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MAR/APR 2020 ISSUE 2

WITH A LICK FROM THE HEART


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Contributors The Human Experience Doug and Cate share their inspirational story of working together and looking after each other.

A Coffee with Brodie talks through the benefits of chiropractic care

Editor's Letter Who can believe Issue 2 is already here!! What a journey it has been since Issue 1. We simply feel overwhelmed by all the support and positive response

for your pets. since we launched .

Thank you to each and everyone

of you!

Valentines

Chasing Your Tail

saw

love

all

around

from

all

our

Puppy

friends . We loved creating the wall of love over on our instagram page.

Rebecca introduces us to Wellsprings holiday cottage, the ideal holiday getaway.

We have been busy behind the scenes working on some fun new projects...We launched our Brand Ambassador search

and

received

100’s

of

applications…

we're

enjoying looking through all the accounts and falling in love with everyones photos (to the point where we got

Unleash Your Potential

insta jailed!).

Katie guides us through business with Business Wonderland.

We have some amazing Pawlaborations coming over the next few months starting with a chance to win a PAWtraite

this

Mother's

Day,

and

some

amazing

discount codes to share with you all.

Contributing Graphic Designer & Content Creator

It was such a pleasure meeting so many of you at

Safy Abecasis from Grandphics

stories were shared that we can't wait to bring your

@grandphics_com

Crufts.

We got licks gallor, and even more amazing

way!

We hope you enjoy issue 2. If you have a story you'd like to share  please email our team at info@puppypost.co.uk

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Licks Of Love

Archie & Otis Mini Dachshund  @mini_otis_ 

Minnie Jack Russsel Terrrier

Sonny - Toy Poodle @montyandsonnypoodlepack

Monty - Toy P oodle @monty andso nnypo odlep ack

Ollie Shihtz u

Charlie _ Toy Cavap oo @that. cavap oo.life

ter h Poin - Englis Charlie _pup ealing @the_

og ch Bulld - Fren Charlie e y_rosi ie_bo @Charl

o ckapo y - Co Whiske y iske poowh @cocka

To be featured please email your pictures to info@puppypost.co.uk Follow us on instagram @puppy.post.co.uk

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Contents

06

10

A Closer Look

14

What's Happening & Where

Puppy Design

16

22 Barking About

24

Feature Story

28

The human Experience

Coffee With...

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Editorial opinions expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of Puppy Post. All prices and information are correct at the time of going to press but subject to change. Puppy Post The Magazine may not be reprinted or distributed without prior written consent. ŠPuppy Post The Magazine 2020

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A CLOSER LOOK AS TOLD BY : NATALIE COOK OWNER OF THE URBAN PET STORE

THE URBAN PET STORE

That's when my pipe dream of opening a pet store really began. It had always been a dream of mine to open a pet store after I worked in the one down the street when I was younger.

Almost 3 years after my accident, the 'old bed shop' on the Main Street closed for good and I immediately told the landlord I’d rent it. From there it all began!

The story behind why we decided to venture into opening a pet store is something that few (if

The

shop

has

grown

and

grown

and

it

continues to get busier day by day. We now

any) of our customers actually know about.

get people from all over coming to visit us, as

Just under four years ago at the age of 19, I was

well as getting online orders from people as

swept down a waterfall and almost lost my life. I

far at the tip of Scotland. My new pipe dream

was

is to become the biggest natural pet store in

unable

recovered.

to

work

for

two

years

while

I

the UK... although that may take a while!


We stock a range of products for all pets that we have personally tried and tested with our own animals and German Shepherd, Tara.

We

pride

everyday,

ourselves

on

not

run-of-the-mill

just

pet

being

store

an

selling

anything and everything. The products that we do stock are products that we have faith in, which come from manufacturers whose ethics match our own.

We sell a range of everything for dogs, cats, birds

and

small

animals.

We

do

have

a

website where people can shop our products online as well as in store.

We

always

add

in

a

little

freebie

customers’ online orders too. love

it

delivery

when (who

we

find

a

doesn't?!)

our

We personally

little and

to

surprise

we

love

in

a

being

able to offer the same to our customers.

The Urban Pet Store is

located in Garforth,

Leeds. We are a family-run business owned by Natalie

(myself),

my

stepdad

Manny

and

my

Mum Alison.

What makes our store unique is the wide array of

products

that

we

offer.

We

specialise

in

100% natural pet food and treats, along with other

products

such

as

premium

Dreams

mattress dog beds, Tresspass dog coats and high

quality

accessories.

One

of

the

small

things we pride ourselves on is being able to offer

our

customers free samples when they

consider switching to a new food, as well as frequently giving our customers free samples of new treats to try.

We are one of the few raw food stockists in our

area

-

excitingly

we

will

soon

be

expanding to create a 'raw store' in the empty shop next door.

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Our German Shepherd Tara is the life and soul

If you've visited us before you'll have noticed

of the pet store. She comes along to work with

that

me 3-4 days a week and will usually eat triple

bring your dog to work day most days at The

her weight in treats while she's here.

Urban Pet Store, making it a very happy and

our

shop

has

a

strong

family

feel.

It's

laid back place to be! Customers will often ask if they can purchase a treat just so they can give it to Tara. She

We welcome all dogs into the shop, whether

certainly gets a LOT of love and fuss from our

they are muddy, kinda grumpy or unbelievably

customers. Everybody around Garforth knows

excited.

and recognises her as 'that dog from the pet shop' whenever we go out walking.

With all of the long lasting dog treats that we consider stocking, Tara gets to try them first so we can gauge how long they will last with a big dog!

VISIT US 127-129 Main Street

She's super friendly and loves meeting other doggos too. Depsite being 12 years old, she loves initiating play in the shop and causing the products to fly off the shelves when she

Garforth Leeds, LS25 1AF E:  info@theurbanpetstore.co.uk T:  0113 287 0460M: 07903 304 442

hits them with her tail.

