Inspired by the kind of antique bedding you might see in your bohemian granny’s cottage in the rolling countryside, the LovemyDog Ada Dog Quilt features a vintage Liberty Print on one side and pure cotton chambray on the reverse. Hand crafted and lightly quilted it is ideal to protect your chairs and beds and so comfy for your dog – wherever they like to sleep. ” I particularly wanted something stylish but practical to go on my bed to stop Rabbit getting mud and marks on my bedsheets. Although he’s not really allowed in the bedroom he sneaks in there when I’m not looking!” says Creative Director Lilly Shahravesh. Lettice the Miniature Dachshund is nestled in all cosy as you can see in the photo above but this bed spread is big enough for larger dogs like Labradors too. The Ada Dog Quilt is hand crafted in the UK and machine washable.
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Countless hours go into hand-crafting each Hanbury collar from finest Italian Leather, softest nubuck and woven Scottish Tweed. The difference is in the details, from solid brass fittings, an extra loop to keep the leather tip flat and neat and the new LISH imprint – the hallmark of quality and luxury. Hanbury RE16 takes its design inspiration from the glorious blazers worn at Henley regatta which denote the club or country they represent and are often passed down through families. The Hanbury collar and lead set seen here modelled by Matilda the Frenchie are from our LISH label, the high-end designs of our creative director and founder, Lilly Shahravesh under her new personal label.
Harris Tweed is a hallmark of LoveMyDog designs, used on everything from coats to carriers, collars and blankets. But what’s the story behind this wonderful woolly fabric? Here’s five things you might not know…
1 Made from pure wool, Harris Tweed is a breathable, non-allergenic fabric with amazing insulation qualities, so it will keep your dog warm all winter long. LoveMyDog founder Lilly Shahravesh has been working with it for over 13 years – her dog coats, blankets, beds and carriers all make use of this cosy material in cool tartan, checks and plain shades. The Watney Duffle Coat is a classic example, in Highland-chic red tartan.
2 Known in its native Scotland as ‘clo mor’ – or ‘big cloth’ - Harris Tweed is super practical, even for pooches who love to get into muddy scrapes. Just let the mud dry, then remove with a dry brush. Or, if walkies has been a really serious affair, a little soapy water and a damp cloth should do the trick. Our tweed is Teflon®-coated to repel stains – treat it well and it will last for years.
3 Harris Tweed is one of the most ecologically friendly fabrics in the world. It’s been made in the same way for over a century, using only hand looms. Almost zero energy goes into its manufacture and it’s made from all-natural virgin wool.
4 So iconic is the fabric that it is protected by an Act of Parliament. The 1993 ruling decrees that Harris Tweed must by dyed, spun and woven in the home of an artisan weaver in the islands of the Outer Hebrides.
5 Despite its homely origins, Harris Tweed has made it onto the catwalks of Chanel and Prada – the ultimate example of heritage chic. LoveMyDog’s canine couture is just as carefully crafted, with tweed coats and carriers tailored to fit every size and breed. Why have anything else this winter?
You know what your Instagram needs? More dogs. We’ve put together five of Instagram’s best pets :)
Some people think Instagram is a place for food, sunsets and legs in the bath. They’re wrong. Instagram is the place for dogs. From tiny corgis to hipster pugs, there’s no shortage of loveable canines to make your feed the happiest ever. Too many to choose from, in fact; so we’ve narrowed it down to five of our favourites to get you started.
Tuna Melts My Heart
Who is he? The underdog with the overbite.
Image source: Instagram/ Tunameltsmyheart
Chiweenies are a cross between a chihuahua and a dachshund. They’re also obscenely cute, as you’ll learn if you spend as much time as we do fawning over Tuna Melts My Heart’s Instagram feed (which is a lot). With his pronounced overbite and wrinkled-up chin, Tuna is an endless source of reaction faces for every situation. Oh, and did we mention he has impeccable fashion sense?
