Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Paddling Pool Puppy!


Just thought I'd pop in this evening to share some sweet photos from the past week. Here in the UK we've been in the grips of a heatwave: I really struggle in the heat and so does Archie, with all his fuzzy fur! He hates bath time and shows no interest in water on walks, but as a last resort I thought I'd order him a paddling pool. I found it for £6 on Amazon, with next day Prime delivery, so I figured if he didn't like it I wasn't really losing much money.

My poor boyfriend had to blow it up (I ordered a foot pump too, but for some reason it was sent separately), and we filled it with an inch or two of water. I really, really didn't think Archie would get in...

... but as you can see, he surprised me by totally loving it! He played in it all day, and has gone for a dip every day since. It makes me so happy to see him having fun, and it's the best way for him to cool off in this heat. I'd really recommend it!

Does your pup have a pool? Show us!

Chloé & Archie

Friday, 22 July 2016

Barney's Biscuit Boxes! | Review

Hello all!

We are back from our holiday and ready to start blogging again; starting with a review of the puppy treat box that we were very kindly sent by Barney's Biscuit Boxes. If you follow Archie's instagram then you may remember this little sneak peek photo from a few weeks ago... look at that packaging! The treats are sent in special boxes, with the Barney's logo on. Good packaging is always such a great touch. 

There are a few reasons I agreed to review one of these boxes: firstly, Archie is a fussy pup, and I'm always on the lookout for new treats that he will enjoy. Every treat included in these boxes is of the top quality, as well. They use human-grade ingredients, with no additives, derivatives or preservatives. That is a huge bonus for me, as someone who strives to feed their dog on a grain-free, preservative-free diet. Finally, Barney's Biscuit Boxes are heavily involved in promoting adoption of rescue dogs, and the fight against backyard breeders and puppy farms. A donation from each biscuit box goes to a UK dog rescue, and another donation goes into a fund to help rescues with the veterinary costs that come with puppy-farmed puppies. I think this is absolutely fab, and is something that I wish more companies were doing.

As Archie is only 18 weeks old, we received the puppy box to try out. After having a look through the ingredients of each item, I'm 100% satisfied and confident that these are great brands, that contain only the best. Archie has already had a taste of all these treats, and he hasn't turned his nose up at a single one, which is some sort of miracle! 

Matthew Stanley (the owner of the business) very kindly sent me some information about all of their boxes, so I'll copy that for you below:

    "Our range of biscuit boxes attempts to cover every type of dog. We have a biscuit box for Puppies, Small Dogs, Medium Dogs, Large Dogs, Dogs with Sensitive Tummies, and Dogs on a Vegan Diet. All except the Puppy and Sensitive Tummies boxes come in two sizes, Starter and Large. Puppy and Sensitive Tummies come in one size, because a puppy won't be a puppy for too long, and dogs with sensitive tummies don't usually get too many treats. The Starter box donates 50p to a UK dog rescue of choice of the customer, and 50p to our veterinary fund for puppies rescued from closing puppy farms. The Large box donates £1 to the customer's favourite UK dog rescue and again 50p to the veterinary fund."

Another great thing about these boxes is that they're not a subscription service; you can buy as many or as few as you want, and only have to pay that one-off cost for the box, rather than sign up for several months. The products and their ingredients are also listed on the website in advance, so you can check the contents for anything your dog might dislike/be allergic to before you buy. 

I really do think these boxes are fab, and I think I'll definitely get Archie one of the Sensitive Tummies boxes when he's a little older. Additionally, they're hoping to launch a Meaty box soon... and there are even doggy advent calendars at Christmas! I can't wait.

Do you think a Barney's Biscuit Box is something you might try? Let us know!

Chloé & Archie

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Pancho's Wardrobe | Our Latest Haul!


It's no secret... we love Pancho's Wardrobe. We ordered from the lovely Alexis back when we first brought Archie home, and I just fell in love with the style, fit and quality of their products. I wrote a review of our first purchase HERE as I loved them so much, and when I found out they had a stall at Dog Fest, I was over there like a shot.

