Thursday, 12 October 2017

September Favourites | 2017


Hello all!

I know this is a little (lot) late, but inspired by our stylish friends over at Fachshund, we thought it might be fun to start rounding off our months with a favourites post. September was a super busy month as I went back to work after a long summer holiday, and began my Masters Degree after two years education-free! We still had time to discover some new favourites though, so I thought I'd share them with you.

Twinning in Country Chic:


I grew up in a house full of gundogs in the countryside, so I'm not unfamiliar with this look; it always reminds me of my dad's shooting gear! I love the timeless look of tweed, wool or tartan so I knew I wanted to get some harnesses for Archie and Winnie in-keeping with this style. At the beginning of the summer I nabbed Winnie this gorgeous pink shetland wool harness from Teddy Maximus, and she's worn it constantly since. It's absolutely beautiful, and the colour looks lovely on her. I find that this wrap around style definitely fits Winnie the best, as she has such a deep chest. I'm hoping to maybe pick another up in a different colour when we head to Discover Dogs this month!


Unfortunately Archie doesn't fit into Teddy Maximus harnesses, he really is such a dinky dot! However, Mutts and Hounds very kindly sent us a voucher recently, and when I browsed the website I discovered that their XS small size fits Arch like a glove! I went with the slate grey soft tweed harness, and it's just lovely. I figured this colour would go with everything, and it looks gorgeous alongside Winnie's pink Teddy Maximus number. These harnesses, along with our new Bramble and Friends leads, are definitely my favourite autumn combination!

Bramble and Friends Leads:


I've been a fan of Bramble and Friends for a long time, and we purchased our first rope lead back in May/June. We got so many compliments on it when we visited Dog Fest, and I couldn't wait to get another! When I found out that they were being discontinued for the time being, I was gutted! Just on the off-chance, I emailed Tamsyn to ask if she had any more leads lying about. Well... let's just say I bought the rest of her stock! We added six stunning new rope leads to our collection, and I have photographed a lovely autumnal number for you here. Bramble and Friends now stock a different style of lead instead of these, but I can assure you that they're absolutely gorgeous, and available in just as many fab colour combinations.


Raw Food!

Our final favourite of the month is just a general one; the raw food diet! I finally made the leap to raw with Winnie about a month ago, and initially I was feeding her Natural Instinct. My parents were seeing great results with their dogs on NI, so I figured I'd finally be brave and switch mine over. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this food (or any other pre-packaged raw complete food) but I discovered that my local butchers actually puts together a complete raw food for dogs! It's absolutely fab, the dogs are loving it, and best of all it's so much cheaper than anything else I've found... plus, I get to support a local business that has been part of my community for years.

Winnie especially has benefited from the change; she's always been affected by alopecia since I rehomed her, but some of this fur is now beginning to grow back! She's looking lovely and shiny, and she has so much energy. I'm super happy with my decision to switch them over, and won't be going back.

Have you discovered any new dog friendly favourites in the last month? Let us know!

Chloé, Archie and Winnie



Monday, 9 October 2017

What a Fright! | Halloween Bandanas and Bow Ties


Hi everyone!

I wanted to set up a proper little Halloween photoshoot for this post, however I'm having trouble finding a dog-friendly pumpkin patch this year! Plus, I just couldn't wait to share these adorably spooky new pieces from my etsy shop. We have very limited numbers of each design (some have already sold out in fact) so if you want one in time for Halloween I'd suggest ordering now!


Of course the bandanas are jazzed up with our signature pom pom trim, and I think they look absolutely fab! As I was photographing and listing each piece, I just wanted to keep one of everything for my two! In the end, I decided to keep one each of the bow ties, but the rest is listed in the shop for my lovely customers. We've already sold quite a few bits, and honestly can't thank you enough for your support. Everything I earn goes back into the business or is spent on the dogs, so every order means so much to me.


Do you dress your dogs up for Halloween? Let me know in the comments!

Chloé, Archie and Winnie

Etsy Shop | Archie's Instagram | Winnie's Instagram





Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Where Have We Been? | A Summer Round-Up



Hello everyone!

You might have noticed that we've taken a little hiatus from the blog over the last few months, with a couple of sporadic posts here and there. With it being summer (I work in a school), I thought I'd have so much free time to blog, but it didn't work out that way! 

