The Beardy Bunch Menu
  • Milo - the Giant of the Family

    Clumsy, boisterous, exceedingly clever, he may be a big dog, but he just thinks he's a laptop like the minis!

    Milo - the Giant of the Family
  • Archie

    A sensitive fellow, who loves nothing more than lots of fuss and cuddles. He is definitely a ‘mummy’s boy’!

    Archie
  • Lola Little Legs

    A strong and independent little character, Lola takes no messing from the boys, and despite her small stature, commands respect from ‘her’ pack!

    Lola Little Legs

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Raw Diet Dog Treats

All of the Beardy Bunch dogs are on a raw diet.

I made the decision to move away from the dried kibble just over 3 years ago when we got Milo.  I’d been dabbling with a raw diet for the 2 little ones as a result of them generally not being overly well on any of the , but Milo’s breeder really advocated it so it seemed the right time to jump in with both feet!

For those of you not familiar with raw feeding (otherwise referred to as BARF – Bones And Raw Food) it basically means feeding your dog a diet that is a close to what it would expect to eat if in the wild.  I realise that at this point, those of you that like the convention and convenience of dried dog food, have your hands in the air?!  ”Dogs aren’t wild”, I hear you say.  And you would be right.  However dogs are animals, and when you start to explore their anatomy and how they process and utilise the food that we give them, you quickly realise that feeding them raw meat, offal, and raw bones – yes I said bones – is the best diet you can give them.

I’m not going to go into the details of how you go about feeding raw in this post (I’ll save that for another day when I have the time to cover it properly), but instead wanted to share a new treat I’ve bought for the dogs.  Venison Feet!  Some people are intrigued, others generally disgusted, but I was keen to give them a try.

I bought these ones from a company called Nurturing by Nature.  I’ve been really impressed with their raw food to date, so if you have a spare minute and fancy having a look at what they can offer I would recommend it.

These guys arrived frozen, and I thawed them slightly before letting the dog’s loose in the garden with them. They can have them frozen but I find that they smell a bit stronger and more appealing if they’re closer to room temperature. Both the little ones couldn’t wait to get their gnashers around them, it was just the big one that needed some encouragement (he can be the pickiest of the 3 when it comes to new things!) They were a fantastic treat, and they spent a good hour working on them. Nothing of these was left either, except a 3 inch shard of bone from each one, which was quite surprising as I wasn’t expecting them to eat the fur for some reason.

Although not for everyone, these treats were a real hit and will definitely be something I’ll be buying again!

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Sensational Schnauzer Cake

I love cakes. I like to make them, I love to decorate them, and above all adore eating them!

In my hunt for all things schnauzer this weekend, I stumbled across this absolutely amazing cake. Made by the Designer Cake Company, it features a pepper and salt schnauzer in a tiffany inspired gift box.   I can safely say it is one of the best celebration cakes I’ve seen so far that features a realistic take on our beardy ones.  I believe the dog decoration is made over a polystyrene blank and if you were really careful could be lifted off and saved.  I’m definitely going to be asking for something like this for my next big birthday – although I’m not sure I would have the heart to cut it!

 

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Silly Saturday Shopping

I’m always on the hunt for schnauzer related items, and on this slightly damp, and very lazy saturday I thought I’d take the opportunity to do some schnauzer related surfing.

There seems to be quite a lot out there for dog lovers, and fortunately for me, and increasing amount of schnauzer related merchandise.  I’m not going to say that it is all great quality, or even something you’d want, but every now and then I find something that is a bit different.

Today I stumbled across a gorgeous hottie pillow from Aroma Home.  Softly scented with lavender  these soft toys contain wheat bags that can be warmed in the microwave on those days you need a little more than just a cuddle!  Use as a hot water bottle, extra pillow or as a comforter for children.  Or buy just because it is very cute and schnauzery! (yes I did just make up that word!)

I managed to find a deal on a site called Zhu-Zhu today that had 30% off the retail price, so why not treat yourself, or grab a fabulous gift for another ‘beardy’ lover.

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Quick and Simple Dried Liver Dog Treats

These treats are quick and simple to make, require no real skill or thought, and I guarantee will be a real hit with your dog.

The Beardy Bunch LOVE liver. It doesn’t matter whether it is lamb, pork or chicken, there is something about it’s smell, and most certainly it’s taste, that they will do anything for. After you’ve made this once, you won’t go back to buying shop bought training treats, and your dogs will love you for it!

METHOD:

  1. Buy any type of liver you want do from your supermarket or local butcher.
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 100°c / 210°f.
  3. Give the liver a quick wash to clean off any blood, dry off any excess moisture and place on a baking sheet on a piece of foil.
  4. Cook in the low oven for 1 – 1.5 hours.
  5. Once cooled, cut into small squares (to suit the size of your dog) and pack into air tight container before placing in the freezer.
  6. Remove as and when you need them.
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It’s a Dog’s Life!

I love seeing my dogs looking so relaxed and comfortable, but some days (like today when I’m rushed off my feet) there is nothing I wouldn’t do to swap places with them. Lucky things :)

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It’s Snow Joke

With the wintery weather upon us at the moment, there isn’t much else you can do when you have dogs, but strap on the snow boots and warm clothes and go and have some fun. Milo loves the white stuff nearly as much as he loves his tennis ball. The two together are a match made in heaven!

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A Dog’s Age in Dog Years

It is commonly thought that a dog’s age is roughly calculated as seven dog years for every human year. However those with dogs will know, that it really does depend on the size of your dog when calculating how old they would be in dog years.

This cool graphic shows how to calculate your dog’s age, dependant on it’s size.

Dog Age Calculator

Based on this, it would make Archie 45 in human years, Lola 39 and Milo 31!

It is nice to see that I’m not the only thirty-something year old in the house.  :)

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Infographics Rule!

I love infographics. They can be quirky, fun, colourful and interesting… and there are no rules or constraints to their presentation. You can create them about pretty much anything and they’re a fantastic way of sharing curious information across the interweb.

With our focus on dogs, it made sense to start with canine related material for the first swathe of infographics we produced for Pet365.  This one is my favourite.

Dog Training Information
Dog Training graphic created by Matt Beswick for Pet365 – a UK supplier of dog beds, collars and coats. Click here to view the full post.

  • Anne Nelson

    Well done Nichola, great blog, love the doggy facts!

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It Is About Time

So, here it is, my blog! It’s been something I’ve been thinking and talking about doing for a long time and I’ve actually managed to get off my backside to get it sorted.

With 3 mad Schnauzers in my life, there is never a dull moment! They can be frustrating, stubborn, challenging, funny, sweet, loving and above all really good fun; I couldn’t be without them. I wanted to write a blog to share some of our stories, photos and hopefully helpful posts to all dog (or animal) lovers out there as I trip my way through my life with my furry friends.

I hope that you’ll enjoy the journey with me.

  • Jean Pattenden

    Hi Nicola – what a fun site. Be pleased to share my news of life (life?) with four english springer spaniels. Blossom, Hannah,Harry and pupppy Susie.

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