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The Doggy Handbook: The Bare Necessities

In your home, there are a few basic things that you are going to need for your dog. Without these items, you won’t have the right tools to not only care for your pooch, but also to train them. At Philomena London, we strive to provide as many products as possible to make your dog feel right at home. In the Doggy Handbook series, we will be looking at some fantastic training tips, the essential products, and also some great guides on activities and days out that are completely dog friendly. This first chapter will take a look at some of the basic items you need for your dog.

 

Food and Water

Of course, every dog needs food and water – but they also need a bowl for each as well. There are so many different bowls to choose from, as well as a wide price range so you don’t need to feel pressured into spending a fortune. We have bowls ranging from £4 to £60, so make sure to check out the section on our website here.

We also have a great range of food and treats from the Natural Dog Food Company, which is made from completely natural ingredients for a better and healthier food. Plus, dogs absolutely love it. Make sure you stock up on the treats – they will be essential for training!

 

Sleep

Every dog needs a comfy bed to sleep on. After all, chasing rabbits all afternoon and playing with friends can be exhausting work. So when the day comes to an end and it’s time to settle down, dogs want somewhere soft and warm to curl up for the night. We have a fantastic range of dog beds available from Charley Chau and John Whitaker, so that your canine companions can have sweet dreams and a comfy rest. Check out our selection here.

 

Walk

The dog walk is the part of the day every pooch looks forward to the most. When out on the field or in the dog park, they want to look their best, and what better way to express that than with a fantastic new collar and lead? We have an absolutely amazing range of collars and leads available from a range of designers – including us!

If you are looking for something low cost but with amazing designs, then Sweetpea and Boo are the ones you should look at. On the other end of the spectrum, you can take a look at our own line of collars with Charlotte Dujardin that are made from soft English leather. Plus, we have everything in between, with brands like Pioneros and Simba Jones. Take a look at our entire range here.

 

Play

Toys are so important to dogs, both as a form of entertainment but also distraction. We have a great range of Beco toys available, which are made from all natural material and also incredibly durable. The plush toys are double stitched and we have a great character selection, as well as three sizes so that every dog can have one. The rubber bones and balls are really tough, perfect for dogs who like to have a good chew. Plus, the fact that they are all natural means that if they tear a chunk off of one of the bones there is a lot less panic is it ends up being swallowed.

 

Poop

Every dog needs to poop on a walk, and often people are reluctant to clean it up because of the impact on the environment that plastic bags have. Well, we have the answer to your concerns in the form of the Beco eco-friendly poop bags.

It only takes a matter of weeks for these to start decomposing and they are 100% biodegradable, so there are no negative effects on the environment. Plus, they come in two sizes – so the bigger dogs are accommodated for. At an affordable price and with the option to buy an eco-friendly poop bag holder, these are a great buy and essential for any dog walk. Take a look here.

 

To Conclude

At Philomena London, we aim to provide everything we can for your canine companion. We know they are important to you, and so we always ensure that our products are the best possible quality. Hopefully this guide has given you some insight into the basic items you need for your dog, especially if you are about to rescue one or buy a puppy. With so much to offer, we’d love for you to visit our website and check out some of our great doggy products.

4 Ways to a Healthier Pet

The holiday season has, sadly, come to an end. With the new year come resolutions and the inevitable diet and exercise regimes from indulging just a little bit too much. Of course, it often goes that pets have a little too much to eat as well over the Christmas period and so your exercise regime also becomes theirs. As a helper to you and your pet, we have compiled a little guide to help you and your pet get fit not just over the new year but in general.

  1. Walking

Every dog needs a walk at least once each day. Taking your pooch for an hour long trot is incredibly beneficial for both of you. Your dog gets to run and work off some of their energy, and you get a low level cardiovascular workout. Not only that, but you both get to socialise with other dogs and owners – which is great for your mental health and your dog’s. If you get bored of the same walking spot be sure to mix it up and find new and exciting places to explore. Beaches and woodland are great in terms of a change of scenery but also exercise (especially the beach, walking in sand is hard work!).

