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The Best Fathers day gifts for Dog Dads – A collaboration with Etsy.

We featured a Dog Mothers Day gift guide back in March, so it’s only fair to do a Fathers day one too. For all those great dog dads doing the morning walks, this one’s for you.

As per our Mothers day list, we’ve teamed up with Etsy to feature the smaller, more creative businesses out there.  All gifts featured are also made in the UK so no expensive shipping!

1. Whiskey glass from Loving Glass Designs

This Wales based Husband and wife team (Plus Jazzy, the enthusiastic German Pointer)  create gorgeous, pesonalised, engraved glass wear. These whiskey glasses would make a great fathers day gift. Priced from £13.95 and available for any breed – Click here for shop.

2. Cheeky Iphone cover from Dog Lovers UK

Shop owner Jason is a huge dog lover himself – hence the name – and specialises in personalised gifts, of which he has a large offering. We love these cheeky phone covers – available for all breeds. Priced at £18.00 –Click here for shop.

3. Rustic dog sign from The Brate Group

Exeter based The Brate group sell personalised ID tags mainly, but it’s these rustic wooden signs we love – Priced at only £3.99 they make a really cute, novelty gift – Click here for shop.

5. Dog and wine book print from FabFunky

If the Dog Dad you are buying for also loves wine, then this gift is perfect. The prints feature the illustrations of Kelly Stevens-McLaughlan, an established artist living and working on the souther coast of the UK. Available for plenty of dog breeds, framed and unframed, they make the perfect, unique gift – Priced from £19.95 – Click here for shop 

4. Cute yet tasteful Dog Mug from EllieEllie

Now obviously, we have to have to include a token mug into our gift list. This is more tasteful than most. Its a colaberation with artist Lauren Smith who illustrates in pen and ink.  Priced from £13.00 – Click here for shop 

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How to do your bit for charity when you are time poor.

Charity. We all want to do our bit and support our favourite charity. Especially – as an animal lover – when it comes to animal charities . Where, however do you find the time?  As someone who has a full time job and is trying to build a business on the side.  Time is in limited supply to me right now. However, I was thrilled to be part of a fund raising event with my local Starbucks this week. It was for the wonderful Guide dogs UK and it got me thinking. What other, small ways could we be giving back.

So, read on for a few ideas on how can do your bit. All based on what time you have at your disposal.  All these ideas are based on what Guide Dogs UK, The Dogs Trust and RSPCA offer. There are, however,  plenty more amazing charities out there. Have a look in particular for the smaller ones local to your area.

Ideas for the time poor

If your life is busy, giving up your time to charity probably isn’t an option. None the less, there are lots of options that you can do without using your time. 

Both the Dogs trust and the Guide dogs have a sponsor programme.  You pay as little as £1 a week and sponsor a pup. Each offer regular updates from your pup which is a lovely touch at no more than the cost of a couple of lattes a month.

If, however, spare money is in rare supply. One thing I  done for the last few Christmas’ is text my friends and family to say I won’t be sending Christmas cards. instead I  use the money normally spent on them and donate it to the dogs trust.

For those that could give a little more time

If you would like to do something to takes a little more involvement, there are also lots of options. On the Dogs trust website, there are lots of ideas for if you wanted to do your own fundraising event. A simple bake sale – don’t forget bakes for the doggies, recipe here – to the more adventurous sky dive. They also have organised events already in place, such as sponsored runs, from 5km to full marathons, making it easy to link in to getting yourself fit at the same time.

Now if that all sounds a little ambitious, the RSPCA are on the lookout for volunteering cheerers.  Yes that’s right – cheerers.  For the great north run this year, they are looking for people to go along and help motivate their runners!

