Sunday, 18 March 2018

Happy 2nd Birthday, Archie!

Hi all,

On Friday the 16th we celebrated Archie's second birthday! I can't believe he's already two, where does the time go? It seems to have just disappeared before my eyes. We celebrated with a little tea pawty at my parents' house, and an Arton & Co cake for all the dogs. I just wanted to share a few photos with you!

Happy birthday little man, we love you so much!

Chloé, Archie and Winnie

Archie's Instagram | Winnie's Instagram

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Packing for Crufts, & Our Wishlist | 2018

Hello all, and happy weekend,

I'm so excited as we're off to Crufts tomorrow! I've never attended before, and it's always been something I've wanted to do. I watched coverage of the show religiously as a child, and I can't believe that all these years later, I'll be there with my own dog. Poppy's Picnic have invited Winnie and I along, and I'm super excited to share the day with you on the blog and our instagram stories. As he's a little nervous, Archie will be spending the day at my parents' house. He's a sensitive chap and big, indoor events with lots of dogs are too much for him. I'll be buying him lots of presents to make up for it!

I thought you might like to see what we're taking with us, and what I'm planning to buy!

I always have some essential items that come with me to every event. These are treats, poo bags, a portable bowl and a bottle of water. Of course I take my camera too! Everything else gets changed out depending on the season and weather. Tomorrow we'll be leaving super early (and we're forecast cold temps and rain!) so I'm taking Winnie's beautiful Dachshund Couture coat and her hand-knitted snood from Harry Dachshund Crafts. Inside the show, where it will be warm I imagine, she'll wear her pink shetland wool harness from Teddy Maximus, her Devil Dood Designs lead, and Leather Shed UK collar. Who knew that a trio of items, all from different brands, could be such a perfect match?! It's my favourite combination for her at the moment. I may pop one of our bandanas in my bag too, but I'm not sure.

Now, onto our Crufts wishlist!

My two really have everything they need, but I definitely want to get a Pet Teezer, which is a tangle teezer brush for pets! I think it'll be perfect for Archie, and my bunnies as well. I believe these are being sold on the Battersea stand. I'm hoping to stock up on Lily's Kitchen travel snack bars, some Chuckit! balls for Archie, and my Mum has asked me to buy Dogrobes drying coats for her dogs as well. I'm sure I'll come home with lots more than this (I have no self-control!) but that's all that's on my list.

Are you at Crufts tomorrow? Please say hi if you see us!

Chloé, Archie & Winnie

Archie's Instagram | Winnie's Instagram

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

"Snow" Much Fun!

Hello everyone!

Did you have snow last week? We did, and quite a lot of it! It was quite inconvenient as some important appointments had to be cancelled, but it was still lovely to have a few snow days off work. We made the most of it and had a lovely woodland walk... I took some photos that I just had to share.

Archie absolutely loved the snow; it was the first significant snowfall of his life, and he just couldn't get enough of it. Once he was wrapped up in his equafleece and his snood he was happy to play out in it for hours, and he kept sprinting all over the place. It was so lovely to seem him bouncing about, I love it when the dogs get to experience something new! Winnie, on the other hand...

Winnie absolutely despised the snow! Honestly, it was hilarious. I knew she wouldn't like it, but I didn't realise quite how cross it would make her. She only went out to pee about three times in four days, and when I tried to do a photoshoot I had to wrap her up in two coats and a snood! She looked absolutely ridiculous, she still hated it, and so we abandoned that idea pretty quickly. I wasn't going to make her go out walking in it, so instead, I put together a makeshift sling and carried her about whenever we went on a walk. She totally loved it, Archie got to enjoy the snow and I was a happy dog mum.

Did you enjoy the snow?

Chloé, Archie and Winnie

Archie's Instagram | Winnie's Instagram

Thursday, 22 February 2018

15K Thank You and Giveaway!

Hi everyone!

