DIY: Cheap Doggy Wax Cloths In 5 Easy Steps

As Anuko transitions onto a BARF diet, I find myself using clingfilm almost every day (plastic wrap to my american users). Clingfilm is great for the most part, excluding the fact it’s not exactly environmentally friendly nor cheap in the long run. It is also completely transparent, which isn’t such a problem for the majority of people. But being a relatively new veggie, it’s especially nauseating opening my fridge to thawing tripe, turkey necks and goodness-knows what else.

Introducing eco-friendly reusable wax cloths! A very easy D.I.Y that costs much less in the long run than clingfilm. A project for your kitchen in general, not just for your pooches food 🐶

What you’ll need:

  • Eco-friendly soy flakes*
  • Cloth of your choice*
  • Your dogs bowl
  • Cloth cutting scissors
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • An oven tray

*A fat quarter of cloth, which cost me £3 in a pretty paw pattern, was enough for me to make 3 decent sized cloth sheets and 2 large bowl covers. Soy wax flakes are cheap depending on how much you buy; I bought 1kg for £7 on e-Bay. A little goes a long way with these flakes, so unless you’re planning to make lots of wax cloths, you won’t need more than 250g for this project.

Step 1

Place your dogs bowl onto your cloth sheet. Using your pencil, sketch around the bowl.

Remove the bowl and then using your ruler, draw lines a few centimetres around the circle you’ve made.


How many centimetres away from the circle will be how much bigger than the bowl you wish the cloth to be. These lines will be where you cut the cloth and you’ll be left with a large square. You can trim the corners off of the square to make the cloth more rounded if you wish.

Step 2

Place your cloth onto a clean oven tray. I use this particular tray for DIY so I don’t need to protect it, but if you don’t have a spare one, protect the tray with kitchen foil before placing your cloth on top.

You’ll then want to start sprinkling your wax flakes on top of the cloth.

A little goes a very long way with these flakes. You don’t need to completely cover the top of the cloth; a small handful will do per large bit. If you use too much, the melted wax will be left on the tray once you take the cloth away. If you fear you’ve used too little, no worries – whilst it’s in the oven you can check to see how they’re melting, and if there isn’t enough to saturate the cloth, you can add a little bit more.

Step 3

Preheat your oven to 180oC then put your wax-covered cloth sheets in to melt for 5 minutes.

You’ll know when they’re ready, as all of the wax flakes will have melted. You don’t need to do this for both sides as the melted wax will completely saturate the cloth all the way through.

Step 4

Carefully remove your wax sheets, as they’ll be hot, and leave them to dry. Ensure to take care of dripping as you don’t want to ruin any carpeting!

I personally leave them to hang outside on my washing line, a process only that only takes a few minutes, but I leave them out there for 20 minutes to ensure the wax is fully hardened.

Step 5

Get covering! The warmth of your hands as you wrap produce and food will gently melt the wax enough for it to hold into place. You can also use thread or elastic bands if you want to ensure everything is properly secure.

I love DIY, pretty things and my dog, so these were great fun to make. You can even colour or pattern co-ordinate: doggy stuff in paw print cloth, meat in red cloth, fruit and vegetables in blue cloth! The ideas are endless. Have fun and be sure to send me your finished projects, I’d love to see them!

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General care

  • Your wax cloths will be sensitive to heat so should be kept away from fire and your cooker when it is turned on. If you live in warm countries or you’re having a particularly hot summer, you should keep your cloths in your fridge. Putting them in a freezer is fine too.
  • They will last you many uses, but when you feel the wax has come off too much, there’s no need to buy new cloths: simply start these steps again covering your same cloth with more wax flakes.
  • You can fold these into a tub for storage, or you can use an empty kitchen roll and roll the cloths up, securing into place with an elastic band/thread.

Grooming | Mikki Pet Review

Brush time. Whether you find it therapeutic or not, it needs to be done; especially if you have double coated dogs. Now that Anuko is an adult and his coat is fully matured, I had to sit down and devise a routine that’ll keep me itch free when it comes to blowing season. There’s only so much hair in my coffee I can take.

