Pet products for summer from Amazon

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As the weather heats up, you’ll want to provide the best environment for your pets, keeping them cool, and providing lots of shade and fresh water. It got so hot here in the UK recently that I asked our dog walker not to walk Lupo if the pavements felt too hot. That’s the first time in 5 years I’ve had to have that conversation!

I’m a big fan of Amazon for all sorts of items, but did you know they have a great category for pets? I’ve picked out my favourite products to keep your dog sun safe, hydrated and still looking cool. See what you think.

Sun Safe

These items are so handy and essential if you have a dog with a pink nose for example. I think Lupo would prefer the wipes as the spray would scare him, but you’ve got three options depending on your dog’s personality.

I just love the dog sunglasses and they are crying out to be Instagrammed! I can see him now, hanging his head out of the window, tongue dangling, goggles on…

Petkin SPF15 Sunscreen Wipes, Currently priced at £4.10

Petkin SPF15 Sunscreen Spray, Currently priced at £5.49
Petkin SPF15 Sunscreen Stick, Currently priced at £4.02
Namsan Dog UV Protection Sunglasses, Currently priced at £9.50

Looking Cool

it may be hot but that’s no reason your dog can’t look cool. Bandanas are a great way to add a bit of colour to your dog’s collar and look especially cute on puppies. Lupo has a red one with white stars which I love.

How about this lovely Liberty print collar? Liberty print makes anything look ten times better in my opinion.

Toggles Nauti-But-Nice Puppy and Dog Bandana, Currently priced at £6.99
Lovemydog Amberley Liberty Print Dog Collar, Currently priced at £39

Hydrated

I was once sent one of these but it had used filters which were dirty, so I never got the chance to see it in action. Lupo prefers to drink out of our daughters paddling pool when it’s hot so something like this would hopefully tempt him away.

PetSafe Drinkwell Original Pet Fountain, Currently priced at £28.94

Pet Diner Pet Water Bar, Currently priced at £20.89
PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain, Currently priced at £59.99

 


Ruth Langsford’s advice is ‘Spot On’ to keep pets happy and healthy

Ruth Langsford, instinct PR, Frontline spot on, Lorna Jane Newman, www.lornajanenewman.com

This Morning presenter and proud owner of rescue dog Maggie, Ruth Langsford, has teamed up with FRONTLINE® Spot On, the UK’s No.1 flea and tick protection*, to help the nation’s pets stay happy and healthy this summer. While higher temperatures bring smiles to many people’s faces they can make life difficult for our furry friends, so Ruth and FRONTLINE® Spot On vet Simone Pomerantz have created a series of helpful videos with hints and tips such as: · Give pets a once over after walks looking for thorns or grass seeds, as well as nasty parasites like ticks, which can transmit Lyme Disease to both humans and dogs -don’t miss out on those hard to reach areas like in between the toes! · Remember to exercise your dog at the coolest point of the day, to ensure they don’t overheat. Before 9am or after 7pm is best, which may mean some early mornings! · Invest in a water bottle specifically designed for dogs that can be easily carried on walks, so your dog doesn’t become dehydrated · And finally…help protect all cats and dogs in your home against fleas and ticks by treating monthly, throughout the year, with FRONTLINE® Spot On– prevention’s better than cure!

And it’s not only your pet which needs care and attention – keeping your house clean and clear of flea infestations, which can take three months or more to overcome, is possible by following the suggestions Ruth and Simone share below: · Treat all cats and dogs in your household with FRONTLINE® Spot On monthly all year round for continuous flea and tick protection · Regular vacuuming, particularly in dark places, will help to reduce the number of flea eggs, larvae and pupae in your home – don’t forget under rugs and behind cushions as well in between floorboards! Remember that pets pick up fleas from contaminated environments– not from each other · Always wash pet’s bedding above 60°C every couple of weeks to get rid of any parasites who may have made a home there · Use an environmental spray that contains an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR), to kill eggs and larvae – it’s worth remembering there are no products that will kill the pupae stage. Remember to use it everywhere your pet goes – not just throughout the house, but in your car for example · Make sure you allow your pets to roam freely around your house once they’ve been treated with FRONTLINE® Spot On – this ensures that, if newly hatched fleas jump on, they will be killed. Your pet is now acting as a walking flea killing machine!

