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3 IDEAS FOR A VALENTINE'S DATE

Thinking of taking your furry other-half on a special date this Valentine’s but not quite sure how to really impress them? We have you covered. Read our round-up of the three most romantic activities to share with your cat or dog this February.

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Feline Lonely Valentine’s Day event

On the look out for your purrfect partner...? We love this initiative by the Battersea Cats & Dogs Home bringing together cat lovers and their potential new furry friends. Blending bubbly with balls of fur, the event is set to be a relaxed way to spend this Valentine’s Day.

Those that find true love can give a new forever home to one of the 3,000 cats the charity takes in each year.

 

When: February 14th 2017

What: Day-time event with cats at its core

Where: 4 Battersea Park Rd, London SW8 4AA

Why: Because what’s not to like about champagne and cats

How: Get tickets at the Feline Lonely event page

 

Lady and the Tramp at The Book Club

Established Shoreditch meeting point the Book Club is being transformed into Tony’s Town Square Restaurant from the wonderful Disney classic, ‘Lady and the Tramp’. What makes it extra quirky is that not only is there a special dog-friendly screening, but everything is kitted up to ensure your pooch has an equally special Valentine’s night!

For the humans, there’s romance: candles on checked tablecloths, chefs in white, spaghetti and meatballs plus an accordion player.

For your hounds: a free bottle of canine wine CharDOGnay and meatball treats.

  

When: February 14th 2017 at 7:30pm

What: Lady and the Tramp dog-friendly screening

Why: To recreate that spaghetti scene

Where: The Book Club, 100 Leonard St, EC2.

How: Free entry for dogs, humans pay £7. Get your tickets here

   

Valentine’s Walk by All dogs matter

For the more active types, the late morning walk organised by canine charity, All Dogs Matter, will be sure to give you that Sunday funday fix.

Tickets are just £5 per pooch and include treats from the lovely folks at Lily’s kitchen and a best dressed competition. After the walk there’ll be time to meet and greet the other participating couples and grab a spot of lunch from the dog-friendly Garden Gate pub.

 

When: Sunday February 12th 2017 from 10:30am to 12pm.

What: Human and hound walk and dress up competition.

Why: Because all proceeds go back to the rescue and rehoming of dogs in London.

Where: Meeting point at The Garden Gate pub, Hampstead, NW3 2QE.

How: Dressed up. You can pre-register by emailing info@alldogsmatter.co.uk

 

5 TIPS FOR WALKING YOUR DOG IN WINTER

 

 

We love ‘walkies’. Such a fun activity to share with our fellow canines, relaxing outdoors and breathing in the fresh air. We love it even when it’s frosty outside, even when it’s raining cats and dogs – pun 100% intended- and we much prefer it to curling up with a steamy cup of our drink of choice or hiding under the duvet with our book and a gooey brownie… right?! Stepping outside in the winter months can be a daunting thought, but our canines still need their exercise all year long and let’s be honest, so do we. We’ve rounded up some tips on how to make the experience all that much more enjoyable for all, come rain or shine.

   1| TOASTY DOES IT 

As temperatures drop, your dog can feel the cold just as much as you. Smaller pups or those with shorter hair especially, can struggle keeping their body temperature at normal levels. A knitted jumper can be ideal to keep your four legged one toasty when out and about. But still, do watch the clock. Short haired breeds like Chihuahuas or Dobermans can get cold easily, even when wearing layers, so limiting walks to 15-20 minutes would be sensible and still gives them enough time for them to stretch their legs. 

 

2 | PAWSOME PAWS

Slather some petroleum jelly on their delicate feet to create a protecting layer. This will keep them isolated from the cold, salt or de-icing grains on the ground. Just remember to wipe it off before coming back inside, unless you are feeling creative that day and would like to brining some of the outside in!

 

    3 | GEAR-UP

We know some hounds find us humans super slow and like pulling us along. During winter though this can be trickier to tame and it can make the walk an unpleasant experience for all involved. A harness or a hands-free lead provide extra support and a better grip to cushion the pull and keep your exploring buddy and yourself safe, away from nasty falls and slippery slopes. 

 

 

   4 | GROOMIN’ & TRIMMIN’

Dogs’ paws should be kept short all year long, but especially so during the winter months. Make sure you trim them regularly to give your dog better traction and avoid slipping and sliding over mossy or frozen surfaces. They’ll thank you for that.

 

5 | MIND THE SALT

As the thermometer hits below or near cero temperatures, the ground and pavement start freezing. That’s when the salt grains or other anti-freezing substances start being spread all around walking surfaces to avoid slipping and nasty falls. It is very helpful for us, but it can be harmful for animals if ingested. So keep your eyes peeled and pull your canine away from affected areas. A game of ‘go fetch’ is usually distraction enough.

 

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