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London Parks Every Dog Owner Should Visit

Our four-legged friends are more than just pets – they are loyal, inquisitive and playful. They can understand how you are feeling, offer a sense of companionship and help to bring families closer together – which explains why they are the nation’s favourite animal.

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As a dog owner, you’ll know that it doesn’t take long for a pooch to become a fully fledged member of the family – and like any good parental figure, it’s up to us to keep them happy. Dog-walking provides your pup with both the exercise it needs to stay healthy, and the mental stimulation that ensures its happiness. Dog-Friendly London Parks Every Dog Owner Should Visit 8

With its busy atmosphere, it’s understandable that you might not consider London to be the best place for dog-walking, but outside of rush-hour it’s one of the world’s most dog-friendly cities. Here you can find pet-friendly pubs, restaurants and cafes, your canine companion can take a trip on the Underground for free, and there are plenty of open spaces where your pooch can stretch their legs. So we’ve put together a list of London parks that we think both you and your pet will love.

Alexandra Palace and Park

The landscape in Alexandra park is maintained by a dedicated team of people who ensure that the space is well looked after, making it enjoyable for both you and your dog. You and your pooch can take a stroll through 196 acres of grade ll-listed English Heritage parkland, perhaps making this one of the more picturesque spots on the list.

We suggest that you start your walk by soaking in the Victorian splendour of the palace architecture, before taking your dog on an adventure through a mixture of woodland and open grassland. If you’re a bird-watching enthusiast, you can find ospreys and kestrels amongst the many animals in the park.

Pop your pooch back on their lead and head around the boating lake, which is best appreciated in the summertime when the space comes to life with colour. Then carry on up to the hill, where you can expect to find panoramic views of the London skyline that span from The Gherkin to The Shard – a perfect moment to share with man’s best friend.

Weavers Field

Located in the up-and-coming Bethnal Green, Weavers Field is the perfect dog-walking spot for anyone who wants to take in a green space in the heart of East London. This is an area where contemporary trends meet traditional London values. This park provides a peaceful break in the heart of busy London that both you and your pooch are sure to love.

It has a special area just for dog-walkers, so you’ll be able to take your four-legged friend off their lead and let them have a good and proper run around – the perfect spot for a game of fetch. Weavers Field is home to award-winning animal wardens who are there to keep the park in the best condition, ensure animal safety and provide the best possible experience for both you and your dog.

Once you’ve taken in everything that this park has to offer, you can head down to the Carpenter’s Arms pub, where you can enjoy a refreshing German beer or one of their sought-after cheese boards – the best part is that your dog will be welcome too.

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Hampstead Heath

If you think the views from Alexandra Park are good, then you need to visit Hampstead Heath. Here you and your pooch will be able to take a walk up the 100-metre-high Parliament Hill, from which you can take in panoramic views of the city.

If your pup is still full of energy, you have a further 320 hectares of parkland to take in, with plenty of wildlife on offer and 55 historical features, monuments and archaeological sites to see while you walk – your dog will feel right at home in this vast open space.

If past years are anything to go by, you should keep your eyes peeled for the Dogs Trust canine-friendly ice cream van throughout the summer months. You and your furry friend can enjoy an ice cream together and benefit from free microchipping and health checks, making sure that your pooch is both healthy and happy.

Wimbledon Common

If you’re seeking a sense of tranquility, you can head down to Wimbledon Common. Comprised of woodland, scrubland and heathland, you’ll have plenty to take in while you walk your dog. Categorised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation, the space offers a naturally scenic backdrop to your walk.

Dog walking is common here, so there will be plenty of chances for your pooch to make some friends while you’re taking in your rugged surroundings. Totalling 1,140 acres, the Common makes Hampstead Heath’s 320-hectare space seem small, and its size ensures that your canine companion can run freely and safely, far away from busy roads.

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Refuel With Your Pooch At The Dog-Friendly Cafe Paws for Coffee

As a London dog owner you probably already know there are varying degrees of dog-friendly so when we find a place that’s beyond dog-friendly we have to shout it from the rooftops! Safe to say we are literally in love with our latest dog-friendly cafe find, Paws For Coffee Sheen. Just one warm goat’s milk and black pudding puppuccino and the offer of a chicken foot was all it took to win Belinha over but more on that in a moment…

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There are two branches of Paws For Coffee, one in Hampton Hill and the latest in Sheen which opened in October. We visited Paws For Coffee Sheen and the first thing that was clear was being dog-friendly was serious business at this dog-friendly cafe.

