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New Dog Friendly Restaurant | Megan’s By The Green

You may already know the name Megan’s from it’s well-known spot on the King’s Road, Chelsea and the fact that they absolutely LOVE dogs. Well, now London pup owners have a second Megan’s to visit in South London, Megan’s by The Green in Parsons Green, SW6. We were lucky enough to be invited to the soft launch recently so read on to find out what we thought…

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Megan’s by The Green | Human First Impressions

The first impression is that is really quite magical. Flowers and fairy-lights adorn the ceilings and walls which create a lovely quaint feel and like you’re stepping into a fairy grotto or even a different world.

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We were greeted by the very friendly manager Sham who as the very first question after hello asked if Belinha wanted some water…paws up for putting pooches first Sham!

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Apparently the owner of Megan’s has a dog called Dave who often pops in and that being dog-friendly is a must at Megan’s as everyone loves dogs. We immediately felt very much at home and it was clear that this was definitely a dog friendly restaurant rather than just a dogs allowed restaurant…so far so good!

Although it is a restaurant by night, the vision is for Megan’s by The Green to be a real neighbourhood hang out with people popping in for breakfast or brunch as well as catering to those who want a relaxed place to chill (or work) by day.

Megan’s by The Green | Doggy First Impressions

The water bowl outside Megan’s by The Green was definitely a dog-friendly giveaway. As soon we went inside, Belinha got lots of fuss from the staff and made herself comfortable. There was also plenty of space which is always a pooch plus from a doggo’s point of view.

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Of course being a restaurant, food was most definitely forefront of Belinha’s mind and preferably the human kind!

Fortunately (depending on whose point of view you take), Megan’s by The Green has dog treats available to placate your pooch seeing as they shouldn’t be getting their paws on the human menu… Read More

What’s On | The November 2017 Events Agenda For London Dogs

Clocks have gone back and winter is upon us but fear not, we’ve got plenty of pawsome pup events on the agenda to take your mind off that this month. There’s the FETCH+FOLLOW x MALIN+GOETZ Pop Up Party for the dog who likes to be pampered, the City Paws Club Human & Dog Kayaking for the active dog, pre-Christmas dog-friendly brunches & fairs from London Rescue Charities All Dogs Matter & Mayhew and even a doggy theatre takeover at The London Theatre!

Happy November and hope to see you at one of these pawsome events on the November 2017 Events Agenda For London Dogs. Just click on the calendar links below for more info on each event.FI - November 2017 Events Agenda For London Dogs

FETCH+FOLLOW X MALIN+GOETZ Pop Up Party For Dogs – Covent Garden: Wednesday 8th November 2017

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FETCH+FOLLOW X MALIN+GOETZ Pop Up Party For Dogs – Islington: Thursday 9th November 2017

9nov6:00 pm- 8:00 pmFETCH & FOLLOW X MALIN+GOETZ POP UP PARTIES FOR DOGS - ISLINGTON6:00 pm - 8:00 pm MALIN+GOETZ IslingtonEvent Organized By: Fetch & Follow

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Human & Dog Kayaking : Saturday 11th November 2017

11nov2:00 pm- 4:30 pmHuman & Dog Kayaking2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Royal Canoe ClubEvent Organized By: City Paws Club

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Dogs Take Over the Theatre at The London Theatre: Thursday 23rd November 2017

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Mercer’s Walkies Dog Show: Saturday 25th November 2017

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London Dogs Are Spooktacular At The All Dogs Matter Halloween Walk 2017

Hundreds of Spooktacular London Dogs arrived at Spooky Spaniards Inn in Hampstead dressed in their Halloween best yesterday for the annual All Dogs Matter Halloween Walk and Show 2017.

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Around midday, humans and hounds set off on a beautiful walk around Hampstead Heath. Anyone who was out for their normal Sunday stroll would have got a bit of a surprise at the number of four-legged witches, devils and pumpkins they came across!

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Dog-Friendly Pubs Infographic | How Dog-Friendly Are The UK’s Pubs?

Britain is a nation of dog-lovers. Apparently we’re also a nation of pub-goers so it stands to reason that we should be a nation of dog-friendly pubs too right? Well maybe, but some it seems are more dog-friendly than others.

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Dog-sitting and home boarding platform Dog Buddy is making it their mission to find out not only how dog-friendly UK Pubs are, but which pubs in the UK stand out with their second annual ‘Dog-Friendly Pub Awards’.

The awards were launched after Dog Buddy realised that many owners actually struggled to find dog-friendly pubs that welcome their pooch for a drink too. In fact, they surveyed 3,000 dog owners and a whopping 67% had been put off visiting a pub because it wasn’t dog-friendly!

