Whippet Snippets: Blog http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Whippet Snippets hello@whippetsnippets.co.uk (Whippet Snippets) Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:54:00 GMT Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:54:00 GMT http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u648453208-o236577598-50.jpg Whippet Snippets: Blog http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog 80 120 Happy Hound Day 2018 http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2018/4/happyhound-day-2018 A small dog event with a big heart. 

This week has flown by, as I am writing this, I can barely believe that the Happy Hound Day was less than 7 days ago. 

This year we were a little more organised, we expanded slightly to include a couple of new stalls (still of the highest quality of course) and decided to do a few dog shows (best dressed, best rescue & best trick) however we knew that the weather wasn’t going to be as kind to us as the previous year, the complete opposite in fact with rain forcast for the entire day. We retained our optimism though and in true British style, carried on regardless.

Happy Hound Day, Fernhurst, West Sussex

We were lucky! The rain held off for a while, we even saw the sun trying to come through the clouds, we knew that we would have to bring the raffle forward though; as the afternoon went on the clouds got heavier and we knew our luck wasn’t going to hold for much longer.

Sure enough, a few spots started as we were beginning the raffle, and by the end, it was a steady stream and we decided to call it a day. 

The raffle was fantastic, really beautiful products donated by our stall holders and some of our other business friends, with the proceeds going to Celia Cross Greyhound Trust again. On top of this our stall holders made a donation, volunteer bakers had biscuits to be sold, I gave a percentage from my mini shoots/vouchers & dog show donations were part of the total too. Despite the fact that a lot of people still braved the possibility of rain, I have to admit, I wasn’t sure if we were going to smash last years total of £550 as we had hoped. 

Well *drum roll please* WE DID! In fact, at the last count, we had over doubled it! I’m not ashamed to admit, I got a little emotional in M&S when I found out the total. For an event that is really quite small AND the fact that the weather was bad, I was honestly overwhelmed. 

We had a great tea party for the hounds, with dog cake being baked by my gin slugging, wine drinking and organising partner in crime Debbie from Redhound for Dogs, as well as salmon paste sandwiches and lots of treats donated by the lovely people at Fish 4 Dogs. 

Because we only want the best for our Happy Hound Day, food was supplied by the amazing Hector & the Fox again this year and despite my vows to be first in the queue after missing out last year, you guessed it, I missed out this year too! I have heard that their menu went down a storm again, their pea and wild garlic soup seemed to get particular acclaim.   

I have been so grateful for the support and love shown to our little event. When Debbie and I decided to do this, we had no idea how many fabulous & generous people we would come in contact with. 

Here’s who have helped us this year, go and show them some love because as well as having super products, the people behind the brands are honestly awesome.

Dotty Dog Art | Facebook | Instagram | Website

The Dog and I | Facebook | Instagram | Website

Hector & the Fox | Facebook | Instagram | Website

The Lounging Hound | Facebook | Instagram | Website

Charley Chau | Facebook | Instagram | Website

Laura’s Fundraising Dog Biscuits | Facebook

Brightwater Reiki | Facebook | Website

The Innocent Hound | Facebook | Instagram | Website

Guru Pet Food | Facebook | Instagram | Website

House of Henry | Facebook | Instagram | Website

Fish 4 Dogs | Facebook | Instagram | Website

Life off the Lead | Facebook | Instagram | Website

Sew Sweet Violet | Instagram | Website

Did you come? What was your favourite part?

Also, if you are on instagram we have been hashtagging #happyhoundday to see everyone’s photo’s. 

If you'd like to purchase any images, pop me an email to hello@whippetsnippets.co.uk for your 10% discount code :)

Full gallery can be viewed here: www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/happy-hound-day-2018

 

 

 

Dog Photographer covering Surrey | Sussex | Hampshire

hello@whippetsnippets.co.uk | 07810 541 685

 

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3 Fact About Dog Shampoo Which I Couldn't Believe http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2018/4/3-fact-about-dog-shampoo-which-i-couldnt-believe Changing the face of dog soaps

 

I have to admit, before I came across The Dog and I, I never really thought about what I washed the hounds with. Generally I used a dog shampoo from the pet shop, it was dog specific so it was perfect for dogs right? Not necessarily. Here are 3 things about dog shampoo's which has really made me re-think.

  1. Dog Shampoo's aren't safety assessed, because there is no-where to send it to! How insane is that? They are able to use things like SLS which is a cheap foaming agent and can be harsh, it has also been known to be a skin irritant. In human shampoo's you will find SLS free products for people who have sensitive skin; now imagine your dog licking itself and those lovely unregulated ingredients after their bath. The mind boggles.
  2. Makers don't have to put the ingredients on the bottle so you can't make an informed decision as to whether it would be good for your dog, or if there are any irritants in there.
  3. If just 1% of the nation's 8.5 million dogs (well, their owners anyway) converted from a bottle of shampoo to a bar of soap, that would be 85000 less plastic bottles out there. That figure blows my mind. Of course long haired dogs may still need shampoo, wouldn't it be amazing though if they used a product with natural ingredients instead of lots of unnecessary 'stuff'.

So that's how The Dog and I converted me to use soap for my hounds and I have been super impressed with how effective it is. I can easily use the bar to do 'spot' cleans of muddy paws as it fits neatly in my hand and I don't have to try and wrangle the muddy hound and try and upend a shampoo bottle. The lather is rich but washes off really easily so I don't have to worry about any residue. All that aside though, I always try and support small businesses when I can, and the fact that the people behind this brand area also blinking lovely is just an added extra bonus.

So what do you think? Will you be a convert too? I'd be really interested to hear your thoughts!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheDogandI/  | Instagram: www.instagram.com/thedog_i/ | Website: www.thedogandi.co.uk/

Kerry

 

Surrey | Sussex | Hampshire | Dog Photographer

hello@whippetsnippets.co.uk

 

 

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The Incredible Journey of Margo & Albert http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2018/4/the-incredible-journey-of-two-pugs Be More Pug!

I met Margo & Albert at the Spring Mini Shoots (on the weekend that we had heavy snow!) and although I knew a little of their background, I had no idea of the extent of what they had been through, and how far they had come. Watching them, you never would have guessed, their zest for life was infectious! Here's their full story of their incredible journey from their human.

Albert

Albert was bought for me by my husband Neil-a combined Wedding Anniversary, Xmas and Birthday gift (they are all in December and beginning of January - poor man!!)