Chiweenie chic: Channel Tuna’s off-duty cool by wrapping your pooch in this corduroy dog blanket. Raffishly retro.
Doug The Pug
Who is he? The self-declared king of pop culture.
Image source: Instagram/ itsdougthepug
It’s official. Doug the Pug is our spirit dog. If he’s not basking his wrinkles on the beach, he’s dressing up as Harry Potter, salivating over wine and pizza, or meeting Dolly Parton on the red carpet. But his life isn’t all about the glitz and glam: Doug is a also registered therapy dog with a charity called Pets As Therapy; showering care homes, hospitals, hospices and schools with pug-tastic joy.
Puggy style: With so many celebrity jamborees to grace, Doug needs to travel like a VIP. This Sidworth tweed designer pet carrier is oh so smart – and ridiculously cosy.
Sir Charles Barkley
Who is he? A Frenchie, and complete and utter heartbreaker.
Image source: Instagram/ barkleysircharles
The hippest name in the doggy world, the sharpest dress sense and the biggest smile; Sir Charles Barkley the French bulldog is a joy to follow. There are also excruciatingly adorable throwbacks of baby Barkley on a regular basis too (just in case you weren’t smitten enough).
Frenchie dressing: Got a Sir Charles B of your own? Treat them to this grey harris tweed dog bed for wrinkly snuggles galore.
Who is he? The happiest, fuzziest shiba inu on Earth.
Image source: Instagram/ Marutaro
Can we be honest? We’re really, really jealous of Maru. Not just because he has the most chilled life ever with his owner in Japan, but because he’s more photogenic than we’ll ever be. Follow him for his joyous smile, infinitesimal fuzz of fur and general handsomeness.
King of Shiba: Maru, are you reading this? We really need to see you modelling this Bow Wow handmade dog bow tie ASAP. You gorgeous devil, you.
Marnie the Dog
Who is she? 14-year-old shih tzu that’s gone from stray to star. Completely fabulous.
Image source: Instagram/ marniethedog
Young pups often take the limelight in dog shelters, but Marnie The Dog is changing all that. This senior lady, famous for her cheeky tongueand head tilt (caused by vestibular syndrome) is raising awareness of older dog adoptions, having been adopted herself at age 10. She was found partially blind and in a frightful condition. Now, she can be found occasionally falling into the arms of celebs like Taylor Swift and Tina Fey. Amen to that.
If the shih tzu fits: Give your pooch some sartorial flower power with this Amberley Liberty print dog collar lined with buttersoft suede.
*Lead image source: Instagram/ DougThePug
Fast and curious: here’s what life is like when you share it with a sighthound (clue: they’re not for everyone).
Whippets are far from a poor man’s greyhound. Though they strongly resemble the breed they originate from, they’re a creature of very unique quirks.
Elegant, powerful, shapely and sweet, the beautiful dogs are just as up for snuggles as they are for adventures.
It’s these precious idiosyncrasies that present a series of life lessons, hilarities and heartfelt moments for Whippet owners. Here are just a few.
1. Unleashing your Whippet is always a hysterical affair
The Whippet is independent, often aloof and never lost his prey drive. Should anything small, moving and furry catch his eye – he’s off. Leaving you to enjoy a long romantic walk on the beach… with yourself. They are racing masters, after all. However, they do have two speeds: lightning and out cold on the sofa. Which brings us to…
2. You’re used to living with two shadows
Hands up if your furry friend follows you from room to room like he’s attached to your calf? Or cosies up under your blanket? We thought so. Whippets love nothing more than being snuggled up – and are extremely adept at finding cosy spaces where none seem to exist, much to our constant bewilderment.
Whippets love: With their slender physique and sensitive skin, Whippets need luxuriously soft, padded beds to catch up on their beauty sleep. Treat yours to this tweed dog bed with thermo-regulating filling.
3. You’ve experienced a proper tail whipping
Any Whippet owner can relate to the eye-watering lash of the dog’s tail as they pelt pass, Speedy Gonzales style. Like a whip across the thighs. And as for the furniture? That happy tail can clear lampshades, coffee tables, you name it.