Website: www.theurbanpetstore.co.uk Facebook: facebook.com/theurbanpetstore Instagram: instagram.com/theurbanpetstore


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ALBERT

RECOMMENDS Albie was two-three weeks old when he was found in front of a supermarket next to a very busy road in Bosnia. He was alone and scared. Despite being underweight he was in good condition and had no injuries.

Since arriving in

the UK Albie has well and truly jumped paw first into our home and hearts.

Mayfield Lavender Farm Talking of Instaworthy, the infamous Mayfield Lavender Field is well worth a visit. You’ll need to wait until summer for the fields to be in full bloom but be patient, this place is pawesome. It’s a short drive from the City and you have to arrive early if you want to get the money shot but once you’re there, you’re sure to fall in love.

Don’t forget to get a snap by the red telephone box buried amongst the flowers!

I’ve

been

to

the

Cotswolds

a

few times and I love getting out of

the

city

beautiful The

last

visited

day

fresh

explore

time

we

and

it

before

snow

the

countryside.

Instaworthy

the-water the

to

British

went,

we

Bourton-onhad

so

snowed

there

everywhere.

was

Luckily

my humans had just bought me a

WHAT'S HAPPENING & WHERE

new

braved

Barbour the

cold

jacket and

it

so

I

was

totally worth it. Make

sure

you

arrive

early

to

avoid the crowds!

THE COTSWOLDS


PETWORTH PARK This

place

fancy

a

beautiful

is

a

long

real

treat

walk.

(I’ve

The

never

if

To keep up with Albert

lake

been

follow him at:

you is

albertofbattersea

in

because I’m scared of water but it looks good!) and once you get to the top of the park the views are great. Beware of the deer!

BATTERSEA PARK I come here everyday and it’s definitely my favourite park in London. I’m always bumping into my furiends and at the end of of the walk sometimes I get to go to my local, The Prince Albert. They bring you biscuits, water and they are human friendly too!

Battersea Park

Visiting

Cornwall This has been my favourite trip so far. In the day I walked my humans for miles and then in the evenings we curled up by the

log

music

fire

in

our

and cosy

listened

to

Shepherds

Hut.

My favourite beach was Watergate Bay and I would definitely recommend the breakfast at the Watergate Bay Hotel. I got to sit in the window seat and watch the world go by - it was pawfect!

Harlyn

Bay

is

also

great

and

we

had

the

whole

beach

to

ourselves!

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Photo Credit: @river_staffsky


Photo Credit: @cheddarandchester


KIARA

KREATIONS

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DESIGN

KKD10

KIARA's STORY I’m an Italian freelance translator & creative designer with a passion for dogs.

I started some years ago creating a keychain of my Bolognese dog Toffee, such

my

joy

work that

brought

people

people

started

requesting models of their dogs.

Each

artwork

completely

by

is

created

hand

modelling

polymer clay with love and strict attention to detail.

My favourite collection is the dog Nativity Sets. walnut

shell

Nativities.

Nativities,

I'm

collections

in

like

my

then

moment

I

continued

when

Valentine's

I

am

Collection,

I begin with

with

coconut

creating the

figurine

Christmas

Collection and the Easter Collection .

In 2017 I opened my Etsy shop "Kiara Kreations Design" and since then I never stopped creating! To Visit Kiara's Kreations: People

find

personalised customers

my

creations

representation

will

send

me

a

unique of

their

picture

as

they

dogs, of

their

are

a

sometimes dog

with

very my my

creations, which is a tremendous source of happiness to me! The joy I am able to bring to others through my work is what inspires me to continue creating!

Etsy Shop: kiarakreationsdesign.etsy.com. Instagram: @therealtoffeegram


CONTACT: Instagram: @beautifuljoesdogtreats Website: www.beautifuljoes.com

Beautiful Joe’s ‘Perfectly Behaved’ Liver Treats are hand-made from British (you can tell this because they stand up when the National Anthem is played), free-range, ox liver and dogs go crazy for them. Nothing is added – all we do is slowly dry the liver to lock in the flavour.

Most rescue homes can’t afford to buy any  treats for the dogs they look after, let alone air-dried, pure liver treats. So, every time someone buys a packet of Beautiful Joe’s ‘Perfectly Behaved’ Liver Treats we give the same quantity of treats away to canine rescue homes nominated by our customers.

Why Beautiful Joe’s?

Beautiful Joe was a real-life dog who lived in Canada in the

1890s. He was rescued from a brutal farmer and became the subject of a best selling book. Its author, Margaret Saunders, devoted her life to championing the rights of animals. As, in our small way, we also aim to champion the rights of animals, we decided to name our dog treats after Beautiful Joe.

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Feature Story

THE ADVENTURES OF: REGGIE THE COCKAPOO Reggie lives in Liverpool and was born in Market Drayton Shropshire in September 2017 alongside 9 of his siblings. He is a Cocker Spaniel cross Toy poodle, hence his small size compared to normal-sized Cockapoo’s.

Reggie

is

a

cheeky

but

lovable

character

with

a

crazy

personality.

He

is

a

people’s dog and just loves constant human affection.

He spends most of his time testing out different dog products for blog reviews on his website www.reggiethecockapoo.com and enjoying the outdoors with his favourite

human

Suzanne.

Reggie

enjoys

hiking

in

the

hills

and

mountains,

exploring the British countryside, stand up paddle boarding, walking with his Instagram buddies & meeting up each month with his favourite group - The Cheshire Doodles Club.

Although he looks all cute and innocent he can be a little naughty and will take every opportunity to roll in mud...or even fox poo!