Ruth Langsford said: “Maggie is a huge part of our family and, like all pet owners out there, her welfare is a real priority. And of course, keeping homes clean, and in particular preventing flea infestations, is something all pet owners will welcome advice on. By following these simple tips, and remembering to keep pets protected against fleas and ticks with monthly FRONTLINE® Spot On applications, owners can look forward to enjoying the good times with their furry friends this summer’.

Ruth Langsford, instinct PR, Frontline spot on, Lorna Jane Newman, www.lornajanenewman.com

To watch the series of Ruth’s videos, visit: Website: uk.frontline.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/FrontlineSpotOn Twitter: @FrontlineSpotOn

Top TV Dads of Dogs

It’s easy to name famous human and canine partnerships from movies. One of my favourite films growing up was K-9, which sees James Belushi playing a cop who owned a faithful Alsatian Police dog named Jerry-Lee. If you haven’t seen it, it’s perfect Sunday afternoon viewing. I’ve just made myself feel REALLY old by Googling what year it came out (1989), gah! But what about those partnerships on the small screen? Dogs often play important roles in some of our favourite TV shows as crime busters, co-presenters and members of soap opera families. But it’s their relationship with their owners that really tugs at our heart strings, as well as offering that observational humour that sees us saying, ‘my dog does that!’ In celebration of Father’s Day on the 21st June, I’ve put together a list of five of my favourite TV Dads. But the twist is that some may not have children at all, but they are all admirable and devoted fathers to their faithful hounds. From the computer generated to the real life duo’s, there will be at least one in this list that you know and love too. First up, he’s a cross-dressing, loud mouth Scouser, with a soft spot for animals of any kind. The loveable Paul O’Grady presents his chat show with his terrier Olga right beside him. He’s even named his TV production company after her. O’Grady is known for owning a menagerie of animals but when poor Olga was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, he didn’t hesitate in forking out thousands of pounds for her chemotherapy. She’s now fighting fit and back to work and it’s wonderful to see the two of them together. Paul O’Grady is a great role model for pet owners, as he truly worships his baby Olga. paul_o_grady_2008_10_01 Zoinks! I would never have paired a Great Dane with a hippy, but do you know what? Scooby Doo just wouldn’t be Scooby Doo without Shaggy. This crime busting duo may spend more time being afraid of their own shadow, but they are two peas in a pod. Goofy, a little bit dim, but hugely loveable, their relationship is one we’d all love to have with our pooches. Plus there must be some strength in those skinny arms to lift a Great Dane, so don’t underestimate Shaggy. You’d want him on your side in a fight with a ghost! scooby shaggy Travelling across the pond to another nation of animal lovers, I’ve chosen Fraiser and his Jack Russell, Eddie. Despite Fraiser naming his dog Eddie Spaghetti “Because he has worms”, there is no denying the love there was between the two. The story off screen is just as poignant. In 1994, Kelsey Grammer won an Emmy for best actor in a comedy. In his acceptance speech, he acknowledged the canine character of Eddie’s contribution to the show when he held up the statue and claimed: “Most importantly, Moose, this is for you.” The dog’s ability to stare at Fraiser for extended periods became a running joke on set and made brilliant comedy TV. In this case, humour is the way to the heart. pa-3781197 I love this picture. Irish wolfhounds are such beasts. Gentle giants but still beast looking! I think the Eastenders casting department got this spot on when they introduced loveable rough Keith and Ghengis. Unemployed and a benefit cheat he may have been, but that dog stuck to his side and his armchair no matter what. When Keith leaves the square, guess who is right beside him? Wellard gets all the Eastenders limelight, but Ghengis and Keith are the dog and Dad stars, in my eyes. I hope they live happily ever after in the Cotswolds! tumblr_lqowt3oCto1qe7yg8o1_500 Last but by no means least, it’s my favourite dad from Family Guy. Peter and his 8 year old Labrador Brian have quite a unique relationship (in that it’s completely ridiculous and that’s what makes it entertaining!) Peter picked Brian up as a stray (major Dad dog points right there) Peter is Brian’s best friend, despite Brian’s vastly superior intelligence. More often than not, Brian has had to explain Peter’s inability to do various things, such as haggling over prices. But if you support your dog with his cocaine habits, alcoholism and smugness at his superior intelligence, you’re the best dog dad there is. brian_and_peter_by_oscartomas-d4ia7sj   This post is an entry into the Currys TV Dads competition. Thanks for reading!

