Dinner With Poppy

Feeding your pup is a meaty affair. Supermarket aisles are chockablock with dog food and treats, claiming to do everything from cleaning your pups teeth to teaching an old dog new tricks. A lot of what is on offer is heavily processed, and not as natural or healthy as the packaging would have you believe! A quick Google of dog food ingredients is enough to put you off the tinned stuff for life.

Every dog is different, and there is no perfect answer, but one of the easiest ways to know what your dog is eating is to put it together yourself. If the idea of cooking for your canine gets you into a cold sweat, don’t fear! PetLondon are here to give you a helping hand. It is not as tedious and messy as you might think, so put your nicest pinny on and rustle up a little gourmet feast for your pup tonight.

(Just a quick reminder before we get into the good stuff, PetLondon wouldn’t recommend overhauling your dogs diet overnight, any big changes can make their tummies funny. Take the time to slowly tweak their diet)

Choosing the ingredients for your dogs meal is as easy as 1, 2, 3. You need the energy, the greens and the protein. We’ve jotted down Poppy’s favourites to give you an idea:

The Energy: Brown Rice or Sweet Potato

The Greens (and the orange): Poppy loves kale, green beans, brocolli and spinach. Feel free to pick and mix your veg of choice, just avoid garlic and onions. If in doubt- Google! There are lots of lists of dog friendly fruit and veg, and we’ve got a couple saved to our Pinterest page.

The Protein: Turkey, beef or chicken.

The Extras: Poppy gets an adult multi-vitamin, and Pro-fibre (available from all good veterinarians).

You can rustle up a batch of your energy on a Sunday afternoon, if you have a spare thirty minutes pop a big pot of rice on the stove or throw a couple of sweet potatoes in the oven to bake. Once cooked, let it cool down before storing in your fridge.

Poppy has all her veg steamed, but choose whatever method works for you. You want it soft enough to dice up with the rest of the dinner, whether that means boiling your carrots or sautéing your spinach, do what works for you!

You can cook up your protein in advance too, Sunday afternoons are the perfect time to get busy in the kitchen and will make it easier for the rest of the week. If you’re making a Sunday roast for yourself, cook a little extra meat and put it aside for your pup. (Do make sure you don’t put any seasoning or sauce over the meat you’ll feed your pup though!) Meat won’t last the whole week, but you can prep enough for a couple of days.

Each evening muddle together your energy, greens and protein. Mix it together in the same way you would for a small child, and your pup will never notice they’re chomping down on kale.

Poppy also has an adult dog vitamin and Pro-fibre with her meal, they both go down easily by smashing the vitamin into a fine powder and stirring  them both through her dinner.

Have fun getting creative in the kitchen, and if you do decide to cook for your pup take a photo and tag us @PetLondon– Poppy would love to see your doggy dinners!

#CatsOnaPlane

A recent and very top secret project we have been working on a PetLondon Models HQ was a multi-cat job involving some very unusual requests! The assignment involved a large group of friendly felines needed for filming on actual airplanes at an Airport.

This job was for both Thomas Cook Airlines and its sister Airline, Condor. The airlines wanted some cats to test out the comfort of their new Airbus 330 and Boeing 767 and to create entertaining, promotional viral videos. The resulting footage and images were to become part of the #CatsOnAPlane campaign. The campaign, which launches as part of a wider advertising initiative for Thomas Cook Airlines in both the UK and Germany, aims to highlight the airline’s belief that customers “deserve better” when flying on their hard-earned holidays.

Travelling with animals by air, especially with cats is very difficult when you live in the UK  so this was a unique and one-off experience for some of our models to try out being in the actual cabin of a plane!

The initial brief was very detailed. There were ten roles up for casting and PetLondon Models was asked to help suggest cats for each position. Each character we had to fill had a brief about their individual personalities. We studied the storyboards and cross-checked these against our books to see who would be fitting for each role. In the end a variety of options went over to the client for each of the characters to be cast and they then had the difficult decision of selecting the final few. For many jobs there is strong competition for each position and behind the scenes the clients are often choosing between a few animals for each role.

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Once word was in of the clients final choices, the excitement began for many of our cats and handlers. The filming schedule spanned nearly a full 24-hour period. Travel arrangements and schedules had to be carefully planned in advance and practise began for each cat to get used to what they would need to do on set.

First up we had Starina. She was chosen for the role of “Princess Pamper”. Having worked with Starina on many previous occasions we certainly agree this was the perfect character for her to play! “Princess Pamper (Pamps to her friends) is a lover of the finer things in life.She was chosen because she’s renowned for her demanding demeanor.For Pamps to be happy she requires a certain set of guidelines to be adhered to. If all her needs are met, it’s a smooth ride for everyone”

Starina is a very easy-going cat who is used to going on lots of outdoor adventures. It was her first time on a plane but she took everything in her stride and took some time to select her favourite seat!

