Wednesday, 29 February 2012

M & C Nurish-UM Paste for Dogs - Review

Fussy eaters can be difficult to deal with - whether it's children or dogs! Making sure they get all the essential nutrients they need can be a never ending battle.

Our fussy eater is Skipper, a one year old lurcher, (definitely not Henry - we have trouble getting him NOT to eat!). You think you've found him something he likes to eat then he'll suddenly go off of it for a few days. He's a very active dog, he just doesn't stay still for a second, so when he doesn't eat for a day or two he loses a bit of weight. Just when we get him back up to his ideal weight, he stops eating for one reason or another - after he recovered from his neutering operation or when he had a bug for example, or just because he doesn't like his food any more.

During these periods we struggle to get any decent food down him, and we worry that he's not getting all the vitamins and minerals he needs, but now we've found something that could help with this and help him to gain weight. Mark and Chappel Nurish-UM is a high calorie nutritional supplement containing essential vitamins and minerals

Fortified with Vitamins A, D, E and B vitamins
Contains Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Biotin, Taurine and Iron chelates

These nutrients work together as an aid in maintaining your pets overall health. This is especially important if your pet is not eating sufficient amounts of food for nutritional support.

Nurish UM is a paste which your dog can eat daily, either by licking it off the end of the tube, from a spoon or hidden in food. Being so fussy I was very sceptical about Skipper eating the paste, but he loves it! He licks it straight off the tube and he gets so excited when I get the packet out, so it must be very tasty indeed.

It's helping maintain his weight, and more importantly it is ensuring he is getting all the essential nutrients he needs. It is definitely no hardship for Skipper, he doesn't see it as having 'medicine' all he knows he's getting a really tasty treat.

I'd definitely recommend Nurish-UM. It's ideal for use when your dog is recovering from an illness, surgery or when you're trying to help your pet gain weight. The paste is high in energy to encourage quick recovery and contains only natural flavourings whilst being rich in omega 3, omega 6 and biotin to help the digestive system and metabolism. For more information please visit

Monday, 20 February 2012

And the winner is..........

Thank you to everyone who entered our Crufts ticket competition. The results are in and the lucky winner is.......

Emma Armitage!

Well done Emma, I will contact you now to arrange delivery.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Helping the UK's Labradors

Carolyne Poulton from Lyth has helped thousands of Labrador Retrievers, now the breed rescue club she works for has been invited to Crufts, to tell people all about its valuable work.

The Labrador Retriever is the UK’s most popular breed of dog, with around 40,000 Labrador puppies registered with the Kennel Club each year. Unfortunately, not every new owner will be able to cope with the commitment needed to own a Labrador Retriever and will seek help to find them a better home - last year Labrador Retriever Rescue Scotland saw more than 600 dogs needing its help.

Carolyne has been volunteering with Labrador Breed Rescue clubs for 15 years. For the past seven years she has assisted Labrador Retriever Rescue Scotland, and for the eight years previously with Caithness and Sutherland Labrador Retriever Rescue.

Carolyne’s passion for the breed all comes down to a dog called D’arcy. She explains: “I never had dogs growing up and I never really thought about them, but my husband loves Labrador Retrievers and often said, the only thing he wanted was a Labrador Retriever.

“Eventually we ended up getting Labradors, but it was not until D’arcy came along that I truly fell in love with the breed. She had such a wonderful nature she really made me want to give something back to the breed of dog that had given me so much.”

Since she started helping Labradors in need fifteen years ago, Carolyne hasn’t looked back. She helps dogs and owners, and helps people who are finding it difficult to look after their dog but only give them up reluctantly, by keeping in touch with the new owners, making sure her rescue dogs are properly cared for, for the rest of the dog’s life.

Carolyne continued: “The majority of dogs I see coming to me have not been badly treated but their owners have been unable to care for them properly. I do see many Labradors that have come from homes where the new owner underestimated the commitment of getting a dog.

“Often the dogs have not been properly trained or exercised and with the right owner, training and lifestyle they make amazing family pets. Other times I get dogs where the owners are no longer able to look after them - sometimes the owner has passed away or become ill, sometimes circumstances have changed. One man lost his job and was sleeping in a tent with his dog - he reluctantly gave his dog up to be rehomed but to this day he still calls to make sure she is doing ok with her new family.”

Labrador Retriever Rescue Scotland will be on the Kennel Club Breed Rescue stand at Crufts this year with some of their rescue dogs. The charity will be meeting visitors to talk about the benefits of finding a pedigree dog from breed rescue and about the invaluable work of the charity.

Crufts takes place from 8th-11th March and different dog breeds will be joining the Kennel Club Breed Rescue stand each day. Labrador Retriever Rescue Scotland will be on the stand on Friday March 9th along with the Cocker & English Springer Spaniel Rescue, German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue and Midland Golden Retriever Club Rescue.