Soooo yes, it's been a month. Apparently, I'm taking my 2018 goals pretty seriously! I decided I wanted to take a little step back from the blog and social media this year, as I was actually finding it all a bit toxic. Going out on adventures without my camera has been so liberating! Honestly, I hope everyone makes the effort this year to just put their phones/cameras down a little more. Life really isn't about likes and freebies, and it's so wonderful to just let go of it all.

Perhaps ironically then, the reason for this post is that Winnie hit 15,000 followers on instagram! That's such a huge number to me, I can't quite believe it. I many not have been on social media as much, but I still want to mark the milestone. I remember my mum saying "I'd be shocked if she hit 10k"... and now here were are at 15k! To celebrate this (and the one year anniversary of her instagram account), I thought I'd have a little giveaway.

The prize will be a bundle of goodies from my etsy shop, and I'll pick up some bits at Crufts too most likely. (Oh yes, I'm heading off to Crufts for some shopping!) To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below with your favourite aspect of dog ownership. Additionally, you can head over to Winnie's instagram and enter there, too. The giveaway will close on 11th March and the winner will be contacted privately after that date. Good luck!

Chloé, Archie and Winnie

Archie's InstagramWinnie's instagram

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Blogging Goals for 2018

Hi all!

I can't believe this is my first post of 2018; I've taken a much-needed break to refresh and recharge, and I've been spending far less time on social media. At the end of last year I felt a little deflated with the blog, and I wasn't really sure why. I'm not a great photographer, I don't have the money (or the time!) to travel lots or take the dogs all over the place, and I think I was bogged down with comparing my blog with other people's. I have a few little goals for the blog this year, and I thought I'd share them with you.

Re-Design/Name Change!

Okay, so this first goal is actually a larger one! I've bought a new domain name, with the intention of re-branding this year... I hope to get the blog re-designed and made a little more "professional", as it's something I don't know how to do alone. However, I'm very attached to Archie's Great Adventures as I created it during a hard time. As a result, I'm very undecided!

Stop feeling the need to photograph everything...

I think we're all guilty of this to an extent, but as a blogger I find myself feeling the need to photograph everything we do for the blog. It's really lovely to go on a long walk with the dogs and not worry about taking photos... even if it does mean I end up short on content for posts! I find walks far more enjoyable when I don't take my camera; I nearly always walk by myself with them, so quite frankly I need my hands free to keep them both from misbehaving! Of course I will still pencil in product photoshoots etc, but I'm looking forward to living in the moment a little more.

Attend some training classes...

This year I'd love to take Archie to some training classes, and document our progress on the blog. Generally he's a good little boy, but it'd be great to get his brain working more and also get some help with his reactivity. There are some fab classes in our area, and I've been along to see what I think. I'm really excited to help Archie reach his potential and improve his general training. 

So there we have it, a few little dog blog goals for this year. Do you have any? Tell me in the comments!

Chloé, Archie and Winnie

Archie's Instagram | Winnie's Instagram

Friday, 29 December 2017

A Round-Up of 2017 | Archie & Winnie's Best Bits!

Hello everyone!

Can you believe that we're here, at the end of 2017? This post marks over 18 months of dog blogging, I just can't fathom how quickly it's flown by. I thought I would share some photos from this year, a little highlights reel I suppose!

At the beginning of this year, Winnie experienced the beach for the first time! We went on a dachshund walk to our favourite haunt, Hayling Island, and she got to feel the sand in her toes. I honestly could have cried seeing her running around with the other dogs... at this point we'd only had her for six months, so lts of things were still new and scary to her.

In March, we celebrated Archie's 1st birthday! We also travelled to Yorkshire for our first PR trip, a stay at Ox Pasture Hall hotel. The trip was a bit of a nightmare at the time, but the hotel was beautiful and so was Yorkshire in general! Now that the dogs' reactivity is much less of a problem, I can look back at the trip and laugh at what a naughty pair they were! Of course we still have problems sometimes, but their barking is much more manageable now.

