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Led Astray | Compassionate Dog Blog

Welcome to Led Astray, a blog about dogs and love.

I have loved creating this blog over the past year, but recently I have started to feel uncomfortable with the content I was posting. You can find our old posts here.

Instead, I want this blog to be about something I am really passionate about; making a difference. Ember has helped me to become more compassionate and I want to share that because I feel it is really important.

So, on the new led astray you will find reviews of our favourite products and companies, with an emphasis on ethical products and companies doing good. I also want to share my cruelty-free journey and share some tips for anyone also hoping to make the shift. As well as share some social media and digital marketing advice for charities and ethical businesses, to hopefully help make a difference.

xo

Top Collar Box

- Review, Treats

Top collar are a fortnightly or monthly subscription box which contain a pack of homemade, tasty dog treats. With flavours including bangers and mash, fish pie and full English breakfast, the doggy chef, Sophie hand makes the treats with love and care.

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How Dogs Help Mental Health

- Mental Health

I’ve always been an anxious person and have suffered from panic attacks and OCD, stemming from when my dad was first diagnosed with blood cancer.  Before Ember came into my life, I had only heard about the healing powers of dogs, not just physical health but mental health too.  I had no idea how much Ember would change my life.  Just seeing her face and wagging tail is enough to brighten up any day.  She helps me get out of myself and I have met and spoken to a lot more people just thanks to her.  Plus she never judges me, no matter what I talk to her about.  I like to call her my therapist with 4 legs.  I owe her so much, for making my life so much more positive and happy, I want to make sure she knows just how much I appreciate her.

For Mental Health Awareness Week, I have compiled a list of ways dogs help improve humans mental health. Read More

Busters Bisquits

- Review, Treats

I first found Busters Bisquits on Instagram and was intrigued by the natural ingredients Romana uses to bake the treats. Named in memory of her beloved Buster, these treats are hand baked with love and attention in small batches in her kitchen.  I was so excited when Romana offered to send Ember a trial pack of their classic treat and their new Vegan biscuits.

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Stand Up for The Animals | #notfunny

- Activism, Awareness

Join Battersea Dogs and Cats Home with their latest campaign #notfunny and help to be a voice for the voiceless.

 


The aim is the Campaign is to help to increase the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years.  Battersea, along with a number of other campaigners, are in talks with key MPs to encourage the Government to make a change.   This is to have animal cruelty seen as serious as it really is and have the consequences reflect this.

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Pet Nature Box

- Review

Looking for the perfect subscription box for your dog?  Look no further than Pet Nature Box. With different options to choose for different sizes of dogs, they also offer the Tough Nut box for dogs who are notorious toy destroyers and the Double Trouble box if you have more then one dog.

These boxes contain only the most natural treats and ethically made toys. Their prices start from just £19.99 a month and each box contains 5-6 items every month.

Ember receives the My Dad’s Bigger than your Dad box, here’s what she got in her December box.

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Dogs Trust | Socks Not Dogs

- Activism, Awareness

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Following their successful A dog is for life campaign last Christmas, Dogs Trust have created another memorable campaign this year.  Give Socks Not Dogs has been created to raise awareness for the high number of dogs which have been given as Christmas presents, to unprepared owners.  Dogs Trusts are therefore encouraging people to give socks this Christmas, rather than a dog.  As part of the campaign, Dogs Trusts have completely rebranded and become Socks Trusts for the festive period!

As part of their campaign, horrifying statistics have been released which reveal 3,400 calls were made to the Dogs Trust alone in a 30 day period following Christmas.  That’s 113 calls a day about unwanted, defenseless dogs.

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Beast + Babe 

- Review, Style

I first found out about Beast and Babe on an Instagram stalk last summer and I’ve been obsessed ever since. They create beautiful one of a kind artisan dog collars and leads, check out their website to see their full range, I guarantee you will find something perfect for you.  Beast and Babe’s founder Kelsie and her adorable muse Yogi created this amazing company to celebrate the magic between beasts and babes as a way to show their unique relationship “modern, wild, and full of good vibes.”

Not only do they create amazing dog goods, they also give back. 10% from each purchase goes to their partnering charity Peace Animals which helps to spay and neater abandoned dogs.

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