Saturday, 27 September 2014

Sepia Saturday: Caldecotte Lake

Hooman's brother is up for the weekend, so we went for a lovely looooong walk around Caldecotte Lake in Milton Keynes.  I had lots of dips and spent most of it thoroughly wet, was made to jump by a stroppy swan, and then came home to a lovely juicy meaty bone!   Hope you have had a lovely Sepia Saturday too.









Friday, 26 September 2014

Product Review: Precious Pets London Citrus Sunshine products

The last post we did was about how to bath and dry your dog.  We also mentioned that we had some grooming products to review and here they are - courtesy of Precious Pets London, we have been trying out their Citrus Sunshine conditioning shampoo and moisturising eau de toilette spray!



Who are Precious Pets London?


Precious Pets London was established in 2012, by brother and sister Charlotte and Gregory, out of a desire to create high quality grooming products that excelled both in performance and ingredients. And as there is always a dog somewhere in the inspiration, yes it was their puppy Precious who suffered from sensitive skin and inspired the range.

Precious Pets London are proud that their products are made from human grade ingredients, all naturally derived, SLS and paraben free and won't strip the natural oils from your pets skin and coat. The products are scented with essential oils that not only smell gorgeous, but have a calming effect on you and your pet (vital at bathtime!).   To top it all off, they recently received a letter of recommendation from Her Majesty the Queen, praising them on their products.  Praise doesn't come much higher than that!


What beautifying goodies did they send us? 


Spaniels Tail Prroduct Review Precious Pets London Shampoo Eau de Toilette
Precious Pets London Citrus Sunshine shampoo & eau de toilette


The products we received were from the Citrus Sunshine range, scented with essential oils sweet orange, grapefruit and lime (product headings link to the product details page on the website).

Luxury Conditioning Dog Shampoo (200ml, £14.99)

As already mentioned, the shampoos as well as being conditioning, are paraben and SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate) free (for the unfamiliar, parabens are used to preserve cosmetics primarily, and sodium lauryl sulphate is a detergent used in many shampoos, both linked to recent health scares). The all natural ingredients, including a coconut derived cleanser, extract of oats, aloe vera, vitamin B5 and chamomile, create a gentle formula that is gentle on skin and kind to eyes.

Luxury Moisturising Dog Eau de Toilette (150ml, £19.99)

Designed to enhance the scent of the corresponding shampoo, the eau de toilettes contains the same essential oils, and are moisturising plant derived sprays, alcohol, paraben and SLS free, and are made to be non-irritant, easily absorbable and non-residue.   Again, all the ingredients are natural, being mostly derived of coconut derived ingredients and the essential oils.

What did we think?


Well, being a dog that likes to challenge products to their maximum when I can, one weekend I dived into a bog that had the consistency and appearance, but unfortunately (for Hooman) not the smell, of melted chocolate.  You may have seen these pics already on a Wordless Wednesday post - they actually occurred the other way round (poetic licence by Hooman).   And the shampoo is what helped get me back to Hooman approved beauty!

Firstly the shampoo is nicely concentrated so you don't need to use too much.  It lathers up and distributes through the coat easily, and also rinses out well.  The scent of the essential oils in both the shampoo and the spray is apparent, but not overwhelming, and Hooman liked the lightness of scent when I was fluffy and dry again.  She has always thought the clean smell of dog is lovely, and doesn't need masking with overpowering unguents!

My coat afterwards also felt lovely and silky and the eau de toilette added a refreshing top up of that citrussy essential oil blend.  The most important thing though was my skin - I am prone to a little bit of itchy scratchiness - we normally use another fantastic shampoo also based on essential oils which helps, but this one also didn't exacerbate anything, even though I ended up having to have two baths that weekend (using this shampoo both times).... *looks innocent*. Anyway, the photos speak for themselves!

Spaniels Tail Prroduct Review Precious Pets London Shampoo Eau de Toilette
Chocolate dipped dog?
Spaniels Tail Prroduct Review Precious Pets London Shampoo Eau de Toilette
Ah, that's better!

Some people might be put off a little by the price, but we have seen far inferior grooming products for not much less, and the quality of this one with its natural ingredients, combined with the fact that a little goes a long way, means it is actually worth it (okay, I didn't mean to sound like a certain well known ad there!).  We will certainly carry on using it until it is finished, and may even try a couple of the other scents in the range - they also do Vanilla Dream (benzoin, bergamot and ylang ylang) and Country Garden (lavender, rosemary and juniper berry), as well as a completely scentless one for the hypersensitive pups.