4. Your favourite shoes are hidden out of sight, always
If there’s one thing Whippet owners know (and have probably learnt the hard way) it’s to keep your favourite items up high. Waaaay up high. Your lovable critter will chew everything you own and you’ve come to accept that that’s just the way life is now.
5. Bike rides are out of the question
You know those dog owners that breeze by on their bicycles, leash attached to the handlebars, as their pooch gracefully gallops by their side? You are not one of those dog owners. As the fastest accelerating dog in the world, Whippets challenge even Greyhounds for top speed – and you’re likely to hit a bush at 80mph if you even attempt such a thing.
6. You get more excited buying outfits for your dog than you do yourself
Due to their svelte figure and lack of body fat, Whippets get cold easily. To a Whippet owner, this can only mean one thing – a complete and utter fashion frenzy. Wrapping your pooch in a properly-cut coat feels as momentous as Prince Charming bestowing Cinderella with her glass slipper.
Whippets love: End shivering in style with this hand-woven Whippet dog coat in pure wool tweed. Ultra smart, with a soft fleecy lining especially for sensitive Whippet skin.
7. Your dreams of having a watchdog are well and truly quashed
All strangers are welcome in a Whippet’s world. Great for when you have company – not so great if you ever wanted a guard dog. If you were ever burgled, you know fine well the criminal in question would be met with a friendly wagging tail and the soulful smile of your little whip. If they hear a can of dog food opening, however, that’s another scenario entirely…
Which breeds reign supreme? In celebration of Her Majesty’s official birthday this weekend we take a glimpse at the legendary companions to royals and rulers.
As the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday (congratulations ma’am), we’ve become accustomed to seeing her surrounded by a pack of her beloved corgis. The diminutive herding dogs have been pictured with her since 1936 and are now something of a royal mascot. But it’s not just corgis that have been constant companions to the aristocratic set…
Prince Albert & Eos
Image source: GreyTArticles
Handsome greyhound Eos was given to Prince Albert in 1833 when the future Prince Consort was just 14 – and they soon became as thick as thieves.
The duo spent six years in Albert’s native Germany before embarking on a new adventure together; a move to England, following his engagement to Queen Victoria.
Eos – fond of plum cake and hunting – was always Albert’s dog but he soon became a much-loved favourite, adored by all the royal household.
Royal match: Cloak your greyhound in this tartan coat for a chic look.
Winston Churchill & Rufus
Image source: The poodle & dog blog
While Churchill’s legacy is headlined with his tactical battle choices, he was also well-known as a keen animal lover, counting a budgie called Toby and Nelson the cat among his friends.
When it comes to dogs, the British war leader’s fighting British spirit meant he has long been associated with the bulldog. In fact, his personal pooch preference was a poodle named Rufus.
Rufus accompanied Churchill throughout World War Two before he sadly passed away. But it wasn’t long before another poodle joined Churchill’s inner circle. His name? Rufus II.
Royal match: Complement your poodle’s coat with this stylish pink tweed collar.
Duchess of Cambridge & Lupo
Image source: Kensington Royal
Lupo was a wedding gift to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from Kate’s brother James Middleton in 2011 and has since become a key member of the royal household.
The English Cocker Spaniel was even have said to have picked out Prince George’s name after the couple scattered choices on paper across the room and he sniffed out his favourite.
The pretty pooch has also featured in the tight-knit family’s official portraits since the birth of Prince George – just look at that smile.
Royal match: Is your dog a cocker spaniel, too? This stylish lead in yellow will contrast gorgeously against her glossy coat.
Duchess of Cornwall & Bluebell
Having grown up with dogs and cats, it’s no great wonder that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has become a keen supporter of animal welfare.
Beyond making the royal rounds at various animal shelters and homes, Camilla has owned several generations of Jack Russells and has most recently picked up two rescue pups from Battersea Dog’s Home; Bluebell and Beth. She is regularly spotted with the companions by her side.