A part of this plan included the obvious: brushes. Which style, which brand, which size: so many questions and a lot of conflicting opinions online. I wanted tools that were stylish yet didn’t compromise quality, that were lightweight for prolonged use and affordable. Quite a list, right? Thankfully Mikki Pet did much of my work for me and sent me 5 of their best selling brush tools to try out.

A little about Mikki

Whilst searching for grooming equipment, Mikki was a name that popped up repetitively. Mikki Pet is a company who are most reknown for their professional grooming products but have since gone on to develop other items necessary in the day to day life of pets. They’ve been making their award winning grooming tools since 1984 and are loved by groomers and pet owners alike.

The Mikki Pet grooming range alone is enormous, offering a tool for just about every coat type there is out there. The selection I was sent was created in mind for Anukos thick, plush double coat.

Before:

The 3 tools that immediately caught my eye were the Anti-tangle rake, the Undercoat take and the Moult master. In that order I tackled one half of Anukos body, giving each tool 5 minutes to get as much hair out of his coat as possible.

The results speaks for itself. The Moult Master, despite being the 3rd brush to try on the same side, destroyed the other 2 in terms of how much fur was taken out in the time period given. Given this circumstance you may be inclined to reach straight for the Moult Master and be done with it, however I found great benefit in the routine and order I went through when grooming Anuko.

The first brush to be used was the anti-tangle brush. This brush has long metal teeth which dig deep into thick fur, whilst dently tugging away any knots and tangles. Whilst it didn’t get a great deal of fur out, all of the fur that was excavated were knots that would’ve otherwise been painfully ripped out had I gone straight to either of the other two brushes. Plush and woolly coats especially would benefit greatly from this brush passing through the fur at the beginning of any grooming sessions.

The second brush, undercoat rake, is shorter in width with thicker teeth that have plastic coating at the bottom, giving a dagger-like effect. Double coated dog owners everywhere know that our dogs don’t tend to go poof evenly all over their bodies, and instead develop clumps that stick out from their fur. This brush is amazing at removing those clumps because of the shape of the teeth, especially on the hind legs where fur gets thick and unruly. Since these clumps are not tangles, the anti-tangle rake passes through them. The Moult Master worked a little at removing them, but clumps imbedded Into the undercoat could not be reached. For clumps that were especially deep I’d angle the brush and gently tug the clump out with the end teeth.

The Moult Master polished off the job by removing all of the fur the other two brushes did not get. The teeth are short and close together, and do not cut live hair, instead removing the dead hair beneath. Out of all of the brushes it was the most time effective one at hair removal, and left the beautiful wind strokes through Anukos fur that I love. In total it took me about 20 minutes on each side, and 5 minutes on all other areas of his body such as his tail and legs.

After:

Aside from the performance of the brushes themselves, they’re a pleasure to work with. Being lightweight means they’re not taxing on my arms when in use and I can perform a whole groom without needing a break. The handles have red rubber strips running down them alongside the plastic, which provide a comfortable grip. Another great feature is that some brushes provide a grey flexible area between the handle and brush which gives to some bending. On my right hand I currently have a cyst on my wrist which limits its movement and it was pain free the entire time, so I feel these brushes would be ideal for arthritis hands and wrists.

I was in love with the results. Other grooming sessions with other products did not result in the natural wind strokes in Anukos fur that I favour, and instead left his fur soft but fuzzy all over. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just isn’t my preference.

Did they all work?

The Massage Slicker brush admittedly didn’t do much for grooming Anukos fur. After a good few strokes it picked up perhaps a couple of strands. However I feel that isn’t the main purpose of the brush; it is instead to stimulate blood flow and improve the growth and condition of the fur in one loving massage brush. For this reason I feel it would be an epic brush for bath time and I will try that out when Anuko is next smelling a little stinky. I will keep you updated on how that goes.

The last brush technically isn’t a grooming brush but is still one of the best tools in grooming I’ve used, and that’s the Pet Magnet Tool. Fur clings onto my carpeted house, so when I groom Anuko my floors look like there’s been a snow storm in my living room! I’ve been using the Dyson pet Vacuum cleaner for a while now however with how much hair Anuko produces, I usually need to empty it in the middle of cleaning up after a grooming session. No more!