We were really surprised to hear this high number as it’s a common perception that most pubs (as oppose to cafe’s and restaurants) are actually very dog-friendly.Dog-Friendly Pubs Infographic | How Dog-Friendly Are The UK's Pubs? 3

Maybe we’re spoilt for choice here in London but surely pubs recognise that it makes good business sense to be dog-friendly? We’re glad to see that those pubs that are dog-friendly are getting recognised for it, like The Hand In Hand, Wimbledon who were last year’s winners (and who also featured in our Airbnb Dog-Friendly Guidebook) or The Narrowboat, Islington who regularly hold a Doggy Brunch (read all about the Narrowboat Doggy Brunches in our post here). Hopefully more will follow in their pawsteps. Read More

Faith | The Story Of A Romanian Street Dog Looking For Love

Meet Faith the Romanian street dog who is searching for her special someone. Faith arrived in London a few weeks ago after a truly heartwarming rescue by a team of volunteers from Angels for the Innocent Foundation, IAPWA and Red Panda Romania. Faith was found in plummeting minus 20 temperatures in Romania in January this year and would have perished if she hadn’t been rescued.

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Faith, The Story Of A Romanian Street Dog

When the team came across Faith she was full of milk so they knew she had puppies somewhere nearby. Finally, after a harrowing two hours searching for her puppies, the team found the puppies in a shed at the back of a disabled man’s house. Faith had crawled into the shed to give birth but was having to fend for herself and her pups as the man wasn’t feeding them.

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Faith had crawled into a shed to give birth to her puppies | Photo: Angels For The Innocent

It was clear that the entire little family would be at risk of death if they were left in the freezing sub-zero temperatures. The decision was made…that was not going to happen and Faith and her puppies were taken in by Red Panda Romania with the support of Angels for the Innocent Foundation and IAPWA.

Watch the gripping story of the rescue of Faith and her pups…

After spending time at Red Panda Romania to allow the puppies to be weaned, Faith the Romanian street dog was a completely different dog when Anneka Svenska from Angels of The Innocent Foundation went back to visit her in July of this year …

From Romanian Street Dog to London Top Dog Model…

About a month ago, Faith took another step forward on her incredible journey and with the help of many generous people, Faith arrived in London. Faith is now in foster in North London and we met up with Rowena Kenward her fosterer to lend a helping paw and take some photos of Faith to help in the search for her forever home.Faith The Romanian Street Dog Looking For Love DSC_0700 Read More

Paws Up To The Narrowboat For Their Doggy Brunch

We’d like to give a HUGE paws up to The Narrowboat Pub in Islington for their Doggy Brunch which we went along to on Saturday. The doggy brunch was in aid of London Rescue & Rehoming Charity All Dogs Matter and was literally packed with dogs and their owners relaxing in the warm, friendly atmosphere just set back from Regents Canal.
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It was really refreshing to see that The Narrowboat is such a dog-friendly pub and that it was all about the dogs. There were dogs wandering round the pub, others curled up in cosy armchairs and others literally drooling over the doggy treats on offer (and quite happy to pose for a pic in return for a few).

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Pooches Get a ‘Pizza’ The Action At Dog-Friendly Pizza Pilgrims

London pups were in for a treat last weekend when pizza gurus Pizza Pilgrims turned their Exmouth Market Restaurant into a dog-friendly pizza slice of heaven. The Dogs + Pizza day was organised as a way to celebrate two of our nation’s great loves…Dogs and Pizza!Pooches Get a 'Pizza' The Action At Dog-Friendly Pizza Pilgrims 3

There were actual authentic Italian Doggy Pizza’s on offer and doggy ice cream from Billy and Margot for dessert. Turns out London dogs just can’t get enough of the pizza…it was literally snatched out of human hands, see for yourself in our video…

In case you were wondering, the doggy pizzas were made without salt in them, although apparently the whole concept did elicit some raised eyebrows from the Neapolitan chefs who probably thought this was more crazy British madness. It may be madness, but when it comes to dog-friendly pizza madness we’re all for it!

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Lofty the Pug literally couldn’t get enough….his little face was covered in Pizza!

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Franck the Frenchie went for the low-carb option, licking the toppings off several pizzas!

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The Dogvine Selected As One Of The Top 10 UK Pet Blogs

This week we got an absolutely wooferful surprise, we found out The Dogvine had been selected as one of The Top 10 UK Pet Blogs by renowned media company Vuelio who analyse the ever growing world of influencers and bloggers to create their selection of Top 10 UK Blogs.FI - Vuelio Top 10 UK Pet Blogs (1)

After getting over the initial, ‘are you sure, double take’, we are of course absolutely over the moon and there’s been celebratory treats all round (well for the doggies anyway).

We of course wanted to know more about how the Top 10 UK Pet Blogs are selected – Vuelio have a proprietary algorithm that calculates a blog’s social media index across a number of key factors and then this is qualified and further assessed by a team of researchers to come up with ‘the most influential blogs across a variety of topics and interests’.  Again, super flattered that this includes us.

