Five Favourite: Doggy Must Haves


Doggy Must Haves


April was National Pet Month and my inbox was awash with pet themed press releases.  Yes, you read right, pets don’t just get a single day devoted to them, they get a whole month!  If I’m honest Simba doesn’t really need an excuse to be spoilt as he’s already a very pampered pooch but after reading some of the recent facts and figures about owning a pet I appreciate him all the more.  In the spirit of National Pet month I thought I’d share a few of the best with you:

  • Dog owners are 8% happier than non-dog owners*
  • 63% say a dog makes them physically fitter and 40% say owning a dog makes them feel less stressed*
  • Half of the dog-owners said their dog understands them more than anyone else*
  •  83% of parents believe that having a pet is beneficial for their child’s development**
  • The majority of parents think having a pet has a positive impact on young children while almost a third believe it teaches them responsibility**
  • 1 in 10 parents say having a pet improves their children’s social skills**

As a dog owner some of these facts really warmed my heart.  If this has left you tickled too then show your four legged friend some appreciation by treating them to my five favourite doggy must haves:


Doggy Must Haves


Puppia Harness and Lead

Personally I’m a big advocate of the harness.  As the owner of a Chihuahua with a very little neck I’ve always been very conscious a collar has the potential to do far more harm than good.  When I came across Puppia it was such a breath of fresh air.  Their harnesses are double stitched for strength and softly padded for comfort.  Also, they come in hundreds of different designs and patterns so your pup can have a different one for every season!

As if that wasn’t enough the leads are the absolute best too.  Not only do they match the harnesses but they’re also 145cm long which I believe is longer than the average lead length and makes all the difference when you have a mini dog as it gives your pup a bit more length to roam about.


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Crazy Critter

This has to be Simba’s favourite toy.  It’s so soft and perfect for chewing, chasing, shaking or even snuggling up to.  It also has two squeakers in it allowing for hours of entertainment.


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Finnley Elliot Dog Pawtraits

Finnley Elliot is an exceptionally talented artist who specialises in painting pets, or as she refers to them, “Pawtraits”.  I recently commissioned a painting of my Simba and couldn’t be happier with the end result.  Plus her paintings don’t break the bank, so if you feel like immortalising your beloved pet with a bespoke pawtrait I couldn’t recommend the wonderful Finnley enough!



The horrible truth about dog foods is the majority are made out of so-called meat derivatives, artificial colourings, flavourings and preservatives; all of which are low quality grade food and can play havoc with your dog’s digestive system.  Personally I want my dog to have the best grade food he can which won’t break the bank nor take hours for me to prepare and Symply ticks all those boxes.  It contains wholesome ingredients, essential nutrients and my dog loves it.  I think it’s definitely fair to say Simba and I are both big fans!


The Dog Treat Company

I recently discovered these dog treats through Pet Nature’s monthly subscription service (which is well worth giving a try, especially as you can currently get 50% off until 15th May 2016 with code WOOFWOOF).  The Dog Treat Company is a family run business based in Devon who create handmade treats using human grade, ethically sourced ingredients.  It has a great ethos who puts nutritional integrity and healthy living at it’s core and I couldn’t recommend them enough.  I know Simba agrees because he gobbles his treats with glee!


Doggy Must Haves



*Recent research conducted by who questioned 1,000 pet owners and non-pet owners in April 2016.
**Conducted by The Baby Show in January 2016 in a survey of 1176 new and expectant parents, undertaken in December 2015 and January 2016.


Photos taken by Jessy Papasavva




  1. Regina (mybeautymusings) May 8, 2016 / 6:52 am

    Love how The Dog Company uses human grade, ethically sourced ingredients! 🙂 I’ll definitely recommend them to my friends with dogs.

    • thatnewd May 8, 2016 / 4:07 pm

      Yes do! I can’t recommend them enough! xx

  2. Eva May 8, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    Oh Simba is so lovely & cute. Such a lucky girl you are. Your photos are beautiful and I love the ripped denim. And the stuffs you have shown here are great for pampering them <3

    xoxo Eva |

    • thatnewd May 8, 2016 / 4:08 pm

      Yes I definitely feel lucky to have him! He’s my best friend! Thank you for the lovely comment xx

  3. Ivy May 8, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    As a dog owner I totally agree on the listed facts! A great post, it was a pleasure reading it! xoxo

    • thatnewd May 8, 2016 / 4:08 pm

      Thank you so much hun! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 12:42 am

      Thank you! Simba is definitely a cutie xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 12:43 am

      Definitely interesting, especially that people with dogs are usually happier! Haha he’s very huggable! xx

  4. Yulia May 8, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    I was thinking about getting a dog just yesterday!:) I am so glad to learn these amazing facts about dog-owners. Actually, one of the reasons why I want a dog is that it will force me to walk more and teach me to be more responsible, lol.
    Thanks for recommending these great products, btw; I will definitely look into them in the near future:) Have a great Sunday!


    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 12:44 am

      DO IT!!! I can’t recommend it enough! Simba is my best friend and it’s such a wonderful feeling xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 12:55 am

      Thank you so much xx

  5. Wynne May 8, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    awwww this is such a delightful post to read! <3 <3 <3 i with we had Symply here. London (my dog, not the city) could use healthy food. these days.

