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Five reasons to love Harris Tweed

Friday, January 20th, 2017
Watney Duffle Coat, £145

Watney Duffle Coat, £145

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.

Watney Duffle Coat, £145

Watney Duffle Coat, £145

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.

The Outer Hebrides, home of Harris Tweed®

The Outer Hebrides, home of Harris Tweed

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?

Walkies (and drinkies): the UK’s best dog-friendly rambles

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Wilderness rambles and an English country pub: it doesn’t get much better. Unless you’ve got a dog trotting alongside. Here’s our guide to the UK’s best pet-friendly pubs and nearby walks.

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From Cornwall to Cumbria, there’s little to beat stretching the legs and lungs in the good old English countryside. Add the tempting lure of a traditional pub garden on a sunny afternoon and all’s right with the world.

Here’s our edit of the best dog-friendly pubs with a handy stroll close at hand.

 

The King’s Arms and The Rattlebone Inn, Didmarton and Sherston, Cotswolds

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There’s a two-for-one on this circular walk, with the Rattlebone Inn at beginning and end in Sherston, with the King’s Arms at Didmarton marking the half-way point. And they’re both seriously chic.

The King’s Arms is all leather armchairs and picture windows, looking out onto a voluptuous country garden for sunny days. And they know their weekend market: supper is served until 10pm on a Friday night, so you can whiz down straight from the office after a long week and not go hungry.

It’s got spot-on canine credentials too. Resident dog-in-chief Spoof the Jack Russell is on standby for playtime and they even serve a doggy beer, Snuffle (yes, really). If you decide to hole up here for the weekend, four-legged guests are as pampered as their two-legged pals, with dog beds and treats available in the super chic rooms.

As for the Rattlebone Inn, no-one can say it lacks pedigree. A former favourite haunt of Prince Harry and friends, its modern bistro cuisine and real ales continues to attract the smart set. If you’ve any energy left after your walk, there’s a skittles alley and three boules pitches in the garden.

Ramble route: Start your walk at picture postcard-pretty Sherston, taking a circular route, mostly through open farmland. The walk follows the River Avon upstream through the gentle slopes of a valley.

Grab a leisurely beer at The King’s Arms and you’ll head back towards Sherston on a different path, ending up back at the Rattlebone Inn. If you’re lucky, they’ll have fired up the spit roast and be serving Argentinian Lamb Asados in the garden.

 

2. The Black Bull Inn, Coniston, Cumbria

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Thirsty travellers have been stopping in (and stumbling out) of this historic coaching inn for more than 400 years and they’re more than happy for pooches to pop through those historic doors, too.

The Black Bull doesn’t have the Farrow and Ball chic of the Cotswolds pair but it does have one big plus point. Out back, the pub has its own brewery, the home of Bluebird Bitter.

The Old Man mountain serves as a dramatic backdrop as you enjoy a fresh pint with your dog at your feet. But go easy, you’re going to be climbing that bad boy.

Ramble route: This circular walk is a proper hike, rather than a Sunday stroll, so it’s not for wimps or pups. You’ll zig-zag up the side of Stubthwaite Crag and finally peak the Old Man of Coniston, which clocks in at 803m. The stunning views are worth it though – and you’ll welcome that drink when you head back to the Black Bull.

 

Strike out into the countryside kitted out in the best of British design.

Treat your dog to a little something from the Appleby range, made from genuine Harris tweed. There’s a reason this fabric’s an enduring fashion favourite: as well as being super stylish, it’s tough enough to cope with snags from thorns, lasts for ages and washes beautifully.

Perfect for the four-legged countryside gent (or lady).

Appleby dog collar (from £52)

Appleby lead (from £62)

The Red Lion, Burnsall, Yorkshire Dales

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Looking for the authentic Yorkshire Dales experience? Burnsall’s just the baby. Historic stone buildings, Instagram-wowing river views and a slightly bonkers feast day (with games) every August.

The Red Lion is in the heart of the village, where it’s been packing ‘em in since the 16th century. The food has an AA rosette and the menu goes on for ever… (fussy eaters take note).

