Honours for Scotland’s top outdoor and leisure businesses

Loch Tay Highland Lodges was presented with the prestigious award for ‘Best
Scottish Self Catering Accommodation’ as well as runner-up in the award for ‘Best
Scottish Glamping site’ at the Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards ceremony held
in Glasgow at the end of October.

Jo Barrie, General Manager for Loch Tay Highland Lodges was there with her team
to collect the award:

‘We are delighted to win this award in such a strong category of finalists as well as
defending our title of ‘Best Glamping’ accommodation. We have worked hard this
year to improve our site and the accommodation on it, as well as striving to deliver
the best customer service and experience to everyone who visits our site. This
award is testament to the whole team at Loch Tay Highland Lodges and we are
delighted.”

The very best of Scotland’s outdoor and leisure industry was showcased in the
glitzy award ceremony at Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel on October 29th.

Thousands of public nominations were received across 17 categories including
Scotland’s Best Glamping and Scotland’s Best Self Catering Accommodation.
Over 25,000 votes were received in support of favourites across the country to
create a shortlist of 115 finalists. Each business was asked to take stock of their
business and provide a submission in support of their win, before an independent
judging panel performed assessments of the customer-facing elements.

Hosted by Des Clarke, the Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards Gala Final was a
celebration from start to finish. Warren Paul, CEO and founder of the Scottish
Outdoor and Leisure Awards is also delighted with the reception in only year two.

He said: ‘The inaugural awards created firm foundations to develop SOLA into an
annual competition and a mainstay event of the industry and now we are seeing
new businesses from across the country engage in year two. It’s a fantastic
opportunity to celebrate the businesses that help to showcase our beautiful
Country; Well done to all our finalists and congratulations to our 2017 winners. I
look forward to an even bigger event in 2018!’

Loch Tay Highland Lodges
www.lochtay-vacations.co.uk

5 Handheld Vacuums Pet Owners Will Just Love to Own

If there is one thing that we, as pet owners, dread it’s the amount of fur we find from our animal companions on a daily basis – especially during moulting season. The clean-up can take a lot of time and effort to complete, leaving you tired and frustrated with the situation – especially when using a full size vacuum cleaner. However, with one of these five handheld vacuums you are sure to find the task a lot easier and will be saying goodbye to pet hair and smell in no time at all. Your home will be unrecognisable.

Dyson V6 Animal
Dyson are well known for their excellent quality vacuum cleaners, and since they released the Animal range it has been sending pet owners straight to the store to get their hands on one – and right so. It is perfect for removing fur from carpets and hard floor.

The V6 is handheld and cordless, so you don’t need to worry about getting tangled up. It can extend and retract, depending on where you are cleaning, offering versatility. The batter life lasts twenty minutes, and the suction is very powerful. No need for bad, it empties easily into the bin using it’s mess-free canister.

Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flick
This handheld vacuum cleaner works a dream on pet hair, and it is very easy to use. With seven amps of power, it provides excellent suction and is also the perfect size for reaching into every nook and cranny in your home. It is very lightweight, making it easy to handle, and it has several hose sizes – including a special pet brush for all of the excess fur. It also works great on furniture – no pet hair will be safe.

Black and Decker Pivot
With cyclonic action and powerful suction, it works well on embedded hair that is stuck in your carpets. It is high performance for this very purpose, and the nifty pivotal head makes cleaning every type of surface a whole lot easier. Handheld and cordless, it is also completely bagless. With a great battery life and short charge time, it is perfect for furniture, all floor types, and even your kitchen counter.

Eureka Handheld 71 B
Lightweight and exceedingly popular, this yellow wonder has two motors – one for suction and the other for optimal cleaning. There is also a nifty visor that rises when you come to carpeted areas or the upholstery of your car/furniture. There is a long cord provided and the hose is the perfect length for reaching around the house. It’s powerful, small, and incredibly efficient at its work. When you buy it, you won’t want to let go.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser
This small yet might vacuum cleaner is ready to take on the pet hair that is littering your home. With a rubber nozzle for a soft touch on your furniture and upholstery, it also comes with a tougher one to suck up the most difficult messes, such as cat litter and embedded fur lumps. With a HEPA filter to protect those with asthma and allergies, it also sports bagless technology and a very long cord. Compact and portable, it is also easy to store away.

