Friday, 18 August 2017

Meet Our Pets - Lexi


Name

Lexi

Age

6 years old 

Species

Leopard Gecko 

Likes

Attention and cuddles. Food - meal worms and wax worms are her favourite. She's a bit fussy and doesn't really like crickets, which leopard geckos usually love.

Dislikes

Baths!

About Lexi


Lexi is a rescue gecko, we adopted her from a reptile rescue centre in 2014. She found herself in the rescue centre because her previous owner got fed up with having her and was no longer able to look after her. She was in poor health when she arrived at the rescue centre, and it took them a few months to nurse her back to peak condition.


Lexi is a very friendly gecko. She loves people and always want to come out for a cuddle. She's very tame and happily climbs up your arm to sit on your shoulder - I'm sure she thinks she's a parrot! She's not fazed at all by the dogs -  she's often sat on her warm rock in her vivarium watching the dogs' antics!

I think Lexi is absolutely beautiful and she is a real pleasure to have as a pet. I'm really glad that the rescue centre allowed me to adopt her as I love her to bits.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Review - Globenfield Limited Edition Steel Men's Automatic Watch

I received this product free of charge for the purpose of an unbiased review 


Globenfield Limited Edition Steel Men's Automatic Watch

Product Description 

  • BATTERY-FREE MASTERPIECE - Enjoy this Automatic Limited Edition Antique Blue Steel watch with over 110 individual intricately moving parts and 20 jeweled movements that do not need batteries, designed as one of the finest timepieces in the world in the automatic style of master watchmakers since the 18th century
  • TIME-TESTED SOPHISTICATION - This mens automatic watch is the true epitome of class and style with a Centurion White Croxley Textured Dial and matching steel blue-coloured hands, indices with a polished round bevel to embellish your style with any wardrobe
  • MINIMALIST DESIGN - Additionally, the appeal of this blue steel mens watch comes from the simplicity of minimalist steel blue-dotted indices and blue & gold coloured Sun and Moon display to express the night and day
  • LEATHER PERFECTION - A High Grade Tobacco Brown Leather strap anchors the jewelry casing of this luxurious men leather watch for comfort and ability to adjust the clasp to size; among leather strap watches for men this watch is perfectly lightweight in size to make a great gift, so if you're searching for a classy men's watch for that special birthday or holiday gift, look no further
  • GUARANTEED WARRANTY - All of our watches are results guaranteed and come with a 90-day money back guarantee, no questions asked - because we believe in the quality of each of our world-renowned watches, Globenfeld also offers a platinum warranty for a period of 5 years from the date of purchase

Purchase Link


Price

£79.99

Reviewed by 

Alan

Rating

5/5 stars 

Review 


Wow! This Globenfield automatic watch looks and feels so much more expensive than it is - the quality is absolutely outstanding. As soon as the parcel arrived (quickly and well packaged) we were impressed by the presentation. The watch comes in a lovely box which is wrapped in a cardboard sleeve. The box looks impressive and makes this watch an ideal gift for the special man in your life.


The watch is lightweight and comfortable to wear. I have quite large wrists and not all watches fit me well, but this watch wasn't tight at all - equally it would also fit much smaller wrists as it could be tightened by several notches. The straps are thick and made very well, they would definitely last years before they became worn and needed replacing. The stitching and workmanship of the leather is top rate.


The watch face itself is exquisite. The dials and other details all look fantastic and work together well. Unlike some watches, it's not cluttered up with pointless decoration - it's clean, clear and super stylish. It's easy to see at a glance exactly what time it is as the hands and time markings are clear to see. It really does look great on your wrist - it's a watch anyone would be proud to wear.

Even the back of the watch looks great! You can see the works inside the watch through the window at the back of the watch which is a nice added feature. It's fascinating to see how everything inside the watch works and moves.


I've heard people say that automatic watches aren't accurate, but this one certainly is! I've been wearing it for a few weeks now, and it's not lost or gained any time. 

Globenfield offers an amazing Platinum 5 year warranty with this watch, which shows you how confident they are in it's quality, accuracy and overall performance. This watch is of extremely high quality and is very stylish - it's by far the best watch that I've ever owned. I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone.

Meet our pets: Cherry

I've realised that I blog a lot about my assistance dog, Elgin, but I don't feature our other pets often enough. So I thought I'd start a series of blog posts that introduce you to my pets and those of my co-bloggers. We start the series with Cherry.

Cherry. This photo was taken a few days before she had her second eye surgery.

Name

Cherry

Breed

Beagle 

Age

4 years old

Likes

Absolutely any food! Playing with other dogs. Cuddles.

Dislikes 

Cherry is nervous of a few things due to her history. She hates fireworks, vacuum cleaners and cardboard boxes

About Cherry 
Photo credit- St Giles Animal Rescue. Cherry arriving at the rescue centre.


Cherry spent the first three years of her life living in squalid conditions in a puppy farm where she had at least one litter of puppies. When she developed medical problems the owners decided she was no longer of any use to them and planned to send her and several other beagles to an animal testing laboratory in France. Thankfully, Cherry, the other beagles and some basset hounds were saved by a rescue charity and were brought to Somerset.

These dogs were all extremely nervous, and Cherry was one of the most nervous of them all. These dogs had spent their whole life in a dark, dirty pen. They'd never been on grass, never walked on a lead and never known love and affection from humans. They didn't even have names - Cherry was named this by the rescue centre because she had a cherry eye. The world must have been a scary place to them.

Cherry on her first night in our home.

They arrived at the rescue centre in June 2016. By November 2016 most of the beagles had found homes, but Cherry was still in kennels waiting for someone to choose her. In those few months she had eye surgery (and she has since needed two further surgeries) and the rescue's staff and trainers helped her learn how to be a normal dog.

At the end of October 2016 our mastiff cross Great Dane, Jessie, suddenly passed away aged just 7. Jessie was Elgin's best friend and he missed her terribly. He got extremely depressed and we knew that he needed a new friend to keep him happy. I asked our local rescue centre if they had any dogs that we could immediately foster (I used to be a trustee for them and were already home checked etc). The only suitable dog was Cherry, so we went to meet her. She instantly got on well with Elgin and was respectful of our frail, elderly spaniel Henry (who has since sadly passed away) so we brought her home with us.

Henry, Cherry and Elgin one month after Cherry came to live with us.

When Cherry arrived in our house she was scared of everything, she was completely overwhelmed. Luckily she quickly bonded with both Henry and Elgin and really followed their lead. She learnt that people were nice and that hands weren't to be feared anymore - they now meant tickles, cuddles and her favourite thing of all, treats! Elgin taught her how to play and she soon beam a fun, happy dog.

One of her bad habits!

It's not all been plain sailing. Cherry was extremely nervous when she arrived and got spooked on a walk. She pulled the lead from my mum's hand and went missing for nearly twenty four hours. This was a traumatic, terrifying experience for Cherry - and us. Thankfully she was found hiding under a hedge by a gardener and came home wagging her tail like nothing had happened! After this we couldn't bear to let her go to another home, and went from fostering her to officially adopting her.

Cherry is a big character in a little body, she makes me laugh so much. She's a sweet dog and is now extremely affectionate - so different to how she was a few months ago. She does have some naughty habits and house training her has been difficult, but she's worth the hard work! Cherry still is nervous is some situations, but she's gaining in confidence every day.

She's a special, cheeky little girl and we love her so much.



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.