Paws and Rewind is a look back at the places, products, activities and events that we have been enjoying with Elsa over the past month.
November seemed to be a lot colder than usual so we spent lots of time indoors - although not necessarily at home!
At the beginning of November we took Elsa and Piglet for a little drive to The Dog Barn in St Helens. The on-site coffee shop called 'The Dog Bowl' caters to their canine customers as a priority, offering an amazing range of homemade food and treats that are specially made for dogs! The Dog Barn also has a grooming salon, retail shop and a large field where they host play sessions as well as agility, training and obedience classes. We were very impressed with the range of facilities available and both Elsa and Piglet enjoyed their special treats! If we lived a bit closer to St Helens we would probably visit The Dog Barn more often; Elsa would love the open play sessions in the field...we'll have to time our second visit a bit better so that she can join in next time.
On the way home we stopped at Knutsford Makers Market which was very, very busy! This was our first visit to Knutsford with Elsa and we didn't realise how narrow the streets were... I ended up carrying Elsa through the worst of the crowds because I was worried about her being trampled. Although there were quite a few dogs there, unfortunately there also seemed to be quite a few dog-haters out that day too which really soured the atmosphere - shockingly both Elsa and Piglet had negative comments directed at them. (People can really be quite horrible sometimes!) By the time we'd walked up and down the main market street we decided to give up and go home! I definitely would not take a dog to a market in Knutsford again because it wasn't pleasant for Elsa, and as a result I can't say that I enjoyed the experience either!
In better news: another dog friendly coffee shop has conveniently opened up right next door to Hounds in Newcastle-under-Lyme!
We are already obsessed with The Cakery, and they really LOVE dogs so Elsa is always made to feel very welcome whenever we visit. They offer a range of breakfast and lunch items along with fresh homemade cakes and pastries which can be washed down with fresh, hot barista style coffee - YUM! The food served in this coffee shop is strictly for humans, but with Hounds based next door it's easy to pop in and pick up a treat for Elsa to enjoy while we indulge ourselves.
Saturday the 11th of November was Remembrance Day and we wore our poppies with pride. Many people forget that, along with the people that have given their lives in the line of duty, many service animals including dogs and horses have supported humans and played their part in various conflicts.
We have a lot of admiration for any service animal, and a particular fondness for Guide Dogs. We have been sponsoring a Guide Dog puppy called Lexi for over a year now (it takes up to 2 years of training to become a fully fledged Guide Dog) and we really enjoy reading about her progress in the regular newsletters that we receive. Lexi has changed so much since she was a little pup and we're really pleased to see her doing so well, we are certain that she will make a huge difference to someone's life one day.
As if we needed another excuse to go shopping, both Hounds and Gus & Bear launched their Christmas products in November! Check out: Elsa's Christmas Diary 2017 and our Our Favourite Christmas Gifts for Dogs 2017.
Gus & Bear's grooming spa also opened in November, slightly earlier than scheduled. It looks absolutely amazing and it's always a good sign when you see that the groomer's own dog is perfectly coiffed! We were very impressed with the new facilities.
While we were having a look around we noticed a few familiar faces - Esme & Greta (Instagram @lisas_hart) and Toby (adventuresoftobyblog.wordpress.com). We have been following all three of these pooches on Instagram so it was great to meet them in person and I had fun chatting with their lovely owners - I even managed to pick up a few grooming tips! Hopefully our paths will cross again in the future...
Winter is a great time to snuggle on the sofa with a good book, and a dog!
This month we have been reading Doug the Pug - A Working Dog's Tale. Doug is such an inspiration and I really enjoyed reading this colourful book so it was a natural choice for our first book review!
Of course we didn't really spend the whole month cooped up indoors... We've been putting Elsa's Equafleece through it's paces and are very pleased to report that this product does what it says on the tin, even keeping her warm and dry during our first snowfall of 2017! We'll put a more detailed product review post together soon!
The Pack - November 2017
We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Rodney to The Pack this month! Rodney has recently been featured in the news because he is the resident pooch at The Fox & Hounds pub in Theale, West Berkshire, which recently won the DogFriendly 2017 award for the best Pub/ Bar!
Although we love to travel, one set of paws can only go so far. If you have found a dog friendly place that's worth barking about and you would like to have your your dog featured on Paws across Britain please click here for more information.
Next Month - December is one of our favourite months, with lots of fun things happening...
We'll be sharing Elsa's 2018 Christmas Diary very soon so that you can follow all the exciting events on the run up to Christmas and New Year!