To Conclude
What did you think of the handheld vacuum selection? Are there any you would have added to the list? We’d love to hear from you, so let us know in the comments below.

About the Author
Will is a freelance writer, his blog can be seen here . If you are interested in more information on anything Vacuum related, then check out his ultimate vacuum guides for more details Follow Will on Facebook or Google+

What dogs really think of their owners – video

If you’ve ever wondered what dogs might say if they could talk, then now’s your chance to find out.

As well as making dog lovers laugh, the video hopefully shows why it’s important to register your appliances. In the event of a product recall, you’ll be alerted to the dangerous device you have at home. Electrical Safety First’s research found that 5 million tumble dryers were recalled last year, but thousands remain in people’s homes to this day, putting dogs and their owners at risk of house fires.

It only takes a few minutes to register your appliances, and one day your dogs might be thankful you did!

Visit registermyappliance.org.uk today.

A dooup for Mother’s Day

Whether a mummy of a human or a mummy to the furry variety, or mummy to both, Mother’s Day is an important day to honour all that ‘mumminess’! And what better way to do that than give a gift that keeps on giving…or in this case, saves mummy time and effort, not to mention, eliminating the ‘yuck factor’ that comes with clearing dog poo.

A dooup for Mother’s Day

The only downside to owning a dog is clearing the waste. So, brand dooup exists to make this job easier, with a convenient and hygienic garden gadget for home and a convenient all in one product for on the go.

Our garden dooup has been successfully clearing and sanitising gardens since 2012 and has earned its’ title as ‘Best for the Garden’ by Dogs Today magazine. This prestigious vote means that we can truly provide mummies of furry kids the ultimate answer to the issue that is – the garden being used as a toilet! The dooup Complete Pet Waste Clearer is a handy garden gadget that makes an unpleasant chore easier, more hygienic…and one customer has even said that whenever she uses hers, it makes her smile!

Put a smile on her face this Mother’s Day and buy her a garden dooup www.thedooup.com/shop and why not register for The dooup walk-ease too? www.thedooup.com/walks

A dooup for Mother’s Day

 

Why the UK Should Acknowledge Emotional Support Animal

In the US, the number of emotional support animals is growing steadily. Thousands of mental health patients have been able to survive difficult times with their ESAs without expensive therapy sessions and medical bills. However, acknowledging the importance of emotional support animals in the UK is still a controversial subject. While airlines in the US allow passengers to travel with emotional support animals, (they should have specific documentation to prove they need one) the rules are different in the UK.

British Airways let passengers carry their assistance dogs in the cabin with prior agreement, whereas all other emotional support animals need to travel in the hold. According to The British Airways, if an individual is travelling with a recognized assistance dog, the dog will be placed in the cabin, without any additional cost. Unfortunately, you cannot book this service in advance but when it comes to the actual flight, there are a limited number of spaces for dogs.

Emotional Support Animal

However, when it comes to ESAs, they have to be placed in the cargo bay but the airline assures IAG World Cargo takes good care of all transporting animals and pets. An Emotional Support Animal is a companion animal for people having physical and psychological needs. The animal does not necessarily have to be task-trained and the purpose of keeping one is to benefit from the unconditional love and affection it provides.

Research implies that mental health issues in the UK are rising and mental health services struggle to provide effective and timely solutions as people have to wait for months to get appointments. An emotional support animal offers long-term support and will help people spend less with this permanent support system.

Owing to extensive researches around the world, ESAs are now prescribed in some states in the US and are recognized legally as service animals that receive the same rights as guide dogs. There are many companies in the US, such as TherapyPet.org and EmotionalSupportAnimalCo.com, that make it very easy to obtain this type of documentation for your pet. However, in the UK, emotional support animals are simply not recognized even though prisons, educational institutions and medical premises provide sessions with therapy dogs, to help reduce anxiety, depression and stress.

Since ESAs are required to follow animal import and quarantine rules, there are a few places in the world where they are not allowed at all, such as Maldives, or have to go into quarantine (New Zealand or Australia). Therefore, you should check with the embassy of the country that you want to visit with your emotional support pet.

Nothing is documented in the guidance document about the UK regulations about giving access to guide dogs and assistance dogs. Even though there is no law that prevents the British from accepting a pet or emotional support animal that travels by air with its owner, it is uncertain if the handler of a privately trained assistance dog will be allowed to attend places of public accommodation and public transportation.