I ended up being so busy, that I barely got through any of my summer to-do list. Weekends away from home, sunny afternoons with friends and my boyfriend being off work meant that I really didn't have much time for blogging. Things were tight for me financially too, so sadly I didn't get to go on many of the fun trips I had planned for myself and the dogs.


We did get to the caravan in Hayling a couple of times, which I'm so grateful for. Our little family is so lucky to have a bolthole to escape to when things are hard, as they were this summer. A little bit of sun, sea and fresh air can perform miracles, I swear! During our little getaways, we really just enjoy each other's company, eat good food and walk miles with the dogs. It's definitely good for the soul.


We also celebrated Winnie's 1st Gotcha Day in August! I can't believe we've had this little weirdo in our family for a year, it's gone by so quickly. We spent the day snuggling after a trip to Not For Cats, and Winnie was kindly donated a wonderful cake from Doggy Desserts bakery. I wrote a post about our first year with Winnie, which you can find here; it was an emotional one to write but sadly it didn't really get any interaction. It'd mean a lot to me if you'd consider going and showing it some love!


We've also welcomed two new puppies to our family! My parents have always had a gang of gundogs, but this summer they had a bit of a mad moment and added two more. Maggie is an English Springer Spaniel, and came home on 08/08/17 at 10 weeks old. She's bright, mad as a box of frogs and such a snuggle bug. Funnily enough, she was actually born on the day that my family lost our black lab Tilly, so it seemed a bit like fate. 

Mabel is a black labrador, and came home on 25/08/17 at 8 weeks old. She's much more laidback than Maggie (though she has her moments!) and is just the sweetest little squish. I say little... she's huge! I forget how quickly big dogs grow. Taking my two hooligans over to my parents' house is even more crazy now, but they're all getting to know each other and it's lovely to watch.

So there we have it! A few snippets of life during our blog absence. We're back now, ready to dust off the camera and get writing again. I hope you're all well!

Chloé, Archie and Winnie
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Winnie's Instagram | Archie's Instagram






Monday, 21 August 2017

One Year Home | A Letter to Winnie's First Owner



A year ago today, my boyfriend and I headed off on the loooong drive to Wales. We were going to visit a lady who was rehoming one of her dachshunds, and I was filled with a mix of nerves and excitement. Everything seemed pretty normal! Moving older dogs on to pet homes is a common part of breeding, apparently. I had a new collar and lead in my bag, "just in case" there was an opportunity to take her there and then. When we got there however, things weren't as I'd expected. I detailed the whole story in this post, and I also wrote 3 month and 6 month updates on Winnie. Now that she's been with us for a year though, I wanted to get a few things off my chest...


Dear S,

   I rarely think of you, but when I do my emotions are often so mixed. Some days I find myself making excuses for you, because I just can't comprehend the state Winnie was in when I met her... maybe you were a well-meaning woman; perhaps you suddenly found yourself with too many dogs and not enough money? Perhaps you loved your dogs so much but couldn't provide for them as well as you might have wanted? Other days, I'm filled with rage and I can't believe you ever let Winnie suffer the way she must have been suffering. After speaking to others who have bought puppies from you, I'm inclined to believe that you're actually just greedy. You didn't want to waste money on vet bills for an older dog you couldn't breed from anymore, anyway. 


After just a year, I can't imagine my life without Winnie. I can't even imagine Archie without Winnie. In fact, after just a few short months, despite the money we'd spent on her and the tears I'd shed over her, I couldn't imagine our home without Winnie in it. I simply cannot believe that you owned Winnie for nearly 7 years, and thought so little of her that you wouldn't get her help when she was hurting. I can't believe you looked into her eyes, knowing all of her teeth were rotting and falling out, knowing the pain she must have been in... and you ignored it. That was just the surface, too. She had so many other health issues plaguing her. Perhaps, actually, you didn't ever look into her eyes. Perhaps you never saw her as a little soul at all.


I see her. I love her. I am so sad that you didn't, and that she had to live that way for 7 years. She will always, always have a home with me.

However, I'm also thankful. I'm thankful as your neglect means that I can have Winnie in my life. She has taught me patience, unconditional love and the joy of owning a "dog with a past". Every little success with Winnie is a milestone; she is a completely different dog to the one we took away from you a year ago. She's currently snoring away as I write this, tucked up next to me on the sofa. Warm, loved and part of a family.

So thank you... you didn't deserve her anyway.