For those who do have time on their hands

There are a whole host of options available to those with more time on their hands. Be it helping at the Dogs Trust dog training school, or working on one of the many charity shops the RSPCA have. One thing I personally would love to do, as can imagine how rewarding it would feel, is to be a “Puppy Walker” for the Guide dogs. This is where the puppies training to be guide dogs come and live in your home with you. Your job being to socialise them in public and get them used to being in a family environment. Setting them up well for when they get paired up with a person who needs them. For me, it lies in the future as I simply don’t have the time currently. So for now, I’ll be donating Christmas card money and also sponsoring events such as the Starbucks one through The Wholesome Hound.

Has this given you ideas for what you could do?  likewise let us know about any fab animal charities in your area.

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Doggy Strawberry Scones 

Servings

Makes 12 Mini Scones 

Ready In:

30 Minutes

Effort Level:

Easy

Good For:

Grain free, great for breath

About this Recipe

Strawberries, what a wonderful ingredient, and judging by how well this doggy strawberry scone recipe went down, Willow agrees .

I picked Strawberries as my May seasonal ingredient as every morning when walking Willow, I would walk past the greengrocers and the smell from the strawberries outside became too much to resist.

For me personally, they also evoke such lovely childhood memeories of strawberry picking as a child. Put one in your basket, two in your mouth so on and so forth. I feel bad, is this why Strawberry growers open to the public for picking are rarer these days, all their profits were being eaten!

 For our pups, they are a great ingredient to use in recipes. They contain an enzyme that actually whitens their teeth and they are full of antioxidents.

I mixed my doggy strawberry scones with mint to add even more freshness and also have an option to add a cream cheese and strawberry centre. This takes it to the next level, we’re talking doggy afternoon tea levels!

For this recipe I used a silicone mini muffin tin

Ingredients
  •  150g Buckwheat flour
  •  2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  •  1/2 Tsp Baking Powde
  • 1 Tbsp mint leaves chopped finel
  • 5-8 Strawberries (depending on size)  hulled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut oil for greasing

Optional centre

  • 50g Cream cheese (full fat)
  •  A couple of strawberries sliced super thin
Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees 

Step 2

Grease the mini muffin tin with the coconut oil

Step 3

Add all the scone ingredients to a mixing bowl and combine

Step 4

Fill the muffin tin with the mix, you can fill all the way to the top as they don’t rise too much

Step 5

Bake for 20 minutes, unitil risen and golden on top

Step 7

Leave to cool, you can store up to 5 days like this or freeze. If filling go to the next step, but only fill when ready to serve

Step 8

Once cooled and ready to fill, cut in half horizontally, add a generous layer of cream cheese to the bottom half and top with some of the sliced strawberries.

Place the tops on, and they are reday for your pooches afternoon tea party!

Once filled they will last in the fridge for up to 3 days

Hope you pooches enjoy!

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How to make your dog walks more mindful

Mindfulness. It seems to be everywhere right now. Having quiet time where you can be really present is good for stress levels, sleep, and subsequently your health – both physically and mentally. So why do we find it so difficult?

I’ve tried a few things over the years. From the mediation apps to just being still for 10 minutes a day. The only thing that has worked for me though has been my morning walks. I love walking on a morining, its a great way to start the day. I did find though that I was sometimes guilty of falling into that trap where you are so busy checking your instagram or emails that you can’t even remeber being on the walk.  This motivated me to make some changes to get the most out of my dog walk. At the same time nailing this whole mindfulness thing.

Here’s my top five tips for you to try

1. Leave the phone at home.

Its tempting to wake up and check you phone immediately.  When we do, all those messages we need to reply to or how many likes we have gotten on instagram over night all increase our stress levels. I find if you get out with the dog before looking at your phone, you really do have a clearer mind. 

Now for me personally, this tip is a little metaphorical as I don’t feel right going out with Willow without my phone, just in case something happens. If you are the same, just grab your phone without looking at it and throw in your pocket. 

