Author Archives: Lizzie

  • Bow Vows - Including Your Dog At Your Wedding

    Posted on August 8, 2013 by Lizzie

     

    I recently blogged about how the trend for including our pups at our nupts has filtered down to us normal folk and how much we're loving it! 

    Well, if you want your pet to be part of the ceremony here are a few ideas:

    Flower Bearer - flowers can be attached to the collar and look adorable.  Just make sure the flowers you choose are not toxic to dogs.

    Ring Bearer - attach a little pillow to the collar or attach the rings to the collar with ribbon.

    Poochy Poses - for many of the brides photos featuring their dogs were hands-down favourites and go on to become precious memories of very happy times.  Look for a photographer who will bring the same spirit and professionalism to capturing your furry friend in the wedding as they do to the rest of the wedding party.

    Include your dog in the engagement photos or on the save-the-date cards.

    Attendant - create a tulle collar with ribbons or from some of the bride’s veil material, as well as a satin lead to match the wedding dress.

    Cake Topper - commission a unique and personalised addition to your cake with a sugar crafted cake decoration of your pup.

    Dancing Dogs - if you think it's more sensible for your dogs to stay out of sight throughout the ceremony, after everyone has dined but before the cake cutting get the DJ to play "Who Let the Dogs Out,” and let them come blasting into the Reception for a short guest appearance.

    I hope this post has given you some ideas - or has made you smile as it has done for me while I've been writing it x

     


    This post was posted in Dog Advice, Dog Pictures, Dog Trends, Uncategorized

  • Tips for Surviving Puppy's First Night

    Posted on July 4, 2013 by Lizzie

     

    All that space without their littermates can be a very big and scary place to a puppy.  Crates offer quiet sanctuary.

    Make puppy's crate as comfy as possible with one of our supersoft dog beds and some of our cosy bedding and place it just outside your bedroom door.

    Place something with the familiar scent of his mother in his crate if possible, as puppy experiences the world with his nose.  Our blankets are also great for having something to include with the scent of your puppy's new family members on to help him get used to you.

    Fill a hot-water bottle with warm water; cover it well in a towel or one of our blankets.  It's a great substitute for the warm body of puppy's mum.  A ticking clock can mimic a comforting heartbeat to your puppy.

    Make sure any bathroom needs are taken care of and make an effort to tire puppy out so that he is ready for a sleep.

    Wait until your puppy is in a relaxed state before closing  the door of the crate.  A blanket placed over the top to three sides will make it extra den-like and cosy.

    Your puppy is likely to whine as it is possibly their first night on their own and in unfamiliar surroundings, so it is natural for them to be a little upset.

    Resist the temptation to go to the puppy or take it out of the crate.  Give it chance to 'self soothe'.

    As with a newborn baby, the disturbed sleep doesn't last forever.  Before long you will be watching your little fella taking himself to his crate because he's a little sleepy head and he'll stay in his safe and cosy crate all night without a whimper <3

     


    This post was posted in Dog Advice, Dog Beds, Dog Information

  • Bow Vows

    Posted on June 24, 2013 by Lizzie

    Image: Courtesy Ricki Lake

    Many of us consider our dogs to be part of the family, so it only makes sense that some couples are involving them in one of the most important days of their life!   Pooches are becoming a must-have wedding accessory; a trend which began in the weird and wonderful world of celebrity.

    Robbie Williams and Ayda Field's eight dogs were bridesmaids at their wedding; Wolf, a white Maltese-Poodle mix, was a witness for the nuptials of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia Ellen DeGeneres; Ricki Lake included her Goldendoodle, Jeffie and English Bulldog, Pacha, in her beach wedding; Gwen Stefani had her Hungarian Sheepdog, Winston, at her wedding and Adam Sandler's late Bulldog - the wonderfully named Meatball, was ring bearer when he tied the knot.

    Now this trend has filtered down to us normal folk and we're loving it!  More than 70 dog-loving brides want to include their pup at their nupts.

    Coming Soon!  Top Tips on including your doggy in your special day

     

     

     


    This post was posted in Dog Trends

  • Guide Dogs for the Blind

    Posted on May 28, 2013 by Lizzie

    The sun was shining on Sunday and after months of training, Tony, the owner of www.dogbeds.co.uk, completed the Great Manchester 10k Run.  His fundraising efforts will help Guide Dogs to change a life this year.

    How contributions help...

    "Andrea's life has been changed thanks to people like you. Since Andrea got her guide dog, Cara, she has found her 'life has been transformed'.