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Doggos are even allowed to sit at the table with you and if that’s not their thing, you know those coat hooks that places sometimes have for humans under the tables, well at Paws For Coffee there are clips for dog leads at just the right height….love it!

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The other thing we loved is wherever possible everything is doggy themed….plates, teapot warmers and even the tables…

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The cafe is really spacious which is perfect from a doggo’s perspective and it meant that dogs of all sizes are most welcome. It was refreshing to see how a truly dog-friendly cafe can build a real community – within minutes we were chatting to the other owners and of course making a fuss of the pups…

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Kaia, a beautiful rescue dog from Romania

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The ever-hopeful Milo

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12-year old Poppy

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Let’s face it from a pooches perspective it’s all about the food so when they get their own Doggy Menu things are off to a pawsome start!

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And what a doggy menu this is…warm Goats Milk and Black Pudding Puppuccino, yes please. Home-cooked sausage, yes please. Chicken Foot yes please (vegetarian human says not so much). Let’s face it, Belinha would have eaten everything on the doggy menu given the opportunity.

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Could Your Canine Be The Cross Office Dog Of the Year?

Are you one of the lucky people who get to take their dog to the office? Aside from secretly wishing we could come to work with you, we’ve heard on The Dogvine (pun intended) that there’s canine competition just launched especially for you and your office dog!

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Cross Pens who are synonymous with office style when it comes to pens, have launched a nationwide search to find the Cross Office Dog of The Year to celebrate 2018 being Year of The Dog…and the search is now open for four-legged submissions!Cross Office Dog Of the Year 3

The prize-winning pooch (and their human) will win a Special Edition Cross Townsend Year of the Dog Pen featuring 23ct gold engraving in the shape of a dog plus a stunning red Swarowski crystal inset into the top of the cap. Worth pointing out that if your human was to purchase the Year of the Dog Pen, prices start from £208. The office dog prize pack will also include a unique one-of-a-kind dog tag and more pawsome prizes from Higher Nature and PetSafe®.

According to research curated by Cross, 8% of UK businesses now have a four-legged employee or two in the building. There are also some signficant stats that support why more businesses should be encouraging canine co-workers:

  • 88% of UK employees say having a dog in the office improves morale
  • Office dogs result in increased creativity and mindfulness as well as reducing stress and anxiety
  • In 2016, UK businesses lost over 10 million working days due to stress and mental health related illness. The Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International estimates that owning a pet could save the NHS around £2.45 billion a year!

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Mayhew Helps Dogs Of The Homeless At Crisis At Christmas

London is full of unsung heroes who make a difference on a daily basis both to the capital’s canines and humans. We often don’t know that they’re doing it but they are. So this year, one of the things I’ll be doing on the blog is helping shine the spotlight on these wonderful people who help London’s hounds (and often humans).

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First up is London Animal Welfare charity, Mayhew who help the dogs of London’s homeless each Christmas together with UK Charity Crisis. Crisis is well-known for the work they do to support the homeless year round but even more so at Christmas. Many homeless people spend their days and nights on the streets accompanied by their faithful four-legged companions, but often have to turn down an offer of a warm place to sleep at night because their dog is not welcome. Not at Christmas however, thanks to Crisis at Christmas and it’s 17-year partnership with Mayhew, who together make sure that neither human nor hound are left out in the cold.

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Crisis at Christmas offers an invaluable service to London’s homeless by taking over some of London’s buildings to provide temporary shelter to those in need. Crisis at Christmas also offers a special service to dogs of London’s homeless during this time too, supported by the Mayhew. Dogs are able to have a warm place to sleep in specially built temporary kennels with each dog getting their own pen, comfy bedding and blankets. Mayhew volunteers are on-hand to help these by giving them an often much-needed check-up whilst their owners receive support from Crisis.

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This year, Mayhew’s Vet, Dr Emma Robinson, and Animal Welfare Officers, AJ Ford and Tania Mazzoni, attended Crisis at Christmas. The team were able to make sure all the dogs were given a thorough health examination, flea and worming treatments as well as giving them food, treats and waterproof jackets.

