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DOG + YOGA = 'DOGA'

We are so excited to introduce our very first 'yoga with dogs' class on the 26th August at 9:30 AM celebrating #InternationalDogDay with our lovely new pack in Margate. 

The class is run by our yoga pair extraordinaire @yogawithamie and @hegarty.jen and designed for humans to connect further with their dogs through slow breathing and easy, synchronised movements. Some of the benefits of doga include: increased flexibility, helping to resolve behavioral issues, reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and aiding in digestion.  

 

Get to know your yoga instructors

Jen shares her love for animals and yoga, and why she thinks this is a class not to be missed. "As a vet of ten years and a recently qualified yoga teacher, I would never have thought that my love of animals and my love of yoga could somehow be combined...  This class will be an amazing opportunity - both for humans and for their canine companions! What's more, the money raised will go to a very worthwhile cause: the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals - a charity that does vital work for dogs in this area and across the UK."

Amie is a fully qualified, Yoga Alliance registered teacher based in Margate, Kent. She runs regular classes for humans in our King Fishery Room above our store in Margate, shares her love for the millennial practise with fluffy dog Hector. Hector is black cocker spaniel with floppy ears and big bear-like paws. Amie and Hector are best friends and practice yoga together all the time. The pooch's favourite posture is definitely savasana and his mantra is let sleeping dogs lie.

Book your place

Tickets are £15 and 100% of all proceedings will go to the local PDSA. On top of that, we will be donating 10% of sales made through our sister brand @artisansandadventurers Margate over the bank holiday weekend (Sat 26th- 28th August) to the PDSA.
Ticket price includes “Doggy Bag” with treats and a small gift from Hiro + Wolf. Drop us an email to: hello@hiroandwolf.com to book your tickets- be quick as the class is limited to 8 people. 

WHAT: Yoga class for human & dog

WHEN: Saturday 26th August

WHERE: The Kingfishers Room, 34 Kings Street

HOW: Drop us a line to: hello@hiroandwolf.com and book your place

THE HANDS-FREE LEAD GOES OUT FOR A SPIN

Few people have more miles trekked than dog walkers. Rainy days, sunny days, not-so friendly days, walkies never stop. So who better to put our hands-free lead to the test than pet connoisseur and dog walker extraordinaire, Vicky from Kettering Dog Walkers. Read on as she shares the story of her first walk ever with a hands-free lead and her experience with different canine sizes and personalities.

I excitedly opened the parcel and I instantly felt the quality was incredible. I’d go as far to say it’s the best I’ve felt and seen. I use many leads as you can imagine and I’m always looking for new products to try. Anything that will make my life a little easier, save me time and give all my dogs an enjoyable walk.

The lead is strikingly beautiful and stands out for all the right reasons. The details are stunning and the stitching is second to none. It’s definitely a high end product compared to many other leads out there. I go through so many leads in my line of work and it costs me quite a bit to continually replace and replenish my stock. I much prefer to invest in quality, practicality, style and a company with great customer service. 

There are many different styles to choose from but I was especially sent the Sprite hands-free lead, a very colourful combination of deep purple, teal and orange, and it just so happens I would have chosen this one anyway.

At the very most I will have 4 dogs on a lead at a time. I like to think I am fairly strong but sometimes I do have a dog who takes me wherever they wish to go. My legs are critical to me so I can complete a day’s work but my arms are also important. This lead has a metal hoop in the middle so you can wear it over your shoulder and under your alternative arm or (like me) around your waist. In my case it’s been used to help me with multiple dogs in a pack but if you only have 1 dog it’s great for a hands-free experience. You can use your phone to take cute photos of your dog, poo- pick or to simply put your hands in your pockets to keep them warm when temperature drops. 

The Sprite hands-free lead is available in store, and very soon online. Drop us a line at hello@hiroandwolf.com and you'll be the first to know as soon as they arrive! Shop the Sprite collection here, and our range of hands-free leads here.

I am in and out of my van and customers’ homes all day. In the past I would hoop a lead around my neck and in doing this I have lost many of my leads. Once I have safely put a dog in my van I take the lead off them to avoid safety concerns while I’m driving.

Since my Hiro & Wolf lead safely clips around under my shoulder I never lose it, the fastening clip is so big it’s easy to unclip my dogs once in the van. This has saved me so much time this past month and I certainly know my dogs are grateful for this.

 

Follow Vicky's & her pack's adventures on Instagram @ketteringdogwalkers

 

 

 

 

 

Life with dogs in Dubai | Meet Laura Hosford

As the mercury rises in London, we consider life with pets in the heat. We caught up with ex-Londoner style icon and pup mummy Laura Hosford from Howl & Growl, to discuss handy tips on keeping your pets safe under the scorching Dubai sun, relocating abroad with your pups and her favourite doggy friendly spots in her new home town.

You reside in Dubai with your two dogs Xena and Luna. Could you tell us a bit about your life all the way across the globe?