There’s a resident Jack Russell called Totty (what is it about pubs and Jack Russells?) and say hi to the Grayshons; they seem to rope in every generation to work in this genuine family business.

Ramble route: This is proper walking country. Wharfedale is on your doorstep and Burnsall is the first stop of the Dales Way, which runs from Ilkley to Windermere.

Ask the right people in the bar and they’ll tell tales of trolls that haunt a nearby limestone gorge, a wolf-infested ravine that inspired The Hound of the Baskervilles and caves housing flesh-eating boggarts (no, we don’t know either). Personally, we’re more nervous of the mad fell runners, who race up Burnsall Fell every August.

Instead, strike out along the side of the glittering River Wharfe, with plenty of spots to jump in for doggy paddling. There’s a set of notoriously-slippery stepping stones (don’t worry, there’s a creaky but fun cable bridge if you don’t want to get wet) but other than that, the going is easy.

There’s a circular 2.4 mile journey that takes in the best views in Burnsall, or press on to Bolton Abbey, the gorgeous, sprawling Yorkshire estate of the Duke of Devonshire. Dogs on a lead are welcome in most areas – check out the exclusions here.

4. The Boathouse, Falmouth, Cornwall

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Falmouth Harbour from the Boathouse

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It’s a clamber up to the Boathouse but the view down across Falmouth Harbour makes it worthwhile. The hearty seafood-with-a-twist menu is a pretty good incentive too.

They’re big on live music and guest ales. Oh – and apparently they’ve got a bonsai tree that looks like Kim Kardashian’s most famous asset.

Ramble route: There’s no wilderness quite like the Cornish coast, with the unpredictable sea making it a different experience every time. There are dozens of walks, from town strolls to clifftop excursions, via beach safaris but we like the unique views from the historic Pendennis headland

Aristo-pets: Dogs from the upper crust

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

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.

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Image source: Annie Leibovitz/The Royal Family Facebook page

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

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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.

greyhound-hoxton 2Royal match: Cloak your greyhound in this tartan coat for a chic look.

 

Winston Churchill & Rufus

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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.

 

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Royal match: Complement your poodle’s coat with this stylish pink tweed collar.

 

Duchess of Cambridge & Lupo

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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.

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 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.

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Image Source: www.people.com - Chris Jackson, Getty Images

 

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 Royal match: Keep your Jack Russell looking super smart in the Bow Wow bow tie and lead in Hoxton Tartan

Holiday tips for happier dogs

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

 

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If the thought of putting your dog into boarding kennels makes you twitch, you’re not alone. Although many pet hotels are flashier than some human hostelries, we just can’t shake the guilt.

Fortunately, there’s a growing market of alternatives. From home-sitters to doggy passports, we’ve found the best ways to travel guilt-free. Extra walks, sloppy kisses and ear ruffles guaranteed (for the dog, of course).

1.    Get a pet passport

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Taking dogs abroad is a growing trend. And – as long as your pet is a happy traveller -  it’s easier than ever.

Dogs can travel to continental Europe with the EU Pet Travel Scheme. They’ll need an EU pet passport, a microchip, a rabies vaccination and a tapeworm treatment. Rules vary for most other countries but all the information you need is on the Defra website.

Bear in mind that only certain transport companies and routes allow dogs to travel abroad: download a list of them here. Your doggy jollies await!

Top tip: Travelling can take its toll on all of us, especially a little pooch. Make sure you have something comfy to carry them in: this Rivington Tweed designer dog carrier is ultra stylish, extra strong and so cosy you’ll wish you could fit in it yourself.

 

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2. Book a dog-friendly staycation

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Staycations can be just as amazing as jetsetting. Plus, plenty of places in the UK permit dogs. Best Western has won awards for its pet friendliness: it even offers a special doggie menu at some hotels (leash and potato soup, anyone?).

Airbnb is another great place if you’re looking for self-accommodating stays: all listings state if pets are allowed (if they don’t list it, it means they’re not). And if you’re looking for something special, The Telegraph has rounded up five hotels where dogs (and humans) are treated like royalty.

Of course, you’ll want to head out. For places you can eat without leaving your dog, type your destination into DoggiePubs. The website recommends hundreds of places serving food and drink across the country.