Alexis very kindly gifted us the t-shirt in the photo above; it's a size XS and will hopefully fit Archie for a while. His other t-shirt is an XXS and is now a bit tight around his legs, so I thought the next one up would be better! The fit of their clothes is just perfect; I never thought I'd be someone who dressed up their dog (and I must admit, he only wears clothes if it's cold or wet) but I feel zero guilt with these; Alexis has spent so much time getting the design just right, and they don't bother Archie at all.

As you can see, he's totally relaxed whilst wearing these t-shirts, and that's unusual for him! He spent a whole day wearing his navy striped sailor shirt from the previous post; he travelled in the car, played on the beach, had several naps etc and was comfortable all day.

We also picked up our first sweatshirt. I loved how thick and snuggly this felt; Archie is really quite small and even in July, (not that we're having much of a summer), he shivers at the slightest drop in temperature. We went out for an evening dinner the other day so I popped this on under his harness, and he was toasty warm. Again, the design is perfect, there's no excess fabric around their legs and chest if that makes sense, and it keeps Archie warm without being too bulky.

Lastly, we picked up another tie-on bandana. I absolutely love these; they're so well made and don't feel flimsy at all. I think our Aztec one is still my favourite, but Archie looks SO cute in this Bears and Arrows reversible print. Everyone comments on how cute it is whenever he wears it, and I totally agree!

Have you purchased from Pancho's Wardrobe yet? I've still got my eye on their Swallows jacket, and their new range of treat bags!

Chloé & Archie

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Ruff and Tumble Drying Coats! | Review

Hello all, another review for you today. This time, I wanted to talk about the fab Ruff and Tumble drying coat I bought for Archie at Dog Fest!

They were on my list of stalls to visit, because Archie is an absolute nightmare with bath time. Actually bathing him is hard enough, but he gets SO cross when I try to dry him; I figured a coat I can quickly put on him would be much easier than faffing about with towels (or even worse... the dreaded hair dryer!) 

There were lots of colours to choose from, but I always prefer Archie in red so I went for their special Queen's Birthday edition, with Union Jack edging. It's beautifully made, and I think he looks pretty cute. Additionally, their size range is great. Archie wears an XXS and it's still too long for him, so I'm hoping it will fit him for years to come. 

He does still get a bit cross when I first put it on, and he likes to chew it, but for just £25 it really has helped with the stress of bath time. It'll also be perfect after winter walks, and when we visit my family's holiday caravan at the coast. All in all, it was a great purchase, and I think it's one we'll get a lot of use out of.

Would you consider a drying coat for your dog?

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Wishlist Time! | July 2016


I'd like to preface this post by saying that it isn't sponsored; none of these brands have asked me to feature them, nor do they know I'm writing this post. I simply love reading people's wishlists, so I thought I'd write a little one for Archie's blog!

I don't know about you, but there's always things I'm after... and since getting a puppy, I've discovered SO many beautiful bits that I want to spoil him with. Sadly, I left my job due to poor health and I'm currently trying to set up a little business from home (you can find it here if you're interested), so Archie will have to settle for cheap and cheerful for now, bless him.

1. The Archie coat and comfort harness from Dober and Dasch:

Sorry for the pixelly photos, sadly I can't fix them unless I leave them tiny! Dober and Dasch have a newly launched website; I follow them on Twitter and once they were open, I couldn't resist having a browse. Imagine how excited I was to discover that they had a coat and comfort harness called the "Archie"! Even better, it's checks and polka dots, my absolute favourite. It comes in multiple colours (as do all their products), but red is the winner for me. Their size range looks fantastic, they cater for the tiniest of dogs all the way up to XL, and the website is a joy to look through. At £59.99 and £39.99 respectively, these are a luxury I'd love to treat Archie to at some point.

2. Teddy Maximus Liberty Print Bone Toy:

Ahhhh Teddy Maximus, how we love you. I bought Archie a bow tie from them when I first got him, which is adorable: it's still available, here, and it's on sale! The craftmanship is excellent, it's just beautiful and I've totally fallen in love with all their products. I can only dream of being able to own one of their incredible luxury dog carriers one day, (honestly, I browse the site at least three times a week and dream of that beautiful blue carrier!) but at £15.99 I may treat Arch to one of these gorgeous toys at Christmas.