2.  Running

If walking is a little too slow paced for you, or perhaps you are looking for the next step then give running with your dog a try. There are so many places to run, from open fields to quite riversides. In fact, when it comes to riversides it can be an ideal place for you to take a rest and let your pooch have a swim  – swimming is incredibly good exercise for your dog. It’s excellent cardio for you, and it’s a lot of fun for you both.

Our three are fans of the running part...
Our three are fans of the running part…

3. Agility

Agility training is active and fun for both you and your dog. It presents a mental and physical challenge for your canine companion, and it’s one that many of them enjoy. There are quite a few agility centres across the country where you can train your pet and it makes an enjoyable activity. It’s great for that extra physical activity but also makes a brilliant bonding exercise between you and your dog as you improve on communication and teamwork.

4. Eating Healthy

It may seem like the most obvious one, but it is important to stress the important of a healthy diet – both for humans and animals. While you may be cutting out the junk in your diet, make sure you are doing the same for your pet. Are you prone to feeding our dog the slightly more than occasional treat? It might be worth giving the Natural Dog Food Company’s natural dog treats a try. Chicken flavoured and shaped like little hearts they make a good and healthy alternative to general doggie treats. You can find them here. Of course, however, be sure to give your dog treats in moderation!

Loved by dogs everywhere

 

We hope that 2016 has started wonderfully for you and that these little tips for you and your dog have been of help to you.

A Happy New Year for Your Pet

Hopefully you all had a wonderful Christmas, and your pets were spoiled rotten (just like ours). After the joy and warmth of Christmas Day, the preparations for New Year’s celebrations begin, and I’d like to take the time to talk to you about the ways in which your pet can stay safe during the celebrations. Below are things you can do to reduce stress and keep them happy while you party.

The main thing that causes pets stress during New Year’s celebrations are the fireworks. They can cause incredibly high levels of anxiety and so it is important to take some precautions before the evening celebrations begin.

  1. Exercise

Take your dog for a long run or walk before the evening festivities. Play fetch or have them run around to really work off that energy. Our dogs respond really well to flyers so it’s worth giving them a go. The more tired they are from the walk, the more likely they are to sleep through the noise from the fireworks.  When it comes to your cats you can try playing games with them with a cat wand or a laser pen – most cats love the laser pen game. They will be tired out in no time.

2. Keep them indoors

Keep your cats and dogs indoors during fireworks. If they are outside and unattended during the celebrations there is a chance that they will escape through fear and stress. When it comes to cats it’s best to keep them inside as the noise can lead them to running away and hiding, many cats go missing every year as a result of them getting lost and disorientated during fireworks.

3. Keep them confined

If you are having the party at your house then be sure to keep your cat or dog confined to a safe room in the house where guests are unlikely to accidentally let them out. By giving them a room to be confined in you are reducing the chances of escape through fear but also decreasing stress levels. So many dogs go missing every year after they run away through fear.

4. Feliway and Adaptil

Feliway and Adaptil are pheromone diffusers, for cats and dogs respectively. The release of pheromones helps to calm and de-stress pets and are often used during fireworks. Generally, Feliway and Adaptil are incredibly effective and really help when it comes to keeping your pet calm, all you have to do it plug it into the wall. If your pets gets very anxious during fireworks it is definitely best to give this a try.

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As a final note, it is important to remember to watch what your pet is eating. No doubt there will be a delicious array of snacks for you and your guests to eat throughout the night, so be sure to watch your cats and dogs to make sure they aren’t eating anything that is potentially dangerous to them such as nuts, raisins, and chocolate. No one wants to rush to the vet on New Year’s Eve.

We hope you have a safe and happy New Year’s celebration tomorrow night. We at Philomena London wish you all the best for 2016 and thank you all for your support over the past year and look forward to seeing you again in the new one!

Christmas Sale!

We’re having a pre-Christmas sale at Philomena London. With great products like Beco and Love My Dog on sale, it’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss out on. Here are a few of the great items we have on offer, and if you want to browse our full range then just click here to get to our sale page.