I'd lost the canine love of my life-Alfie a Affenpinscher and had always wanted a black pug-Pugs are such sturdy little dogs with HUGE personalities and are often called the canine clowns!

Little did I know how sturdy this breed was...........

About 3 years ago Albert was diagnosed with a condition that sadly pugs do suffer from called Pigmentary Keratitis-this is where pigment forms in the eye, normally starting at the outer part but can eventually cover the Cornea leading to blindness.

Luckily at the moment Alberts is still on the outer part of the cornea but he has hardly any peripheral vision left and mostly has blurred vision-this has lead me to having a dog bandana made stating Partially Sighted Pug Coming Through!- (thank you House Of Henry) for him to wear whilst out walking with me.

To manage this condition Albert has an eye medication daily called Optimmune-(anyone that knows the price of eye meds for dogs will know this is probably the most expensive)

He is such a good boy for this as from a pup I taught him the word Eye so he knows that he has to sit still for me to look in his eyes etc-something that most pug owners I think should do as this cute bulgy eyed breed will no doubt at some point get an eye injury.

But that wasn't it for Albert, he wanted to test the veterinary world a bit more.....

About 8 months ago I noticed a lump on Alberts left hind leg, probably the size of a small apricot, it was very odd as it kept changing size, almost as though it was going back under the skin.

Now before I started my own dog walking business I had worked in a veterinary surgery for 25 years and it had the classic appearance of a lipoma (fatty lump), so I thought I would wait a couple of weeks and see how it went.

But then another lump appeared on his breast bone-this one was smaller and harder, but as it came up so quickly I decided a trip to my vets was needed.

We took a needle sample of the lumps to which my vets were of the same opinion a fatty lump and sent them off for analysis-a few days later to my utter shock my best friend called me-(she's the head nurse at my vets) and said "Sorry Rach, Alberts results have come back as Mast Cell tumours!"

I was completely shocked but my head went into overdrive and I knew that we had to grade the tumours and wanted to sort this out ASAP.

I was referred to NDSR in Bletchingley to see Gerry Polton a top oncologist and it was decided that we would need to remove both of them but a scan had to be done first to make sure it hadn't spread.

Luckily it hadn't but the tumours were already middle grade(3) so Gerry suggested removal of both tumours along with the 2 lymph nodes next to them to reduce the risk of spread-this is a very new procedure but I trusted Gerry and knew it had to be done.

3 days later I had my boy home, although there were 2 very extensive scars we got the news that all the cancer had been removed.

Recovery went very well, I had a tshirt suit made for him by Equafleece as brachycephalic breeds like pugs do not cope well with The Cone of Shame-aka plastic elizabethan collars and his stitches were removed 14 days later.

And In typical Pug fashion I get the look from Albert now which suggests "What was all the fuss about"

Margo

What can I say my gorgeous brave girl.......

So after falling in love with the Pug breed I decided I needed another one (most dog owners will understand this feeling) and the search for a fawn one went underway.

I did what I spent most of my veterinary career telling people not to do and bought Margo from Preloved online.

Her picture was gorgeous and my heart told me I had to have her-so I called her owner and arranged to meet the following weekend.

Margo was sooooo excited to see us and her owner was selling her at the age of 5 months as didn't really have time for her and she spent most of her day in a crate so she came home there and then.

Within 24 hours of her being home it was clear to see she had SPECIAL FEET-we called them flippers, now at first this didn't seem to bother her and I wanted to see if they would change as she was still a puppy.

But by 10 months old Margo was becoming lame after 30 minutes of walking so after a vet visit we were referred to Fitzpatrick Referrals-yes the Supervet!

During the first visit and after tests and scans we were told she would need both her wrist joints fused with metal plates-it was either go through with surgery or walk her 10 mins a day and run the risk of her possibly breaking the joints if she jumped off anything.

So surgery it was ........

Each leg was a 6-8  week recovery with complete crate restriction and on lead only for toilet purposes and even if she was sitting with us on the sofa we had to hold her lead and yes I even slept with her holding it too.

I took her to work with me every day as when I came home to walk my other 2 dogs she was so distressed in the crate that if I left her I thought she would damage her legs so I invested in a dog papoose and carried her in this -she loved this as she still got to see all her friends at the park and have a good sniff of the air.

Margo was finally signed off a year ago from Fitzpatricks-weve had 3 physio sessions since as whilst having scans they found she has arthritis in her toes too so we needed to teach her to walk properly again.

She still has a slight limp on hard ground but she is back to being My Mad Margo and running and playing at the park with all her pals.

So what can I say... I have 2 L'Oreal Pugs-yes because they are worth it.

So if anyone out there has been told their fur baby needs surgery I know it may seem daunting at the time and like there is a long road ahead but believe me the destination is definitely worth it.xx

 

A I think you will agree, these two are pretty incredible pooches! Kerry x

 

Surrey, Sussex & Hampshire professional dog photographer.

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Whippets are Best in Show - 9 Weird & Wonderful Facts http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2018/3/9-weird-and-wonderful-facts-about-whippets Whippets are Best in Show

Last night, Whippet owners around the world rejoiced when Tease the Whippet won Best in Show at Crufts. Whippets are often a misunderstood breed, so here are a few facts about wonderful Whippets which most owners will be nodding their heads to.

1.  Whippets are LAZY, like, super lazy. I still remember being told 'if you can't choose between a cat and a dog, get a whippet'. Most people on the street think that they need a lot of exercise, mine will happily sleep the entire day whether they have had 30 minutes or 3 hours walking.

2. They love zoomies - they can go from a slow trot 30mph whirlwind in a fraction of a second. This can be terrifying when you have a whippet hurtling towards you; generally though, they have the ability to swerve at the very last minute leaving you thankful for that you still have the use of your kneecaps!

3. They are opportunistic thieves. There has been many an owner who has turned their back for .0001 of a second only to find the sandwich/biscuit/steak has disappeared leaving an innocent looking hound with remnants hanging from their whiskers.

4. They are fair weather hounds. They will be appalled if you take them outside in the rain and would be calling the RSPCA if they could use the phone.

5. The rules 'no dogs on the furniture' doesn't last very long in a whippet household. They have no undercoat so they would be uncomfortable on hard floors; they adore anything soft. They use this to their advantage, owners will often be found on the floor rather than move the comfortable hound. Whippets also have an uncanny ability to know how to burrow under the duvet.