“Reggie is always off exploring new places and thoroughly enjoys all of his crazy outdoor adventures”


Being a sup pup (stand up paddle dog) Reggie travels around the UK looking for different lakes, canals & rivers to go on.

Derwent Water in the Lake District has been the favourite so far with its stunning scenery, but this is one of many as each paddle is different.

REGGIE’S ADVENTURE ESSENTIALS:

10

If anyone is interested in paddle boarding with their dog, you must ensure that even if your dog is a strong swimmer to have a buoyancy aid with you, as you never know when the weather is going to turn or when the current is going to change. Having tried a few life jackets, Reggie recommends Red originals dog buoyancy

aid

exploring

new

dogfuriendly Furiendly

from

www.redoriginal.com.   Reggie

places

barketer,

places

with

and so

has he’s

everyone

recently

been

able

share

on

to

their

is

all

of

TO PACK

always

accepted

website

TOP THINGS

as

his

and

a

dog

social

Lead & collar or harness

media pages.

Travel water bottle

Treats

Coat in case temperature drops

Bed in the car for comfort of long journeys

Dog towel

Dog drying towel

Dog buoyancy aid

Light up collar (incase it get darks)

Paw balm for after long walks

Last year Reggie enjoyed a VIP day out at Crufts with Furminator

Reggie is always off exploring new places.

UK and was also a VIP in the Hound Hub at Dog Fest North. He was involved in a charity event for Clatterbridge Cancer Charity & took part in the Muddy dog Challenge in Manchester raising

head over to his Instagram page:

money for Battersea.

Reggie Amazon,

is

currently Skinners

To follow all of his crazy outdoor adventures

an

pet

ambassador foods,

for:

Nelsons

Trespaws/Trespass,

treats,

@_reggiethecockapoo_Reggie

pawssopretty,

yappy.com, Nyla bone and Gladiator paddleboards. He is also a model & Pet influencer over at Urban Paws and is available to hire for film, tv and media.

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REGGIE'S

6

TOP Favourite places to visit

MOEL FAMAU Situated in the Clwydian Range in North Wales, this

is

visits

Reggie’s here

favourite

often.

There

place

are

so

to

walk

many

as

he

trails

to

follow on this walk, with its breathtaking views even a walk in the rain never disappoints. With a local pub nearby there is nothing better than going for some tasty grub after his long walk.

LAKE DISTRICT This place must be on everyone’s list of places to go; With most places being dogfriendly. Reggie has camped, stayed in a glamping pod and even stayed in a hotel. There is so much to do and see, Most favourite of Reggie’s being paddle boarding on the lakes and the endless list of places to hike. Reggie will be heading back here again this year.

RHOSNEIGR In

Rhosneigr,

dog-friendly. more

every As

welcome

behaved

bar/restaurant

signposted, than

owners

are

dogs

humans

seems are

“Dogs

welcome

in

with

the

to

be

actually well-

bar”. The

Beach is within walking distance from the village and

it

There

has

a

are

plenty

long

stretch of

of

places

beautiful to

eat.

beaches. Favourite

bar/restaurant being ‘The Oyster Catcher’. It has a

great

atmosphere,

friendly

staff,

selection of drinks & water bowls available.

good


ABBEY FARM IN LLANGOLLEN Reggie

has

stayed

here

a

number

of

times,

a

great place for camping in a tent or staying in a glamping pod. There are also plenty of walks nearby.

For

food,

the

Britannia

Inn

is

just

up

the road and is dog-Friendly. Reggie loves to take a walk up Castell Dinas Bran to check out the amazing views from the top & walk along the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Llangollen before heading into the town.

PHEASANT INN CHESHIRE After

a

walk

up

Bickerton

Hill

in

Cheshire

Reggie just can’t go home without heading to his favourite pub. Dogs are allowed inside this cosy pub, but Reggie and his humans prefer to sit

outside

and

views. Reggie Suzanne

formulated energetic Reggie

is

chose to

admire

fed

this

on Pet

such

an

beautiful

Skinners food

support

requirements

being

the

for

the

Pet

Food.

because day

active

to

dogs.

adventurous

pup

it

is

day With this

food has been perfect.

LIVERPOOL Reggie

always

recommends

his

hometown

Liverpool as a place to visit as there is plenty to do and see. The Baltic Triangle in Cains brewery has

many

dog

centre. With take

your

friendly

many

dog

bars

as

dog-friendly

shopping

well

as

shops,

with

you.

the

city

you

can

If

you’re

feeling adventurous you can learn to have a go at

paddleboarding

Liverpool Sup Co.

on

the

Albert

Dock

with

Formby and Crosby Beach are

also popular places to visit. Reggie is a lover of the

beach

as

it

sends

him

crazy

and

gives

him

the zoomies.

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Photo credit: @Daphnedalmation


Photo Credit: @dougthepugtherapydog


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Le Hound Shy Away

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Happy Tails Treats

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By Cate Archer

THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE

Working

with

a

therapy

dog

is

wonderfully

rewarding. We’ve met, and forged friendships, with such interesting people with whom our paths would never have otherwise crossed.

Having a dog that genuinely enjoys and welcomes attention, and would never react negatively to any sounds, actions or behaviours coming his way, made us feel that Doug would make a good therapy dog.

Cate Archer shares life with her husband, two dogs and a cat. Children have long since flown the nest! Life is split between London and Northumberland, creating a beautiful balance of city vibrancy and wild coastal walks. Formerly a teacher of those with learning differences, Cate now works voluntarily with Pets As Therapy and as a mentor with Family Action.

Doug is a wonderfully snuggly little pooch - but, through the variety of dogs that become therapy dogs, we can see that it doesn’t matter how big or small we are, where we come from, or what colour we are, our love always shines from within.