Chloé, Archie and Winnie

Winnie's beautiful gotcha day cake was very kindly donated by Doggy Desserts bakery, who coincidentally are based in Winnie's hometown; thank you so much!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Welcome to Our Family, Maggie | A New Puppy!


Welcome Maggie!

Last week my parents asked me to find them a puppy, as they'd sadly lost their black lab Tilly in June. My dad simply can't live without a pack of dogs, so he wanted me to help him find a new addition to their menagerie. Ideally he wanted another labrador, however I love spaniels, so I sneakily sent photos of litters to my mum of spaniels too!

It just so happens that she fell in love with the cheeky little monkey above, and my parents went to view her and bring her home the very next day. 


Little Miss Maggie, or Maggie Moo as she's affectionately known, is a 10 week old black and white English Springer Spaniel. Like most spanners, she's absolutely full of beans and so comical. We all absolutely adore her, and she's already being spoiled rotten with cuddles, toys and love. She's being raw fed, and is doing really well on Natural Instinct food! 

The dogs in our family aren't quite so enamoured, though! My parents also have a 13 year old springer and a 9 year old cocker, and they're still a little unsure. With time though, I know they'll all be the best of friends. Archie is becoming good pals with the little one already, but Winnie still needs some convincing! 


She likes to eat grass, chew stones, pee on the doormat, chase Winnie round the garden and she sits splayed out like a little frog. We just love her so much already!

Stay tuned for more exciting news in a few weeks (hmm, what could that be?!)

Chloé, Archie and Winnie



Thursday, 10 August 2017

Paws in the Park | Ft. Pit Pat, Broughton & Co and more!



Hi everyone!

At the beginning of July, I packed up the dogs and headed off to Paws in the Park with our best pal Bernie and his Mum. Paws in the Park is a fab day out, with fun activities like dog diving, agility, gun dog displays and a companion dog show. Of course, there's also lots of lovely food and stalls to shop at! The event is held three times annually, across several different locations. The summer show is held at Stanstead House in Havant, which is close to our usual haunt of Hayling! It's a beautiful location with a wonderful country house, perfect for taking the photos you see above.

The last time we went to Paws in the Park Archie was just 5 months old, and he was my only dog! I was excited to go back with both dogs, and our friends of course. The dogs were dressed to impress in bows from my etsy shop (Chloe Suzanne Designs) and Archie was also wearing his Pit Pat activity monitor. I thought it would be fun to see how much exercise he gets on a day out like this, and compare it to the stats from my Fitbit! 


Of course, we had to stop by the Broughton & Co stand, and buy more goodies! I picked up another collar, and two personalised lovelocks for the dogs. We spotted Archie in amongst all the Broughton Pup Recruits, and he took a particular shine to Creative Director Luna (so did I!) Luna had an operation this week, so we're sending lots and lots of get well vibes and cuddles to her!

Broughton & Co will always be our absolute favourite for collars; the range of colours and styles are second to none, and Philippa offers incredible customer service. I recently had an issue with two of mine (which was TOTALLY my fault and Philippa was under no obligation to help me) but she offered to take them back and sort them out. Incredible service! We now have four collars and two lovelocks, and they're just stunning. The pieces are pure luxury, and I'm sure we'll continue to add to our collection!


We also came across a new brand, Kera Pets, who offer gorgeous pieces in a variety of colours and sizes. Our favourite was a beautiful jade green shade, and the collars were affordably priced. It's so lovely to discover new brands at these shows! 


We also stopped off at Equafleece, and picked up a new mulberry number for Archie. We spotted some familiar faces!


After lots of fun with our pals, we headed off to the beach at Hayling for some lunch! At the end of the day, I checked out my Fitbit and Archie's Pit Pat: what a busy day Archie had! 255 minutes of activity, whereas my own monitor measured just 44 minutes for me. It goes to show that a good walk and some fun at the beach really gets their little legs and hearts going! I love that the monitor also tracks their play and sleep; it's fab getting an insight into Archie's day. 

I hope you enjoyed reading, and that you've had a lovely week!

Chloé, Archie and Winnie



Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A Weekend Away | Hayling Island


Hi all, 

If you've been following our blog for any amount of time, you'll know that Hayling Island is my family's happy place. I spent the majority of my childhood there, and for the past three years my parents have owned a holiday caravan there too. Now that my boyfriend and I are creating our own little family, we like to continue tradition and continue to visit Hayling as often as we can!

