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A Bedtime Story

When designing our new range of dog beds we wanted to select high quality fabrics which where different to what is currently available on the market. We wanted to make sure the fabrics had a story behind them and would sit well in either a classic or modern interior. Our colour palette has been kept neutral but making sure it still has a nod to our Fetch & Follow style with the addition of the brass zip.

Here at Fetch & Follow we try to source materials which where possible are kind to the environment. This is why the fabric we selected for the bed cover is made without using finite energy and resources, which has a less negative impact on the environment. Unlike other industrially manufacturing of woven and knitted textiles, this handcrafted fabric is produced using hand spinning and hand weaving ‘people energy’ instead. This has far-reaching economic and social benefits to the artisans. The cotton canvas is then hand dyed using azo-free dyes. Being hand woven the fabric has a beautiful unique finish, meaning slight flaws in the weave only add to its personality and charm.

 

The inner cushion of our dog beds are individually hand filled by us in our North London studio using a mix of organic natural latex flocks and super soft microfiber that won‘t loose it’s shape and stability even after years of use. We have then encased the bed filling in a waterproof cover meaning if any accidents happen only the cover of the bed will need to be washed.

 The high quality choice of fabrics (chemically untreated and produced in a fair trade environment) for these beds will offer your dog a comfortable and durable place to rest and because no two dogs are the same our beds come in 2 different sizes and colours.

Rescue Me

Last year we where lucky enough to meet photographer Lauren Sheldon at the screening of her film Rescue Me which went alongside the launch of her book of the same name. The project explores the benefits of rescuing pets with Laura visiting the homes of people who have adopted their four legged friends to capture the beauty, love and stillness of everyday life with a dog. The photos are a true representation of her time spent with the families. By catching a glimpse of them and their happy hounds in their own environment, she hopes to raise awareness about dog adoption. “As a child I was a little scared of dogs. I’m embarrassed to say that I had the typical misconceptions that dogs from shelters were all going to have behavioural problems.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. Dogs in shelters are no different to any other dog, they have just had a less fortunate life than others and during this project, I have seen this first hand. In my opinion, we are to blame for many dogs who are in desperate need of re-homing, whether it be due to a lack of education when choosing the right dog, or not enough control surrounding puppy farming. We have cross-bred them and domesticated them. We now need to save them. Hopefully my work will help to get this message across.”

Zapper, the very chilled out 10 year old retired racing greyhound from Allsorts Dog Rescue in Sussex
 
Tazzy, a 6 year old 3 legged Staffordshire Bull/ American Bull Terrier cross, and Scamp a 10 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, both from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
 
Vaughan, a 3 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier from Rescue Remediesan internet based rescue charity specialising in Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
 
Rescued Roxy, the very enthusiastic 4 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier - Rottweiler cross from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
 
Reggie, a 4 year old French Bulldog from French Bulldog Rescue

To buy a copy of Rescue Me click here.
watchdabirdie.co.uk

Broadway Market

We’re very lucky when it comes to the location of our shop, which is nestled within the heart of London Fields, Hackney and only a two minute walk from Broadway Market.  During the week Broadway Market has a quaint village feel which is packed with fantastic restaurants, coffee shops and pubs. However it’s on a Saturday that this road really comes to life as the market becomes the real star. Stretching all the way down the street this food-lovers market is as much about seeking out quality food as it is about soaking up the relaxed atmosphere – with a freshly grilled burger in one hand and a chilled ice coffee in the other. Stalls range from delicious desserts with a twist on the classics including the meringue girls and crosstown doughnuts to the katsu chicken wraps and unbelievably good tuna burgers from the guys at Fish & Flounder, and if the sun is shining a stop at Nonna’s cycle kart for some homemade gelato is a must. Spices, cheeses, breads, rare-breed meat, handmade pasta and olives are all present – it's hard to imagine the need to go anywhere else for your weekly food shop. The only issue you have is trying to figure out what to eat and from where.

broadwaymarket.co.uk

www.meringuegirls.co.uk

www.katsuwrap.co.uk

www.crosstowndoughnuts.com

www.thetomatostall.co.uk

www.finandflounder.com

In addition to the market there is also a great collection of shops. Tiosk is a must stop for anyone who loves tea, we are big fans of their fruit infusions including their ice teas. However if you’re more of a coffee fan there is of course Climpson & Sons who are pioneers in the evolving London specialty coffee scene.

climpsonandsons.com

www.tiosk.co.uk

Cycle: Next to Regent's Canal, on London Cycle Guide No. 4
Bus: D6, 26, 38, 48, 55, 106, 236, 242, 254, 277, 388, 394
Rail: Cambridge Heath and London Fields
Tube: Bethnal Green
Car: Free parking at the weekends, otherwise metered parking in the side streets.