Dogs show no judgment Dogs hold no stigma


We’d

like

people

to

think

more

like

our

It

would

be

unfair,

and

indiscreet,

to

take

our

dogs! Anyone with a predictable soppy dog could

worries home.  Doug and I then take time out to go

do what we do.

for

gift.

The time we give to others is a

a

beautiful

walk,

or

take

tea

and

cake

If a prospective volunteer is able to share just

somewhere lovely. I fear that if we hadn’t regularly

one hour a month, it is still time shared that the

done this that we may have unknowingly burnt out

recipient of their care would not otherwise have

a long time ago and deprived many people of the

enjoyed.

love that we still share.

Doug and I volunteer through the UK charity Pets As

We

Therapy.

advocate. I chose to share my time with Pets As

They

offer

comprehensive

guidance

through their website www.petsastherapy.org and, after

structured

dog,

volunteers

coordinator

behavioural are

to

assessments

allocated support

a

of

local

them

are

our

dog’s

only

voice

and

personal

Therapy – Doug didn’t!

the area

We

after

differences,

work

with

children

and

adults

with

substantial

learning

with

significant

and

life

registration.   We’ve been with this charity for nine

limiting mental health challenges, so I have to be

years

acutely aware of the environment we share. I must

now

and

feel

that

they

are

a

very

good

governing body to guide us through the values of

foresee any difficulties before they arise.

companion animal therapy. Pets As Therapy dogs don’t work for more than two We share our care with those we see as in greater

hours at a time - being emotionally engaged can

need than ourselves. But, one can never pour from

be incredibly tiring.

an empty pot!  Working with a therapy dog is lovely and

most

of

the

visits

we

share

are

incredibly

heartwarming.   But, occasionally, we find that we arrive to see someone who has died, or is towards the end of their life, and then there are times when someone shares something with us that gives us a cause for concern.  

We never know when these times will hit us, so we always give ourselves a margin for recovery, after each visit, before heading back to our family.

"Our dogs are not puppets They are living sentient beings "

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Doug has his own book, “Doug the Pug – A Working Dog’s Tale”, is a work of creative non fiction.

It’s for children and those who enjoy

being with them. All royalties go to Pets As Therapy.

Our book

encourages children to believe that we all have something wonderful to offer and helps children embrace the differences we all hold. We hear

lots

about

celebrating

these

tolerance

these

differences

is

days

what

but

real

feel

true

that

actually

inclusivity

is

all

about.  

Doug and I have worked for many years on the Pets As Therapy “Read2Dogs”

scheme.

When

a

child

reads

to

Doug,

he

never

interrupts, or corrects, helping the child to believe they have a voice worth

hearing.

confidence. environment,

In the

As

their

this child

reading

wonderfully becomes

ability

safe more

grows,

non

so

does

threatening

willing

to

their

learning

contribute

right

across the curriculum. They then become more confident and socially able in the playground.

Helping children in this way will enable them to grow towards feeling worthy adults and significant members of society.


Hercabella is a British born brand, based in Yorkshire, that specialises in Luxury Tailor Lined Apparel for Dogs. The Cofounders, a former Interior Super Yacht Chief Stewardess, with over 16 years’ experience working at the top end of the industry, and a Creative Fashion Designer have come together to create a practical lifestyle wardrobe for dogs. The brand is inspired by two little Maltese Dogs named Hercules and Monabella, combining their names Herc, being strong and Bella being Beautiful, which is the foundation of their products, beautiful and refined, yet remaining strong and robust.

Our Brand Ambassadors: @gina_monaco @prince_louis_113th @hercie_perkie

Hercabella prides itself being designed in Britain, all their fabrics are sourced in England from textile mills who supply fabric to some of the

top leading fashion houses of the world. Their signature 'Mayfair' fabric has been designed

exclusively for Hercabella woven in Yorkshire with Northern Soul.

With a distinctive branding and purple signature lining,

your canine companion will certainly mark their territory.

Our waistcoat harnesses are our own unique design that we’ve created in house providing comfort luxury and style.

The

concept has the practicality and durability of a regular harness with webbing incorporated in the design for extra support while still remaining elegant and stylish. Durable for everyday walks or with the option of wearing a detachable skirt or tail.

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COFFEE WITH ...

BRODIE MARRIOT It is common for pedigree breeds to have various malformations within their spines as they are heavily interbred, for example dachshunds and pugs are very prone to wedge-shaped vertebrae. This means that

Brodie is a Chiropractor who loves working with a

the ageing process of the spine will accelerate and

huge

the dog will feel a lot more stiffness and tension in

variety

of

patients

and

has

spent

her

time

treating not only human patients but animals too.

these joints thereby developing compensatory movements.

Most people know it is important to look after their own spinal health and posture but never think about it

Another example is hip dysplasia which is a very

when it comes to their pets.

common condition found in altercations resulting in a lot of stiffness and pain in the hind limbs from a very

Brodie mainly treats dogs and horses and works on restrictions

in

the

spine

to

enable

better

early age.

nervous

system function. This eases any areas of pain and

Chiropractic care can really benefit these types of

tension and promotes the good general overall health

cases and will enable the dog to move with reduced

of the animal.Â

pain and stiffness.

Just as humans all dogs can benefit from getting their

Since dogs are very active they encounter micro

spines regularly checked and adjusted. Many dogs

trauma’s that accumulate resulting in areas of spinal

are prone to joint restriction and arthritic joints due to

tension/dysfunction. Chiropractic is a very holistic

breed deposition and ageing.

therapy which looks at the body as a whole.


A typical session would involve a gait assessment to check for any faulty/restricted movement patterns, a postural observation and a series of specific gentle spinal manipulations to the areas of the spine that aren’t moving appropriately.

