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We Love | Perfect dog treat bag

The most perfect dog treat bag that never was?! Oh yes, exactly that! I don’t think the H&M folks who came up with this design thought of the dog parents and walkers because this little beauty is too special and lovely. And it’s ideal if you don’t want give up on style when walking your dog yet need the utilitarian comfort.

This belt bag is a proof that best things come in small packages. It’s a perfect size. It sits on your hips or waist leaving your hands (and pockets!) completely free. It has two compartments, so you don’t have to mix your keys, poop bags (oh, the glamour level is just getting better now, isn’t it?!) and the said treats. The top part (that I’ll be using for treats) opens from the top, which allows me to pull the biscuits out quickly, without much fuss or noise – the latter is very important because dogs can swiftly react to the sound of a plastic wrapper or bag inside, so the treat suddenly becomes a lure, not a reward.

I also really like the colour… It’s neutral. It will look good with summer clothes, jeans or even worn over a trench coat. And you can always add a key ring, charms or even a small scarf to customise it.

Lets not forget it’s only £9.99, which, considering a price of an average treat bag, leaves you plenty of cash to buy plenty of actual treats, too. Still available online.

 

 

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Best Christmas presents for your cocker spaniel

If you have ever lived with a cocker, you know they are a very special kind of dogs. The pups do appreciate a touch of quality in everything they are surrounded with. And let’s admit, anything of a great quality is the sure way to put a smile on an often moody face of a cocker spaniel.

Today’s post is all about them! Our beautiful, wonderful, funny, adorable, irresistible, huggable and goofy little guys. And of course, the best gifts we could get for them this Christmas.

My guide is more of a curated boutique’y kind, but it’s only because these gifts are the best of the best – and it takes a lot of time, trial and error to discover them. Hope you’ll find something for your spaniel here.

There are hardly any cocker spaniels who would not appreciate a beautiful tennis ball – or any ball, but tennis ones are the ultimate. These balls from Barc London will please both the pooch and the human who, like me, think that a hint of a classic fluorescent yellow in the interior feels like a painful shot to the brain.

Choose among 5 beautiful shades or get the rainbow! Christmas only happens once a year.

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Toys are a special story in our house, too. We went through so many, especially during the teething times. Then I shut down my inner Scrooge and bought a “ducky” from Fluff & Tuff. It was a gift for Fred’s first birthday. Fred is now two and the toy, even through it’s been living an outdoorsy life, is still in one piece and looks very “fluff and tuff”, too. They aren’t cheap, but they really are the best and safest soft toys for your cocker whatever the age. Make a good cushion, too.

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Cockers love to sniff and exercise their brain, so they will appreciate a puzzle game from Nina Ottosson or a food dispensing toy.

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New year – new collar! I’ve got these two because the tan colour should suit most coat colours. The “Butter” collar in cognac is from Austria-based Molly&Stitch and the “Gerard” is made in England for Maison le Lou.

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If you are after a very special gift, give your cocker a new bed to relax after a good run. Our favourites are made by MiaCara and Hunter. Perfect for any dog without compromising on style.

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If you feel that your cocker may need something extra warm, give him a baby blanket made of natural wool or cotton. The natural fibres will adjust to the body temperature and be kind to the coat unlike any static polyester or fleece. I’ve got these Tartan Blanket & Co baby blankets when my boys were puppies and am currently admiring the striking one by Lillemor.

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Any pampered spaniel will love the natural spa and grooming products from Dug & Bitch, the Scottish company that pups and I adore. We’ve been using and talking about their wonderful whimsical things for years and I was glad to see that now any dog parent can truly indulge their pup by getting the Ultimate Gift Set box.

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My boys have home-baked biscuits as a special treat, but if you want something ready to eat for your food-loving cocker or as a gift for one of his friends, Pooch&Mutt Christmas Dinner mini treats should hit the spot.

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If you haven’t done so yet, don’t forget to check my Gift Guide for dog lovers that I shared earlier. Because you deserve a special treat, too.

And it’s worth to mention that this post has not been sponsored by any of the above mentioned companies and brands whatsoever.

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Photo credits: Cooper & Fred photographed by me, images c/o Barc London, Fluff & Tuff, Molly & Stitch, Maison Le Lou, Cooper photographed by me, The Tartan Blanket Co, Dug & Bitch by Fetch & Flash Photography, Pooch & Mutt,Cooper photographed by me

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We Love | Pet Treat Holder

How long does it take to find a perfect tin for keeping dog biscuits? In my case, and as dramatic as it sounds, over a year.

I knew what I wanted colour-wise, shape-wise, style-wise, lots and lots of “wise”, basically. The problem is that such a tin has never been made.

Until now.

I have been browsing Cox & Cox today looking for a few Christmas-related bits and bobs and suddenly saw it.

The perfect Pet Treat Holder.

Minimal, subtle grey, compact and beautiful. To top it all up, it has the most perfect leather handle!

Seriously, it’s a miracle and I’ve got one on order now. So very much in love…

Oh, and in case you are after dog food storage, there is a large equally-stylish container for keeping your pooch kibble fresh and crunchy.

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Photo source: both photos are from Cox & Cox website

 

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We Love | Pack of Dogs

I spotted these on Twitter earlier today… After months of imagining and looking for a deck of cards that would be all about dogs yet look modern, not something that was painted for kids and metaphorically dipped in every kind of sweet substance to give you visual diabetes…

Oh, the Pack of Dogs, the most artful, whimsical deck, that appeared before my eyes was the dream come true!

Each card is a gorgeous little sketch created by an American artist John Littleboy. The sketches feature different breeds either as nature intended or all dressed up as historic characters from different eras and destinations.

I ordered mine from Etsy a few minutes ago. Not that I am good at pocker – or any card game except the Russian “Fool” (oh yes, I was good at this one as a kid!)… But I love any form of dog art and will probably end up framing some of the suits because they are way too good to be hidden in a drawer.

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Photo source: playing card via Artiphany

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We Love | You & Lou

As if my list of dog-related obsessions wasn’t long enough (Santa Claus, when you visit, please gift me a credit card!) I found yet another one. The perfect woven dog bed that would fit into our house like a missing piece of jigsaw.

These are made by a South African company called You & Lou who, beside making gorgeous beds, are clearly in love with cocker spaniels. Which makes them utterly perfect in every way.

Hope I can spoil my boys in a few months. Thankfully, no teething puppies in this house, so the princes will be enjoying the basket – and I will be basking in the glorious view from the comfort of my pathetic little chair.

Again, it’s not a sponsored post… The feeling of love for the bed and its look was too strong. I had to put it in writing…

Photo source: The Tuli bed by You & Lou