You can order direct from Precious Pets - to browse their range of products, click here. Prices were correct at time of publication.

These products were provided for review





Sunday, 21 September 2014

Grooming Basics: Top 10 Tips for bathing and drying your dog




Hopefully you enjoyed our first Grooming Basics post on how to brush and deal with mats in your pets fur - if you missed it, you can read it here!

So we have asked the lovely Katie from Rascals Pet Boutique in Woburn, Bedfordshire, for some more top tips - this time on how to bath and dry your dog.


  • First of all, make sure you are prepared!  It makes it very tricky when you have the dog in the bath or are about to dry it, and suddenly realise you've missed a jug / bottle of shampoo / towel / brush that you need.  Make sure you have a large towel, small towel, shampoo, lead if you need it, brushes, combs, treats - all within easy reach. 
  • If you have the option, bathe the dog in a raised bath - little dogs can be bathed in the kitchen sink (even I go in there from time to time, if it's just my feet that need washing!).  And dogs can panic when their feet slip around, so if you have a rubber mat, or even a towel at the bottom of the bath, that can help to make them feel a lot more secure.  A loop lead when bathing or drying them can also help you - sometimes you need about three pairs of hands to bath a dog! 
  • Keep the temperature of the water neither too warm or too cool.   The most effective way is to use a hose or a shower attachment, making sure the water is a comfortable temperature before spraying them. Or you can fill the bath a few inches with comfortable temperature water and use a jug to pour water through their coat.  
  • For best results, shampoo the dog twice.  The first shampoo can loosen any tough dirt, which can then be cleaned away by the second shampoo.   Be careful not to get it in their eyes - it hurts them just as much as it hurts us!  With long eared dogs such as myself (spaniel), it can also be advisable to avoid getting water in our ears, as it can lead to potential ear infections. 
  • Rinse the coat really thoroughly with the hose / spray attachment - we find if we are using the bath and jug method, the best results come from a bath refill - that water can get grubby!  But a hose or spray is so much easier!   If the coat isn't rinsed well, shampoo residue remains and it leaves the coat looking dull.  
  • Squeeze what you can out of the dog with your hands first, before rough drying them with a small towel.  Then you can wrap them up in a big towel (Hooman lays it out on the floor before bathing me, and then just plonks me on it, attempting to wrap me up before I shake all over her!)
  • Pick them up in their large towel, and as the top advice was when brushing them in the previous Grooming Basics post, you will find it much easier if you dry them up on a raised surface - grooming table, counter, washing machine! 
  • Now you can turn the hair dryer on - keep it moving around, on a low heat, and at a safe distance from the skin so you don't accidentally burn them. 
  • Once the coat is nearly dry, you can start with the comb and brush, and brush them out.  If you are able (and this never applies to me, as I invariably need a bath after throwing myself into something stagnant and yucky), brushing them before the bath can be really helpful, to remove any knots before they get wet (and therefore more difficult to comb out). 
  • Most importantly - TREATS, TREATS, TREATS!  Like any grooming experience, baths and blow drying need to become a positive experience for your pet.  So don't hold back on the treats and the praise while grooming your dog - if he or she starts getting stressed, then stop and come back to it, building them up to it at their own pace.

We hope you have found a few useful tips here - if you have any others, please share!   We will also be publishing an interview with Katie in the near future in our Woofs With... interviews, about how she became a groomer (not to mention her pet boutique and doggy daycare business!), so if you have ever thought about becoming a groomer and want to know what it takes to have a successful business, keep your eyes peeled!

And although we have talked about bathing, we haven't mentioned particular shampoo products - we have a couple of product reviews for grooming products in the pipeline.

Finally.... happy Black & White Sunday!






Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Monday, 15 September 2014

Woofs With.... A Pet Store Entrepreneur



Welcome to the first in our "Woofs With" interviews, where we will be chatting to all sorts of people related with the dog and pet world.  We already have lined up interviews with a groomer, vet and a PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog owner, along with a whole number of others that we are currently pursuing.

We have planned these to give you an insight into all the different aspects of the canine and pet world, whether it be activities, careers or business entrepreneurs that come into contact with the beloved canis lupus familiaris, or indeed the felis catus! Ever thought about setting up a pet business or pursuing a pet related career?  We will ask all those questions about how to get started, advice on starting up, what the best and worst things are, and what a typical day might involve.We hope you enjoy them, or perhaps are even inspired by some of them.