6. Because of their shape, whippets usually need breed specific coats, jumpers and collars. Be prepared to spend a small fortune and for your hound to be better dressed than you. (We love Redhound for Dogs for attire and for collars check out Dogs & Horses or Brindle & Whyte)

7. Whippet owners can never seem to stop at just one whippet.
8. Whippets can have an irregular heartbeat at rest, it becomes 'normal' when running.
9. They are super affectionate with their humans and make great family pets but they can be quite aloof with people they don't know.

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Milo the beautiful Lurcher http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2018/2/milo-the-lurcher Surrey Dog Shoot

Can you imagine, after seeing this gorgeous boy, that there is any such thing as Black Dog Syndrome? Statistically black dogs are overlooked in rescue centres. But honestly, look at this face! Thankfully he doesn't have to worry about that, his humans dote on him.

Meet Milo, the super handsome whippet x deerhound who I had the pleasure of photographing at the end of last year on an unseasonably warm day. Our shoot took place in one of the picturesque wooded areas of Haslemere & we decided to do it towards the end of the day so that the sun was low and golden.

We started off with some portraits and I was so taken with Milo's chocolate brown eyes, behind his cheeky exterior was a very soulful gaze. Milo then had great fun with the action shots, he was true professional - directing his gaze directly into the camera, and boy oh boy does he love a squeeky ball! As the sun started to set, Milo was content to calmly trot along, and quite on his own, struck a pose at the top of a vista overlooking the heathland and woods, it was a special moment.

If you would like to book a shoot a dog shoot, you can find out more information here: http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/2018-pricing

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Dog Friendly Pancakes http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2018/2/dog-friendly-pancakes Dog Friendly Pancake Recipe

I had never thought of doing pancakes for my hounds before, but after watching their pure glee when I delivered this tasty treat with a nutritious filling I will most definitely do it again next year. Seeing how much they loved it made the small effort all worth while.

I took a basic 'human' pancake recipe and replaced the milk with water. I also added half a teaspoon of pure coconut oil as I had it already.

Ingredients for the batter (made 5 small pancakes)

  • 60g Flour
  • 100 Water (adding more as needed to make a good batter).
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure coconut oil (optional)

For the filling:

  • Two tablespoons of cottage cheese
  • Small handful of spinach, chopped.
  • I had accidentally 'crisped' some bacon so I chopped it finely to make a crumb.

Method:

Mix together the batter ingredients and leave to stand for 30 minutes.

I used a small, non stick pan to make the pancakes exactly how we would human ones. I didn't need to use oil for this, but if you need to, add a tiny drizzle of oil and wipe round with a piece of kitchen paper.

Give it a flip and away you go! Most of all, have fun! Other things you could add: scrambled eggs, their usual treats, a smidge of peanut butter, sliced bananas.

It's worth remembering that this will count towards their daily intake so you may want to reduce their usual food.

Check out this Innocent Pet Care blog for some more great & healthy pancake ideas: https://theinnocentpet.co.uk/blogs/the-innocet-pet-blog

(I used plates purely so that I could photograph the hounds, it's a bit messy and the floor required a mop afterwards as you can see!)

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Furdography for Beginners http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2018/2/furdography-for-beginners-photography Welcome to Furdography for Beginners

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Hi there, thanks for visiting! In case you didn’t know, I’m Kerry & I have been a been photographing professionally for 7 years and started specialising in dogs 4 years ago. I quite often get asked if I would do a photography course however I have resisted purely because I still feel like I am a student myself, even after all this time. There is SO much to learn about the craft of photography that it’s dizzying and difficult to even know where to start. 

So the idea behind this course was to help you understand what makes a good image and give you the knowledge to implement it. There’s not technical jargon and you don’t need a fancy camera.

It will take place in a private Facebook group & there is a reduced price of 75.00 for this first course as I would really love you to help me craft what I have already put together into something that’s clear, concise and fun! It’s easy to get caught up in your own head when you are writing content, so you, as the first contingent will be my focus. 

Course Content 

Online-dog-photography-course-for-beginnersBasic training to improve your dog photography.

What do you get?

  • An exclusive, closed FB group. 
  • Weekly tasks to help improve your skills, for 12 weeks.
  • Daily trouble shooting time slots.
  • Weekly round up & image assessments.
  • A group call once a month.
  • Money back guarantee. If you have completed each element and don't feel like your dog portraits have improved, you will be refunded.

What will you need?

  • Any kind of digital camera, whether phone or DSLR. 
  • Enthusiasm!

BOOKING

If reading this you are getting excited about the prospect of improving your skills & knowledge, then I can’t wait to have you on board! Spaces are limited to 15 in order for me to give people the time and attention the deserve, and you can book right here: https://goo.gl/9jUZQJ 

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The holistic benefits of dogs wearing red http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2018/2/holistic-benefits-of-dogs-wearing-red National Wear Red Day

Today (2nd February) is National Wear Red Day, created to raise awareness of congenital heart disease. I couldn't think of a better person to talk about the benefits of wearing red, than Sam, from Hoof to Tail Healing.

I've been following Sam on instagram for a while and her knowledge of holistic treatments for dogs and horses is immense, informative and bloody interesting. Because of her, I now have a whole range of essential oils which I use for both myself and the hounds. She is owned by the sweetest little Staffie girl called Beth who helps her take the post to the postbox.


I asked Sam to put together some information on how the colour can help both you and your hounds, it's
fascinating
how colours can effect us. Thanks Sam!

Benefits of wearing red


In reiki, the colour red relates to the root chakra, which is at the base of the spine so can be used to balance this chakra so the body can heal itself.

Red is a great energising colour, increasing circulation, and on an emotional level, increasing confidence.

Areas of the body associated with the root chakra - spine, feet, bones, circulation, teeth, large intestine, bladder, legs.

Emotions associated with the root chakra - security, courage, stability

Common ailments related to the root chakra- fatigue, obesity, colds, bladder infections, sciatica.

This is another great chakra for rescue dogs, as it can help them to feel secure in their new home. It also calms anxious dogs, being grounding the energy is brought away from the brain.

How can wearing red help your dog?

Dogs can't see all colours, but each colour gives off a vibration which the dog can respond to on an energetic level, balancing the chakras and clearing blockages in the energy flow.