3. The Puppia Capitane Harness (Style B) from Pet London:

I love this harness! We visited Pet London's stand at Dog Fest a few weeks ago; I went with the intention of buying a couple of Puppia harnesses, however the tent was super busy so I only had a chance to grab one. It fit Archie like a glove, and it's now one of our favourites... so of course, I need more! We spend a lot of time at my parents' caravan in Hayling Island, and I just couldn't resist the anchors and nautical feel of this harness, I had to add it to our wishlist. It would be the perfect attire for our days at the beach, and I've recently discovered how much comfier Archie seems to be in these step-in style harnesses. I love both the navy and the red, and I hope to pick either up at some point: I'd love to do a beach photoshoot for our blog and instagram! Archie wears a size small in this style, for anyone who might be wondering about sizing. This particular harness retails at £30.

I've followed Boots and Bones since shortly after we got Archie, and I absolutely adore their collars. Normally I'm drawn to their colourful rainbow prints, however I love how simple and classy this grey chevron is. Their prices are super reasonable, this collar retails at just £10.99 in Archie's size (XS), and I can't wait to treat him to a few once my income is more stable! They've got some beautiful doggy models on their website too; check them out!

5. Aqua Collar with White Dots, from The January Rose:

Lastly for this wishlist post, we have another beautiful collar, this time from The January Rose. I absolutely love Louise's etsy shop; I browse it regularly and I've had this collar sat in my basket for weeks. I think it'd look so nice against Archie's (rapidly greying!) fur. Again, her prices are so reasonable considering each item is handmade to measure... this collar is just £11.99 in the thinner width. For those of you with girly dogs, Louise also stocks collars and bracelets in stunning Liberty fabrics, too! Additionally, there's gorgeous hand-stamped keyrings with individual dog breeds on, that I MUST have eventually, haha. Go and have a broswe through her etsy, you won't be disappointed.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing our current wishlist! What's on yours?

Monday, 4 July 2016

Sniffing out Sunday #4 | Catch Up Time!

I know, I know, I'm useless. In my defence, The last few weeks have been crazy! Time for a catch up. 

13th-19th June 2016:

  • Archie turned 13 weeks old this week!
  • He had his first visit to Costa coffee, and enjoyed cuddles with little Isla.
  • He also went to his first puppy hour, which was a disaster, as some irresponsible people took their aggressive dogs and he got bitten! He's now very nervous around new dogs, which is heartbreaking. We'll get through it, though.
  • My boyfriend had his first fathers' day as a puppy dad! Haha.

20th-26th June 2016:

  • Archie turned 14 weeks old this week!
  • He spent lots of time with his Auntie Ruby.
  • We attended our first Dog Fest! It was amazing, and I treated Archie to so much lovely stuff.
  • We met the lovely Jaime and Lily from Fachshund, too!
  • He won a Waggiest Tail contest, so he now has two little rosettes!

27th June-3rd July 2016:

  • Archie turned 15 weeks old this week!
  • His house training is starting to show tinyyyyy improvements (thank the good lord! Haha)
  • He had his first little play date, with a sausage dog named Margot (I loved her, but Archie wasn't so sure for the most part.)
  • Margot did, however, teach Archie how to bark... he never, ever barked at anything, but the day she visited, he started barking at every little noise. Naughty puppies! 
  • We were sent a Barney's Biscuit Box for puppies, to review on the blog! Watch this space.
  • He had a much more successful experience at a puppy socialising hour, and even made friends!

So there you have it! A little catch up of hour things have been for Archie over the last few weeks. He's brought so much joy into my life, and it's brilliant to see him blossom and grow. He's getting so big! 

I'm also super excited to share that my boyfriend and I will hopefully be taking on a second dog much sooner than expected; as Archie is now frightened of other pups, we really want to nip it in the bud. It was always our intention to get him a sister, but now it seems it'll be happening much faster than anticipated! Of course, it all depends on finances and if we find the right dog; we're not necessarily looking for a puppy this time, though I think Archie would adapt far better to another puppy. We shall see! Hopefully, within the next 6-8 months, there'll be two little Murray-Prendergast terrors. 

How have the last few weeks been for you? Let us know!