Whippet Snippets: Blog http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Whippet Snippets hello@whippetsnippets.co.uk (Whippet Snippets) Mon, 01 Jan 2018 12:10:00 GMT Mon, 01 Jan 2018 12:10:00 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 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.

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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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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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!

SaveGuru Dog Food | Website: www.gurupetfood.com/

Twitter | @GuruPetFood

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West Wittering Whippet Walk http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/8/west-wittering-whippet-walk The Original Whippet Walk

I can barely believe that in November the Whippet Snippets & The Whippet Hotel Whippet Walks at West Witterings (that is STILL a mouthful!) will have been going for 4 years! It started off when Caroline and I got chatting and wondered if we could get a bunch of hounds together for zoomies.

Turns out the answer was yes and it was more successful than we could have ever imagined! We have grown from around 30 whippets to regularly hosting over 100 pointy faces. We have had people who have been with us since the start who have become friends, hound fantatics have come from all over the UK to join us and new people who regularly join us.

Thank you all for your support, do you think we should do something a bit special for the November one?

Full gallery of the August Walk is here: www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/aug-2017-whippet-walk

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5 Go To The Cotswolds http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/8/5-go-to-the-cotswolds Five go to the Cotswolds

A short break with multiple dogs

We never set out to have five dogs, in fact I scoffed when we first got Scout and I kept being told "you can never have just one whippet". Five just kind of happened, one by one we rehomed more; they are easy dogs to have multiples of.

 Accommodation for 5 dogs - not easy but not impossible!

cotstwolds-dog-friendly-five-whippets-holiday5-whippets-go-to-the-cotswoldsThe trials and tribulations of finding dogfriendly accomodation for five hounds.

Of course we didn’t really think about what the heck we were going to do for holiday's. We love taking the hounds with us, but the more we looked into it, the more we realised the majority of ‘dog friendly’ hotels and b&b’s come with the subheading ‘one or two small dogs’. And even if they were willing to accept more, it usually comes with a hefty extra charge per dog and a list of rules as long as a whippets nose (No dogs on the furniture….hmm, try telling that to a whippet!).

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Of course I completely understand why people would be nervous about letting multiple dogs on their property, but surely there are places out there who understand & are completely nuts about dogs as we are??

When I took a booking for a shoot in the Cotswolds, I really wanted to bring my husband & hounds and make a weekend out of it, especially as it’s quite a long way to travel. I didn’t hold out much hope especially as it was also the school holidays; I checked local hotels, pubs, B&B’s to no avail, and then thought, what about AirBnB? Hurrah! I found a few places claimed to be dog friendly with no specification about how many.

But still…5?

We contacted a lovely couple who had a room in a traditional cottage in the quaint town of Bloxham (Husband was sold by the outdoor fire), and asked if they would be willing to accommodate us with 5 well behaved *ahem* whippets. No problem they said! They had a friendly little Westie who was used to sighthounds, it just so happened though, they were away the weekend of our booking so we would have the cottage to ourselves.

 

After check-in and meeting Jake the Westie we spent Friday afternoon at Countryfile Live as it was only 20 minutes away. Hmm…£30 per person was a bit steep to get in! If I’m being honest, this is probably a great place to go if you have kids but I doubt it’s somewhere I’d go with dogs again. I found there was only really a small selection of stalls who were aimed at dog families, (I think they’re missing a trick there) and the main shopping marquees were difficult to walk round with even one dog - I’ll stick to Dog Fest in future. The hounds are used to sleeping most of the day, so after walking round trying to hoover up the abundance of dropped food, they were exhausted, so off we trundled back to to our lovely, cosy cottage.

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Food - what to do on holiday when you feed Raw?

Husband and I were chatting in the car earlier in the year about what to do about holiday food - if we are staying at hotels etc we can’t exactly take chubs of Nutriment and ask the kitchen if they’d mind storing it! 

We met the very lovely Guru Pet Food at Dog Fest and thank goodness we did - to find something that we could feed alongside Raw was exactly what we needed (I’ll do a little blog about how we got on with this later) Put it this way, the hounds thought all of their dreams had come true!

After a full on day, we heated up a curry, opened a bottle of very lovely wine (one of the Countryfile purchases which we bought alongside gin & some very fancy kitchen knives), and settled in to watch a film while the hounds slipped into a contented sleep in one of the multiple beds.