  1. Your dog can wear red as well as you! A red collar, bandana, jumper, coat... the choice is yours. This is my favourite way to use colour with Beth. She has a large collection of bandanas, and often I will lay them out for her to choose one! As a typical bouncy over excitable staffy, I tend to buy blue a lot more for leads and harnesses, as this is a calming colour! But she also really suits red.
  2. I have a free app called Colour Light Touch. It changes the whole of your phone or tablet screen to which ever colour you like, you just moves your finger around the touch screen until it changes to the colour you want.
  3. Water bowls. Yes, one of my more “out there” ideas. Having different colour water bowls allow the water to take on the vibrational energy of the colour of the bowl. They also allow for self selection. I have three, yes three! water bowls for Beth. Energetic red and calming blue are colours with the biggest response, so I picked these. Beth also tends to hold any stress in her stomach, and sometimes picks up food on walks that doesn't agree with her. So the third bowl is yellow to balance the solar plexus chakra (stomach). Her favourites are blue and yellow. But I often find in summer when she is really warm, and lacking in energy on a very hot day, she picks red.


I hope this inspires you to use colour with your dog, and help when choosing the right colour collar or jumper. I'd love to hear how you get on.

If you have any questions on how colour can help your dog, contact me for a chat.

Sam

Website: www.hooftotailhealing.co.uk | Email: sam@hooftotailhealing.co.uk

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Spring Mini Shoots http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2018/1/spring-mini-shoots-midhurst-sussex dog-mini-photography-midhurst-sussexSpring-dog-photograph-shoots-midhurst-sussexSpring Mini Shoots for Dogs at The Walled Gardens, Cowdray.

Dog Photography Mini Shoots

I'm very excited to launch my first Dog Mini Shoot at the beautiful Walled Garden at Cowdray, Midhurst.

Details are still being revealed, but here's the down low so far:

  • Max 2 dogs from the same household per shoot.
  • Shoot lasts 20 minutes in the lovely Walled Gardens.
  • Session Fee at £50 which is being donated to the charity Celia Cross Greyhound Trust.
  • Exclusive products available to purchase on the day. These products will only be available at my minishoots.
  • Individual prints at 30.00 & there will options have a discounted bundle.
  • Voucher for Dog Friendly cafe at the Walled Garden.

You can book your 20 minute slot here: https://calendly.com/whippetsnippets/springmini2018/03-18-2018

Payment can be made via paypal to hello@whippetsnippets.co.uk or paypal.me/booface/50

Very much looking forward to meeting you!

Kerry

 

Dog Photography in the Great Outdoors | Covering Surrey, Sussex & Hampshire

hello@whippetsnippets.co.uk | 07810541685

 

 

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How to choose a dog photographer http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2018/1/how-to-choose-a-dog-photographer How to Choose Your Perfect Dog Photographer

I can’t even imagine how difficult it must be to choose the right person to photograph your dog. Once you have made the decision to go ahead with a professional shoot, you then have to decide studio or outdoors?  

Then there’s finding the perfect one, it’s overwhelming and a little intimidating! Do you get a recommendation? Do you do a google search? And even then, there are SO many photographers out there, some with the most fanciest of websites, but that doesn’t mean much nowadays. 

Dog-photographer-surrey-outdoorProfessional outdoor dog photographer. Italian greyhound portrait.

Here's a few little tips to help you decide:

  1. I think this is the most important: fall in love with the photographers work. Look at their portfolio, if it gives you joy and evokes emotion they should be on your shortlist.
  2. Try not to base your decision on price alone. I have wanted and fallen in love with artists work and knew I had to have something commissioned, so I saved and waited, knowing that I would enjoy it forever.
  3. Do they have any reviews? Either on Facebook or a designated review site? This will give you an idea of not only the photographers work ethics, but the kind of person who books them, if their previous clients seem to strike a cord with you, then you know you are on to a winner. 
  4. Do they specialise in dog photography, or do they also do everything under the sun - weddings, landscapes, corporate, food etc etc? Every different genre of photography requires a very specific skill set, and rather than look at a jack of all trades, look for someone who has invested time, effort and education into their particular craft.
  5. Do they offer a good selection of quality products? If you are investing time, effort and cost to get professional images of your hound, why wouldn't you want to display them in them in the best possible way?

Dog-action-shot-water-sighthoundProfessional outdoor dog photographer. Dog in action over puddle. Now, why should you choose me? 

Well if you have got this far, I’d like to think that you have number 1 covered! 

I have spent the last four years learning how to get the most out of dogs in the great outdoors, I know how to manage with shy/energetic/nervous dogs, ones who can’t be off lead or who can’t sit for more than a fraction of a second & have even worked with multiple at the same time. 

It goes without saying that I have an absolute obsession for dogs and all things dog related, I love looking at new products, hearing new developments in positive training (Victoria Stilwell is amazing), but I’m sure every other dog photographer is the same (or at least I hope so). 

So here’s what I think sets me aside from the rest: when you look at my website, read my blog or visit my Facebook or Instagram pages, I hope you see this is so much more than just a business to me. Of course I need to make a living, however it’s important to me that you have the best possible experience, I want to find about out what’s right for you and your hound, the likes and dislikes.  I never use the same approach to shoots, each one is individual.

You may notice another thing, I treat my clients as friends, and that’s because that is what a lot of them have become. The lovely people who find me somehow seem to have the same ethos that I believe in; they value kindness and generosity, they love their dog like family because that’s exactly what they are and want to spend time with them (a lot of them seem to also love gin but don’t worry, that’s not a prerequisite). Just loving your dog is enough. 

Above all, I hope to give you and your hound the best possible end result; a fabulous memory, exceptional products and a warm fuzzy feeling.

(Oh, and by the way, I photograph all breeds, just don’t tell the Whippets). 

Behind-the-Scenes-Outdoor-dog-photographyBehind the scenes at of Whippet Snippets Dog Photography. Outdoor shoots in Surrey, Sussex & Hampshire.

Here's some of my 2017 clients, enjoy!

You can see find reviews on my Facebook page, Google and also Good Vet & Pet Guide

 

Professional Dog Photographer covering Surrey,  Sussex & Hampshire.

hello@whippetsnippets.co.uk | 07810 541 685

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Thank-you & Happy New Year http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/12/thank-you-happy-new-year I wanted to write a quick note to say thank-you to my brilliant clients without who I would not have had such an amazing 2017. I am so lucky to have met such lovely people and their beautiful hounds.

