take their four legged friend to the beaches off peak during the spring time. The UK often boasts warm weather in the spring which although pleasant, is not sweltering hot.
Unsure where to go? Here is a list of five UK beaches that are idyllic for dogs this spring.
Fraisthorpe Beach, East Riding of Yorkshire
There are no dog restrictions at what has been dubbed one of God’s County’s most treasured beaches, Fraisthorpe.
It forms part of Bridlington Bay and stretches for miles southward, all the way to Humber Estuary. The beach is flat and sandy, perfect for dogs that love to run but also kind on geriatric hounds who may struggle with hilly landscapes and hard surfaces.
In the summer you are likely to come across horse riders, kite surfers and fisherman, but in the spring the beach is much quieter. This gives your dog plenty of room and freedom to play off the lead
If you head about three miles from the North side to the main section of beach you will find a range of seaside classics such a fresh mini doughnuts and fish and chips shops.
Close to the beach owners will come across The Cow Shed. A dog-friendly café that serves fresh locally sourced food -they will even offer refreshments for dogs too. It’s a great place to take in the views and to stop and recharge before continuing your walk.
The largest and nearest town is Bridlington, about four miles to the north of the beach. But there is also pay and display parking available at Auburn Farm, close to the beach.
Ballycastle Beach, Antrim, Northern Ireland
Ballycastle beach is a fairly small beach, measuring at a very manageable 1.2km in length. It is still a popular one, however, as it’s situated on the Causeway Coast route of Antrim. The beach runs from the pier at Ballycastle Marina to popular fishing spot, Pans Rock.
Dogs are allowed to roam freely during the springtime, invited to explore the mixed terrain of sand and shingle, which should keep their paws busy.
Ballycastle Marina boasts being one of only two blue flag marinas in Northern Ireland. This international award is given as a quality mark for cleanliness, safety and meeting high environmental standards. This means owners are taking their pooches to a safe and clean environment, without worry of harmful water or piles of litter.
You can also use Ballycastle beach as a starting point to walk to the mysterious Giant’s Causeway. This geological wonder is made up of 40,000 basalt columns created by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago. Dogs are welcome on the rocky terrain but must be kept on their leads, for the safety of everyone.
Ballycastle town centre is only five minutes away. A promenade is also located at the western side where dogs are also welcome.
3. Carradale Beach, Strathclyde, Scotland
Carradale Bay on the Kintyre Peninsula offers dogs a wide sweeping sandy beach that stretches towards Carradale Point, making it the perfect environment for walkies. It’s a gently sloping beach that is well sheltered from any bitter westerly winds.
The beach is approximately one mile long and has been labelled one of the best beaches in Kintyre, offering shallow waters for swimming and white sand. But despite this high-status it’s rarely crowded, particularly out of season. This makes it the perfect location for dogs, and owners that like to avoid hustle and bustle associated with popular seaside towns.
Carradale beach, which is located near Cambeltown, is set against a picturesque backdrop of mountains and flower meadows, taking you a world away from more urban coastlines.
Owners will need to be wary how far they walk though, if they end up walking all the way to Carradale Point, dogs will need to be places on their leads to make sure they avoid the wild goats that wander the nature reserve.
As well as the wild goats, some owners may also get a kick out of spotting some marine wildlife, from minke whales to the rare basking sharks, both of which have been spotted on this coast.
Half a mile from the beach visitors can find the village and fishing harbour of Carradale, offering facilities such as parking, as well as dog-friendly places to eat and stay.
Ogmore-by-Sea, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Although this beach is famous for the Annual Sausage Dog Walk, all breeds of dogs are welcome on Ogmore-by-Sea Beach in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Just east of the main beach there are small coves, allowing adventurous pups to sniff around on varying terrain in a more secluded setting. You will also come across large caves, giving the braver pooches the opportunity to investigate – perfect for inquisitive pups.
If your dog is a furry ball of energy and isn’t easily tired by walks, try walking to the beach from the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes. This route will allow you to pass by the Ogmore Castle and then follow the Glamorgan Coastal Path to Ogmore-by-Sea, visiting the Hardy and Southerndown bays.
At low tide you can splash through the River Ogmore, which runs into the sea over the beach, but dog owners are advised to be cautious of the current, which can be quite strong in some areas.
There is plenty of parking thanks to a large car park which can be accessed via the B4524. The beach offers access to toilets, for the humans of course.
This beach boasts being one of the cleanest beaches in the UK so make sure you take plenty of bags to pick up after your dogs.
Yaverland Beach, Isle of Wight
Yaverland is a village on the Isle of Wight, just north of Sandown on Sandown Bay. Widely considered one of the best beaches on the Isle of Wight, it is dog friendly all year round – ideal for canine chums.
A wide, expansive sandy beach, this is perfect for dogs that love to run and play in the surf, there are also lots of rockpools and cliff faces on either side to intrigue your furry family members.
Not that the beach doesn’t have plenty to offer for its human visitors too, it’s part of the ‘dino coast line’ and as such Holotype fossils have been discovered here of Yaverlandia, a specific genus of dinosaur.
If an active day of water sports if more your thing, Yaverland beach has excellent swing waters, not to mention catamaran, dingy sailing, kite surfing and surfing – the sea is sectioned so there are safe bathing areas for everyone.
The beach has facilities such as a café and green energy public restrooms, however it is blissfully free of the usual seaside chaos and shops.
If however, you need somewhere to call home whilst you are visiting, Whitecliff Bay, Isle of Wight holiday park, is dog friendly, including all levels of accommodation. The park is only a mere seven minute drive from Yaverland Beach or for the energetic few, less than an hour’s walk.
Half price hovercraft travel for dog owners (dogs always go free)
To demonstrate their dog-friendly approach, Hovertravel is dedicating a weekend in March to encouraging dog owners to try the fastest ferry across the Solent. All dogs always travel free on Hovertravel and for Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March, adult dog owners can also benefit from half price Day Return tickets.
Hovertravel connects Southsea in Portsmouth with Ryde on the Isle of Wight in just ten minutes and dogs stay with their owners throughout the journey. Our current fleet are much quieter than our previous craft, so there is less noise to disturb dogs or their owners and water bowls are available in both our terminals.
Loretta Lale, Head of Commercial at Hovertravel, adds: “We welcome all well-behaved dogs on our hovercraft and we are using this weekend offer to show just how easy and simple Hovertravel is for dogs and their owners. The Isle of Wight has superb walking opportunities, from a straightforward stroll along the sand at Appley Beach to a strenuous scramble up Culver Down where the dog-friendly Culver Haven Inn even offers a free dog biscuit for all customers.”