 

  1. Adelina Pink Liberty Print Collar

This popular collar from Love My Dog was £42 and is now down to £24. Backed with super soft suede and finished by classic British saddle makers this collar is both brilliant and stylish for your dog. Even better news is that the matching lead is on sale for the same price. If you want to add a little something extra the bow tie completes the set at a mere £12!

Adelina Pink Liberty Print Collar

 

2. Beco Christmas Dog Toys

I’ve talked about these a lot, and they are probably one of the best toys that we stock. While the normal ones remain at full price, the Christmas versions have been reduced to an amazing £3.60 – after all, they are seasonal toys. They’re going fast so it would be an idea to scoop one up as soon as possible! As a note, the cat versions are only £2.10 each so why not treat your feline friend to one too?

Bertie the Budgie
Bertie the Budgie

 

3. John Whitaker International Union Jack Dog Coat

Probably one of our most popular items this year, the John Whitaker dog coat has been flying out of our doors! As a pre-Christmas treat we have cut the price from £20 down to £14.40 – a brilliant price that you won’t get anywhere else! It’s waterproof and has a warm, fleecy lining that is sure to keep your dog toasty in the winter months.

John Whitaker  Dog Coat

 

4. Good Kitty Ceramic Treat Jar

Rae Dunn provides us with some of the most amazing dishes and treat jars, and for our pre-Christmas sale we have a really amazing offer for you. This treat jar was £66 and is now only £24, which is a pretty massive saving on such an amazing hand made jar! Straight in from California, these jars are durable and beautiful to behold.

Good Kitty

 

5. Charley Chau Deeply Dishy Luxury Bed in Raspberry

Finally on our preview list we have the Charley Chau Deeply Dishy Luxury Bed in Raspberry. This offer is rarely seen, and considering this bed was £100 and has now been reduced to £57 it’s certainly one that you might want to consider picking up. These beds are incredibly comfortable and something that your dog may be reluctant to leave this Christmas!

Deeply Dishy

 

Be sure to take a look at the rest of our great savings this Christmas, after all your pet deserves it! The Philomena London team wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Christmas Dinner for Pets

Christmas is not just about us having a delicious dinner together, but it’s a time for the animals to join in as well. We like nothing more than sharing our roast dinner, but as we all know there are things to be wary of when sharing with your pet (see this post). So we have gathered together some of the things that we eat on Christmas day that won’t harm your pet and are still just as enjoyable for them – this way you can share without worry.

The best bit is you just need to put it all in the bowl together, your pet isn’t going to mind!

  1. Turkey or chicken

Whichever bird you are having this Christmas, you can feel happy giving it to your dog or cat. Turkey is the healthier of the two birds, and with each make sure it is just the meat and not the skin/drippings as those are high in fat. Also, it would be an idea to put your pet’s serving aside before you cover it in onions, fat, and other potentially harmful ingredients.

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2. Salmon (not smoked)

A favourite for the festive season, salmon is high in omega 3 and helps keep your pet’s coat lovely and shiny. In fact, we have always given Inky our salmon skin and people often remark how soft his coat is at the grand age of 12 (13 next month). It’s good for them, and so you can feel good about giving it to them – just remember that everything is good in moderation.

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3. Christmas Veg

Generally, vegetables have little to no nutritional value for dogs or cats so there is no harm in giving them the classic Christmas veg with their dinner. Carrots, sprouts, parsnips, and potatoes will go down a treat with your pet so be sure to give them a generous serving. We have found that our dogs prefer raw carrot (whereas the cats prefer cooked) but every pet is different.

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4. Gravy

We do not recommend the fattier foods be fed to your pets in general, even during Christmas dinner, but it’s okay to put a teaspoon of your delicious home made gravy on top as a special treat – our menagerie get a tiny spoonful each every year. The same goes for the cranberry sauce (again in a tiny amount) as cranberries can be eaten by your cats and dogs, but we prefer to give them fresh cranberries as the sauce is full of sugar (hence the tiny portion if you choose to give it to them).

