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Our Wonderful Winter Competition entries

We kicked off a competition for a new dog for our Home page at the beginning of December last year. The prize being,  the winner would appear on our Home page for the Winter and win an organic gift set of paw wash and paw balm from our lovely sponsors Snooboo’s. 

I love running these competitions as people become so engaged and, lets face it, we have over a million photo’s of our dogs on hand.

I ran my first one in Autumn 18 and realised once I had all the entries in, that it could not be me who had to make the final decision on which one won. It was even worse for the winter competition as had double the entries. I therefore created a short list and shared it with a group of friends and other petpreneurs to judge. My brief being simple  – I wanted a dog that personified Winter Wholesomeness.  It was no surprise therefore that the lovely Toy Cockapoo Cookie from Yorkshire took the crown.

And Cookie’s not just a pretty face – at 18 months old, Cookie has completed advanced obedience classes, counts on a bell, can open the washing machine and also put things in the bin. She’s also just enrolled in Doggy Dance classes!

So kick back with a mocha and browse through out beautiful pooches, from the snowy adventure seekers to the coach dwelling, fire hoggers. we’ve got them covered.

Keep a look out on our Intstagram or Facebook page for our Spring 19 competition, which we’ll be kicking off in March.  If you want to get practising , here are some great tips!

Apologies we could not cover ALL the dogs that entered as there were simply so many – we don’t want to break the internet!

Honey
Lupa
Patrick
Lexa
Blue
Alf
Cookie

Winter dog winner

Ace
Willow

Our very own Wholesome Hound

The wonderful Cookie with her prize

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The Wholesome Hound by Sarah Savage - 1w ago

Herby Beef, Potato and Kale Hash 

Servings

Makes 3-8 portions depending on size – Made Willow who is 9kg 5 meals 

Ready In:

30 Minutes

Effort Level:

Easy

Good For:

A great all rounder with plenty of lean protein and leafy greens

About this Recipe

We’re all about celebrating Kale this month, with this being our second recipe of the month featuring this in season veg. If you missed the other one – It’s here 

If you are new to home cooking for your dog and feel a little nervous about it, we really recommend the Lily’s Kitchen Dinner for Dogs book. It gives lots of great information on why it can be beneficial as well as some really useful feeding guidelines. There is also a great article on some of the benefits here. My top benefit being able to reduce food waste. I quite often raid the kitchen to see what veggies are on borrowed time and centre a dish around those.

The Recipe states a small/medium potato.  Mine, however was nearly as big as my face, so I used half. 

With all our recipe’s – Just because they are dog friendly. They’re also delicious for Humans, If you fancy a portion of this for yourself, separate it out, add a dash or Worcestershire sauce and maybe even a cheeky poached egg on top!!

Ingredients
  •  1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 300g Leam Minced Beef
  • 1 x Small/medium Potato (about 200g)
  • 2 Medium Carrots
  • 4 Leaves of Kale
  • 2 Sprigs of Rosemary
  • A Handful of Parsley
  • 400ml Boiling water 
Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Finely dice the Potato (leave the skin on), Peel and dice the Carrot into small doggy sized pieces, finely chop the Rosemary. Disregard the thick stem from the Kale and chop the rest of the leaf

Step 2

Heat the Oil up in a large pan over a medium to high heat

Step 3

Add the mince to the pan, separating with a wooden spoon as you go until all browned

Step 4

Add in the Potato and Carrot and mix through the Mince for a few minutes making sure nothing sticks, before throwing in the Rosemary and Kale

Step 5

Boil the kettle for the 400ml of water and pour into the pan, leaving everything to simmer until the Potatoes are soft and all the water absorbed

Step 7

In the meantime chop the Parsley and throw in the pan at the end

Step 8

Portion up – This made 5 portions for Willow who is 9kg. I never weigh out now as used to how much home made food to give her -as a guide though, they should need slightly less food v kibble due to the higher nutrients. As a broad rule of thumb you should start with 2% of your dogs bodyweight per day – obviously this will differ based on activity levels etc.  I use food bags to portion up so I can have a few days worth in the fridge and the rest in the freezer for convenience.

If you have a small dog you may want to use a hand blender to blend down a little – Remember dogs don’t chew as well as us.

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Chicken, Kale, Pear and Rice Bowl

Servings

Makes 4-10 portions depending on size – Made Willow who is 9kg 7 meals 

Ready In:

30 Minutes

Effort Level:

Easy

Good For:

A great all rounder with plenty of lean protein, fruit, veggies and grains

About this Recipe

Kale – Love it or hate it, it’s super good for us, and likewise, our dogs. Its also in season right now so I really wanted to make a super healthy recipe with it.

I’ve recently done some more research into the best way to ensure home cooked pet food covers all needs in terms of vitamins and minerals and chatted it through with my vet.  This all pointed me in the clear direction of not just relying on vegetables, but also adding fruit into recipes, and the pears at my local greengrocers looked really luscious.