Royal match: Keep your Jack Russell looking super smart in the Bow Wow bow tie and lead in Hoxton Tartan
Buying a treat for a very special dog? Fit the gift to the owner with our guide.
Whether you’re seeking a quirky fashion statement, the ultimate pet-tech or a personalised treat for home-comfort cravers, our gift guide features five of the best – and there’s one to suit every owner’s personality.
1. The gadget geek: FitBark
Image source: FitBark
Know a dog owner who’s crazy about their FitBit? The FitBark (£59.95) is already a hit stateside and making headway this side of the pond too. Track the pooch’s health and behaviour, while the accompanying app lets them share the data and photos with their friends and vet.
Available in five lovely colours – we like ‘free spirit’ green.
Fetch it: Amazon UK
2. The fashion fan: Hoxton Tartan Bow Wow dog bow tie
Who’s your best-dressed friend? Treat their equally elegant hound to a touch of sartorial style. This dog bow tie (£22.95) is made from the finest pure new wool and is perfect on its own for a jaunty touch of class – or as part of the Harris Tweed Hoxton collection – a design exclusive to LoveMyDog. Just make sure they head somewhere busy for walkies, as there’ll be plenty of admirers.
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3. The hungry hound: The Barking Bakery carob ‘woofin’ with pink yoghurt icing
Image source: Fetch
Which foodie is likely to turn up their nose up at run-of-the-mill doggy drops? This ‘woofin’ (£3.49), straight from Ocado’s pet patisserie will take your furry friend’s taste buds to new levels of delight. The fluffy carob sponge is complemented by a generous dollop of pink yoghurt icing and decorated with bone-shaped biscuits. It might only last ten seconds but it’ll be ten seconds of unadulterated doggy bliss.
Fetch it: Fetch online
4. The chill-out queen: Spencer corduroy dog bed
Image source: Love my dog
Curling up for a nap will never be quite the same again once their pup can revel in the luxury of the Spencer dog bed (£155), crafted from soft needlecord and finished with Sherpa fleece. If you know an owner who takes creature comforts seriously, this is one gift which will score big. It comes in three sizes, an array of colours (we love perky orange) and you can even personalise it, for extra brownie points.
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5. The pamper pro: The Pet Spa treatment
Image source: The Pet Spa
The Pet Spa in Chelsea is an unrivalled retreat for the pampered pet – and has plenty of treatments to choose from, including mud baths, reiki or a simple canine massage. Book a frazzled owner in for a spa treatment and whisk their pet off for his own spot of TLC.
Fetch it: The Pet Spa
To enter, all you need to do is upload a photo of your dog’s favourite spring walk here. And click on the Gallery tab to see the fab entries so far…
Your walk can be scenic, muddy, fun, or it might take in a great cafe or pub along the way.
The winner will be selected at random. The competition closes at midnight on June 7th (please allow 30 days for the arrival of your prize).
Fashion blogger Carly A. Heitlinger lives with her cute pooch Teddy in New York City.
Carly recently took some time out from running The College Prepster blog so she could enjoy some serious snow time with Teddy following the recent blizzard in NYC. Apparently Carly has never seen Teddy looking so happy! (more…)
Rabbit and Lilly star in the latest issue of ELLE Decoration.
Rabbit’s been in the press again. Here he is photographed for ELLE Decoration whilst wearing his Yellow Wilmot Dog Jumper.
LoveMyDog’s Creative Director Lilly says, “Elle Decoration is one of my favourite design magazines and one I have collected for several years. Obviously I was thrilled that they had chosen Rabbit and myself as leading pet experts for their special November issue feature” (more…)
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Five reasons to love Harris Tweed 20 January 2017
Dog-friendly holidays: six boltholes you (and your pet) will love 19 July 2016
Green paws: Garden designer Tommaso del Buono tells us how a squirrel-hunting terrier changed his life 30 June 2016