Pooch Pack has arrived!

Our Pooch Pack arrived this morning! Hurray! It was so exciting!
The label on front of the box was addressed to Alfie which was cute.

This is the box when we first opened it.

This is the box when we first opened it.

It was nicely packaged and nothing had been damaged on the trip down.
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Travel Crate

Seeing as I will be bringing Alfie home in the car and I may drive to places for walks, I thought it best that I bought a travel crate.
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I got this crate from Pets at Home for £39.00. It is size ‘Small’ which is 61 x 41 x 48cm. It is soft sided and the grey colour you can see in the picture. Click here to buy online.
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Here is the crate from 3 different angles. In the second picture you can see a long pocket which is actually storing some poles which you will need to set up. In the third picture you can see a handle which makes it really easy to carry, much like some kind of brief case or folder.
I thought I would put in a step by step instruction of the set up. So here it is:
Set up

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The first step is to undo the plastic buckles on each side
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Next lift up the sides like shown in the picture to create…
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…this shape!
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Then turn it over to open the long pocket I mentioned in the second picture. Inside will be two long poles. Make sure there are grey springs on the end and they are not left in the pocket. This happened to me and I could not put in the poles and had to awkwardly push out the springs.
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Unzip the top so you can put the poles in
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They simply snap into each other and are sturdy enough to hold the hole crate together.
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They should be parallel to each other as shown above
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This is the crate once fully assembled
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Here is the crate in the boot of my car. I had a bit of a stupid moment and put the crate on its side…so as you can see the bottom of the crate is the side in this picture.
There are three doors, two small and one large. This means you can have it at almost all angles and your dog can still jump in. There are also little clips that you can attach to places in your car to hold the crate in place so it is not flying around at every corner!
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I also purchased this rug for the crate. I got it for £5 and it is a black and purple fleece rug. It is huge! I had to fold it quite a few times to fit in the crate but its exactly what I was looking for. Maybe more boyish but exactly what I was looking for! I wanted something he could snuggle into but also get muddy from walks. Click here to order online.
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As you can see it fits perfectly into the crate and I hope Alfie likes it!

Now for the before use rate, I am going to combine the Travel Crate and Blanket into one rate because they will both be staying together.
ImageImageImageImageImage 5 stars! The crate has so many aspects to it that I like! The fact that I can clip it to bits in the car to hold in place is perfect seeing as my boot is quite large and the crate looked lost in it. The blanket is so soft and I hope that Alfie agrees!

Bed and bone

I still needed a few bits for Alfie; so I went and got some!
As usual I bought all of the products from Pets At Home.

The first item is a hard bed
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I got this bed for £9.99. To order online click here.
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This bed is made by Do Not Disturb – Sharples Grant. It is a hard, plastic red bed. I wanted something the pup could sleep in inside the crate. With just the vetbed inside I thought the puppy would feel lost so after seeing them in a hard bed the other day, I though it was the best idea to have him snuggled into a little hard bed.
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The bed is 50cm wide. They are oval not round so it was a bit of an annoying size to fit in the crate width ways. I now have to have it length ways meaning there is less space in the crate. But it looks snuggly!

Next I bought a bed for inside the hard bed.
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I got this bed for £8. To order online click hereOn the website the picture of the bed is upside down to the way I have pictured it.
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The bed is incredibly soft! It is a dark blue color, much like the bottom picture. It fits into the hard bed perfectly so I am hoping it will be comfortable to sleep in.
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As you can see the bed fits in comfortably and I think it looks cozy.

The last item I bought was a chew toy.
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I bought this for £4. Unfortunately they don’t sell this online.
I already have a few chew toys but I wanted to make sure I had enough. Joanna said that the pups will try and chew your fingers which can turn into a really bad habit when they’re older. Not only your fingers but they are teething puppies, they’ll chew everything! She said the only way to stop it is by giving them something more interesting to chew on then the thing they already have their teeth in!
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The toy is green rubber with groves and bumps.

Now for the before use rate
Bed: ImageImageImageImageImage5 stars! I wanted a hard bed and this is the exact one that Joanna uses so hopefully it will be an extra comfort in the crate
Pillow for bed: ImageImageImageImageImage5 stars! This is soft and comfortable and I hope the pup thinks so too! Joanna had vetbed instead but I think because it wont have its brothers and sisters to snuggle with too, it will need something extra.
Bone: ImageImageImageImageImage5 stars! Anything besides my sofa or chair leg is good to chew on! Hopefully this is durable and will last constant gnawing.

Crate – Set up and before use review

A few weeks ago I ordered a crate for Alfie off of a website I found via google. I had found the perfect crate at Pets At Home but it was almost outrageously expensive so I was looking for a cheaper, high quality alternative. The crate I finally ended up purchasing was on a website called Only Dog Cages. The crate was only £20.95! To order/view the crate I ordered click here.

