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Walk and Talk Series | Fetch and Follow Dog Walks | October

Having a dog opens a world of opportunity everyday with a new adventure every time you hook up your dog's collar to their lead. You never know who you're going to meet and the stories you will share. With this in mind we are excited to announce that our October Fetch & Follow Walk & Talk will take place in the beautiful Victoria Park in Hackney on Sunday 21st October.

This months walk will bring together dog owners who are after training and behavioural advice with our special expert Oli Juste.

Based in London, Oli provides positive, modern, ethical dog training with an emphasis on behaviour. Oli will be on hand to help you get the most out of your relationship with your dog and to feel confident in your abilities as a dog owner and a dog lover.

“I’m so looking forward to catching up with the Fetch & Follow team and their friends. The walk will be a great opportunity to meet some wonderful dogs and observe (without judgement) their behaviours together.I’m also looking forward to answering the questions you might have regarding all of your friends’ behaviours. 
Now all we need is a little sunshine on the day. 
With love." Oli

The walks are free to attend but spaces are limited so please contact us on victoria@fetchandfollow.com for an application form. 
Fetch and Follow | Walk and Talk Series | October Training
Sunday 21st October 2018
11am Victoria Park London

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 

Fetch & Follow Stories | Emily and Alan

We first came across Emily on her instagram account for Pet Stories and were instantly fans of her work. It's the everyday rituals of owning a pet that Emily aims to document through capturing their personality and quirky characteristics when they are most content, whether that's at home or on their favourite walk. Through photography she manages to show how our pets truly make us feel.

She recently welcomed Alan into her world, a very cute but mischievous long eared pup all the way from Cyprus. We thought it was the perfect time to discuss all things dog and how deer antlers have become her most valued working tool.

Tell us about Alan and how he came into your life 

After nagging at my other half for years about getting a dog, I eventually won him over and we started researching breeds and looking at potential charities to adopt from. I became a bit obsessed with the Wild at Heart Foundation website and Instagram account, everyday feeling helpless and heartbroken by all of the Cypriot, Romanian, Greek (the list goes on) dogs that needed a forever home. It wasn’t long before a little long eared pup called Loco won us both over. He was born at a rehoming centre in Cyprus after his mum was taken in as a pregnant stray. Loco came to us at 4 months old and was renamed, Alan. 

How does Alan fit into a general day working at Pet Stories 

Alan doesn’t really fit into my working day; the day is more worked around him. If I’ve got a shoot, he’s fine being left alone for a few hours. We’ve been really lucky in the sense that he doesn’t get anxious or distressed, and he’s also really well toilet trained. I’ve found that on the days when I’m working on edits or admin based tasks at home, routine is key. Without his regular play dates in the park, he’s so full of beans and wants to chew/rip up everything in sight. 
 His deer antler has become my most valued work tool. As soon as he starts chewing or pawing for attention, I’ll replace slippers/carpet/furniture legs with his antler and it soon tires him out. Working with Alan is basically like having a baby, and whenever he’s asleep, straight away I’m getting on with as much work as possible. I have to remind myself that he is still only a pup so it’s only natural for him to want attention. I’m hoping that eventually he will accompany me on my shoots, earning his keep as the little Pet Stories mascot he’s become! 

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

When me and Al aren’t at home, we’re either in our local park where he likes to see his best friends, Ruby, Betsy, Tilly, Akka, Lola, Gamble and Dodge (he’s a bit of a ladies’ man). Or we’re at our local coffee shop Mill Kitchen. This usually consists of me trying not to spill my coffee while Alan pulls on his lead, as he restlessly battles to chew anything and everything under the table. But our favourite thing to do is to go for a long walk in our local woods, Calverley Cutting. I love seeing him in his element as he explores. He zooms about everywhere, overcome by all of the smells, sticking his long nose in any every crevice that takes his fancy. He tends to be the best behaved on these walks too and I always get a lovely gooey feeling when he trails behind Nik and I. He really trusts us and it’s like we’re a pack, out on an adventure. 

What Essentials do you always have on you when heading out with Alan and what do you carry them in?

We literally never leave the house without his antler (or what we like to call his unicorn horn). We actually left it in a pub once and when we realised it was missing, rang the pub in despair. We had to drive back and collect it. We also pack a mini Tupperware of cheese for Alan, water and a towel. Who knows where the day may take us? This all usually gets shoved in a canvas bag, but since receiving a Fetch & Follow tote, we’ve now dubbed this as Alan’s bag. He really likes it :) 

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

With my job being so sporadic, we don’t have many big adventures planned for this year. I have family up in the borders so we try to get up there as often as we can. One of our favourite days out is to the deserted beaches on the North East coast. Alan loves it, so no doubt we’ll have lots more days at the beach to come. We also have a day planned to meet up with Alan’s siblings. Since adopting from The Wild at Heart foundation, we’ve been so fortunate to stay in touch with all of Alan’s littermate’s pawrents. On a group message, we share photos and videos on the pup’s progress, as well as lots of advice! I feel so lucky to be able to do that and I can’t wait to reunite our Loco pup with his brothers and sisters. 

You can see more of Emily's and Alan's adventures on her instagram account

Pet Stories

along with her portfolio of amazing work on www.petstories.co.uk