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Starina Settles Into Her Preferred Seat

Starina enjoyed looking out the window and meeting all the crew on set. Once it was time to get filming, she was as ever, ready to perform for the camera! This sweet girl has the most stunning eyes, one blue and one green.

Here is the final footage of Starina’s filming that we are delighted to be able to share with you. The online ad shows Starina relaxing on Thomas Cooks newly refurbished A330 and has subtitles to show what she might be thinking.

 

Next, was the role of “The Stray Siblings”. There were several litters in the running for this position but in the end it was six adorable Chausie brothers and sisters who were selected by the client. Only three were used in the footage but they took the filming in turns and this enabled the babies to get some rest in between the swaps. They loved all the excitement though and could not get enough of their first big adventure!

“Ben, Jane and Alice Stray are 3 siblings. They’re well known as the toughest, most challenging and rowdy bunch of testers… and they know it. They know how to push the buttons of cabin crew and how to truly stress test the friendly customer service.”

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The Chausie Kittens enjoyed all the excitement of exploring somewhere new

Here is their final footage. As you will see, these babies truly enjoyed themselves, having time to explore and play, watch some in-flight entertainment and then after all that excitement, taking a nap with their teddy bear!

 

Next was the very distinguished Zinedine. Zinedine (nickname Zinny) was cast as “Quality Ken”. “Quality Ken is a total cynic, he’s hard to impress and he knows it. He plays his cards close to his chest – he hates to show anyone what he’s really thinking… even if it’s good!Ken’s lived a quiet life, he’s the eldest of 18 brothers and sisters…always the most reliable. He doesn’t often let his hair down. Ken is one of those cats who’s ashamed of his feline instincts. Behaving cat-like demeans the air of authority he has worked so hard to achieve.”

Zinny is a six year old male Persian from London. He is very confident with being an actor and enjoys meeting new people or trying new experiences. Arriving at the airport he was not phased by the hangar but did appreciate a cosy blanket to snuggle up in.

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Waiting Patiently for the Camera Crew to get ready….

IMG_4989Sweet Zinny is a most expressive cat and his film reel certainly demonstrates this and entertains viewers about the airlines newly refurbished fleet. He was so cosy and happy in his seat that he was quite miffed when it was time to leave!

 

Finally we had brothers Orpheus and Ryder. These Norwegian Forest Cats are the best of friends. They enjoy to do everything together and so this was a perfect opportunity for them to be side by side. They were both working on the Condor Plane.

Orpheus played the role of “Captain”. Captain is a more senior role and he is a well versed flyer who has flown with Condor for a lifetime. He enjoys the welcome and warmth hwereceives on every flight. Orpheus performed like a true pro as he quickly settled into the new environment and relaxed into his comfortable seat.

One lucky cat was chosen to travel business class and this was Ryder! With his stunning pure white coat he looked very elegant in his oversized and reclining seat and was able to fully stretch out. He even managed to operate the controls himself.

This project was a delight to work on for all the handlers, crew and animals involved. As a special sneak peak we have some behind the scenes footage to be able to share with you if you have have ever wondered how on earth his all gets put tougher

The fabulous collection of viral ads are currently being promoted across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Tom Morey, senior group marketing manager at Thomas Cook Airlines, said: “No-one can assess comfort like a cat. They’re the hardest customers to please, which is why we wanted to test our new interiors with the best. And the results left the cautious kitties feline great.”

Visit Us At DOGFEST!

DogFest is coming up! If you are unsure of what the festival is about, checkout their website here: http://dog-fest.co.uk

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The DogFest event is Hosted by  by Channel 4’s Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick. A great day out for dogs and dog lovers, the show is sure to be full of fun things to do such as action activities, shopping, displays and loads of competitions and things you and your dog can take part in. There will be agility and even dog dancing! You can also speak to experts for advice about your pet.

REV12419On June 25th and 26th, PetLondon will be at DogFest in Windsor, UK’s summer festival for dogs. We will have a stand selling a range of our fantastic products. You can pick up some great bargains and special offers at the show as well as view some new exciting product launches.

 

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PetLondon Models will also be present at DogFest, on the stand next door. They will be scouting the grounds for talented canines to join the UK’s Leading Pet Model Agency. Hopefuls can come onto the PetLondon booth (booth #272) for an exclusive 5-minute chance to show off their skills. The animals will participate in both still shots and film footage. After the show, PetLondon Models will select the top 50 most talented pups to join the agency with a complementary membership.

 

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The lucky chosen dogs could become the Next Top Models for brands like Virgin, Mulberry, Vogue, Stella McCartney, Disney and so much more. This could be their chance to work with some famous British and Global brands. Owners won’t want to miss out on this FREE and exclusive opportunity.

