Big Tick Project | Our Experience and Tips

In August 2015 Ember picked up a tick on her stomach whilst we were on holiday in the New Forest.  Ironically, the same year in April 2015, the Big Tick Project was launched in the New Forest.  The Campaign was started to raise awareness about ticks and tick-bourne diseases in the UK, to help pet owners protect their pets and themselves.  Each year, veterinary practices collect data and complete a questionnaire to contribute to The Big Tick Project’s Campaign.  The information helps to make up a UK threat map, which shows the risk of ticks in local areas.  Find the map here, is your local area a high risk?  Mine...

Cruelty Free Dog Food | Our Favourite Brands

Despite claiming to love and care about animals, many pet food companies test their food and elements of their food on lab animals.  These animals, many of whom are bred for the sole purpose of testing food, are subject to inhumane and invasive tests. Of course, if food is going to be consumed by our pets some believe it is necessary for the food to be taste tested, for safety.  It is also a legal requirement for the food to be tested on live animals.  However, this does not have to be conducted in an inhumane feeding trial laboratory environment.  Check out this article (uncaged.co.uk) if you want to know more...

Busters Bisquits

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....

Stand Up for The Animals | #notfunny

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....

Agility Diaries

Agility is something I’ve wanted to do with Ember for a while, but I was a bit reluctant as she can be a selective hearing dog at times. However, she has a lot of energy and loves to be doing something so I hoped agility would be something to help her release some of this energy and help her concentration. For Christmas my sister got me and a Ember a little agility set which included some jumps and weave poles. So with the weather getting better, a couple of weekends ago we decided to set the course up and just give it a go. It’s safe to say Ember really...

Spring Plant Safety for Dogs

Spring is coming and along with it, hopefully nice weather, but also spring flowers – some of which may be poisonous to our pets.  There are several common plants which we need to be cautious of, along with symptoms which come with poisoning.  Dogs can be poisoned by eating just part of the plant, leaves or bulbs from the plant and heavy pollinated plants could disperse on their back and be licked off.  Here’s a handy picture guide to some common poisonous plants which you may come across this year, along with some useful information....

Tails Tasties Unboxing

Tails Tasties is a new non-subscription box filled with tasty, all natural treats.  Featuring brands such as Lily’s Kitchen, Pooch and Mutt and Billy and Margot I was really excited when I found out about Tails Tasties on Instagram.  They currently have a 15% code if you order before 8 March, so I took advantage of that and ordered a box for Ember.  Check out their website here and treat your pooch to a treat box. Here’s what we received in our box (Ember loved it)....

CC Bear Treats

English based and made, CC Bear treats are made using only the best natural ingredients from British distributors.   The family run business, Chef Christine and lucky taste tester Bubba Bear, have created these all natural, vegan dog treats for dog wellness, to celebrate the magical relationship between dogs and their owners.  Ember and I were so excited when Christine offered to send us some treats to try..Meet out new favourite treats....