 2. Actually look around.

I know this sounds obvious, but what I mean is really look around. Notice the seasonal differences.  The colour of the leaves on the trees. The flowers that are out. Look for birds, bees and other insects.  This is a great way to improve mindfulness. Not only are you just more present on your walk, but you are also becoming more in tune with nature. I’m a huge Hygge fan so this really works for me.

If you struggle with this, a good idea to get started is to pick a colour that you will try and spot. For example if you choose pink, spot the cherry blossom, the pink flowers  and pink hues in the sky.

3.  Listen too.

This is something that some of the teachers at my yoga studio use when in my all time fave pose – shavasana. (the bit where you get to lay down) Start by focusing on the noises close in such as your breath, footsteps, your dog, and then listen for sounds further out, examples being: birds, cars, wind etc. Again it makes you just so much more present and in tune with nature. 

4. Mix up your route.

I’m a massive creature of habit. I do the same route over and over, via starbucks for my almond milk latte. However, it does pay to mix it up.  Go off the beaten track. Take a new turn you don’t normally and see where it leads you.

This is a great one to do if you’ve really mastered the previous two tips and want to start branching out. One thing I’ve done in the past is allow Willow to lead the walk, follow her where she wants to go. Imagine how happy your pooch will be too getting to choose where their morning walk takes them. 

4. Listen to a short story podcast

OK,  this does contradict the no phone rule and the listening to nature. If, however you really struggle with the silence, or likewise if you’ve done the above for the first half of your walk but now want to slowly start allowing outside noise or influencers in, then podcasts are a great idea

Short story podcasts are great if you want that excapism.  There are some great ones here covering all kinds of genre’s. Another good resource is the Ted talks as you can tap into the subjects you want. The most fitting here being mindfulness tips or how to start your day great or tap into gratitude.

I hope you’ve got at least one new thing to try out of this blog. You can also check out other ideas here. Do you have other ideas that have worked for you? 

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The Wholesome Hound by Sarah Savage - 1M ago

Doggy Meatloaf 

Servings

Makes 4-8 depending on size – Made Willow who is 9kg 6 slices 

Ready In:

50 Minutes

Effort Level:

Easy

Good For:

A really easy dish, with plenty of protein and veggies 

About this Recipe

Meatloaf – it’s a strange concept to us british. Maybe it’s because it looks so…..well, unappealing really. Not that our dogs care about this. Willow was very excited whilst this was in the oven. 

I really wanted to make a meatloaf recipe as Willow is prone to eating too fast, so having something that comes in a chilled slice that she has to work a little harder on, did appeal to me.

I used regular beef mince from the butchers, but if you are watching your pooches waistline, you can use the leaner ones. I also used full fat cottage cheese as the fat free ones have lots of unnecessary ingredients in. Even the full fat ones are still low in fat and it’s a great source of dairy and extra protein. 

Feel free to use any fruit and veggies your pooch likes.

One tip for this recipe is to use the loaf tin liners, so much better than greasing the tin and then trying to get it out. If you are looking for more use out of your loaf tin, check out our doggy banana loaf cake here

Ingredients
  •  500g Mince Beef
  • 140g Full Fat Cottage Cheese
  • 140g Rolled Oats 
  • 1/2 Large Carrot
  • 1/4 Broccoli 
  • 1/2 Apple – I used Granny Smith
  •  2 Eggs
  • 60ml Water
Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees 

Step 2

Line a standard loaf tin with a liner, alternatively grease and line with greaseproof paper 

Step 3

Peel, core and chop your chosen fruit and veggies (no need for chopping small as will be going in the processor) 

Step 4

Add to the food processor along with all the other ingredients

Step 5

Blitz until smooth, this should take up to 5 minutes depending on your processor. The consistency you are looking for is like a pate

Step 7

Spoon into your lined loaf tin and bake for 40 minutes until golden brown on top

Step 8

Take out of the oven and leave to cool. Once cooled, slice. I sliced in 6 as looked a good portion size for Willow. As a quick rule of thumb its circa 2% of their total body weight that they need per day of real food.

