Christmas With Your Dog

Christmas with your Dog

It’s that time of year when we all get festive and want to enjoy ourselves over Christmas. There are office parties, kiddies parties and all sorts of wonderful events happening. Outside, we have Christmas Lights, Carol Singers and Christmas Markets. There is shopping to do and of course the buying of presents.

Christmas with your Dog

Just because we are going to be busy, busy, over the festive period it, doesn’t mean your furry friend should miss out. In fact, it’s his Christmas as much as yours, so you should be enjoying it together. I have therefore put together my top 10 tips on celebrating Christmas with your Dog.

Include Your Dog in Your Christmas Outings

Whether you are shopping in the Hight Street, or stomping through the fields looking for a real Christmas Tree, take your furry friend with you. Dogs love nothing more than being outside and being with you. When my wife and I are shopping in town we always take our little one’s with us. If shops do not allow Dogs, then you can take it in turns to stay outside. It really isn’t a sacrifice and your Dog will be far happier than being stuck at home waiting for your return.

Get Silly and Dress Them Up

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but dressing your Dog up certainly brings a smile to most peoples faces. There are hundreds of outfits you can buy which will make cracking photos of your festive season. Below you will see a picture of my Nessa who unfortunately passed away a few years ago. This photo brings back so many happy memories which makes it completely worth it. I know she looks grumpy in the photo but she really was such a happy Dog.

Christmas with your Dog
Our Nessa full of Christmas Joy !!!

Always remember how to choose outfits for your Dog. Make sure they are a good fit and they don’t get stressed out wearing them. They should not be wearing it for too long anyway. For further info and fitting please check my previous article at  Do Dogs Need to Wear Coats and jumpers?

Christmas with your Dog

Go Christmas Caroling

If you are lucky enough to be able to go Christmas Caroling then when not take your best friend with you? Just think of the entertainment value !!! I’m sure my Hudson would love it, but little Nelly would be an absolute nightmare. Her yapping is enough to put any seasoned carol Singer in their place. However, she does sound better than me lol.

On the serious side, if you are out in colder climates in the evening don’t forget that its not only your warmth you need to think about but your Dogs too. The above link applies as well.

Bake Some Doggy Christmas Treats

There’s nothing better than a warm kitchen with the aroma of baked goodies. (Even if it is liver treats for your loved one’s ha-ha). It is much more fun baking your own treats than buying them off the shelf. However, if you haven’t the time then off the shelf will still keep your furry friend happy. At the end of the day it is Christmas and he deserves it.

Check out these great treats at amazon.co.uk 

Pre Christmas Run Around

If you are having visitors over or are going visiting then make sure your Christmas pooch has had plenty of exercise. After you have opened all your presents, and your furry friend has run amok in the hoards of wrapping paper, take him outside for some more Christmas mayhem. Play fetch or have a good run around. Your visitors will appreciate it more if he is relaxed, and not running around the house like a maniac because of the intrusion.

Sleep Time

It can be very exciting for your Dog on Christmas day. With all the hustle and bustle of opening presents, going for a run around, having visitors and skillfully begging scraps of Turkey, it can all be too overwhelming for him. Some Dogs can keep going all day, but many will need a place to have a lie down and a rest. If your house is full of people, make sure there is an area put aside with his food, water and bed, so that he can get away from it all and have a well deserved Christmas nap.

Buy Some Christmas Gifts For You Best Friend

If you are anything like us then you will spend more time with your furry friend than you do anyone else. Surely then they should receive gifts from us to show them we care !!! It takes a Dog takes quite some time to grow to love a person and to trust them 100%. Surely that should be celebrated. Anyway, since your last Christmas shopping spree I’m sure their toys are starting to look a bit rough round the edges or they have lost their squeak lol. Go on. TREAT Them.

Christmas with your Dog

Christmas Dangers

We all want to enjoy ourselves over Christmas but we must be aware of the dangers that are ever present. That last thing we need is our loved one to get hurt or injured over the festive period. Here is a guide to some dangers:

  • Christmas Dinner – I know it’s Christmas and our furry friends deserve a treat, but too much can seriously injure them. Remember, during the rest of the year your Dog is on quite a controlled diet. Whether it’s too many home baked, or bought treats, these can really upset their digestive system. If everyone is sat around the table is dropping Turkey tit bits then this over indulgence can really make them sick. Just use common sense and keep an eye on them AND your guests !!!!
  • Poisons – There is a vast array of food and drinks that can poison your Dog. These are certainly in abundance at Christmas time. For example: Chocolate, Raisins, Holly and Ivy in decorations, Alcohol, Batteries (God forbid your loved one swallows one), Unbaked bread dough, Coffee, Blue Cheese, Garlic chives and onion found in stuffing, and Macadamia nuts.
  • Snow Globes – Some imported versions can contain antifreeze. Deadly to Dogs, Cats and us.
  • Candles – Yes they are very pretty and make a nice and cosy atmosphere but can also be deadly. If you leave candles on in an unoccupied room your Dog could brush against them and knock them over. Also, if they are inquisitive they could burn their nose or burn their paws.
  • Fairy lights and Tinsel – Dogs are very curious, so be careful if they go anywhere near the Christmas decorations. A chew through the fairy lights will electrocute them, and a swallowed piece of tinsel can cause a serious blockage in your Dog’s stomach.