Today, we are chatting to the lovely Jane Hogan, founder and creator of the online pet store, Dog & Pup!

Jane Hogan, founder of Dog & Pup, with Jester the Product Tester!


Hello Jane!  Tell us a little about Dog & Pup

Dog & Pup Store (www.dogandpupstore.com) is an online department store for dogs and their owners. We sell great looking products which you can trust to do the job for you.  Most of our products are made in small factories and workshops here in the UK.  We support small dog charities through a really innovative charity scheme we run, and we try to work with young and up and coming companies as well as more established brands.

Any furry friends in your life?

Well I share Jester, my business partner and product tester with my best friend Janice and her hubby Steven.  Jester is a super handsome miniature schnauzer with a magnificent beard. He’s a right chatterbox and there’s nothing he likes better than camping and caravanning. Sadly there’s nothing I less like to do than camping and caravanning.  He’s off with Janice and Steven now, touring the UK’s seaside resorts, this week it’s Great Yarmouth.

I also share two horses with my friend Helen, Monty, a gorgeous older man who takes me round the roads and countryside safely, and Q. Q’s a fancy Oberon Horse who’s bred from one of the queen’s stallions. He can do everything but I don’t leave the ground these days! I help out with the schooling and dressage and Helen does all the exciting stuff.

What inspired you to set up Dog & Pup?

You can read part of story in our about us section, about how my friends and I couldn’t find online pet stores we wanted to shop in. But there were other reasons too. I’ve always worked in business development and marketing, and I wanted to understand how you really connect with people online (who you’ll almost certainly never meet). I had been trying to teach myself how to do it, but it just didn’t work in the abstract, so I decided the time was right to set up an online store.

How did you get the business started?

Actually I was going to work with a business partner, but quite early on it became clear that it wasn’t going to work. I had to ask my family if we could do it ourselves, and thankfully they said yes. So my hubby converted the garage into a stock room and we got stuck in. At the moment I run Dog & Pup full time, but shortly I’ll probably find another marketing or business development role to pay the bills. That will allow me to keep building Dog & Pup carefully and exactly how I want to. Being desperate for cash is not a happy place to be in a business (been there and done that!)

Describe for us a typical day

I get up at 6am and have an hour or so to get my Tweets and Facebook posts sorted out for the day. When I’ve walked the girls to school I crack on with the main part of the day. It’s still early days for Dog & Pup, so I’m very much building audiences, not fulfilling loads of orders! Each day will involve a combination of social media, finding or writing new features and content, talking to brand owners about potential products, looking at all the analytics around the store, trying to get press coverage, e-newsletters and thinking about what people might want to read about next.
I will (especially as the nights draw in) try to get a cheeky schooling session in with one of the two horses I ride, and early evening I’ll go to the gym and spend some time with the girls. I normally work until about 10pm, I’m quite productive in the evenings, and I find a couple of gin and tonics get the creative juices flowing a treat.

What is the most rewarding thing about running your own pet business?

I love meeting and talking dogs with owners who get so much out of dog ownership and who know everything about their breed, character, likes and dislikes.  I especially enjoy getting Phoebe and Caitlin my six year old twins and all our friends and their dogs involved. Phoebe does the video product reviews and Caitlin has done one too. They both take part in the photography sessions, as do all of my friends and their dogs. It’s just a big crazy, noisy chaotic venture when we do the video and photography – great fun!

I love the little successes you have, like the first time we got a product into The Telegraph Fashion and Town & Country online, and when somebody posts a message to say they love Dog & Pup, it’s a fantastic feeling.

And what is the most difficult thing?

The wonders of social media and email do mean that sometimes I can go a few days without actually speaking to anybody! When I started out in business 80% of my communication was by phone or in person. Now it’s probably reversed. I do feel a bit lonely sometimes.
When you do something for the first time and you think it’s brilliant and nobody notices, that’s tough too!  That can happen over and over and then you get a flurry of sales and you think ‘Ooh where did they come from?’ and you don’t connect it to all the hard groundwork you put in.

And finally, what would your best piece of advice be to someone who is thinking about setting up their own  business?

If they’re planning a pet-based business I would say hurray for you! It’s a really lovely business to be in. Fundamentally everybody I deal with (my suppliers and customers) are lovely people. You can’t love animals and be a rotter, it’s not possible!