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5. Pudding

Christmas pudding is a tradition, but sadly not for your pet as it is filled with raisins and nuts, not to mention that it gets covered in alcohol! A healthy alternative? Some blueberries and apple slices (maybe even some left over cranberries). This will be a much nicer treat for your pet as it is both delicious and non-toxic.

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Your pet’s health is important this Christmas so be sure to remove anything potentially harmful or toxic to them from your Christmas feast. Merry Christmas from all of us from Philomena London (and the assorted animals that live with us.)!

Merry Christmas from Inky!
Merry Christmas from Inky!

6 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe This Christmas

Christmas is the most exciting time of year. It is a time when we come together to exchange gifts and spend time with the ones we love most – and that includes our pets. However, as with every holiday, we have to remember how to keep them safe as there are so many things that can cause them harm during the festive season.

  1. Deck the Halls

When decorating be careful using glass ornaments for your tree and the house as these are a choking hazard for dogs – especially the round ones as they can be mistaken for balls! If you do have any decorations like this then keep them up in the higher branches of the tree so that your dog can’t reach. If you are using candles please ensure these are also up high to prevent your dog knocking them off the tree and onto themselves.

Tinsel, garlands, and electrical wires also prove to be a risk for dogs. While the tinsel and garlands prove a choking hazard (or risk of poisoning in the case of garlands) the electrical wires could end up giving your pet a nasty shock if they manage to nibble through it!

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Image from Google

2. With boughs of Holly

Holly, poinsettia’s, and mistletoe are highly toxic to pets. Be sure to keep these out of reach of your furry friends to avoid an emergency visit to the vets at Christmas time! If, however, you think your dog may have ingested any of these items then look out for these two main symptoms before rushing them to the vet – vomiting and difficulty breathing.

3. O Christmas Tree

There is nothing more wonderful than the sight of a beautifully decorated live Christmas tree. It is something to be enjoyed by the whole family. Please do be aware, however, that when purchasing your live tree you should be careful as some trees carry mould that can cause horrible allergic reactions in cats and dogs. The main symptom of this is repository problems, so do keep an eye on your animal companion.

Some dogs will also take to drinking from the base of your live Christmas tree. The water found in these base pots can make them incredibly sick so do try and keep it covered where possible to prevent mischievous noses from getting in there.

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Image from Google

4. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

The food is one of the most celebrated things during the festive season. While there is a lot for us to enjoy, and we will be partial to sharing some of our Christmas dinner with our pets, please be aware of some of the foods that are poisonous to them that we eat at this time of year.

Nuts are very toxic to pets, especially macadamia nuts and walnuts, so make sure that any dropped nuts are picked up and none are left on surfaces they can reach easily. Raisins and grapes are also very poisonous and should be kept out of reach as they have been found to cause renal failure in large quantities.

Be sure not to give your pets chicken or turkey bones as these are very easy to swallow and choke on and are also much more prone to splintering than other bones. Please also note that if you decide to give your furry friend some of the Christmas feast that you make sure there are no onions or garlic in the mix as these are also very harmful to pets.

Chocolate and alcohol are also big no’s when it comes to Christmas treats. Chocolate (especially dark) is incredibly poisonous to pets and so should not be consumed by them. However, if you want to give them a chocolate treat there are plenty of pet-friendly chocolates to give your pets that are made from carab.

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5. The Fire is So Delightful

If you have an open fire this Christmas do make sure to have a fire guard up to prevent particularly curious pets from burning themselves on the open flames. After all, there’s nothing a pet loves more than curling up by a warm fire.

6. Presents!(We Love Presents!)

While this list may seem a heavy warning for the festive period, it is important to remember to keep your pet’s safety in mind. Of course, there are plenty of fun things to do with your pet during Christmas, one of which is giving them presents to unwrap! There is nothing that Inky, Finn, and Philomena love more than unwrapping toys and treats on Christmas morning!  It’s great to incorporate your pet in the festive celebrations (and if you’re stuck for ideas then take a look here).