“I love treating dogs so much because you can often see results instantly. It is amazing to be able to make such a significant change in the way that the dog moves" Often owners will report that the treatment gives their ‘grumpy old

Chiropractic care helps with:

dogs’ a new lease of life by being able to run and catch the ball or jump into the car without any hesitancy. Its also very funny as often the dogs will have a mad run around after the treatment because they feel so much better!

Chiropractic care does not replace traditional veterinary care, it

Hesitancy when jumping

does

offer

additional

options

in

diagnosing

and

treating

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THE PUPPY'S GUIDE TO BUSINESS N E W S ,

I N S I G H T S , T H E

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G U I D A N C E B U S I N E S S

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A day in the life of

Business Bites

Pick Of The Litter

Harriet Wood

SEO with

With Lucy of

of HKA Ceramics

Alice Roth

Bear & Boo

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A day in the life of... HARRIET WOOD Of HKA Ceramics I

studied

University

product

design

at

and

course

was

the

Falmouth next

to

Contemporary Crafts so that is where my initial interest in ceramics was sparked!

I

started

designer

following accounts

a on

few

ceramic

Instagram

and

became obsessed with throwing videos and just had to have a try.

I only started

throwing about a year ago and had a couple of lessons at the start of last year and absolutely loved the entire process. I then took an evening course at a local studio and was hooked, and so in June I bought my own wheel and transformed my

garden

shed

into

a

tiny

pottery

studio!

The first pet bowl I made was actually for my friends

I took on a part-time role within a new company and

cats. They were the first pieces I put up for sale on

now I get to spend 3 wonderful days a week making

Etsy and after a couple of orders the business really

pots!

took off. A typical day can vary quite a bit as ceramics have a I’ve always loved dogs and seeing how excited

lot of different stages (some quite slow!) and waiting

people are to treat their dogs to my bowls is so

for things to dry in order to progress can be painful

lovely! I also receive lots of lovely customer photos

especially in a British winter!

which is great.

The designs have developed quite a bit since the first few bowls and I enjoy adding more styles and colours to the collection.

After 6 months of throwing and improving, I decided to leave my full-time job.


Some days will be throwing, some turning. Others will be spent glazing or working on other aspects of the business such as website updating and photography.

The pottery process can be quite tedious yet the result is always worth the effort and time.

The first step in the process is to weigh and wedge the clay. Wedging is a bit like kneading dough however you’re aiming to remove air bubbles not add them.

Once wedged the clay is ready to use. The next step is throwing your form on the wheel.

Next, it’s back in the kiln for another 24 hour cycle, this time to 1235 degrees. Once this process has finished the pots are ready to use.

Throughout all the various stages there is a chance the pots may get ruined due to lots of different factors. This can include breaking, cracks forming, glazes blistering, so there is the risk that when making one of a kind or personalised pieces, that you may need to start all over again.

Opening the kiln and seeing finished pieces is worth the risk. This is definitely why I enjoy it so much as it never feels repetitive as there are so many elements involved! Each piece can take up to around 10/15 minutes depending on the form and how complex it is. At this stage, the clay is very wet and so once you’ve thrown your pot it has to be left to dry until it’s leather hard. The initial drying can take around 3/4 days in the winter as the weather tends to be damp and cold.

Once the pot is leather hard its time for turning. This process involves putting the piece back on the wheel upside down to finish the bottom.

Every potter will have different preferences on the finish of their pots but I like to put a foot ring into most of my pieces. This then gets stamped with my makers’ mark. At this point, if you’re attaching handles or anything decorative to the piece this is the time to do it. Then the piece is left to dry again. The next drying stage can take another 3/4 days to

HKA Ceramics

become dry thoroughly. During this time the pots are incredibly fragile and would need to be handled

Wheel-thrown ceramics

with care.

made in Petersfield,

The first firing is called a bisque fire and is a 24 hour

Hampshire.

cycle in the kiln up to 1000 degrees. Once the pots cool and are removed they are very robust and a lot easier to handle. They then get sanded, rinsed and

Contact Harriet at: hkaceramics@gmail.com

glazed by hand. Instagram: @hkaceramics

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BUSINESS BITES BY ALICE RATH

S E A R C H

E N G I N E

O P T I M I Z A T I O N

SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), is a buzzword for small businesses at the moment. But what

does it actually mean? SEO is the process of getting more traffic to your site through organic

(or free) search listings.

Have you heard the popular phrase: ‘the best place to hide a dead body is page 2 of Google.’

This really helps put things into perspective, because as a business owner you’ll want to get more

traffic to your website, and a good way to achieve this is through improving your website ranking.

S O C I A L A B O U T

A L I C E

M E D I A

S E O

R A T H So now that you know what SEO is,

Hi! I’m Alice, a 23 year old Digital Marketer based in Bushey

it’s time to think about social media

(Hertfordshire).

I’ve been working in Digital Marketing for just

SEO. According

to

Google,

social

over 4 years now, and I’ve loved every minute of it!

media is not a direct SEO ranking

factor.

However,

from Assistant to Manager in two years!

ranking

factors

In January, I decided to leave my full-time job to

which

Thankfully I fell into a role that was a perfect fit

it

does

amplify

for me, and I progressed in my career, going

has

an

such

as

influence

backlinks,

on

your

page's

rank.

become a Freelance Digital Marketing Consultant. I now work with charities and

website

authority

and

brands on their digital strategies and marketing campaigns.

Social media profiles are often in the

I named my business after Pippin my childhood dog who was a huge part of my life.

rketing

top results in search listings for brand

names.


This suggests social profiles influence the content of search results. Google will pick up

content from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, so make sure you add keywords to your bio and

page description to improve your visibility. Social might impact search rankings in the future,

so it would be wise to continue building authority in key social channels.