Conclusion

It is only a few weeks until Christmas, and most people are already making plans, and getting ready for the festive period. I hope you have enjoyed my article on how to enjoy Christmas with your Dog. Common sense goes a long way to helping your enjoy the festive season, and I hope none of the dangers I have mentioned raise their ugly heads and spoil your special time.

Now is also a great time for Shopping. Black Friday starts tomorrow at amazon.co.uk where you can but lots of great presents, not only for your furry best friend but for your family and friends too.

Please see below some best Christmas dog gifts I have sourced from amazon.co.uk.

Also, does anyone remember my Post regarding amazon.co.uk or amazon.com? Well if you do you will know you can save a fortune by checking out deals on both sites.

Therefore below we also have some amazon.com deals too to wet your appetite.

Alternatively why not take them away for a festive break care of booking.com. There are plenty of Christmas bargains to be had there too.

Some amazon.co.uk deals:

Some amazon.com deals:

Christmas with your Dog
Link to Booking.com Christmas Deals

 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and as always please feel free to leave any tips or comments below.

David

 

Do Dogs Need to Wear Coats and Jumpers?

Do Dogs Need to Wear Coats and Jumpers?

We live in a Mediterranean climate, and even though the days are getting shorter, it’s still warm, and a fleece is only really needed in the evenings. However, I have already seen a lot of Dogs out an about wearing thick winter coats.

When we lived in England our Schnauzer Nessa had a warm coat for winter. This was because it often snowed and she loved playing in it. So my question for today is “Do Dogs need to wear coats and jumpers?”

Do Dogs need to Wear Coats and Jumpers
Our Nessa back in Blighty
Dog Dogs Need to Wear Coats and Jumpers
Our Nessa racing through the snow

 

Not all Dogs Need a Winter Coat or Jumper

Obviously where you live and your breed of Dog are very important factors. Just because us humans are beginning to feel the cold, this does not mean your loved one is too.

Larger long haired Dogs do not need to have an extra layer. Examples of these are Malamute’s, Saint Bernard s and the Siberian Husky. These are perfectly happy in cold temperatures. For them an extra layer would be extremely uncomfortable and would most likely result in them overheating. There are also large breeds that might need an extra layer to keep them warm. For instance, a Greyhound is a large Dog, but with very short fur and little body fat. An extra layer will definitely be suitable for these animals.

Small short haired breeds will often need an extra layer in cold spells. Also, older Dogs, puppies and poorly Dogs can benefit with some extra warmth. If it is cold outside then put the jumper or coat on for when they are outside and doing their business. Once inside, where it is nice and warm, take it off. You do not want your Dog overheating.

If, you live in a warmer climate you do need to ask yourself if any Dog needs a coat or jumper. Yes, I know they look cute, and it’s certainly a conversational piece when all the Dogs are together running around in their woolly jumpers. However, they do have fur, so do they need a coat?

Do dogs need to wear coats and jumpers

A Jumper will Not Always keep your Dog Warm

An important thing to remember is that we are a lot taller than our four legged friends. Where it is comfortable for us to walk around in a Jumper it might not be the same for our Dogs. If, you are walking on wet grass or there is dew on the ground the jumper is going to get wet. This will act in the same way as it would for us. Wet means cold and uncomfortable. It doesn’t matter how cute they look, their health and happiness is your priority.

Personally, I would only have my Dog wear a Jumper if it was really cold and the ground was dry. Also, if it’s really cold in the house, then I would recommend a jumper for a smaller short haired breed.

If it’s wet and cold then a fleece lined waterproof coat is the best idea. This will keep him warm and dry. Once home you can remove the coat and you will only need to dry his paws and face.

Not all Dogs will Become Accustomed to Wearing a Jumper or Coat

Some Dogs take to wearing outer garments like a duck to water but others will never take to it. If, you leave it until the last minute before you walk out the door your Dog may dislike the idea and “freeze in place” or go absolutely bananas. You can try to calmly “dress” him and let him wander around the house first to get used to it. NEVER force your Dog to wear an outer garment and then drag him out of the house. You may just have to deal with the fact he won’t wear it. Then you may need to come up with another idea.

