Category Archives: Pet Central

Feb
17
2017

Dogs And Kids: A Winning Combination?

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new puppy considerationsHave you read the title of todays post? It’s totally a winning combination in our books. We were a little worried about how Opie would react to the baby at first as obviously he had been our baby for well over a year before Elian arrived, and had all of our attention. But we knew he had a great temperament around kids (after being around our best friends little boy) and wasnt likely to snap or bite luckily so we had high hopes. And I am happy to say he is absolutely amazing wit Elian, he will catch up to him and sleep, happily let Elian clamber all over him and hold his ears whilst trying to pull himself up, all without batting an eyelid. The only thing we have to stop is Opie licking Elian’s face al the time or Elian trying to steal and chew Opies toys!!

But obviously if you are thinking about getting a dog and already have kids there is lots you need to consider first. So today I have invited Ellie Mitchell to the blog to chat about what you need to consider when getting a new dog for your family.  Over to Ellie… Continue reading

Jan
28
2017

Top 5 Dog Toys to Entertain your Dog – How to stop dogs destroying your home

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top 5 dog toysOpie is a crazy pooch, as are the majority of cocker spaniels, but he is also rather destructive! Luckily he grew out of destroying most things pretty quickly, and now only usually destroys his own dog toys (and the occasional letter that comes through the post box). A lot of the time dogs get destructive when they get bored (or when they are teething as puppies) so its really important to entertain them through play or with dog toys they can play with when your not around. We learnt this pretty quickly with Opie and when he was a puppy we spent a lot of time playing with him, and training him to return to us with the use of a squeaky ball.  Continue reading

Jan
7
2017

Cotswold RAW Dog Food Review – Opie Reviews

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Cotswold RAW dog food review

Just before Christmas Opie received a little parcel from the Cotswold RAW dog food company which contained 4 different RAW dog food products. The trial pack contained 2 packs of their active dog mince (Turkey and Lamb) and 2 packs of their active dog sausages (Beef and Lamb). The active food is meat for dogs who have an active lifestyle or are working dogs, Opie is very energetic and active so it was perfect for him. The Active range is 80% raw meat and 20% quality vegetables. The meat arrives frozen so you just pop it into your freezer and then defrost it as and when you need it, they last 72 hours once defrosted. Each pack was enough for 2-3 meals for Opie as we also added a small cup of dry food to his meals but how long they last will depend on the size of your dog and how much they eat daily. Heres Opie’s little dog food review Continue reading

Nov
28
2016

Durable Furniture for a Pet Friendly Home

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pet friendly furniture - leather sofa

If you have a dog the likelihood is you love him/her lots and spoil them rotten…or is that just us? Opie pretty much has free rein of the house and we have never stopped him sitting on the furniture or sleeping on the bed. This has meant we have needed to be quite careful about the type of furniture we have in our house as we would like our furniture and our home to last a while and still look great the majority of the time. Here are a few tips from one dog owner to another on how to keep your home pet friendly and looking great even when your furry friend rules the roost.

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Feb
1
2016

Opie Mail – Dog Treats from PetShop.co.uk

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Petshop.co.uk Its Opie mail time again! This time the spoilt pooch got to try out some dog treats from PetShop.co.uk. Opie loves getting surprise mail (as do we!) so when we open a box from PetShop.co.uk we were really happy to see a whole selection of dog treats, toys and useful pet owner products for us and Opie to try out. We have found it really great to keep Opie entertained with new toys, he gets bored quickly and of course destroys any soft toys he gets, so they don’t last long! Plus we have discovered a few new brands and items we didn’t know about that we are then happy to buy if Opie enjoys them. Continue reading

Jan
11
2016

Pawsome Box Review #2

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Pet Subscription box Opie Mail!! He does love getting treats in the mail (as do we!) and is always excited when he can sniff one of the boxes and knows it is for him. This is our second Pawsome Box and as with the first we were really happy with the items we got. Check out the review of our first box, the hedgehog ball is still one of Opie’s favourite toys to play with, and we love it as it doesn’t roll under our sofa! 

The boxes always have a great selection of items, from toys and treats, to practical items and hygiene products, so you know there are going to be items for your dog and useful ones for you. Plus they tend to quite often be brands that aren’t that well known which is great because you can discover new things your pet might like! Continue reading

Jan
7
2016

Wainwright’s Dog Food Review and a Turkey and Cranberry Risotto Recipe

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Turkey and Cranberry Risotto Recipe Eating healthy is just as important for your pet as it is for you! So finding food they love whilst still being nutritious and good for them is really important. Pet’s at Home recently got in touch with us to ask if we would be interested in their new Wainwright’s Dog Food Eat Healthy campaign and of course Opie said yes straight away as getting any new food or treats is a priority for him! Hehe!

So Wainwright’s wants to highlight how their food is healthy by having us humans come up with recipes using their main ingredients. I’m always up for a bit of a cooking challenge so was happy to try this one out. We received the Wainwright’s Turkey and Rice food so of course my first thought was risotto and I set to working on a prefect tasty recipe for us. Continue reading

Nov
17
2015

Barkbeats Subscription Box Review #3

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BarkbeatsOpie has been a spoilt little pooch once again recently, even he starts getting excited now when he sees boxes arriving from the postman as he’s learnt they often contain treats for him. And at the moment as he is still in puppy phase and frequently destroying his toys, these surprises boxes are great as he is getting to try out lots of different types and brands of toys to see which he likes and which can withstand his boisterous play. 

So this is box 3 we have got to try from Barkbeats, and he loves these boxes as they contain a mixture of play things and edible treats, many of which I have never heard of before, so its introducing me to lots of new brands. You’ll find links to our first 2 box reviews at the end of this post if you would like to check them out too. Continue reading

Sep
11
2015

Bunny Box Review

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Bunny Box Review Well earlier this week I reviewed Opie’s second Barkbeats box, which is a monthly subscription box for puppies and dogs, so today I am bringing you another pet based subscription box…The Bunny Box! As you’d guess this is a box for bunnies! Each box is packed full of healthy natural treats for you fluffy friend. They range in price between £13-£15 depending on the subscription you go for.

For those of you who didn’t know I have 2 house bunnies, they have an indoor cage and are let out in the house quite often either in a large playpen or free roaming if Opie is at my parents. They are called Jasper and Delilah, both are mini lops and they are 5.5 years old now. Jasper is sooty fawn and Delilah is a complete grey, and as you’ll see below Delilah is bigger than Jasper, she’s bossy and he’s a bit of a scaredy cat! Continue reading

Sep
9
2015

Barkbeats Review #2

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2015-07-14_0009Opie simply loved his first Barkbeats box and was a very excited puppy when a surprise second box arrived a few weeks ago. Barkbeats is a monthly subscription box for the furry friend in your life (why should you have all the snail mail fun!) packed full of treats, toys and fun little gifts they will love. You usually get 4-5 items and the price is between £13.50 and £14.90 (depending on subscription) which is really good value if you priced all the items individually. Opie plays rough so gets through a lot of toys at the moment (he’s 10 months old so we are hoping he may grow out of it at some point) and the price really can add up.

Checkout what we thought about our second Barkbeats box  Continue reading