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Blogging is actually very hard work, especially when like me, you have a (non-dog related day job). The Dogvine is the result of many sacrificed evenings and weekends which makes the recognition even more special. Since starting the blog, we’ve attended countless events, taken literally thousands of pictures, found ways to support rescue & rehoming charities and even started a charity ourselves, had the chance to test and share pawsome pet products and last but not least met some fabulous people who have become true friends. The dog and pet community is amazing and it’s so great to be part of it, thank you for all your support! Read More

Dog Trousers Are A Thing And They’ve Arrived In The UK

Dog Trousers…yes, you heard that right. Apparently not too long ago, how Dog Trousers should be worn was subject to much debate on the internet (two legs or four was the big question). The big debate whipped up a Twitter storm and was even featured in the Metro and The Telegraph.

Some people may still be stuck on the fact that Dog Trousers even exist at all! Well, they do and now they’re here in the UK thanks to the aptly named Dog Trouser Company.

Why Dog Trousers?

For those feeling a little bemused, these aren’t a new fashion accessory, oh no. These are Dog Trousers with a purpose. Pure and simple their purpose is to keep your dog clean and as a by-product your house clean. Given we live in rainy old blighty, I’m definitely seeing the advantages in those arguments.

The Dog Trouser Company was created by Harriet Sinfield-Day who also runs a successful dog hiking business in Surrey. Harriet knows first hand that even a short walk on a wet day could result in a wet, mud-splattered dog especially on their bottom half. Harriet soon realised there was a gap in the market for a solution that not only kept your dog clean but was breathable and comfortable for your dog too, so The Dog Trouser Company was born.

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10 Things You Need To Know About Dog Trousers

1) The first thing we were really pleased to hear is that Dog Trousers are not just for small dogs, they come in sizes that will fit different sized dogs from a Chihuahua to a Golden Retriever so that counts us in! They’re priced £75.99 to £84.99 depending on size (XXS to L)

2) They’re all kinds of ‘proof’. Thanks to the material they’re made from (often used in the sailing world) they’re waterproof, windproof and rip proof as well as being lightweight, and breathable

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3) Dog Trousers only cover the lower half of your dog, the idea being not to restrict their movement, nor interfere with the call of nature

4) Each trouser ‘leg’ has a specialist Velcro strap around your dog’s ankles to keep it in place and stop the mud or dirty water splashback from getting in Read More

What’s On | The October 2017 Events Agenda For London Dogs

Temperatures may have cooled down but the London Dog Event Calendar definitely has not! This month there are 11 pawsome events on the October 2017 Events Agenda For London Dogs to choose from, so get ready for a busy month London dogs!

We’re excited to see some fabulous new events hit the London Dog Event scene…there’s the Doggy Pizza Day on 14th October at Exmouth Market (dogs and pizza, surely a pawfect combo) and a Pop Up Cafe for Pugs & Frenchies from October 26th-29th in Brick Lane…puggacino anyone?

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Plus of course the event that makes October simply the best month for dog events…the All Dogs Matter Halloween Walk on 29th October at The Spaniards Inn. If you and/or your pooch are dressing up for this one, standards are high so make sure it’s spooktacular!

Happy October and hope to see you at one of these pawsome events on the October 2017 Events Agenda For London Dogs.

Just click on the calendar links below for more info on each event.

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Brunch For Dogs @ M Victoria: Saturday 7th October 2017

7oct11:00 am- 3:00 pmBrunch For Dogs at M Victoria11:00 am - 3:00 pm M Victoria StreetEvent Organized By: M Restaurants

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W.A.L.K Sponsored Dog Walk: Sunday October 8th 2017

8octAll DayW.A.L.K – Sponsored Dog Walk(All Day: sunday) Hampstead HeathEvent Organized By: The Mayhew Animal Home

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Puppy Pilgrims Dogs & Pizza: Saturday 14th June 2017

14oct12:00 pm- 4:00 pmPuppy Pilgrims Dogs & Pizza @ Pilgrims Pizza12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Pilgrims Pizza Exmouth MarketEvent Organized By: Pilgrims Pizza

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Cabbages & Frocks Dog Day Afternoon: Saturday 14th June 2017

14oct11:00 am- 5:00 pmCabbages & Frocks Dog Day Afternoon October 201711:00 am - 5:00 pm St Mary's Parish Church GroundsEvent Organized By: Cabbages and Frocks Market

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Doggy Brunch In Aid of All Dogs Matter @ The Narrowboat: Saturday 21st October 2017

21oct9:30 am- 12:30 pmDoggy Brunch In Aid Of All Dogs Matter @ The Narrow Boat9:30 am - 12:30 pm The Narrow BoatEvent Organized By: The Narrow Boat

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Pet Pavillion Doggy Brunch @ Chimayo London: Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October 2017

21oct12:00 pm- 4:00 pmPet Pavillion Doggy Brunch12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Chimayo LondonEvent Organized By: Chimayo London

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