Life in Dubai is different to what we knew in London, mainly because it allowed us to commit to having a dog or two. This just wasn’t possible in the UK with work commitments. Having made the jump to being self-employed this has meant that our beloved pooches can double up as office dogs in the warehouse space we work out of. (Toil and Tinker) Otherwise life is much the same as London, but just taller skyscrapers, 100% more sunshine, access to beach and pools anytime, and a sense of being on holiday at the weekend with the infamous Dubai brunches, BBQ, scuba diving, sky diving, desert camping all a stones throw away.

How did you meet your dogs and what was the adoption process like?

I initially offered to help someone out who was relocating out of Dubai. With young kids they couldn’t take Xena straight away and she would have needed to sit in quarantine for 6 months, which if anyone knows Xena, just wouldn’t be OK.  We were delighted to adopt Xena, but this is a rare example of a dog going from one good home to another. A lot of other pooches out here don’t have the same circumstances. They are often discarded when people decide they are too expensive, or that they should become someone elses responsibility. Truly heart breaking.

Luna we bought in Ireland when we were visiting family there, and got her from a Pomsky breeder. We wanted to raise a puppy and learn the ropes of training young dogs and us on obedience, dog handling and of course the fun stuff!

 

Wookie is our adopted cat. We saw him on a social media appeal to give him a home. He was only 6 months old, but the owner bought him at a pet market, but later decided wasn’t interested. So, we reached out to the adoption agency, completed a questionnaire (apparently a lot of people don’t bother with this, which weeds out the time wasters.) Then we arranged a visit for us to be sure Wookie could slot into the pack. I guess also a chance for the adoption agency, Adoptafrienduae, to ensure we weren’t going to dump the cat later on.  

How do you manage to keep your furry pups cool in the sun, especially in the summer months?

Air-con: this is an essential out here. Sometimes the steering wheel is too hot to touch in the car, so a swift reminder that the dogs need our pre walk floor checks so they don’t burn their paws. They both seek out shade to walk on, but they trot so fast their feet aren’t on the ground too long.

In the ridiculous summer months, we go on crack of dawn and late night walks, we are lucky that there are in-door dog parks, all equipped with swimming pools and air con.  We also give them a decent hair cut or de-shedding to ensure they have lighter coats. In the months where it is lovely weather (October to May), we can go about normal dog living, and don’t have to worry about the heat too much. Sometimes I take Luna running, or swimming in the sea, but we have to drive far for this as there are no dog friendly beaches (yet!).

Apart form the high temperatures, what other challenges do you face due to having dogs in Dubai?

The first challenge is that there are limited interesting places to go walking. What I would give for a forest, river, rolling fields to run Luna on (Xena doesn’t do running). Tolerance to dogs is getting better but it isn’t super dog friendly, so there are only a handful of places to take your dog and have a coffee (strictly outside only). The few places that do, are very kind to and great with dogs though.

Another challenge is that dogs aren’t allowed off the lead, which isn’t as fun for them, so we have to go further afield to find some free space for them.

 What are your favourite pet friendly spots in your city? 

The Palm Jumeirah is a great spot, as nice 2.5km running track equipped with man made little waterways, palm trees and a few spots for coffee, which we just love in Dubai winter when we can sit outside.

I also love the emirate Ras Al Khaimah, this is an hour's drive out of Dubai, but great for hikes and we did a huge group dog trek there one year, where you have to help the dogs over the steep rocks/boulders. 

From our current H+W collection, could you pick your favourite pieces for Xena and Luna, and tell us the reason behind your choices?

I love the Inca Pink dog collar and lead, the bright colours and fabric are perfect for Dubai. Xena isn’t one for going in the sea, or swimming in the dog swimming pools dotted around Dubai, so it’s good for her!

Also really like the Geo handsfree lead as Xena is a constant sniffer, so it allows us to let her take her time but still keeps us on the move.

For Luna we love the Geo range, especially the Café lead, because we cannot take them inside it’s ideal for anchoring her down while we top up with coffee for us and dog water bowls for the pups.

 

Two men & their dogs

To celebrate Father's Day in the UK, we asked two of our longer standing H+W advocates and dog daddies about their canine parenthood story. Read on as Patrick and Alan discuss first impressions, how their dog helped one of them get through the solitary challenges of working from home, and selfless, unconditional love. 

 

Alan, father to Blu

1- How did you meet your dogs, and what was the adoption process like?

