At the beginning of the month I was lucky enough to be invited to the National Pet Show held at Birmingham’s NEC. It’s safe to say I had the best day ever being surrounded by my favourite things in the world: animals. As well as feeding alpacas, making doggy friends and looking round all the gifts, The Geek & I spent ages wandering around and spent a small fortune on Rufus.
We came back with an emptier bank balance and a soon to be happy hound. It’s a perfect day out for any animal lover as there is so much to look at!
We chatted to a lovely lady on this stand who handcrafted these mazes for her springer spaniel. She offered so many different designs that mentally stimulate your pooch. They are more difficult and require more thinking than Kongs do. She had an adorable video in the background of her Springer carrying out the tasks. It’s definitely worth the investment if your dog tends to get bored easily and is a clever hound!
I love to take Rufus anywhere with me and I’m not the biggest fan of leaving him on his own. It makes my heart sad when dogs only get to go on a walk where we dictate them or they are just stuck in the house. But, how are you meant to find the dog friendly places in the world? Doggie Places is an app and website where businesses can list if they are dog friendly. It lists dog friendly beaches, restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and even hotels! The app on launched last month but it’s growing! Even if there’s nothing in your area yet, it’s worth signing up for and keeping an eye on as word gets out and more businesses sign up!
Noel Fitzpatrick, Channel 4’s Supervet, was holding talks through out the day. It was the thing I was most excited for as I love Supervet; I think this man is a wonderful human who does so much for the animal world. During his talks, he told us about his charity, Humanimal Trust, which is building the relationship between human and animal medicine. Did you know that 90% of cancer in dogs and human is similar? But vets and doctors never have the conversation about it. So much of human medicine is tested on animals but we never give them anything back. The charity is about working together to bring both medicines forward and it’s something I truly believe in. I’ve watched both humans and animals fall apart due to their health and each time it breaks my heart. If conversations can save a loved ones life, it’s worth having these conversations. I’ve set up a £5 monthly donation to the charity and hoping to do some fundraising for them next year.
4. Mabel & Mu
What does your pooch need this Christmas? A Christmas bow tie of course! I eyed up Mabel & Mu before The Pet Show and I spent a good fifteen minutes scouting them out. They sell designer collars, leads and accessories to really dress up your dog and make them feel special. When I was first looking for a collar for Rufus I really struggled finding a quirky and fun design. Mabel & Mu stock so many and are so well priced. I picked up Rufus’ bow tie for Smashing Sarah’s Christmas Jumper Party so he can join in with the fun and look the part!
5. Pet Time
At some point each owner has to leave their dog on their own in the house. There’s always the worry about them chewing your house to bits, if they are lonely and if you’re doing the right thing leaving them. If you are away for long periods of time Pet Time may have the solution for you. Pet Time have introduced the idea of having a very small box in your home where you can dispense low calorie treats to your dog, see them on camera and also interact with them through a voice feature all through an app! It’s a fantastic idea if you can’t pop home on your lunch and really gives you peace of mind!
Thank you so much to Good Results PR for inviting me to come along. I had a fantastic day!