Bupo

Our daughter is two years old now. Two years since Lupo was no longer our baby. Two years of slower walks for little legs. And two years adapting to the whole family calling you Bupo, a name given by the baby who can’t pronounce L’s yet. We couldn’t help it, it just stuck.

I couldn’t wait for her to learn to say Lupo’s name, but that crucial L just did not come. As with a lot of things with kids, change can happen over night. One day recently she just said, clear as day, “Lupo!” and so the stage in our lives with a baby and a Dobermann came to an end. Replaced quickly with a toddler and the increased noise levels that come with that.

A typical scene in our kitchen

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She will now repeat, sometimes embarrassing, phrases relating to the dog.

“Lupo get inside!”

“Naughty Lupo!”

“Off Lupo”

“Shushhh Lupo!”

There is a constant commentary about what Lupo is up to or what he is in the way of. Licking, scratching, sleeping or if he’s just “being funny”. The latter is reserved for when he is rolling about on the rug.

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I’ve noticed now she is a proper little person, Lupo greets her when we come home with just as much enthusiasm as he does for me. She’ll go rushing to the baby gate that’s holding him in and I’ll hear him let out his unique whine/high-pitched noises to welcome us, with a toy in his mouth as a gift.

His favourite part of living with a toddler? Hands down it’s got to be the chasing games. Whether it’s racing from one end of the living room to another, or a game of tag, Lupo is really gentle and has learnt (through a few commands from me to help) on where to draw the line and where not to poke his long nose too hard.

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I don’t want to paint Dobermanns as the perfect family dog. Mine certainly isn’t as biddable as a Golden Retriever. As let’s be honest, they are huge, they are excitable, their guarding nature means they bark very loudly and all that isn’t the best recipe for harmonious family life. But what family is harmonious all the time anyway? Why not have a dog that you love, just because? Lupo is our perfect family dog as he is just that, our family dog.  We’ve learnt his limits and taught our daughter to respect him. There are times he just doesn’t want to be leaned on by an overly affectionate toddler, and that’s ok.

But there are all those other times. The times when he’ll lie still, humouring the pretend nurse who’s lovingly covering him in blankets. I hope Bupo sticks around a little longer.

How To Pet Proof Your Garden

You have your home, complete with a garden. So you’re thinking of getting a pet. That’s great! However, with the new addition to your family, there are extra things to consider when designing your garden. Follow this guide to make sure your garden is pet proof.

View from the lodge

Choose Your Fence Wisely
It is important to choose the right fence for your garden if you have pets. Make sure the fence if high enough so your pet can’t jump over it, and check the perimeter to make sure there are no holes your pet can escape through. It is particularly important to find the right fence if you have a cat, as they have the ability to climb and like to explore, which can be dangerous if you live near a busy road. Fencing to consider includes inward-curling, semi-flexible fencing that cats don’t like to jump onto, or fencing with inward facing overhang that prevents cats from climbing over the top.

Avoid Toxic Plants
Having a scenic garden is great, but be careful to make sure you don’t unwittingly poison your pets with the plants you pick. Some pets will have a nibble on plants when bored, so having plants which are toxic to them could be disastrous. Take a look at this list to make sure your garden is poison free.

Use Pet-Friendly Slug Protection
Another way pets can accidentally be poisoned is through the use of slug pellets to keep plants safe. The pellets used to poison slugs can be eaten by a curious pet with disastrous consequences. So make sure to instead use pet-friendly slug pellets, or home-made beer traps.

Keep Gates Secure
It is important to keep the gates to your garden secure so a pet doesn’t escape. A great way to do this is to install self-closing mechanisms on the gates, such as a gate spring, so they aren’t accidently left open. Otherwise, you could install locks on the gates so they can’t be opened by family members. If you have gardeners or builders working for you, make sure they are aware you have a pet, so they don’t accidently let the pet escape!

Check For Exposed Wires
Check the perimeter of your house of make sure that there aren’t any exposed wires that your pets can chew. Electrical wires can be dangerous if chewed, so make sure you block access to them if there are any visible.

Close Off The Pool
If you have a pool, make sure there is a fence surrounding it and the gate is locked when not in use. Dogs in particular love to swim, but pets can and have drowned in pools, so it is important to make sure they can’t do it unsupervised.