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This is the crate when it has been assembled.
It was relatively easy to put up. We did it without following the instructions and it was fine but if you are struggling they do have a leaflet with information and step by step instructions.

Now I am going to give my very own step by step instructions! I will show you pictures of the steps so you can see what I mean.
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When you take the crate out of the box it comes like this. This means that it is easy to take away with you as it just folds down
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The first step is to lift up the first layer. As the picture shows.
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Then lift up the second layer which will be attached to the first. Pop the top out and this should form the shape shown above.
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Then lift up the side which will be laying in the middle of the crate.
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The side needs to clip under two hooks which are attached to the top. The side itself will have a hook which needs to attach to the front of the “roof”. Sorry this picture doesn’t show this step very clearly!

After doing both sides the crate should now be completed and the doors should open and close easily. This brings me onto another point! The doors are on the side and front so you can have the crate at any angle and the dog should still be able to reach a door. Supposedly.
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Once we had finished we put in the rug. So if you have been following the instructions yours should look like this too!
Now my notes on the crate
The doors are meant to slide easily however mine, when unpacked, seemed to have a few loose connections. With some pliers we pushed them close and now the door works smoothly. It was just annoying to have to fix it.
There is a lot of room for the pup to sleep in but when its young it will look so tiny inside! The metal is good quality and everything else looks good!

Now for the before use rate
ImageImageImageImageImage5 stars! For such a cheap crate, it is great quality and I am sure it will be the perfect safe bed for the pup! Let’s hope he thinks so too.

Lead, poop bags and cat treats?

The amount of shopping trips I have done seems ridiculous! I don’t know weather it’s a good thing or a bad thing! Either way it doesn’t stop me.

First product is the lead. If you have read my other posts you will know that I have already purchased a lead. However I still needed to buy an extendable lead. You may have heard that hounds are particularly hard to train and while I am training him to come back when I call, I would like to know he will always be at the end of that lead!
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Here is the extendable lead I chose. It was £17.49 from Pets At Home. To order online click here.
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I chose the blue lead from Flexi. It is the Comfort Long 2. Basically that means it is size Medium and it is 8m/26ft long. The maximum weight it can hold is 20kg/44lbs. I am hoping this is the right size. I was reading up and they recommend this size but I can’t help thinking it is a little too long. But it gives more space to run if I am having a hard time training him to come back when I call!
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For the issue of a long lead, that is easily resolved. If I do feel like he is going too far I can restrict his distance. This picture shows what the lock should look like when locked and unlocked. To lock it you press the large button and while you are holding it you move up the slide above. To unlock you simply press it down again.
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This is the clip. It is a simple metal clip looped through the leather. It is stitched in tightly and good quality.
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This is the cord. It is a tightly knotted yet thin wire of string. It wouldn’t easily break or come undone but it would be a lot easier than a rope cord. However this does the job fine and thousands of people use these leads every day.
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These are the poop bags. I got them for £2.50 from Pets At Home. To buy online click here.
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They are the scented bags made by Pets At Home. I chose the Lavender fragrance just so it didn’t smell quite so bad! The packet says about the Lavender fragrance, the handles to tie with and the extra thickness of the bag. You don’t want it splitting and…leaking!
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The last item I bought may seem a bit strange. It is some cat treats which I bought for £1.99. To order online click here.
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I got the Hi-Life Chicken soft and tender treats.
I know it seems a bit odd to get CAT treats for a DOG but honest, I have an explanation! Joanna told me that beagles are completely food orientated. This means that training them involves a lot of food. A lot of food means more weight making an unhealthy beagle. She said that Cat Treats have less fat in them for a dog so they are healthier to train with. Hopefully pup will like them and training will be a breeze!

Now for the before use rate
Lead: ImageImageImageImageImage 5 stars! This lead looks good quality and exactly what I was looking for. Hopefully Alfie will be able to run around and enjoy himself on this lead!
Poop bags: ImageImageImageImageImage 5 stars! These bags have a scent that will – fingers crossed – hide the smell of poop! That’s pretty much all I was hoping for!
Cat treats: ImageImageImageImageImage 5 stars! These look very similar to what she used so I am hoping that they will be a healthy alternative for dog treats.

Shopping Trip Part 2 – Bed, toys and bones

This is the second part my of Shopping Trip! To view the first part click here.

First item I have here to show you is a bed.
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This is Vet Bed. I bought this from Pets At Home for £14.

