‘Hounds in the lap of luxury’

The lovely Gizmo came to stay – and obviously liked what he saw! Just Luxe, the Best of Luxury lifestyle brand (‘When it comes to the luxury lifestyle, we like to think that we know a thing or two’), has written about the House of Mutt.  It’s an old piece but ridiculously I’ve only just […]

Puppies – How much is that doggie in the window?

I love the way new opportunities have a way of presenting themselves and businesses consequently develop, often morphing in to areas pretty far removed from the initial ‘back of a fag packet’ idea .  Here at the House of Mutt we’ve found ourselves involved in all sorts of Dog-Stuff that I’d never really envisaged being […]

Hector

Misery Monday, apparently and officially The Most Miserable Day of the Calendar Year, I’m afraid proved so for us.  The beloved Hector was put to sleep after 14 long and very  happy years of being The Mountford Family Dog. His health had been gradually fading, he was getting old.  But the fade got quite suddenly […]

Time for chips!

A reminder that microchipping becomes compulsory for all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales on the 6th April this year.  It’s not a hassle and it is a major player in helping reunite lost owners with their dogs.  Put it on the To Do List ! A few notes on the subject from the British […]

Cautionary ‘tails’ from the vets….

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging pet owners to watch out for potential hazards to their pets this Christmas as findings released today reveal that a nativity display, antifreeze and £200 in £20 notes were just some of the items that landed animals in veterinary practices over the 2014 festive period. Findings from BVA’s […]

Podgers, porkers, chunkies – or just ‘comfortable’? The overweight debate continues….

Researchers at the Veterinary Record journal report that one in four dogs shown at Crufts were overweight. Bone to pick with Crufts’ dumpy dogs … But breeders fight back claiming the study was ‘unscientific’ . Kennel Club fights back … Apart from being slightly amused to see that in the picture used to illustrate the ‘healthy-weight dachshunds’ […]

AStarPets Column: Hot to Trot!

Click through to The Dude Diaries: Hot to Trot

There’s nothing quite like family!

Click through for puppy pix galore – warning: high cute-0-meter rating!            

Making full use of the Heath!

I love it on the Heath – there really is something for everybody! Today the main ‘toy’ seemed to be the Sandpits ….  Click through to:  Hither and thither on the Heath 

Tatler: House of Mutt & the Bow-Wow Factor

House of Mutt makes it into Tatler’s April 2015 edition – we like the Bow-Wow Factor headline!       With thanks to the beauuuuuuutiful models Miss Darcy, Billie, Max, Blue & Tilly

Top 6 Factors that Vets think improve dogs’ health and welfare ….

Vet Research from the British Veterinary Association.  No surprises that better weight control is up there,and interesting what the vets have chosen to prioritise … Crufts special: Vets’ top six priorities for happy, healthy dogs A survey carried out by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has identified the top six factors that vets believe would […]

A short, and very funny, exert from the BBC Radio 4 show ‘John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme’ S02 E06 about Crufts dog show. I do not own this, all credit goes to John Finnemore and BBC Radio 4.  https://youtu.be/jG0BGqOKer8 

Astar Pets Guest Column: Smell & Association…

http://magazine.astarpets.com/health-wellbeing/sarah-mountford-smell-association-diva-de-cologne/

What is your dog thinking?

Interesting reading from the psychology fellows …. Dog Psychology

 

Off the Leash …

My favorite place to go for some wise, witty, doggy insight!

The Dude Diaries: Week One and it’s all about … Settling In. And Sleeping.

… finding your feet, exploring, seeing what’s out there.  And sleeping!   Oh, and the less jolly bit about jabs.  There are an increasing number of cases of Parvovirus and the like being reported by vet surgeries (see vaccinations debate and our policy for details) – it’s an urgent priority for me (quite apart from the […]

Introducing …

One thing we have plenty of here at the House of Mutt, is doggy company.  With bookings coming in up to ten months ahead of time and with a scribbled waiting list often seen snaking its way down the white board in the office, we’re guaranteed not to be dog-less any time soon.  So why, […]

Airport terminal for Pets to open next year…

Fantastic news…   JFK to open pet terminal – ‘The ArK

As dogs travel more and more with their owners, it’s really important that airlines make their welfare standards as good as their bookability.  This JFK news is a great marker in the sand for the international pet travel industry.

Does Size Matter?

  I love it when dogs exceed my (already very high) expectations. A case in point: we have staying with us at the  moment a couple of Old English Sheepdogs. They are lovely natured, but huge.  And don’t seem to tread particularly lightly upon this earth of ours: the carpets are shuddering, the kitchen door […]

What do you reckon: might animals grieve like humans?

