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    Buddy and Lola's IPAD GIVEAWAY

    Buddy and Lola's IPAD GIVEAWAY

     DOG SELFIE PHOTO COMPETITION USA WIN AN IPAD

    The idea of “dog selfies” sounds a bit strange, but it’s great fun! Dogs can be as good as humans at making funny faces and there’s nothing better than taking funny pictures with you and your dog.  This month Buddy and Lola are running a very special dog selfie competition and you can WIN an IPAD worth $260! It’s easy to enter, it’s fun –  and who knows… you could be a winner. All you need to do is to take a picture of you and your dog and submit it onto our app (click on the link here ). Once you’ve clicked on the link you can also review – and vote on – the gallery of pics that have already been uploaded. Don’t forget to ask your family and friends to also take part by voting for your selfie because the picture with the most votes will win the IPAD!

    Happy 1st Birthday Buddy & Lola!

    Happy 1st Birthday Buddy & Lola!

    When the happy birthday song is the only thing standing in between us and our cake! Happy 1st Birthday Buddy & Lola! We celebrated in style with balloons, candles and a cake!

     

     

    12 months ago we launched a little business out into the world dedicated to the conscientious care of dogs called Buddy & Lola. We had an idea (and a hope) of what it could become, but really no idea of what it would become. 12 months on we hear from happy customers every single day about how Buddy & Lola products are making a difference to dogs and their owners all over the US. Having been so well-received stateside we’re now going back to our roots and expanding into the UK market – eek – we’re so excited! We’re also expanding our product range – brand new ‘treats with benefits’ in super cute pouches (just like our Probiotic Treat Pouches) coming in May – watch this space!

    BUDDY AND LOLA 1ST BIRTHDAY

    We’re eternally grateful to all of you who have supported us through buying one of our products, those of you who continue to shop with us and act as our brand ambassadors and all of our followers and fans on our Facebook and Instagram pages. We couldn’t have done it without you.

    The year has flown by, it went so fast. But we’ve had fun; it’s truly been a blast! It’s been a very exciting year full of joy, love and fun and we hope you’ll join us and give us a ‘like’ as we turn one!

    Lots of love from the whole gang at Buddy & Lola - Love them like family, treat them like family.

    PS. We had such an awesome birthday party!

    It’s a Dog’s Life !

    It’s a Dog’s Life !

    Animals living “in the wild” naturally have much higher activity levels.  After all, they have to find their own food.  Our pet dogs, however, may spend much of their day lazing about as they don’t have to hunt and catch their own food and they don’t have to escape predators.  But, of course, this was the life of the ancestors of our pet dogs and they still have those survival instincts and problem-solving ability which will come to the forefront in working dogs in particular. 

     Dogs living with us in our homes may get regular walks and play time but our busy modern lifestyles mean that we cannot always be there to provide mental stimulation.  Sometimes, this can lead to unwanted behaviors – such as chewing, barking or digging or even obsessive tail chasing or licking – simply due to boredom.

     You can help to keep your dog busy and happy and here’s some of our favorite ideas.

     BUDDY AND LOLA HEALTHY DOG TREATS

    • First, make sure they get plenty of walks (all that exercise is good for you too don’t forget) - a tired dog is a happy dog.
    • Hide their food to make them work for it.  Stuff food into toys, divide meals into separate spots around the house, or even scatter dry food out in the garden. You can also buy high-tech feeding devices that release just a little food at a time.
    • Of course, there are lots of interactive puzzle-type toys on the market too that will help your dog use all their problem-solving skills to get to that treat.
    • Give them something to really get their teeth into – instead of your furniture – check out the options at your local pet store – from natural ram horns or antlers to strong nylon toys.
    • Make sure they have the opportunity to be social with other dogs, ideally off-leash at the dog park.
    • Best of all, spend time with your dog.  Spend some quality time every day on teaching your dog a new trick, play tug-of-war or a simple game of fetch.  Why not check out local classes – Agility, Flyball and more.
    • Dogs are smarter than we think – the only limitation is your imagination!

    DOGGONE BIG!

    DOGGONE BIG!

    We met a Great Dane today at the dog park. Whoooah he was big and made us feel really quite small.  Our Pet Parents have been finding out more about this interesting breed....

     Did you know that Great Danes can weigh nearly 200 pounds, often stand more than 30 inches at the shoulder and are generally recognized as the tallest dog in the world according to Guinness World Records.  They’ll certainly eat around 6 cups of food a day!  But they are generally a very friendly breed; great with people, children and other dogs and they love to play; though their size and loud bark does make them a good guard dog.  Despite their name, they’re said to originate from Germany.

     

    Check out some of our favourite photos on www.greatdanesofinstagram

    Our Rusty …

    Our Rusty …

    Rusty was our loveable big brother and the leader of the pack.  He was a big bruiser – a Doberman/Lab cross – he loved sleeping on his favourite couch and dreaming of great big bones, when he wasn’t eating them.  Rusty was a lot older than us and we were sad to see him get slower – and grumpier too.  He didn’t like it when we tried to get him to play and would rather snooze on the couch.  A year ago Rusty went to doggy heaven and we still miss him loads and think about him most days. Wonder what he’d think about us being the stars of the Buddy & Lola pet brand, we’re sure he’d approve.

    As a Pet Parent, it is probably one of the most difficult times to lose your furry best friend.  However, it’s probably inevitable as, of course, doggy lifespans are much shorter than ours. Here are just a few things that we’ve found have made things just that little bit easier.

    • Talk to your veterianarian to help you make the right decisions for your much-loved pet.
    • Cherish every moment you have when you know that the end is near and give the family the opportunity to say goodbye if they wish.
    • Make sure your veterinarian knows whether you want to stay with your pet if euthanasia is planned and decide what you’d like to happen afterwards; whether you’d like to bring him home to be buried in the yard or cremated and the ashes returned to you.

    We know you will never forget your furry best friend and you’ll have lots of keepsakes to remind you of the good times but you have the rest of your life ahead of you so don’t make too many quick decisions you may later regret.  Why not do something special in memory of your special dog such as plant a tree or make a donation in his name to a Dog Shelter or Veterinary College. While you may not be ready to move on and get another dog you could make a difference by volunteering at an Animal Shelter helping to care for dogs that may not have been as lucky in life as yours was.