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Cotswolds Cottages keep cool!

Saturday morning was spent with the papers and a coffee, I'm so glad we brought fleeces for the hounds as those big thick cottage walls really keep the rooms cool, even on a sunny day! We then had a stroll round the very pretty Stow on the Wold, I would have loved to have done a piece on the dog friendly pubs but we found that even at 2pm there was a 45 minute wait for food *top tip - find somewhere for lunch earlier rather than later!* #statingtheobvious

Sunday was the day of the shoot, a very lovely mixed bunch of 8 dogs and a toddler (I laugh in the face of never working with children or animals), and so, job done, home we went.

Thankfully multiple dog friendly accomodations do exist! I have heard great things about East Ruston Cottages in Norfolk and I have managed to dig out a few more, but your recommendations are always welcome!

Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear your experiences if you holiday with multiple dogs.

Air BnB Dog Friendly Cottage: Bloxham, Cotswolds

Fleeces by: www.redhoundfordogs.co.uk

Wool Dog toys by: www.thelounginghound.com *Coming Soon*

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Kevin the Whippet - Haslemere, Surrey http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/8/kevin-the-whippet-haslemere-surrey Meet Kevin, he's pretty special. I know all our dogs are special, but Kevin is a little bit of a superstar as he raises money for charity by dressing up. It all started when Kevin realised that he'd get tasty treats for donning outfits which he thought was a pretty good exchange. He now has over 14k followers on Twitter and despite being an old boy, continues to do fund raising, albeit a little less often now.

Kevin won a photoshoot as part of Life in Haslemere's search for 'Best Dog in Haslemere'. I think you will agree, he was a fantastic winner (and I didn't even have to do any bribery to get a whippet to win!)

Kevin has a brother called Wayne, who is also very handsome; we decided to go for a stroll in their local woods where they felt comfortable and even though he's13 years young, he was quite happy to chase his favourite toy for an action shot. Kevin was pretty easy to work with, one hint of a treat and he put on his best model poses.

If you'd like to keep up with Kevin's adventures you can find him on Twitter and Facebook

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Why should you hire a professional dog photographer http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/7/why-should-you-hire-a-professional-dog-photographer Why should you hire a professional dog photographer?

I recently came across this hilarious little cartoon from the very talented Red & Howling that I think a lot of people can relate to. (You HAVE to check out her Facebook page, you will be nodding and laughing constantly!)

SaveWe love taking photographs of dogs on our phone don't we? It's great for sharing on social media and there are so many brilliant Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts dedicated to dogs by their adoring owners, some of them have thousands of followers! And we love looking at pictures of dogs too, I'm sure it releases a feel good hormone, otherwise we wouldn't do it as much as we do.

So why bother hiring a professional dog photographer when you have hundreds of images of your dog on your phone?

Well here's one reason: I often get asked so 'how did you get that shot' or 'how did you get the dog to do that' or 'how can you get them to sit still' - Maybe people are asking these questions because the results they get are similar to that of the cartoon above. The answer is; experience & patience. Yes, I have a half decent camera but it's by no means top of the range. Dogs will always throw me a curve ball (excuse the pun) on a shoot, but I have photographed enough dogs now to know how to respond (well, most of the time).

If you need a second reason; answer the following question honestly: How many of your phone pictures have you printed and put up on your walls? I'd like to think when you hire a professional, the images aren't just snapshots but something that makes you really feel something, that makes you gasp or smile or laugh. It's not just an image, it's an emotion.

I feel like I can be quite honest with a lot of my clients because they understand my crazy dog lady tendencies. I have more photographs and artworks of my hounds on the walls than is probably necessary and do you know what, I don't care. I want beautiful images of my hounds up on the walls because they are my family. And when you hire a professional, the images look pretty good on your phone too ;)

Just one of my clients from image, to wall.

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Feel free to email me at Hello@whippetsnippets.co.uk if you would like to book a session, or even if you just want to chat about dogs! I always have time for that ;)

Kerry

 

Professional Dog Photographer covering Surrey, Sussex & Hampshire.

 

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Long Skinny Dogs at Frensham Ponds http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/6/long-skinny-dogs-at-frensham-ponds Can you have multiple dogs in a shoot?