Pete Wedderburn writes a brilliant weekly Pet Column in the Saturday Telegraph, among other things.  I’m a bit of a fan.  Here are his thoughts on Do animals grieve?

Vaccinations: debate, controversy and our policy…

A report out today on MRCVS Online tells of a confirmed case of Canine Distemper in north west England.  It’s the first case of the disease seen in the region for many years and originated in a dog imported from Bulgaria while pregnant, who had Canine Distemper herself and passed it on to her puppies […]

Vets and Google

98% of pet vets say owners consult ‘Dr Google’, with 80% seeing pets too late … A nationwide survey of vets by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) reveals that 98% of respondents believe their clients’ behaviour is influenced by what they find online. Four in ten vets said the owners’ online research was unhelpful, with […]

Jaques, the dunking, diving Dachshund!

Normally ever so afraid of a puddle, but Jaques suddenly got brave in the House of Mutt pond when in the company of big ‘brothers’, Buster and Bella.  He’s now a committed swimmer – trunks always at the ready!

Finty’s Friday Frolic…

Sometimes I think the clever Off The Leash cartoonist is here in the room with me…!

Choosing a Home Boarder

Column written for Astar Pets Online Magazine, June 2014 … Home Boarding: what’s it all about?

5***** Hotel Review from Astar Pets!

Astar Pets, they of the Asos and Achica fame,  reviews the House of Mutt … Hotel Review for Fido

A Summer’s Day in the Life of…

Or, at least, a Day in the Life Of – without many sleepy bits!

A Summer’s Day in the Life of ….

Messing about at the House of Mutt.  A sort of Day in the Life Of – but without much sleeping!

Vets advance research into the very nasty SM, ‘neck scratcher’s disease’ …

New research by the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences, shows selective breeding may be the way forward to reducing the incidence of syringomyelia (SM) – a painful condition that can lead to paralysis – in the Cavalier King Charles spaniel and other toy breeds.     For full story, click http://mrcvs.co.uk/en/news-story.php?id=12170

A ‘flip-flop’kind of walk

Some walks are wet ‘Wellie’ ones; some are speedy ‘Spikes’ ones; this one was definitely a flippy floppy meandery type of walk – lovely!

Don’t you just love ‘em!

With thanks to the internet (& to the Aged Aunt Jenny!) for these ‘make you smile’ pix …

The Mail pays House of Mutt a visit ….

Click … New luxury hotel where you get treated like a dog 

10 Critter Facts you may (or may not!) like to know…

It’s prime time of year for fleas, ticks and worms.  Ten thoughts on the subject from people who like bugs best when well-zapped ! Ticks feed on the blood of their host – they’re not fussy whether that’s man or beast.  Or reptile for that matter A non-engorged tick is tiny and can be very […]

Smell and association: An observation from the ‘scientists’ at HoM

Dogs, like people, behave differently in different situations.  I think some of them here adopt a temporary persona which probably differs quite considerably from their norm.  It’s no surprise really – here they’re living with other dogs in a new environment so just as children behave differently on holiday or at school compared to at […]

Home Boarding – profession or hobby?

A friend (and client) asked me recently if our team here at the House of Mutt might be getting too ‘big and business-like’ compared to the bucolic home-y set up she’d always pictured.  My (over-wrought, for which apologies….) response makes me think this is a sensitive subject that could do with an airing … Sensitive because […]

Pet a Porter! The Independent’s take on pet products (& House of Mutt) …

Click here http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/features/pet-a-porter-posh-pet-pampering-9275558.html

Store Easter chocs away from dogs, warn BVA vets…

Curious pets could be at risk if they hunt down their owners’ haul of chocolate eggs and treats this Easter, warns the British Veterinary Association (BVA). Chocolate can be highly poisonous to pets, with dogs most commonly affected. Although awareness about chocolate poisoning is increasing amongst pet owners vets are still seeing urgent cases because […]

An ode to Spaniel Owners

Most Spaniels are splendid, selfless and speedy, But not, it  must be said, particularly sleepy. Our 3 mile runs may cause a slight puff, But a  few minutes later, that’s not nearly enough! All that tires a Spaniel, I reckon, Are reed beds, rivers and plenty of bracken. It’s sniffing that sorts them, and bounding, […]

First Harper’s Bazaar, now Tatler – wowsers!