 

Picture1PetLondon Model Scouts will be especially looking out for qualities such as:

  • Rare and unusual breeds
  • Photogenic qualities
  • Unusual, or advanced skill sets
  • Family groups (i.e. family groups living within the same household)

 

Come along to our stand #272 and say hi!

For a chance to win 2 FREE tickets to visit us at DogFest, comment below and tell us a little bit about your beloved pets at home. Two winners will be chosen. Each winner will receive a pair of FREE tickets to DogFest. Winners will be chosen at random. Good Luck!

Peaceful Living

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It’s a nice warm, sunny, breezy Saturday in England. You’re enjoying the relaxing weekend. No stress. No worries. Not a care in the world. Your pups are around the yard playing with toys and enjoying nature. You’re planning on having company soon. They should be arriving any time now.

**A car pulls into your drive**

BARK. BARK. BARK. BARK. BARK.

‘There they go again’ you say. The dogs go hysterical. They won’t stop barking. It’s almost ear piercing. Company has arrived. So what do you do? You try telling them to be quiet. So the dogs begin barking even louder. And so the games begin. BARK. Be quiet. BARK. Be quiet. BARK. The dogs win.

Adam, our in-house animal-behaviour consultant says dogs just want something to talk about. When your dog barks and you tell them to be quiet in a raised voice, they really think you’re barking with them and so they’ll bark even louder.

Quick fixes:

  1. Simply put, don’t communicate back in a raised voice.
  2. Gently say “quiet”. He will understand that you’ve heard him, and that will stop the barking.
  3. Try to distract the dog with a favorite toy to take their attention away from the fact that someone is arriving.

What are your tips and tricks? We’d love to learn more about our furry friends. Comment below.

Dog Fashion Trends for the Summer!

It’s almost officially summer here in London. That means it’s time to catch up on hot summer trends of 2016. As Elle Magazine puts it, here are “key ways to wear neon without looking like a traffic cone.

PetLondon stays on top of seasonal trends. Our pet product lines are always updated to match current in-style fashion items for humans. This summer, neon will be a popular trendy fashion statement across the UK. We want to make sure your furry friends are hip for the summer.

PetLondon offers a variety of neon products that can be worn separately or coordinated. From harnesses, to hair bows, collars, and much more. We are confident these will be on trend for 2016 and perfect for your canine. These products are suitable for parks, vacations, and city walks. Wherever you go, passing dogs and owners will probably be super jealous of your pup.

The most recent accessories in our neon line are the Puppia Harnesses. This chic item comes in a variety of colors and sizes to fit most breeds of dog. No matter the occasion, your pooch will be looking picture perfect and fresh for the coming summer months.

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Neon RiteFit Puppia Harness in pink, orange, green, and blue.

The Puppia Neon Harness II is a RiteFit style. This means that the harness does not need to pass over your dogs head. It can be buckled up around them. This suits breeds that dislike having anything pass over their hand and also dogs with large heads relative to the size of their neck. The other bonus of this style of harness is that the shoulder straps can be adjusted, so you can make the neckline bigger if needed. This may be needed for dogs who are normally hard to fit or are in between sizes. Sturdy metal Double D rings for safety on the back, so you can clip your lead around both. The Neck has Velcro and two buckles for an exact fit! The chest belt is adjustable and fastens with a sturdy plastic buckle. Matching leads are available. They are vibrant and full of fun vibes. The inside of the harness is lined with a thin layer of breathable padding keeping your pup comfortable in this summer heat.

If you don’t want a harness, we’ve got you covered! PetLondon also offers Neon Glitter Collars. These dog collars come in a variety of colors and sizes. From a vibrant yellow to a hot pink, these collars are sure to catch eyes in the streets. They’re also great for safety reasons, keeping your pet highly visible.

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Neon Glitter Collar in blue, pink, orange, and yellow.

 

Easily adjustable and a comfortable fit, these collars will make your pup stand proud as they walk down the street.

You can’t have a collar without a leash. Don’t forget to grab yourself a matching Neon Lead.

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Neon Lead in pink.

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Neon Lead in green.

The Neon Leads come in a variety of colors and are super sturdy for both small and large dogs. Walks are good for people, but great for dogs. Make sure you keep your pup active this summer.

Accessorise your pooch! Now that your furry friend has a neon harness, collar, and lead, you’re going to want to make sure they are accessorised too. PetLondon carries a variety of accessories to beautify your canine. These Neon Hair Bows are fit for both male and female dogs.

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Neon Hair Bow in pink, orange, yellow, and green.

 

Now that you have some ideas for your pooch, make sure you get out and start shopping today! You don’t want your pup behind on the latest trends. We have everything you need here at PetLondon. The showroom is open Monday – Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm and we are pet friendly. So bring your furry family. We love making new friends.