Can shooting four dogs together be difficult? Of course! Can it also be hilariously chaotic? Yes, that too. Is it fun? Heck yes! I do love a challenge ;)

Meet Juno & Dexter the whippets and Barley & Trufa the galgos who found me on Instagram. Their humans were brilliant and didn't mind getting to Frensham super early to get some lovely light and also make sure that the hounds didn't get too hot (back when the weather was actually nice).

We started off with some portraits and action shots of the whippets in the heather and then we tried, oh how we tried, to get all four dogs running together. I always say when I have the pre-shoot call that if something isn't working for the hounds, that's fine, we move on and try something else - doesn't mean it's not fun trying to get that shot though. The dogs certainly enjoyed it!

I think my personal favourites images of the day are Trufa's amazing super huge ears on the action shots. All the hounds had really distinct personalities and I loved them all, but if you pushed me, I think my biggest soft spot was for the sweet & sensative Juno with the different coloured eyes.

I now only almost fully booked until the end of August so I'm taking bookings for September; drop me an email to hello@whippetsnippets.co.uk if you'd like to book :)

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I'm not good at being a professional http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/6/im-not-good-at-being-a-professional I'm a bit of a goof.

When it comes to dogs, I am far from professional, that's probably why dogs get on with me so well. I'm in a happy place getting down to a dogs level and having a chat with them, usually getting muddy while I'm at it.

This was never more evident when I was shooting the front cover for Life in Farnham magazine last week. The theme was 'The Great Outdoors'; we had a beautiful model, glorious weather, everything was fab. Well, apart from the fact that I'd have a dog on every front cover if it was up to me, especially as I feel being outdoors with a hound by your side is my idea of the perfect day.

Luckily, the editor Kat felt the same so we accosted a couple of gorgeous dogs and their accommodating owners and got a 'The' shot. When Kat spotted a whippet however, that was it, I left a trail of dust in my wake - dreams of a whippet on the front cover running through my head (I told you, I'm a complete unprofessional). We got a lovely couple of shots of not one, but two gorgeous whippets; they didn't make the front cover but they certainly made my day.

 

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I Don't Think Dogs Are Family http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/5/i-dont-think-dogs-are-family
I think generally, the one thread that runs through every single person, is that we all want to be loved.
 
That's the amazing thing about dogs, they ask for so little - yet with a smidge of kindness & maybe a tasty treat, they give us their whole being, unconditionally.
 
Some people say that their dogs are like family, I disagree; because to me I think they are more, my hounds are my lifelong companions. I work from home, so I see them more than my husband & spend more time with them than my closest human friends. We explore new places and go on holiday together, and even if I'm feeling in a really bad mood, they don't care, they love me anyway.
 
Until you have a dog, you wont understand this connection; I'm fairly sure I have a few non dog friends who roll their eyes when they ask us to dinner and we say we have to make sure we can get a dog sitter. But that's fine, maybe one day they will be lucky enough to understand.
 
It's so fantastic that the majority of my clients just get it, they know, they feel it too.  
 
Don't get me wrong, my hounds sometimes drive me nuts, but they also make me laugh so hard I cry. And wouldn't life be boring if everything was easy.
 
Do you agree?
 
Kerry x
 

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Happy Hound Day, West Sussex http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/4/happy-hound-day-fernhurst-west-sussex Whippet Snippets & Redhound for Dogs

 1st Happy Hound Day

 

Well that was a little bit awesome! On Sunday 23rd April 2017, myself and my lovely friend Debbie from Redhound for Dogs hosted our first Happy Hound Day at the local Cricket pavilion in Fernhurst, West Sussex. I think we are still both mentally stunned by the whole day.

How it happened

We came up with the idea towards the end of last year when I held an open day for Redhound in my kitchen. Debbie has had open days at her barn in Kent and we noticed a few people mentioning they'd love to go but it was too far. We both fully expected to sit around chatting, drinking tea and eating biscuits while a couple of people popped in. Well, we obviously don't know anything! The day didn't stop & I think at one point there were 8 hounds and about 12 people crammed into my kitchen - we were flabbergasted.

Afterwards, we agreed we should do it again but at a bigger venue, and maybe invite a couple of our favourite companies along too. We wanted to create something a little different, with high end, luxury brands and maybe a little goody bag for people arriving. And so the Happy Hound Day idea was born.