By assisting individuals with disabilities to function better in society, emotional support animals serve a greater purpose than conventional house pets. The purpose of an ESA is to offer healing benefits to individuals with psychological, mental or emotional disabilities. Emotional support animals are not restricted to just dogs and all domesticated animals qualify for an emotional support animal.

The purpose of an emotional support animal is to offer therapeutic benefits to individuals even when they are traveling. The British are familiar of viewing dogs in harnesses or other types of assistance dogs that wear bright colored capes with the Assistance Dogs of the UK logo. People who wish to carry their emotional support animals or dogs are suggested to consider pet friend hotels and rent a car services to help you keep your emotional assistance dog with you.  In the future, our hope is that therapy animals are recognized in the UK and are able to support their owners during times of need no matter where they are or what the situation is. As more research unfolds, I wouldn’t doubt the UK starts to identify these types of pets in a legal manner.

Author Bio: Brad Smith is an avid content writer who enjoys telling stories about animals and their effects on human mental & behavioural health.

Recognise And Help Relieve The Pain Of Your Dog’s Arthritis

As we approach World Arthritis Day on October 12, solutions-led pet product manufacturer, Peak Pet Products, is reminding pet owners that arthritis is not just suffered by humans and that their dog could also be suffering from the pain this disease brings.

A recent study by pet insurer, Animal Friends, has shown that the number of dogs suffering from arthritis has more than trebled since 2015. Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Greyhounds, Boxers and Rottweilers are breeds with the highest likelihood of developing the disease.

The new research, based on a study of 20,000 pet health records, predicts the number of dogs suffering arthritis is only set to rise.  It has also drawn a link between obesity levels in dogs and the onset of arthritis.

Luckily, there are pet products that can assist by delivering enhanced pet care for pets suffering from the disease, including a revolutionary new dog bowl – PetWeighter™.

PetWeighter™ is a two-part product comprising feeding bowl plus weighted base.  Thanks to its design, the bowl is elevated to a handy height of 21cm that prevents dogs having to stoop – something of great help to dogs suffering from arthritis, as it reduces strain on their joints and alleviates discomfort in the neck, chest and elbows.

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Although it is a brand new product, PetWeighter™ has already attracted praise from dog behaviour specialists and high profile vets.

Inspired by product developer Charlie the Schnauzer, who needed constant access to drinking water, the high-strength plastic product features a removable bowl on top of a base that can be filled with sand, water, a combination of both or ice, to make it a bowl that cannot move, no matter how hard a dog tries.  Whilst the base stays put, the bowl is detached from the base at feed time and when it needs cleaning.

The elevated height of the bowl also helps to ensure that pups are unable to soil mum’s food or tip the bowl over.

PetWeighter™, from Peak Pet Products, comes in three colours – red, pink and turquoise blue – each with a dark grey base. The bowl is suitable for cats as well as dogs and is designed to last for years.

With a design focused on hygiene, the bowl is simple to clean and has no dirt-attracting cracks or crevices.  It costs £24.99 and can be bought from good pet shops and online from www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01GAM16H2  More information about the product can be found at www.petweighter.com

1Tell-tale signs that a dog may be suffering from arthritis are an obvious stiffness in the joints, which prevents exercise that the dog was previously capable of enjoying, and difficulties in activities such as walking up stairs or jumping.  Sometimes, a dog may also continuously lick at a painful joint.

A PetWeighter spokesperson says; “Arthritis in humans is a common and well-known problem, but there is less awareness of the issue in pets. World Arthritis Day, on October 12, provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about the disease in both humans and pets alike.”

Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis seen in dogs and is a very common cause of chronic pain, particularly in older dogs.  OA is a slowly progressing disease, where the cartilage in the dog’s joints breaks down and causes friction between the bones.  This results in the formation of outgrowths of new bone, known as osteophytes.  The cost of veterinary treatment for arthritis can run to thousands of pounds.

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Unique New Product Will Stop British Dog Bowls Travelling 2.5 Million Miles Per Year

Dog bowls around Britain are estimated to have been travelling at least 2.5 million miles per year, without ever having boarded a train, boat or plane, or been loaded into a car.1

Experience suggests each British dog bowl travels a minimum of 24 inches per day, during the course of the recommended two daily feeds, creating stressful journeys and lots of pet-lag.