Mayhew’s Vet, Dr Emma Robinson, added: “This is a great opportunity for the owners to make sure their dog undergoes a health check. We are able to identify and monitor ongoing health issues and we can also give the dogs the preventative veterinary care that they need. It’s been an amazing experience for me and I hope I can do it all again next year.”

Some of the canine visitors to this year’s Crisis at Christmas were repeat visitors, in fact nine-year old Survivor was actually born at Crisis at Christmas nine years ago.

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Survivor who was born at Crisis at Christmas nine years ago

For others such as Leo, a 15-week-old puppy it was a time for several firsts, as the Mayhew team were able to give him his first crucial vaccinations.

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London Dog Events 2018 | 17 Things To Do In London With A Dog

London Dog Events 2018 | It’s the Year of The Dog and even though it’s only January, what a year it’s already shaping up to be for London Dog Events and London Dog Shows. Based on how quick our London Dog Events calendar is filling up, it looks like you won’t be short of things to do in London with a dog this year!

We’ve got plenty of dates for your diaries (some are ‘confirmed save the dates’ with more info coming soon) and we’ll be adding lots more events to The Dogvine What’s On Woofs Calendar as our favourite event hosts release their 2018 London Dog Event dates.

So hot off the press, here’s our first round-up of London Dog Events to welcome in the year, with more than 17 pawsome dog events to pop in the diary for your pooch.  Just click on the calendar links below for more deets on each event!

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London Dog Events 2018 | Dog Friendly Cinema Coco @ The Picturehouse Central – Sunday 21st January 2018

21jan11:45 am- 2:00 pmDog Friendly Cinema | Coco @ Picturehouse Central (SOLD OUT)11:45 am - 2:00 pm Picturehouse CentralEvent Organized By: Picturehouse Central

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London Dog Events 2018 | Gay Doggy Speed Dating @ The Verve Pet Boutique – Thursday 1st February 2018

1feb7:00 pm- 11:00 pmGay Doggy Speed Dating7:00 pm - 11:00 pm The Verve Pet BoutiqueEvent Organized By: The Verve Pet Boutique

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London Dog Events 2018 | Doggy Sunday Brunch @ Gaucho Hampstead – Sunday 4th February 2018 (and the 1st Sunday of the month after that)

4feb12:00 pm- 4:00 pmDoggy Sunday Brunch at Gaucho Hampstead 201812:00 pm - 4:00 pm Gaucho HampsteadEvent Organized By: Gaucho Hampstead

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London Dog Events 2018 | London Pug Parade – Saturday 10th February 2018

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London Dog Events 2018 | All Dogs Matter Valentines Walk – Sunday 11th February 2018

11feb11:00 am- 2:00 pmAll Dogs Matter Valentines Dog Walk 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm HampsteadEvent Organized By: All Dogs Matter

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London Dog Events 2018 | The Great British Dog Walk – Sunday 28th April 2018

28apr10:00 am- 4:00 pmThe Great British Dog Walk 201810:00 am - 4:00 pm Windsor Great ParkEvent Organized By: Hearing Dogs For Deaf People

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London Dog Events 2018 | All Dogs Matter Great Hampstead Bark Off  Dog Show – Saturday 12th May 2018

12may11:00 am- 4:00 pmGreat Hampstead Bark Off 201811:00 am - 4:00 pm Hampstead HeathEvent Organized By: All Dogs Matter

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London Dog Events 2018 | Mayhew Open Day – Saturday 13th May 2018

13may11:00 am- 4:00 pmMayhew Open Day 201811:00 am - 4:00 pm The Mayhew Animal HomeEvent Organized By: The Mayhew Animal Home

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London Dog Events 2018 | Battersea Muddy Dog Challenge Windsor – Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July 2018

30jun9:00 am- 5:00 pmMuddy Dog Challenge 2018 - Windsor9:00 am - 5:00 pm Windsor Great ParkEvent Organized By: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

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London Dog Events 2018 | Bring Your Dog To Work Day – Friday 22nd June 2018

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London Dog Events 2018 | Big Fair Hampstead Dog Show – Saturday 23rd June 2018

23jun11:00 am- 3:00 pmBig Fair Hampstead Dog Show11:00 am - 3:00 pm Heath St, Hampstead, London NW3 6TEEvent Organized By: All Dogs Matter

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Christmas Canine Crackers at The Windmill Clapham