It was our fourth anniversary on Saturday 29th July, so on the Friday we packed up our things, and the dogs of course, and headed down to the van! On Saturday morning we were up bright and early, with plans for a beach walk. I find that the Beachlands end of the seafront is best for dog walks; it's dog-friendly all year round, and tends to be much quieter than Eastoke Corner. Archie can go off the lead and have a proper run (sadly Winnie's recall isn't reliable enough for her to be off-lead!) and when the tide is out there's lots of lovely flat sand to walk on. 


We walked for a few miles along the beach, before stopping for a little rest. Archie was very interested in all the other dogs that were playing at the water's edge! Winnie, on the other hand, just wanted to tell them all off as usual. Whenever we stop anywhere, we pop Winnie in her carrier as it gives her a safe little den and seems to help her reactive barking. We did the same thing on the beach, and unfortunately received some judgemental comments from passersby. It's a shame people can't keep their opinions to themselves! Not all dogs in carriers are "handbag dogs."


After the long walk back to the car, we were all pretty hungry! We stopped off at the café near the car park to refuel on burgers; I love that they've painted all the tables in rainbow pastels since our last visit! Sitting down anywhere is always a trial for Archie and Winnie... it's when their reactivity comes to the forefront. They barked a little when some people stopped to talk to us with their dogs (they also had a black and tan daxie called Winnie!) but generally, they were pretty good. It's always a relief when they behave!


When we arrived back at the van, it was still pretty early. I didn't want to sit around at the site all day, so after a rest (and an outfit change for us and the dogs!) we headed off to Chichester. Unfortunately, at this moment it began to pour down with rain. We were already out, so we figured we'd brave it... bad choice! We had to carry the dogs around, Winnie in her carrier and Archie in Will's jacket, as it was suddenly much colder than anticipated. We ended up just paying Chichester a flying visit, and the rain didn't let up at all for the rest of the day. I used the opportunity to take some photos of the dogs in the van!


On Sunday we had a lazy morning at the van, before heading out for lunch at Mad Hatters. It's a little Alice in Wonderland-themed tearoom and gift shop on the Hayling seafront, which has lovely food. I'm super picky, but I thoroughly enjoyed my sandwiches, tea and scones. The tearoom isn't dog friendly, but in good weather you can sit outside with them. This is what we did, and it was fine! Again, the dogs were pretty good until a cocker spaniel arrived... Archie had a good old bark, but it didn't take too long for him to settle again. Personally I think that their reactive behaviour has really improved, and outings like this are a "practise makes perfect" sort of thing. We'll get there!

We had a lovely weekend at the van, and I can't wait to go back very soon. One of the joys of working in a school is the long summer holiday! What are your summer plans?

Chloé, Archie and Winnie

(The dogs are wearing bows and bandanas from Chloé Suzanne Designs, my etsy shop, in this post.)

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Butternut Box Dog Food | Review


Hi friends, 

Today's post is a review of Butternut Box, who very kindly reached out to us and asked if we'd like to trial their food for two weeks. Now, I'm quite fussy with what I feed Archie and Winnie, so of course I went straight to their website to do some research! Here's a snippet of what I found:  


"Your dog's box is specifically tailored to them based on their individual requirements. We take all the hassle away by pre-portioning meals into daily servings - just open, serve and set their tails to "wag". Our nutritional consultation takes into account the age, weight, breed, body condition and activity level of your dog to help us create a truly tailor made meal plan."


Easy peasy! You answer the online questionnaire about your dog's age, weight and activity level etc, and Butternut Box do all the hard work for you. There are a few options when subscribing, depending on whether or not you intend to feed your dog 100% on Butternut food. You can order enough food to make up the entirety of their meals, or just enough to supplement their normal food. Subscriptions are totally flexible, and you can pause, skip or cancel at any time. For most small dogs, £1.14 per day will fill your dog's tummy!

Now, the food itself. Butternut Box offer four "meals"; turkey, lamb, chicken and beef. All of their food is freshly cooked to order using human grade ingredients, and the recipes are grain and meat meal free. This is so important to me when I look for dog food, and I know it's important to many of my readers too. Our food arrived in an insulated box on a Sunday (yes, they deliver on Sundays!) and all the food was still frozen when I picked it up from my parents' house the next day. Each meal was packaged simply and they all stacked nice and flat, which made them so easy to store in my tiny freezer! 


