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Dougal's Den Blog

  • Poochie Bells new designs coming soon

    We are very excited to announce that even more Poochie Bells will be available very soon from our shop. We first discovered Poochie Bells when we were on holiday in South Carolina at Hilton Head where the Salty Dog Cafe has amongst other things their very own Poochie Bells. They are a new product in the UK and right now we are the only online stockists, so what exactly are they are they?

    Poochie Bells Stripe Collection


    Well if you want to train your dog to let you know when they want to go outside to take care of some business Poochie Bells may be the answer for you. Our dog Dougal normally just goes to sit by the door when he wants to go out hoping that we will notice him. On occasions we have not spotted him and once or twice we have ended up with a puddle on the floor. So with the Poochie Bells which simply hang on the door handle you can, with a little patience train your pooch to ring the bells when they want to go outside. (Even the cats use them sometimes if they are feeling lazy and do not want to use the cat flap!) They come in a great range of colours and designs, the various stripes are our favourites, soon we will have some seasonal sets which would look great matched with your christmas decorations. We will be stocking some replacement ribbons so you can ring the changes as well as some very cute pewter hooks if you want to attach them next to the door instead of hanging on the door handle.
    Poochie Bells Personality Collection


    We have a limited range available right now as they are the most popular product currently in the shop but more are on the way to us so if you fancy a unique and functional present for your pooch or your poochie pals then make sure you check back soon.

  • Doggee Poo Bag Holder

    Every now and then we find something that makes us say "why did we not think of that?" and the Doggee Poo Holder is a prime example. A soft ball shape holder which you can stuff with between 5 and 10 Poo  bags (depending on the type you use) attached to a spring lever key ring. Available in 6 great colour choices, attach your keys to your Doggee and you will never leave home without that essential poo bag again! Dogge Poo Bag Holder This ingenious device was created when the inventor Jaq Croft realised that she always turned up at the supermarket without her recycle bags! So the Baggee was born, a handball shaped key ring that holds up to 2 to 3 normal supermarket carrier bags, so you always have carrier bags with you when you go shopping. It did not take Jaq long to think of other applications for this ingenious yet so simple device. We have a full selection of the Doggee designs at Dougals Den and they retail for a very reasonable £4.95, even better if you would like to test one out for us we are looking for three testers who will receive a FREE Doggee to try out. We think it is a great product, but as always it is your feedback that counts! All you have to do to be in with a chance of being a tester is comment on this blog post telling us why you want to be a tester, we will select three at random and then the testing can commence. You don't get much for free these days so why not give it a go, what have you got to lose? Doggee Hanging Zack The Hack

  • Organic Pet Treats put to the test

    When we wanted to have our new Organic Pet treats tested, we did not have to look far for volunteers, the lovable @laddiethemutt who is one of Dougal's pals from Twitter jumped at the chance to test them out.

    Laddie enjoying his treats


    Now we know Laddie loves his treats so we decided to send him the biggest size treat that Organic Pet make, called a Jumbo it really is a huge bone shaped treat, and you get three in a pack! We did not have to wait long for Laddie's report on the huge treats, he loved them as you can see from these pictures.
    Laddy Smiling


    The Organic Pet treats come in three sizes mini, treat and jumbo size with a range of sweet and savoury ingredients sure to satisfy every type of pooch.
    Cinnamon & Honey Jumbos


    We are so glad that Laddie enjoyed his treats, why not check out his full product review. Thanks Laddie you really are a pal!

  • Off to Barkworld Expo

    We are having a very busy few days getting ready to go to BarkWorld Expo in Atlanta USA. I have been asked to speak about the work we do on twitter raising funds for animal charities and shelters all over the world, with our 24 hour PawPawty events.

    Bark World Expo


    So I will be on my way tomorrow to meet up with everyone else at the BarkworldExpo event, you can read all about it and see who is going to be there. We hope to learn something new, meet up with some old friends, make some new pals , as well as sniffing out some great new products for all our doggie and kitty customers. It will be business as usual at the shop while we are away so why not check out some of our latest gear for you and your furry pals. I will be tweeting all the way to Atlanta and will be back next week, hopefully not to jet lagged!

  • Book marks from Dougal's Den

    We are always looking for ideas for little extra's that we can include as a little gift to our customers and recently we found these great promotional gifts at 4imprint. These printed book marks will make sure that you do not have to have dog-eared books. They come in a range of colours and animal shapes. We have rabbits, cats and dogs and they look great with our logo printed on the front.

