Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Review - LaRoo Squeaky Rugby Ball Dog Toys (pack of 2)

You receive two ball in random colours 

LaRoo Squeaky Rugby Ball Dog Toys 

Product description 

  • A Good Elasticity with Steady Squeeze Sound: The dog ball with sound is just the right weight with enough heaviness to throw far, no extra strength needed to play with, it is ideal dog daily toys. With built-in a special sounder, this ball can produce the instant sound to grasp the dog's attention and excites the dog when chew or press it, and also bounce and allow your dogs keep playing it and have a joyful life.
  • The Unique Rugby Design and Bright Color to Grasp Dog's Attention: The unique Rugby-shaped design, lovely and flexible to play with, the bright color is most suitable for the dogs chewing or playing with, have fun with it and meanwhile improve their intelligence and agility, prevents boredom and creates happy dogs when we are out or not around the dogs.
  • Build More Healthy Chewing Habits: This dog treat egg can help the dog to build healthy and non-destructive chewing habits instead of chewing the shoes/furnitures, have more happy and healthy dog. Also a great agility trainning tool and interactive toys with our dog friends.
  • Easy to be cleaned and Keep Fit for Your Dog: This squeaky ball is washable and easy to be cleaned with worry free. The dog will like it and improve its health via running, chewing and doing sports daily. High Standard Eco-friendly Safe Materials: This dog ball is made of high quality and food-graded materials, environmental and non-toxic. It is gentle on a dog's mouth and dog owner's hands, but also super strong and durable, can offer safety of dog bite for chew toy purpose.
  • LIFETIME PRODUCT WARRANTY (MONEY-BACK OR REPLACEMENT): 100% satisfied GUARANTEE, no query asked refund or replacement (Just feel free to contact us via Amazon message if you are not 100% satisfaction).

Purchase Link


Price

£12.99 for two toys

Reviewed by

Bev

Rating 

3/5 stars 

Review 


Bev's dog Rolo is ball crazy, so I thought he was the ideal candidate to review these squeaky rugby balls for us. The LaRoo squeaky balls come in four different colours - blue, orange, pink and lime green. Unfortunately you are unable to choose the colours you want, you are sent two randomly coloured balls. Rolo received a pink ball and a lime green ball.


I expected Rolo to love these toys, but unfortunately they were too heavy for him to pick up (he's a chihuahua cross Yorkshire Terrier so he's quite a small dog). They were also too heavy for Dottie the chihuahua and Scooby the Pomeranian. Bev feels that due to the size and weight of these balls, that they would be much better suited to larger dogs.

There are some definite positives about the toys though. The colours are lovely and bright so they are easily spotted in the grass when you throw them. They are also very bouncy, and as they are rugby ball shaped they bounce in random directions which is great fun for the dogs. Although Rolo and his brother and sister couldn't pick the balls up, they did enjoy chasing them around the garden when they were thrown for them.

The toys look to be quite tough but the dogs haven't tried chewing them so we can't comment on how long they'd last with a dog that chews toys. 

Overall we wouldn't recommend the LaRoo rugby balls for small dogs, but larger dogs would enjoy them as they are fun and very bouncy. I do feel that the price is a bit high - £12.99 for two squeaky balls seems quite expensive to me. Bev and Rolo have given the rugby balls three out of five stars.

Review - Billy + Margot Dog Food and Treats

I received complimentary products in exchange for an unbiased review.


Billy + Margot dog food and dog treats 

Product descriptions and purchase links

Venison Chew Sticks-

100% Venison meat (prepared from 250g per 100g of finished product) collagen casing. A healthy snack, high in protein. Sticks can be broken into smaller pieces if wished. Hypoallergenic. Do not feed to puppies under the age of 14 weeks old

Honey & Banana Training Biscuits 

Product Description

No Wheat
No Additives
Pure Fruit
Linseed Oil
Seaweed
Lovingly hand prepared and oven baked in Britain. Billy + Margot nutritious biscuits are wheat gluten free and are lovingly oven baked in Britain using the finest ingredients. With the help of our pet nutritionist, we have carefully selected each ingredient for their nutritional properties. Composition: Oat, Barley, Chicken Fat, Honey, Seaweed, Linseed, Cinnamon, Banana, Yeast Extract, Turmeric

Fish Skin Cubes

Made from 100% whitefish skins (nothing else), these natural low calorie treats have a rough texture which helps remove tartar from dog’s teeth.


Venison Complete Canned Wet Food

Made in Britain – Grain free complete food for dogs
A nutritious complete wet food for dogs made with 60% Venison, pure vegetables and fruits, milled flaxseed, seaweed, Omega 3 rich salmon oil, herbs, plus all the essential vitamins and minerals your pet needs for a truly healthy and nutritious diet.
As with all our treats we only use pure ingredients: no rendered animal parts, carcass or derivatives, no GM, no artificial preservatives, no colourants, no taste enhancers or sweeteners. No grains (not even rice!).
We only use wholesome fruits and vegetables – the proof…. you can see the carrots, green beans and blueberries. The result is a delicious and nutritious meal for your dog.

