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!

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.

Pug Love

We have had a busy few weeks at PetLondon Models, as Christmas creeps closer and agencies look to pull on the nation’s heartstrings with an adorable animal or two! One exciting -not to mention adorable- project we have been keeping under wraps involved three of our pugs. Regularly in demand, we have some very beautiful and talented Pugs on our books so were able to put forward lots of options to the client who needed three Pugs to take part in a two day shoot.

The shoot was an opportunity to be a little more creative, so we needed some really big characters to take part! After some agonising decision making by the client, Gizmo, Peggy Sue and Bruce Willis were chosen. The three of them were eager to be involved and soon trotted across London to take part in a two day shoot.

Gizmo was the star of the shoot as he landed the lead role, playing the bespectacled sidekick of a little boy in the lead up to Christmas. Seven year old Gabriel adored Gizmo, and the pair of them were inseparable for the whole two days on set- it was lovely to see their friendship blossoming!

“We had a blast, Gizmo loves the attention and dressing up so was right up his alley. Massive thank you to Adam who was amazing on both days, his hints and tips were a great help and most importantly how Gizmos well being was paramount to Adam and PetLondon which meant a lot to me.” Gizmo’s Owner Arti

It was the first time the three pugs had met each other so they had a little bit of time in the morning for a quick meet and greet (which also gave the cast time for some licks and cuddles). It didn’t take long for them to become firm friends, and they got to play together between shots.

The crew were very happy with the way the shoot went. Gizmo in particular was a real professional, as one of our most experienced Pugs he did exactly what was asked of him, the client commented ‘Gizmo was amazing’.

We are so excited to be able to share the final video with you all- take a look and let us know what you think!

As it was going to be one of our more challenging shoots, we sent along our expert animal trainer Adam to support the crew and models.

“It was a long couple of days but they all worked really hard and were a great team to work with. The crew went above and beyond to make the shoot look as good as possible- Gizmo and I particularly enjoyed the fake snow!” Adam our Animal Trainer

If you can’t get enough of Gizmo and his cheeky personality, we have an exclusive video showing some behind the scenes footage of what he got up to during the film shoot.

If you feel inspired by these pugs and this exciting shoot, you can learn a lot more about our PetLondon Modelling Agency here.