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Fetch and Follow Stories | Nina and Goldie

Nina May is a journalist, editor, writer and co-founder of Wunderdog magazine. The online journal, which is dedicated to the ‘good life with rescue dogs’ will be publishing their first printed issue this coming spring. Nina also welcomed Goldie into her life last year, a rescue street dog from Romania.

We spoke to Nina about the up and coming launch of the printed Wunderdog magazine and how her cheeky little sidekick can be found regularly making new friends in and around Hackney

Tell us about Goldie and how she came into your life

Goldie is a rescue dog from Romania. At around eight months old, she was found wandering the streets with a chain around her neck so tight it had grown into her skin because she was still growing. Romanian Rescue Appeal, a UK-based charity that operates three shelters in Romania, took her in and cared for her. I saw her on the charity’s website, around five months after my previous rescue dog had passed away. I was getting very dog-broody and it turned out to be very hard to adopt a dog from the UK. Of more than a dozen charities I contacted (either to volunteer or for a specific dog), RRA was one of only two that even replied. At the time, Goldie was going to be adopted by someone, but that lady changed her mind, so Goldie became available. It was fate.

 How does your Goldie fit into your general working day?

As a freelance writer and editor, I don’t have a routine. When I work in client's offices, I tend to leave Goldie with my lovely neighbour, who is a dog-sitter. Goldie just walks in there like it’s her second home and claims her spot on the couch. When I work from home, Goldie sleeps on an armchair next to my desk, and when it’s time to go out, she sulks like a proper teenager until I give in. In one of the offices where I freelance, dogs are allowed in, so Goldie comes occasionally. To be honest, though, she gets bored and is not a great fan of the hour-long commute. 

When you’re not working where do you and Goldie like to hang out?

Our normal park is Shoreditch, which has a great dog crowd. We also love London Fields. For outings slightly further afield, Victoria Park or Hampstead Heath are wonderful – the latter is my favourite park. As a street dog, Goldie is extremely good with other dogs and clearly craves the company of other pooches, so I try to get her as much playtime as possible. When we aren’t walking, I love taking Goldie to a tiny café near where we live, which has a big leather sofa. We go on a dog-date, and I sit with her on the sofa and we share a croissant. 

What essentials do you always have on you when heading out for a dog walk and what do you carry them in?

Goldie is quite hairy, so to protect seats, I take a little dog blanket or a linen baby swaddle (don’t judge…). I try to be organised with a travel bowl and poo bags, which I stuff into my Fetch & Follow tote bag (the Drawn in Light edition). When we are out for longer, I take one of her Fetch & Follow coats, which she loves putting on, possibly because it’s not tight around the neck like a sweater. For the rain jacket with the zip underneath, Goldie actually lies on her back and waits until I zip her up.

What adventures do you and Goldie have planned for the rest of the year?

I am working on the first edition of my rescue-dog magazine Wunderdog, so I can’t think any further than the publication of that – hopefully in March. Last year, we went to Saunton in Devon, which was heavenly. The beach is completely dog-friendly, and the people there are so nice. I would love to go back there. 
I am still working out what Goldie’s favourite holiday would be: because she so loves playing with other dogs, I can’t imagine she would like a long road trip or countryside walks, where she has to be on a leash all the time. We went to the Isle of Skye last year, and she was not happy being on the leash, because of sheep, and few other dogs around. She was sulking for a week until we reached our last hotel, which had a resident collie for her to play with.

Slightly less adventurous, but I want to try agility and flyball with her – for fun, not for Crufts. She is smart and agile, so I think she would enjoy the challenge.

You can read more about Nina and Goldie's adventure together here
Along with following them on Instagram and Facebook
Picture Credits to George Baxter

 

Top 5 Dog Friendly Places to Visit | Exmouth Market

Exmouth market is a beautiful example of ‘London village life’. This unique area, which is full of independent shops, cafes and restaurants is located between Islington and the City and makes for the perfect afternoon out with the dog.

Exmouth Street Food Market
 

Exmouth Market offers a daily street food market from 12-3pm with Thursday and Friday being the busiest days. This eclectic market of up to 20 artisan food stalls offers an alternative to the average lunch spot . After grabbing some food you can head to Spa Fields Pars to enjoy your lunch while the dog has a run around. The park is small but perfect for a quick stop, plus it has a table tennis table for sunnier days.

Exmouth Market
Monday - Friday

12-3pm

Pizza Pilgrims

 If the weather is not one your side then you can head to Pizza Pilgrims to enjoy some of their delicious slow proved Neapolitan Pizza. Dogs are welcome and we are massive fans of their Aubergine parmigiana pizza and if you still have room their Nutella Pizza Ring it's the ultimate in indulgence treats.

Pizza Pilgrims
15 Exmouth Market,
Clerkenwell,
London

EC1R 4QD

Marby & Elm

 We always love to check out and support other independent stores whenever we can and we are big fans of Marby & Elm when it comes to finding the perfect greeting card (we always stock up on them whenever we are there!). The letterpress stationery and design shop is beautiful and all their products are designed in the shop.

53 Exmouth Market,
Clerkenwell,
London

EC1R 4QL

Space

 If your looking for a unique gift look no further then Space EC1. The shop has a great selection of gifts ranging from ceramics, jewelry, home-ware and books (we always end up finding an amazing book whenever we pop in!)

25 Exmouth Market,
Clerkenwell,
London

EC1R 4QL

Botanique Workshop

 We couldn’t pop to Exmouth market and not pop in and see our friends (along with shop dog Goose) at Botanique Workshop. We featured their Stoke Newington store in our previous post but their space on Exmouth market was their original store and holds the most amazing array of beautifully sourced gifts, flowers and plants.

31 Exmouth Market,
Clerkenwell,
London

EC1R 4QL

Gail's Bakery
 
 
Now we normally only feature 5 places to visit but we couldn’t go without telling you about the amazing treats at Gail’s Artisan Bakery. Your not allowed inside with dogs, however they do have an outdoor seating area and all their drinks and pastries can be taken away. Their hot chocolate (which also comes in a vegan option) is out of this world and at this time of year we can all do with a little treat.

Plus all of their takeaway cups are now lined with BioPBS which is made from sugar cane waste and is biodegradable and compostable at room temperature. Being made from sugar cane waste, edible food crop is not sacrificed in the manufacture process.

33-35 Exmouth Market,
Clerkenwell,
London EC1R 4QL

Fetch and Follow | Walk and Talk | February

Here at Fetch and Follow a daily dog walk is an integral part of our routine come sun, rain and even snow (and it also happens to be our favourite part!). Having a dog opens a world of opportunity everyday with a new adventure every time you head out together. 

However we understand that at this time of year due to the weather, a post dog walk bath is often in order due to all the wet and muddy fun which has been had. With this in mind we are excited to announce that for our February walk (which will take place on Sunday 17th February) we will be joined by the talented groomer Serena from Lead the Walk , who will be on hand to give some expert tips on how to look after your dog furs during the winter months.

Lasting for one hour, dogs and their owners will get together for an intimate walk with each owner receiving a Fetch and Follow Doggie Bag themed to the walk (this month will include grooming essentials)

The walks are free to attend but spaces are limited so please click HERE to book your space
Fetch and Follow | Walk and Talk Series | February | Grooming
Sunday 17th February 2018
11am Victoria Park London
If you have any questions about our Fetch & Follow dog walks then please contact victoria@fetchandfollow.com