This is also a great option if you are looking for a lean recipe , with it using chicken breast. Another great chicken recipe here.

If you do want to check how lean your dogs is, there are some quick easy visual checks you can do – here.

If you are new to home cooking for your dog and feel a little nervous about it, we really recommend the Lily’s Kitchen Dinner for Dogs book. It gives lots of great information on why it can be beneficial as well as some really useful feeding guidelines.

Ingredients
  •  1 Tbsp Coconut Oil 
  • 225g Chicken Breast – diced small
  • 200g Brown rice – rinsed and drained
  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 1 Large Courgette
  • 2 Pears – peeled and cored
  • 80g Kale -thick stems removed and chopped
  • 4 Tbsp Flaxseed Oil
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180.

Step 2

Boil the rice to the packet instructions

Step 3

Dice the Carrot, Courgette, and Pears into small doggy-sized pieces. Toss in the Coconut Oil (you may want to melt down for a few seconds in the microwave) and roast on a baking tray for 10-15 minutes until softened

Step 4

10 minutes before the rice is done, add in the diced Chicken and Kale

Step 5

Once the Rice, Chicken and Kale are done, drain and add to a mixing bowl (or back in the pan to save washing up) along with the Roasted Veggies and Pear

Step 7

Once cooled, add in the 4tbsp Flaxseed Oil – This is great for adding a boost of Omega 3

Step 8

Portion up – This made 7 portions for Willow who is 9kg. I never weigh out now as used to how much home made food to give her -as a guide though, they should need slightly less food v kibble due to the higher nutrients. As a broad rule of thumb you should start with 2% of your dogs bodyweight per day – obviously this will differ based on activity levels etc.  

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The Wholesome Hound by Sarah Savage - 1M ago

Doggy Christmas Dinner

Servings

This made 4-5 portions for Willow who is just under 9kg

Ready In:

20-30 minutes

Effort Level:

Much easier than your Christmas dinner!

Good For:

Lean protein, lots of fruit and veggies and a good does of healthy fats

About this Recipe

I love home cooking for Willow and following the great feedback we received on our Festive Cookies I was inspired to rustle up for her, her very own Christmas Dinner.

Why not just give her some of our Christmas Dinner? 

Well yes I could, but common ingredients that are used in so much of our food, such as onions, are actually toxic for dogs, plus i’m also a little bit of a salt fiend when i’m cooking and again, this isn’t great for our pooches.

Now, I know what you might be thinking – you’ve  got  enough to do on Christmas day right?

Well, I hear you, hence this recipes is firstly, super easy to make and secondly, can be stored in the fridge up to 4 days or frozen and defrosted when needed, so you can make in advance of the big day! 

I decided to not boil the veg as wanted to keep a little texture and also keep as much goodness in as possible so I tried the more stir fry approach and it worked a treat!

Full disclaimer – I soooo wanted to use Turkey for this recipe, but my butcher had promised all his turkeys to good homes for Christmas so I opted for Chicken instead – both would work well, I am mourning the Turkey however!

You’ll need a large frying pan – I used my wok, and either a Julienne peeler or spiraliser – if you haven’t got either, a good grater will do

Ingredients
  • 2 x Chicken (or Turkey) Breasts
  • 1/2 Butternut Squash, peeled and core removed
  • 1/2 Small Red Cabbage
  • 1 Medium Parsnip peeled
  • 4 Kale leaves – large stems removed
  • Handful of Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Sage
  • 4 Tsp Flaxseed Oil
  • 1 x Tbsp Coconut Oil
Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Dice the Chicken or Turkey into small doggy bite sized pieces and set to one side

Step 2

Julienne/spiralise or grate the Butternut squash and parsnip. If using a julienne or spiraliser you can cut down into shorter lengths

Step 3

Chop the kale and cranberries, slice the red cabbage into strips

Step 4

Place a plan over a medium heat and melt the coconut oil

Step 5

Once the Oil has melted, add in the chicken and cook for 5 minutes

Step 6

Add in all the veggies and cranberries and keep moving around the pan

Step 7

Finely chop the sage leaves and add to the pan. 

Step 8

Cook for a further few minutes until the chicken is fully cooked, the veggies softened down and your kitchen smells of AMAZING Christmassy smells

Step 9

This will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days or will also freeze in portioned food bags or Tupperware. Stir through 1 tsp flaxseed oil to each potion before serving to add in some Healthy fats

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The Wholesome Hound by Emma Williams - 1M ago
Can Dogs Smell Fear?