The last London Dog Event of 2017 was all about Dogs in Christmas Jumpers. It took place on Saturday at boutique British Pub, The Windmill Clapham on the edge of Clapham Common. This was the third year that London Dogs were invited to show off their cracking canine Christmas outfits in the annual Windmill Clapham Christmas Dog Jumper Competition.Canine Christmas Crackers at The Windmill Clapham 55

The Windmill Clapham is known for being super dog friendly, helped along by resident pub dog Max the Bernese Mountain Dog. Max is one of the dogs featured in the Great British Pub Dogs book and greets all visitors to The Windmill with a gentle and friendly sniff before taking a stroll around what clearly is ‘his pub’ (he has his own signs, ale and of course Insta).

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The annual Christmas Dog Jumper Competition raises money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home (as do Max’s bar treats) and prizes were kindly donated by local ethical and natural Pet boutique Woofs to Kittys.

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There were traditional Christmas Dog Jumpers, Christmas Elves, dogs who forgot their jumpers and even a LA Lakers basketball shirt worn by Bailey (his owners said he was too big for a Christmas Dog Jumper).

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And The Winners Were…

Fourth Place

Bailey who definitely scored points for his basketball shirt take on a Christmas jumper…

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Third Place

6 month old Dexter who clearly has a stylish canine career ahead of him…

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Dexter

Second Place

Beautiful Beau adopted just 3 days ago from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home…go Beau!

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Beau

First Place

Max the elf who may have been the smallest entrant but who had the biggest personality in the house…

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The Winners!

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Dog Trousers Review | Do They Keep Your Dog Clean?

With the snowy and rainy weather recently it’s been the pawfect opportunity to put Dog Trousers from The Dog Trouser Company to the test. I decided to try them on Belinha as opposed to Moleque as being smaller, she often comes back from a wet walk with a very dirty and muddy tummy. Read on to see if Dog Trousers kept Belinha clean and dry in our Dog Trousers Review…

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The Dog Trousers Story

You may have heard us talk about Dog Trousers on the blog before  – we first spotted them at The Chiswick House Dog Show in September (trust me they stood out) so followed up with Harriet Sinfield-Day, founder of The Dog Trouser Company to find out more about them which you may have seen in our post ‘Dog Trousers Are a Thing And They’ve Arrived In The UK’.

Harriet kindly offered us the chance to try Dog Trousers out so we’ve been waiting for the rainy weather (never thought I’d say that) to put them to the test!

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What Are Dog Trousers  –  A Quick Recap

For the full Dog Trousers story, have a read of our previous post on them. But to recap, here are the key facts:

  1. Dog Trousers are waterproof, windproof and rip proof as well as being lightweight, and breathable
  2. They come in sizes that will fit different sized dogs from a Chihuahua to a Golden Retriever and are priced £75.99 to £84.99 depending on the size (XXS to L)
  3. 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
  4. They only cover the lower half of your dog, the idea being not to restrict their movement, nor interfere with the call of nature
  5. Dog Trousers are machine washable at 30 degrees and quick drying

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Dog Trousers Review – What Did We Think?

From my perspective I think they’re a brilliant idea! I really don’t like the fact that when we come back from a wet walk (or even when it’s just wet on the ground), I wipe a lot of black gunk off Belinha’s tummy and legs. She often shakes the muck all over the hallway if I’m not quick enough too so I was really hoping that Dog Trousers would solve both problems!

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Belinha on the other hand really wasn’t sure about the concept of Dog Trousers to begin with. Probably not a surprise seeing as neither Belinha nor Moleque are the type of dogs that wear clothes other than bandanas or bow-ties. The first time I put Belinha in her Dog Trousers she simply refused to move and did a very good impression of a statue! With the help of some tasty treats and lots of positive encouragement, she slowly warmed up to the idea.

Harriet had advised that some dogs may take a while to get used to them (she has found on average 5 ‘goes’) and advised that the dog trousers only be put on at walkies time and with lots of treat encouragement. Following this advice, we soon made progress. I’d also got an inkling that Belinha was simply putting her paw down and deciding not to move in them when on one attempt she spotted the neighbours cat and took off at top speed in her dog trousers. She must have realised that she’d given the game away as she suddenly stopped still and went back to statue mode. Soon after that, the dog trouser statue impressions were no more!