Also to all of the fabulous community of people who like, comment and share on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages - for a small business it is so important to have that kind of interaction and it’s a constant joy hearing your stories and seeing your images. I really do feel very honoured that you take the time out of your busy days to pop over and spend some of your precious time. 

It’s been an amazing year, but just you wait, I have some great plans for 2018 & I can’t wait to share them with you! Have an fabulous New Years Eve, see you next year. 

Kerry x

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Puppy Photoshoot at West Wittering http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/12/puppy-photoshoot-at-west-wittering Roobarb the Whippet Puppy

When Roobarb's human contacted me about a photoshoot, she asked if I wouldn't mind having an extended family one. Usually shoots consist of dogs from the same household however how on earth could I resist a litter mates meet-up?

We started out with Roobarb solo, the main aim was having some full out action shots which was a good thing because this little pup was full of beans; the portraits were the ones we had to try a little harder for! Roobarb is one of those hounds who has a complete zest for life, he loves everyone and everything, truly reminding me that we should take life skills from dogs.

We then brought the rest of the family onto the beach, my idea of heaven! Two of the pups adored each other and couldn't stop wrestling which made for some hilarious images, the older ones enjoyed the quiet beach with low tide making the perfect zoomies environment.

Gift vouchers are available here: 2017 Prices

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Luxury Gift Guide for Hound and Home http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/11/luxury-gift-guide-dog-home Luxury Gift guide for Hound & Home

 

With Christmas sneaking up on us, there are a dizzying array of products out there to give to your dog loving friends, or, in fact gifts to buy to treat yourself! I have put together my personal top 10 products which definitely won't be re-wrapped and given to someone else next year.

Stylish Personalised Rope Leads

by Dapper Maximus Designs

I follow Dapper Maximus on Instagram and was instantly taken when these leads started showing up on my feed but I couldn't possibly need any more leads....then the option of putting your hounds name on the handle came up and I was sold! These leads are all made by hand and you have a multitude of options for colours of handles, different rope charms to add and then the size & length of rope - this truly is a very personalised gift. Check out the etsy store for the most gorgeous dip dying options.

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Prices from 23.00

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Natural & High Quality Dog Treats that Hounds Find Irrisistable!

from The Innocent Hound

I think we are, as a nation of dog lovers, becoming more aware of the foods we are feeding our hounds, which is why I love The Innocent Hound. They have a very high percentage of meat & only use British meat from sustainable farming. Oh, and their menu sounds good enough for humans! For Christmas they have brought out this fabulous gift box with a yummy new addition of Gravlax sprinkle for your hounds dinner made from air dried salmon, great for a shiny coat. You can choose between three sizes which have a combination of their lush sausages, deer antler & the gravlax in varying sizes. It comes already beautiful wrapped which means you don't have to try and find the end of the celotape to wrap this gift.

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Prices from 10.00

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Elegant Sofa Toppers To Revamp & Protect Your Sofa

by The Lounging Hound

If you are a bit soft like I am, there is no way we could ever keep the hounds off the sofa so I can't quite believe no-one has thought about this genius  idea of a sofa topper before! You can see my full review from earlier on in the year here but I am very excited by their seasonal addition of this really quite stunning & vibrant red. It will automatically make a space feel festive & warm - as well as standard sizes, they can be custom made, be warned though that their cut off date is 1st December! 

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Prices from 130.00

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Unique Handmade Coasters

from The Whippet Company

These are no ordinary coasters, each has a hand finished glazed moziac effect which means it is completely unique so you are putting your glasses on a mini piece of art work! They have a gorgeous gold edging to add an extra bit of glamour and are only available from The Whippet Company. I know hound lovers would love to find a few of these under the tree. Choose from 'Sand' or 'Duck Egg' as a background & four design of whippet prints.

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Completely Natural Handmade Soaps

by The Dog & I

I am a big fan of supporting small businesses & also using natural products as much as I can on my hounds. If you are the same, you will be pleased you have found The Dog & I - they only use three ingredients in their soaps and why should they need any more? It is exactly what you need to get your hounds clean and smells amazing too. Their absolutely fantastic Spa kit is really reasonably priced and if you have friends dogs who love bog snorkling (like my crazy spaniel friend) this would be perfect. Both the soaps and the spa kit would be brilliant as stocking fillers (because everyone gets stockings for their hounds right??).

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Prices from 2.50

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For Hounds Who Step Out In Style

by Redhound for Dogs

For hounds who need to be kept warm; Redhound for Dogs are an amazing company who always go out of their way to make sure their coats are not only practical but super stylish. They are in a very unique position that they design in house which means they can create coats like this gorgeous Dorset (shown in Plum). It'd be a hard choice but I have included the Dorset as it's the first one they have designed that is washable. The cross over design gives easy movement while the padding keeps your hound super warm.

They should come with a warning though - you will get stopped constantly by people admiring your hound when they wear this! And you will also feel the need to upgrade your own wardrobe to keep up.

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Prices from 49.95

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Versitile & Snuggly Herdwick Fleeces

from The Whippet Company

These sheepskins are of the highest quality, sumptiously thick with beautiful colours, you can use them to pop in front of the fire, drape over an old dog bed to bring it back to life or we have even popped ours on a bean bag which the hounds adore!! These fleeces are naturally dirt resistant and are a really good size and washable. The thing I love about these is that whether you have a country style cottage or a cool chic apartment, these will look great anywhere.

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Price 125.00

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Personalised Stationary With A Difference

by Wildflower Illustration

Okay, how amazing are these?? You can send an image of your hound to Wildflower Illustration and they will add it to your card with a personalised message. They can add a few more for a small fee and you get a high quality card, great service & something completely unique to send out this Christmas. (P.s their instagram account is gorgeous!)

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Prices from 24.50

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The Ultimate Luxury Dog Bed

by Charley Chau

For those of you who would love a dog bed which looks gorgeous in your home, and also is built to last, you can't go wrong with Charley Chau. The snuggle beds are a firm favourite in this household & when I read how much time and effort they have put into designing their Ducky Donut bed, I knew that it was going to be pretty special. One of the great things about this brand is that they really pride themselves in making beautiful quality that lasts, so an investment, and one that your hounds will thank you for!

