As nature shows signs of blooming the anticipation of summer shows grows stronger. We’re working on new ideas in the hope that we’ll have something fresh to launch. Our new character development continues and we’ve started to research product development options. Here’s a snap shot of our work in progress and some doodle of the day work we’ve been using to get the creative juices flowing.
To keep up to date with our progress please follow Tommy Doggy on twitter, facebook and instagram. We've got Monty the black labrador and Daisy the border collie but we need some name ideas for a Westie character and a 'bundle of fluff' mixed breed. Let us know if you have any ideas you could help us with?
To help showcase our ideas we've launched an Etsy shop called Tommy Doggy Designs and have some great deal on 2016 stock. There are two different packs available with a mix of 'thank you' and 'birthday' designs.
Lessons in nutrition
As part of showing how great life with a rescue dog can be we're learning about dog behaviour and how good nutrition can help. Tommy has been eating a new food called Breakthrough for 6 weeks now and we’ve not noticed any major improvements in his behaviour. He does appear to be more attentive during training but he doesn’t seem to like the food. An important part of our training regime is to have a food that Tommy enjoys working for, so we decided to try something else. As we were going to Crufts we thought it would be a great place to investigate a new food. Before going we did some research and had some discussion points around; is grain free important and should we try a raw diet? When doing our research we also realised that we had to be practical. As Tommy goes to day care the food has to be easy for everyone to prepare and for training the food has to be easy to handle. We also liked the idea of avoiding large pet food companies that have lots of similar claims and are hard to tell the difference between.
So we ended up on a small stand by the healthy option pet food company. We were attracted to the stand due to a homeopathic remedy that we were interested in but also liked their approach to dog food. So we learnt;
As a rescue dog blog we can't avoid the issue of dog breeding just for appearance. Team Tommy Doggy saw some fantastic relationships between dogs and owners at Crufts but also weren't so sure that all the show dogs enjoy it? Here is a blog by the RSPCA which helps explain what we felt. We hope that dog shows can become more about the well being of dogs and celebrating what they can do instead of having to stand still for long periods of time.
Along with the researching food and treat options the main aim of visiting Crufts was gift shopping! We went to pick out the best in show for greetings cards and gifts. Here are our highlights ...
Don't forget our Dogs Trust card range is still available to buy on www.animalgiftclub.com