I’ve always loved King Charles Cavaliers, a close friend always had them growing up, and I have previously owned one with an ex from being a puppy. They are such energetic, loving and happy dogs.  Back in 2015, I spent the Spring searching for a new pup to share my life with. I wasn’t bothered what colour or what sex the pup was, just wanted to make sure I was getting a healthy one as Cavs can suffer from a lot of genetic breeding issues, heart palpitations, syrinmomeyelia, hip dysplasia and lots more nasty stuff from years of breeding from poorly dogs - so you’ve got to be really careful making sure you get a pup from health checked parents and from someone who’s not just breeding them for the loot! After a few dodgy experiences over sites like ePupz.com, things like breeders wanting me to pay a deposit before viewing a pup, and a couple lying about health checks when a google search of the male dog showed me he had eye issues, I found a lovely lady in Cardiff who has always owned Cav’s as family pets. She had never had a litter of pups before but had always wanted to, and she’d just had a litter of 7 healthy little ones. I spoke to her daughter on the phone who breeds Rhodesian Ridgebacks and they were such a nice bunch of people. I could tell they loved dogs, so I booked myself up on the train and a few days later went down from Newcastle to Cardiff to meet Blu and his 5 brothers and 1 sister. I fell in love straight away and said I’d take him before heading straight back home! Few weeks later, I drove back to collect him and we’ve been inseparable ever since! 

2- What are the benefits of having a dog in your life?


After working full time for over a decade, in 2011 I took the plunge to work from home with my business AnyForty. Before having a dog, sometimes I’d not even leave the house for a few days and when I did leave the house, it may sound stupid, but I’d almost forgotten how to talk to strangers! It was kind of a daunting experience leaving the safety of the four walls and your computer screen and venturing out into the big bad world! I’ve always loved dogs, had a family dog for the best part of 18 years when I was a kid and I had always wanted one of my own. When it was clear I could survive being self-employed and keep a roof over my head, I thought it was the perfect time to get a pooch of my own to keep me company and give me a reason to leave the house during the day. It’s the favourite part of my life now. Venturing out in the middle of the day for a walk with Blu, meeting other dog walkers while throwing his ball around the park. Also stopping to talk to strangers while Blu demands pats off them while carrying a massive stick (he’s worked out he gets more attention off people when he’s carrying sticks!). I get to do all this while most people I know are stuck in offices, lurched over a laptop shovelling a Boots Meal Deal down their throat while working!  It is funny how when you have a dog, the world seems a whole lot friendlier place to live in.

 

3- What are your favourite activities to share with your pups? Any tips on pet-friendly spots or wilderness walks in your city?

Definitely walking. We have a good relationship in the house during the day, Blu knows that when I’m at the laptop or have the phone in my hand, I’m working, so he just climbs into his bed in my office, or onto the sofa next to me and sleeps. But come midday, that’s when the fun happens for a few hours! After 14 years living down south, I didn’t realise until I relocated back to Newcastle how incredible the north east is if you own a dog. We live on a nice estate called The Staiths, it’s a 25 minute walk along a beautiful riverside path to get into Newcastle City centre. We have a few parks around us all within walking distance, but even better than that, is that within a 30 minute drive we've got woodlands, forests, moorlands, hills, beaches and loads more. Since January, once a week on a Sunday we also go hiking with a few mates on the estate. We visit places like the Derwent Reservoir, The Northern Penines or Hadrians wall. The North East is stacked with incredibly beautiful walks and scenery. I think Blu has to be the most spoiled dog for walks. To be honest, as long as he’s able to chase a ball, carry a stick or chew an acorn he’d be happy wherever we go! But Blu’s a lucky pup, Newcastle is also a very dog welcoming city. Most of the city’s pubs,bars and coffee shops are dog friendly, so he even gets to come along on nights out too. His favourite spot is Dat Bar in Newcastle City centre. He lways gets lots of pats and dog biscuits off the super friendly bar staff and always makes a bee line for their front door!
Follow Alan and Blu's northern adventures on IG @alanwardle

 

Patrick, dad to Maxwell and Smith

 

Picture by Ben Broomfield

1. How did you meet your dogs, and what was the adoption process like?

I got both my dogs through internet searching - one through the Kennel Club, the other through the Southern Irish Terrier Association. My first, Maxwell, came to me really quickly and easily (I remember the rush to get everything ready!); Smith took longer to find and I recall being so grateful when we found her. We went to see the litter, all asleep, when they were 11 days old - Smith woke up and looked right at us and that was that.

Picture by Ben Broomfield

2. What are the benefits of having a dog in your life?

Unconditional love, fun, noise, fresh air, exercise, new friends, an excuse not to go out to dull evening events! Highly recommended!

Picture by Ben Broomfield

3. What are your favourite activities to share with your pups? Any tips on good pet-friendly spots or wilderness walks?

We love stick-pulling, squirrel-chasing and ice cream-licking. Shopping in Liberty is another favourite activity, the same as making new friends and hanging out in Haggerston with the local dog posse.

in terms of walks, some of our usual ones are Springfield Park and Walthamstow Marshes, Regents Park sports fields (especially when the Australian Rules Football teams are playing), Abney Park Cemetery and Highgate Ponds. Primrose Hill is ideal for sunrises while Battersea Park is perfect for ball-chasing on the cricket pitch. Soho for Saturday afternoon parading in their Hiro and Wolf accessories and the Emirates stadium is a fun place to be pre-match. So many places! 
Do you have a story of fatherly unconditional love too? We'd love to hear!