Sunday, 22 April 2018

Lily's Kitchen

Lily's Kitchen

About Lily's Kitchen
"Lily's Kitchen was established by Henrietta Morrison in 2008. Henrietta's adorable Border Terrier Lily became the inspiration for their healthy and holistic food for pets due to her battle with itchy skin and ears. Lily understood that the processed dog food they were buying wasn’t doing her health any favours, and after a little hunger strike they cottoned on to her concerns too. Once Henrietta discovered what regular dog food was made from, she decided to cook all Lily’s food from scratch using proper, natural ingredients. 
The transformation in Lily’s health was so remarkable that they knew they had to share their secret. Lily’s Kitchen is a business born out of that desire to do the best for pets, and they’re delighted it has made such a difference to all the dogs, cats and animal lovers who join their fan club every day.
Nowadays, their little Border Terrier is the absolute picture of health, and she’s thriving in her new role as Chief Taster for Lily’s Kitchen!"


Venison & Duck

Description of Lily's Kitchen Venison & Duck: "This grain free recipe uses only freshly prepared venison, duck and salmon together with carefully chosen fruits, vegetables and botanical herbs.

Ingredients: Venison (13%), Duck (13%), Salmon (9%)
Potatoes, Pea Protein, Lentils, Linseed, Peas, Dried Egg, Salmon Oil, Lamb Gravy, Nutritional Yeast, Vitamins & Chelated Minerals, Fructooligosaccharides 2.5g/kg, Mannan Oligosaccharides 2.5g/kg, Apples, Carrots, Blackberries, Cranberries, Spinach, Glucosamine 175mg/kg, Methylsulfonylmethane 175mg/kg, Chondroitin Sulphate 125mg/kg."


  Review: I like that this dry food is grain free and therefore suitable for dogs with food allergies. Rocky seems to like it. I only wish this was available in smaller pieces for small dogs.
Sunday Lunch

Description of Lily's Kitchen Sunday Lunch: "A proper Sunday lunch that brings everyone together is one of those very special means. Utterly delicious and in a size that's just right for smaller dogs.

Ingredients: Chicken (60%), Potatoes (4%), Sugar Snap Peas (2%)
Carrots, Spinach, Apples, Vitamins and Chelated Minerals, Herbs, Safflower Oil."


Review: Rocky really likes this wet food. I like the high meat content and that it is grain free.  
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Saturday, 10 March 2018

Winter break is over!

Winter break is over!

After a longer winter break, we are finally looking forward to investing more time in this blog again and testing more products for you.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Curli (Part 2)


We have received a Retractable Leash and a Placemat by curli.

We have previously reviewed a few Curli products and we are still very satisfied with the products. The Curli Vest Harness in Softshell and both leashes are in permanent use. Great, high quality and handy products for dogs which are thought through and will last long.
curli Retractable Leash


Description of the curli Retractable Leash: "DOGS USUALLY DON’T LIKE BEING ON THE LEASH. NEITHER DO OURS.

However, as a dog owner you will know that in some situations, there simply isn’t an alter- native. The retractable leash is one of curli’s rst products. When we needed a decent retractable leash ourselves, we trawled the specialist shops but found nothing suitable. We were espe- cially disappointed by the designs on o er. That’s why we created our own simple canvas one. The shape and design of the retractable leash is as small as possible in terms of ergonomics, so that the product is also as light as possible. 
The result - a compact leash with maximum freedom of movement for your dog.


  • 4 Meter / 13,12feet or 5 Meter belt / 16,4feet
  • For dogs up to 16kg / 35lbs 4 Meter belt / 21kg / 46lbs 5 Meter belt
  • Reflective Terylene belt for extra safety at night
  • Rubberized handle for secure grip
  • Separate Stop and Go Buttons
  • Hole for attaching of accessories

The curli Retractable Leash is available in 2 sizes; M (4 Meter) and L (5 Meter).
The curli Retractable Leash is also available in 3 different colours; sand, red and white."
We have a curli Retractable Leash in size M and colour sand for Rocky.

Rocky with his curli Retractable Leash in M:

Review: So far, we only had one Retractable Leash within the 9 years of having Rocky and we didn't like it at all. I much prefer the curli Retractable Leash. One reason is that it has webbing instead of a typical rope. Rocky once got tangled around my legs in summer with his old Retractable Leash which then cut into my legs. Luckily, this cannot happen with the webbing of the curli Retractable Leash. Furthermore, the leash is very handy and I like the modest design.
I hope that more colours of the curli Retractable Leash will be available so that it can be colour matched with the rest of the set.
curli Placemat 

Description of the curli Placemat: "You probably know from experience that it sometimes looks like a battlefield around your pet’s food bowl. This not only looks unappetizing but also means a lot of work to clean it up. Here at curli, we prefer to spend our time walking our dogs instead of mopping the floor, so we decided to develop a placemat that can be put down under food bowls to protect the floor and save on the cleaning up.

What was meant as a small project turned out to be one of our biggest challenges. The material needed to be flexible and the bottom had to be non-slip. The edges needed to be slightly raises, so nothing could spill.

Added to that, we wanted the mats to be machine washable. The project was bigger than we first thought – but our pride in the finished product matches our efforts. And to think, it was only a Placemat!
  • Fits 2 feeding bowls
  • Slip-resistant
  • Fast and easy cleaning
  • Raised edges protection against spills
  • Food safe silicone
  • Antiallergic
  • Food Safe
  • UV Stable

The curli Placemat comes in one size; 54cm x 37,cm/ 21¼″ x 14¾″.
The curli Placemat also comes in 5 different colours; black, brown, warm-grey, skyblue and grass-green."
We have a curli Placemat in colour brown.