This will last in the fridge for 3 days, hence I wrapped 3 slices in cling film and placed in the fridge and the other 3 slices I wrapped and placed in the freezer. I’ll defrost these the night before I need them.

Hope you pooches enjoy!

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The five main reasons I choose to make my own dog food

Following on from last weeks blog all about the changing landscape of the pet food aisle.  I wanted to write about my own personal reasons why the I choose to cook home made meals for Willow – and no, It’s not because I have too much time on my hands!! 

There are lots of reasons. But after giving it some thought, I’ve narrowed it down to these top 5 – which are in no particular order.

Full disclaimer – I am not a vet or animal nutritionist.  I can only give my point of view based on my personal experience with my dog

1. I believe anything closer to nature is better

Using fresh ingredients gives me the reassurance that I know EXACTLY what she is eating.  If you can translate a Bakers complete ingredient list and know exactly what each ingredient is and what it does, then great, but I can’t.  My own view to eating is to eat fresh, unprocessed food as much as you can. Food as near as possible to its natural state HAS to be better for you, this is also the case for our dogs .

2. Variety

For the first 18 months of Willows life, I referred to her as a fussy dog. She never seemed that excited about food and would often sometimes leave food. Some branded  kibble, she wouldn’t even touch. In the end, it meant that I only gave her one flavor of Lily’s kitchen (Chicken and Duck) as that was the only one she seemed to get on OK with. I mean, can you imagine having the same meal every meal?

Fast forward to when I first started home cooking for her and she has a real lust for food now. Me and the husband were like, oh right she was just bored it seemed. She often now has Lily’s kitchen for her brekkie still (and home cooked for tea) and now she eats it all up with gusto. I can only assume it’s because she knows its now not for every meal!

3. Reassurance on quality of ingredients

 As  mentioned, Willow will often have Lily’s kitchen kibble still for breakfast. This is one of the more premium brands in the market, yet when you look at how much a portion costs it equates to 50p. Factoring in profits for the brand and the supermarkets selling and each potion will likely cost about 15-20p. What quality of ingredients can you expect to get for that?  Food manufacturers are under constant pressure to cost engineer their products. I would personally prefer to pay more to know that the meat is of high quality and has come from an ethical source that I trust. I procure as many of the produce for my recipes as possible from the local butchers and greengrocers, yet still most of my recipes cost less than £1 per serving. 

4. Positive differences – both physically and behaviorally

There is a huge link between food and behavior. We know this more so for humans, but I also know my dog. Willow suffers from anxiety and is also quite the hyperactive dog. I have found though that since she has been on fresh home made dog food in the evening, she has been so much calmer. It was actually the dog trainer we worked with several years ago that made me really think about her diet.  She was an advocate of a raw diet for her dogs. Raw or cooked the principal is the same, commercial dog food can contain a high level of carbs – mainly used to reduce the cost down.  Our dogs only need a low level of carbs, so any excess is going to leave them trying to burn if off by tearing round the living room all evening. 

Its also not just behavior where I’ve noticed differences. Willow seems to scratch less. She was prone to itchy ears and the odd ear infection previously. Her coat is also better in the fact that she doesn’t seem to matt as much.  Another difference I’ve noticed (and sorry if this is TMI) is that she’s at the vets less often for her anal glands!

5. Doing my bit for the planet

Really? I’m saving the planet with this? Well no, not single handedly. However,  home cooking for Willow has opened up some avenues for me that I feel if we did on mass, would help make a positive difference.

The first one of these being food waste. There are some really scary statistics out there on this. As a nation, we are getting WORSE rather than better at this. If you do want to find out more you should check out this podcast. 

I’ve made a few of my own pacts on this, but likewise Willow helps too. All those veggies lurking at the back of the cupboard looking sorry for themselves, If I have no use for them in meals i’m planning on making, I will centre a meal for Willow around them. 