In our heads, we thought, if we can get 80 people, that would be amazing. Any more than that is a bonus.

On the day

Setup started at around 8.30am, if I'm being honest, I'm not sure we were very organised! Our measurements were a little out so myself, Debbie and Julia from Gazehound Vintage pitched up outside, thankfully the weather was kind to us! Poor Natalie from the Lounging Hound arrived and I must admit, I stared blankly for a moment before realising that her stall would have to be outside too. I can't believe I used to be a Personal Assistant.

Out came chairs and tables for people to be able to watch the world go by, up went the stalls, it was starting to look great!

11.00am came and people started to arrive. I had thought I'd do mini shoots at set times, well, what with greeting people and handing out goody bags, that was never going to happen. It didn't matter, it was amazing meeting people and their hounds as they arrived, especially as quite a few I knew through social media but had never met (you may have heard me squeal 'Dormouse' at one point when I was told that my favourite Instagram puppy had arrived).

The rest, is a wonderful, hound filled blur. I didn't eat and hardly drank the entire day. I remember smiling from ear to ear, talking a lot, getting people's names wrong a lot (I blame dehydration). I got to say Hi to a fair few of my clients, some who travelled quite a distance to be there.

Towards the end of the day, we handed out plates of high quality dog treats on paper plates & from silver platers. Watching the dogs faces as they were allowed to eat from plates was hilarious. There was only one hound with bad table manners, and it just happened to be mine.

The atmosphere was relaxed, the weather was just right, people sat out on blankets and made a full day of it, it was perfect. Remember when I said if we had a turnout of 80, we'd be happy? Based on online registration/social media/word of mouth, we think the number was closer to around 200 people and countless hounds. I'm still in shock.

The Charity

We had decided to try and raise funds for Celia Cross Greyhound Trust, a charity close to Debbie's heart as this is where she got her gorgeous girl Frankie from. We reached out to a few companies having no idea how generous they would be in their contributions. We are so grateful to Dogs & Horses, Silver Peacock, Doggy Boho, Slumbering Hound, The Innocent Hound, The Whippet Company, as well as our stall holders and individuals, who's prizes helped raise £570.00 alongside contributions of sales from Debbie and I.

The Goody Bags

I don't think I have ever been to a dog fun day with goody bags so we thought it would be a lovely idea and help it stand out in people's memory. We really wanted everyone to have a 'Happy Hound Day'. Again, we were so impressed by the generosity! Thank you so much to The Innocent Hound for our Happy Hound Day Sausages as well as Fish 4 Dogs, Lily's Kitchen and Beco for helping us make a delicious and impressive goody bag.

The Stalls

Hector and the Fox - what can I say. When we were looking at catering, we had no idea that you had to pay a catering company to come to the event. They decided to take the risk and come without a booking fee, and with a seriously elegant menu to boot. Friendly, accommodating and fantastic at what they do, I can't recommend them highly enough. I managed to have a piece of their ginger cake before the event and it was delicious; I have been told that the wraps were pretty darn good too, although they sold out before I could try!

Charley Chau were an obvious choice as we both admire the company and the lovely ladies behind it, their snuggle beds have been on my 'recommended' list for years. We didn't hold out much hope though as they are all the way up in Manchester so we were super excited when they agreed to come to our little event. Even though their hound Anna was very poorly the day before, Jenny drove all the way down from Manchester at 4am on the day and yet still managed to be cheerful!

When we were looking at stalls, we knew we would like to invite the lovely Julia Jepps from Vintage Gazehound along, she has a gorgeous eye for vintage homeware and we could pick her brains as she has put on events a fair few times.

From there, something happened and the Hound Day just kept growing! We wanted to invite the creme de la creme of dog related products for people who, like us, want the best for their pets.

Both Debbie and I had done some social media promotions with Dotty Dog Art, and Kathy had produced a superb portrait of Debbie's whippet boy Bruno in a jumper, very fitting for Debbie's dog attire brand! We were very happy to have a talented artist on board too.

Next on the invite list was The Lounging Hound and their ingenious sofa toppers and gorgeous wool throws. I had worked with Natalie a month or so previously on a product shoot and I feel like her company aligns with my own on wanting to do the very best for our customers, and her products are such high quality.

I have had a long standing friendship with The Haslemere Pet shop so they came along to supply some fabulous toys, and Bert's Biscuits is a local supplier of fabulous home made treats.

