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Woodland Walks

Well, it’s been another interesting week. After our attempt at attending a ‘Fun Dog Show’ (which disappointingly did not involve any fun for dogs), my best Beardie friend and her Mum told us they were attending another one locally, so we decided to go along! Again, we didn’t find any activities which provided fun for dogs, just a lot of sitting around being looked at, but this time we took along frisbees to play with between classes which was an immense help, and I even won a prize! Just for sitting down and spitting out the treat which the […]

August 11th, 2017||Comments Off on Woodland Walks

Marley’s Guide to surviving a Dog Show


If your humans like taking you out and about to places, there’s a good chance you’ll end up visiting at least one dog show over the summer!
I went along to one this week, it was part of a local festival. Of course, at such an event there are lots of dogs around – all on leads – it’s crowded, there are noisy children, music blaring and morris dancers (obviously something that makes sense to humans?!).

So what are some of the classes that you can enter at a dog show?
Assuming you’re not a pedigree dog being shown and this is a […]

July 31st, 2017||Comments Off on Marley’s Guide to surviving a Dog Show

A Dog Cool Coat – the ultimate summer fashion accessory! 

Well, I’m not normally a dog who is overly concerned with fashion or grooming. A quick leap into the reservoir occasionally, a functional collar and a tag with my human’s details (in case they wander off) are about all I need, but some dogs take fashion very seriously, like my little friend Joy for example – she’s a sophisticated French Mademoiselle who knows a thing or two about personal style!
Like me, Joy is a rescue dog and she certainly has her paws full. Joy adopted two humans and a brother around Christmas and is making rapid progress with their […]

July 28th, 2017||Comments Off on A Dog Cool Coat – the ultimate summer fashion accessory! 

Frozzys frozen yoghurt review

Well it’s been a busy week at our allotment and I’ve been given the Very Important Job of guarding the brassicas against cabbage white butterflies… which don’t seem to respond to basic herding techniques at all. Whereas sensible livestock can be kept together and moved as a group, these pesky butterflies just flap around randomly, laying eggs on our cabbages – what a cheek! So with all this hard work in crop protection, it’s nice to treat myself to something cool and delicious as I’m lying in the shade of a tree thinking up new and increasingly devious ways to […]

July 17th, 2017||Comments Off on Frozzys frozen yoghurt review

Billy and Margot’s Iced Treats

The weather is warming up again… so it’s time for humans to start bringing us dogs lovely cool things to help stop us from overheating.
Over the last few months, I’ve reviewed products such as natural wormers, flea shampoos and brushes – how boring! Just when I was beginning to wonder whether I’d next be asked to comment on poo bags or claw clippers, my luck has changed and this week I’ve been asked to sample Billy and Margot’s Iced Treats.  

Reactivity and chasing traffic

Sadly, one of my parents suffers from reactivity to certain sounds – namely ice cream vans. The […]

July 8th, 2017||Comments Off on Billy and Margot’s Iced Treats

Keeping your pets cool

Hot… and not bothered

Well, it’s been a good week so far finding ingenious ways to keep cool in this heatwave. My dogparents regularly point out that I’m supposed to be a working breed and other family members are out charging around the Brecon beacons in all weathers, instead of lying around expecting bowls of iced water or frozen treats to be brought for me the minute the sun comes out.
My answer to that is, I’d be perfectly happy to herd livestock in the summer, as long as I can do so in a nice air-conditioned barn – not unreasonable […]

June 26th, 2017||Comments Off on Keeping your pets cool

Hydrotherapy – rehabilitation, fitness and fun

We’re very excited that Bucks Canine Hydrotherapy will soon be opening in store offering rehabilitation, fitness and fun! So that you know what it’s all about, we’ve interviewed its founder, Helen James, ahead of the launch on 1 July 2017.
What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy offers a non weight-bearing form of exercise which can be beneficial for many different reasons. It can be useful in treating a variety of conditions, including muscle and ligament damage, orthopedic conditions, arthritis, recovery from surgery, long term mobility problems and neurological disorders. If your dog is injured, muscle deterioration can start within a few days of the […]

June 21st, 2017||Comments Off on Hydrotherapy – rehabilitation, fitness and fun

Why do humans love to photograph their pets?

Humans, eh? We love them dearly, we couldn’t imagine life without them, but sometimes they make us shake our heads and think ‘I wonder why my human does that?’… I’m talking about taking a photograph. Never a day goes by without mine taking photographs of me out on walks, swimming, catching a frisbee, sleeping. To find out why they love taking pictures so much, I interviewed Unique Pets photographer and expert Puparazzi, Robin Hall.

So Robin, why do humans like having photographs of us animals?
Well, it’s all about making lasting memories, see? Humans often choose special occasions to get photographs so, […]

June 20th, 2017||Comments Off on Why do humans love to photograph their pets?

Treat Fleas Naturally

A bit like ticks, these cheeky parasites move into our coats, bite us and feed off our blood, causing great irritation and nasty bites. Worst of all, they can spread out onto our bedding or in carpets / furnishings and it’s easy to pass them onto your friends.

Fleas live anything between a couple of weeks and an entire year, with a female flea laying up to 50 eggs every day. Their larvae can be infested with tapeworm eggs so if you are unlucky enough to get fleas, your humans might need to check you haven’t got worms too.

Fleas can […]

June 6th, 2017||Comments Off on Treat Fleas Naturally

Ticks and Fleas

With the weather warming up, as well as keeping us cool and hydrated, there are a couple of other things you’ll need to train your humans to do – namely check for any fleas or ticks who have rudely taken up residence in our coats whenever we have been out and about.
This blog has got me scratching my head though… despite me running around in the countryside and woodland most days, fleas or ticks just seem to avoid me. In fact, they run away – possibly worried about being herded!
A tick was seen crawling on my leg once – […]

May 24th, 2017||Comments Off on Ticks and Fleas