So, after getting over this (often quite entertaining) introduction to dog trousers, we were able to put them to the test. As Belinha is not the kind of dog that leaps headlong into rivers or rolls around in the mud, my primary goal of our Dog Trousers review was to see if they kept her clean on the leg and tummy area and avoided yucky splashback during wet and/or muddy walks even just to the local park.

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Dog Friendly | Our Getaway To The Bath Arms, Horningsham

Every now and then it’s lovely to be able to sniff out dog friendly places that are outside of London. So when we were invited to stay at The Bath Arms in Horningsham, Wiltshire and not that far from (you guessed it) Bath, we were looking forward to our dog friendly getaway!

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First things first, where exactly is Horningsham? Well, it’s a quaint little village about 20 miles outside Bath, on the edge of the Longleat estate and just next door to Warminster and Frome. It took us just over 2 hours by car to get there so very do-able from London for a weekend away. We were certainly looking forward to getting out of the hustle and bustle of London for the weekend and some long walks in the countryside…

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First Impressions of  The Bath Arms

When we arrived, we certainly felt like we’d ticked the box for a getting out of the city. The charming village feel of both Horningsham and The Bath Arms was a breath of fresh air.

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We checked in (the reception is at the bar which was quite quirky) and were given the keys to the Garden Room, which was in the annex part of the building as that’s where the dog friendly rooms are. I really liked that as it meant we opened the door and Belinha had access to a big garden which was perfect.

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The room was great, with a large comfy bed and TV and the bathroom very spacious. The bath was perfect for washing off muddy dogs from those long country walks (although not sure Belinha would agree)…

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The Bath Arms had kindly provided a dog bed and of course a dog bowl and treats. Belinha immediately went about trying out the dog bed and also exploring her new pad, indoors and out!

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What’s On | December 2017 Events Agenda For London Dogs (& Humans)

Forget the 12 days of Christmas, how about the 31 days of Christmas…December is shaping up to be THE month for London Dog Events with a whopping 17+ events in our December 2017 Events Agenda For London Dogs!

And of course it wouldn’t be December without a pup ‘pawty’ or a few. Fest of Chihuahuas kicks of the festive fun with their Christmas Spectacular on 3rd December and although only Chihuahuas will be able to take home the Christmas crowns of Kind and Queen Chi, other small breeds are invited to the event.

Keeping up the trend for all things pug, London Pugs get their own Christmas shindigs with the Pugs & Pals Christmas Party ‘Pug Le Chateau (9th and 10th December) and the Christmas Pug Cafe (17th December). These pug events sell out quicker than Christmas Jumpers so get your little pug paws on a ticket quick!

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Talking of Christmas Jumpers, there is now what could possibly be our favourite day of the year…Doggy Christmas Jumper Day on 10th December with a World Record Attempt for the most dogs in Christmas Jumpers!

If by the end of the month your pup has had a few too many Christmas treats, you can walk it off at Ham House and Gardens who will be opening the gardens to pups for the first time in 300 years for their Twelve Dogs of Christmas Winter Walkies from 26th December. Then see 2017 out in dog friendly style at the Dog Friendly NYE Party Round Little Nan’s in Deptford on 31st December!

Add in plenty of festive pooch parades & pup-ups, cool canine charity events, a film festival and even a Grotto for doggos and looks like December will be keeping London hounds and humans busy this month!

We wish you lots of festive four-legged fun at all these fur-bulous events, just click on the calendar links below for the scoop on each event!

You heard it first on The Dogvine December 2017 Events Agenda For London Dogs…

Santa Paws Brunch: Saturday 2nd December 2017

2dec10:00 am- 12:30 pmSanta Paws Brunch10:00 am - 12:30 pm The Straight & NarrowEvent Organized By: Canary Woof

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Fest of Chihuahuas Christmas Spectacular: Sunday 3rd December 2017

3dec11:30 am- 5:00 pmFest of Chihuahuas - Christmas Spectacular11:30 am - 5:00 pm Royal Windsor RacecourseEvent Organized By: Haus of Chihuahas

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Starlett’s Secret Winter Wonderland Walkies : Sunday 3rd December 2017

3dec1:30 pm- 5:00 pmStarletts Secret Winter Wonderland Walkies1:30 pm - 5:00 pm Buckingham PalaceEvent Organized By: Starlett