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Prices

Venison Chew Sticks £4.99

Honey & Banana Training Biscuits £2.69

Fish Skin Cubes £3.25

Venison Complete Canned Wet Food £2.45

Reviewed by 

Julie

Rating

5/5 stars for all products tested

Review 

Elgin waiting to try his Billy + Margot goodies

I first discovered Billy + Margot at a large dog show in Kent back in 2012. The dogs we had then, Henry and Jessie, absolutely loved Billy + Margot's iced treats which are fruit based 'ice creams' for dogs. Billy + Margot now also make a wide range of natural dog treats as well as complete canned pet food. They kindly sent us a few of their products for Elgin and Cherry to try.

The Honey and Banana training biscuits were very popular with Elgin and Cherry. They both have a sweet tooth, so these treats were a big hit. My brother's lurchers, Bandit and Skipper, also tried these biscuits and they both really liked them. Skipper is a fussy dog and he rarely likes non meaty treats, so I was very impressed that he liked these biscuits. These treats are gluten free so are ideal for dogs with sensitivities.

These honey and banana training biscuits were great for rewarding Elgin.

Elgin tried the tin of complete wet food - he usually has dry food so he was very excited when he saw meat in his bowl! The flavour he tried was venison with carrots, green beans and blueberries. I must admit I'm not usually a fan of feeding tinned dog food, quite simply because the look and smell of it makes me feel queasy (one of my health problems makes me extra sensitive to strong smells)! But the Billy + Margot food looked completely different than other wet dog food I've used in the past. It smelt meaty, and it was a much more pleasant smell that than of more widely known tinned dog food.

The meat looked a lot better too, you could tell it was of a very high quality just by it's appearance. You could even see the bits of vegetables and blueberries in the food. Elgin devoured this food very quickly - I don't think he's ever eaten his dinner this fast before! At £2.45 a tin to feed a dog of Elgin's size just on the tinned food it would work out a bit over my budget. But I would definitely buy it as an occasional treat to put with Elgin and Cherry's dry food and it is reasonably priced for a very high quality food.

If you have a fussy dog, then I would suggest that you give Billy + Margot wet food a try as I really think that they'd like it.


Elgin and Cherry trying the venison chew sticks.

The venison chew sticks were definitely Elgin and Cherry's favourite Billy + Margot treats - I think they may even be their favourite treats ever. These meat sticks can be broken into smaller pieces if you wish, but I gave them to the dogs whole. Elgin and Cherry went absolutely crazy for the venison sticks, their little faces lit up whenever they saw the packet. The only thing I wasn't too keen on was the smell of the treats, but this is probably what made them appeal to the dogs so much, so it's not a problem. I think I'm definitely going to have to buy some more of these, as the dogs enjoyed them so much.

Cherry was impatient to try the venison sticks!

The fish skin cubes were also very popular with all of the dogs. My brother's deerhound, Bo, also loved these. He's fifteen and has lost sone strength in his jaw, so I wasn't sure if he'd be able to eat these crunchy treats - sometimes he decides harder treats aren't worth the effort to chew them - but he really enjoyed them and kept asking for more!

Billy + Margot are passionate about using high quality, nutritious ingredients in their products and this shines through in the quality of their treats and food. The treats are reasonably priced and are good value as they they are of such high quality, they are definitely worth the price and I would even pay a little bit more. Our dogs are now big fans of Billy + Margot - and so am I! I definitely recommend Billy + Margot to other dog owners, and I will be buying some more treats for Elgin and Cherry.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Review - CLAVUZ Gel Nail Polish

CLAVUZ Gel Nail Polish, Shade BU007

Product Description 

  • INCLUDED: 1pc Magic Blue Gel Polish 8ml / 0.27fl.oz GEL COLOR:BU007 12 Colors Avaliable
  • EXCLUSIVE BRAND: CLAVUZ NO HARM to Skins and Nails! NON-TOXIC and Harmless Resin, High Quality Gel with almost No Smell, Good Tenacity,Color Resistant, Flexible and Shiny Resistant to Any Test
  • LONG WEARING: 2-3 WEEKS Shiny High Gloss Wear without Chiping or Peeling When Applied Properly. No Grinding. No Filing. No Drying Time after Application
  • NEED: To Cure Under the UV or Led Lamp.Our Gel Nail Polish is Easy to Apply just like Normal Color Polish but Much More DURABLE
  • SUITABLE:Perfect for Professional Salon Beauty Shop or at Home Personal Use. Suitable for Natural Nails, UV Gel Nails, False Nails, Acrylic Nails, Nail Tips, etc

Product Link


Price

£4.99

Reviewed by

Katie

Rating 

4/5 stars 

Review 


Katie tried this gel nail varnish for us and she was very happy with it's performance. The shade she tried was called BU007 which is a very bright blue.