SEO can be tricky, there’s no ‘one size fits all’ solution, however there’s lots of things you can do on your website to improve your website’s ranking. Here’s some of my recommendations for you:

Keywords

- you want to have your keywords used frequently on your website. For example, if

you’re a Hertfordshire Dog Bakery, you’ll want to have keywords that will allow your website to appear for users searching for ‘Hertfordshire dog bakery’.

Meta Description

- this is a fancy word for the page description on your website. You’ll want

to ensure this contains your keyword (product, service and/or business name), and also should detail what’s on your page.

Backlinks

- Google wants to push website’s that have a higher authority. To improve your

website’s authority you should improve backlinks to your website, which means getting other websites to link to yours. You can do this by reaching out to bloggers, local magazines or listing your company on free online directories.

Word Count

- try to have at least 300 words on each webpage, pages with less than 300-

word count are considered 'thin' by Google's standards and won't rank as highly.

Image Description -

add ‘alt text’ to your image. This improves your website’s accessibility as

users with screen readers can pick up what the image is. But this will also give you an opportunity to appear on Google Images search results.

Contact Details: Mobile - 07530890641 Email - hello@pippinsdigitalmarketing.com Instagram - @PippinsDigitalMarketing LinkedIn - Alice Rath | Pippins Digital Ma

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MEET REBECCA & RIC THE TEAM BEHIND

Well Springs Cottage How, when and why did you come up with the idea to start your holiday cottage? Last year I realised a lifelong dream of owning a holiday cottage by the sea. Forget ye not - Well Springs Cottage Whitby.

I was always creative and as a child experimented with making interesting spaces which were den like and hidden - houses for me and my many pets. In these places I collated and displayed treasures which I had found whilst out on adventures with my pet dog Ruby, a beautiful Collie Cross and later on, my lovely black and white spotted puppy Meg. I would find natural items; fossils, crystals, pebbles and beach treasures; sea glass, driftwood, patterned pieces of pottery as well as gifted treasures from relatives and neighbours - all with a history and story to tell.  These spaces and finds somehow took me back to the feelings I enjoyed whilst collecting them. Seaside magic, curiosity and possibilities, they also fed into my rather vivid imagination!

CHASING YOUR

TAIL ADVENTURES OF A STARTUP

Fast forward a few decades and more than a few bags full of sea glass, seashells and sea splintered pottery (of which my husband curses me for every time he empties the boot of his car!) and the time had arrived for me to build a new house in real life, one which other people and their pets could enjoy together. 

A place which relaxes, restores and reacquaints people with the simple seaside pleasures and memories.

Tell us about what inspired you to start your holiday cottage? An antique book of the Sea, an old quote "...with the sharp clean smell of the sea filling my nostrils, the roaring of the breakers in my ears and the astringent caress of fine spray on my cheeks I was content to wander for hours." (Lillian Beckwith p57 The Sea For Breakfast. Hutchinson of London 1961) and a vintage postcard which says more about the good old days at the sea than any words I could put together.

What makes your place unique? Forget ye not - Well Springs Cottage began as an ideal, as a concept and as a dream well before any property was purchased. This way of creatively letting an idea unfold and seeing where it takes you is whilst liberating, is definitely a lesson in trust - in yourself and those who understand your aims and vision.  But building a business this way is what truly makes for a unique experience for the customer. Hopefully they can feel the connection with history, the coast and feel the magic of this place whilst staying within the walls.


What attractions are there for guests to do in and around your area with their dogs? We have, I believe, the perfect combination of things that both people and their pets will love - tried and tested pursuits to please both in equal measure.  SAND & SEA - The beach and sea, just a 7 minute walk from Well Springs Cottage.  WALKS & STICKS - Walks straight from the doorstep; The Cinder Track (a lovely old railway track, Where will it take you?), Whitby to Sandsend (4 miles return), Coastal walk to Robin Hoods Bay  - part of the Cleveland Way (7 miles) and Whitby Abbey and The 199 Steps (a shorter walk but very energentic! with dramatic views and a wealth of history).FOOD & DRINK  - Whitby is well know as being a dog friendly place and the range of pubs and eateries which are dog friendly is growing all the time.  So many places lovely places to rest, recover and restore vital fluid and energy supplies!SHOPS & GOODIES - Well Springs Cottage is 1 minute away from Boothams, serving delicious goodies to eat straight away, save for your breakfast or to take home and share with family and friends.  We are also only a short walk away from a unique bakery, full of treats designed to delight your dog, imagine a whole bakery just for them! Whitby is fortunate to attract many dog friendly businesses.  Many shops welcome you with open arms and allow you to browse with your dog so no family member gets left outside. The range of goods on offer is so vast and there is literally something for everyone in this town.

What does a typical working day look like? I think it is fair to say that since embarking on this journey there are no typical working days.  However, there are lots of aspects to running the holiday cottage which occur on a cyclical basis and the freedom to be governed by when people wish to holiday and the things that are important to them varies greatly between customers.  It is lovely to start conversing with new customers, who usually find me through friends and family, my website or a Facebook post about something or someone interesting that I have discovered. Everyone has a history with family trips to the seaside and its lovely to hear their stories unfold.  I feel very proud to become part of their story through their stay at Well Springs Cottage. Helping to create treasured memories is of great importance to me and one of my greatest aims - hence the 'Forget ye not' aspect of my company. 

Changeover days are busy. I set off from home early and make the 70 minute journey across hills and moorland passing Rose berry Topping - an ancient and distinctive hill and a favourite walk of the young James Cook and his father.  One of my favourite parts of the journey is when dropping down from the moorland when Whitby and the sea beyond come into view. Somehow it has this affect on you like nothing else matters and you have returned.  The first thing I do is check my lovely gold embossed, deep blue, visitor book to see what my guests enjoyed on their stay and then I set to work making Well Springs sparkle for the next guests. I have a wander around Whitby once I have finished and enjoy the magic of Whitby as daytime turns to teatime and I buy biscuits and supplies ready for the next guests, before heading back to my normal life laying at the other side of the Moors.