Tatler’s Geoffrey is modelling his Camden Lime Mews Collar in a half-page (almost larger than life!) set of pictures in April 2014 Tatler – whooop whoop! Go for it Geoffrey and I hope you’re enjoying strutting your Mews-collar-stuff on the catwalks (or should it be dogwalks!) of Vogue House

Carrot or stick? Dog training study reports findings on stress …

A study reported by The Telegraph finds that some dog training methods may cause stress to animals.  Click on Dog stress and training methods My view? Dog ownership is less about winning control than about winning respect. Control is a useful by product of respect but isn’t the whole picture. And the way to respect? […]

Metro whistles the Rex Duchess

Click … Pets.  They’re the new children

Metro takes a (Metro-like!) peak at the Tepee

Click …If you’re going to Glastonbury this year,

For those who believe a dog’s place is in the home ….

Some nifty ideas for making house room for The-One-What-Matters (most!?!)

What does your dog think when they smell you?

Interesting research reported by The Telegraph today … Click on Dog’s sense of smell signals love for owners

Emotional attachments … ‘extreme’ or ‘normal’?!

There’s now a ‘Feel Free to Fondle’ poster up in The Pet Spa – slightly surreal in the setting but we reckon it’s important that people who want to can feel the leather these collars are made of. An easily reached collar and an encouraging sign is sorting what the formal window display was previously […]

New Boulevard and Mews Collars Arrive!

Hurray, we’re now able to offer smoothies the ‘greyhound’ shaped Boulevard, and fluffies of all sizes the matt-reducing rolled ‘Mews’! 6 colours, 5 sizes, 2 new designs.  Available online www.rex.houseofmutt.com or from The Pet Spa from Thursday, 13th.

A Not-So-Tough Day at the Spa for Jaques

Jaques visits the House of Mutt grooming table – and just about manages to cope with the stress!!

Rex, the “Laboutin of dog collars”!

Miss Darcy, ‘founder’ of the Hyde Park Cockerpoo Club and ‘scribbler’ on missdarcy.org has posted about her birthday present, a Rex Mews collar and lead. Click HERE for Miss Darcy’s “Something from Rex”

Rex products – “the Laboutin of dog collars”!

Miss Darcy, ‘founder’ of the Hyde Park Cockerpoo Club and ‘scribbler’ on missdarcy.org has posted about her birthday present, a Rex Mews collar and lead. Read on McDuff….. http://missdarcy.org/dog-blog/something-from-rex#comment-18289

A Pictorial Day in the Life of Oliver, the Gentleman Dog

First off, some gentle swimming; followed by a fireside snooze; topped off with a chat with a local filly! What ho, Wooster, this is the life!!

Finty’s Friday Frolic…

Familiar??! That clever Off The Leash cartoonist hits the spot again…

Does your dog know what you’re saying? Or thinking?

Brain scan pix

Researchers have found that the canine brain react to voices in the same way that the human brain does. It’s well worth a read ….

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26276660

A Muttley Meander (with Beryl’s Big Stick)!

Out and about in the woods with Beryl, Linus, Chocco, Robbie, Hector, Oscar, Breeze, Tux, Mars – and Beryl’s Big Stick J

How important is Puppy Socialisation?

Click HERE for Kennel Club One in Five Dogs out of Control on Walks

Animal Welfare Foundation advice on ….

‘Saying Goodbye, The Ultimate Kindness’. Not a pleasant subject but on the basis that it’s better to be informed than not, here is  recently produced, and excellent, advice from the AWF on saying goodbye awf_saying_goodbye

A (vaguely) poetic update on Hector’s Mobile Bones …

Alas Alack, Hector’s finished his pack. And… Did the Mobile Bones tonic make him more sonic?   Well it’s hard to say   But, on the eve of the day That he began his powdery regimen He was lame, and sore.   But now, no more! (That’s the sore, by the way, Not the dog […]

Rex Products take centre stage in Fulham Road

Rex by House of Mutt products have taken centre stage in the Chelsea Pet Spa’s new Fulham Road window!  With the Tepee Tent at one end, Knowle Crown Bed at the other and a spread of collars, leads and whistles in between.  Fantastic!

Finty’s Friday Frolic

Synchronised tail-wagging from Off The Leash – marvellous!

A Luxury Travel Blog on House of Mutt

Click …  A new luxury hotel for your dog

Hector@HouseofMutt column on … Food

Article written back in 2010 for the London Dog Forum – but the debate on dog food in the papers prompted me to dig it out again …

http://www.londondogforum.co.uk/whats-on-the-menu-c635.html

 

 

Dogs are not our whole life; but they make our lives whole.

