Making Bonfire Night Safe for your Dogs & Pets

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Making Bonfire Night Safe for your Dogs & Pets

Having lived in a small coastal town called Rye in East Sussex for many years, the tradition of bonfire night has always been a huge event for me.

There is huge tradition behind Bonfire Night, from the history of Guy Fawkes and the Houses of Parliament plot, through to the local stories of the gangs of smugglers that roamed in the darkest along the Kent Coast in the prohibition years.

Rye Bonfire Night

The Hawkhurst Gang, the Lewes Gang and many more gangs of smugglers are commemorated in Rye, during bonfire night and it’s quite an event. From the thrill of the procession, marching to the beat of the drum, the flaming torches, through to the dramatic cannon fire and bangers from the smugglers, trudging through the cobbled streets before reaching the recreation ground and igniting the huge monolith of a bonfire.  Then once the flames are raging and the heat of the fire is scorching your cheeks, a dance of what can only be compared to morris dancers around a campfire commences, with bangers being thrown into the fire, before the sky is set aglow with fireworks lighting up the Romney Marshes.

It’s quite spectacular.

And has quite an impact. The booms echo off the cliff face and roll out across the marshes toward the sea.

As much as I have always loved the spectacle, I have to confess, our family pets haven’t always been so keen.

Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe on Bonfire Night

There are some great ideas you can adopt for keeping your pets safe this bonfire night. Here are just a few:

  • Walk your dogs early, well before dark. Give them a longer walk than normal and help wear them out so they are more likely to settle.
  • Find a calm space for your pets. Create a safe space deep in the house for your pets that is quiet and warm. Keeping pets away from windows and doors and areas like the explosions of fireworks is likely to echo.
  • Keep the curtains closed. Closing the curtains and internal doors will soften the sounds even further.
  • Break out a box-set. Why not use the time to catch up on a box-set, a netflix marathon, or tune into your favourite talk radio station. TV and Radio have been proved to have a soothing effect on pets and their owners.

A musical balm for terrified terriers.

This year Classic FM is producing a special radio show for pets on Bonfire Night. You can tune into Bonfire Night Bach, from Classic FM, which will be broadcast on Saturday evening of November 3rd.

RSPCA Pets & Fireworks

Take a look at a short video from the RSPCA on Pet Safety and Fireworks and ‘How to build a doggy den.’ 

Halloween Safety for Pets

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Halloween Safety for Pets

Are you turning the kids into ghosts and ghouls?

Do you have a Halloween costume ready for the dogs?

However you are celebrating Halloween this year, there are some really great things to remember this year.

Halloween can be a really fun time for all of the family including your pets if everything is planned the right way. The noises, sights, and smells can all make for a frightening night for our four-legged friends.

Dressing up for Halloween

If you are going to dress up your dog for Halloween, then think carefully about the outfits you choose. Make sure the fabrics and embellishments are safe, non-flammable and non-toxic especially if your pooch decides to chew what they are wearing. Avoid items that restrict movement, breathing, and your dogs’ vision.

If your dog doesn’t feel comfortable in a costume or becomes stressed, then don’t force it upon them.

Halloween Hazards

Take really good care to ensure that all foods that could be harmful to your pets are kept well out of reach. Ghoulish sweets and chocolate are great fun for the kids, but they pose a real hard to your pets along with sweet wrappers.

There are lots of fun toys the children have around the house, from toy pumpkins to glowsticks. They are all really great fun to get hold of and chew. Glowsticks contain dangerous chemicals if broken, so keep these safe and away from your dogs. Always keep an eye out for chew and choking hazards.

If your dogs aren’t taking part in Halloween, then be sure to give them a nice long walk well before dark. Provide them with a nice warm comfortable place to settle down and feed them nice and early.

By providing that safe refuge and distractions for the dog, like turning the TV up you can reduce the risks of the dog bolting if the door is opened.