Rocky with his curli Placemat:

Review: The Placemat by curli is really brilliant. We previously already had a Placemat which we alienated, however, it permanently slipped around and also the dirt was not easily removed. I was unsure at first it was not too big for Rocky's rather small bowls, but I think it's good that it is a bit bigger. We also like the color. Rocky is not disturbed by it at all and he stands on the Palcemat without any problesm while eating. It is very easy to clean and it looks much more neat than before.
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Sunday, 17 September 2017



We have received a Wilton Dog Carrier and Cool Mat from Scruffs.
About Scruffs

"Founded in 2005, Scruffs® is now firmly established as one of Europe's leading brands of luxury pet bedding and accessories. With distribution in over 40 countries throughout Europe, The Americas and Australasia, Scruffs® has steadily expanded its reach and continues to add more markets to its portfolio each and every year.
Based in Manchester, England, Scruffs® (for dogs) and Tramps® (for cats) focus on producing premium bedding for pets. Combining a huge variety of high-end fabrics more commonly found in home furnishings with a colour palette that reflects the most current global Home Textile and Fashion trends, Scruffs® pet beds seamlessly fit into any modern home decor.
Innovation is a key platform of the Scruffs® philosophy. From self-heating fabrics to orthopaedic memory foam fills, from 100% recycled bedding made from plastic bottles to self-cooling gels, Scruffs® has a comprehensive and diverse range that ticks every box, for every dog and cat.
Since its inception, the Scruffs® brand has been built on a reputation of unmatched consistency and quality control. With their own team based at their factories in the Far East, they are proud that their returns rate in 2015 was approximately 1 in 11,000 worldwide. Each year they continue to strive for excellence in every part of their design, production, and quality control.
With over 24,000sqm of warehouse, 4000sqm of office space and 300sqm of showrooms in their European hub in Manchester, their team is perfectly positioned to bring the best of British design and fashions whilst ensuring that Scruffs® continues to do what it does best: making products that improve the lives of pets and owners worldwide."

Wilton Pet/ Dog Carrier

Description of the Scruffs Wilton Pet/ Dog Carrier: "The Scruffs® Wilton collection is produced using a quilted outer fabric, stitched in a diamond pattern. The pet carrier has been lined with a luxurious plush fur, providing warmth & comfort. The carrier is finished with a soft-feel Scruffs® logo and Scruffs® zip pulls. 
Additional features of the Wilton Pet Carrier include adjustable shoulder straps and a fold out water bowl, ideal for those longer excursions. The carrier is fitted with a removable inner base for easy cleaning and a non-slip outer base. The complete carrier is machine washable at 30 degrees. 
The Scruffs® Wilton Pet Carrier measures 38 x 20 x 24cm.
The Wilton Pet Carrier is available in 3 different colours; black, brown and blue."

We have a Scruffs Wilton Pet Carrier in colour black for Rocky.

The Wilton Carrier has a super soft plush fur inside.

The outside is of a quilted fabric in diamond pattern.

The inner base is removable.

It also includes a convenient fold out water bowl.

Rocky in his Scruffs Wilton Pet Carrier:

Review: Rocky loves carriers. I have been taking him with me wherever possible since he was a puppy which included airplane travels, so Rocky is very much used to carriers. He feels safe and secure in them and even sleeps in them when at home. He immediately jumped into the Wilton Pet Carrier when I unpacked it and I had a difficult time getting him out of it again. He seems to feel very comfortable in it as he is even laying inside it when at home now, rather than his bed.
I really like the Wilton Pet Carrier as it is of good quality and because Rocky loves it. The inside is super soft to touch so I can understand why Rocky is so comfortable in it.
I also like the convenient fold out water bowl which is attached to the carrier.
I would not really want to zip up the carrier as I think Rocky is then a bit cramped in it, but I like having the option to do so. It is also very versatile as it can be used as a carry on pet bed. Rocky loves being in it whether we are out and about or just at home.
Overall a great dog carrier.

Cool Mat

Decription of the Scruffs Cool Mat: "Many pets can suffer from the heat during hot summer months. The Scruffs® Cool Dog Mat is designed to provide relief for pets. Filled with a non-toxic gel the self-cooling mat will be typically 5-10 degrees cooler than room temperature. 
When in use, the mat will maintain its cooling properties for approximately 1hr depending upon the environment. To reset the mats cooling properties simply leave unused for 1hr, there is no need to freeze or refrigerate. 
The Scruffs® Cool Mat can be used alone, with an existing pet bed or in a pet carrier. To clean the mat simply wipe the cover with a cloth and soapy water, then rinse with clean water before use. Available in four sizes, including x-large, the Scruffs Cool Mat is great for dogs that like to sprawl.
The Scruffs Cool Mat is available in 4 different sizes; Small (50 x 40cm), Medium (77 x 62cm), Large (92 x 69cm) and X-Large (120 x 75cm)."
We have a Scruffs Cool Mat in size Small for Rocky.

Rocky on his Cooling Mat.

Review: Rocky usually loves summer and when it's warm outside. However, we had a few days in summer this year that were so hot that even he struggled. A cool mat is great for those hot days as the mat comfortable to lay on and naturally cools while not being too cold.
I think the cool mat would also be great in the car, especially for cars without air conditioning (Note; dogs should NEVER be left in the car on warm/ hot days, not even with a cool mat inside).
I especially like that this cool mat does not have to be gefrigerated or put in the freezer.

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