The first week of food was labelled to show me which meal I should give to the dogs on Day 1, 2, 3 etc... it made the transition period so simple and stress free. I haven't included pictures of the food as I'm sure people don't need to see it, but it essentially looks like a slightly blended human roast dinner! It didn't smell horrible like most wet dog foods do, and as I have a weak stomach I really appreciated that. The dogs went crazy for it every single day, even Archie who is normally so fussy. I noticed over the course of the fortnight that Winnie's dry skin issues decreased, her fur definitely appeared shinier, and I'm sure this was due to the high quality and meat content of the food. 

Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with Butternut Box; the food was great, the team was friendly and helpful, and the dogs absolutely loved it. I think it's the perfect alternative for those who are interested in a raw diet, but aren't comfortable with having raw food around... or as a food for those who simply want to feed their dogs the best home-cooked ingredients! The best part? They donate a meal to a homeless dog every time someone new subscribes... I'd wholeheartedly recommend it. 

Thank you for letting us try out your food Butternut Box!

Chloé, Archie and Winnie

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Dog Fest Haul! | 2017


Hi everyone,

We're almost at the weekend, thank goodness! I wasn't going to write this post until next week, but I'm just so excited about my Dog Fest purchases and can't wait any longer to share them with you. There were so many wonderful stands at the show, it was super hard to stick to my budget! I visited old favourites and new discoveries, and there are definitely a few new companies I'll be keeping my eye on.



First up, we have an old favourite! Broughton & Co is just the epitome of luxury, with beautiful handmade collars, leads and accessories. These pieces are made with love and they're made to last! Archie has just outgrown the gorgeous collar he was gifted as a puppy, so I thought it was high time he got a new one. Of course, I couldn't leave Winnie out, and I nabbed one for her too. The best part was that we could have their names engraved there and then! I just adore these collars so much, and I'll be visiting Broughton & Co again this weekend at Paws in the Park... I'm hoping to pick up some love lock name tags!


(I know these photos are a bit rubbish, sorry, they were taken in poor lighting!)

Next Winnie was treated to a few new harnesses: she only has a couple of "every day" ones, and obviously I'm a shopaholic so she needed some more. They're both from Puppia, but I bought them from different stalls on the day. The first, pink design is from Snug as a Pug Ltd, and the blue floral is from Wiff Waff Designs. They're both a step in style (I believe it's design B) and Winnie wears a medium. Dachshunds obviously have a funny shape, and it's hard to find things to fit them... but this is made even worse by Winnie's HUGE breastbone, which adds several inches to her chest. I know these photos make the harnesses look a bit awkward, but they actually fit her perfectly and she can move really freely in them. They don't rub under her armpits like over the head harnesses do, so that's perfect for us.


Treats! We picked up some organic parsnip treats from Huxley Hound, and some venison Benyfit Bites from Benyfit Natural. Both purchases are going down very well with the dogs, and they're a perfect, healthy option for trick training or photo bribery!


Our final purchase is something that we've wanted for so. long... A Pit Pat tracker! They had an incredible show offer on, and I just couldn't pass it up. I'm so glad I finally nabbed one for Archie, as he's such a little whirlwind and it'll be fab to see exactly how much exercise he's getting. I'm also on a journey to get a little fitter myself, and it'll be great to compare his stats with those from my fitbit. We'll be road-testing it properly on Sunday when we go to Paws in the Park, so I'll be sure to write a special post dedicated to Pit Pat after that.



Last but not least, our lovely friend Jaime gifted a beautiful Devil Dood Designs collar to Winnie! It's one of their fab rainbow designs, and it fits Winnie perfectly. We love Emily's shop and have lots of bits and pieces from her, so I'm excited to add this to our collection! The colours really pop against Winnie's black fur, and it'll look gorgeous as we head into summer. Thank you so much Jaime!

So there we have it, our haul! What have you bought your pets lately?

Chloé, Archie and Winnie


Monday, 26 June 2017

Our Day at Dog Fest! | Knebworth House #TeamSouth



Hi everyone,

We had an absolutely fabulous time at Dog Fest on Saturday, and I couldn't wait to share some photos with you! Dog Fest South was held at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire this year, which is just over an hour away from us. I'm a nervous driver but it was super easy to find, and we managed to beat the queues by heading there early! I just wanted to take a minute to say that the event was really well-organised: there was plenty of space, chill out zones, shady spots with water troughs and lots of parking. Last year the venue felt a bit cramped at times, but in the grounds of Knebworth House there was lots of room to wander.