With one effortless sweep all of the hair is picked up and bundled. It takes me perhaps a few seconds to scrape up all of the fur clinging to my carpet, bin the bundle and vacuum the remaining few hairs left behind. It can also be used on clothes which saves a fortune in sticky rollers.

Final opinions…

As I go on my journey to creating Anukos personal bullet-proof grooming session, Mikki Pets will be a name I know will end up in my final routine. At such an affordable price whilst delivering a professional performance, I can see why they have won so many awards. And what do I do with all of the hair I end up with, you ask…

Faith In Nature | SFV + CF dog shampoo 

Finding products that cater to our dogs skin is very important to maintaining their overall health (find out why here). Let’s face it: from paddling in mud and dirty ponds, to encountering skunks and peeing on themselves, dogs can get pretty stinky. Whilst healthy dogs will always have some odour to them, excessive smelliness can get pretty rancid and that’s when dog hygiene products become useful. Here is the start of my series exploring various brands and products available across all budget spectrums, discovering their effectiveness and value for money.

I actually stumbled across Faith In Natures pet care range whilst restocking my own hair care products from them. If I had a tail it would’ve surely started wagging then! Faith In Nature is a favourite brand in my own skin care routine. They are a cruelty free and vegan company who use natural ingredients, and I knew I wouldn’t use a brand on my dogs skin if I wouldn’t use on my own so reached out to them and was fortunate to receive all of their dog shampoos to try! 🐶

Who are Faith In Nature and what does their company stand for?

Faith In Nature (FIN) are a multi-award winning British company who have been making and selling nature-based hygiene and cleaning products since the 1970s. They source their ingredients locally and ethically whenever possible, and take pride in being a “green” company, having ingredients that are well-researched and safe for use. Their packaging is gorgeous, brandishing plants and flowers on every bottle, not to mention that the bottles themselves are made from Bioplastic and recycled plastic. A quote from their website:

In business, we believe in making decisions that put our people and our environment first. That means manufacturing locally, treating people as we’d want to be treated, and being as green as we can in everything we do.

Faith In Nature Pet Care Range

Faith In Nature “Faithful Friend” pet shampoos are catered specifically to dogs skin and all have natural ingredients with a built-in conditioner effect for a shiny coat. Their range has 4 different shampoos designed for specific needs. They are…

Faithful Friend – “Happy Dog” Chamomile. A very pleasant and gentle smell, this shampoo is good for dogs who need a little wake up in regards to their odour and their fur shininess.

Faithful Friend –  “Calm Dog” Lavender. This shampoo offers a slightly stronger smell of lavender, which is a natural fragrance that helps to not only calm nervous dogs who hate baths but also to combat the majority of unpleasant odours.

Faithful Friend – “Dirty Dog” Teatree. This shampoo is most likely my favourite and absolutely ideal for Anuko when he needs an emergency odour extinguisher bath! I’ve yet to find an odour this shampoo does not defeat. We do not come into contact with skunks in the UK, but this shampoo worked well to rid the scent of fox faeces from Anukos coat. I’d be interested to hear how this shampoo works on skunk spray.

Faithful Friend – “Fresh Dog” Coconut. A close second favourite and one I’ll routinely use on Anuko every few months to keep his odour neutral rather than as a one off emergency necessity, which I’ll then use Dirty Dog. This shampoo spruces up his fur, leaving it shiny with a pleasant but not overpowering fragrance. The scent for me definitely trumps all of the others as I love the smell of coconuts.

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How do they perform?

Now I don’t know about you guys, but Anuko loves water and is an absolute water baby. If he sees a puddle he will go and lay in it so usually after walks he has particularly muddy legs and paws whilst his body remains relatively dirt-free. Often high speed water just doesn’t cut through the mud and dirt which means a teeny bit of shampoo is required. I was wary about what the impact of regular usage on Anukos leg skin and fur would be, so I have been using the Happy Dog shampoo for these specific incidents. I’m happy with how it’s been performing as it’s a gentle enough formula and fragrance to cut through the grime regularly without drying out his fur or skin.

