A tale of tails

Fudge's tails.com food has arrived | H is for Home

We’re running this month’s competition in association with tails.com – and Fudge is obviously very happy to get involved in this one!

Fudge's tails.com email order confirmation | H is for Home

As you can see, he couldn’t contain his excitement when the package arrived.

Fudge and his tailor-made food chart | H is for Home

The prize is a month’s supply of bespoke dog (or puppy) food, tailor-made to your precious pooch’s needs – age, size, dietary requirements and health issues.

Fudge's tails.com diet assessment | H is for Home

tails.com is a really well designed and easy to navigate website. Just enter your pet’s details and it will magically tell you what mix of food they need and how much of it makes a portion. A handy scoop is included to help you measure the amount correctly every mealtime. Each month, you’ll receive a new delivery before your current bag of food runs out. You can update, pause or cancel online at any time.

Fudge waiting patiently for dinner time | H is for Home

Yada, yada, yada – can we get on with trying out the food now?

Fudge getting stuck into his tails.com food | H is for Home

Patience never was one of Fudge’s virtues, especially when it comes to food! He reminded us that it’s all well and good that the food is stuffed full of protein, vitamins and minerals, but is it tasty? We had to agree that the proof of the pudding is in the eating – so the waiting was over – and he genuinely loved it. Here he is devouring his bespoke dinner!

To win a month’s supply of tails.com tailor-made dog or puppy food leave a comment telling us the name, age and breed of your dog.

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Price Points: Dog boots

Selection of dog boots | H is for Home

We may have mentioned in the past that our Weimaraner, Fudge in his old age is beginning to suffer with his hips. He now has trouble going up & down stairs and needs to be carried over stiles when we go walking in the hills.

One of the other symptoms is that he drags one of his rear paws as he walks; so much so that he has worn his toenails down to the quick. We’ve bought him some dog boots (#2 above) which should allow his nails to slowly regrow.

They’re also good for allowing cuts on paw pads time to heal – and indeed, to prevent injury in the first place if walking terrain is likely to be jagged, rough or strewn with sharp objects.

  1. Alcott Botas Explorer Adventure: £21.15
  2. Ruffwear Grip Trex boots for dogs, 3-inch, Granite gray: £32.54
  3. Grip Trex dog boots – obsidian black: £79.95

Fudge has been collared!

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orange dog collar and lead

We received a surprise cheque in the post last week. Not a lottery style win or anything, but a couple of hundred pounds that we weren’t expecting. So, only one thing for it – ‘save half, spend half!’. Adelle got a pair of new shoes, Justin needs some new jeans – and Fudge got a lovely new collar & lead set.

tissue-wrapped collar and lead with complimentary dog treat

They were ordered from Suzy Q based in Hove. Not on the High Street give 5% of the sale price to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Lovely attention to detail in the packaging – nice tissue paper wrapping, pretty labels and a dog treat!

personalised, engraved collar

The collars are very well made – and customised too which is included in the price. Just one word of caution – if you have a dog that pulls very hard, we have known this type of clip-in fastening to pop open suddenly. This might be an issue if your dog has an aggressive streak, runs into busy roads or heads off into the hills as soon as it gets chance!

Fudge sporting his new, orange matching collar and lead

We went for the vibrant orange – he might be ten years old, but Fudge still likes to turn heads. You can almost hear him saying, “Don’t I look handsome… not bad for an old man”. The George Clooney of the canine world!

Christmas Countdown: Fudge’s choice

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Selection of dog-related, canine Christmas items | H is for Home

Fudge insists on being given the opportunity to voice (bark?) his opinion on canine Christmas matters, so we’ve allowed him to guest edit this penultimate Christmas Countdown post.

He’s scoured the internet and wishes to share his findings with his doggie buddies. We’re pleased to bring you his carefully curated collection…

  1. Party dog Christmas decoration by Horsfall & Wright: £12, Notonthehighstreet
  2. Pair of 2 Rudolf sausage dog decorations by Miss Shelly Designs: £17, Notonthehighstreet
  3. William Wegman’s Fay’s Twelve Days of Christmas DVD: £62.51, Amazon
  4. Tillsammans x-mas poster: £20, Scandinavian Design Center
  5. Lily’s Kitchen turkey with cranberry Christmas dog treats: £2.99, Monster Pet Supplies
  6. Santa & Rudolph reindeer bandana: £3.20, PetsPyjamas
  7. Joy to the World ‘Give a Dog A Bone’ ornament: £19.41, Saks Fifth Avenue
  8. Good Boy dog luxury Christmas stocking: £6.99, Seapets
  9. Good Boy Christmas dog Santa coat: £5.99-£9.69, Monster Pet Supplies

Wednesday Wish: Get well soon, Fudge!

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close up photo of Fudge the Weimaraner

We have a very special Wednesday Wish this week.

Fudge lying on his bed with a bandaged left fore paw

Fudge, the centre of our universe, was run over by a car on Saturday morning. Our local vet was closed, so we had to rush to their Halifax branch to get him seen. The prognosis wasn’t good – amputation, euthanasia or an emergency orthopaedic operation. There was only one option that we were willing to choose – squeamish readers may want to look away now!

xrays of Fudge's left front paw showing a broken radius & ulna and pins & plates implanted during surgery

The operation was too specialised for the vets at West Mount so they had to refer us elsewhere. A fantastic vet, Nick Blackburn, of Calder Vets in Dewsbury did an incredible job inserting metal pins & plates into the broken bones in his front left leg. Nick has been great at keeping us informed of everything that was happening and (tried to anyway!) put us at ease.

xrays of Fudge's left front paw showing a broken radius & ulna and pins & plates implanted during surgery

Fudge was allowed home on Tuesday night – groggy, disoriented and completely off his food – it’s going to be a long, slow recovery. We wish him to be all better soon!

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