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 12:55 am

      I LOVE that your dog is called London, best name ever!! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 12:56 am

      I’m totally a doggy fanatic too! Hehe xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 12:57 am

      Thank you, he is definitely a darling! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 12:58 am

      Thank you, I’m sure Simba is delighted with this comment! Haha xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:00 am

      I dooo really love him! That’s the one problem with having a dog is it does mean you’re much more tied down xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:00 am

      Thank you! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:01 am

      Thank you so much sweetie xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:02 am

      Haha he is a very happy chappy and a real cutie (although I’m totally biased!!) xx

  6. Sally May 9, 2016 / 2:08 am

    I think I’ve found my solution in that I need a dog. I’ve got a cat who I love a lot but actually I love all animals and would love a dog one day. Unfortunately I live in a flat so it’s not really an option at the moment. Your little doggy is so sweet and looks so happy! <3 <3

    Sally – DiagonSally

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:04 am

      Having a dog is the best thing ever! I live in an apartment in London and Simba is pretty happy but it does mean lots of daily trips to the park!! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:05 am

      Haha yes he is! He’s a very spoilt boy! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:05 am

      Thank you so much lovely!! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:06 am

      Yes dooo, I’m sure your doggies deserve a treat xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:06 am

      Thanks so much hun! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:07 am

      Haha thanks girlll! xx

  7. Anouk May 9, 2016 / 10:00 am

    Such a cute dog! I wish I had one like yours.


    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:08 am

      Thank you, he is definitely a cutie!! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:08 am

      Thank you Chiara! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:08 am

      It’s amazing how happy a dog can make you!! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:09 am

      Thank you much darling! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:09 am

      Haha he is, even if I do say so myself! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:09 am

      Thank you so much Maggie xx

  8. Vanessa May 9, 2016 / 6:46 pm

    OMG! This is the cutest post ever! How sweet is your pup?! I have three dogs: Cali, Mylo and Bodhi and they are by far my best friends! You two are just the cutest and I love all the dog goddies!! How cute is that?!
    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:10 am

      I LOVE this comment and that you totally get what it’s like to love and adore your doggies! Yours sound like real cuties xx

  9. Lili May 9, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Simba is so cute! And these are great must-haves. I’ve tried to get my little dog to wear a harness, but she refuses. She’ll wear dresses and outfits, but for some reason hates the harness. I’ll have to check out the Puppia ones as maybe they’ll be more comfortable. Great post!

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:12 am

      I think it’s definitely worth trying Puppia, they are very soft and look very stylish! Let me know how you get on! xx

  10. Emily May 9, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    Having a dog myself, this was a really interesting read for me! I definitely wouldn’t be surprised if dog owners were happier than those without, they are brilliant creatures!

    Musings & More

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:13 am

      They definitely are brilliant creatures, I wouldn’t ever want to be without him now he’s in my life! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:14 am

      Awww that makes ME happy! Oooh there is nothing more wonderful and exciting than getting a puppy! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:14 am

      Thank you so much hun xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:15 am

      Thanks girl! So glad you liked the picks xx

  11. Qing Pineda May 10, 2016 / 2:38 am

    Your dog is so cute! I’m gonna die! Thanks for your wonderful comment on Qing’s Style Please always keep in touch, I would love to hear from you!

    Follow me @qingsstyle on Instagram and Twitter!

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:15 am

      Of course! Glad you enjoyed the post xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:16 am

      Thanks hunny, he is a total cutie! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:16 am

      He is very happy and lovely! I’m lucky to have him xx

  12. Stephanie May 10, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    What a cute pup! I don’t have a dog currently, but I’d definitely love one in the future. I’ll have to remember these facts and when I adopt!

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:17 am

      I think it’s so lovely you want to adopt! I hope it happens soon for you, owning a dog is wonderful! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:18 am

      Hehe, he really is!! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:19 am

      They definitely are great products, couldn’t recommend them enough! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:19 am

      Oooh I hope you get one one day too! Owning a dog is the loveliest thing xx

  13. alya May 10, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    Love this! Ahh I wish I had a little pooch of my own xx


    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:20 am

      Thank you lovely, glad you liked it xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:20 am

      Thank you sweetie, that’s such a nice comment! xx

  14. Ashley May 10, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    How cute is Simba?! Adorable!

    And I’m a dog owner (of 3 really ornery rat terriers!), so I’m always on the hunt for good-for-puppy products. 🙂

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:21 am

      Oooh you have your hands full with 3 pups! I definitely recommend all of these products! xx

  15. Meghan May 11, 2016 / 12:52 am

    Your dog is too adorable!! So cute! And it’s so true, dog owners do seem to be more happier 😉

    Meghan |

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:23 am

      I think I’m definitely happy as a dog owner! Haha xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:23 am

      Of course darling! xx

  16. katie May 12, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    I can’t get over how precious your baby dog is omg !!! I really enjoyed this post. You’ve given me some ideas for my own baby dog, I’ve never heard of half of these companies before!

    Katie | Words By Katie

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:26 am

      Haha thank you! I hope you treat your doggy to something lovely xx

  17. Beth May 12, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Simba! Oh my days I can’t handle the cuteness! Lovely read x

    • thatnewd May 13, 2016 / 1:28 am

      Haaha this comment made me laugh out loud! xx

    • thatnewd May 14, 2016 / 10:47 pm

      It really is! I couldn’t imagine not coming home to a doggy now. It’s so lovely to have someone that’s always excited to see you! xx

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