Our Hudson has a waterproof jacket for when it’s tipping it down. He has no qualms whatsoever wearing it. On the other hand our Nelly hates it with a vengeance. Although she hates the rain, she would rather get wet than wear her coat. Luckily she only weighs 3 Kg so it’s not too much to dry her when we get home.

Quality not Quantity

When choosing a Jumper or Coat remember it’s quality not quantity that counts. A thick coat does not mean it’s going to keep your Dog warmer. It is more likely to be uncomfortable for your Dog and could impair his movement resulting in him getting stressed out and possibly overheating. Technology these days provides lot lighter garments that are lined adequately, therefore presenting a more suitable warm garment.

Even when buying Jumpers, make sure you do the research first. You must make sure it is a comfortable fit and doesn’t have bits hanging off it that could get caught in bushes or furniture. These include zippers, buttons, tags and hooks. All these can get caught or chewed off and swallowed. Make sure it is easy to pull on and off and it does not cause your Dog to struggle. The most common mistake I have seen is jumpers that are too tight which cause your Dog to act like a fish on the end of a line when they are being removed.

Think about the material, a wool jumper may be warm but how often will you need to wash it? Will your Dog be comfortable with wool or will it cause him to itch? A good blend of wool and cotton is a great idea. Make sure it has a tight weave so it is more durable and will last longer.

Measuring for a Jumper or Coat

Make sure you know the measurements of your Dog before you go to the shop or order online. Make sure your best friend is standing up and measure from the base of his neck (where the collar should sit) to the base of his tail. Also, measure his chest and waist. The majority of clothes use these measurements. If unsure go for the larger size as comfort is paramount. Never make him wear tight clothes that impairs his movement or breathing.

Once you have your garment and he is wearing it, check he has plenty of movement around the neck and the armpit area and he has plenty of freedom of movement. If, you are happy with his fit then he should be too.

Conclusion

It can be a confusing time once winter arrives on our doorstep. Does my Dog need a Coat or Jumper or is it just a fashion thing? It really does depend on where you live and the breed of your Dog. Just because your neighbour has a Yorkie with the latest trendy dog coat it doesn’t mean he needs it. He could be overheating and dehydrating quickly in his coat.

On the other hand you maybe in your house and your toy poodle who is shivering uncontrollably. There is only so much curling up they can do to keep warm. Get a blanket to cover him and he will let you know when he is too warm. Alternatively put a pretty jumper on him to keep him warm. He won’t care what design or pretty pattern it has. As long as he is warm he will be happy.

I hope this article has helped with any misconceptions as to whether or not to go and buy a Coat or Jumper for your loved one this winter. Please see a few of my favourites on amazon.co.uk.

Any tips or comments please feel free to leave me a message below.

Until next time.

David

Online Deals Of The Day

Online Deals of the Day

Did you know that amazon.co.uk and amazon.com offer online deals of the day? I certainly didn’t until recently and was extremely surprised at how much money you can save. Just by spending a few minutes of your time, you can save massive amounts especially if you are buying in bulk.

Here is a good example of one item on offer today. Amazon online deal of the day.

How Does It Work?

Amazon has three kinds of Deals which are daily deals, weekly deals and Lightning Deals.

  • Daily Deals – These are advertised on the website from 00.01hrs to 23.59 hrs. You must purchase within that time or you will not get that deal.
  • Deals of the Week – These start at 00.01 hrs on a Monday morning and finish at 23.59 hrs on the following Sunday. As above, if you order out of these times you will not get the deal.
  • Lightning Deals – These are a promotion where a limited number of discounts are offered on an item for a short period. These are found on the Daily deals page and are available until the short time of the promotion lasts or until all the discounts are claimed. Therefore, you have to be on the ball when these are available. You can also join a waiting list for an item if all the discounts are help in other peoples baskets. If they don’t purchase then you have the option to buy if you are next on the waiting list.

There are also others way to save. Amazon also has a link for Savings and Sales and they even have Upcoming Deals where it tells you how much time there is before an offer becomes active.

What type of Items are Available?

When you go to the Deals page there is a list of every category available for savings. I have certainly been impressed by the amount of items available. Just today there are 107 items available under Pet Products.

Conclusion

Just by spending a bit of time on either of the amazon sites you can save a lot of money on your pet products especially if you are buying in bulk. Also remember that comparing between amazon.co.uk and amazon.com can save you a ton of money. Please see my post on how this works.

I hope you have enjoyed this article. Please feel free to leave any tips or recommendations.

All the best

David

amazon.co.uk or amazon.com

amazon.co.uk or amazon.com

Ever since I started this website I have been looking at ways for all of us to save money. It is too easy these days to just go to any website and order what you want. Yes, there are comparison websites, and some work and some are geared to specific companies. I have never been one to spend hour after hour researching different items, where they come from or how I can get the cheapest price. THAT is where I have gone wrong.