For more information or tickets to Crufts visit

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Peter Andre adopts homeless hound

Singer and reality TV star Peter Andre has a new love in his life after a visit to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on Saturday.

The media star gave a second chance to a five month old Pug named Charlie after it arrived at the world famous animal charity because its owners were moving abroad.

The prolific Tweeter posted a photo of his new pooch on Twitter on Saturday to over a million and a half followers saying: “Welcome Charlie Pug :))) we love him. He is a dude.”

Animal lover Andre hosted Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s annual Collars & Coats gala ball last year which helps raise vital funds for the charity. During the event he was introduced to some of the 450 dogs that Battersea looks after at any one time.

Claire Horton, Battersea’s Chief Executive says: “Charlie’s really landed on his paws in his new home. Having Peter’s support means so much and we are thrilled he’s able to offer such a fantastic home to a Battersea dog. I know Charlie will have lots of fun with his new family, and we may even see him making an appearance on Peter’s ITV2 show!”

Last year Battersea Dogs & Cats Home cared for over 8,000 lost and unwanted dogs and cats. Battersea rehomes all over the UK. If you can offer a new start to a deserving dog or cat please contact Battersea on 020 7622 3626 or visit

Wetnose Christmas Pet Photo Competition Winners 2011

Recently I posted information about a pet photo competition run by Wetnose Animal Aid, and I thought you might like to see the winning photos.

"Wetnose Animal Aid is pleased and delighted to have chosen our 2 winners from some amazing and funny Christmas Pet Photos from our 2011 Pet Photo Competition. We received hundreds of photo’s of pets over the Christmas period, and there were many ‘awwwhs’ heard from the Wetnose Headquarters. In the end we decided these 2 lovely pictures were our favourites.

We at Wetnose would like to say a BIG thank you and well done to everyone for your entries. Rosettes and hampers are on their way to the 2 lucky winners!"
Emma Armitage – Holly & Bella doing their Nativity play (Winner)

Mary Wilde – Lilly (Angle Picture) Runner up.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Interesting Facts about Crufts!

It's just 34 days to go to Crufts - I just can't wait!  Mum and I will be visiting the show on the Thursday and Friday.  Sadly Henry can't go so he will be looked after by his Uncle Alan and Aunty Sarah - but I'm sure we'll end up buying him lots of presents so he won't mind too much!

Interesting facts about Crufts

  • Crufts began in 1891
  • 1928 saw the award of the first Best in Show Champion to greyhound Primley Sceptre.
  • Apart from the two world wars Crufts has only ever been cancelled once in 1954 due to an electricians' strike.
  • The Best in Show has been awarded for the past 79 years. There have been 40 breeds that have been awarded the Best in Show title over the years and the Cocker Spaniel has won the most frequently, with seven wins.
  • The Welsh Terrier and Irish Terrier have each won four times.
  • The Greyhound, German Shepherd Dog, Fox Terrier, Labrador Retriever, English Setter and Standard Poodle have each won three times.
  • Hundreds of Cross breeds also take part in Crufts, through agility and flyball competitions and have their own Kennel Club organised Scruffts competitions throughout the year.
  • Vulnerable breeds have won Best in Show at Crufts eight times. This is normally followed by a peak in interest in the breeds. For example, the Kennel Club saw enquiries about the Sealyham Terrier increase by 55 percent in the month after the breed won Crufts 2009 and saw eight registrations in the first quarter of 2009, compared to 0 registrations in the same quarter in 2008.  The Kerry Blue Terrier also saw the highest number of registrations in the breed for more than ten years, in the year following its 2000 Best in Show success.

Win Tickets to Crufts 2012!

With nearly 28,000 happy, healthy dogs enjoying the thrills and excitement of Best in Show with their owners, there's no better place than Crufts to experience and learn about the wonderful world of dogs.  There is so much to see and do - meet dogs and their owners, watch displays and competitions including agility, fly ball and obedience, and much, much more!

DATES - Crufts 2012 is 8 – 11 March 2012

VENUE - The NEC, Birmingham

TIMES - Show opening times are 8.15 - 19.30 each day.

TICKETS - Crufts 2012 tickets will be on sale from October 2011 from this page


One lucky follower will win a pair of tickets to Crufts 2012.  All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is -
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  2. Leave a comment on this post with an answer to the question below and a way to contact you (email or twitter name). 
  3. Question - What would you most want to see or do at Crufts?

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  2. Only one entry per person. Multiple, bulk or automated entries will be disqualified
  3. The winner will be contacted by email or twitter
  4. The winner will be selected at random from all valid comments received by 11.59pm on 15 February 2012
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  6. The winner's name will be published on this site