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Top 5 Dog Friendly Places to Visit | Hampstead Area

For the month of May we ventured north again to one of our favourite London park areas, Hampstead Heath. We love visiting the Heath to enjoy a long walk and swim with our dogs, plus the sounding area is full of lovely dog friendly places.
 
 
WATERSTONES
BOOKSHOP AND CAFE 

(68-69 Hampstead High St, NW3 1QP)

We could have spent the whole day in this beautiful Waterstones book store, located just a short walk from Hampstead Heath Station. With so many books to choose from and in such a welcoming dog friendly atmosphere, it made for the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon and what a great activity to do with your dog; book shopping/ reading with your dog? 
 
BIGGIE BEST

(65 S End Rd, Hampstead, NW3 2QB)

This cute little cafe and store is located very close to the park and is perfect for a post dog walk coffee and pastry. The team are really friendly and welcoming and there is a great atmosphere to the store. The gift store is located at the back of the cafe where you will find a selection of beautiful things to shop for the home and yourself. Plus they have a picture wall for dogs, which obviously tells us a lot about the place - so lovely.
  
THE GARDEN GATE 

(14 S End Rd, Hampstead, NW3 2QE)

This pub is gorgeous in and out. Located only a few seconds away from the park and Hampstead Heath station, we really enjoy going there on a Sunday afternoon for a delicious Sunday roast. Plus the pub garden and inside areas are so big, dogs of any size are welcome.
  
SILVERBERRY

(14 Pond St, Hampstead, NW3 2PS) 

If you’re looking to have a nice, cosy brunch or afternoon tea after a long walk with you dog this is the place to go. We really enjoyed visiting this deli & kitchen, with seating outside we spent the afternoon tucking into some delicious cake and coffee.

CARLUCCIO'S

(32 Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, NW3 1NH)

If you’re after a great meal, we found this Italian restaurant just a few minutes away from the park where dogs are welcome on their terrace. They serve delicious Italian specialities, using fresh ingredients at an affordable price. The high street the restaurant is situated on is lively, and their outdoor seating area is perfect for some dog and people watch.

Tips for Staying Cool This Summer

With temperatures set to soar even higher this week in the UK we thought we would share some helpful tips on keeping your dog cool and entertained during the summer.

 Its an obvious one but choosing to walk your dog at cooler times of the day during a heat wave is always good plan. We often get up an hour earlier in the summer and head to the park. Its much cooler and means the dogs still get a chance to run around and play as the park is often empty. It’s still important to carry water to offer your dog throughout your walk and remember to take breaks in the shade if your dog starts to get tired. 

When you are out with your dog, watch for signs of over-heating, including heavy panting and loss of energy. If you recognise these signs when on a walk, stop, find a shady spot and give your dog water. Remember if you place the back of your hand on the pavement and cannot hold it for five seconds, it's too hot to walk your dog. 

Swimming is an excellent exercise for dogs and a great alternative to walking in the summer heat. However remember not all dogs like to swim so don’t force them. A great alternative is a paddling pool in the garden.

 Just like us, dogs drink more water when it’s hot which means making sure they always have access to cool water. Add some ice cubes to your dog’s water bowl to chill it quicker or give them straight to the dog so they can munch on them.

 If your dog loves to play with toys, keep some in the freezer to help keep them cool during play. During a heat wave we always have a Kong in the freezer filled with the dogs favourite treats.

This weather also givens you a chance to teach your dog some new tricks and give them the mental simulation they may need due to the shorter daily walks (we're currently learning high five!)

March Recipe - Banana & Apple Cookies

We started Fetch & Follow by making handmade and all natural dog treats and we thought it to be only fitting that one of our first blog posts should be a dog treat recipe for you to try and make at home.
 
Now nothing much has really changed since the beginning when it comes to how we make our dogs treats, they are still made in our kitchen by hand (apart from the use of our handy nutribullet) in small batches using where possible locally sourced ingredients, meaning you at home should have no trouble in knocking up a batch of these Banana and Apple Cookies.
 
Ingredients
1 small eating apple (we get ours from our local farmers market)
½ fair trade banana (mashed)
1tsp cinnamon
1 cup of spelt flour
½ cup of oat bran
shaped cookie cutters
 
Method
  1. Pre heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper
  2. Using a blender blitz the apple and 1/4 cup of water
  3. Sift the flour and cinnamon into a bowl then add the oat bran
  4. Add the mashed banana and using your hands start to combine with the dry ingredients
  5. Slowly start to add the apple water a little at a time until you have a firm dough. If your mixture is too dry add a little more and if it is too wet add a little more flour.
  6. Lightly flour a clean surface or line with baking paper
  7. Turn the dough out onto your floured surface, then using a rolling pin roll the dough to the same thickness as a pound coin.
  8. Using a shaped cutter start cutting out your desired shape placing the cut cookies onto the lined baking tray making sure to leave 1cm gap between each cookie
  9. Bake for 10-12minutes or until golden and no longer soft to touch
  10. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool – please make sure the cookies are completely cooled before giving to your dog
 
Keep the biscuits in an airtight container for 5-7days