It’s not a great idea to leave your dog alone in the garden, you never know what a trick or treater might do, and as always there’s a real threat of dog theft.

Most of all, don’t force your dog to receive any unwanted attention and do your dog a favour, leave them at home if you go out trick or treating yourself.

Halloween Safety for Pets

 

Business Networking Camberley Surrey

Business Networking Camberley Surrey

Business Networking Camberley Surrey a guide for small business owners.

Small business is a lonely place for the sole-trader, the owner operator, the jack of all trades.

Across the country, however, there are business networking groups of like-minded business owners, each meeting with the aim of building their business network and to help drive more business.

It’s been said you need to be a ninja in business, learning skills in finance, administration, marketing, social media – the list goes on and on. But where do you meet trusted local professionals to help you with the parts of the business that you have no skills in?

Networking can get a nasty reputation at times, with targets, referral slips, etc. but the whole point is to build relationships with local business people, like you and me. We each have a circle of friends who at times need other tradespeople or professionals, and because they know and trust us, they will likely trust the people we recommend.

One networking group I regularly attend in Camberley, Surrey is 4Networking, held at the Windlesham Golf Course in Bagshot, Surrey.  The beautifully landscaped groups and modern light and airy clubhouse give the perfect relaxed atmosphere for the regular meetings.

A few of the people you could have met at today’s networking included:

  • Graham Harding a chocolatier providing branded chocolate for business and events
  • Tony Donnaghue an IT expert providing support to small businesses
  • Rogan Howsell-Roberts an Enterprise Architect helping small business develop systems to grow
  •  Armand Chaudhary an international hospitality expert helping hotels grow their business
  • And many many more.

If you are new to networking in Surrey or Berkshire and would love to give it a go, then why not click on this link and find a group near you. https://www.4networking.biz/?ref=41340

Still not feeling brave? Why not drop me an email and ask if I will go with you.

MPA West Midlands Region Presidential Visit 2018

Shalford Village Fete, Guildford, Surrey – 10-06-18

Shalford Village Fete – June 2018

One of the great things about having a business that revolves around people and their pets, is that you get to go out and show people what you do in creative ways.

Each year we have a stand at LOTS of events, they are a great way to meet people, meet dogs and show and tell about the amazing products we produce.

Today we were at an awesome event in Surrey, just south of Guildford in a village called Shalford.

The great thing about Shalford Village Fete, is that it really brings the community together in what is historically a commuter belt of Surrey.

A huge array of stalls were at the event, from the usual traders, to community groups and social enterprises.

So many of the events we have been to this year have had good local causes at their heart, Shalford Scouts were one of the beneficiaries today.

Most of all you see the unsung heroes, doing great things behind the scenes.

My partner, Leanne photographed the dog show today, whilst i kept the stand busy.

You can see a few of the hundreds of dogs we met today in the images below.

The Lead Gen Academy

The Lead Gen Academy

Until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of the Lead Gen Academy, but after a quick conversation at a networking event I knew it was something that I needed to find out more about.

If you have ever run a business, then you will know that you need to much much more than one skill set.

Being a professional photographer means so much more than being just a professional artist.

You need excellent financial management skills, for the peaks and troughs through the year, but most of all you need to become a shameless marketeer.

One of the greatest relationships I have built this year since being back in Surrey is through business networking.

At a 4Networking event in Camberley earlier this year I bumped into a talented entrepreneur called Richard Woods.

Richard has a real talent for business, he even spent a summer with Lord Sugar in his antics on television called The Apprentice.

One of Richards great recent entrepreneurial projects is The Lead Gen Academy. The life source of all businesses is generating business leads and then converting them.

Each month Richard brings to our group in Farnborough industry knowledge and specialists to teach digital marketing lead generation techniques.

This month techniques to build professional networks and generate leads from LinkedIn was on the agenda.

If you are interested in visiting the Lead Gen Academy, then drop me an email and I will invite you along as my guest to see what it can do for your business.