 GUEST BLOG from PetBucket. Pet owners have long known that dogs can pick up on their emotions, but new research is showing that, thanks to their powerful noses, our pets can literally sniff out how we feel. Here, PetBucket, the pet treatment specialist, explains more:

Dog owners have long suspected what science has more recently proven: our canine companions are experts at picking up on how we feel. Thanks to animal behaviour research, we’re learning how, exactly, our pets are able to sense our emotions and in some cases, it turns out Fido can literally smell how you’re feeling.

Just how exactly do dogs know how we’re feeling?

Dogs and humans share a lot in common. We’re both highly social species and both use a series of complex facial expressions, body language and vocalizations to communicate with our peers. It’s no surprise that when early dogs came into contact with people, they began learning to read human emotions, which increased their chances to access the food, shelter and affection we provide.

Animal behavior experts and psychologists have proven that dogs can sense human emotions, but only recently did they prove that dogs use their powerful sense of smell in the process. A team of researchers set out to answer whether dogs use body odors—also known as chemosignals—produced under certain states of emotion to determine how we feel. To do this, they recruited eight human volunteers, who watched videos designed either to provoke either fear or happiness. The researcher team collected their subjects’ sweat throughout the video, and then, put each canine subject into a room with his owner and a stranger. The samples were then diffused while scientists watched the dogs’ reactions. By monitoring their heart rates, posture and movements, they found the animals reacted differently to the two samples. Dogs exposed to “happy sweat” had fewer, shorter interactions with their owners and more interactions with the strangers in the room, indicating confidence and a more relaxed state. The dogs smelling the “fear sweat” sample, however, exhibited stress-related behaviors such as elevated heart rates and seeking out their owners.

Give your dog plenty of opportunities to sniff around!

This study offers some insight into just how important Fido’s sense of smell is when it comes to his daily life. Dogs have 50 times more scent receptors than humans, so smell is critical to your pet’s ability to gather information about his surroundings. Giving Fido plenty of opportunities to sniff during walks is important, then, to keeping him mentally stimulated and happy overall.

While both you and your companion reap the health benefits of a brisk daily walk, keep in mind that it’s equally important to stop and sniff the roses when it comes to your pet. Letting him linger longer allows your dog to engage his brain and act on his natural instincts. If you’re interested in carrying this positive effect even further, you may want to consider enrolling your pet in a scent work class to boost his confidence and strengthen the bond you share.

About the author

PetBucket is an online retailer, stocking pet vitamins and supplements, as well as tick and flea treatment such as Nexgard for dogs and Bravecto chews.

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Great Secret Santa Gift Ideas for Dog Lovers 
It’s that time of the year again – The dreaded office Secret Santa!  Novelty gifts are exchanged, people pretend to look pleased and those gifts never see the light of day again. However, do not fear, If you pick the name of a Dog Lover out of the hat, we have you covered with the best, budget but actually nice gifts – All of which are handmade in the UK
1. Super cute compact mirrors  from In Your Dog House pets
Available for most breeds, These cute mirrors by Eastbourne designer Kate Ferrari make a lovely stocking filler.

Perfectly sized for handbags and a lovely cheer me up at any point of the day when you get it out and it reminds you of your adorable pooch – Priced at £5.00

2. Beautiful dog print stationery Joules

I can personally vouch for these as I use the A5 Hardback to write all my blog ideas in.  Nothing  makes a work day feel better than good stationery and Joules have a stunning range of dog print Hardbacks, Jotters and Memo pads. A perfect stocking filler or Secret Santa for a dog lover, also – don’t even get me started on the Sausage dog pencil box – too cute! – Priced from £7.95

3. The most fabulous Home made Dog Christmas decorations from Masion Le Lou

It was honestly love at first sight when I spotted these on Instagram. Now don’t let the paper mache element make you think of something a child in reception class would bring home, they truly are gorgeous.

Frenchie’s, Pugs, Jack Russell’s, Dachshund’s and many more are covered – sadly no Cockapoo for me (Please add one in the range for next year!) – Priced from £12.00

4. Poop bag holders (Stay with me…..) from Teddy Maximus

Now, I never expected I would be recommending you buy someone a poop bag holder for a Christmas present. That however, was before I saw these beauties. Crafted by a talented team of London Leathersmiths, Lightweight and Stylish (Yes stylish!!) you’d never be embarrassed about accidently pulling this out of your handbag over brunch (all been there) . I’ve honestly never been so excited over something to do with my dogs poop before. Available as a pouch or bag and in a variety of colours – Trust me – This would make a great gift for a stylish dog owner with a penchant for the finer things in life. Priced from £14.95

5. A Classic Dog Mug – from Sophie Allport
A classic, safe gift, and always a good one for the office too. However, it doesn’t have to a cheap novelty offering. Sophie Allport is a British Designer, who also happens to be a dog lover, so has a beautiful range of dog prints – we featured another one of her products on our Dog Gift ideas under £20 blog These mugs come in a selection of breeds – Priced at £11.00

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