I would also say you have to be prepared to make a big effort over a long period of time before you make any money at all (double or treble how long you think it will take). So be in it for the long game, and be sure it’s something you’ll enjoy even if you’re not making any real money for a long time.  And I would also say don’t outsource anything for the first six months at least. That way you will control every aspect of your business and make sure it’s exactly how you want it to be.

Finally the funny thing is that although everything’s online now people still do business with people they like, so do make the effort to get out from behind the computer and meet as many people as you can.


Thanks  Jane, we've really enjoyed chatting to you - thanks for participating!  


Although Jane didn't mention it when we were putting this together, Jane and Dog & Pup is also up for a web award for Website of the Year from the Good Web Guide - if you like what you see on her website (we love it!), then you can vote for her site at www.thegoodwebguide.co.uk

Thursday, 11 September 2014

To celebrate International Pet Blogger Month.... a PetShopBowl giveaway!

September is International Pet Blogger Month, so to celebrate, we are running a giveaway in conjunction with PetShopBowl, for the opportunity to win a humungous 15kg bag (about a months supply depending on dog size) of Eukanuba complete dog food (RRP £54.99) PLUS two bags of Eukanuba Healthy Biscuits dog treats!



The sponsors of this giveaway, PetShopBowl, are a nationwide delivery subscription service (although subscribing is not mandatory, you can do one off orders too like any other pet shop site), run by a team of friendly, helpful staff dedicated to helping you save time and money.  For more information about PetShopBowl, we did a recent review of some of the products on offer and their service just a few weeks ago - you can read it here.

The winner of the giveaway will receive the 15kg bag of Eukanuba complete dog food, tailored to the size of their dog, plus two bags of Eukanuba Healthy Biscuits.  And if you don't want to enter for yourself, how about entering to win the prize for a dog rescue?  And of course, it will be free delivery to the required address.  This giveaway is restricted to UK entries only, unless any of our overseas friends would like to enter on behalf of a UK rescue / shelter!

Entry requirements are to sign up to the PetShopBowl newsletter, plus a number of other entries to improve your chances of winning.

Good luck!


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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Monday, 8 September 2014

Product Review: Ruff & Tumble drying coat

A Spaniel's Tail: Ruff and Tumble drying coat review


We received this drying coat to review from Ruff & Tumble a couple of weeks ago, and after having to have a bath to remove stinky pond smell (I don't know what Hoomans problem is with that), we recently had a chance to try it out properly.  We were asked lots of questions about it too when Hooman posted a pic of me wearing it on our Facebook page and a Black & White Sunday post, so hopefully this will answer them all!




Who are Ruff & Tumble


Ruff & Tumble was set up by a lady called Alison, a qualified dog groomer.   Having four dogs who love their walks in all weather, come rain or shine, she was finding it difficult to find something on the market that would dry her dogs off, all seemingly made of man-made fabrics, difficult to get on and off, and not really liked by her dogs.

So she went away, and designed her own drying coat for dogs.  After developing and refining her design, the demand from her family and friends was so great that Ruff & Tumble was born!



Tell me about this drying coat

The Ruff & Tumble drying coat is modelled on horse blankets, designed to be easy to take on and off (and speaking as a very amateur horsewoman, Hooman can verify that horse blankets NEED to be easy to take on and off!).   They are made from top quality double thickness cotton towelling, which makes the coats soft, highly absorbent and comfy cosy for the dog to wear.  No complicated fastenings to deal with, just strips of velcro, so you can adjust the coat to be the perfect fit for your dog.

A Spaniel's Tail: Ruff and Tumble drying coat review


A Spaniel's Tail: Ruff and Tumble drying coat review


The coats also have a duel purpose - you can soak them in cold water in the summer, and they make excellent cooling coats for your doglets when the weather gets too hot for them!


What did we think?

In a word?  Loved it!  (okay, two words).

After throwing myself into a lake on Sunday and dousing myself with eau de stinky pond, Hooman had to give me a bath.   Now, I have a tendency, even in the hottest weather, to turn into a tiny trembling ball when I've got that wet.  So Hooman put this coat on me to see how it fared.

First of all, it goes on very easily - simply slip over the dogs head and then wrap the strap around the dogs belly and velcro at the side.  There is also a velcro fastening at the front of the neck, so you can get it nice and snuggly.   The towelling is very thick and absorbent, as well as being super soft. Additionally, Alison sent us the Brick Red model, which I thought looked very fetching with my colouring!