The Lead Gen Academy

The Lead Gen Academy – June 2018

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Hounds First Sighthound Rescue – Charity Ball 2018

This year has been a remarkable social calendar, with us attending several Black Tie Charity Balls. But the most special and emotional has to be The Hounds First Sighthound Rescue Summer Ball.

It makes for quite an interesting evening when you put a whole group of doggy people together in one room in ball gowns and penguin suits. Just for good measure, make sure its one of the hottest evenings of the year.

The power of social media is such that so many of the faces that I have spoken to online or have championed me over the last few years, I have never met in person.

People know of your high’s and low’s and then you meet them in person like you have known them forever.

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue is a dog rescue charity that is very close to my heart and if you know the story of ‘Harry and Me’, then you will know how much Rachel Hyball and Tracie Gledhill did to support Harry and I staying together.

They supported and covered the costs of Harry’s stay with Cath Pickles, but more so provided the love and emotional support that both the dog and owner needed to turn their life around.

Tonight was all about celebrating the successes of the charity over the last year, recognizing the hard work of the volunteers and championing the work that they do. Whether moving the dogs from place to place, conducting home visits, fundraising or the ongoing behavioral work that has to take place.

It was a surprise and a shock to me, that Harry and I were presented with a beautiful framed picture and award. An award for being one of the charities success stories of 2017. A story that embodied the whole purpose of the charity, putting the welfare and what’s best for the hounds, first.

To find out more about the amazing work of Hounds First Sighthound Rescue visit: www.houndsfirst.co.uk

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue

When I fall In love

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Home Counties Boxer Welfare Dog Show – Worplesdon, Surrey

Home Counties Boxer Welfare Dog Show – May 2018

Supporting local breed rescues is something I am really passionate about. Especially, the beautiful Boxers at Home Counties Boxer Welfare.

Each year Home Counties Boxer Welfare hold an excellent fun dog show at the Memorial Hall at Worplesdon in Surrey.

Home Counties Boxer Welfare is a registered charity, with the sole purpose of helping homeless Boxers who come into their care. Supported by a network of volunteers who foster, home check, fundraise and transport dogs, the charity meets its goals.

The Worplesdon Memorial Hall was built just after the first world war, in 1922, to commemorate those who died in the war. The hall houses the Sidney Sime Memorial Gallery, a large events room, meeting rooms, complemented by the recreation grounds and tennis courts.

Its a cracking location with great facilities and it attracts a crowd from far and wide. As a venue, many dog shows and dog training classes are hosted here throughout the year.

The small village on the outskirts of Guildford is surrounded by beautiful nature reserves, you couldn’t ask for a greater place to live. Whitmoor Common is a large area just North West of Guildford, with great footpaths and man-made roads, perfect for dog photography.

Whitmoor Common is at the centre of the parish and has a mixed and diverse landscape of heather, copses of woodland, grasslands, and braken. For me, this is the perfect location for all types of dog session from spaniels and labradors through to german short haired pointers and english setters.

A number of beautiful manor houses around Worplesdon have historic hertiage that really needs to be seen to be appreciated, these include Frenches Manor, Merist Wood, and Wyke.

Home Counties Boxer Welfare are a small independent charity helping rehome and care for Boxers in need. You can find out more at www.hcbw.org.uk

Alternately take a look at the Charity’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HcbwBoxersLookingForHomes/

Home Counties Boxer Welfare

Home Counties Boxer Welfare

Surrey Heath Show – 19-05-2018

Surrey Heath Show is probably the largest of the small shows that we exhibit at through the year.

This year it was a scorching hot May saturday, that a couple called Harry and Megan decided to gate crash.

Despite the Royal Wedding just a few miles down the road in Windsor, the Surrey Heath Show had an excellent turn out.

So many local good causes had stands from theatre groups, the local camera club and the Womens Institute were all present.

Frimley Lodge Park is home to an amazing miniature railway which kept people entertained throughout the day along with side shows like Punch and Judy.