Josie & Edie's Everyday Essentials

Before I got a dog of my own I didn’t realise just how important it is to have really good daily essentials that you can rely on day in and day out. It’s taken a lot of trial and error to find not only what works for Josie and Edie but what works for us too and I think I’ve finally got a good thing going and these are the things that I use every day.

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What I Would Do Differently If Josie & Edie Were Puppies Again

No matter how much research you do before getting a puppy, I don’t think you can ever truly be prepared for that little bundle of joy to bounce into your life. Josie was the first dog that I ever had on my own as an adult and she was the first sighthound I ever had too and it didn’t matter how forums I read, there was no preparing me for what life with her was going to be like. Looking back there are so many things I wish we would have done differently with both of the dogs so I thought it would be interesting to share some of those things with you today.

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In Defence Of Dogs Wearing Jumpers

As we’re now officially in Autumn that means we’re pulling out the girl's jumpers once again which means the comments about dogs not needing a jumper are thrown our way at least once a walk. Any sighthound owner will know how important good outerwear is for these dogs and how old those remarks from others get so I thought today I’d explain and defend why we and so many others put their hounds in jumpers.

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How We're Tackling Edie's Separation Anxiety

If you’re a regular watcher of our Instagram stories you might have noticed us talking about Edie’s separation anxiety and how we've been working on it. Which is something that became a very large issue for us this year and it was something that we knew we had to tackle but that didn’t make it any easier on any of us mentally. The issue of separation anxiety is very topical and every person has something that works for them and their dog as each situation is different. So when reading this post please don’t take our word as gospel, it’s simply what we’ve found best for us and it’s still something that we’re constantly working on so that we can leave Josie and Edie happily knowing that they’re not in distress.

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Shampoos For Stinky Hounds

Bathtime is a word spoken in hushed tones in our house. It’s not something either of the dogs are a fan of and thankfully it’s not something that we have to go through very often as typically they’re both pretty clean. Apart from when they roll in the dreaded stinky stuff which has to be every dog owners most hated smell. Finding the right shampoo for Josie and Edie hasn’t been simple and earlier in the year we noticed that both of them had a bad case of dandruff when the season started to change. We weren’t sure if what we were using at the time was working as well as it once did despite having a good list of ingredients so we wanted to find something that could help with that and these are all the shampoo products that not only get their coats clean but help with any flakey skin too.

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The Collars & Harnesses That We Use At The Moment

I’m often asked about the collars and harnesses we use for Josie and Edie and it wasn’t until Josie bounced into our lives did I realise just how hard finding a good collar is for a sighthound. They have specific requirements with their longe necks and small heads and using any old dog collar often isn’t quite what they need. There are lots on the market, some good, some bad and some insanely expensive and it can be difficult to know what’s going to actually work for your dog and what will end up in the cupboard unused. Having something that's hardwearing, washable or wipeable is key for us whilst the girls are young and like to run around like loons rolling in stinky stuff and these are collar and harnesses that have passed our tough standards.

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The Highs & Lows Of Owning A Hound

Although I’d like to say there are absolutely no downsides to owning a sighthound, there are but I think that’s the case when it comes to any breed. Just like humans, there is no way any living creature can be perfect but the highs always outweigh the lows and for me, these are the ups and downs of the breed.

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Our Dog Walk Essentials

I never thought I’d be a girl who has a specific bag for dog walking but here we are. When walking two dogs you want to be as hands-free as possible and because female clothing rarely has pockets unless I’m wearing my Barbour it’s rare I’ve got enough space for everything I need and to be hands-free. For my birthday I had one request for a gift and that was a dog walking bag from Redhound For Dogs and here are more details on the bag itself and everything we generally use day to day!

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