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All of the Faith In Nature shampoos lather rather well. About 2 x 50 pence sized dollops cover Anukos entire body, and he has very thick plush fur. If when using these shampoos you find that they do not lather quickly, don’t panic – they’re meant to be that way! Brands that use ALS as apposed to SLS products won’t lather like other, cheaper shampoos. You will still get a very clean body with a little massaging, just whilst using harsher chemicals. You can massage with your fingers or you can use an Oster bathing brush or a Zoom Groom, which is a little more ideal for Anuko to get underneath his long top coat. I’ve yet to do a review of the Oster brush, so if you want to hear about it let me know in the comments below! To find out more about SLS and ALS, read my article here.

Overall Results

Once Anuko had fully dried, the fragrances were subtle enough to smell good but where not unnaturally overpowering. I had noticed whilst he was playing in the garden in the sun that his fur was unusually shinier than normal, which looks so healthy on black fur. This summer called for Anukos routine blowing-out his fur season, and this year he’s been spitting out more fluff than ever so his skin is doing great too. I really am very happy with these shampoos, so much so that I have given a spare one to a good friend for his huskies to try. Faith In Nature does wonders for my own hair and now they do wonders for my dogs!

One important thing to remember is that dogs are not odourless beings just like we aren’t. Many people go above and beyond trying to diminish every trace of odour from their dogs when the actual fact is that ALL dogs will have some smell to them, and the only way to rid of it entirely would be to cause damage to your dogs skin in the process. Love your dog for who he is – Dorito feet and all. Who knows, maybe we smell bad to our dogs too but they put up with it anyway as they love us so dearly? 😘

Woofs & licks!

Anuko | Emergency vets?

For the first time in almost four years of having Anuko, he had to receive veterinary treatment this week that wasn’t his usual vaccinations or yearly check up. The poor little sod had been having sickness and diarrhoea for the last couple of days, and I woke up on Wednesday morning to blood in his stool. He was also not eating much and drinking little too. So I rang the vet and had an appointment booked an hour later.


In the waiting room Anuko perked up a little bit when he saw other dogs and was vocally expressing how disappointed he was that he wasn’t allowed to play with them.  I was being careful with him as I had my ideas; Anuko had stuffed hooves the day before it all started and I was petrified that he was experiencing some kind of perforated or blocked stomach. Annoyingly enough, the same day he had the stuffed hooves, we also ventured out into an area of Telford we hadn’t explored yet. He got himself into a very stagnant pond that reeked to high heaven and was crawling with baby frogs. I had no idea if he had picked up any Giardia or Coccidia parasites in our woodland walk, bacteria from the pond, damage from the hooves or what.


Upon seeing our vet Duncan, Anuko got a quick abdominal exam and displayed tenderness and pain in his lower GI tract. He said he couldn’t feel anything in his upper GI tract which indicated that blockages there were unlikely. A thermometer up his rectum told us he was running a temperature and these alongside bloodied stools and vomiting indicated he was suffering from a form of acute colitis.


There was still a possibility of blockages, so Anuko was given an anti-vomiting injection. To say he screamed the practice down is an understatement! Even his microchipping when he was a puppy didn’t cause such a vocal commotion as that little injection did. I was told to keep an eye on his vomiting, and once the injection would start to work, if any vomiting persisted then it would be a sign of something a lot more serious and he’d need to be brought back in for X-rays and further testing.


He was weighed (21.6kg), Synulux antibiotics were prescribed as well as some probiotic paste and we were good to go. I also picked up some Panacur on our way home just in case his conditions worsened and Giardiosis were more likely to be the culprit.


It’s been quite quiet since. He slept for the rest of the day, his injections must have knocked him right out. The good news however is that no more vomiting has continued and we can all breathe a sigh of relief. He is currently on rice and cooked chicken whilst his body mends itself, but his appetite has also picked back up and he’s starting to drink more too. He is still sleeping mostly but I’m already noticing slight perks in his energy as it’s slowly coming back.