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As you can see I bought the 26″ X 20″ (66cm X 51cm). They state that it is  ‘Warm, comfortable and safe for your pet. Non-slip rubber backing, ideal for use in cars, crates and  slippery surfaces. Machine washable time after time. Hygenic, non-irritant and non-allergenic.’ For those of you who don’t know, vet bed is a very special type of bed. It soaks water in and does not leave wet patches which the puppy/dog will have to then sleep on. This way the puppy/dog is not sleeping in its own urine and is not uncomfortable.

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Vetbed is extremely thick, soft and fluffy. Making it comfy to sleep on. Even I would like to have a lay down!

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The whole of the bottom of the bed is covered with lines of rubber.

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These lines of rubber are very thick meaning they can hold a lot of water. I am hoping this bed will work as I was recommended it by my breeder.

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Next is this bone which I bought for £5 at Pets At Home. I can’t find the exact bone online but this is very similar and for the same price, click here to view.

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As you can see it is the Nylabone Puppy Chew bone made for teething puppies

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I bought it in Chicken Flavour as I thought it was most appetizing!

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It took me a while to figure out what this bone actually is. It is not an edible bone, purely a chew toy. It is made for teething dogs to have a good chew on but the puppy can physically not eat is because the plastic seal is keeping the treat locked in. However the puppy will be able to taste the flavor of the chicken.

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Next is this toy which I bought for £4. Click here to buy online.

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It is the Rope Tugger by Buttons and Bear. I wanted to get a rope toy because Joanna mentioned that they were excellent toys to get. She said as the rope moves through the dogs mouth and over its teeth it will clean them. She showed me one of her elder dogs teeth and they were pure white. So maybe with some brushing and a little rope tugging I can achieve pearly whites on my pup too!
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The rope is in colors yellow, white and brown and they are swirled together tightly so they will not come loose. There is also a plastic white case around the knot meaning that the toy wont break. The case has a Teddy on it and is relatively soft.

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The last item I bought was this ball which I got for £5. Click here to order online.

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It is a Pets At Home own make. They toy is a tennis ball in a ‘Buddy’ costume so it makes it a bit softer.

Now for the before use rate!
Bed: ImageImageImageImageImage5 stars! Joanna said this mat is amazing and her must have so if she loves it that much hopefully it will be the same for me.
Tugger: ImageImageImageImageImage5 stars! This toy looks good quality and fun to play with! Lets hop the pup thinks so too
Ball: ImageImageImageImageImage 5 stars! I was thinking about using this for games outside so I think this will do the job just fine!

Shopping trip part 1 – Training pads and brushes

Just under 7 weeks until I have a gorgeous little puppy running around my house! To celebrate that fact, guess what I did? I went shopping!

Once again I bought everything from Pets At Home. First are Puppy Pads.
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These are Simple Solution Puppy Training Pads. I bought these for £6.99. Click here to buy online.

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As you can see they are the ‘New and Improved’ make. They claim it is 100% more absorbent. They also claim that they prevent leaking and run off and have an Odour control. This persuaded me to make the purchase. Joanna said that when we bring the puppies home they will be training pad trained. Meaning that they will know only to do their business on the pads. So if they know this then the pads will get used a lot. So I wanted ones that really did the job and protected the floors.  Let’s hope it works!
From the picture you can also see that there are 14 pads size 21.5″ x 22.5″ / 54cm x 57cm. I only went for the 14 pack because I wasn’t sure how many I would need. However if it does turn out that I need more the store is only down the road so I could just pop in!

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As well as offering no leaking or run off, it also offers this whole list; 100% more absorbent, prevents leaking, neutralizes odours, powerful attractant, Anti tracking, quick drying, extended use.

Next I bought a pack of brushes.
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These brushes were £8 from Pets At Home . Unfortunately they do not sell this product online.

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The packet includes a rubber slicker, comb and flea comb.

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Here is the rubber slicker. Each brush has a rubber handle for grip making it easier to hold.
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The bristles are wide apart meaning that it wont get caught in knots causing the dog pain but also slitting the knot into pieces making it easier to then comb away.

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Here is the flea comb.

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This time the bristles are closer together meaning it can detach the fleas when other brushes would miss them.

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This is the comb. I am actually quite disappointed by this. It is just a feeble plastic comb which does not feel as though it would last very long. If it got caught by a knot I feel as though it would snap.

Now for the ‘Before use rate’
Training PadsImageImageImageImageImage5 stars! The package says that it is almost a miracle pad! If it lives up to what it says then these pads will be the best thing I have bought so far! They do so much!
Brushes:ImageImageImageImage4 stars! My first ever 4 stars. I am almost disappointed by these brushes. The slicker brush and flea comb feel fine but the comb is just too weak and I don’t have high hopes. The 4 stars are simply for the other 2 brushes which I think will be quite good and get the job done smoothly.

This is part 1 of this shopping trip. Unfortunately the post was getting too long and I felt it would be better to simply split it in two half’s. The post will be up on Thursday!