    "Everything used to be so difficult, even the walk to school. I couldn't do anything on my own; now, everything's possible thanks to Cara."
    If you would like to get involved in fundraising for Guide Dogs for the Blind, here's how:

    Events
    <http://www.guidedogsgiving.org.uk/gowalkies/>
    Go Walkies for Guide Dogs <http://www.guidedogsgiving.org.uk/gowalkies/>

    Online Giving
    If you haven't yet set up an online giving page, you can set one up http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/chooseFundraiser.action

    Simply just email all of your friends and family with the link and ask them to support your efforts.
    Find out more <http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/chooseFundraiser.action


    This post was posted in Dog Charity

  • The Strangest Things To Find In A Dog’s Stomach

    Posted on November 5, 2012 by Lizzie

    Far from just sitting under the dinner table and hovering up the dropped scraps of food, the odd vegetable or scrap of meat if they’re lucky, our doggie pals have been known to take a liking to consuming the strangest of objects which as you’d expect often result in a bad belly and a trip to the vet. Funnily enough though, despite the old excuse, there are no recorded cases of finding homework in a dog’s stomach.

    From child’s toys and golf balls to cutlery, we now take a look at just five of the strangest things to be found in the stomach of a dog….

    Homer Simpson

    While it’s a well-known fact that chocolate can be lethal to dogs, this 10 year old Dalmatian collie couldn’t resist tucking into a chocolate egg, after all why can’t dogs enjoy Easter just as much as humans?

    What Dixie didn’t realise was the surprise hiding inside the egg, a figurine of cartoon favourite Homer Simpson.

     

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    This post was posted in Dog Advice and was tagged with dog, vet, insurance

  • Halloween Dog

    Posted on October 29, 2012 by Lizzie


    This post was posted in Dog Pictures and was tagged with dog, halloween, pumpkin

  • National Puppy Awareness Week 2012

    Posted on September 12, 2012 by Lizzie

    It’s National Puppy Awareness Week this week (8th – 15th September 2012). Too many puppies end up abandoned and homeless after their owners buy them for the wrong reasons and from the wrong places before realising that they cannot cope. The Kennel Club’s National Puppy Awareness Week tries to make sure that a dog stays with its owner for the rest of its life.

    Find The Right Breed

    Finding the right breed of dog to suit your lifestyle is important. There are over 210 pedigree breeds of dog and many crossbreeds as well. Pedigree dogs are the best breeds to get when you want a dog with specific characteristics and personality as they are bred to behave a certain way. Crossbreeds are more unpredictable.

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    This post was posted in Dog Information and was tagged with National Puppy Awareness Week, The Kennel Club, Puppy Farming

  • Shop with DogBeds.co.uk and Donate to Mountain Rescue

    Posted on August 24, 2012 by Lizzie

    Dog Beds are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Pennies – the electronic charity box. Pennies provide an easy and secure way to give a little something to others when you pay online. A few pennies here and there from shoppers can be powerful so Dog Beds wanted to choose a charity our customers can benefit from. Pennies - Electronic Charity Box

    Going walking with your dog in the great British countryside is fantastic. But sometimes thing can go wrong. If you are walking on your own and you slip or have an accident you may be miles away from help. The weather may turn and you could end up trapped and unable to find your way back. This is where Mountain Rescue can help – anyone can call them if assistance is needed. Despite their name, many of the Mountain Rescue teams' annual call outs come from or for those on non-mountainous terrain such as countryside that people may not be familiar with.

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    This post was posted in Dog Charity and was tagged with dog, Pennies Charity, Mountain Rescue, dog walking, countryside

  • Interesting Things About Dogs That You May Not Have Known!

    Posted on July 20, 2012 by Lizzie

    1. America has the highest dog population in the World

    2. Dogs are mentioned in the bible 14 times

    3. 70% of people also sign their pets name when sending friends and families greeting cards

    4. At the end of  “A Day in the Life” by The Beatles, Paul McCartney recorded a high-pitched dog whistle for his sheepdog

    5. Dogs do not have a sense of time

    6. Dogs are not in fact colour blind, their sight is just the equivalent of ours at dusk.

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    This post was posted in Dog Information and was tagged with dog facts, dog information

  • Every Pet Needs A Name

    Posted on July 18, 2012 by Lizzie

    So you’ve picked your puppy from the litter and now you have the joy of bringing it home to meet the family. You’ve stocked up on puppy food, toys and a brand spanking new cosy bed for it to sleep in, booked the vet for its shots and bought your pet insurance policy. Yet despite getting all this there’s still one thing nagging away at you... What are you going to call your new furry friend?

    Do they look more like a Bruce than a Bouncer or a Molly than a Missy? Don’t worry though; help is at hand with the Pet Name Generator from Confused.com.

    It’s as simple as answering five questions and your new canine friend will have a brand new name to adorn their collar.

    To see it in action, let’s take this cute puppy as an example...

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    This post was posted in Dog Advice and was tagged with Pet Names, Puppy, Dog Name

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