I’m still not entirely sure what caused this. I was almost adement it was the pond that carried and passed on something, but I’ve been told frogs do not breed or live in dirty water. Perhaps his wet fur picked up something on the way home? I did bathe him and put diatomaceous earth in his water when he came back that afternoon. He is also up to date with his vaccinations so I guess we will never know 🤷🏻‍♀️


Alabama Rot is making itself known in the UK, and Giardiasis/coccidiasis can get pretty nasty especially if dogs become dehydrated. My vet recommended I buy an extra syringe of probiotic paste to keep in my cupboard, so I bought some from Pets At Home Here. He suggested whenever any diarrhoea in the future from muddy walks or dirty puddles pops up, to squirt 5ml of the probiotic into his mouth just to help repopulate the good bacteria within the gut. This is good advice for my followers, too. 

Keep your doggies safe during walks, especially coming back from particularly muddy walks from wet or wooded areas. Hose down all the dirt from the fur, face and paws immediately. Cleansing and sterilising shampoo can also be used but aim to use sparingly. Diatomaceous Earth, which can be purchased here, can be rubbed into the dry coat to help combat fleas and also put into food to combat intestinal worms (ensure it is food grade DE). DE is essentially powdered fossils, which act like tiny shards of glass to puncture invading parasites and their eggs to dry them out and kill them. It’s completely harmless to our and canine skin.
Some symptoms of Giardiasis to look out for include lethargy, vomiting, poor appetite, flatulence, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. This parasite particularly likes wet areas and can be passed from animal to human, too. If you suspect your dog may be suffering from Giardiasis, Panacur (which can be purchased here) will help to rid of any invading parasites. Please check with your vet first and foremost. Dehydration an occur in parasitic infestation and can be potentially life threatening.

Woofs & Licks!

DogFest 2017 | Haul

I rarely indulge when it comes to treats for Anuko so when I’m given an opportunity to do so, I usually go all out. The week that he first ever went viral in June 2015 I went to my local pet shop Unique Pets and bought £50 worth of treats and toys (pictured below) and those lasted him a very long time. Recently his treat box has been relatively empty, so I left DogFest with a lighter purse than when I went in!

Luckily most DogFest food related stalls had a try before you buy option which was great for us since Anuko is fussy when it comes to treats. Generally the smellier they are the more he’ll like them, so the more natural dehydrated animal products are a winner compared to baked dog biscuits.

I didn’t just get the conventional treats and also got a couple of accessories and health necessities for Anuko. As he tries the products I’ll come back to this blog post and score them /5 paws up 🐶 depending on how much he enjoyed them. @


ProPen Plaque Off powder 60g & Dental bites 60g.
Website price:
Plaque Off 40g: €19.90
Dental Bites 60g: €9.90
Show price: £10 + free bag of Dental Bites
Anuko rates: N/A. I have been using this powder to get rid of his tooth plaque for 4 days now and will be doing a full review of it in a few weeks time so watch this space!

Benyfit Natural 125g Venison bites
Website price:
Benyfit Natural bites 125g: £3
Show price: 2 bite tubs for £5
Anuko rates: 5/5. The exact type of treat he loves best!


Naturo Liver Brownies 150g & Chicken, lamb & rice w/ vegetables wet food
Website price:
Liver brownies 150g: £3
Chicken, lamb, rice & vegetable wet food: £0.75
Show price: Liver brownies £2 + free packet of wet food
Anuko rates: 5/5 for both. He especially loved the liver brownies.


Huxley Hound Organic Carrot treats (Vegetarian society approved brand)
Website price: £3.95
Show price: £3
Anuko rates: 3.5/5. Anuko didn’t care much for the other treats they offered but does enjoy carrots, and depending on his mood will either love this treat or ignore it for something a little smellier.


Finer By Nature Venison & Liver 125g tubbies and Empty Hooves 3 pack
Website price:
Liver 125g tubbie: £2.95
Venison 125g tubbie: £2.95
Empty Hooves 3 pack: £2.95
Show price: 3 products for 2 (£5.90)
Anuko rates: 5/5 for the tubbies, 2/5 for the hooves. He does seem to enjoy breaking the hooves into lots of little pieces in a few minutes and then not touching it again.


LoveJoys Turkey & Rice and Salmon & Rice 225g baked treats
Website price:
Moments Turkey & Rice 225g: £3.19
Moments Salmon & Rice 225g: £3.19
Show price: 3 bags for £5
Anuko rates: 4/5. Since they’re dry treats, every now and then he’ll sniff and not show an interest again but these were the only dry biscuit type treats he enjoyed whilst at DogFest so of course I had to buy them.