This is the first dog bed that I have come across (apart from the 'cushion' ones) where you can take off the entire covers to wash, if that wasn't great enough, you can also wash the individual side pads & the removable mattress from the bottom.  The sides are super plump & filled with duck feather pads and keep their shape amazingly well. Available in 5 colours.

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Prices from 180.00

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The Gift of Photography

Vouchers from Whippet Snippets Dog Photographer

For people who love being outdoors in our beautiful country with their hounds you can give them a gift, a memory, of their walks through the woods, running along the beach or hiking in the hills. I offer products that they can see every day of their lives - a sleek metal print above the fireplace or a rustic wood panel of their favourite walk in the hall. The vouchers come boxed and ready to give to your favourite dog lover. In case you were wondering, I photograph all breeds!

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Prices from 150.00

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Whippet Snippets Dog Photographer

Covering Surrey | Sussex | Hampshire

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Luxury Dog Friendly Apartments in Chichester http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/11/dog-friendly-luxury-apartments-chichester Luxury Dog Friendly Apartments

I am quite often asked about dog friendly places to stay for our West Wittering Whippet Walk so when I came across The Salterns on Twitter, I asked if I could pop and visit one of their gorgeous properties.

Dog-friendly-apartment-chichester-marina-the-salternsWhippet Snippets reviews dog friendly apartment The Salterns at Chichester Marina, West Sussex

The Location

Less than 15 minutes to West Wittering beach! It's set in the stunning Chichester Marina which is accessed via a long private road. The Salterns is towards the lower end, which is great as you can walk to the dog friendly cafe and restaurant The Boat House. There are plenty of paths to walk your dog right outside the apartments and from there you can hit The Salterns Way, a public path that leads all the way into Chichester if you are feeling brave! There is also a couple of shops on site where you can get provisions.

The-Salterns-Dog-Friendly-apartment-patioWhippet Snippets outside The Salterns apartment in Chichester Marina

The Apartment

We visited No. 5; the apartment has a clean, chic feel to it, with flashes of colour and lovely little finishes here and there. There are wooden floors running through out which is means you don't have to worry about muddy paw prints. You have a coocks kitchen with a breakfast bar, two double rooms and a bathroom. And then there are the views! With big windows which over look the marina, you really are spoiled. The doors open onto a lovely patio area surrounded by a cute little white picket fence, with a gate opening onto a large grassy area where you can walk your hound on lead.

At the Salterns, all the dog friendly apartments are on the ground floor with patio's & access to the lawn area so no stairs to worry about. The apartments have a dog water bowl and a little bowl of treats to make your hound feel welcome.

Walking in the area

The great thing about this location is that you will never be short of walks! You can stroll down the lovely marina and within minutes be on Salterns Way which takes you through woods and fields. A short drive takes you to a plethora of beautiful places, from the blue flag awarded West Wittering beach, to the South Downs Way with it's stunning views over our gorgeous Sussex countryside. There are fields on either side of the marina which will occassionally hold livestock; the field that I walked through via The Salterns Way is unlikely to have any though as it had no fences.

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Information for Guests

Some of my lovely followers on my facebook gave lots of questions about what they would ask of a dog friendly apartment. I have answered some above, but here is some more information you may find useful:

  • The Salterns allows two well behaved dogs in it's apartments, there is no restrictions on size or breed.
  • There is no extra charge for dogs (bonus!).
  • They currently do not supply towels for dogs, however they have only been open a year and they are very open to suggestions if you leave a note on their feedback cards.
  • The official line about dogs on the furniture is that they would prefer they didn't, however they understand that sometimes this may happen so if you are worried, they don't mind if you bring throws to cover eg the sofa, especially as you are welcome to leave the dog in the apartment if you want to pop out.
  • There is a dog bin right on the enterance to the apartment.
  • There are coastal stores on sight as well as the dog friendly cafe which has a great menu (and from experience, fantastic chips!!)

The-lounge-at-the-The-Salterns-luxury-apartment We were welcomed at The Boat House - the dog friendly cafe a short walk from the apartments.

The-Boat-House-Cafe-Chichester-MarinaWhippet eyes up the fantastic chips at the Dog Friendly Boat House Cafe in Chichester Marina in West Sussex Some more images of our trip to the marina.

The Salterns | www.thesalterns.co.uk/ | salterns@premiermarinas.com

West Wittering Beach | www.westwitteringbeach.co.uk/

 

Whippet Snippets Dog Photographer | Covering Surrey, Sussex & Hampshire

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Cotswolds Dog Shoot http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/11/cotswolds-dog-shoot Multiple Dogs? Well okay then!

I visited the Cotswolds for the first time this year and fell in love with the rolling countryside & the gorgeous towns with their distinctive stone buildings. I knew I wanted to visit again and as luck would have it, just a few months later I was contacted to find out if I'd do an extended dog family shoot in, you guessed it, the Cotswolds!

As the location was further than I usually travel, the family purchased my middle package, Misty Mornings, and we booked a date. I have to admit, I was super excited about the challenge of doing a shoot with 8, yes 8 dogs and a toddler too.

Husband and I decided to make a weekend out of it and we were managed to find a dog friendly room that would take us and our hounds (you can read about it here). 

The day before the shoot I scouted locations with the mum of the family and we found a lovely long path with a few options for different backgrounds. Usually I would go for a big long walk with clients however with 8 I thought it was best to stay in a relatively small area.

We got a great variety, everything really came together and I used some of the tricks of the trade to get some gorgeous alert expressions.  The black & white image with whippet Monica peering round has been one of my favourite images in a while. I was so taken with all the hounds however Goose the fox red labrador was pretty special, as was firecracker Monica the Whippet.  So without further ado, please meet these gorgeous hounds.

 

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Sausage Dog Day at the Dog House http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/10/sausage-dog-day-doghouse-bradford-on-avon Daxie Day at The Dog House

You may have seen from my facebook live videos that recently I had a weekend in Bradford on Avon with Debbie at Redhound. If you saw them, you will also have seen me go from relaxed to ecstatic to downright gobsmacked during the course of the day. Despite having experience of how busy dog events can be, we still underestimate the extent that owners will go to for a day out with their hounds!