Protect The Furniture
Garden furniture can be viewed by pets as something to chew or scratch. So make sure to keep them safe. Keep items such as hoses or outdoor furniture cushions out of pets way when not in use, and for larger furniture it could be a good idea to invest in an animal deterrent spray, or create your own with vinegar and water.

Roaming Rover: AIRLINE POLICIES FOR FLYING ABROAD WITH DOGS

A survey has found that one in four dog and cat owners (26%) in Europe will base their holiday locations on whether it allows them to bring their pets. With many holidaymakers looking to take their pet abroad this summer, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has created a comprehensive guide highlighting the different rules and regulations across major airlines for travelling with ‘man’s best friend’. The research can be found in the Know Before You Go section of the APH website at www.aph.com/travellingwithpets.

The research compares the different dog breeds accepted on flights, the cost of flying abroad with a dog as well as the pet weight and crate stipulations across 20 major airlines including Air Canada, Alitalia, Japan Airlines and Singapore Airlines.

Not all dog breeds are allowed to fly in a commercial aircraft, with six of the 20 airlines researched, including Air France, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific, prohibiting flying with snub-nosed dogs (such as Pugs and Bulldogs) onboard any passenger flight. However, customers travelling with Qantas Group are allowed to take snub-nosed dogs on flights which are less than five hours long. Furthermore, Aer Lingus, Delta Air Lines and Lufthansa all state that dogs listed on the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (such as the Pit Bull Terrier) will not be accepted on any flight. Whereas, Iberia, allows the transportation of dangerous dogs on any commercial flight as long as the dog is muzzled for the duration of the flight.

The cost of transporting animals was also found to differ greatly between airlines with costs dependent on the crate size and final destination of the customer. For example, passengers flying with their pet with British Airways will be charged £89 for checking their pet into the hold compartment. However some airlines were found to charge a higher fee for transporting animals, with Swiss Air charging £272 per animal, each way.

Swiss Air passengers should also be aware that if a pet is refused entry to Switzerland, the owner has 10 working days to return the animal to the country of origin otherwise it risks being put down. On the other hand, out of the 20 airlines researched only Virgin Atlantic offers a dedicated Flying Paws Scheme where passengers can collect Flying Club Miles on behalf of their dog.

Boredom busting ideas for dogs

adult dobermannThere’s no escaping today’s long working hours and this can mean long stretches of the day, where you dog will be on his own. For the sake of his sanity and your furniture! Check out these great boredom-busting tips:

  1. Daily walks- do not underestimate the power of a good walk, this helps burn off any excess energy and will keep him motivated and stimulated. If your dog has a good routine, he will learn to relax at the times your not home and save his energy for walks.
  • Aim for at least two a day, if you have a park nearby try and take them a couple of times a week.
  • If you cant manage walks, do you have an roomy enclosed garden with a shelter you can leave your dog out to play during the day
  • The main thing is try and get your dog into as best routine as possible, if you can only manage one walk make sure it’s the same time everyday
  1. Treat balls/puzzle feeders- put some of your dogs daily dry food ration into a treat ball or puzzle feeder. These are great stimulation and encourage your dog to move, helping use up any spare energy
  1. Teething toys- dog love to chew when they are bored, to save your treasured possessions being chewed up, get a teething toy or a bone that your dog can gnaw on.
  1. Squeaky toys- most people hate them, but if you dog doesn’t rip them into sheds a few squeaky toys can offer hours of amusement. They love the squeaky noise and you can always remove them when you get home so you don’t have to hear the squeaking
  1. Other stimulation- some dogs get bored when its quiet, and they enjoy the stimulation provided from the hustle and bustle when you are at home
  • Do you have a radio that you can leave on
  • Is there a big window/porch they can sit and look as people go by – as long as they don’t bark and annoy the neighbours
  • Is there a secure area of garden your dog has access to- or if you have a warm kennel/shed with food/water could you leave him out. PLEASE BE AWARE- do not leave your dog out if there is a risk your dog could injure himself or others. Also take note of  the high incidence of dog theft – please be careful!
  1. Puppy pads- you wouldn’t be made to hold it in for 9 hours, so don’t expect your dog to!!! They may smell but they can be tidied away once you get home. Some dogs may be going where you don’t realise or some are so well behaved that you may find their destructive behaviour is down to them being frustrated about holding it in- think abut how you feel when your desperate. At the very least you may come home to an accident or worse you could cause your dog permanent damage.

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