I feel it is important to discuss this even though it is not a doggy product, but it is something that affected Scruffy last winter. We had a leak in the roof that we had neglected and it ended up causing a lot of damage. This caused us a lot of disruption while it was being fixed, not to mention the cold in the coldest part of winter. Even Scruffys new winter fleece wasnt enough at night.
Winter is the time of year that you really want to make sure your roof is in a well maintained condition. It is the time of year when most roofing issues are likely to cause a problem, especially with the increase in wet, damp weather and colder conditions. It is important to regularly inspect your roof for wind damage.
To inspect your roof follow the simple checklist below;
- Look for any broken or loose tiles. You can spot a loose tile by looking if any tiles have slipped down out of position. If this has happened it could be that water is able to get in and surrounding tiles may also become affected, increasing the risk of further damage.
- Check for dents and small holes caused by hail storms. You should also check guttering, which could be broken or split. Damage caused by hail is usually covered by insurance, so it is worth checking this and getting it repaired on your policy if that is the case.
- Have a look at the flashing around the chimney or vents on the roof. Flashing is the lead work that is located around the chimney to stop water from getting in around the joining edges.
- Ensure your loft space is adequately insulated to not only prevent heat loss through the roof, but also to prevent ice dams from forming.
- Clean your guttering or hire a professional roofing company to do this for you. All leaves and debris should be cleaned out, because these can be a cause of damp inside the home. If you are doing this yourself use a hose to run water through the gutters and the downpipes and poke a long brush down the pipes to make sure all debris is cleaned out.
- To protect the guttering over autumn it is a good investment to fit some guards on the gutters to prevent leaves from blocking them after you have cleaned them out.
- Lastly, check the inside of your house for water marks on the ceilings and upper walls. This is mainly in the upstairs rooms and the attic space. Water stains are a sign that there is a leak in your roof that needs attention. If you are unsure if stains are a result of a leak, you could check them immediately after a heavy rainstorm. If they feel damp, you should call out roofers in derby to investigate and repair the cause of the leak.
Most of the time it is more cost effective to repair a roof, however, if your roof is severely damaged or older than 50 years it may be time to replace the roof. Ensure your roof is winter ready and have a stress free winter for you and your dogs.
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Recently I ordered a selection of dog treats and biscuits to try out. I wanted to find something that was healthier and hopefully tastier for Scruffy. Scruffy is like any other dog and loves to gorge himself in food at every opportunity. I do try not to give him any leftovers, although I often succumb to his ever present puppy eyes and fail miserably. A recent trip to the vet revealed that Scruffy has been piling on the pounds a little too much lately, which spurred me to find a low fat treat that I could give him in place of the scraps. I know, it would be better that he just didn’t have anything, but I have tried and the guilt after looking at his little face when the leftovers entered the bin was just overwhelming me.
That leads me onto the arrival of our Lily’s kitchen dog biscuits variety pack, which I bought from Amazon. The pack contained four different flavours of dog treats, bedtime biscuits, rise and shines, cheese and apple and cranberry and Turkey Christmas dog biscuits. Firstly, I was excited by the neat and attractive box that each variety came in. Each box contained 100g of treats, which is quite a small amount, but plenty if they are given only one or two at once. On opening a box the contents were wrapped in cellophane which isn’t resealable but as there aren’t that many biscuits and I am not one to have a bag of treats uneaten for long, it didn’t really concern me.
The first treat to face the Scruffy taste test was the Bedtime biscuits. Now these are organic with yoghurt, honey, camomile and Passion flowers. Sounds great and smells quite alright too, not like your typical dog biscuit! I was quite tempted to try one myself, but had to remind myself that these were Scruffy’s and he wouldn’t appreciate me sneaking one into my mouth. Scruffy couldn’t wait to get his chops on one of these and quickly devoured it, followed by excessive lip licking and persistent begging for more. I think this passes the test!
Secondly, Scruffy tried the cheese and apple training treats. These were smaller than the bedtime biscuits were, but this made them just the right size for a training reward. I had Scruffy work for these, he loves to roll over and close the door if he knows there is something in it for him. I was impressed with these because Scruffy loved them so much he was ready to do trick after trick just to get more. I wish I’d had these when he was still a pup and going to training classes. It would of made our sessions and results that much easier if I would have been able to hold his attention like I can with these.
Finally there was the Christmas biscuits with Turkey and cranberry. I was most excited about these with Xmas fast approaching I needed something to get Scruffy in to the festive mood. Again scruffy woofed this down and looked for more with his irresistible begging eyes. Lily’s kitchen never cease to amaze me with their healthy, tasty treat range. I had scoured the pet store shelves for some decent dog treats that didn’t contain the tiny percentage of meat meal and had really struggled to find a treat with a high real meat content. Scruffy will definitely be enjoying more of this dog biscuit range in the future.
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Just recently the new pet monitor from Motorola was released. It is very similar to their baby monitors and built on the same proven technology, so it is a very good buy for the money. The app makes it great for spying on your cat or dog when you go to work and recording the action is just priceless! The camera is loaded with features, check out the video below to learn all about it.
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There are a number of reasons why it may be preferable to use a harness rather than a conventional dog collar. If your dog pulls on the lead when out walking, it may be easier and cause less stress on your dog’s neck by making use of a harness. Likewise, if you have a small dog, it may be more comfortable and prevent stress caused on the toy dogs fragile neck.