Woof & Brew Bottom Sniffer beer for dogs
Website price:
Bottom Sniffer: £2.99 per bottle
Show price: 2 for £5
Anuko rates: not yet tested


Edgard & Cooper duck & chicken kibble puppy food 0.7kg and sample sized adult food
Website price:
Duck & Chicken kibble 0.7kg: £5.49
Show price: £5 each (buy 1 get 1 free) + free sample
Anuko rates: not yet tested. I had discussed with the lady behind the stall about me wanting to put some weight on Anuko, which is why she recommended puppy food to me since it’s more calorific due to being a higher protein content. Looking forward to getting Anuko on this kibble!


Cobbydog dried meat treats 350g
Website price:
Dried Meat Pieces 0.35kg: £2.50
Show price: £2
Anuko rates: not yet tested


Fish4Dogs Show Special Goodie bag contains: 2 x superior adult kibble samples, 2 x Finest adult kibble samples, 1 x Super Star treats, 2 x fish wet food, 1 x Original Sea Jerky
Website price: N/A
Show price: £4
Anuko rates: overall 4.5/5, the only thing he would rate less is the dried Original Sea Jerky being 4/5 as he doesn’t always take to them when I offer them. He loved the wet food though!

That’s it for DogFest 2017 folks! Did you enjoy this post? If so, leave a comment and whenever I buy large quantities of treats in the future I’ll always do a haul post. I try to buy different brands each time to really see what’s new on the market, so if you have any recommendations or suggestions please leave them below!
Woof & Kisses!

DogFest 2017 | PHOTOS

The festival for dogs named DogFest is over for 2017 and what an event it was. Launched and hosted by the famous Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick, it’s a fun-filled day out for dog lovers and their companions in North and South England.

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This annual event occurs over a 2 week period on their weekends, Saturday and Sunday. For 2017, DogFest North was hosted at Arley Hall, Cheshire and DogFest South was hosted at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire. This was my first time ever attending DogFest and I had the opportunity to attend both South and North DogFest. 

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Throughout the day there are many opportunities for both you and your pooch to get involved. Scattered over the grounds, there were multiple arenas with scheduled agility and talent displays, including DogFest goers having the opportunity to participate in fun competitions such as the Dogs Today Best In Show Competition. In the middle of the festival was a Super Stage where live music acts perform throughout the day, and this includes Noels 45 minute live talk. K9 Aqua Sports brought along a large swimming pool hosting Dock Jumping for those doggies who were brave enough to take the plunge! There were 2 charity walks hosted by Supervet himself called the Great Dog Walk, and hundreds of dog-related stalls on the grounds where you can shop till you drop! 

Arley Hall in particular was absolutely sweltering but we still managed to have a great day. Due to the immense heat, Anuko was not able to participate in many activities there was going for dogs and their owners such as the Have A Go Agility or the Best In Show Comp which we would’ve loved to be involved with otherwise. Also because of the 30oC temperatures, we wasn’t able to stay for Noels entire speech as we needed to return to the shade to cool Anuko down, but we managed to stay for it at Knebworth House. During this live talk, Noel spoke of how he started his first of its kind practice in Surrey, a motivational talk for us companion animal owners but mainly how veterinary medicine is advancing and how it competes with human medicine (and how they should be working together instead). This in particular interested me as my future career choice will be in veterinary medicine so it was great that I got to listen to it at least once. There were smaller plastic pools full of water for the dogs to bathe in and bowls to drink out of everywhere, as well as spare poop bags and even cooling down towels for them to lay on so it was really well catered for any weather possibility. Despite the heat, DogFest was a grand opportunity for Anuko to touch noses, interact and play with hundreds of dogs and the journey home was much quieter than the journey there. He even made some new Instagram friends such as @diesel_and_dom! 