We also managed to escape to our little family caravan a couple of times this year, which I'm so thankful for. I really do feel all of my worries disappear as soon as I drive over the bridge onto Hayling. The dogs love it there, and this year we really made it our mission to explore more of the local area, and visit several dog-friendly cafés. It's definitely something I want to do more of next year!

We've had some wonderful playdates and adventures with our pals this year! Both of these photos were taken by Amy over at Silly Tilly Poodle, and I'm lucky enough to count her amongst our friends. The dogs (Archie especially!) love hanging out with our blogging friends and I'm hoping for more adventures with them in 2018!

Along with this, we also visited several shows with friends! Paws in the Park, Dog Fest and Discover Dogs to name just a few. Meeting the people behind our favourite brands is one of my favourite things to do, along with spoiling the dogs of course. Next year I'm hoping to make it to Crufts for the first time ever, but we'll see!

In August we celebrated Winnie's first gotcha day, and welcomed two new puppies to our family! Maggie and Mabel joined my parents' household, after they sadly lost their black lab, Tilly, in June. They're both absolute whirlwinds and it's crazy whenever I go over to Mum and Dad's with the dogs now, but we wouldn't have it any other way. 

We've ended the year with a wonderful Christmas, and even some snow! I really hope that you've all had a lovely time too during this festive season. Looking back at all these photos really reminds me of what a lovely year we've had... let's hope for more of the same in 2018! There may even be a little blog rebrand in the next few months, too.

What was your 2017 highlight? Tell us in the comments!

Chloé, Archie and Winnie

Friday, 8 December 2017

Luxury Items for Dogs! | Gift Guides 2017

Hi everyone, and happy Friday!

In all likelihood this will be my last gift guide for 2017; I've loved sharing them with you. This last post will feature some items that I consider to be luxuries... I know we all have different ideas of what actually constitutes a "luxury", but I think these items are really special gifts that you can save for and buy without totally breaking the bank.

I recently bought this Barbour dog coat from one of my friends, and I absolutely love it. It's a bit big for Winnie around the middle, so she wears it with a jumper underneath, but that just makes it even more cute and cosy! In Winnie's opinion, you can never be too warm... she'd happily live on the sun, I'm sure of it. The wax coat is waterproof, and secures with velcro around the chest and stomach. It's such a smart coat and we've received so many compliments on it.

Next up we have collars from Broughton & Co., a business I've raved about on many occasions. My collection of these beautiful leather collars continues to grow (we've even got totally unique glittery Christmas ones coming soon too!) and I'm honestly a customer for life. Philippa cares so much about her customers and their pets, and it really shines through in her products and her social media presence. You can go with one of the many options on the website, or completely create your own; there are also a range of other items including scarves and lovelock ID tags. I just can't recommend Broughton & Co enough. (Order by Sunday 10th for Christmas delivery)

This is an exciting one for me! If any of you follow my personal instagram (@chloesthoughts) or watch my youtube videos, you'll know that I collect Emma Bridgewater pottery. Once upon a time they made pet bowls, but these had been discontinued by the time I started collecting. Well, a few months ago they came back! I snapped up one each for Archie and Winnie in the small size, in the Starry Skies and Pink Hearts patterns. I then went back and ordered a spare in the Wallflower pattern as I was so worried about breaking one! Also, there may be plans to add another daxie to the family next year... 

Last but not least we have another old favourite; Teddy Maximus. I recently bought Archie this bow tie at Discover Dogs, and it's just too cute! It holds it's shape beautifully as it's from high quality material, and it has two loops on the back to stop it from drooping. I have various other bits from Teddy Maximus also, and they're all fabulous quality, Winnie's shetland wool harness is my favourite! Teddy Maximus are well worth a look if you want something a little special this Christmas... until the 12th, they have a pop up shop at 86 New King's Road too!

Have you enjoyed our gift guides? I really hope so! Thank you so much to all the companies and small businesses who collaborated with us on these posts; it means so much to me.

Chloé, Archie and Winnie

* Everything in this post was purchased with my own money