Research amazon.co.uk or amazon.com

Did you know that wherever you are in the UK or Europe you can have an amazon.co.uk or an amazon.com account? No, I didn’t either until recently. After researching between the two giants of amazon.co.uk and amazon.com I have realised I could have saved a fortune if I had just sat down for an extra 10 minutes before deciding what to order. How Frustrating !!!!

So, lets take two examples I looked up today. I have gone through the whole process of ordering both items to an address in the UK and you can see for yourself the difference in prices.

Petami Deluxe Pet Carrier

To start with we will visit amazon.co.uk

As you can see this item is priced at £70.53. When you get to the checkout the total is £80.51

So now let’s head over to amazon.com

As you can see this item is priced at $38.99. When you get to the checkout the total is £52.77

As you can see. If you order from amazon.co.uk it is going to cost you £27.74 more !!!! The winner is shopping with amazon.com.

That is one good example. Let’s have a look at another.

Oster Pro 3000I Pet Cordless Clipper

To start with we will visit amazon.co.uk

As you can see this item is priced at £329. When you get to the checkout the total is £329

So now let’s head over to amazon.com

 

 

As you can see this item is priced at $295.83. When you get to the checkout the total is £312.79

That may not seem much of a difference as it is only a saving of £16.21. Also it will take a week longer to get to you, HOWEVER you do get a free 10W Blade which sells for £22 so you are actually saving £38.21.

So as you can see. If you order from amazon.co.uk it is going to cost you £38.21 more !!!! The winner is shopping with amazon.com.

Conclusion

It only takes a small amount of time to shop around to make massive savings. Just by researching amazon.co.uk and amazon.com you can save a fortune.

Once you have started saving money you can start treating yourself and your furry best friend.

amazon.co.uk or amazon.com

Once again, if you have any tips or comments please feel free to drop me a line.

David

Review of “On Paws Sleep Well Lounger”

On Paws Sleep Well Lounger

Review of On Paws Sleep Well Lounger – Excellent quality and value for money. The perfect bed for your Dog.

If you are looking for a bed that is made of great quality material and is value for money then you can’t go wrong with the “On Paws” range of bedding. My particular favourite is the “Sleep Well Lounger”. It can be ordered in various sizes depending on the size of your Dog and will look good in any area of your house. It is a Premium Quality Pet Bed and I believe far better quality than some more expensive beds.

Review of On Paws Sleep Well Lounger

Product: On Paws”Sleep Well Lounger” Dog Bed Brown, Size S (50 x 40 cm) Teflon Protected, Machine Washable, Detachable Covers (5 Sizes & Choice of Colours available)

Price: £29.99 & Free Delivery in the UK  

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Weight: 1.1 Kg (Shipping Weight 1.1Kg)

Package Dimensions 56 x 41 x 9 cm

Special Features: Teflon Coated to help repel water, oil and stains.  

My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Review of On Paws Sleep Well Lounger

 

On Paws Sleep Well Lounger Overview

On Paws recently launched a range of beds for your Dog which offer premium quality, comfortable and durability at an affordable price. They have sourced the best quality materials for the exterior and interior fill.

The Sleep Well Lounger has seven removable cushions for easy washing and ensures no clumping of the fill after wash. The rectangular shape allows your pet to spread out and relax in comfort and style. The elegant style looks great in any position in the house.

The beds come in 5 sizes for your Dog, Puppy and even cats and kittens. They are fully washable at 30 degrees and are water, wind, oil and urine resistant due to the Teflon Coating. The soft lining ensures your loved one will have a restful sleep. The cushion is removable and reversible should you wish to use it on the go. The inner lining can be reversed from the soft comfortable lining to the water resistant Teflon coated lining for those wet muddy days.

It is important to choose the right size for your dog. Please see below the sizing chart.

Main Features:

  • Premium Quality. The Sleep Well Lounger comes in 5 sizes to best suit your pet whatever their size. The bed ensures your pet has a luxurious restful sleep.
  • The outer cover is made from a high quality, extremely durable polyester / nylon fabric which is then DuPont Teflon coated to help repel water, oil and stains. The exterior walls are reinforced with premium quality fill for extra comfort and “snugness”.
  • The inner is made from super soft padding to ensure your pet feels comfortable and snug.
  • The bed is fully washable with reversible / removable covers for easier washing.
  • The base has an anti-slip mesh to prevent slipping on smooth surfaces.

Conclusion

What more could your best friend need? A great bed designed to last and be used in all conditions. I believe this is a fantastic all-rounder that comes very reasonable price.

A good idea is also check our Amazon.com. Even though it is in the US you can get really good deals and great rates of postage.

Don’t forget, if you have any comments or feedback please feel free to drop me a line.

David