The second thing is that we are all too dependent on meat, making it a sustainability issue for the future. Whilst I’ll never make Willow become a vegan, I do like to only give her plant based snacks rather than meat derivative based ones.  Quite regularly her snacks will be a simple as a carrot or sweet potato, or sometimes some of my own snacks from our range,  where again, I know where the ingredients have come from

So there you have it with my five reasons.  I could have gone on but these are the most motivating for me, those and the fact that I love cooking so am quite happy doing it for the entire family! I’d love to hear from you if you’ve seen benefits since moving your dog to a fresh food diet.

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How dogs diets have changed and why 

This week, we’re talking all about the changing landscape of pets diets, and in particular dogs.

Over recent years, there has been a huge shift in people wanting to take more control over their pets diets. Grain free, Raw, Home cooked meals, Vegan – yes even Vegan.

Think about it. Can you imagine saying to someone 10 years ago that your dog  follows a grain free or plant based diet? That person would have looked at you gone out.  Yet today one of the most loved commercial brands (and the only one I trust for Willow) is Lily’s Kitchen. A brand who’s  origins came from a dog owner home cooking for there beloved pooch due to their skin issues. Now we all seem to be demanding more for our furry friends.

So what is it driving this change?

Well, let us think about the evolution of Humans for a minute. We started as cave people. Eating what we could find, meat, fish, fruit and veggies. Fast forward to the 1960’s and convenience kicked in.  We started canning fruit and vegetable so that we could enjoy them all year round – makes total sense.

Then came the 1980’s where processed food really took off. Low fat versions of more natural foods (think butter v margarine) came out with ingredient lists as long as your arm. We replaced full meals with shakes and put all our trust in ready meals – after all they told us they were “balanced for us”, “good for us”, “calorie controlled” why wouldn’t we trust them?

 Today we are in a place that, whether you are all about Paleo, plant  based, healthy fats, or low refined carbs, our newer ways of eating have one thing in common . They are all bringing us back to that cave people philosophy by favoring natural over processed.

Is it the same story for our dogs? 

Wild dogs ate raw meat, fish, berries, plants etc. Fast forward to today and now we have shelves full of very similarly packaged packs of uniformed sized kibble or tins of mush.

The interesting thing is that this processed dog food makes up for pretty much all the dog food choice out there in our supermarkets. I mean, that is the equivalent of having a Tesco full of just ready meals and meal replacement shakes. Is it a case that we are simply behind the human food evolution when it comes to dog food? I certainly think so. So much so that in a further 10 year time I see supermarkets with dog food available in the frozen and fresh aisles also – something that’s  already happening in other countries

Yet feeding your dog your way seems really daunting right? 

 There is so much science used when it comes to developing dog food.  A blend of ingredients and supplements all formulated for optimum health meaning it can be daunting to try and find your own way. After all,  our dogs can’t tell us how they are feeling.

Obviously Willows health and wellness is of upmost importance to me, but I do believe we a re sometimes guilty of over thinking it. Do we have a full scientific breakdown of all meals we consume? No, so why do we feel we need this to make decision for our dogs.

When I started considering moving away from commercial dog food, I researched a lot. I also spoke to my vet too, although don’t forget most vet practices are funded by pharmaceutical businesses and therefore can be biased when it comes to advice. 

For me, I chose to home cook meals for Willow over a raw diet due to personal preference.  The principals, however, are the same in terms of using real food,  including high quality meat. I discussed with my vet the foods I would be using and how I would measure I had the right  balance.  Its also important to add that Willow may have a home cooked food nearly every evening, but she also has Lily’s kitchen kibble for breakfast as I knew my limits when it came to time.

Willow is also part of the pet plan offered by our vets so has regular check ups to ensure she is healthy. I can therefore use this as a check in, as well as watching her weight, energy levels and poops.