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The majority of the day out, we spent shopping. With hundreds of stalls ranging from treats to accessories, canine massage therapy or quirky new products in the dog industry, I was quite in my element and so was Anuko with all of the free treats! Every stall was different and targeted all price points and breeds. I started my day at Knebworth House at the Canine Massage stall and was taught how to effleurage Anuko, who was also given a free muscle check to make sure all of his muscles were in working order, and ended it with a free vet check up at Vets4Pets. Everything was discounted for show prices so I came home with much more than I thought I’d be able to. The majority of stalls offered free goodie bags to take home and every single person working both days were so incredibly pleasant. I will do a separate mini blog of all the things we bought, and then if there is anything in particular you’d like Anuko to rate, just leave a comment!

I also spent a fair bit of time going around and asking to take photos of everybody’s pooches, all shapes and sizes, as well as recording some of the activities I saw going on which will be on Anukos YouTube as soon as I edit them. I was introduced to many breeds, some I had never even heard of or seen before. The vast majority of the dogs were very socialable and whilst there was a few disagreements (dogs aren’t much different from us you know), there was no scrapping between any of them which was initially a worry of mine, which is the reason for me pe packing a dog First Aid Kit just In case. Any dogs who were a little less social were clearly displayed as so, wearing neon orange harnesses, collars and leashes with “nervous” on them which I thought was really cool. We was all pleasantly surprised by how well trained and friendly everybody and their dogs were! 

The last weekend of the event Anuko got to meet Beverley Cuddy, the woman behind him being a cover dog for Dogs Today August 2016 and he even snuck a picture with her. His cover dog shoot he did with Penelope Malby is probably the most proudest accomplishment he’s ever done and I’ve even framed the magazine cover. At Dogs Today’s stall there was also a blown up version of a blank Dogs Today magazine, where dogs had the opportunity to participate in the competition to become a Cover dog for an issue. To think that we almost didn’t attend the Knebworth House event! 

Overall, the Glastonbury for dogs was an event I’d do all over again, and I’m shocked that I had never been before. A fun and rewarding day out for dog owners or dog lovers, and all dogs come free! I’d recommend to younger puppies to come to events like this, as the meeting of so many different types of canines and would help to build good socialisation skills. Roll on DogFest 2018!

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Pampered Pooches Top 5 Products

The dogs of today are not the dogs of yesterday. In the last 20 years, the pet industry has boomed; in 2016, studies show that the amount we spent on our Fidos peaked a staggering £10.6 BILLION and that number continues to grows every year. Sticks are being replaced with luxury Tuffy’s toys, veterinarians are as common as huaman medical doctors and you’re telling me you’ve never heard of a dog in a bow tie?

Not a drop of judgements here though, Anuko is about as pampered as it gets. Although he’s not small enough to fit into a handbag (cry), he has more collars than my entire shoe collection and he has to have his own wardrobe to fit all of his toys and accessories. With me going to University hopefully within the next year, both mine and Anukos wardrobe needs to be sized down, and it was going through all of his stylish belongings that the idea of this blog post came to mind. I present to you, my Pampered Pooches Top 5 Products. Prepare to be jealous amazed. Without any further ado…


Drinkwell Water Fountain
Gone are the days of the plain, boring silver water dish. Electric water fountains are here! I’ve had the Drinkwell 360° 3.8L bowl for almost 3 years after seeing a friends dog Dakota gulping from her Drinkwell Platinum and thought Anuko was terribly missing out. These bowls not only look stylish in your kitchen but also filter the water with charcoal filters as they stream, which keeps the water from going warm and stale whilst also encouraging pets to drink more water. Pictured is Anukos friend Joy drinking from her Ceramic Avalon Bowl we gifted her as we felt that she too, was terribly missing out. These bowls can go up to £80 in price, which lands them a respectable place on this list. I’ve never regretted buying this gadget and would especially recommend to cat owners who struggle to get their feline friends to drink water. You can get your Drinkwell fountain here.