Top tip: If all else fails, grab a doggy blanket and go for a picnic. This pure wool Sidworth Tweed dog blanket channels the Knightsbridge ‘ladies who lunch’ vibe to a tee.

 

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3. Get a dog BFF

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The ultimate pooch-sitter is one that you know and trust. If you’ve got a friend or family member with their own dog, organising a reciprocal arrangement can be exceptionally handy. You look after their dog when they travel and vice versa.

Top tip: Relax! If you’ve taken the proper steps to ensure a happy holiday for your dog while you’re away, then enjoy it. You can always buy them a present for when you come back: this yellow Bow Wow dog bow tie is smart, sunny and easy to slip onto your dog’s collar.

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4. Hire a doggy-sitter

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There are hoards of dog lovers out there, willing to look after pooches simply because they adore them, not to get paid. More than 300,000 of them are on BorrowMyDoggy alone. The site connects dog owners with local dog lovers, so you can find verified local borrowers and meet them for a ‘Welcome Woof’.

Not only can it save you a small fortune in kennel costs, you know your dog is going to have a fantastic time. Annual memberships cost £44.99, which includes 24/7 vetline, third party liability insurance and the chance to find a great friend for your pooch.

Top tip: Leave a checklist for your dog sitter. Include your dog’s feeding schedule, how often to check their water bowl, any behavioural problems, where they are/aren’t allowed, when to give them a treat and important information such as the vet’s phone number and address.

Remember to make sure your pet is cosy and easy to spot on walks while you’re away. This Hoxton Tartan Harris tweed dog coat is made from a tartan design designed by and exclusive to LoveMyDog.

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Pressies for pooches? We’ve got five of the best.

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Buying a treat for a very special dog? Fit the gift to the owner with our guide.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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4. The chill-out queen: Spencer corduroy dog bed

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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

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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.

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Canine Couture Collection: Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Named after the trendy area of London where we have our design studio, the Hoxton Tartan Collection includes a dog collar, dog lead and dog coat, plus a dog bed, blanket and pet carrier.

Our signature collection, creative director Lilly spent months working with weavers in the Outer Hebrides to develop this unique Harris design, specially for us.

Our signature collection, creative director Lilly spent months working with weavers in the Outer Hebrides to develop this unique Harris design, specially for us.

Named after the trendy area of London where we have our design studio, the Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Collection includes a dog collar, dog lead and dog coat, plus a dog bed, blanket and pet carrier.

Your dog will be wearing a true piece of cutting edge British design when they step out in this Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed dog coat. Beautifully made, it lasts a lifetime, feels wonderful and keeps your dog warm naturally.
Your dog will be wearing a true piece of cutting edge British design when they step out in this Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Dog Coat. Beautifully made, it lasts a lifetime, feels wonderful and keeps your dog warm naturally.

Our unique pet carriers are specially shaped to give your dog ample space. Take your little love with you everywhere you go, and when not on the road, it makes a perfect travel bed for them to curl up and snooze in.Our unique pet carriers are specially shaped to give your dog ample space. Take your little love with you everywhere you go, and when not on the road, it makes a perfect travel bed for them to curl up and snooze in.

Soft padding gives this pet carrier a cosy snugness, and it’s also thermo-regulating to keep your dog cool in summer and warm in winter. It is light weight but extremely strong with long leather straps made from finest Italian leather.

The Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Pet Carrier is available in a small size for toy and teacup breeds such as Chihuahuas and a Medium size for breeds such as Yorkies.

For the ultimate in hand-crafted luxury, treat your dog to a designer dog bed in our signature Harris Tweed specially designed for LoveMyDog. The Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Dog Bed has supersoft red tweed sides and a cosy, hardwearing Sherpa fleece top. We make the beds here in London, cutting and pinning the fabric and finally sewing on the appliqué details all by hand. We can add personal initials or symbols specially for your dog – just ask us when you order.For the ultimate in hand-crafted luxury, treat your dog to a designer dog bed in our signature Harris Tweed specially designed for LoveMyDog. The Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Dog Bed has supersoft red tweed sides and a cosy, hardwearing Sherpa fleece top. We make the beds here in London, cutting and pinning the fabric and finally sewing on the appliqué details all by hand. We can add personal initials or symbols specially for your dog – just ask us when you order.

The Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Dog Blanket is made with thick, warm Sherpa fleece, which is so cosy and hardwearing. Dogs love snuggling into it or simply lying on it. If your dog’s blanket needs a clean just pop it in the machine on a delicate wool wash, and it comes up looking like new. The Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Dog Blanket is made with thick, warm Sherpa fleece, which is so cosy and hardwearing. Dogs love snuggling into it or simply lying on it. If your dog’s blanket needs a clean just pop it in the machine on a delicate wool wash, and it comes up looking like new.

Some dogs absolutely love wearing their hat – as if they know they’re the smartest canine in town. The Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Dog Hat really completes the outfit, and has a practical use too, as a hat can be very useful for keeping long dog ears out of the mud.
Some dogs absolutely love wearing their hat – as if they know they’re the smartest canine in town. The Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Dog Hat really completes the outfit, and has a practical use too, as a hat can be very useful for keeping long dog ears out of the mud.

You know what it's like if it’s a Black Tie do and you have nothing to wear! So why not add a touch of splendour to your dog’s outfit with a hand-made dog Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Bow Tie. Slip it on to your dog's collar to cut a sartorial dash whenever the situation calls for it.
You know what it’s like if it’s a Black Tie do and you have nothing to wear! So why not add a touch of splendour to your dog’s outfit with a hand-made dog Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Bow Tie. Slip it on to your dog’s collar to cut a sartorial dash whenever the situation calls for it.

The metal buckles and eyelets are genuine saddlery fittings, so our Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Dog Collar feels substantial and well-made as you’d expect from a hand-finished couture product.
The metal buckles and eyelets are genuine saddlery fittings, so our Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Dog Collar feels substantial and well-made as you’d expect from a hand-finished couture product.

After experimenting with a variety of different materials, we eventually found that dogs love the feel of suede on their fur. It’s soft and gentle to wear, doesn’t chafe or matt the fur and helps stop collar lines. and forms an excellent backing for the tweed.

The sturdy metal clasp on this Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Dog Lead is similar to those used on the saddles of thoroughbred horses, giving the lead a wonderful quality feel to it (and lasting for years too). The Hoxton Tartan Dog Lead is approximately 1 metre long and is available in a slim width for small dogs or regular width for medium to large dogs.The sturdy metal clasp on this Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Dog Lead is similar to those used on the saddles of thoroughbred horses, giving the lead a wonderful quality feel to it (and lasting for years too). The Hoxton Tartan Dog Lead is approximately 1 metre long and is available in a slim width for small dogs or regular width for medium to large dogs.

See the entire Hoxton Tartan Harris Tweed Collection here.

Sherloki Holmes

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


Isn’t Loki just the cutest detective you’ve ever seen?

Loki is a bit of a star on Instagram and is pictured here wearing a LoveMyDog Sidworth Tweed dog coat and a matching doggy deerstalker hat.

If you a fan of Instagram you can also follow LoveMyDog here. Make sure you tag us in any of your canine couture photos!

Rankin shoots LoveMyDog

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Rankin shoots LoveMyDog

Synonymous with compelling portraiture, Rankin’s lens captures, creates and unveils icons. He has shot covers for Elle, German Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone and can now also include LoveMyDog in that list. (more…)

The British’s dog named Bob

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Bob the dog at The British, IOM

The British is a pub on the Isle of Man that prides itself on its real ales and great food. It’s also home to Bob the dog, who sits on the bar and ensures everyone has a good time. (At LMD, we don’t think a pub is a ‘proper’ pub unless it’s got a dog in it). (more…)

S Magazine: Bow-wow!

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Nothing beats coming back from a walk and relaxing with the glossies on a lazy Sunday, especially when you spot your own designs in print! The latest Sunday Express S Magazine featured a guide to Crufts as well as some must-have items for designer dogs, including LoveMyDog’s Liberty Harris Tweed designer dog blanket.

You can see our exclusive floral Liberty print dog accessories (including collars, leads, blankets, beds, bandanas and coats) here.

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