Here’s some really useful guides I found when starting out on home cooking, I also have quite a few recipes now built up all on our recipe page:

How to ensure they get the right balance

A great recipe book for when starting out

The importance of calcium

 Next week, I’ll be sharing the six main personal benefits I choose to home cook for Willow

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The Wholesome Hound by Sarah Savage - 2M ago

Doggy Easter Biscuits

Servings

Makes up to 30 depending on your cutter

Ready In:

60 Minutes

Effort Level:

Biscuits alone – Easy.

Icing – a little more skill involved

Good For:

Packing in two veggies.

Also a great bake to do with the kids for the family dog

About this Recipe

I love Easter, but over and above that, springtime in its entirety. It just seems to bring a new energy to people.

The Easter break and school holidays provide plenty of opportunity to get your bake on and our four legged friends don’t want to be left out. These biscuits left unglazed make every day, guilt free, permissible treats for your dog. Taken to the next level and decorated, they make a fun family baking activity. 

I also wanted to incorporate Carrot into this recipe as we had picked it as our seasonal vegetable as part of our new year pact to eat more seasonally. If – like Willow, your dog is a big carrot fan, you maybe also want to check out this super easy Pupcake recipe

For these biscuits, I used this cookie cutter here, but it was very small and fiddly. Some of the biscuits were breaking when being removed from the cutter. My tip if using this cutter,  is to gently push the dough out of the cutter with the end of a teaspoon at the carrot top end first.

If you enjoy icing biscuits, there are some great recipes for really amazing looking doggy bakes in the Proud Dog Chef book

Ingredients
  •  180g  Buckwheat flour 
  • 70g Coconut flour
  • 1  large egg beaten
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled, chopped, boiled and whizzed into a puree and cooled (keep 1 Tbsp of this to one side for the icing)
  • 1/4 large carrot grated
  • 1 Tsp chia seed

Optional icings

Orange

  • 1 Tbsp sweet potato puree
  • 2 Tbsp Greek yoghurt (not fat free)
  • 2 sachets of Dr. Oetker Arrowroot Green Icing
  • Same ingredients as the orange icing but switch the sweet potato for a handful of parsley leaves
Step by Step Instructions

 Step 1

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees

Step 2

Combine all the biscuit ingredients either in your mixer or mix by hand – add any water if needed so it comes together to a dough. 

Step 3

Flour your work surface (or you can lay a sheet of greaseproof paper on your worktop, placing another on top of the dough and roll that way) lay out your dough, flour your rolling pin and roll out so it’s the thickness of a pound coin.  

Step 4

Once rolled, sprinkle a little flour over the top to remove any stickiness from the dough and cut out your biscuits with your cookie cutter. 

Step 5

Place your biscuit on baking trays and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, they should start going golden and have dried out. 

Step 7

Whilst the biscuits are cooling, you can make your icings. I used my Nutribullet for this, but a normal blender will suffice. Place the ingredients except the arrowroot into the blender and whizz up till smooth and combined.

Step 8

Place each icing in a separate bowl. In a further bowl add the arrowroot and mix with a tiny bit of water to make a paste and add to your icing, stirring it through. You should feel it getting thicker. 

Step 9

Time to set up your icing station.  I also grated some more carrot to sprinkle over the top of the biscuits. I took one biscuit at a time dipped it in the orange icing so it covered the front main body of the carrot, then dipped into the green to ice the carrot top before placing down on serving board/plate and finishing with grated carrot. The icing will dry hard.

These will last 2-3 days once iced, or up to 8 weeks if leaving un iced.

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Peanut Butter Pawcakes

by Sarah Savage | Feb 25, 2019 | Recipes, Uncategorised

Peanut Butter PawcakesServings Makes 4-6 Pancakes depending on the size you make them Ready In: 20 MinutesEffort Level: Flippin' easyGood For: This is a great recipe if your pooch has issues with gluten or grainsAbout this Recipe I love this time of year, there are...