Our Heartfelt Thanks

The day wouldn't have been the success it was if it wasn't for YOU! Yes you who attended, or if you couldn't attend, you spread the word & talked about it. To our fabulous clients, and the ones we hope to meet in the future, I think I can speak for Debbie when I say we feel so lucky to be in a job where we get to meet the nicest, kindest people. I can't forget to say thank-you to my Husband for hound sitting on the day and all his support.

A bitter sweet day

I couldn't write off this post without mentioning Debbie's beloved boy Bruno. Debbie lost her sweet, gentle and oh so cheeky boy the week before the event. I write this with a fair few tears in my eyes; if you ever met him you will know that he was a special hound with a heart of gold and a nose pemanently seeking out a treat bag, right up to the very last minute.  Bruno was Debbie's muse, the reason Redhound started and I can't help draw comparisons between Bruno and my boy Scout for that reason. He will leave a big hole for a lot of people, but he will never be forgotton. I feel privelidge to have spent time with him.

Happy Hound Day

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On the day of the shoot, there was excellent news that Lucy's quality of life was good enough that she was not going anywhere any time soon! Lucy wasn't able to walk far without being carried however she was still very happy to accept some lovely treats and her spirit is so big that at times I forgot she was poorly. The weather wasn't great but that didn't dampen the spirits. Debonair Jack has such an expressive face & lovely Lucy has a gentle soul that just shines through.

It was an emotional shoot, both Whippets are so obviously adored, it was beautiful to see the connection with their owners.

Feel free to contact me if you would love a shoot with your special houd. Kerry x

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The Lounging Hound Sofa Toppers http://www.whippetsnippets.co.uk/blog/2017/2/the-lounging-hound-sofa-toppers The Lounging Hound Sofa Toppers

Making your sofa look elegant while keeping it clean.

Every now and again you come across a product where you think “that’s SUCH a good idea, why haven’t I seen this before?”

The Lounging Hound Sofa Topper was definitely one of those moments for me. I was approached by the company to ask if I could review the toppers with the view to adding the product to my ‘Snippets Recommends’ section.

Before now, I have only reviewed products that I have bought personally so I needed to find out a bit about the company. The website is clean and elegant, and that reflects in the products too.  I was really curious to see how the topper would work, I have a three seater leather sofa and seems like I have been constantly cleaning recently (a very wet and grey February).

From the start, the communication was friendly & enthusiastic. The sofa toppers have microsude on one side and either pure wool or velvet on the other. I was given a choice of sample colours and materials that they had in stock; they are usually made to order which is why they can offer a bespoke service.

Now I could have gone with a colour similar to my sofa; however I loved the idea of the wool Tea Rose, I thought a splash of beautiful rich pink would bring a bit of fun to my living room.

It arrived well packaged, tied up in a couple of beautiful satin ribbons (which of course I kept for future present wrapping!). The colour was beautiful & vibrant, just what I wanted; and both the wool and the microsuede looked and felt luxurious.

I was a little worried that the whole thing may slip off with overenthusiastic hounds jumping on it, so far I have only had the occasional inch or two moving away from the back, otherwise it’s stayed firmly in place.

In the interest of test purposes, I let a muddy Jasper go straight into the living room and to his usual spot on the sofa. Mud firmly embedded on the topper, I hoped and prayed that I hadn’t ruined this beautiful item. I grabbed a soft cloth (in this case a cotton tea towel) and gave it a soft wipe & hey presto! Off came the mud!

After a few days, I noticed that liquid had been spilt at some point, eeek! I needn’t have worried, a gentle rub with the soft cloth and it was like new again.

Now a little confession, I had been using it with the microsuede side up for a few weeks instead of the wool – whoops! I don’t think it matters though, I have had the same result on both sides.

The next point may be a plus or a minus for you if you are thinking about purchasing one for yourself; the hounds love it. It’s usually only Jasper, our whippet cross, on the sofa, maybe because the leather can be quite cold for the others. We now however regularly have to contort ourselves round the hounds as they keep claiming it. (Yes I know, we are a bit soft, but they are well behaved hounds who deserve a bit of luxury in their lives).

I have had to put in a request to see if they can do a single one for our chair, it’ll be much better than the tired throw we currently have on it.

Website: www.thelounginghound.com

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