Bear with me on this one, I know it is a controversial topic and for some people, getting a dog for Christmas worked out amazing. While that’s obviously great, other experiences are not so positive.
Everyone knows the saying ‘dogs are for life, not just for Christmas’ and big animals charities have run many campaigns sharing this message. Of course, most people intend to stand by this saying and have all the best intentions. However, a lot of people have no idea what they are getting themselves or others into.
Lily’s Kitchen never fails to kill it with their Christmas collection and this year is no different. With their trusty advent calendar and turkey and cranberry treats back again this year along with Christmas gift sets, they are joined by a doggy biscuit tin which is a cool play on Christmas biscuit tins for humans. The star of the show this year, however, is the Gingerbread dog, who can be found in the biscuit tin and there is even a fiction book written staring Lily, Lulu and The Gingerbread Dog, along with a recipe to recreate the Gingerbread Dog.
With the 1st December coming this Friday! Don’t forget to grab your dog an advent calendar here.
Last weekend was Ember’s third birthday and I found her the perfect birthday present, a Wet Nose Dog box. This box is actually a monthly subscription box, but you can also get special one time boxes for special events such as birthdays, Christmas and gotcha days.
All the products included are hand selected which means they are all high quality and even separately packaged, which made opening the box even more fun. There was also a treat for us humans and even a birthday card for Ember.
Signing up for a box is super easy. Simply enter your dog’s name, size, gender and birthday. There is also a box where you can add in any special information, such as dietary requirements and if they are tough chewers. As Ember’s was for her birthday, Sandra from Wet Nose Dog even contacted us to ensure the box was personalised for her birthday.
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.
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.
You probably know by now that Ember and I, especially Ember, are a little obsessed with healthy dog treats. We love trying them out and sharing our favourites. Ready to meet a new favourite? Launching 1 May (tomorrow!) Neoh and Nobo, a bakehouse for dogs, have created a range of healthy and tasty dog 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.
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.
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.