Valentines Doggy Biscuits

by Sarah Savage | Feb 5, 2019 | Recipes, Uncategorised

Strawberry & Carob Valentines treatsServings Makes 25-30 biscuits depending on cutterReady In: 60 MinutesEffort Level: EasyGood For: Strawberries are a powerful antioxidant and ever contain an enzyme that helps whiten teeth!!About this Recipe Ahh Valentines...

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The Wholesome Hound by Sarah Savage - 2M ago

Could we all learn from our dogs when it comes to listening to our bodies? 

This week, we’re talking all about listening to your body. It’s been one of those weeks, where I just haven’t felt like doing all the things I’d promised myself I was going to do. It started on Monday, when I decided to not go to my Barre class – that I’d actually been on the waiting list for – and instead spent 2 hours in the bath tub, watching re runs of Jane the Virgin.

I’ll be back on it tomorrow I said. However, I wasn’t.  Interestingly though,  for the first time ever, I actually didn’t care.

All in all I’ve had a full week of going for strolls rather than swims, relaxing in the tub rather than doing yoga and sleeping in till I feel fully ready to get out of bed – within reason obviously, I  do have a full time job unfortunately.

So what has this got to do with Dogs you might ask? This is supposed to be a dog blog right?

The answer is, I realised dogs live EVERY day of their life with this positive, healthy, self loving attitude.  Yes Willow’s walks are determined time and duration wise by me, but, she sleeps when she chooses, plays with toys when she desires and takes affection when she feels she want it.

How can we all be more dog?

Have you ever seen a stressed out dog?  Not really. Neither have we.  Apart from environmental factors such as travelling in cars, potentially being around other dogs or in new places, dogs don’t have other stresses. The ones we put on ourselves with our thoughts, expectations and daily worries.  

According to Dr. Chatterjee, Stress is the biggest health epidemic we are facing, so we absolutely need to be controlling it, and we can take learnings from our furry friends.

Here is my plan.

1. Be less rigid about my daily plans. 

2. Set aside one hour a day to do whatever I want, exercise, walk, sleep, have a bath, watch TV, read whatever I feel like

3. Give myself permission to be kind to myself and accept that it’s OK to say no to things.

4. Wake up every day with a lease of life as if it’s a clean slate 

I’d love to hear what learnings you take from your dog.

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Can dog ownership make or break your relationship? 

This week, we’re talking all about dog and relationships. Not your relationship with the dog, but the impact that dog ownership, or in some cases non dog ownership has on your relationship with your significant other.

Dating Apps targeted at dog lovers are now a thing. I mean of course they are, it makes sense. You can disagree on Brexit, but when it comes to dogs or animals in general, can a lover and an ambivalent really co habit?

I have couple friends where one is desperate for a dog and the other not so much. Rightly so, its the latter that wins the war as its got to something you are both 100% invested in.  This however, can cause resentment in a relationship.

So couples who both love dogs and therefore get to own one together are living their best lives right? 

Well, when you look at the most common reasons couples argue on any list, money, sex life, lack of sleep, parenting and chores all feature. All of these are prevalent when it comes to dog ownership. Lets take these one by one

Money 

In our household, we’ve been debating dog number two for a while now.  However with the husband starting a new job and me trying to build a small business to become more than just a side hustle, security around finances is a concern.

Don’t get me wrong, I do believe we all live by our means, but, its just double of everything. Insurance, vet bills, groomers (fellow Cockapoo owners will know just how much it can cost to keep those four legged Teddy Bears looking just so), dog walkers and boarding.  Holidays too – some holiday cottages have restrictions of one dog only, or charge a supplement for dog number two.  it’s all a huge consideration.

Sex Life 

Now, I can’t blame this all on Willow obviously, however young dogs especially can’t be left alone for more than 5 minutes. If you want ‘special cuddle’ time, they just think you’re playing a really fun game that they’ve not been invited to. They absolutely WILL voice their disappointment at this.  There is nothing that will ruin the moment more than a whining dog.  

