Pets

Dogs' Dinners Cookbook

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Times, they are a-changin’…when once the saying “I’ve made a right dog’s dinner of that” would mean a less than appealing result, along comes Debora Robertson to firmly turn all such notions inside out. Even if you don’t have a pet pooch, we urge you to pick up her glorious book ‘Dogs’ Dinners’ and indulge yourself in some seriously compelling page turning. Not only has Debora brought a whole host of delicious recipes for our canine friends together, but she also gives us the option of how to tailor these taste bud tinglers to suit our humanoid palate too.

First and foremost though, her book is written very much with our four-legged family members in mind - which is why our favourite fluffy English Show Cocker Spaniel Tilly was so happy to sit lapping up every page while we made our more leaden way through the Sunday papers over the weekend! And why not …? With recipes like ‘Turkey and Quinoa Meatballs’, ‘Liver Brownies’, and ‘Summer Pupsicles’ to ponder, there is much for Tilly to salivate over - as you can see, she has been thoroughly engrossed! 

Included are tips on how to deal with specific food intolerances; what to serve up should there be signs of a sensitive mouth or gums, and of course, like us, doggies can suffer from the occasional off day, but guess what - chicken broth works wonders for them too! It appears that when all is said and done, apart from some levels of seasoning, nosh-wise there isn’t much to divide us.

To view this only as a collection of recipes, however, would be a mistake - there is a great deal more information contained within it’s covers, as to the healthiest way to feed your dog from their earliest puphood, through to the various stages of growing up. With advice on the ingredients which will keep teeth as healthy as possible, the ways to encourage fresh breath, and the more basic functions at the other end, Debora Robertson covers it all. She especially explore the essential knowledge of what NOT to offer up - we all know that chocolate and cooked bones are a total no-no, but avocados, unripe tomatoes and caffeine of any kind are also on the hazardous list. Fortunately for Tilly and her pals, there is a larder full of delicious goodies to make extensive use of, and Ms Robertson expertly shows us the way.

‘Dog’s Dinners’ is a fascinating mix of informed nutritional advice, intriguing anecdotes - check out “the bone about which we do not speak” on page 26 - and beautifully observed illustrations by Cinzia Zenocchini, which will sit perfectly alongside Delia and Nigella’s finest on the kitchen shelf.

‘Dogs’ Dinners’ by Debora Robertson is priced at £9.99 and is available here.

Christmas Special - For Pets

Here at The Amazing Blog we all are big pet lovers. Our lives would be half empty if we didn’t have our little furry friends with us. Dogs, cats, rabbits; they’re all part of the family and naturally, when December comes, we put all the effort we can into finding them the best present ever. With our suggestions, your best friend will be totally spoiled this year.

I think we can all agree that Christmas is a snuggly time of year, but why should that just apply to us humans? Help your pooch to get cosy with a new blanket from The Stylish Dog Company.

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They have a huge selection and we’ve never seen anything more stylish and comfy for our pets. Their collection of Fur Dog Blankets are available in a range of colours, from the lightest cream to a darker chocolate, offering an option to match your decor. Whether you own the smallest Chihuahua in the world or a mastiff, The Stylish Dog Company created 4 sizes of blankets to suit every dog. We didn’t mention cats but we are 100% sure they’ll love it too. All the blankets are available here for £49.

If accessorising is more your thing, this year you can do something special for your dog and for hundreds of other puppies by customising a unique identification tag from Hashtagdogtag. They support Pup Aid, which helps to fight against puppy farming.

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With an impressive array of tag styles to choose from, including various shapes, hashtags, materials like  brass, aluminium or copper and sizes from small to large, you're sure to find something to suit your pup. Find out how to create a bespoke treat for your pet here, from £14.50.

We all know that dogs aren't just for Christmas, and Ruby and Duke offer the perfect year round present for your canine pal in their monthly boxes. After all, why should we be the only ones to enjoy the fun of subscription boxes?

On Ruby and Duke's website you can activate the best plan for you. If you’re not sure, start with a 1 month subscription and once you realise your dog loves it, you can go for a 3 month subscription or even 1 year (that's next Christmas sorted too!). Every box is packed to offer the right amount of fun, with products always safe and created for your dog welfare. Usually a box includes 4-6 food items and toys approved by professional…dogs. The price is very affordable, from £20 for a month, £18.50 per month for 3 months and £17 for the whole year. Sign up and order your box of canine goodies here.

This year, it seems as though we're going to have more of a 'Wet Christmas' than a 'White Christmas', and Long Paws offers the perfect gift for those fussy pets who would rather not get their fur wet - MacPaws. Special raincoats that can be easily folded and kept in a small bag, they're practical and look super cute too.

Pack it up before a long walk, just in case, and once dirty, just pop it in the washing machine. Available in 6 sizes, their colours are so pretty, we’d love to have some human sizes as well! Keep your dog warm and dry, and pick up your own MacPaws here for £7.99.

It's all weel and good buying your dog lots of material treats, but understanding their needs is also crucial to having a happy pooch. Thankfully, Tony Cruse, dog lover and dog trainer, wrote a little manual to help us out. With ‘101 Doggy Dilemmas’ he teaches how easily we can misunderstand our dog’s signals. 

From the reason they destroy the garden, to why they like to chase the postman, this book is a valuable support not only if you’ve just decided to get a puppy, but also to improve the behaviour of a long time family dog. It is available in kindle edition and paperback for £2.99 or £7.99 here.

