Fetch and Follow Stories | Emily and Daphne

Emily is the amazingly talented florist behind Design by Nature and with the help of her studio buddy Daphne runs her Creative Floristry Studio in Tottenham. We first had the pleasure of meeting Emily when we commissioned her to work on a dog themed floral centre piece for our Dogs + Design pop up store during London's Design Week. We loved the piece so much it now has a permanent place in our Hackney studio. 

We spoke to Emily about her life with Daphne and how this beautiful Lurcher already has a love for playing with flowers

Tell us about Daphne and how she came into your life

Last summer my boyfriend and I were on holiday in Wales where we met the most beautiful dog. After chatting to the owners asking them about the breed we were totally in love with this gorgeous, shaggy '40 mile an hour couch potato” lurcher.
 The dog was from a small family run breeders in Exmoor and had been named the Exmoor Lurcher. The original cross is Greyhound, Deerhound and Beddlington Terrier. We immediately got in touch with breeders and kept an eye on the potential of any puppies. 
 Fast forward 10 months and I had seen that breeders friend (who owned an Exmoor Lurcher) dog had puppies and we went along to visit them.

 We left London saying we probably wont get a puppy and set off on the 4 hours driver to Dorset with a make shift cardboard box bed and blanket (We were obviously kidding ourselves) At the farm we were met by a litter of 10 gorgeous puppies and the parents were the most beautiful dogs and so chilled out. 7 of the puppies had the grey shaggy hair and 3 were smooth like greyhounds. No one wanted the 3 short hair puppies so I felt like we should have one of them.

How does your Daphne fit into your general working day?

I’m a florist and I run my own floristry business in Tottenham. My working day often starts very early in the morning and I leave the house to head off to the flowers market at around 5am and Daphne is very much still asleep. By the time I’m back from the market its often around 7.30am so its the perfect time for a coffee and to take Daphne out for a morning walk.

After this I head off to the studio to prepare the flowers for the day and Daphne has a morning nap at home. Luckily my studio is 2 minutes walk from our house so I can head home and collect her at around 11am. Daphne then comes into the studio and enjoys helping me out with the flowers, by helping, I mean she will often find a flower stem to chew on or rip up some leaves.

 As start I so early, often the bouquets are out for delivery at around 1pm which means the afternoon is spent sorting through the emails and Daphne gets some well deserved play time in the studio. We normally head home around 5pm and off out for a evening walk. 

On the days when I’m working on a wedding or onsite at clients venue Daphne will either go to work with my partner, Ben or she has the best doggy daycare just around the corner where she gets to meet her friends and spend all day playing. 

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

On the weekends we often find ourselves hanging out locally around Tottenham, we get up and out early on Saturday mornings and head to Tottenham Marshes for a walk. Daphne can sometimes find herself at one of the local breweries in Tottenham such as Beavertown or Pressure Drop or we head out for lunch with friends.

If we’re not in Tottenham then we may be in Devon, visiting family and letting Daphne run free. In the countryside or on the beach is where she is happiest 

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

As Daphne is a lurcher we have to be especially aware of her recall and making sure its safe for her to run off the lead, so I always have pocket full of her favourite doggy treats as bait to tempt her back to us. If we’re heading out to the pub or somewhere for lunch we always take  Daphne’s comfort blanket. Its something she has had since we got her and she knows when the blanket is down its time to settle for nap. Daphne’s items are always carried in a pink and black Resident Advisor tote bag which is where Ben works. He often comes home with various merchandise from the office that facilitates as Daphne’s wardrobe.

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

In November Daphne is coming along on a group holiday with some of our friends to Suffolk. The idea is long country walks, log fires and red wine (for us). We will be back in Devon again at Christmas and we are just applying for Daphne’s passport so we can take her camping with us next summer in France. 

You can follow Emily and Daphne's adventures together on the Design by Nature Instagram Page and check out Emily's work Here

MALIN+GOETZ Event | Wag for Swag 18th October

Malin and Goetz Fetch and Follow

Need to tame those winter fly-a-ways, soothe dry scalp, and moisturize those frizzy ends and that’s just your dogs fur? Don’t let the change of season ruin your or your dogs flowing mane this winter!

Join MALIN+GOETZ and FETCH & FOLLOW on Thursday 18th October for an evening of grooming and pampering at MALIN+GOETZ ‘s Seven Dials shop.
Enjoy craft drinks from our friends at Longflint drinks co. and discover Malin+Goetz haircare essentials along with complimentary dog grooming advice for your dog from our expert groomer friend Serena. You will also be able to shop the latest collection from FETCH & FOLLOW
Plus there will be a free gift with every purchase on the night
The event is FREE to attend and will be taking place
6.30-8.30pm Thursday 18th October
We look forward to seeing you all there 

Fetch & Follow Walk and Talk | Top tips from our expert groomer

On Sunday 16th September our first Fetch & Follow walk and talk started of on a great note!

We had an amazing time meeting new people and dogs and were delighted to have Serena as our guest expert! We truly admire her grooming expertise and couldn't wish for a better first guest speaker. 

For those that couldn't make it to the walk and in case any of the participant have missed out on something, here are the top questions asked followed by Serena's top tips;

How often should I wash my dog?

"Most dirt on your dogs coat once dry can simply be brushed off. Avoid washing your dog with shampoos as much as possible as they can strip the natural oils out of your dogs coat. I recommend using a natural shampoo such as Paw Naturel as they are kind to your dogs coat and skin."

What should I use to clean my dogs ears?

"Avoid cleaning your dogs ears too often as your dog's ear leather can become sensitised. Earthbath ear wipes are a super easy and convenient way to clean a dog's ears. Only use your finger to gentle wipe around in outer ear leather. Never put your finger or any object down into your dog's ear as this can cause pain and potential injury. If your dogs ears have a strong odour or discharge, seek advice for your vet immediately as your dog may have an infection or mite infestation."

My dog has cracked pads, what should I do?

"I recommend using natural remedies as much as possible. Pure organic coconut oil is great for your dogs pads and nose in need of hydration."

How short should my dogs nails be?

"With the exception of the dew claws, your dog's nails should end just on or slightly above the ground. If they become too long, the nails may curl under causing pain and potential damage to your dogs pads. Dew claws should be kept short to avoid getting snagged and potentially ripped out which is extremely painful."

Which brush is best for my dog?

"It is important to understand your dogs coat type and use a brush developed specially for it. For short smooth haired dogs like frenchies, staffies, and mastiffs etc, I always recommend a soft rubber curry brush like the Zoom Groom from Kong. For a wool or wool mix coat, a dematting slicker brush is ideal. For a silk coat, a soft bristle brush and stainless steel comb are a good option. For heavy shedding and double coat breeds, furminators work well, but these should be used with caution to avoid damaging your dogs coat."

We would like to Thank everyone who came along and joined us for our first Fetch &  Follow Walk and Talk, along with thanking our goodie bag sponsors Malin + Goetz and Pet Teezer.
The second walk of the series will be taking place on Sunday 21/10/2018. We will be announcing the guest speaker along with taking bookings on the 5/10/2018