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Where/ How do you see your holiday cottage and services in the next few years?

Who helps run it, tell us more about the team? Well Springs Cottage would not exist without my husband Ric

Within the first month from launching, we took over a quarter of

who believed in my ideas and abilities and spent many days and

our years bookings and we are still filling up fast, I would love to

nights transferring my mood board of colours onto the walls of

fill as many weeks as we can, so that more people can

the cottage. Edd an illustrator and graphic designer with his

experience what we have to offer. Friends and family keep

understanding flexible approach to working with my creatively

asking me when I am going to buy my next property but I think I

quirky ideas which rarely occur in linear order. Family and

will enjoy running Well Springs Cottage for a while before

friends with their knowledge and expertise in a range of areas

looking to add to my collection. I have thoroughly enjoyed the

from electrical, marketing, social media and dog behaviour and

process and would love to share my set up experience with

cottage stays.

others. Having met my husband 23 years ago whilst studying for an Interior Design course - finding and renovating and designing cottages is definitely something we will no doubt continue to do.

What do you enjoy most about running your holiday cottage?

My career to date has revolved around supporting people with life planning, problem solving and setting and achieving goals so helping others to realise their own holiday cottage dreams would be very rewarding too.

What involvement do your dogs have in the company? Just in the initial design, interior additions and in my inclusive ethos of dogs being part of the family and my desire for families

It has to be the contact with the different types of people, getting to know their seaside stories and providing people with a lovely base to explore from and relax in.

What do the visiting dogs like most about your place? The fact that they can holiday with their lovely owners by the sea rather than being left behind.

to holiday together.

Contact Us: Email: Rebecca@wellspringscottagewhitby.co.uk Website: www.wellspringscottagewhitby.co.uk Facebook: @WellSpringsHolidayCottageWhitby Instagram: @wellspringscottage


Pippin the name behind the brand

@pippinsdigitalmarketing


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The Pound Let's Talk Money

Daily Tasks Check account balance Clear receipts from your purse File digital receipts Open financial mail & take action Enter time worked Invoice clients Log business mileage  Log postage costs

Weekly Tasks Log & categorise payments Log & categories expenses Deposit cash or cheques Update invoice tracking sheet Update inventory Send invoice reminders

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Monthly Tasks Reconcile all accounts Run & review profit & loss report

SMALL BUSINESS

Compare profit & loss report to previous month Run a year to date profit & loss report

BOOKKEEPING TASKS

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a routine that suits you and your business.

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UNLEASH YOUR POTENTIAL What social media can do for your pet business Social media tasks can often slip to the bottom of the daily to-do list. That’s where many business owners go wrong!

Social media is a money making activity for your business, that allows your pet business to be seen by potential clients.

If social media isn’t part of your marketing strategy for your business, you're missing out on huge exposure, an inexpensive and effective way to reach almost half of the world population.

Here are 9 reasons how social media can help your business

1. Generate Leads

2. Increase Website Traffic

Gone are the days that you have to cold

Social media posts, blog and ads are an

call people to drum up business, instead

effective way to get more traffic back to

you can target potential customers with

your website so your audience can find

your social media content.

out more about your business and buy from you.

Action point: Who is your ideal client? The answer isn’t pet owners. Think about

Action point: Create consistent content

who do you love working with? How do they

that allows you to direct people back to

feel about their pet?Post content that you

your website such as blogs that your ideal

know they will love, find helpful or resonate

client will find helpful or entertaining.

with.


Action point: Action point: Be sure to share

Reasons To Use Social Media

your content multiple times and not just once. Look at how you can share the same piece of content but in different ways. Can you turn the content into a graphic? Take tips from a blog and post them one at a time.

3. Increase Brand Awareness

6. Connect With Clients

Social media is an inexpensive (or free) way to market your business to potential clients. Facebook reported that 60% of Instagram users say that they discover new brands and products on the platform. That could be your business!

Action point: Ensure your business has a strong brand identity so people know before seeing who the post is by, that it’s your content. Does your brand use the same colours across your website and social media platforms? Does your brand

If you want customers and followers to be engaged, you have to be engaged yourself. It is called SOCIAL media. Be consistent on your social media accounts and respond to all comments.

Action point: Respond to any comments that people leave on your posts. Can you create any further conversation from the comments left on a post? For example? I’m glad you found that blog helpful, what was your favourite tip?

have the same feel with photos or the same filter?

4. Boost Sales Social media enables you make sales

7. Learn About Your Customers

directly from a platform. No website, no worries. Advertise your business directly on your social media platform and ask potential clients to message you for more information.

Action point: Do you regularly let people know about your products or services that you have available to your audience? Ideally, 20% of your posts on social media should be advertising your products/services.

5. Promote Content You can share your blog posts, tips, videos, case studies, photos etc for free on social

Ask your audience questions to learn more about what they would like to see from your business, what they like and dislike etc. A really fun way to build engagement which helps to get your posts seen by more people.

Action point: These posts can be really fun and posts like this really help to boost your engagement and will get your future posts seen by a wider audience. Ensure the questions are really easy to answer.The questions you ask, can be all about their dogs, for example: dogs on the sofa? Yes or no.

media. Letting your audience know that you are the expert in your industry, showcase your products or services.

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8. Provide Support

9. Save On Advertising

A great way to support your clients.

Traditional media ads like TV, Radio and

Whether it's customer support, or creating a

Magazines are now becoming outdated.

Facebook Group.