With these sweet gift ideas, Christmas is sure to be a wonderful time for all of the family, even our lovely canine companions.

WildWash - Natural Pet Grooming Products

There's no question that our dogs become a part of the family; we tend to treat to them as equals in every way but one, their beauty routine. Here at The Amazing Blog, we wanted to find a natural ‘Furcare’ product range that is catered to the furry need of all dogs. WildWash have come to our aid with their range of natural skin and coat care for pets. We were lucky enough to receive the Deep Cleaning Shampoo, Fragrance No.3 Perfume and Healing Paw Balm to try on our pampered pooches.

There is confusion on the dos and don’ts when cleaning our dogs - I’ve often heard that most regular pet shampoos strip their skin of natural essential oils. The problem is that my dog, like so many others, will find any excuse to dirty himself. Mud? Rolls in it excessively. Puddles? Dives in head first. There is no other choice but to wash him, but WildWash shampoos are innovative in their focus on keeping the PH balance natural. The Deep Cleaning Shampoo contains Soybean Phospholipids, Neem, Aloe Vera and Sea Kelp; all of which give the coat a deep conditioning and nourishment, as well as being natural flea deterrents, and having anti-inflammatory/antiseptic properties. There is so much goodness packed into one highly fragrant shampoo. The Peppermint, Rosemary and Lemongrass scent is beautiful and neutralises even the stinkiest of canines.

For the stages in between washes that we find our dog’s odour rather pungent, you can use WildWash's range of unique, PH balanced fragrances. That’s right, perfume for our pooches! After all, we want our dogs to smell fresh, clean and delicious all day long. The scents are all natural and plant-based, and we loved the gorgeous Sweet Orange scent with a hint of Coriander and Cedarwood. Once sprayed on the fur it gave a warm and spicy aroma, which didn't irritate the dog either, which is always a concern. Last, but not least, we tried out the Paw Balm, designed to protect our doggies from the many external conditions they have to endure. The Sweet Almond Oil used within it is high in Vitamin E, we were surprised how well it moisturised the pads and kept them soft to the touch.

Every product has passion and thought behind it, so give your dog the perfect fur day and get yours here for £14.95 for the Shampoo and Fragrance and £12.95 for the Paw Balm.

ZSL Pooch Parade

Attention all animal lovers! The Zoological Society of London will be hosting its first Pooch Parade sponsored dog walking event in London on Sunday 22 March and this is also your chance to participate in a great cause.

The 2.5 km walk through Battersea Park is raising funds for ZSL’s Lions400 Campaign. The campaign aims to raise £5.7m to create Land of the Lions, a new state-of-the-art lion breeding centre and exhibit at ZSL London Zoo, as well as extend vital conservation work in India where only 400 Asiatic lions are left in the wild.

Heidi, Asiatic Lioness at ZSL London Zoo

Heidi, Asiatic Lioness at ZSL London Zoo

To participate in this event, you can register your dog here for £10, plus a pledge to raise £40 per dog for the Lions400 campaign. Each dog can be accompanied by up to four walkers. Each participating pup will receive a special doggy bag and a medal to show off when they complete their walk. Places are very limited so that's why we at The Amazing Blog are giving you the 'heads up' at least a week in advance.

Even if you don’t have a four-legged friend to register, this is a great event to come out and watch. The event gets up and running at 10 a.m.

The Draycott Nursing & Care Carol Service In Aid Of Canine Partners

The festive season is fast approaching, and with it comes the planning of one’s Christmas calendar. If you’re looking to do your good deed this Christmas, then join Draycott Nursing & Care Charity Carol Service to raise monies for Canine Partners.

This year’s celebrity readers joining the event are ITV’s Brideshead Revisited star Anthony Andrews, BBC’s eminent journalist Esther Rantzen and applauded opera singer Constance Novis.

The Carol Service this year will be held in the heart of Chelsea, at the Holy Trinity Church in Sloane Square, SW1X, London on Monday 15th December at 6.30pm.

The beautiful place of worship is an excellent example of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The former Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman called Holy Trinity church the ‘Cathedral of the Arts and Crafts movement’ and that indeed is what it is, containing treasures by William Morris, Edward Burne Jones, Christopher Whall, Henry Hugh Armstead, Frederick William Pomeroy among many other skilled artists of the Arts and Crafts movement.

All the funds raised during the evening will go directly to help train the assistant dogs for Canine Partners. These highly skilled dogs help a disabled person with everyday tasks and maintain their independence. These amazing dogs bring greater independence and a better quality of life by performing tasks that are difficult, painful or even impossible for their partners, such as opening and shutting doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and emergency response.

Of course, the adorable dogs will be attending the event, handing out programmes and helping people to their seats. Take a look at our video, and see if you can resist the cuddly canine companions.


It’s sure to be a wonderful Christmas celebration with everyone’s favourite carols and readings, whilst raising money for an incredibly worthy cause.

Tickets are £20 (adults), £10 (children – 12 years and under) and include festive refreshments and canapés after the service. You can buy your tickets now through the Canine Partners website. Alternatively, if you need more information, want to book tickets or make a donation, please contact at Paula Dagger on carolservice@draycottnursing.co.uk at Draycott Nursing & Care or call 0207 351 7171.