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Enjoy an alpine getaway with your dog at More Mountain, Morzine, France!

Enjoy an alpine getaway with your dog at More Mountain, Morzine, France!

Here at Mutts & Hounds we are delighted to announce our new partnership with independent chalet company More Mountain, based in Morzine, France. Providing a range of dog-friendly alpine apartments for both winter ski/snowboard holidays and summer mountain retreats, More Mountain will be offering a package including Mutts & Hounds quilted dog coats, ceramic dog bowls, treats and cosy dog beds, making furry friends the real guests of honour!


Dogs love riding the gondolas and trotting the scenic routes, exploring the region’s oasis of hidden trails, winding paths and beautiful natural lakes in the summer, and its snow-covered peaks and winter wonderland valley walks during the winter. Morzine is a friendly town that is home to many dogs and warmly welcomes man’s best friend across its community of shops, restaurants and bars.


The Alpine Pups package is available for stays at selected self-catered apartments in More Mountain’s portfolio of centrally-based, stylish properties, including The Petit Farmhouse, Apartment Central, Super Morzine, Waterside and Terrasse Du Soleil. Without compromising on the standard of accommodation as seen in More Mountain’s wider portfolio of properties, these dog-friendly apartments are best suited to furry friends because they have fully enclosed gardens and secure terraces, making outside space safe and independent. The apartments are also close to great walks and opportunities to let your dog roam free.

Sam Thomas, co-owner of More Mountain commented; “There’s so much opportunity for guests staying with us to share precious holiday time with their dogs - whether that’s frolicking in the snow, tackling the ultimate mountain hike, or curling up together in front of the fire inside. As dog owners ourselves, we know that they’re very much part of the family and should feature in our happiest times. We are excited to work with a like-minded brand, Mutts & Hounds, to make the Alpine Pups package possible”.



Mutts & Hounds look forward to providing the ultimate cosy guest packages for More Mountain’s doggy residents, and enabling them to have the most luxurious, fun-filled holidays in the alps!

More Mountain's self-catered apartments are available from €1,400 Euros per property per week. The Alpine Pups package is an additional €150 Euros for a week’s stay for one dog. For more information or to book, visit www.moremountain.com.

Is your Dog feeling the love this Valentine's day!

Is your Dog feeling the love this Valentine's day!

With all the talk of love in the lead up to Valentine's day, we wanted to shine a spotlight on some of the most loving creatures we know - our dogs! It can be easy to forget just how important they are in our lives, and how much love they bring to our day-to-day. We're lucky enough to have Frank in the office most days, and it's just lovely to have his happy little face smiling up at us - never more so than when we've got birthday cake on the go!

Frank



Name: Frank
Breed: Border Terrier
Age: 4
Owner: Laura, Director, Mutts & Hounds
Most lovable feature: Frank's long eyelashes and unique scent (!) are among his best features, but what we love most about him is how he chooses to sit on our feet in the office, especially when one of us is just about to get up to answer the door!

 Bob



Name: Bob
Breed: Golden Retreiver
Age: 13
Owner: Meg, Trade Account Manager
Most lovable feature: Bob loves to travel, but strictly only in the family Renault 4, and only when he is allowed to stick his head out the window! See photograph for reference. Bob also firmly believes he is a lapdog despite his size, and takes great delight in pinning Meg to the sofa at any available opportunity.

Blue & Rolo

Name: Blue (right) & Rolo (left)
Breed: Smooth Coat Chihuahuas
Age: 4 & 3
Owner: Sophie, Marketing & Communications Officer
Most lovable feature: While they may be small in stature, Blue and Rolo have huge hearts and love nothing more than to snuggle up in a human bed before their morning walk! You would be forgiven for unknowingly making the bed with them inside, but might notice a couple of little lumps in there that spring to life at the mention of breakfast!


With this in mind, we're offering a lovely 20% off selected products to treat your Valentine, available until midnight on 18th February! Simply enter code PUPPYLOVE at checkout to receive 20% off all products in our Valentine's Gifts collection and treat the one you love this week!

Mutts & Hounds Support Guide Dogs Week 2017

Mutts & Hounds Support Guide Dogs Week 2017

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.