Whether you have a marvellous mutt or a pampered pooch, a pedigree chum or a Heinz 57 – every dog has his day and that might well be ‘Love Your Pet Day‘ on 20th February 2018!
It’s a great excuse to treat your best friend to a gorgeous gift – we’ve selected some of our favourites below:
Pooch & Mutt specialise in UK-made, natural, ethical food, treats and health supplements for dogs. Treat your dog to these junk-free, wheat-free chews that are cold formed to preserve the natural flavours and nutrients from the high quality ingredients. Free-from wheat, corn, soya, artificial flavours or colours.
ECLIPSE TIP: The chews are available in three flavours: Perfect Pork (pictured); Duck Delight; and Tasty Turkey.
Woofins are the brainchild of Michelle Turnbull who established Barking Bakery in 2012 when she was searching for unusual dog treats for her beloved dog, Spot. Available in three varieties including Pink Iced Vanilla Woofin, Vanilla Iced Carob Woofin and Carob Iced Carob Woofin, the muffins are made with dog-friendly ingredients, consisting of a vanilla or carob sponge, topped with a swirl of creamy yoghurt icing, and decorated with an assortment of bone themed biscuits.
WE SAY: Be careful you don’t mistake them for a delicious snack for yourself!
PRICE: £3.50 each from Waitrose Pet.
This hamper is packed with treats for both the dog owner and their pampered pooch and is aimed at giving them treats they can enjoy together whilst taking a break from their busy lives. All these goodies are presented in a Pet Present storage box and include: Double-sided printed mug; Tea, coffee and sugar sachets; Packet of two biscuits (for humans); Lily’s Kitchen pack of two snack bars (for dogs); Trio of mini Woofins from The Barking Bakery (for dogs); Pack of Woof & Brew doggie tea bags (for dogs); Bag of chews suitable for dogs; and Rope stick.
WE SAY: A gorgeous Valentine’s or birthday gift for seriously pampered pooches!
PRICE: £29 from Hamper.com
This cheeky pet food container is a great solution for storing your dog food and will also add a vibrant red accent to your kitchen. The front of the tin features the words: ‘Dog Food’ with the phrase ‘Dear Human, you are so awesome! (now FEED me!)’ underneath.
WE SAY: Store the Chews, Woofins and Hamper treats in here to avoid snacking slip-ups!
PRICE: Was: £22.90, Now: £19.50 from Red Candy.
Available in a variety of Emma Bridegewater’s most iconic patterns, these ceramic pet food or water bowls – available in small or large – can be personalised with your pet’s name, or a phrase of your choice such as ‘Good Boy’ (pictured). Seen here is the Personalised Blue Star Large Pet Bowl.
ECLIPSE TIP: The personalised pottery is decorated by hand – for those who love to go the extra mile for their best friend!
PRICE: From £19.95 small or £29.95 large +£1 per character, from Emma Bridgewater.
Take the morning off to go surfing around The Trendy Whippet’s online shop if you have a skinny dog such as a whippet, greyhound, lurcher, Saluki etc. The products will leave you spoilt for choice. Including waterproof coats, one-sies, hand knitted neck warmers, padded wide leather collars, and an amazing dinosaur fleece! The one we couldn’t resist: this Grey Soft Fluffy Fleece Jumper available in 5 sizes.
WE SAY: Drooooool!
PRICE: From £28.99, from The Trendy Whippet via Etsy.
Inspired by the artistry of Collection belts and the rugged aesthetic of Mr. Lauren’s Double RL Ranch in Colorado, this leather dog collar features hand-stitched details and is finished with the same brass hardware used in RL’s finest handbags. Colours: Black or Saddle (pictured), with brass plaque at the center.
WE SAY: We think they’re for dogs…!
PRICE: Small £95; M £105; L £115 from Ralph Lauren UK.
The Dog Lover’s Pocket Bible answers everything essential about dogs, including How did dogs become man’s best friend? Can I train a dog to be more obedient? What is the difference between a pure breed and a pedigree? How do you work out dog years? Can I really teach an old dog new tricks? This indispensible little guide will tell you what you need to know when you need to know it.
ECLIPSE TIP: This hardback edition has both dust-cover and gold embossing on the spine making it the perfect gift if you don’t covet it yourself.
PRICE: £9.99 from Waterstones.
Did you know that dogs have dreams and fears? That they do see colour, that they smell electric storms, and feel scent as an emotion? Jeffrey Masson takes us into the world of the dog and reintroduces us to man’s best friend – loyal, honest, straightforward, spontaneous and almost unbelievably forgiving. Drawing on observations and true stories Masson makes us laugh, cry and think again about our canine companions, who, unlike humans, will never lie about love.
ECLIPSE TIP: You may need a box of tissues…
PRICE: £8.99 from Waterstones.
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Whether you are aiming to make to the back of car more comfy for a long journey, or need to give your dog a bed on an overnight trip, this padded bed folds in half and comes complete with carry handle – and it’s washable too!
ECLIPSE TIP: Available in three colours – Stratton Check (pictured), Grey Par-Tea Dogs and Navy Cambridge Floral.
PRICE: £34.95 from Joules.
The Regatta dog tether is ideal for securing your dog over a short length of time while having a car-boot picnic or watching the racing. Screw the spiral stake into firm ground and attach your dog’s lead or collar (do not use with choke collars or chains).
ECLIPSE TIP: Make sure it’s securely in the (FIRM) ground! (Not that we speak from experience or anything….cough…)
PRICE: RRP £5, available for £2.50 from Regatta.
So your dog is all wet and/or muddy from yomping around with you? Got a car journey home and not looking forward to the mess? Simply put them in the bag and zip it up and by the time you are home the dirt will be inside the bag and no longer on the dog. Put the bag in the washing machine and you’re all set to go for next time. Yay!
ECLIPSE TIP: These are handmade and available in five sizes from XS (Chihuahua) to XL (Labrador).
PRICE: From £9.99, from Rhapsody Rugs via Etsy.
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