Blue & Rolo
After a busy few weeks following the launch of our new collection we are excited to go into October with lots planned, including our partnership with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, in support of Guide Dogs Week 2017! The event is held annually to highlight the indispensable work carried out by the charity, which provides over 4950 guide dogs to people living with sight loss in the UK. This year Guide Dogs Week begins on 7th October and runs until 15th October.
With our new collection for Autumn/Winter recently launched, there has never been a better time to treat your dog to a new bed, collar or lead for the coming Autumn! 10% of all sales made via www.muttsandhounds.co.uk will be donated to Guide Dogs, and support the amazing cause that is so close to the hearts of the team at Mutts & Hounds.
In September we had the pleasure of meeting a gorgeous guide dog puppy who really stole our hearts for the afternoon and made it very difficult to get any work done! We also got the chance to chat to Alison and Kate at Guide Dogs who provided some really interesting information that we just had to share with you.
First off, we were interested to know about whether any different breeds are used these days, since we tend to associate guide dogs with white labs and the occasional golden retriever. Well, we were glad we asked!
The majority of guide dogs are golden retriever mixes (62%), mainly crossed with labradors or german shepherds, followed in popularity by labradors (24%), golden retrievers (10%), german shepherds (3%) and labradoodles (1%), which are used due to the fact they shed less, allowing those with allergies to benefit from an assistance dog.
It was really interesting to hear about the range of different people that Guide Dogs supports, especially since the upper and lower age limits have now been removed and therefore people of any age living with sight loss can apply for a guide dog.
In the UK today, around two million people are living with sight loss and we were shocked to hear that of those, around 180,000 rarely leave their homes alone. As a result, many suffer from depression and struggle with feelings of isolation. This really magnifies just how important guide dogs can be to a person who is partially sighted.
We also learned how Guide Dogs was founded in 1931 by two people in a lock-up garage hoping to make a difference. It's amazing to think that the world's largest breeder and trainer of working dogs had such humble beginnings.
The training of a guide dog puppy begins at just seven weeks, when they go to their first foster home to begin socialisation and basic training and to gain important life experience that will stand them in good stead for life as a working dog. Around a year later they will go on to early training, before moving to advanced training, and finally they will be matched with their new owner. It usually takes around two years for a guide dog to be fully qualified, and ready to change someone's life!
It was so great to hear about how the donation Mutts & Hounds will be making toward Guide Dogs Week will help to support the amazing work of the staff and volunteers. Every purchase made on www.muttsandhounds.co.uk between 7th and 15th October 2017 will contribute to the total donated at the end of Guide Dogs Week, including our brand new collection!
Here's how you can get involved in Guide Dogs Week:
Choose a gift for your four-legged friend at www.muttsandhounds.co.uk - 10% of your order value will go straight to Guide Dogs!
Apply for your own Guide Dogs Week pack here and get moving to raise money!
Learn more about the charity at www.guidedogs.org.uk including how to volunteer as a puppy walker!
In support of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, registered charity number 209617 (England and Wales) and SC038979 (Scotland). The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (Trading Company) Limited, a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (291646). Trading in support of Guide Dogs.
Since having the office refurbished last month we have been really excited to have some visitors over to M&H HQ, and finally get to meet some of our favourite insta-dogs! Last week we had a visit from the gorgeous Alfie Bear and his lovely owner Emma, and it was so great to get to know them better! Alfie seemed to love his new toys and really took to our new season pillow beds - read on to hear the visit from Emma & Alfie's point of view!
Alfie is a true country gent, I always try to find stylish traditional pieces to suit... Of course, it just has to be Mutts & Hounds. Alfie is a working dog, and we live out in the countryside so it is essential that the products I use for Alfie are not just gorgeous, but durable. They need to be able to cope with a spaniel! As let face it over their life they will see mud and maybe have a little dip in the lake... Hence our love for Mutts & Hounds.
Earlier this week we were invited to visit the Mutts & Hounds headquarters to view their new Autumn Collection. Hidden away on a gorgeous farm in the Wiltshire countryside, their HQ was everything I imagined. I was like a kid in a sweet shop! It was lovely to meet the girls behind the brand. We were welcomed with tea and cake, Alfie quickly raided his goodies... Safe to say their wool toys were a big hit. He spent the next half hour parading his carrot around the office proudly showing everyone - It was definitely a case of you can look but not touch!
When it comes to canine style, Autumn is my favourite. For us humans it's the perfect time to get the tweed coats back out ready for those chilly morning walks. The same can be said for the pooches. As the cooler months draw in I slowly start introducing the darker tweeds, and the waxed jacket into Alfie's Wardrobe.
This year's Autumn collection did not disappoint. The gorgeous grey tweed is back, and dare I say even better? They have combined it with hints of rich caramel leather. Something new to Mutts & Hounds are the subtle olive-green velvet pom poms, they really are a playful twist that work so well! They have also added some new patterns to the mix too, a gorgeous star print linen and a brushed cotton stripes... both really are beautiful.
It's hard to believe for the size of the company, that nearly everything is produced in-house. Each product is lovingly handmade by the team for your beloved pooch... something I really love.
Another thing that is new for Autumn is their new personalisation service, so you can have your dog's name added to some of their best sellers. The process is simple, just select from some of their bestselling beds, neckerchiefs or homewares. You then choose the colour of thread you would like and let the team know your dog's name [up to seven letters]. Then the team will get to work creating your product on site, once ready it will be with you in the next few days... I just love Alfie's personalised tweed bone.
Keep your eyes peeled as we will be sharing our newest additions over on our blog in a few weeks... We are now kitted out ready to fully embrace autumn, at the same time looking absolutely fabulous!Thank you for having us ladies!
Emma & Alfie xox