Mum’s busy collar making again so since my

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Mum’s busy collar making again so since my last blog was so successful she’s decided to let me have another go. But what to write about?

There’s a decidedly patriotic feel around our house at the moment. There was Haggis for tea last night and there is tartan strewn everywhere for Snoopy’s Collars new range with detachable bow ties. Both Mum and Dad are from a small town on the west coast of Scotland and I was born in Peterhead although I don’t remember much about the place.

So what do we know about Scotland that would be of interest to us dogs? Firstly 24% of households own a dog and quite a few breeds originated from North of the wall (Been watching too much Game of Thrones) Collies, Rough, Smooth Bearded and Border and their mini me the Shetland sheepdog. The Scottish Deerhound, Gordon Setter, Golden Retriever and a long list of terriers including, The Border Terrier, Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, Skye, Westie and of course The Scottish Terrier. Scottie’s are an independent and rugged breed with a wiry outer coat and a soft dense undercoat. Nicknamed “the diehard.” The modern breed is said to be able to trace its lineage back to a single female, named Splinter II.

They are a small breed of terrier with a distinctive shape and have had many roles in popular culture. They have been owned by a variety of celebrities, including Franklyn D Roosevelt who’s Scottie “Fala” is included with FDR in a statue in Washington, DC, They are also well known for being a playing piece in Monopoly.

I think the thing about Scotland I like the most (apart from the whiskey) is the walks,Scotland Whether it’s watching the salmon flying from the side of a river or walking miles along sandy beaches and over the hills there are lots of rabbits and interesting smells I’m sure. Mum say’s Scotland is really pet friendly and there are lots of Hotels and places that cater for us and our humans. Check out www.drivingwithdogs.co.uk it’s a great site that gives lots of information about walks. I quite fancy Aros Park a gorgeous woodland walk on the Isle of Mull.Arros Park

Talking about walks I think it’s time my Mum finished sewing and took me to the park, before we curl up on the sofa to watch Braveheart. So to finish I will leave you with a poem about dogs from some famous Scottish poet you might have heard of called Rabbie Burns.

 

 

The Twa Dogs
by
Robert Burns

A Tale

‘Twas in that place o’ Scotland’s isle,
That bears the name o’ auld King Coil,
Upon a bonnie day in June,
When wearin’ thro’ the afternoon,
Twa dogs, that were na thrang at hame,
Forgather’d ance upon a time.

The first I’ll name, they ca’d him Caesar,
Was keepit for His Honor’s pleasure:
His hair, his size, his mouth, his lugs,
Shew’d he was nane o’ Scotland’s dogs;
But whalpit some place far abroad,
Whare sailors gang to fish for cod.

His locked, letter’d, braw brass collar
Shew’d him the gentleman an’ scholar;
But though he was o’ high degree,
The fient a pride, nae pride had he;
But wad hae spent an hour caressin,
Ev’n wi’ al tinkler-gipsy’s messin:
At kirk or market, mill or smiddie,
Nae tawted tyke, tho’ e’er sae duddie,
But he wad stan’t, as glad to see him,
An’ stroan’t on stanes an’ hillocks wi’ him.

The tither was a ploughman’s collie-
A rhyming, ranting, raving billie,
Wha for his friend an’ comrade had him,
And in freak had Luath ca’d him,
After some dog in Highland Sang,^2
Was made lang syne,-Lord knows how lang.

He was a gash an’ faithfu’ tyke,
As ever lap a sheugh or dyke.
His honest, sonsie, baws’nt face
Aye gat him friends in ilka place;
His breast was white, his touzie back
Weel clad wi’ coat o’ glossy black;
His gawsie tail, wi’ upward curl,
Hung owre his hurdie’s wi’ a swirl.

Raw Food Diet for Dogs

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There has been much debate about this recently and after doing extensive research I have become a convert. Feeding your dog food which is as close as possible to their natural diet has got to be a good thing. Processed dog foods consist mostly of filler foods such as grains, rice and soy which can be indigestible to dogs and are not part of their natural diet. These foods can cause health problems in pets and, in some cases, severe allergies. These commercial dog foods contain a host of other chemicals as well, some of which are dangerous. Some, such as stool-hardeners, are added to cover up the fact that dogs obviously have a hard time digesting the food.

 

The two main reasons we feed our pets canned food are convenience and expense but with a little planning and a freezer you can feed your best friend a healthy balanced diet on a budget with very little effort. Never be tempted to put your dog on a “low fat” diet like a human. Dogs need LOTS of fats to stay healthy. This is good for you because it means you get to choose the cheapest meat cuts.raw food  

I own two boxers and per month I usually get 40lb of various minced/diced meats including, turkey, venison, lamb, pheasant and tripe I supplement this with various raw bones, (never cooked bones as they can splinter) chicken carcasses salmon chunks, offal and vegetables. This usually costs around £25pm each which is around the same price as a can a day + mixer

 

Some great veggies to include are green beans, peas, carrots, spinach, kale, squashes, turnips, radishes, apples, berries, beets, courgettes and cabbage. I also include a teaspoon of cod liver oil and a few herbs and spices such as garlic (small amount fresh 1 to 2 cloves) parsley, basil, cinnamon, turmeric, flax seeds and caraway seeds. I put the veggies in my food processor so they are really finely chopped to mix in well with the ground meat.