The-Dog-House-Bradford-on-AvonInterior of the Dog House Bradford on Avon set up for the Sausage Dog Day with Redhound for Dogs

The reason behind the visit was to launch Debbie's new Daschund coats at The Dog House, an incredible pet store / cafe / groomers. Debbie had mentioned it and I knew I had to go too, as you will see from the photo’s, this isn’t any normal pet store. Set in a beautiful archway that used to be part of a rubber factory, they stock quality but well priced toys, some which I haven’t seen before as well as a dizzying array of fabulous & natural dog treat (as you can imagine, I spent a small fortune).

Hand made dog treats!

Have you ever been to Bradford on Avon? I had no idea how gorgeous it is, steep winding streets that overlook the river and the surrounding countryside, oh how I wished I had my hounds there to do a shoot. We arrived on Saturday and popped in to see the very lovely Ruth, the owner of The Dog House, and sorted out our evening plans. Now, I don’t get out very much without the hounds, so I will blame that for the fact that Debbie and I were some of the last to leave Timbrells Yard restaurant after a fabulous meal, a couple of G&T’s and a few glasses of wine. 

The Times Home Front Cover by Whippet Snippets for The Lounging Hound

Sunday arrived with excitement, for more than one reason! We popped back to Timbrells for breakfast (it's dog friendly by the way) where I stalked the news stands for The Times Home section; if you heard a rupture in the space time continuum, it was probably me squealing when I saw my image on the front cover! 

So on to the Daxie Day, we weren’t sure how many people to expect, maybe 20 or so? Hmm...worked out a few more than that. Within minutes of opening we had a handful of five month old Sausage Dog puppies having an ecstatic time together, I really had to be careful where I put my feet. The rest is a bit of a blur, there literally wasn’t an ease up right up until after closing, when people were still pouring through the doors. 

We were also visited by a few pointy noses so I was very happy to get my sighthound fix. 

I spent most of my time on the floor taking photos and watching the Daschunds interact - they have a very sweet greeting - they will have a little nose sniff, almost like Eskimo kisses. My absolute favourite part of the day was watching the faces of hounds when a pot of sausage and mash descended and was placed in front of them, they could hardly believe their luck. 

To add to the amazing day, the super talented and very lovely Sally Muir was there doing a book signing, it’s a must for any dog lovers out there. I watched her, I kid you not, do potato prints of Daschunds and they were brilliant!

What an amazing time, what an amazing place, and what amazing people, a huge thank you to everyone who came and made it such a fun day.

Full gallery can be found here: whippetsnippets.co.uk/daxieday

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RuffWear Harnesses http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/10/ruffwear-harnesses Ruffwear Dog Harnesses 

I get asked quite a lot about these harnesses so I thought it may be useful for anyone who was thinking about one for their hounds.

RuffWear Dog Harness

Why I choose Ruffwear

There were two reasons we were looking at harnesses; one our old boy Jasper was quite sensitive around his head when he had his inner ear removed, we felt a harness would be much gentler for him, and then there was Shadow. 

When we first got Shadow, we realised that we would need a harness for some of our walks, basically wherever there was going to be any excitement, if he saw anything even remotely fun then he would leap four foot in the air and dance around like a maniac. Not great when the only thing he is tethered to is a collar round his neck.  

It’s notoriously difficult find harnesses for sighthounds, most fits seem to be too loose because of their deep but skinny chests. We were pleasantly surprised by the RuffWear front range harness, because of the amount of adjusting we could do at several points, it fitted perfectly. I also loved the fact that rather than being strips of thinner material like a lot of harnesses, this has wider, more padded sections and the front almost feels like a chest piece. 

The front range harnesses are great for general walking, however Shadow learned how to back out of it. So we checked out the six point webmaster - problem solved! Again this is super adjustable, it fits him really well and with the added benefit of the harness coming further towards where the waist tucks in, it’s Shadow proof. We went for the addition of the stomach protector as he had previously had trouble with an awful rash after going through long grass. Hey presto, we have the perfect harness!

We use the front range harnesses for all the other hounds with great success. We have the small size for all five hounds, that shows how adjustable they are as they are very different in height & weight! I can also pop them over our Redhound for Dogs fleeces.

When do I use them?

We use them quite a lot, like if we are going somewhere super busy like DogFest or when we are exploring the countryside. Anywhere there is too much going on for us to be trying to direct the hounds from collars, it’s not easy on their necks as they are constantly trying to hoover up dropped food or follow exciting smells. 

Is there a downside?

The only downside I personally have is storing them. When you have more than one, hanging them up is difficult (particularly the webmaster) so we may have to designate a draw for them somewhere. That’s a small price to pay for a perfect fit, hard wearing, long lasting harness. 

If you have any questions about my experience with these harnesses, please don't hesitate to ask, and I'd love to hear if you have them for your hounds too!

With thanks to additional models Buzz, Ozzy & Ollie who are also RuffWear wearers :)

Kerry x

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Life in Petersfield Best Dog Winner http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/9/life-in-petersfield-best-dog-winner Mr Biggles has a pretty amazing story. He was rehomed by Mike after a change in his previous owners work. Mike runs Animal Crackers pet shop in Petersfield and he took on the mamoth job of retraining Biggles as a 10 month old puppy who was already used to misbehaving.

I can only guess that Mr Biggles was frustrated and needed direction, because if you ever have the pleasure to meet him, you will see he is an incredibly well behaved, super happy dog! I was gobsmacked watching him do dummy retrival and his wait command is rock solid. He is so much part of the family now, that he is on the Animal Crackers logo!

I think he is a worthy winner of the Life in Petersfield 'best dog' competition. We started the shoot on the stunning Harting Down, West Sussex which was perfect as you can spot Mr Biggles' village in the distance in the first shots. He was a superstar model, giving me some very cute head tilts and action shots. We then popped to his local pond where he showed off, leaping fearlessly into the water.

Mr Biggles also has the very important job of being top Shop Dog so if you are ever in Petersfield, pop in to say hi and make a fuss of this gorgeous boy.

Animal Crackers: 3 High St, Petersfield GU32 3JR

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5 go to Dorset http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/9/5-go-to-dorset-dog-friendly A working holiday with Ministry of Dog

 

I am writing this from our plush room at 1777 Wimborne, the hounds are scattered in various positions on the large comfy bed, completely exhausted after the previous days adventures.

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We came to Dorset for a shoot for Ministry of Dog, a fabulous dog walking & house sitting franchise that promises ‘Sky not Skype’ as a tag line. I thought it would be quite nice to make a weekend out of it, and I’m so glad we did.