Not only that, but you can always give them their own Christmas dinner – our three love some chicken and Christmas vegetables while we have our festive lunch. It’s a day where everyone gets treated, we just have to make sure we look after our furry friends while we do!

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

A Beco Christmas

This week we got an order in from Beco, and a  particularly festive one at that. I’m sure that you will all be as excited as I was to see Beco’s new Christmas releases, and your pets will be even more pleased to receive them.

One of our favourite suppliers.

 

First, a little bit of background on one of our favourite suppliers. Beco provide pets across the country with eco-friendly pet products that are not only durable but toxin free and made from natural materials such as rice husk as well as recycled bottles. From food dishes to beds Beco cover everything you need to make your pet comfortable and happy, as well as giving you peace of mind regarding your effect on the environment.

 

Here’s a little look at some of the great (and festive) items that Beco sent us this week. Be sure to head over to the website to pick one up or browse our entire Beco range – just click here!

 

We got some great Beco Christmas toys for dogs in (waiting for the cat versions to be delivered), and they are absolutely adorable. Our particular favourite has to be the festive themed George the Giraffe  – I think the dogs agree with that one too, George is currently their favourite Beco toy anyway.

Even Stripy likes George the Giraffe…
The festive version of George.

 

On the topic of toys we also got some Beco flyers in our order, a toy that we have not yet stocked at Philomena London. If your dog is the type to play Frisbee, then this is exactly the toy you need. As always, it’s made from rice husk and contains no toxins so it makes a great alternative to the plastic ones. It flies pretty well too.

Beco flyers in two funky colours.

 

Also new in are our funky new Beco beds. They are super comfy and come in three spacious sizes, and is also machine washable. Made from recycled bottles they are incredibly durable and comfortable, a definite favourite with Philomena and her brothers. With enough room to stretch out and sleep it is sure to be the best kind of bed for dogs who like a bit of room as well as comfort. It’s the perfect bed for snoozing.

So soft, so comfortable.

 

We have the Beco cat litter trays in three great colours now as well – blue, pink, and a natural brown, and we have matching scoops to go with them. Made from rice husk and vanilla scented, it’s durable, natural, and biodegradable. My cat loves it because it’s deep and spacious – perfect for digging, and the raised back certainly helps prevent too much litter being kicked out of the tray!

For minimum litter spray.

 

Are you the kind of pet owner who likes to go on road trips with your furry friends? Or perhaps you have a dog that likes a drink on their walk? Either way, the Beco travel dish is absolutely perfect and exactly what every active dog owner needs. Made from rice husk and with vanilla scenting, this seemingly flat dish pops out to reveal a great bowl for your dog to have a quick drink from. When they are done, you simply pop it back in and it’s ready to go back in your bag or be stored away somewhere else. They’re great, and there’s a size for every dog, from super small to super big. It has been one of our most popular products at trade shows, and now it’s here on the website for you to buy.

One of the best products for the active dog owner.

 

Thanks for reading our latest update, hopefully you have enjoyed the products we have shown you today. Everything is up and live so make sure you visit our website and have a browse – we have something for everyone!

Finn with his playmate, George.

 

5 Great Places to Walk Your Dog: Cheshire

Thank you for joining us for another week of discovering great places to walk your dog. Sorry for the delay in posting this week, we had some technical difficulties and so were unable to post on time. This week we’re taking a trip to Cheshire as we explore some really great walking spots.

 

1. Dutton Locks

Dutton Locks

Starting off with an accessible route, the Dutton Locks route is very much wheelchair friendly, and so for those of you who have difficulty getting around with your dog this walk would be great for you. This riverside walk has a lot to offer, from long journeys that are sure to wear your dog out to a large river that might be good for some shallow paddling on hot days. If you’re looking for a peaceful walk this is the one for you. Make sure to stock up on poo bags before you set off – you can pick some up on our website!