They can also be very expensive. With

It's quick, easy and inexpensive.

social media advertising you can choose your budget (as low as

Action point: Do you get asked the same

£1) and target who

you want to attract to your business.

questions over and over again? Create posts on your social media account to

Action point: You can boost a post on

answer these questions on a regular basis.

Facebook for as little as

Facebook allow you to set these up as

trick with boosting a post is that you must

frequently asked questions in messenger on

set up your target audience inside of

your Facebook Page. Ensure that you reply

Facebook ads manager before. You’ll need

to all messages that you receive. If you only

to know the location you are targeting, the

answer questions during working hours, you

age range you are targeting (try to keep

can set up an auto response on your

this as small as possible), are your targeting

Facebook Page messenger so people know

pet mums or pet dads? What other pages

when they can expect a response. It good

do they like on Facebook? This is why is

to have clear boundaries from the start

super important to know who your ideal

when you are available.

client is.

£1 per day. The

Social media really is a fantastic tool for reaching your ideal audience and allows you to get your business out to people around the world. There are currently over 3 billion people using social media across the world and your customers are waiting to find you.

Don’t leave your social media marketing the last thing on your to do list! Katie is an award winning social media consultant who helps business owners get unstuck and feel confident with their social media marketing and content creation.

Katie started her entrepreneurial journey with a pet services business and soon realised the power of social media to attract customers. She ran the popular Twitter chat hour woofwoofwednesday© for over five years creating a wonderful community of pet brands and pet owners. A self confessed crazy dog lady, Katie has three dogs, Bertie, Toby and Betty.

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PICK OF THE LITTER Junior Puppreneurs

Puppy Post are proud to be championing aspiring junior puppreneurs! Meet Lucy the 14 year old CEO behind Bear & Boo

Hi, My name is Lucy & I am 14 years old and still in full time education, I am passionate about becoming a pilot when I am older. I have two dogs, my older dog is called Alfie and he is a cocker spaniel. He has just turned 6, he’s a very intelligent boy and he enjoys lots of cuddles and fusses. My second dog is Bailey, he is a 9 month old golden retriever. He has the funniest character and makes me laugh everyday. For a puppy he has always been well behaved.

School inspired me to start my own business, they encourage us to get a job or volunteer in any way. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a job in the places I wanted, for an example Cheshire dogs home, as you have to be over 18 years old.

So I decided to start my own and I call my business Bear and Boo because we call my oldest dog Alfie Bear and my puppy, Bailey Boo.

I sell dog gifts for any occasion with a wide range of products, from treat cones to selection trays (presented with paw print bows), I also do standard treat boxes which contain a variety of treats and toys. I am excited to soon be launching Easter, luxury and birthday treat boxes.


I have a checklist that I work through. When I come home from school, I reply to any messages from Instagram or Etsy, I then do my homework and devote the rest of my time to the business. I work from home in my spare room but I’m hoping my business expands as I enjoy doing this.

"My mum suggested I open an Etsy account so customers can see the products and reviews as it will look more professional than messaging someone through Instagram and it’s safer" So far my business is going well and luckily I haven’t made any mistakes yet, as I did a lot of research into the business before I launched. I think its so important to Research, research, research! Take your time and make a business plan so you can keep records of things. I use Instagram to connect with people.

Social media is great for marketing and engaging with people. My top tip for social media would be, to post fun things on your story so people engage.

As this is something I enjoy doing and is more like a hobby to me, I get my schoolwork done and in my free time and on the weekends I spend time on the business.

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AFOS EHT NO

With Gaynor & Archie Of

Four Legged Foodies Blogger, Instagramer & Chief Treat Taster

In 2009

when I decided to quit the corporate world, I retrained as a dog groomer and I have been working with dogs ever

since. I opened my own dog spa and boutique in South West London a year later, which was a great success and through the business I made great contacts in the dog world and became an integral part of the local community. As of 2015 I have continued to groom, walk and board the gorgeous doggies of Putney with Archie my 9 year old Norfolk Terrier by my side.

Dogs have always brought me great joy but when I took Archie along to a dog event in a London restaurant in 2018, I saw just how much joy he brought to everyone, not only dog owners, but to other diners and staff members. Around that time, I noticed in the press and on social media, there was talk of an increase in loneliness and social anxiety in the UK, especially in larger cities like London.

As a sufferer of anxiety myself in the past, I knew how much dogs could help alleviate those

feelings . Not only do dogs help relieve loneliness but they also open up the opportunity to meet and start a conversation with other people, whether that be in the park on a walk or at a restaurant.

“ If you have a dog, you can guarantee someone will come over to say hello ”


This realisation inspired me to start Four Legged Socials

We know how important it is for dog owners to be able

and organise fun dog events across London.

Our first

to dine out with their dogs by their side. In October 2019

Winter

we launched our website www.fourleggedfoodies.com

Wonderland in January 2018 which a huge success and

which is an ever growing list of dog friendly places to

every event since then has been a sell out.

eat in London.

We have hosted a city brunch, a doggie picnic in Hyde

Archie is THE original Four Legged Foodie and visits as

Park, drinks and canapés to name a few. We also hosted

many of these places as possible to give a dog’s eye

two doggie markets last year, where small independent

view of how friendly they are! (Hint - the more treats, the

pet businesses were able to introduce their products to

better).

event

was

an

Apres

Christmas

Party

at

hundreds of London dog owners. We have lots of exciting events coming up this year and The one thing all the events have in common is that all the

can’t wait to meet more dogs and get more London dog

dogs and their owners have a fabulous time and many

owners together.

firm friendships are made. Gaynor and Archie

To Hear about upcoming events: www.instagram.com/fourleggedsocials/ For dog friendly London recommendations: www.instagram.com/the4leggedfoodie/ To find out about Archies daily antics: www.facebook.com/fourleggedsocials/Gaynor Four Legged Foodies

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