The colour of the polish is great, a really vibrant shade that looks just as good in real life as it does in the sellers photograph. Katie felt that this particular shade would be ideal for a night out on the town!

The nail polish was easy to apply, and it was long lasting. At £4.99 it's a good price for gel polish and it is an affordable amount. At that price you could justify buying it for a one off special event to add some colour and pizazz to your look. Katie gave the CLAVUZ Nail Polish four out of five stars. 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Review - Paw Beam Laser Cat Toy


Paw Beam Laser Cat Toy

Product description 

  • Interactive with Cat - This exercise toy can increase the intimate interaction between you and the cat, make the cat full of energy.
  • Cute Paw Design - shaped paw, instead of the shape of the traditional toys, more entertaining and interesting.
  • Comfortable Material - silicone button, soft and comfortable, intimate consideration for the owner and cat.
  • Unique Key set - each button can be used to light up the toy.
  • Long Time to Use - Applicable for the replacement of button cell with the 2 AAA batteries (not included) , it can using long time and convenient to discharge.

Purchase link


Price

£4.89

Reviewed by

Bev

Rating

5/5 stars 

Review 


The Paw Beam Laser Cat toy allows you to shine a laser onto the floor for your cat to chase. It's an interactive toy so all of the family can have great fun playing with your cat. It comes in a choice of five main colours - black, white, red, blue and yellow.

Bev and her 15 year old cat, Kitty, have tested this toy. 


This is what Bev had to say about the toy:

"Fifteen year old Kitty had an amazing time chasing this. It turned him into a kitten again with him running, jumping and chasing the light. Our young chihuahua also enjoyed chasing it so it's perfect for dogs too. 

This gave Kitty some good exercise indoors on a wet day. It's great fun for all of the family to interact with both cats and dogs. I feel that this toy is good value as it's a great way to exercise your pets and it's fun for them too."


The light that this laser toy generates looks bright and easy for your cat to follow and chase. The design of the toy itself looks fun and stylish, as well as easy to hold. This laser beam toy proved to be extremely popular with Kitty and he gave it five stars. Great fun!

It's 2 years since Elgin came into my life

Two years ago I had just completed a two week residential training course at assistance dog charity Canine Partners' Midlands centre. During the two weeks I learnt how to work with Elgin, and learnt all of the different tasks he'd been taught my his amazing trainer. At the end of those two weeks my new assistance dog, Elgin, travelled back to Devon with Mum and I.

Elgin at the training centre.

The course was hard work, I found it physically and mentally exhausting because there was so much to learn. But it was 100% worth it. During those two week I started to bond with Elgin, as I was essentially a stranger to him, having only met him once before on our matching day (when the disabled person meets a dog or dogs so that the trainers can see if you work well together). 

It was amazing had quickly he did bond to me, I think he knew that I needed him and he wanted to help. Elgin is a very sensitive boy and he very quickly started to pick up on how well I was or how much pain I was in. He knew when to be gentle, and he knew when to act the fool to cheer me up.

Elgin and I practicing his 'my lap' command. This is where he gently puts his front feet on my lap. This is useful for when I need to put his working jacket on, and for passing me objects if I'm unable to stretch or bend down to his level.

During the two weeks we did a lot of public access training, where we went into town centres, shops cafes etc. I found this all very scary as at this point I'd hardly left the house for two years, but with Elgin by my side my confidence grew.

Elgin in our room at the training centre, trying to get me to play with his toy octopus!

In the two years since the training course my health has rapidly deteriorated, plus I have lost all of my hair to alopecia. Back then I could walk a few metres around the house, now I can only walk a step or two (and some days even that is impossible ). I'm now a full time wheelchair and need Elgin's help more that ever. He is an incredible dog, he loves work, he always wants to please you. His tasks are all fun to him and they earn him his two favourite things - treats and praise - he would work all day if I let him!

Five minutes after Elgin met Jessie and Henry for the first time.

On the way home from the training centre I was worried how Elgin would react to my two pet dogs, Henry and Jessie. They'd never met before but canine partners' trainers had assessed Jessie and Henry's characters and chose a dog who would play with Jessie, but be gentle with Henry who was 13 at the time. Well the trainers certainly matched them well! All three instantly became best friends. Sadly Jessie and Henry have now passed away, I think Elgin misses them, especially Jessie who was his playmate and partner in crime.

The last two years have been tough, I've had a lot of health problems, including a stroke the day after my 36th birthday. But with Elgin next to me I can get through anything. Elgin is a special dog, I love him more than words can say, and I'm so grateful to Canine Partners for bringing him into my life.