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It didn't completely get rid of the shivering - I am a delicate little flower after all - but what Hooman did notice was that where my legs were uncovered and still wet after some time, the areas covered by the drying coat (back, chest, bum, tum) were all dry as a bone very quickly!  It certainly reduced  my trembly time (and thus the time I can make Hooman feel guilty - is that a good thing?).  I was quite happy curled up on the sofa having a snooze in it.


A Spaniel's Tail: Ruff and Tumble drying coat review


We will certainly be putting this coat to good use - as it starts getting colder, but I show no signs of restraining from getting absolutely sodden at every opportunity, it will become hugely useful for getting me drier and particularly if we are out and about.

Top barks Alison, we love this coat!

The coat I am modelling is in the Small size, and in the Brick Red colour.  There are a variety of sizes available and four different colours.  Coats start at £30 - click here to see and order from the full range.  You can even have your coat personalised for an extra charge!

This product was provided for review







Saturday, 6 September 2014

Question of the Month: It had to be you!



This month's QOTM over on our Facebark page, was about that "moment of truth" - what made you choose your pet?  Was it a look, a deed, a photo?  We had an amazing response!  Some were cute, some were heartwarming, and a couple heartbreaking, but we loved every one.  The outpouring of love in these responses was overwhelming.

We haven't added all the photos that were included as we didn't ask permission to use them here - if you would like to see them (and they are awfully lovely!), then clicky here to see the thread.  

  • Kali was pulling on Beth's belt while Beth was holding her sister, she was just very cute and very cheeky
  • Bailey was the first to come say hello. Dora was the prettiest!
  • I was at a pool in my old apartments just relaxing and reading when I noticed two boys who had a bag between them, thinking nothing of it I started to go back to my book when I started listening more, they were putting the bag in the water for a minute and pulling it out and laughing, except I heard meowing in the bag, so thinking quickly I pulled out my cellphone and pretended to call 911 to report animal abuse, immediately the kids dropped the bag and ran. Quickly I stood up and took the bag home, there was two kittens, one sadly had died and the other was a grey Maine coon tabby, who my ex named Spunky.  My ex and I broke up about two or three months later and I kept the cat! 
  • As soon as I picked my baby Moose up he started giving me kisses.....his brother was just interested in going to play.
  • His eyes did it for us, as soon as we saw his ad online
  • I knew I wanted a blue roan little girl and fell in love when I saw this picture of Misty. Couldn't wait to meet her and she seemed to like both my husband and me. We brought her home and she has been a joy, the best dog ever and everyone who meets her loves her. I couldn't be without her.
  • Ava chose me, just climbed up on me and fell asleep snuggling and I never wanted to stop the cuddle
  • Tilly here chose us really as she climbed onto my sons knee & did a wee all over his school uniform haha bond created instantly
  • I chose Tucker, because of his freckles and that he fell asleep in my sister's arms, but he instantly become my buddy. Also his personality. He was 6 weeks old when he joined the family, after my black Cocker Spaniel, Shadow passed away
  • Meg was the only girl and whenever there was mischief, she was the cause, that why we chose her
  • My daughter chose Ruby, <the breeder> chose Penny for us.
  • It was love at first sight - picked Howard from this picture- drove 8 hours that night to pick him up!
  • How could I say no to this little baby, my Grace
  • Our dog Teddie had just died and my mom and I were heartbroken. my friend who runs a rescue organization whom we got Teddie form said she had another dog for us when we were ready.my mom went and took one look at skippy and it was love at first sight/ she had to have him. we brought him home that day.
  • No explanation required...He had me with a single picture in our local newspaper, he's come such a long way from the rescue centre
  • When we walked into the conservatory where the puppies were one lab puppy came up to me and started to chew my shoe laces. 3 years later and Ella still likes to do it now.
  • it took me ages to convince my mom to let me have a border collie, but when she finally said i could i looked for ages and kept coming back to this little fellow, i kept looking because she wouldn't let me have this one because he had a hernia and would cost a lot to get it removed but finally i convinced her to let me have this one as they was just something special about him, turns out his mother and himself was shut in a small understair room they did smell awful, all because the farmer was not going to sell a pup with a hernia to another farmer as it was bad for his reputation and because he couldn't breed Busters mother again, but I love him to bits!
  • I saw my dog on a rescue website and fell in love with her! 
  • Orla actually appeared to pick us. When we went to see the litter, there was 2 little girls and of the 2, Orla snuggled her nose inside my shirt and started to go to sleep. How could we refuse?
  • Dad picked me cuz he read that Itailian Greyhounds could be litterbox trained. See, Dad has Spina Bifida and walks on crutches. It took a few months but I got it. I'm smart!
  • I went to pick a cocker pup from about 5 left of the litter. I asked the seller if we could place the pups several yards away from me, and see who came to me. One puppy only came to me, the others wandered off. We did this 3 times with identical results. I knew Nicholas was the one and he came home with me. Interestingly, I called the seller several months later hoping against hope there was a litter mate of Nicholas's still unsold. Amazingly, the seller said Nicholas's sister was available. The seller's daughter had claimed her but then decided she wanted another kind of dog. I didn’t think twice or ask to see Bella first. I went and got her immediately, and she and Nicholas are besties. A match made in heaven for all of us. 
  • Got my furboy for my OH parents but I fell in love with him at first sight and so when we took him there to live, I cried all the way back, all night, overnight until the next morning when my OH called his parents to say we wanted him back. Love him more than life itself
  • I went with a friend to help him choose his puppy.  He fell asleep on my boot. That was it. I had to bring him home. Never made a better decision. He chose me. I am blessed that he did!
  • I rescued him from his old family, because he was suffering abuse!  He is now a very beloved dog (translated)
  • My boy dog was found on the side of the road at 3 months old and terrified of guys, a customer at work gave him to me. there was no question about getting him to me, he needed a home and i had lost my Willie Wally a few months before. we flipped a coin for my girl dog b/c i wanted a male n my husband wanted a female, and his coin toss worked so she came home with us that day, the only bad thing about them is that they are the worst bedhogs!
  • I had my first cocker Gizmo for 14 years I was totally heart broken so Christmas we'll November 4 years ago that my wife June brought me Abe. 
  • We pulled up at this woman's house who was selling him and all I saw was this little face come around her leg and when I saw his tail going like a rocket I knew he was coming with me. 
  • And to pay me back when I picked him up he bit my ear playing made it bleed so in fact not master and dog but blood brothers. 
  • Her previous owner contacted me when I advertised for a cocker spaniel. I visited and she threw herself at me and I looked into those beautiful eyes and knew. She got in my car an hr later so trusting and quiet. Never looked back
  • I could not resist the playfulness, and how much love my boy gave me when I first met him. He fell right in to my arms as if to tell me he was meant to come home with daddy and I
  • A year after losing our springer we decided there was enough room in our hearts to love another pup. When we went to the breeders she pointed out the cheeky one,the quiet one and the sleepy one etc. Cotto promptly fell asleep in our arms and when i was leaving he pushed through his siblings and put his little paw up to my hand. 3 months later and he's the boss 
  • I was chosen by Tessie Llewelyn (also a spangle..).....she slapped me in the face with her tiny paw. That was 8yrs ago and she hasn't stopped slapping since!
  • My youngest boy chose me 8 weeks ago when he was 6 weeks. We were in the breeders garden and all pups were play fighting and he kept running back to us wanting to be cuddled or just sit by my feet. He was also the runt and i fell in love! My older girl was the calmest of her litter which i thought best suited my lifestyle at the time and she was so squidgy and cuddly. I love them like children! 