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Petcube Camera
As much as we’d all love to stay at home with our fur babies, lounging around and barking at people as they walk past our house, a little thing called income prevents us from doing that and most of us are forced from our homes for sometimes hours on end. What our pets get up to during these times is unbeknown to us. That is, until the movie The Secret Life of Pets came out; then the cat was out of the bag. For some dog owners though, separation anxiety is a real problem. This is a condition where dogs become stressed when away from their family. Rapid panting, howling, self or surrounding destruction and escaping are all common symptoms that your pet is suffering from the dreaded separation anxiety. This is how pet cams have became so sought after, and for those who can splash out the extra ££, PetCube is amongst the best of them at the moment. A stylish cube structured camera that will fit well into your home furnishings, this nifty little device allows you to view, communicate and even play with your pet whilst you’re out. Simply turn on the device as you leave the house, sign into the PetCube app and you’ll know if Fido is in need of some comfort. You can view my in-depth review of the PetCube camera here. Even though they carry a price tag of £150, they are a must have gadget for worried fur parents who have to regularly leave their pet(s) alone during the day. You can buy your Petcube camera here.

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Scruffs Siberian Mattress & Blanket
For Anuko in the summer, nothing beats a cold hard floor much to my dismay. I always worry that he’s uncomfortable forgetting that if he was, he has the option of numerous beds to lay on. In the colder months though, he loves nothing more than to curl up in a ball on his Scruffs Siberian faux fur mattress with their Snuggle Comfort Blanket. Honestly, he sleeps better than I do and really, what average person owns a warm blanket specifically for cuddling? A monumental step up in luxury compared to the hard, plastic beds dogs usually sleep in, Scruffs offer a wide range of extravagant dog beds for all shapes and sizes. A bed designed for the most pampered of pooches, with most price points in mind. You can get the same mattress that Anuko has here.

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Pure Light Botanics Shampoo & Conditioner
A pampered pooch would not be a pampered pooch without a gloriously shiny and well maintained coat. Being a husky, Anuko has a double coat which means he regularly sheds and also completely “blows out” his entire undercoat twice a year. Because of this, a “gloriously shiny and well maintained coat” look is rare. The times when I do find the hour to brush him, his coat returns to looking scruffy a day later with even more tufts of fur poking out. For events and photoshoots I make the effort to get him looking fabulous and would not complete this mission without a good wash and blow dry which I do myself at home. Whilst I was looking for new shampoos I came across Pure Light Botanics who also offer a conditioner which I had never heard of in dog grooming before. I was wary of how they’d work on Anukos fur but have not regretted trying them once. We have the Pure Paws Pup shampoo for puppies in Calming Lavender, and the Pure Paws Original conditioner in revitalising cedar wood. They smell divine without being overpowering and the ingredients are completely organic, containing no harsh chemicals such as sulphates, silicones and parabens which is vital for dogs with sensitive skin. They left Anukos fur soft to touch and gloriously shiny, that is until he went and rolled in fox poo. It was brilliant whilst he let it last. For £25, you can grab your Pure Light Botanic washes here, and can also get a deluxe doggy bag because what luxury dog shampoo would be complete without one?

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Hownd Butch Leather Cologne
Dogs smell. There, I said it. Especially certain breeds who are more prone to smelling more than others. I’m quite lucky that in general, Anuko doesn’t smell too doggy (unless he pees on himself, which is often). So rare as they are, a good wash and blow dry was never really followed with anything else until I discovered dog cologne. That’s right, dog cologne. The cologne I use and love on Anuko is by Hownd and is their Butch Leather cologne for man dogs, but they also do a cologne for girl dogs too! The smell is quite a strong cedar wood smell, so a little spritz goes a very long way, and I always spray the scent onto my hands then stroke my hands through Anukos fur as he’s not too keen on me spraying him directly. This cologne also perfectly compliments Anukos Pure Light Botanics conditioner. Whilst I think his strut is just a little more sassy when he wears his cologne, he’s not had much luck with any ladies (yet!). A must have for pampered pooches on the go. For £14, you can get your dog smelling dapper here.
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There we have it, and now you know just how conceited Anuko really is. Just kidding. I am very grateful on behalf of Anuko for the life he is able to live knowing many doggies do not even have access to fresh water. I am also very happy to say that all the brands mentioned are cruelty free, and the fur on the Scruffs mattress is 100% faux fur. I would never condone the selling of real fur on Anukos website. I hope you enjoyed this blog and do keep an eye on on the counter blog “Practical Pooches Top 5 Products” coming soon, featuring some more affordable but must have dog products.

Woof & licks!