 

I also make them treats with cheese, yoghurt and peanut butter which they love and over the last couple of months have seen a big improvement in their coats, poos and general well-being. I too am happy knowing I am giving my dogs natural healthy food which they love!

 

This is a fantastic cool treat for hot afternoons.  This dog treat recipe is quick, easy and sure to delight!

Ingredients:

32-oz container of vanilla yogurt (if you’re watching your pooch’s waistline, make it fat free)
1 cup smooth peanut butter

Directions:

In a microwaveable bowl, microwave the peanut butter until it is melted.

When it’s melted, add the yogurt and mix well.

Spoon the mixture into paper muffin liners or a muffin tin.

Freeze until hardened.

Love All! Tennis Stars and their beloved Pooches

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Wimbledon starts today so I thought I would take a look at some of the Stars and their pooches. Serena and Venus Williams, Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova all have something in common, and it isn’t just tennis – they all love their dogs!.

Serena Williams has two dogs, a Jack Russell terrier named Jackie and a Maltese named Lorelei. She has been quoted as saying “I just love animals. I always think when I get older I’m going to live on a farm and have 50 dogs. I just love dogs.”

Novak Djokovic’s Poodle Pierre is almost as famous as his World No. 1-ranked dad. He has his own Twitter page ‘@pierredjoko and has posed with Djokovic for the cover of Vogue. This pair are inseparable and it is reported Pierre has no less than three pet passports

Serena’s older sister Venus has three dogs: two Cavalier King Charles spaniels and a Havanese named Harold “You’re out there on your own and you need a friend who’s there for you – wins, losses – and who really cares for you,” she has been quoted as saying “I’ve recently found that someone, and that’s Harold.”

A few years ago Maria Sharapova starred in a series of Canon PowerShot TV spots featuring a caramel-coated Pomeranian named Dolce. While the dog in the commercials was an actor, Sharapova really does own a Pomeranian named Dolce

Andy Roddick named his English bulldog Billie Jean after the tennis legend Billie Jean King. He shares the pup with his supermodel wife, Brooklyn Decker. The couple spends a great deal of quality time with Billie, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. “You know, we’ve had to keep up her self-esteem, because the airlines have deemed her too fat to fit on a plane,” Roddick t”So we have to constantly shower her with love and build up that self-esteem and tell her she’s beautiful.” Aww!

Andy Murray’s Border terrier Maggie May is another pup with a twitter account and she also “writes a column for The Tennis space along with his other BT Rusty, she has even accompanied Andy to the French open in the past and the two dogs have been photographed wearing Andy’s gold medals.

Another British star Laura Robson has two Labradors “I love being at Wimbledon and in the evening if I’ve had a pretty hectic day I get to go home to my dogs,” the teenager once said.

Martina Navratilova’s KD (for Killer Dog). According to the New York Times, when KD travelled the world with Navratilova, he used to sit on a pillow in the players’ lounge during matches. “You’re trying to bring some kind of normalcy to a very abnormal lifestyle – some kind of consistency and constancy,” Navratilova said of having a dog in her entourage.

My Summer Book Pick – A Stolen Dog (A True Story)

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51NtI68FMELShortly after Cupcake returned home from her 12 day hiatus a friend suggested that maybe I should write a book about our experience. I took it as a very kind suggestion, but shrugged it off. I didn’t think I could ever encompass our experience in mere words. To some degree, I still don’t. It truly was one of the most emotionally charged, inspiring, scary, disturbing and frustrating experience of my life. You just can’t know what a dog owner goes through when they lose their dog unless you have been through it yourself.

That’s why I was surprised when Tricia O’Malleycontacted me to offer me the chance to read and review her book The Stolen Dog. Why? Because it was a true story. HER true story about how her Boston Terrier, Briggs, was stolen and how she got him back.

How was she able to write about something…

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Cowboy Traders, puppy farming CH5

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So here we are again, the latest programme about the vile trade in puppy farming.  More sad puppies, dogs in concrete cells, pups bought in a lay by. After over 25 years in the pet industry I am utterly appalled we still need these shows.  Not only has it not changed, this greedy trade has grown.  Why?  Because people still buy the pups.  The rules are simple, read them here…. PPPPuppy buying, the 3 “P”‘s of buying a pup.

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Friday’s Order

I am just about to order some new designs. Let me know which is your favourite and be in with a chance to win a free collar!!!Pink PantherscottiesbutterflyDogs headDaschunds pink blue creamgreen