Lack of sleep 

Sleep training a puppy is brutal. Now I don’t expect sympathy here from anyone with actual human children, but still, the struggle is real.

It has always worked for us to go old school with sleep training and let our dogs cry out for the first few nights but I do know it’s not for everyone and some prefer to have their dogs in with them even just at first. There is a quick guide here from Ceaser. Whichever route you decide, you will inevitably have some rough nights sleep wise.

New routines such as holidays throw them too. We now pretty much write off the first night of any holiday as Willow paddles up and down her new surroundings, whining and woofing at any slight sound.

Lastly what’s with the ridiculous time they wake up?  I’m sure its different for older dogs but Willow will allow a lie in till about 8am on a weekend and not a minute after.

A lot of my friends think that because I don’t have children, on weekends I roll out of bed mid morning for brunch. The reality is one of us is out walking Willow at the break of dawn come rain or shine. No matter how tired we feel, or how heavy last night was.

There is no ‘just play on your ipad’  equivalent for dogs.  The fact that they can’t go to the loo on their own means you are on borrowed time as soon as they wake.  All of this contributing to the ‘I’m more tired than you’ conversations.

Parenting 

When we got our first dog, me and the hubby argued about letting her off the lead. I was in the camp of ‘yes’ train her well and let her be a dog.  He was however all about risk management and believed it was best to always keep her on the lead. I won in the end after some encouragement and education on training, yet he remains still more cautious than I do about this subject. 

The point is, I never saw this coming. It’s not something we had discussed. Whilst you don’t have as many decisions as you would with children, you do need to be aligned on subjects such as how you are going to train your dog. It can become a bone of contention otherwise (pardon the pun).

 
Chores

As much as I love walking Willow. In the working week, where its go, go, go, those routine morning and evening walks can become more chore like for sure, and therefore, they go on the list of chores to divide and bicker over.

The most contentious of all dog related chores in our household being the late night wee in the garden. This has become the subject of much negotiation for us  – ‘if you stand outside in the garden freezing in your pyjamas, whilst Willow finds the perfect spot to wee, then i’ll do her morning walks for the next three years, solely pay for all her food and basically do ANYTHING to get out of getting from under my blanket on the couch to stand outside’ 

There’s other things too.  Arranging the dog walker, booking her vet check ups and grooming appointments, all of which I do by the way. I don’t mind, don’t get me wrong. Its for Willow after all, yet it all still falls under the title of ‘life admin’. We all like to spend hours arguing over who does more life admin- me, definitely me.

  
What if you share a dog and then it all goes wrong?

So what happen if a dog couple split up? – not because of the arguments over that last wee hopefully, but like real life stuff. What happens to their furry child?  There’s a whole custody conversation. I know couples who have gone through this and it’s awful.

Some people (non dog owners) find the notion really strange. ‘You share a dog with your ex, what?’ Why is it weird though? a dog is family, and you brought up that dog together.

If anything god forbid happened in my relationship, one of my first thoughts – if not my immediate thought would be Willow. How would we work it, it would be heart breaking.

That said, I couldn’t see Willow in more capable hands than Dan’s. If I’m being 100% honest, I trust him more with Willow than I trust myself – probably stemming from one of my earlier points about how cautious he is with her.

This brings us full circle to finding that special someone for you, who you can share the joys of a dog with, alongside the nigh time wee’s.

Seeing the dating apps advertised makes me feel really lucky with my little set up here at home, but I also realise how I take for granted that I’m in a relationship with someone who shares the same feelings. It’s not like it was a first date question.

How do you feel about dogs and the impact having one has on your relationship, good and bad?

Are you a dog lover looking for a dog lover?

Do you share custody of a dog with an ex?

Are you unable to have a dog because of a partner? 

If you’re a couple contemplating a dog for the first time ,you should check out our blog on how to tell if you are ready.

I’d love to hear your story.

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