I have had my little best bud Louie for almost FIVE YEARS! Five?! Time has flowwwwn by!
On the 4th of July, I visited this little cute scared little pooch and he approached me and would not leave me alone. I cradled him for a while and I knew I needed to take him home. I didn’t initially go to actually end up with a puppy but I had to give him a home, I decided to go home and give it a little think over, which basically meant I would go home and start researching everything about pugs then deciding to go for it and head to Pets at Home and buy every puppy product in sight! and then literally, the next morning on the 5th of July I went to pick him up and bring him home!!
Honestly one of the happiest days of my life.
He was 10 weeks old, he was tiny, he had a little alien-like face but he was such a cutie.
It was super hot that summer in 2013 and after all the research I did, I knew it was going to be a struggle in the heat with a baby pug. I stayed in that entire summer in all the shady spots in the garden and indoors with all the doors open making sure my little babe was hydrated, cool and happy.
There’s a lot of things I’ve learnt about dogs – pugs especially since having him in my life and it seems weird that I’ve had this little ball of responsibility for five years, keeping him happy and healthy. I think I have done a pretty good job at it to be honest if I do say so myself.
Dogs are hard work don’t get me wrong, getting a dog is one of the best things I have ever done and from afar it seems like the easiest job, petting them, cuddling them and going for walks easy right? but trust me it is a lot harder than it looks, training them to not pee all around your house is a mission, then teaching them to sit and trying to explain to them that human food is in fact for humans, not dogs.
Once you do get through that training stage they really do pick things up quickly one of my favourite things is when Louie will High Five if he wants a treat it’s the cutest thing.
I have a couple of favourite brands, for any essential he needed as a puppy, I loved the ‘Just for Puppy’ Range at Pets at Home it was all neutral colours and had everything he needed to start him off.
I also adore an independent brand called KC Woodcraft which hand make beds, food stations – even toy storage if your little pooch is as spoilt as Louie! They are featured in this post too.
So, if you have just got a little puppy/you’ve rescued an older dog or you just want to spoil your little buddy! I have put together a little ‘essentials’ post for your little fur baby!
A good quality bed.
In the first 1-2 years of having Louie I went through a ton of beds, he either wasn’t interested, it lost its shape or it got super grubby. This can end up pretty expensive and I chose to buy this gorgeous bed by KCWoodcraft. I found them a few years ago now and I initially wanted it because it didn’t look like a typical dog bed, I could choose any colour they had to offer and it matched my interior which I loved! It didn’t look grubby it looks a lot more expensive than it is and it is SO easy to clean and if you ever need to you can just give it a lick of paint, I have had this for a couple of years now and I haven’t had to paint it just yet! It’s a gorgeous wooden handmade bed, with his name engraved on a wooden bone. It looks super sleek and beautifully made and It looks so pretty home furniture, it goes really well in our lounge.
Every time I have visitors I always get compliments on this bed and asked where it is from so I thought I might as well share it on my blog because I have so many people ask about it.
He loves sitting in it in the garden with his cooling mat under his blanket!
Okay, so I haven’t ever seen a dog bowl like this before and it’s something I never knew I needed. The way it is made helps your dogs spine and neck which means not only does it look amazing in your house it’s also beneficial for your fur baby. Again, it is beautifully made and I chose the same colours as the bed so it all matched with my brown/neutral living room. I usually just give it a wipe down after he eats to keep it clean which is super easy.
This is the most recent purchase from KC Woodcraft. Louie is quite a spoilt pup and I was looking for cute storage boxes to hold his little coats, toys, lead etc. but I couldn’t find any big enough and that’s when KC Woodcraft released their storage boxes which I was over the moon about. I obviously got it to match his cute little bed and bowl and I initially bought it just for cute storage that wouldn’t look too dog-like. I just wanted storage that looked good and did its job but actually, Louie loves it. He was a little confused for a couple of days due to his toys being in this big box but now he happily trots over and he will pick the toys out of his box until he finds the one he wants to chew on and then happily plods off to the garden, it is the CUTEST thing!
So I quite like the fact it looks good and is well made which means I will happily have it matching with the decor of my lounge and looking like home furnishing so he can always have his toys whenever he wants thanks to this cute little addition.
I bought this when I went to Lake District last year which you can read the post ‘here‘.
We took Louie along for a dog-friendly holiday and it was amazing. I bought this because I thought he would be walking longer than his usual walks at home and he did! The air was so fresh he didn’t even get tired!
This has come in handy on that trip and ever since – especially in this hot weather. I take it even on short walks with Louie so he can have a drink and stay hydrated on the way. It stays super cold because of the metal material of the bottle and you can get it in all sorts of sizes, you just simply pour it in the lid and the lid acts as a bowl for your dog to drink from.
I don’t know if all dogs are like this but Louie is the ultimate sun worshipper! This isn’t too good for him though because the Patio gets hot which means he overheats so this cooling mat from The Range has been amazing. This mat has a cooling gel inside, so when body heat touches it the gel goes cold and cools your dog down. I lay it in the garden on the grass in the mornings and then he sits on it on top of a towel or blanket in the shade (or in his bed) its perfect for when we head to a beer garden to put under the table so he can chill underneath us and it folds up really small so is easy to travel with. I will say though that it is much better for short trips to restaurants etc when he sits outside but at home, he doesn’t use it much.
The other thing that I bought which he wears a lot at the moment is this bandana. I purchased this from pets at home and he keeps it on so he doesn’t pant as much and he doesn’t overheat, it is super soft and comfortable and you just run it under cold water and rinse out all the excess water, pop it around his neck and your pup will stay cool for ages!
It’s super easy and because of the super soft material, it stays cold for ages! It isn’t tight at all but you can adjust it with the velcro strap. He loves it and if it was between this and any of the other cooling accessories like the pools, mats etc I would definitely opt for the bandana because they can wear it inside, it packs so small and is super easy to travel with and the dog will love it!
I have seen online they have cooling vests which are the same as the bandana but all over their back and chest which I am waiting for it to be delivered but You can check that out here and keep an eye out in my insta for when that arives!
These are the current essentials we have been loving the last couple of months! Do you own any pets? What do you have?
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