Sometimes there may be a health reason that makes a harness a better choice. For example if your dog has problems with their neck which can cause the dog’s breathing to be restricted or more severely, could cause mild choking.
Some dogs are little Houdini’s and will easily back out of a collar when spooked by something, which can be cause for serious concern. This is especially true if you are walking close to a busy road, or if your dog backs out of their collar and into the path of an incoming car. Even at slower speeds in built up areas this can cause considerable injuries. Not all dog harnesses are escape proof, however, so it is advisable that you choose a suitable harness carefully if you do own an escape artist pouch.
One such harness that is both supportive and escape-proof is the Webmaster harness from Ruffwear. I bought my harness from Benny The Dog -UK pet shop and was extremely pleased with the service and speed of delivery from this company. This is the best harness by far that I have come across in the 30 years that I have owned dogs. Ruffwear are known for their outdoor gear and high quality and when we first got this harness we were impressed by the strong construction. The harness felt secure and on Scruffy the fit was snug.
The first thing that surprised me was the weight, it is extremely lightweight, especially considering it has padded chest and belly straps. The harness itself feels a little stiff at first, a bit like a straitjacket for dogs, only not restrictive. However, after a few uses it felt more relaxed. Most harnesses only have 2 straps, which is why I believe they can still be escaped from. The extra strap under the belly provides extra security making this an escape proof dog harness. The belly strap also helps to balance the load distribution when you lift your dog using the handle on the harness. When I ordered the harness I was a little concerned that the belly strap may interfere with Scruffy’s ability to relieve himself, but I’m glad to say it in no way gets in the way.
The only negative thing I have to say about this harness is the high price tag. It is expensive when you consider the majority of alternative harness cost half the price at best. However, that aside, I do believe the quality of the workmanship and the comfort it provides Scruffy justify the price. I expect the harness to last me a very long time, unlike cheap ones I have bought previously that always seem to either fall apart, fail at their purpose or wear out far sooner than I would like.
If you are like me and don’t like to let the winter nights impact on your dog walking schedule, then you may like to look at getting one or more dog safety lightfor your pooch. Ruffwear make a beacon that is extremely visible up to quite a distance away. I walk in woods after dark and Scruffy like to run through the undergrowth. This light has been a godsend to me and means Scruffy is always in my sites. There is a light loop on the Web Master harness, specifically for clipping on this light, making it extremely convenient.
I would recommend this harness to anyone with an aging dog that needs a little assistance up and down stairs or dogs that like to wriggle out of any restraint they wear. Even if you are just looking for a quality, well-made harness that will last your dog’s lifetime, then I really think if you can get over the price, then you can’t go wrong with the Webmaster harness.
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We invest numerous hours buying a bed for ourselves, not to mention thousands of dollars. Because sleeping comfort is crucial, this is. The exact same is true for your beloved pet dog. An excellent pet bed can last years, be the best resting place and it can likewise assist with training. However it shouldn’t have to cost a fortune.
Finding the right pet bed for your pet can address a number of troubles. It can help your pet feel safe and secure. When you need them to stay, it can offer you a special area to send your dog. For example, throughout mealtime, bedtime or when you have company you can send your dog to their bed and if you have actually chosen your pet dog’s bed sensibly, they’ll happily go. It makes good sense then that not simply any and all canine beds will do. You need to pick it that’s perfect for your pet dog and their distinct needs and personality. There are lots of really crucial considerations to make.
Size is essential. You want your pet to feel safe, protected, and comfy in their pet dog bed. Also find a bed that fits your pet and the space in your house comfortably.
A bed can be made of polyester and stuffed with fiberfill much like a pillow on your own bed. A bed can also be made from micro-suede or vinyl and filled with memory foam.
Furthermore, the purpose for your pet’s bed and their health requirement to be considered when choosing canine bed products. If you’re making use of the bed outdoors you’ll desire a waterproof dog bed. If you have a pet dog with bladder control concerns then waterproof or washable products are crucial too.
Your pet dog’s health and age are also crucial factors to consider when selecting a bed. If you have an older canine, you desire the bed to be simple for them to get into and out of. An elevated bed, like a pet dog couch, could be ideal for larger animals so they do not have to stoop down to get into their bed.
Beds come in nearly every shape, color and design. Because it suggests you can also find the best bed for your home, this is essential. For instance, what if you have an empty corner in your living space that’s best for your pet dog’s bed? Why not get them a bed that’s designed to fit into an edge? And exactly what about the dog bed that sits at the end of your bed? You can discover great raised dog beds or sofas that perfectly match your needs. Circles, squares, rectangles, ovals, raised beds, sofas, and the excellent old made pet pillow are all options depending upon where you’re placing your pet’s bed.
What if your canine takes pleasure in burrowing or curling up or if you have a canine that is especially shy? And if your dog likes to feel like one of their human beings then a high bed or dog couch might be perfect.
You can get a bed for them that weather conditions well, is long lasting, and matches your pet’s character. And of course you can match your dog’s bed to your own design and embellishing personality too. From whimsical to contemporary and everything in between, there’s a pet bed to match your purpose and character.
The first action to discovering the best canine bed for your pet dog is to make a list of what your dog requires. You can include a list of exactly what you desire, like color and shape, under the list of requirements so you can compare dog beds. A sellers may drastically cut the price of the canine bed and make up for it in what they charge for shipping.
A pet bed need to be something that lasts a pretty good long time. They should be easy to keep clean, comfortable for your canine and they should fit your pet’s demands and character.
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