Apres Wet Wear

Apres Wet Wear

This is a great doggie accessory – we are forever going through our towels to dry Hank off after a wet walk or run and then putting a fleece (which also ends up damp) on him before he gets back in the car – here we can combine both towel and fleece into one! It will be great also to use after his showers/baths at home. I think we’ll be getting one of these – shame it only comes in the colour blue. ;-( The coat is suitable for all type of dogs and coats, and for best use ensure the bathrobe fits loosely. Simply rub the dogs coat dry. Then when done rinse bathrobe with plain water and wring out or machine wash up to 60...

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Climate Changer Dog Fleece

Climate Changer Dog Fleece

Just wanted to share our latest purchase for Hank – a brand new fleece for those chilly winter mornings. This is not a full-on winter coat but is great to put on when your dog could just do with a little extra warmth. You can see Hank here modelling it beautifully.  We got him a Medium which fits him just right. It also comes in Black, Grey or Pink and we pondered long and hard about which colour to get – but hopefully you’ll agree the Orange fleece suits him quite well. You can check out all the different colours by clicking on the Ruffwear Fleece link...

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Dog Crate Update

Dog Crate Update

I’ve just updated my original post on car crates with the resultant review of my purchase of the Trixie Car Crate. As you can see I’ve had to modify it slightly by removing the top panel to make it more comfortable / appealing and adding some pipe insulation to pad the bars. It was actually a real bonus that I could take the top panel out which I obviously wouldn’t have been able to do with a complete wire cage one. Now we have one happy Hank on all our car journeys! Get this from Amazon by clicking on the pic...

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Selecting A Dog Crate For The Car

Selecting A Dog Crate For The Car

Car Dog Crate Selection I thought I share some links and resources for car crates after I did some fairly extensive research on selecting a crate for our new Hungarian Vizsla dog. We decided to get a crate for the boot rather than just putting a dog guard behind the back seats for a couple of reasons. Firstly I carry a lot of other stuff with me in the boot and having a crate allows me to keep the dog separate from all that. However more importantly I think that a crate is actually a more secure mode of transport for the dog rather than having them rattling around in the whole boot. In addition when opening the boot the dog can’t leap out before we’re ready. Apparently lots of accidents are caused by dogs leaping out the back of a car onto a busy road or suchlike. There seems to be 4 basic types of crate that I could consider: • Rectangular crates • Crate with a sloping front only • Crates with both a sloping front and back • Custom-made crates Obviously the two most important factors to consider when selecting the crate was that it was appropriate for the size of dog (and for a Hungarian Vizsla that generally means a large size) and also that it fitted into the boot of the car. Some very rough guides for crate sizes are: Small Dog Crates:Toy Poodle, King Charles, Westie, lhasa apso, Bichon Frise, Chihuahua, Boston Terrier, Fox Terrier, Jack Russell, Maltese Terrier, Manchester Terrier, Norfolk Terrier, Norwich Terrier, Cairn terrier, Papillon, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier, suitable for small dogs and medium puppies. Medium Dog Crates: Dachshund (standard), Bedlington terrier, Miniature Poodle, Shetland sheepdog, Scottie, Corgi, Whippet, Cocker spaniel, French Bulldog, Beagle and also medium Puppies. Intermediate Dog Crates: Bull terrier, English Bulldog, Springer spaniel, Basset hound, Staffordshire bull terrier, Whippet, Brittany spaniel, Welsh springer spaniel and also larger puppies. Large Dog Crates: Border Collie, Rough Collie, Airedale, Springer, Bulldog, Dalmatian, Pointer, Standard Poodle, Bull terrier, Labrador, Boxer, Setter, Weimeraner, Retriever, Doberman, Rottweiler, Vizsla. Giant or Extra Large Dog Crates: Doberman, German Shepherd Dog, Old english sheepdog, Rottweiler, Great Dane, Bullmastif, Afghan. Other factors to consider are whether the crate can be dismantled and folded flat when not in use and whether it will rattle when you are actually using the car. While you might be able to stand a rattle for short journeys I could imagine it would get annoying on a long one. I thought it was going to be an easy search but actually some products did not come up in the regular google search and I only saw them in Amazon. I have an...

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