 

2. Sandstone Trail

Sandstone Trail

This walk is definitely for those of you who are looking for a good workout. A hilly environment with beautiful woodland, this walk is for the dog and walker who really want to exercise as much as they can. Of course, the physicality of this walk should not dissuade you from giving it a go, as the views are spectacular and the walk itself is wonderful to look at. Why not stock up on some balls and have a game of fetch to keep your dog running while you take a break?

 

3. Spike Island Walk

Spike Island

From four miles to ten, it’s up to you how far and long you walk out here. With gorgeous views and wonderful flat lands to walk across you and your canine companion are sure to enjoy this adventure. If your dog is the swimming kind there is plenty of water en route that they are sure to enjoy splashing about in. With miles of open land, every walk can be a different one, and with plenty of places to stop for refreshments along the way you can keep going for hours, after all what perfect time is there for a day long walk than the weekend?

 

4. Delamere Forest

Delamere Forest

For the walker who doesn’t want a hardcore walk but certainly wants a bit more exercise than the average, this walk is the one. With both flat and hilly land, it covers a large area and offers different levels of walking. For those who enjoy the woodlands, this walk is excellent, and when you want a little bit of open space there’s a park area to explore as well. Your dog is sure to enjoy the excitement of this adventurous walk, with so many new sounds and scents. Not only this, but there are plenty of places to pick up a quick drink and a snack on your travels.

 

5. Grappenhall Heys

Grappenhall Heys

Open fields and woodlands make up this scenic route in the Grappenhall Heys. With a forest and several different fields, this is a walk that your dog will no doubt enjoy to the full, and it’s the perfect place for a game of fetch. If your dog is the swimming type there’s also a river that your furry friend might enjoy taking a dip in, especially during the hot spring and summer days to come (and they likely will after the heat we have been experiencing lately!).

 

So concludes another week of the great places to walk your dog. Next week we will be looking at the walks available in Durham, so be sure to check in! Also, on Wednesday we will be looking at Philomena’s favourite pet treats, so be sure to keep an eye out for ideas on what to give your dog as a little treat to say ‘well done!’

5 Great Places to Walk Your Dog: Aberdeenshire

Welcome to another dog-walking Friday evening. While you’re sitting back with a cup of tea and browsing the internet, why not stop by and take a read of our places to walk your dog series? For those of you who read regularly, welcome back and please enjoy yet another installment. This week we’re in Aberdeenshire, Scotland for fun and adventure!

1. Alastrean Circuit

Alastrean Circuit

This peaceful walk leads you through picturesque woodland and fields, with vast amounts of flat land that will have your dog running for hours on end. This kind of area is ideal for casual games of fetch, so consider stocking up on balls before you set off. There are areas where it is advised you clip the lead on for a bit, so do be prepared to do so should you take this route. Despite this, you’re sure to enjoy this quiet country walk!

2. Castle Fraser

Castle Fraser

For every dog walker with even a little interest in history, this is sure to be a great walk for you and your dog. With several points of historical interest, this is not a walk to miss. If you’re planning a day out that includes your dog, then why not bring a picnic along? After all, there’s nothing nicer than everyone enjoying a walk together! With forests and water that your dog will no doubt enjoy swimming in, this route has every canines favourite things. Do be warned that if you go after it’s been raining you may need your wellie boots!

3. Drummy Wood

Drummy Wood

This forest walk really is one of beauty. Peaceful, and consisting mainly of flat land, this walk is really the best way to enjoy nature and the time you get to spend with your dog. If you’re quiet enough you may get a peek at some of the glorious birds and animals that live in the forest, and with over five kilometers to walk you’re sure to have a few chances to spot some!

4. Banff

Banff

A historical and iconic coastal town has so many great walks to offer, whether you fancy taking a stroll along the coast, or want to walk through grassy areas instead, you’re sure to find something you like. If you’re interested in boats, this town holds the Scottish small boat festival, and so you might consider making a trip up with your furry friend for the occasion. A village filled with such interesting architecture and walking spots is not one to miss.