    Dougal sorting bookmarks


    As you can see Dougal love's to help out at the office and he loves to help pick the best book marks to go out with each order.

  • Celebrity Dogs

    Judging by the amount of views this has had we suspect you may already have seen it, but we could not resist this very clever mash up of 'celebrity dogs'. From Madonna to Kanye West the presenter pokes fun at all of the celebrities and is quite rude in a funny way. It made us laugh and we hope it tickles  your doggie bone on this tickle tuesday.

    Having watched this Celebrity Dogs video at least 5 times now our favourite  is probably "Elton John he's 109 years old..its true did you know that ? I made it up myself!" says the little french doggie commentator. Let us know who your favourite is!

    I am glad to see that there are no cats involved in this Video, we cats would never stoop so low!


  • Wasp Stings are nasty things for dogs



    At this time of year wasps can be found in all sorts of places, in May and June they are usually busy collecting food for the larvae in their nest so tend to be too busy working away to be bothered by humans or other animals. But as the larvae hatch, the workers go in search of food for themselves and we all know they love anything sweet. The problem gets worse in July and August because all of the workers have nothing much to do apart from search for food and of course all of the newly hatched wasps are also on the hunt for your ice cream, beer or chocolate cake! Unfortunately Dougal was the subject of a wasp sting on Friday, he was having his walk in the usual field where we have not previously has a wasp problem when he started shaking his head and rubbing his face along the ground. On inspection we found a wasp stuck to his face near his nose, obviously we removed it but Dougal was very shaken by the whole incident. He immediately started to walk back towards home and then we noticed that he was getting slower and slower and eventually we had to pick him up. Back home he was shacking and panting and when he started to whimper we knew that a trip to the vet was required. He cried the whole way there, about 10 mins away, and when we arrived the vet took a look at him immediately as it is possible for dogs to get  anaphylactic shock just like humans can. The signs are shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and swelling of the eyes, and tongue.  Luckily Dougal appeared to not have the full symptoms but he was obviously in pain. So he was given some pain pills and also some antihistamine pills it is worth noting that things like Piriton can be given to dogs and cats if they suffer from an allergic reaction. Dougal weighs 10.5kg and his dose is half a 4mg pill twice a day. The pills do make him a bit sleepy but he appears so much better 48 hours later and now all we have to do is to make sure we keep him away from any of these pesky greedy wasps until the end of the summer. We are going to make sure we carry some Piriton with us in future just in case this happens again. We found this information on line about dosage for dogs BUT PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR VET. Tablets are 4mg, dosing is: Small dogs 2-4mg every 8-12hrs Large dogs 4-8mg every 8-12hrs Maximum recommended dose 0.5mg/kg every 12 hours There are contraindications so if your dog has medical conditions or is on other medications then check with your vet before giving them.

  • Pet Head Shampoo - Tried and Tested

    Darcy in Bath


    This is Darcy who is the sister of @poppy_dog on twitter. Poppy is a good friend of Dougal so when we were looking for someone to test out some of our shampoo products I immediately thought of Pops. Then I forgot that she really really does not like having a bath, but it was no problem for clever Poppy who asked her Darcy to try the Pet Head Dirty Talk Shampoo. As you can see she looks quite happy having her bath, and I think we might have a film star in the making, she really knows how to pose for the camera!
    Darcy after her bath


    You can read Darcy's review about the Dirty Talk shampoo on the site she really is a cheeky lady so be sure to check it out! We have lots more Pet Head Products including some neat brushes to make sure that after a bath your pooch can have the full pamper package. They will all be on the site very soon. Our top tip for a great bath time and to help your shampoo last longer, is to apply the shampoo with a scrunchie, you can get a really good lather even on think coats. As a special treat if you order any shampoo or conditioner from us we will send you a free scrunchie. Thanks to Poppy and Darcy for being our 1st official testers!

  • Cute toys in time for Summer

    Cute Ice Cream cone Dog Toys


    It is hard to believe that it is summer time when we look outside our window and see nothing but clouds, although it is quite hot we all miss the lovely sunshine. So we thought that these great toys from Bizyb who has a shop on Etsy would cheer up all you pooches who fancy a treat. These gorgeous little cup cakes and ice cream cones are made from pure cotton and are filled with eco friendly 'extra squishy' bamboo stuffing. They are not really designed for doggies but we think that a small careful non destructive doggie would love these cute toys. We love them and will be hunting down some more doggie friendly toys on Etsy soon.

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