We went to the event with our friends BernieSev and their lovely owners... we couldn't believe how many other dachshunds we saw throughout the day!


Sev's Mum, Jaime, took this fab photo of Sev and Winnie on the signature Guru chair! ^ I didn't get a chance to talk to the Guru team, as their stall was super busy and I was of course juggling both my dogs (who actually behaved really well, despite my last blog post!) We had to snap a few photos of them in the chair though, as it's a staple of every show! Hopefully we'll get a chance to see them again at another event, where we can have a proper chat!


We couldn't resist even the daftest of items; one stall was selling hilarious dog clothing, including shirts, dresses, pyjamas and all sorts! I very nearly bought Archie some froggy pyjamas, but reined myself in at the last minute... I think Archie would disown me forever if I put him in something like that, bless him. Sev was treated to a Hawaiian shirt, which came in very handy at a different stall later on, and Bernie tried on some adorable dungarees.

Testing out the furniture at the Elite Hound stall!

One of my favourite parts about events like this, is that I can discover new brands I haven't previously come across. One such small business is Elite Hound! They were selling beautiful collars, leads and other accessories... and gorgeous greyhound Mick was helping out on the stall too! I really loved the denim collars and leads in particular, they were so timeless. We've followed them on social media, and will definitely keep an eye out for them at future shows!


We were so excited to meet the Benyfit Natural team! I've been wanting to transition the dogs onto raw food for such a long time, but it's a big decision to make. After seeing the food in person and chatting to the lovely girls on the stall, I'm feeling more confident to make the switch. For now, we took some details and picked up some yummy venison bites!

I think Archie stole a few hearts at the stall, and it was so nice to see him getting some cuddles! Everyone fawns all over Winnie, but it's rare that Archie gets much attention. He's such a precious little dog, and so loving, so it made a nice change for him to get some fuss! Thank you Benyfit!


Of course, we had to pop by the PitPat stand and pick up our first activity tracker! I've wanted one of these for Archie for so long, so I took the opportunity to grab one at the show. The boys all posed on the #PitPatPetaway deckchairs (I love the photo I took of Sev and Bernie!) and Winnie got lots of cuddles too. I've set up Archie's PitPat today and I'm loving it so far; it monitors their activity, and you're given a daily exercise goal for them to hit. It'll be so fun to compare Archie's stats with those from my fitbit! I'm sure we'll write a blog post on it soon. 


We've been following Huxley's IVDD story on Facebook and Instagram, so we stopped by the Huxley Hound stall to say hello and pick up some treats! The HH team are so lovely and friendly, and their products are top notch. The dogs love the dried organic treats, and this time they kindly gave us some of the parsnip variety to try. We were so happy to hear that Huxley is doing well and resting up, I hope he's back to his usual self very soon!


Of course, we also had to swing by and see our friends at Broughton and Co. I treated both dogs to a new collar, as there was a special show offer that I just couldn't resist! The best part was that they had their engraving machine at the stand; you could purchase a collar or other accessory, have it engraved, and collect it later on! I had Winnie and Archie's names engraved onto their collars, and they look gorgeous. I absolutely love everything that B & Co sells, and I'll be heading back to their stall at Paws in the Park this weekend. 

Thank you to Sarah from Twilight Bark UK for the photo!

There was so much going on at Dog Fest this year: water diving, hay bale racing, agility, a fun dog show, the big dog walk and all sorts! Of course, there was also the main stage where Supervet Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick did a talk, and there was live music most of the day also. If I were by myself I think I'd have taken part in a few activities, but for me the highlight of Dog Fest was getting to hang out with some of my blogging/twitter friends! 

As I said, I attended the event with my friends Jaime and Shannen, but we also got to catch up with Silly Tilly Poodle, Adventures of Doodles, The Cotswold Collies, Fraggle and her Mum (who very kindly gave me their free ticket!) and the lovely Sarah from Twilight Bark UK. Sarah actually took the fab photo above, of all six of our dogs! It was SO nice to meet everyone and their dogs "in the flesh", we saw so many insta/twitter famous pooches too! Our next post will be all about the goodies we bought at the event, can't wait to share them with you!

Did you go to Dog Fest? Let us know in the comments!

Chloé, Archie and Winnie