And finally, the pic above was taken the day that Hooman chose me.  I climbed determinedly up her front to nibble on her chin, and then crashed out in her arms for an hour or two.  So maybe this last one is the most true....

  • All the reasons you listed but most of all I think they choose us!


We hope you have enjoyed these stories as much as we have and thank you to everyone who contributed!  Don't forget you can check the thread and see all the photos that people shared here.  We will be starting a new QOTM soon, so keep an eye out for it over on our Facebook page.  

And of course, if any of you have any stories to share, then use the comments box below!  







Friday, 5 September 2014

Dog identification and UK law

A Spaniels Tail Dog identification and the law


Having just had to order some new dog tags, due to a change of personal details, it seemed a good time to remind / inform peeps of the law around dog identification.  Do you know your responsibilities as a dog owner and how your dog MUST be identifiable in a public place?  Note, microchipping does NOT exonerate you from abiding by the following rules:

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Product Review: Scrufts collar, lead and bandana

Hooman always loves getting new collars and this review was no exception.  In fact, Scrufts went beyond the pale and sent us not just a collar, but a lead and bandana as well!  So let us tell you about their super cute range....

A Spaniels Tail Scrufts product review


Who are Scrufts and how did it come about? 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Wordless Wednesdays: Facebark


Checking out my Facebark page.... (we thought this apt for the kickoff of International Pet Blogger Month!)

A Spaniels Tail Wordless Wednesday Facebark