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Battersea Christmas Carol Concert: Monday 4th December 2017

4dec7:00 pm- 10:00 pmBattersea Christmas Carol Concert 20177:00 pm - 10:00 pm St Luke's ChurchEvent Organized By: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

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Teddy Maximus Pup-up: Runs 4th-12th December + Special Personalisation Event – Saturday 9th December 2017

9dec10:00 am- 6:00 pmTeddy Maximus Pup-Up In Parsons Green (Personalisation event on 9th December, runs from 4-12th December)10:00 am - 6:00 pm Kyra LovesEvent Organized By: Teddy Maximus

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Mayhew Tinsel and Tails: Tuesday 5th December 2017

5dec7:00 pm- 11:00 pmThe Mayhew’s Tinsel and Tails 20177:00 pm - 11:00 pm The Connaught RoomsEvent Organized By: The Mayhew Animal Home

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Dog-Friendly Coffee Morning with Hampstead Hounds & All Dogs Matter: Saturday 9th December 2017

9dec7:30 am- 9:30 amDog-Friendly Coffee Morning with Hampstead Hounds and All Dogs Matter7:30 am - 9:30 am Chamomile CafeEvent Organized By: Hampstead Hounds

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Screen4Paws Festival : Saturday 9th December 2017

9dec10:00 am- 8:30 pmScreen4Paws Film Festival For Animal Lovers10:00 am - 8:30 pm Chelsea Old Town HallEvent Organized By: Screen4Paws

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Pugs & Pals Christmas Party ‘Pug Le Chateau’: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December 2017

9dec10:00 am- 7:00 pmPugs & Pals Christmas Party "Pug Le Château"10:00 am - 7:00 pm 4th Floor StudiosEvent Organized By: Pugs & Pals

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Have You Heard? Freshpet Food Has Arrived To The UK + Giveaway!

I’d heard about Freshpet food a while back from our US blogging buddies across the pond and always thought it was a great concept. So when I heard Freshpet had made it’s way to the UK it was a paws up to seeing what it’s all about from us! Belinha and Moleque were MORE than happy to participate in our Freshpet food test….

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So What is Freshpet Food?

Freshpet food is all about feeding your dog (or cat) a healthier, fresher diet but balancing this with convenience. It’s fresh meat, poultry and vegetable based food that is cooked (gently steamed) and is an all natural (i.e. no preservatives), complete and balanced diet, free of corn, wheat, soy by-products or fillers. Now science is not my strong point, so I was a bit puzzled about how long the food would last if it was fresh. Well, first of all it’s refrigerated so you would find it in the fridge in the pet aisle at Tesco and you store it in the fridge at home. Plus it’s actually pasteurized like milk is for humans which means as long as it’s refrigerated, it does have a good shelf life (unless your dogs wolf it down of course).

Once opened it should be eaten within 7 days which is pretty reasonable. The rolls we received had use by dates well over a month ahead which was a surprise – I don’t know why but I thought it would be much sooner!

Freshpet state that the key benefits of their food are things like improved digestion, healthier skin and coat, allergy relief and a healthier weight.

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Is It Expensive?

Surprisingly no it’s not. The Freshpet food are priced at £3.00 for a 454g roll, £4.00 for a 680g roll and £13.50 for a 2.72kg roll. To feed a 18kg dog (like Belinha) you would feed 490g per day if feeding only Freshpet, meaning the roll would last 5.5 days. This equates to a cost of £2.45 per day which isn’t bad at all for fresh food!

What Are The Ingredients?

They were pretty impressive actually – on the Freshpet Chicken and Potato Dog Food for example the ingredients are:

Fresh Chicken (70%), Chicken Liver (12%), Potatoes (6%), Pea Fibre, Chicken (3%), Eggs, Minerals, Spinach (0.5%), Garlic Powder and Celery Seed Powder. One thing I thought would be great to include in the range in the future would be at some organic options as I personally like to have that option.

The Dogvine Taste Test

We did a taste test of some of the Freshpet food and on first (human impressions) it actually looked and smelt like human food (think Italian sausage). As a vegetarian, I didn’t do a human taste test though!Freshpet Food 00014

As for the dogs, the proof is in the drooling, and there was plenty of drooling! It must taste damn good as Moleque and Belinha couldn’t get enough of it!

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