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Whippet brother Luz

Posted by Kai The Whippet on


This is a story about play, brotherhood and growing up. Today, I'm spending a couple of hours with the beautiful whippet Luz and his human family. It's a soaring hot and slightly humid summer weekend in Clissold park. Perfect for a game of baseball with the sighthound. As Phoenix and Quinn start running around the field, throwing the ball at each other, Luz joins in. He doesn't really understand what's going on, but he likes the cheerful atmosphere the game creates. Heat soon exhausts everyone. The whippet gets 'baggy' eyes and the boys laughter turns into an occasional strop. Kate remains unfazed. Carefully watching over the family from a distance, she...

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Jackie and Lurchers

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It’s a cold and rainy Wednesday in London and I’m on my way to to join dog walker Jackie for her morning walk. My trusty Bromptom bicycle has gotten me there a bit early and her two furry beauties are still asleep.Corky is resting peacefully on the warm bed in the cosy living room. Her eyes are open, observing how Jackie prepares tea. Her brother Ernie is still sleeping upstairs. Although Corky sounds a few barks when I’m at the door, neither of the lurchers come to greet me. That’s sighthounds for you. Aloof, sweet and very tired in the morning. Soon we are joined by Plato, the little parsons terrier. Jackie is taking care...

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The Three (Corgi) Musketeers

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  It’s Saturday and I’m out to meet Martin and his pack of three sweet corgies. It’s cold and the rain is pouring but tails are wiggling and little jaws are wide open with smiles and tongs sticking out. There’s nothing aloof about this bunch. Carefully, they follow us around the park, chasing after miniature tennis balls Martin, Charles and Ella are throwing for them. They are no stranger to the camera, Martin tells me whilst he makes them sit on top of tree logs – one corgi per stump. They’re registered pet models and have been in a variety of photo-shoots including a tv appearance on the Alan Car show with Lilly...

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Treacle the Goofy Labradoodle

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It’s Monday and I have no idea what a lovely morning it is going to be. I don’t want to get up, but I’m meeting Treacle, the goofy labradoodle and his human Judy in the park. As soon as the glowing pink orb is out of the pocket, Treacle is possessed with his Precious. No dog, human, smell or sound can compete with the rubbery appeal of the bouncy ball. He fetches it, carries it, chews it and protects it. Judy, a personal trainer, throws it left, right and straight. Every now and then she “pretend” throws it, quickly hiding the ball in her pocket with a giant smile. Treacle sniffs around but is...

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Merlin the Cheeky Wizard

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No one likes a sleep-in on a Saturday like Merlin. Today I’m wondering if he’s going to show up in the park at all. But he and his human have been wondering Clissold's greens for quite sometime before we meet up. The warm weekend’s silence is interrupted by wiggling tails, crazy hugs and mad running. For a bit. The independent whippet gets bored, decides to sniff around and play with his newly found favourite toy, the stick, alone. He later parades it around nearby dogs to engage in a chase and even swaps it for a deflated football. In the summer “we always keep a fiver in our pockets” says Cordelia, “just in case he steals some poor kid’s...

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Good Morning

Posted by Kai The Whippet on


Which one of us has just woken up? The weather outside is great, would you like to go to the park? “Maybe I’ll stay here, just for a little bit longer,” he answers. Really? “Yes, really, leave me alone.” I attach the lead and slowly, one by one, his legs start to slide of the bed. Whippets take time. I wrap him in the warm Dogsnug coat and we make our way pass the crooked tree and over the frozen ground. We play with the ball, make our rounds and head back home on this colourless morning. Back to the sofa and back to sleep.

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Celebrate our website launch with an Instagram Competition

Posted by Ali B on


  At Dogsnug we've been working long and hard to make sure that our website is fun and easy to navigate. We are very happy to officially launch the result. We hope you enjoy it! Please let us know what you think of it, we would love to hear your comments : )  No celebration is complete without presents! Which is why we our giving one lucky winner a Dogsnug coat of their choice of colour. To enter please go to our Competition page and follow the instructions. Good luck everyone, we are keeping our fingers crossed for you until the 3rd February 2016!

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The Things He’s Interested In

Posted by Kai The Whippet on


The small patch of sun lit grass right next to the smelly tree. The bird that just left the canopy. The little wooden bridge that foxes cross. The happy palette in the water.

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The problem with footballs

Posted by Ali B on


Here’s an idillic scenario, it’s Sunday morning, sunny, perhaps a little warm, and you think, you’re going to have a leisurely walk in the park this morning with the dog, perhaps get a coffee and watch said beautiful dog run graciously onto the horizon and back. So you arrive in the park, get your coffee, everything’s going as planned, you even bump into your lovely friends, how nice to see them, dog’s running happily, when suddenly: the dreaded shouting and a tearful little face in the distance; the next thing you know your morning zen has gone out the window, your coffee is flying up in the air and you are running across the field shouting like a person with...

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Tips on How To Keep Your Dog Leather Accessories In Top Condition

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You know the feeling. You’ve bought a lovely bridle leather collar for your lovely doggie. It feels nice in your hand and it looks great as you go for your morning walk. “You only get that feeling when it’s new, right?” Not necessarily. Whilst bridle leather naturally ages well, keeping a gentle imprint of time passing by, it is also important to look after your collar and lead. Over time, outside dirt and oil from your doggie’s skin will build up in the collar. If left, it will damage the leather and it will quickly start to look old and worn. To prevent this, you need to clean the leather accessories every now and then to keep the leather supple...

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