Walk and Talk Series | January

Last Sunday we held the first in our Walk & Talk series of 2019 and what an amazing day it turned out to be. Not only was the winter sun shining bright for the walk but we were also joined by some fantastic dogs and amazing experts, Hannah from Butternut Box and Ciara from Vet in the City who were both on hand to offer some expert advice on all things related to your dogs diet.

Current research has shown that almost 50% of dogs in the UK are overweight. Overweight dogs can be prone to bone, ligament and joint damage, as well as diabetes, respiratory and heart conditions. However, losing weight and getting in shape has been proven to add almost 2 years onto our dogs lives providing just how important the right diet and exercise is for your four legged friend.
If you’re worried that your dog may be overweight, the scales alone may not be the best way of confirming this. 
Have a look at your dog’s ribs, you should be able to feel them distinctly beneath their coat, covered by a small amount of fat beneath the skin. If you can’t feel them at all, then your dog maybe overweight (This guide can vary from breed to breed)

Ciara has some great pointers on her website on this subject along with tips on how to understand dog food labelling better.

We plan to carry on with the fitness and health theme for our February walk which we will be sharing more details on in the coming week - Stay tuned

For more information on Butternut Box Fresh Dog Food click here
For more information on Vet in the City click here



Top 5 Dog Friendly Places to Visit | King’s Cross area

January's Top 5 dog friendly places to visit is about one of the most emergent area's in London and our new favourite shopping destination, King's Cross. 



(King's Cross, N1C 4DQ)

We love being able to go shopping with our dogs and are very excited to introduce you to our new favourite shopping destination; Coal Drops Yard. This new development located in the heart of King’s Cross area regroups under its magnificent roof a great mix of individual, independent shops together with signature retail brands. Coal Drop Yards not only has a great selection of stores, it is also a beautiful architectural achievement where we feel very comfortable going around with our dogs. The development welcomes markets and workshops all week round, making it the perfect weekend and/ or weekdays place to go. Coal Drops Yard offers a quiet environment and beautiful volumes, which makes it a very enjoyable destination to go to with your dog to simply hang out.



(9 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, N1 0RU)

Drink, Shop & Do is the great outcome of two school friends who decided to combine all of their crazy ideas under one roof. I have been going to this place for years. It is such a lovely place where I love going for a classic ‘afternoon tea’. On top of being dog friendly, thisvenue has it all; unconventional coffee shop and cocktail bar where all sort of workshops are being organised for everyone to enjoy. Drink, Shop & Do is a unique venue where the staff is very friendly and you’re welcome to spend a typical and perfect afternoon tea with your dog and friends.




(Coal Drops Yard, Stable St, Kings Cross, N1C 4AB)

Our Netil market’s fellow stand holders and brand friends Earl of East London have recently opened their second store in King’s Cross and we had to tell you all about it. Open seven days a week, bonds King’s Cross offers an amazingly selection of curated products such as scented soy candles, magazines, furniture, clothing and of course, Fetch & Follow products. Whether you’re after a present for your loved ones or for a complete stranger, bonds is the place where you’ll find everything and anything you’re looking for. It is a real challenge to come out of this store empty handed. The space also offers delicious hot drinks for you to enjoy whilst shopping around with your dog. Plus if you’re lucky you might bump into the handsome Oscar, head of operation at bonds (french bulldog on the picture).




(11A Northington Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 2JF)

The Lady Ottoline is a cozy and dog friendly pub where you can find very nice food. The team is friendly and the dining room is beautiful and spacious. The pub managed to keep its original charm after being refurbished not so long ago. This place has all the good things of the new but also all the good things of the old; no ‘old pub stinky smells’ but the warm athmosphere of a classic pub. The food is cooked to order, using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Open seven days a week, The Lady Ottoline is a great spot for a quiet drink, afternoon snack or a full meal.



(3 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BH)

Located on on Granary Square, we found another great dog friendly venue. The Lighterman is a pub, dining room and a lovely place to relax and enjoy a nice drink and food with friends and your dog. The pub is splitted on three floors which allows you to choose between different ambiances and views across Granary Square and the Regent’s Canal. The menu is various and offers seasonal poruducts and cooked meals. What we like the most is the pub’s terrace situated outside right on the canal. We love seating down there during the warmer days, it’s a brilliant getaway in the middle of this busy area of London. 

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