Ali from MoD suggested the 1777 hotel in Wimborne as being dog friendly, I was a little sceptical when I looked at the website, the rooms were gorgeously ornate; would they laugh at me when I called and asked if we could bring our five dogs? I called them with trepidation (trepidation is my go to phone voice when asking anywhere if we can bring 5 dogs), I needn’t have worried, the lovely lady suggested, with a smile in her voice, that maybe we would want one of the bigger rooms, but it was entirely up to us. Brilliant!

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The Photography

So the day of the shoot arrives and we make good time, arriving at the location a little early, to be greeted by a mega watt smile & coffee (I knew right then Ali and I would get on). Ali is quite possibly the most glamorous dog walker you will meet, all blond hair and long legs; she was accompanied by her lovely partner Stuart, although he didn’t have the hair and the legs, he looks like he’s in excellent shape as I think dog walkers should be! After releasing my chaotic hounds into my husbands care for a walk (this took a while as they thought it was a great game to zoom between me and my husband), I finally managed to meet the dogs who would be the face of Ministry of Dog for this shoot. Out came two pointers (I think that’s what they were, they would be more accurately described as a ‘blurry objects’), called Tia & Sachsen, cute little Dotty the Jackerpoo with the massive personality, Darcy the Labradoodle with the most beautiful gold eyes, and of course we couldn’t forget Tilly the pug who spent the entire walk keeping up with the pointers. 

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The location offered a great variety; heathland, woods and lakes so we managed to fit an awful lot in! The hounds were fantastic, even with Tia rustling away in the bushes most of the shoot we still managed to get some lovely portraits, dynamic action shots & portraits of the team. 

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The Holiday

After the shoot, we headed to Wimborne town centre for a spot of lunch and a G&T to escape the sudden downpour. The Kings Head gave us a warm welcome and the hounds made themselves comfortable whilst keeping a beady eye out in case of any food droppages. We then wondered round the lovely little town centre and spotted an excellent butcher who provided the hounds with some meaty bones. The hounds were happy as Larry with their treasure in the hotel’s secure garden area, even though we had a downpour again, they continued with their bones while we hid under a tree. 

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Dog friendly Dorset

For dinner, Ali had recommended The Olive Branch, which is a sister company of 1777 and just a short walk from the hotel. Oh my days, we felt like royalty! I had called in advance to warn them that we were bringing 5 hounds and they had reserved a table near the back of what is a really vast and quirky bar. They made a fuss of the hounds, letting us cordon of a little space with high chairs so the hounds wouldn’t get stepped on, and asked us if the hounds would like some dog beer & doggy ice cream. The ice cream was devoured (even by Scout who is usually fussy!), the dog beer took a little more getting used to. And then there was the human food! Very high standard considering the size of the restaurant & the fact that it was a Saturday. I can’t thank the staff enough for making our dinner so stress free. 

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The next day we met with my in-laws as they were down in Dorset too, and we took them to Pugtoberfest put on by Ministry of Dog, Mum-in-law was in her element having two pugs herself. It was a pretty amazing sight! 

I’m not sure if the rest of Dorset is this dog friendly, if it is, it has high standards to follow!

Ministry of Dog: www.ministryofdogfranchise.com

1777 Hotel Wimborne: 1777.co.uk

The Olive Branch Wimborne: theolivebranchwimborne.co.uk

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What to do on holiday when you feed Raw http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/8/what-to-do-on-holiday-when-you-feed-raw A dilema of feeding raw when you holiday with your dogs

A few months ago on the way to Dogfest, Husband and I were chatting about what the heck we were going to do about feeding the hounds while we were on holiday. We feed them complete Raw (Nutriment) and if we are staying in a hotel or B&B, we couldn’t exactly ask them to put a huge slot in the freezer aside for us.

Guru Dog Food to the Rescue!

Little did we know, our question would soon be answered. As we walked round, I spotted Guru Pet Food stand, if you have ever visited them, you know it’s difficult to miss! I follow these guys on Twitter & Instagram and they are honestly the coolest. I have never seen a pet food brand interact with their followers as much as they do. So over we trotted to say hello, and I was greeted with an overwhelming amount of enthusiasm which was delivered in a thick northern twang. Turns out they knew the Whippet Snippets Crew from social media (does that make us famous)?

I mentioned the food conversation to Lisa and she was super excited to tell me that a lot of her customers are Raw feeders….eh? Because Guru is cold pressed (check out their website link below for a very good description of what this is), it retains way more nutrients, and is much closer to a dogs natural diet than standard kibble. 

The thing that sold me though was when she showed me a water glass with Guru, and a water glass with kibble. The Guru food broke down completely, the kibble had expanded a huge amount and was still floating around, this is one of the things that always worried me about kibble. It's also grain free, you need waaay less than regular kibble. (This isn’t a kibble bashing blog, I firmly believe that if it’s high quality and your hound thrives on it, then who cares.)

As well as high grade meat, it’s got lots of great additions like green lipped muscle, which is super good for your hounds joints. 

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What will happen when the dogs are used to raw?

I was a little worried about how the hounds would react to being fed dried food, I needn’t have worried, when the Guru food arrived they tried to eat through the box! Even Boo, who is normally a little high and mighty had a go (see video below).

Our first test was a weekend away in the Cotswolds. On the first night, we made a bit of a mistake and fed it completely dry, I think the hounds thought we had given them a bowl of amazing treats as they inhaled them within seconds. We were a bit more intelligent on the second night; although Guru can be fed dry, we took the advice that we got from them on an alternative way and we added some hot water, because the food breaks down it starts to look more like porridge, that worked and it took a lot longer for the hounds to eat.

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Um, do they, er, smell more?

Now for the bit that somehow dog owners seem to be able to talk about within seconds of meeting - the bottom burps. I was frankly amazed that there were no room clearing incidents during the weekend, in fact, I still am. They drank more water than usual, but thanks to the great information on the back of the packet, I knew to expect that. 

We are off to Dorset for a weekend soon, and I am so glad that we have a great alternative to Raw to feed the hounds. They approve which means so do I.

What happened when the Guru box arrived!

Guru-dog-food-arrivesWhippet Snippets crew try and open the guru box.

If you have any questions about our Guru experience, please don't hesitate to ask!

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