Pets


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Prehistoric pets – Triops from Interplay

A little while ago I was sent the Triop World kit from Interplay for the children to review. Despite often being found in the toys and games sections of shops, Triops are not toys – they are real life pets. The cool thing is they are prehistoric, almost unchanged since the time of dinosaurs and swamps. I though Dee would be all over this kit, but he said he was too old for it, he’s 13 though. Jen didn’t need to be asked twice if he wanted to hatch some pet triops with me. To start them hatching you need to have a lot of hours of daylight and have the water around 20 degrees Celsius. Also you can’t fill the tank with tap water, it will kill the eggs before they even hatch. They like it old fashioned – rain water or spring water only. Lucky for us we […]


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Gift ideas for dogs 5

If you have a dog you’ll know that they really are family and my pet dogs have always had gifts. Since the internet happened it has been very easy to get a thoughtful gift for dogs or for the owner. Treat boxes. If you are shopping mainly for the owners then monthly boxes are a good idea, Pawsome box for example. It won’t arrive in time for Christmas now but just send a card saying that Fido will be getting a regular gift for however long you chose. Use code blg49x2a to get 25% discount on your first box. The Christmas Pawsome box *contains a squeaky vinyl Santa, a tennis ball on chewable rope, a seriously cute robin teddy, posh Biogance dog shampoo, chocolate orange treats, miniature Christmas pudding treats and some Trixie chews. As normal it has a little leaflet about the products, which is helpful. I had a nosey […]


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Jen gets pets 1

This weekend Jen got his own pets for his own bedroom. He’s got to feed and clean them and when he’s confident with them, handling them too. He’s been begging for a hamster but with sighthounds that can (and do) catch small animals I think a rodent is a bad idea. The woofers ignore insects, so insects it is. He’s named them after Minions as they are all very similar looking and he’s their “Gru”. Unfortunately these were the last stickies left in the pet shop and none of them have 6 legs left… poor things. I remember my sister having stickies and they lay eggs which hatch easily so we should get some 6 legged ones at some point. The total cost of these low maintenance pets was 75p for 4 disabled bugs, a £6 plastic tank for Wilko and 2 £1 bags of aviary sand to give the […]


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Watch out for sneaky pet food labels 7

If you read a pet food label that said “with extra meat” or “made with meat” you might think that is a good choice for your fluffy friends. It might be, but it might not be what you thought either. Meat content is something I look for on Freya’s food and treats. If there are two products that are similar then I turn them over and compare the small print. Freya Woof likes a foul smelling meaty stick chew in beef flavour, and in one of the better value shops in the city centre they sell the same thing by 3 different brands. I want nice things for my hound, and I assumed the most expensive choice would have most meat but it was no where near as high percentage meat as the middle priced brand –  The cheapest option was as you’d expect, made of “meat derivate” which could […]


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Christmas presents for pets 4

Yes, I am one of those people that give my pets gifts at Crimbo. I have always done this, and I can remember walking around indoor markets and buying my pets very cheap toys with my pocket money at a young age. I consider the pets as family members – even Tan the chicken who hates me. It feels wrong to pile things under the tree for the children without getting them to give gifts to the pets. This will be Freya Woof’s second Christmas living here, and this time she knows what to expect. Ohhhh dear. Recently we received a parcel of pet products from Feedem and Freya has been stealing her bauble toy already. I haven’t actually given this to her but she knows it will be hers. Light pawed madame. Keep reading if you want to know how to make some nice pet gifts.


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Puppy love 3

When I was at the Manics gig this weekend Freya woof was in doggy daycare. Sadly whilst on “the common” with her sitter she lost her tags. When we first adopted her she came with a yellow tag with a password that finds her details in a dog database. Whilst a good idea I thought “who will want to do that if they find a stray dog?” so we went to Pets at Home and had a blue bone shape one engraved on an automated machine. I didn’t like it! The bone was £7 and the colour rubbed off, it felt cheap. So when Freya lost her tags I went looking online and to my surprise on eBay they are a steal. Two tags I like, engraved and delivered in 3 days for £6.50. The heart replaces her yellow tag, mentioning she has a microchip so if found full details […]


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Kong – The Best Dog Toys Ever 3

Our loveable Freya Woof doesn’t really play much yet. Every now and then she gets all hyper and bouncy and it’s adorable to watch. She was sent two Kong xtreme products to try by Swell Pets. Puppy Kong chew toys are blue and white marbley colour, standard Kong’s are pillar box red, and the Kong xtremes are in black. The rubber in the xtreme range is rougher for heavy chewers or over excitable woofers. Freya needs the xtreme products as chewing is her bad habit, plastic cups and the kids teddies, the curtains and the door mat have all been chewed. Click to view video.


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Goodbye Dotty 8

A year and a bit ago I wrote welcome Dotty. I loved my ugly, smelly, noisy, deformed little guinea pig. He was special, his personality was hard to ignore. Just over a year ago I went to a pet shop just to buy bunny food and left with Dotty. He choose us, made it clear we were his people, I insisted on taking him home, the staff had to check with management as he wasn’t officially “ready for release” to be adopted… Something like that. So I spoke to the managers and said Dotty was calling to me, he had picked me, and I was willing to love Dotty and I had a spare hutch. I wouldn’t have taken no as an answer in honesty! And I don’t even like guinea pigs. He was very different. Were were told Dotty was a girl but I figured that was wrong shortly […]


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Dog Phobia Fixed 2

Thanks to my nice therapist, Doctor Dave as I call him, my dog phobia has gone. I’m only worried by potentially dangerous dogs, dogs snarling and pulling on their leads. I’ve been asking strangers “can I stroke your dog” a lot more, previously this was my son Jen’s nagging, “mummy can we see that woofer?” “OK Jen, ask it’s grown up if it’s ok first”, “no, mummy, you ask”. I’ve not been crossing the road to avoid people’s pets, I’ve been able to deal with them the same as most other grown ups do. As I adore animals, the desire to rehome has kicked in now I’m not terrified by them. When I was younger my rescued mongrel runt, Ben, saved my life. There is definitely a bond between me and stray/rescued pets. Maybe they see it in my eyes I’ve suffered abuse when I was young myself, perhaps they […]