5. Bennachie

Bennachie

This hill ridge may not be tall, but the walk is spectacular. If you’re in a hiking mood and you have a dog that requires a really good run then this is the walk for you! Bennachie is the site of an old Iron Age hill fort, and from the top you can gaze across the surrounding area and determine where you and your canine pal will be travelling to next. With heather filled hills, forest, and a winding river the possibilities are endless on this great adventure that you and your dog will share.

 

So there we are with another week, and another list of wonderful walks. Next week we will be looking at Cheshire, so join us again for our travels across the United Kingdom!

5 Great Places to Walk Your Dog: Hertfordshire

Welcome back to another installment of the 5 great places to walk your dog! Hopefully you’ve been enjoying all of our walking destinations, and maybe you’ve tried a few out yourself. If you have, we’d love to see some of your photos in the comments or maybe sent into our Philomena London Facebook page!

This week we’re taking a look at the walks in Hertfordshire, so clip on your dog’s lead, get out of the house, and start looking for a new walk time adventure!

1. Radwell Meadows

Radwell Meadows

As always, I am sure to put in at least one accessible walk every week. This week I bring you Radwell Meadows, which is 13 miles of beautiful open land. The flat, paved routes make this both an excellent walk for those of you who need more accessible travels, but also for the walker who is looking for an easy walk with their dog. If you are into wooded areas, however, there is a small one to be found within the open land. This particular walk would be the perfect opportunity to use one of our Beco Rope Balls for a fantastic and energetic game of fetch, so why not pick one up from our website and have a game with your dog?

2. Northaw Great Wood

Northaw Great Wood

Perfect for the age old art of Picnics in the woods, this walk is both wonderful and peaceful. Take a little basket of food and be sure to take advantage of the picnic tables along the route. With loads of wildlife to see and a forest filled with nature, this walk is sure to please everyone involved – including the dog! With a sweet little river, this woodland walk is sure to encourage your dog to explore and sniff to their heart’s content. For the historian dog walker, one of the routes takes you to an old WWII site, so do be sure to check it out!

3. Therfied Heath

Therfield Heath

If you’re looking to walk aimlessly for miles then I think we found the perfect walk for you. Hundreds of dogs are walked on this heath, and so for a day of mindless walking and socialisation with other dogs I couldn’t recommend this walk more! Whether you stay on or off the path it won’t challenge you and so while your dog wanders and interacts you can have some time with your thoughts and yourself. After you’ve enjoyed your wander, why not stop at the local dog-friendly pub for a quick refreshment (of the non-alcoholic type if you’re driving) before the journey home?

4. Colney Heath

Colney Heath

Another relaxing walk, this health-land is large and open, with some woodland spotted around and a little stream. A picturesque and peaceful stroll, it’s sure to be great fir you and your furry friend, after all you both need some time to unwind with a little peace and quiet. This walk can be made as long or as short as you like, with some extended routes stretching across to some fishing areas. If you do decide to take a particularly long route, however, do be careful when you come to the road as it can get quite busy so do be sure to put your dog on a lead before you cross! When you’re finished your walk, you’re very close to the town, so maybe stop by in one of the local pubs or cafes for a refreshing beverage or even a spot of lunch.

5. Hyde Lane

Hyde Lane

Our final walk this week is at Hyde Lane, which is a combination of woodland, open fields, and (every dog’s favourite) a river. With several different routes to take, every walk is sure to be a new adventure, although if your dog loves to swim and play in the water we recommend the water route. With the ability to make the walk as long or as short as you like, there is no end to the combination of walking activities you and your dog can take part in. There’s even something for the historian dog walker, with an excellent and informative information board on the Roman villa site that can be found in Hyde Lane’s surrounding fields, so be sure to take a look and maybe learn some new and interesting facts about the area.

 

Thank you for reading another week of 5 great places to walk your dog, hopefully you have some enjoyable walks ahead of you and maybe you’ll take this long weekend to give them a go. Next week we’ll be looking at Herefordshire, so be sure to tune in again next Friday for the latest news on where to walk and why!