Pets and Friends Review

Pets and Friends

I have been using Pets and Friends (formerly Kennelgate) stores, for the past thirty years, mainly when I lived in Hertfordshire, where they were based at an industrial site on the edge of the town.

The store was quite revolutionary in those days, specialising in supplying food to both commercial users and bulk food to the general public. You went through large double doors into a commercial type of property that stocked everything imaginable for your pampered pooch and small furries.  It was always a treat to amble around the shelves with my German Shepherd Dog, while my husband was busy stocking up on a months’ worth of tripe (yes tripe).  It was the recommended food of choice in those days and our dogs seemed healthy and happy on that diet.

Dog bed

When I was approached by Pets and Friends to review their Project Blu – Goa Eco Dog Bed (mattress) I was keen to oblige, since I love working with brands that offer Eco-friendly goods.

It is made from durable quality recycled polyester fabric, which is packed with recycled polyester fibre for ultimate control. I was sent the medium size for Ellie (50cm x 70cm 10cm) which is a perfect fit. It has no sides, unlike her current bed, but it is definitely preferred and within an hour of its unboxing both Ellie and our three cats were vying to stake their claim.

It has the added benefit of being completely machine washable which is a great bonus if you have dogs/cats that molt.  I would strongly recommend, however, that any dog/cat hair is removed before washing to save flushing out your machine after washing.

Cat litter

We were also sent a packet of WeCat vegetal cat litter, which we have yet to open.  For the purposes of my Instagram account, both Ellie (my Cockapoo) and Georgie (youngest cat), posed by the cat litter, which our followers mistook for dog food!  I must admit it is an easy mistake to make, given the packet’s bright and alluring colouring, although it clearly depicts two cats beneath the logo!

The company advertises the litter as innovative, since it is also made of natural ingredients of plant origin. It also inhibits the formation of bad odours and is easily disposed of in your toilet and urban organic waste.

Rebrand

The company has now relaunched as Pets and Friends after a rebrand and some of their shops offer a grooming salon, self-service dog wash, and a community hub for puppy training and general pet advice.

The company are keen to show their commitment towards the environment by reducing plastics in our oceans and I was delighted to offer this review on behalf of the echo-friendly company.

Does your dog belt up!

Keeping within the law!

Did you know that rule  57 of the Highway Code, stipulates that your dog must be restrained when travelling in a vehicle?  In fact not only could you be fined £2,500, but you can also receive penalty points on your licence and in some cases,  a ban and even a compulsory re-test!

Insurance companies may not even approve a claim, if you are found to have an unrestrained dog in your car and are involved in an accident.

Tips for securing your dog

In order to keep your dog safe while travelling in your car, consider the following:

  • Fit a dog harness to your seatbelt
  • Attach a zipline harness
  • Fit a dog guard in the boot
  • Provide a dog crate

Making the journey comfortable

It is not just good old Fido, who may be using your car.  Even small furries and cats may require securing, for example, if you are moving and need to transport them to a new location, or more commonly, when visiting the vets.

  • Start young: Animals are far more inclined to tolerate and even enjoy car trips, if your start from a young age.  Have them sit in your vehicle while it is stationary and then start the engine.  Later once they are acclimatised to the running engine, try taking them on short trips.
  • Regular breaks:  If you are making long journeys, ensure that you take regular breaks in order that they may enjoy a short walk, where they can have a toilet break and a drink.
  • Remember to keep them cool in hot days.  If you do not have air conditioning, invest in a cooling mat and keep a good stock of cold water.

Dont!

  • Allow your dog to sit on your lap.  IT IS AGAINST THE LAW AND CAN BE DANGEROUS.
  • Allow your dog to lean out of an open window.  This is distracting for other drivers and a dog could easily bang their head, or in worse case scenarios, fall out and suffer serious injury or even death.

Keeping dogs safe

You would not allow your baby or young child to travel unsecured, so please be mindful of your pets.  They, like your children, can suffer injury and can also affect any passenger travelling with them, if they are not safely restrained.