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Smile with your tail

A blog for dogs, by dogs

Wednesday, 17 September 2014



He is always smiling!


Monday, 8 September 2014

Dog Beds

After a long hard day of running, sniffing, rolling and other general dog stuff, it is always nice to come home and stretch your paws out on your very own bed.
In Baird's case, all of the beds!
We have a selection of dog beds in our house, but they come in all shapes and sizes. 
Swell Pets do a fantastic range on their website.

A few tips for picking and placing a dog bed
Consider the size and shape 
A bed that fits a big Great Dane like me isn't going to be the same size as one for a smaller breed of dog. 

Consider the material of the bed
Do you need a soft fleecy bed or a rugged durable one? Baird has a habit of dragging his bed round in his mouth...

Consider the placement of your bed
For example we sleep on our bed right next to Mums, try to keep the bed away from draughts in winter and hot spots in summer!

Make sure your dogs bed is a positive thing! 
Never send your dog to their bed as a punishment, your four legged friend thrives on a nice safe spot to call their own, some where they want to be. Always associate their bed with positive things.

Teaching doggies like us to 'Settle' or 'Go lie down' on their bed is a very valuable tool in your human's doggy command dictionary. Settle can be used for a number of different reasons, to help your dog relax, to place your dog on their bed when visitors come round etc.

Hope everyone has a great week


Monday, 25 August 2014

My Sana.

He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.)

When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself.

He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant.

His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me... whenever... wherever—in case I need him. And I expect I will—as I always have. He is just my dog.

Gene Hill

Saturday, 16 August 2014


Monday, 14 July 2014

Sampson & Baird

Hey readers, 
Sana here, now I am very used to being the boss of my 'little' brother Baird, but the past few months he seems to not only become heavier but taller than me too- that doesn't seem fair does it?
Ah well, I'm still the boss around here.


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Wordless Wednesday, Beacon Fell

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

It's a tough life..

..for some!


Loughrigg Fell at sunset

Trying to make the most of the light nights, hiking up Loughrigg fell around 9pm this evening.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Hiking with your dog

Hello everyone.
We are back from out blogging break, thanks to everyone who wished Dante happy birthday, he had a brilliant day doing all his favourite things.
As some of you may know we are lucky enough to live a stones through away from the Lake District National Park here in England.  That means we go for lots of long sometimes hard walks with Mum.

Mum, Baird, Sana & Daisy Boo enjoying Stickle Pike 
Here are some top tips when your going to be out and about with your best four legged friend.
Match the walk to BOTH your fitness levels. 
There is no point in starting off on a 4 hour walk if you physically cannot do it! Your furry friend will also keep walking even when they are tired, they can't really tell you when they want to go home. Start off slow, then increase the distance and difficulty of your walks in time.
Sana & Daisy Boo can take on much longer walks than Baird, who at 19 months is still rather restricted on how far he can go. 
Water, water, water!
Make sure that you have plenty of water for you and your hiking buddy no matter the weather. Also bring any snacks and food depending on the length of your walk
Wear appropriate clothing
Check the weather forecast before you go, pack waterproofs for you and your pooch if necessary. STURDY footwear is a must.
Know your route
Take a map and let someone know where you are going and the time you are expected to be back.
Watch for live stock
Especially during lambing season. Be respectful of all live stock and keep your dog on the lead and under strict control.
What? I won't' chase them Mum- honest!
Emergency first aid kit
It is always hand to bring a small first aid kit which can include, gauze bandages, anitseptic cream, tweezers, plasters etc. Make sure your dogs collar has up to date identification tags on, incase they get lost. 

Pet insurance can be a great investment, be prepared for the unexpected. If you insure your dog you can have peace of mind, just in case the unfortunate happens while out hiking, A broken leg can cost a few thousand pounds to fix alone. If you invest in insurance you will not have to worry about unexpected vet bills. 

Most of all
have fun! Enjoy the time with just you, your best friend and the great outdoors. 

Friday, 30 May 2014

Happy Birthday Dante!

Happy 6th birthday my best boy.

I know your legs are slowly fading you and your body can't keep up with all the things you want to do, you are a young soul unlucky enough to have a body of a dog beyond your years, but you still remain the most carefree and kind soul I have ever met.

You teach me the meaning of positivity and I hope I get to share many more wonderful years with you.
Mumma loves you Dante Alamante