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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.

Fetch it: The Pet Spa

Something for the weekend – The Rosemary Branch Pub & Theatre

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

If you and your dog are stuck for something to do this weekend, check out The Rosemary Branch – our local dog-friendly pub, bar and theatre, just down the road from LoveMyDog towers.

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The restaurant is perfect for a spot of lunch with Rabbit and our doggy friends after one of our favourite walks down Regent’s canal. It is a fab, friendly and very quirky pub, which has won awards for it’s freshly cooked food… The Sunday lunch is legendary.

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We often drop in for a drink or bite to eat, they welcome dogs throughout the pub and always offer a refreshing bowl of water to make Rabbit feel at home (and if he is lucky something to eat as well!)

The theatre is also well worth a visit and they have an events space available to hire.

Rosemary Branch Theatre & Pub, 2 Shepperton Road, London, N1 3DT

020 7704 2730

LoveMyDog and Catherine Tough – Spring Walk Photo Competition

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

LoveMyDog has teamed up with leading UK designer maker Catherine Tough to give you the chance to win a gift box, packed with Catherine Tough and LoveMyDog goodies.

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).

@rabbitlovemydog @CatherineTough_

 

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Channel 4: LoveMyDog & Posh Dogs

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

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“Don’t get jealous that these dogs live a flashier life than you. Designer clothes, parties and five-star hotels meet the pampered pooches whose owners treat them like children”

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LoveMyDog’s pet muse Rabbit was recently the star in the Channel 4 Shorts Series Posh Dogs. The short film was titled Furry Fashionista and featured a high-end fashion shoot.

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Creative Director Lilly Shahravesh says, “When I was contacted by Channel 4 to work with on this new project, the challenge was to create a short film that will show a slice of a day in the life of the LoveMyDog studios.”

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“I really wanted people to get an insight in to the creative side of the business and I think the film has achieved that really well.”

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“I love textiles and I love dogs so the combination of the two is a total dream job for me!”

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If you’re in the UK you can watch the Posh Dogs series via www.channel4.com.

LoveMyDog and Minnie’s Fashion Challenge

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

LoveMyDog and Minnie’s Fashion Challenge

This challenge from Minnie for Disney’s Official UK YouTube Channel was all about creating a stylish outfit for a ‘hip hound’.

So Hattie and India turned to top Canine Couturier Lilly Shahraveresh, LoveMydog’s Creative Director, for advice and practical help.

Lilly says, ”It was so much fun working with the Walt Disney team, I loved working on Rabbit’s Minnie Mouse design and testing out ideas on Rabbit.”

 

“The design process for the outfit from start to finish was a long enjoyable journey and it was great to see it all come together on the final day of the shoot. Rabbit was such a star on the day!”

Looking to get your own designer dog creation made? Find out more about LovemyDog’s bespoke service.

Tea with the Queen (and her corgis)

Friday, March 4th, 2016

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According to a recent Telegraph article the Queen’s corgis enjoy an “individually designed menu”, served by hand in strict order of each dog’s importance.

Dr Roger Mugford, an animal psychologist and behavioural therapist, says “At feeding times, each dog had an individually designed menu, including an array of homeopathic and herbal remedies.”

Her Majesty’s pooches have previously been reported to be fed on a that includes fillet steak, chicken breast and home-made gravy, with scones crumbled up into their bowls for a treat.

As we type this Rabbit is licking his lips. Perhaps we should dress him in a smart Bow Wow Dog Bow Tie and see if we can smuggle him inside Buckingham Palace in time for tea with the Queen herself!

Four-legged fashion in NYC

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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.

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…)

Sample Sale at Rochelle School Winter Fayre

Monday, December 7th, 2015

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Fetch a designer dogwear bargain this weekend.

LoveMyDog will be at Rochelle School (London E2 7ES) this weekend for the Winter Fayre event, helping raise money for St Hilda’s East Community Centre.
In addition to the LoveMyDog sample sale, there will be an influential list of designers and makers present, not to mention plenty of minced pies and mulled wine.

It’ll be a great place to pick up some fantastic gifts for family and four-legged friends. Dogs are welcome too!

Rochelle School Winter Fayre
Arnold Circus, London E2 7ES
Friday 11th December 6pm – 8pm
Saturday 12th December 11am – 7pm
Sunday 13th December 11am – 5pm

Designers and makers exhibiting at the Rochelle School Winter Fayre include:

Hoxton Monster – sweets tea
Murphy Simpson – hand printed silk scarves
Ella Doran – digital printed gifts
Honest Skin – hand made beauty products
Luna & Curious – jewellery, fashion, home
Tom O’Dell – home and men’s accessories
Caitlin Paxton – chocolates
New North Press – prints and cards
Gin 58, made in Stoke Newington
SEVERAL; – menswear
Charlene Mullem – interior accessories
Jo Gordon – knitwear
Ian McChesney – ceramics
Peter Ibrugger – ceramics
Owen Wall – ceramics
Good Proper Tea
All Press – coffee
LoveMyDog – canine couture and dog accessories
John Harris – chopping boards
Lagar De Señora – Spanish Olive Oils
Tom Harper – brushes
Mary Mathieson – Christmas wreaths
Little Badger – Designer Household Gifts
New Craftsmen

Mathew Raw, clay workshop Saturday 12th Dec
Burro Y Salvia – pasta workshop Saturday 12th Dec
Choir East Recital 15:30 Sunday 13th Dec

We hope to see you there!

Now this is how you do Autumn

Friday, November 20th, 2015

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We love getting photos from happy customers, especially when they’re this well dressed!

Say hello to Cocoa Bean, Chilli and Toffee. If you’re on Instagram you can follow the gang here.

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Our knitted dog jumpers not only look fabulous, they also give your dog great protection against the cold. They are particularly perfect if you are looking for dog sweaters for chihuahuas, teacups or dachshunds, and other small dogs that shiver when the temperatures drop. Browse our collection of dog jumpers.

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