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Amazing Martingale Collars

Hey! If you have followed us for a while, you would know that I absolutely love Bow Wow Boutique products, both their collars and the ID tags that they import in. They offer an amazing range of different patterns on their collars and leashes, and everything is of such a high quality. I didn't really know how good quality they were until I compared a collar I purchased from Bow Wow Boutique when mum first adopted to Chico, to the one my mum bought from another brand at the same time.

Both collars are of a similar Martingale design, with a thicker fabric backing with a colourful and more appealing ribbon on the outside. On Martingales there are no buckles, but all hardware is metal. Funnily enough, I purchased the Bow Wow Boutique collar as a surprise, and we both chose quite similar collars in blue shades without consulting each other.

Originally, Chico wore the other brands collar full time until he got it dirty at a beach on one walk and we changed him over to the BWB collar. For…

October Craziness

What a crazy last week I have had! October has not only flown by, it also has been so jammed packed with events and activities that I couldn't even fully get into the Halloween spirit. I apologise that I never got around to posting any Halloween themed posts but I can happily say that regular posts will pick back up shortly (big things are looming).

This past weekend I helped my mother shift house, which is a terrible task within itself, add to that she has two children (not including me), two dogs, two guinea pigs, a bird, three chickens and three cats to move, you can imagine how hectic that weekend was! This new house is adorable, and reminds me so much of a cottage. As I am writing this it already feels like home, in the way that my mother can only seem to make a house, and all the animals and children are happily settled in. She has a massive yard here, which Chico runs around at full speed whenever he gets super excited, and has enough room for a great game of fetch with Die…

Book Review: Show Dog by Josh Dean

Hey, I haven't read a dog related book for a couple months now (I was getting into Stephen King) and am quite happy that I took that break so I could really appreciate this book. Show Dog follows the highs and lows of one Australian Shepherd's showing career over the span of a couple of years. This book delves deep into the American dog showing circuit, and as the writer Josh Dean is not a dog owner, or shower, it explains everything so that the most inexperienced person would understand. It gives you a rare look into the lives of people who base their whole existence around dog showing and breeding.

Josh Dean was on the lookout for a single dog to be the star of his book, and wanted to make sure he found the perfect dog that would show the many ups and downs of dog showing. In the end, he chose Jack, an Australian Shepherd owned by single mother, and until Jack, not a dog show attendee, Kimberley. He follows Jacks story, from the start of his showing days, until he semi-retir…

Goodbye Daisy, three years on

Grief is a strange feeling, and one that is not easily explained to the outsider. I don't think it matters who, or what has left from your life, the experience of grief is different to each person experiencing it. The loss of a dog leaves a big hole in your life and people who have not had the love of a dog may not understand why you are mourning for so long or so deep. It is even harder to explain that after three years, and having a new dog, that I still feel down around this time of year.

Daisy was my first dog that I truly owned, and wasn't just the family mutt. She was there through a lot of my growth years from 10 - 19 years old, where my life appeared to always be in utter turmoil. Looking back now, it most definitely wasn't, but young minds always believe that everything is a big deal. She was the one constant in my life as my parents split up, I went to intermediate, then college, had my first boyfriend, lost my first boyfriend, moved house plenty of times, left s…

Out of the Conventional: Tailor Skincare Oil Cleanse

I can't say I am a regular full face make up wearer, I am more of the 'I need to put on mascara and eyebrows just to be presentable' group of people. However, because I do wear this on a daily basis, I do want a product that will remove my makeup effectively, without too much wear and tear on my eyes. I also want something that is not harming the animals in any way, and reducing its risk to the environment as much as possible. Add to that I also have extremely sensitive skin that will rash at the drop of a hat, and I really have trouble finding a decent product. So when that product comes into my life I must share it with everyone I know. That product is 'Oil Cleanse' from Tailor Skincare!

Tailor Skincare is a Wellington based grassroots company that is dedicated to making natural skincare that isn't harming to the environment or animals in its manufacturing process. The Founder Sara Quilter was working in California, USA when she learnt about what products were…

Husky Puppy and Friends take on Dog Park

When you have a new puppy it is a known struggle to allow them off leash for a while, especially if they are a husky puppy. They definitely seem to have a mind of their own. This past weekend I got to spend a couple of hours with Mowgli, who is my friends four month old husky puppy. He is a gorgeous boy, with loads of personality but he really choses when and where he listens. This has meant it has been hard for my friend Scott to get some vital off leash exercise for Mowgli.

A great solution for this was that I suggested we head to the Ian Galloway Dog Exercise Park with another friend and his dogs. Ian Galloway is a large fenced dog park that allows dogs of all sizes and breeds to interact together. The fences are high enough that it would be nearly impossible for a dog to get out while the owners are about, and each entry has double gate entry meaning that chances of escapees are reduced significantly. Our other friends dogs were older and had been trained to be allowed off leash, …

Wildebeest Linden Harness | Wolves Of Wellington

Hey! Diego, being a Staffy, has the gift of a good pull on him. Generally after a walk my leash arm is aching in the bicep and over time I do think my right side is a lot more muscley than my left. I had been meaning to teach Diego to heel, but never found the best opportunity. When I had time to walk, I didn't want to be doing a dawdle along the road, I wanted to go adventuring and get all Diego's energy out. This is probably a lazy excuse, and I still do plan on teaching Diego a respectable heel (on a normal collar) sometime soon. In the meantime though, Joshua from Wolves of Wellington recommended I try the Linden Harness by Wildebeest. He has been using it with Willow ever since she was a puppy, and for such a large dog, she behaved amazingly on our walk. With that in mind, I purchased a harness for Diego, and mum got a harness for Chico.

After sizing both dogs, we got Diego an Orange Harness in Medium, and Chico got the Turquoise in Large. Diego and Chico vary in size qui…

Four Reasons you should brush your Short-haired Dog

Hey! An important part of dog ownership that a lot of short haired dog owners seem to forget is the importance of grooming. Short haired dogs are often over looked for this task as they do not get knotty like their long haired brothers. However, it is still a duty that needs to be done to keep you and your dog healthy.

1. Signs of Illness
When you are brushing your dog, you are up close and personal with him/her. You will be able to look and feel over your dog for any injuries or changes in their body. A lot of smaller cuts and scrapes can go unnoticed over time if you don't regularly check for them, and these can lead to infections. Another thing you will be able to feel is any unusual lumps which can be a sign of something worse inside of your dog, and be able to watch them for signs of growing each time you brush your dog. It is also a good opportunity to get a feel for your dogs weight, and how they are holding their weight.

2. Less Stray Fur
Some dogs shed more than others, a…

Table Flat Horse Trekking

Hey! For my Birthday this year, instead of getting me a present my dad thought it would be so much cooler to go on an adventure. I have to agree with him, and now every time someone has a birthday I want to go on adventures, and make memories instead of giving them a physical present. So for my birthday, we stayed in Fielding, and went on a horse trek at Table Flat Trekking.

Dad, ever the deal hunter, looked around for a cheap deal on a horse trek, and then tried to find an area that was between both of us (Him, and his partner live in Rotorua, I live in Wellington). That is how he came across Table Flat Trekking and it turned out to be an amazing choice.

We got there and all four of our horses were already tacked up, and had been warmed up prior to our arrival. At this point we got the chance to greet each horse, interact with them and hear a bit about their individual personalities and traits. I chose Hercules, a horse that liked to take charge, but was also described as a 'cros…