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Ice, Ice Doggie

With summer just around the corner and the weather starting to heat up we thought it was time to share with you our recipe for some delicious doggie ice-cream to help keep your four legged friend cool and entertained. Plus this really is an easy recipe  and your dog really will appreciate the effort
 
Ingredients
1tbsp coconut oil
1tsp peanut butter (we use Meridian as it uses no palm oil)
1 banana (mashed)
30ml of coconut water
 
Ice cube tray

Method

 1.  Mash together the coconut oil, peanut butter and banana into a smooth paste

  1. Slowly pour in the coconut water until you have a double cream consistency
  1. Pour the mixture into an ice- cream tray (we love this doggie one we picked up on a recent trip to Japan)
  1. Pop into the freezer until frozen – It really is that simple!!! Then just pop out of the tray as a treat for your pup during this heat-weave

 Extra tips for keeping your dog cool during the summer
Make sure your dog has access to clean water at all times, ideally a large bowl filled to the brim. Carry water and a bowl with you on walks.
 
On hot days, walk your dog during the cooler parts of the day, in the early morning and late evening
 
Watch your dog 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.
 
Dogs’ paw pads can burn on hot pavements. As a general rule, if it’s too hot for your hand it’s too hot for their paws.
 
If it’s too hot for the usual long walk, keep your dog mentally stimulated by doing some brain games instead. Refresh their basic training or teach them a new trick
 
And of course NEVER leave your dog (or any pet) alone in a car, even with the windows open

 

David Hockney

 

As David Hockney’s retrospective exhibition which brought together a selection of his most famous works celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades comes to a close this weekend at Tate Britain, we thought we would take a closer look at his dachshunds Stanley and Boodgie who have become a constant source of his inspiration.

The multimedia artist—who is known for his vast array of work —introduced his dogs to the world in Dog Days (Thames & Hudson), a collection of paintings of a pair of small dogs with big personalities. The result of sharp observation and affection, these paintings and drawings are lyrical studies in form and design while the text by Hockney gives a glimpse of how to work with models who don't necessarily want to sit still.

From September 1993, I painted and drew my dogs. This took a certain amount of planning, since dogs are generally not interested in Art (I say generally only because I have now come across a singing dog). Food and love dominate their lives.
    I make no apologies for the apparent subject matter. These two dear little creatures are my friends. They are intelligent, loving, comical and often bored. They watch me work; I notice the warm shapes they make together, their sadness and their delights. And, being Hollywood dogs, they somehow seem to know that a picture is being made.’ – David Hockney

 

In addition to being the source of inspiration of ‘Dog Day’s’ both Stanley and Boodgie act as guides through the pages of the new book Meet the artist: David Hockney by illustrator Rose Blake. In typical Hockney fashion, the art activity book is colourful, vibrant, and irresistibly inviting with plenty of space for the reader’s own inspired creations. A fun and playful book for those of all ages and especially all of us dog lovers.

Columbia Road Flower Market

With it being the Chelsea Flower show this week we thought we would share with you the floral delights Hackney has to offer.

Just a short walk from our store based in London Fields over the canal is Columbia Road which is a must visit on a Sunday. The street is transformed into London’s most visually appealing market, overflowing with an oasis of foliage and flowers. You can find everything from beautiful blossoming peonies to exotic succulants, bedding plants and herbs. The air is intense with the scent of flowers and lemon trees. Quite possibly our favourite thing about Columbia Road Flower Market, is that you can go a hundred times and never have the same experience. Each visit brings something new, something fresh and something exciting.
In addition to the market Columbia Road boast being one of the few streets in the country composed of sixty independent shops. Small art galleries sit next to cup cake shops, vintage clothes stores, English and Italian delis, garden and antique shops. There is also a wealth of great pubs, cafes and restaurants.
With an armful of flowers we always make sure we stop at the Pavilion Bakery for coffee, one of their delicious turmeric buns and of course a loaf of sour dough.
If you are heading down there with the dog try to get there early to avoid the crowds.
 
If you still haven’t quite had your plant fix for the day then we would recommend stopping by Conservatory Archives, which is just a short walk from Columbia Road up the Hackney Road. The store is a greenhouse wonder, a beautifully curated mix of plants from roof lifting palms to microscopic succulents are housed within a vintage building, formerly the oldest ironmongers in London. The floor to ceiling glass front offsets the plants to perfection giving it a lush greenhouse feel that is enough to stop you in your tracks. We love stopping by for plant inspiration for our Fetch & Follow Store.