Our silver whistle chosen by Harper’s Bazaar!

That’ll be quite a nice introduction for Rex by House of Mutt products then.  Thank you Harper’s Bazaar!

Harper’s Bazaar Christmas Stocking Fillers

 

Finty’s (filthy!) Friday Frolic …

A Schnauzer goes for her bi-monthly groom and the groomer comments that her ears are particularly hairy. The owner agrees and says she has been worrying about the dog’s hearing. The groomer advises the owner to apply some depilatory cream to the inside of the ears once a month to keep the hair down. So […]

Some good AWF advice on Pets & Poisons

What is poisonous to dogs, how to keep the two apart and what to do if that fails …   Click HERE for AWF advice on pets and poisons 

In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag

- W.H.Auden

Postcard from Holkham Beach

Holkham Beach in Norfolk is one of our favourite spots…….miles and miles of open empty sand – perfect for windy dog walks or horse rides (don’t tell anyone!)

The Mobile Bones of Hector@HouseofMutt

Hector@House of Mutt Was, in his youth, a bit of a nut He would never  just walk, But rather strut. Or stalk. But now he sits, mostly on his Butt.    What to do?     An answer came with a tweet from the sky, From Pooch & Mutt’s Sam (a girl, not a guy)   Hector […]

There was a young Shepherd called Sam ….
Who got in a bit of a jam.
He’d spent so much time
Amongst tiny canine,
That he started to think he was one of ‘em..!

 

HELP SOLVE OZZIE’S COLLAR COLOUR CONUNDRUM!

Comment on the best colour collar for Ozzie; and if you ‘Like’ our Facebook page  http://on.fb.me/1ft1GbR  you’ll be entered in to our draw for a House of Mutt collar of your own!  The winner will be drawn on 31st December, and notified just as soon as the New Year’s Day cloud has cleared…. The winner […]

The 10 Stages of Christmas…

ONE – GET READY … Decorations down from the attic, but … no great rush to put them up! TWO – TEARS …  School cases strewn, Christmas decs strewn, maternal breakdown imminent. Lovely happy dogs in the river, the perfect antidote http://bit.ly/1etYsZ5 THREE – DEEP BREATH AND ON WE GO… Holly picking ….. with plenty […]

Top 10 Misconceptions about Vets

 

Written by vets (www.companionconsultancy.co.uk) and seconded by House of Mutt vets!

Top 10 Misconceptions about Vets

The Family Dog

If you can start the day without caffeine, If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains, If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it, If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to […]

Cani-Cross Running

Cani-cross is big in the States and now it’s over here! We’re finding it’s brilliant for bonding, morale, muscles…and sleep! Trainer Sarah Harley (pictured) regularly takes the more energetic House of Mutt visitors out, and is keen to spread the word about this fantastic sport. A recent cani-cross event at Westonbirt: A cani-cross half marathon […]

In the Spotlight

Every dog is a star, and here are our (ongoing) House of Mutt awards, celebrating the -est of various categories. Fluffiest, fastest, snoreiest, best named, greediest, cheerfullest, waggiest, politest… Fluffiest – Herman                                               […]

News from the Vet Sector

Having a vet in the house is good news for many reasons, the very least of which is that his inbox is always full of sector news that us dog owners need to know. (Or, quite often, that’s just fun to know). Top 10 Misconceptions about Vets (written by vets!) RSPCA reports 21% increase in […]

It’s a Sticky Subject

Dogs poo, and humans clear it up (and we think we’re the superior species!). There’s nothing scientific about the following observations, they’re just our House of Mutt views on poos… Raw food undoubtedly produces the least offensive poo bucket – www.naturalinstinct.co.uk is a good one to try if you’re looking. The speed that a meal […]

Taking the Trauma out of Travel

Pet passports are meaning more dogs than ever are jet-setting around the world. But the rules around that travel are complicated and often changing. Teeny Scott Barber offers some reassuringly no-nonsense British travel tips. Only one dog can travel per crate. However well you get on, you wouldn’t want to share a seat with your […]

Pup’s Progress

For all those interested in following a pup’s progress through their first couple of weeks away from mum, meet apricot Cockerpoo little miss Lucca.

Keep an eye on our Pup’s Progress Facebook album.

A man’s best friend is his dog

- Lord Byron

Making the most of the weather

Some days you just want to go to the beach – and so what if it takes a lorry and two cars to get you all there! See the full Facebook album of one of our many trips to the Holkham beach.

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