Now, however, thanks to Charlie the Schnauzer – a very serious product tester and developer – all that is about to change and dog bowls will enjoy some very welcome ‘staycations’.

This is all down to a brand new and innovative product called PetWeighter™
and Charlie’s personal story.

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When this loveable dog was six years old, he became the one in the ‘one in five hundred dogs’ that develops diabetes in its lifetime. The vet told Charlie, and his grown-ups, that Charlie had to drink lots and lots of water.  The trouble was that Charlie was a typical dog who liked to throw his bowl around and spill food and water everywhere.  No matter what the grown-ups did, they could not keep Charlie’s water in the bowl, to give him enough to drink to help his condition and stay hydrated.

Luckily, Charlie knew a kindly solutions-focused chap.  He created a makeshift arrangement that saw the bowl set into a wooden framework filled with concrete.  It wasn’t attractive or neat, but it was Charlie-proof.  Charlie, however, being a discerning dog, felt his product developer could do better.  PetWeighter™
was born!

The unique PetWeighte has revolutionised pet feeding.  It is a food-grade, high-strength plastic dog bowl that has learned the command ‘stay’ and does just that, staying put no matter how hard a dog or cat tries to move it. This sturdy and secure, two-part product comprises bowl and a base that is the grounding mechanism.  This can be filled with water, sand, a combination of water and sand, or ice, simply by unscrewing a cap and then securing it again once filled.

The bowl section is then easily detached from the base, so the dog owner can fill it with food, or clean it – even popping it on to the top rack of their dishwasher, if they wish.  Once it’s feed time, the bowl is simply aligned with the weight station base, and gently pushed down to lock into place.

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At its heaviest, a large PetWeighter™
can weigh 13kg – more than enough to prevent dogs throwing their food and water around the floor and making an almighty mess.

Charlie likes to point out that it is every dog’s natural instinct to protect their food and eat it quickly.  In the wild, this would have stopped prey escaping and now, when a dog sees its bowl continuously moving away from it, a deep growl and curling lip can emerge, if owners or children try to helpfully bring the bowl back to its starting point.

Additionally, some of Charlie’s friends have arthritis and find the PetWeighter™
puts less strain on their joints. The two-part bowl is designed for medium-to-large sized dogs and elevated to a height that means a dog does not have to stoop to eat its food, or drink water.  This alleviates the discomfort in the neck, chest and elbows that an arthritic dog can experience and can be a huge weight off the shoulders.

Breeding bitches will find that their little pups cannot get into their mum’s bowl to soil and really cannot tip it up, no matter how much they try.

The PetWeighter™
comes in three colours – a smart red bowl with grey base, an eye-catching turquoise  blue bowl with grey base and a girly pink bowl with grey base. It is available in two sizes – medium and large – and can be used with cats as well as dogs.

The large red bowl is available immediately, with the large pink and turquoise options available in late September.  All medium-sized bowls will be available early 2017.

The PetWeighter™
can keep your pet’s feeding area clean and tidy, won’t darken your dog’s mood as it wrestles with its moving bowl and ensures water is cleaner, cooler and available at all times, just as it needs to be.

Being able to assist dogs, with health issues, whether they are diabetics like Charlie, or older and a little achy, suffering kidney disease, or worryingly displaying Megaesophagus really is a big bonus.

The robust PetWeighter™
should last for years, if treated correctly, and its shape makes it hard to chew.  Designed by healthcare engineers, with hygiene in mind, it is simple to clean and the bowl has no cracks or crevices that can attract dirt.

Create one pet feeding zone in your home by stopping your dog bowl from going on its travels!  The PetWeighter™ from Peak Pet Products Ltd costs £24.99 and will be available in many good pet stores, as well as online at Amazon.

More information is available at www.petweighter.com or by calling 0330 223 1534.

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An Overnights Stay with Man’s Best Friend!

When you’re looking to book a weekend away, the last thing you want to do is worry about what you are going to do with your pet whilst you are away. Over 46% of UK households have a pet, and we know it can be hard to leave them behind when you go on holiday, so why not take them with you? Whilst we know it’s not really viable to put your pet through the stress of getting on a plane if you’re going abroad a few times a year, a mini-break here in the UK could be the perfect opportunity to take your four-legged friend with you on holiday, as he can be easily packed in to the car with your weekend bag to enjoy some time away from home with his owners.

Booking a stay in a pet-friendly hotel has so many benefits, read on to find out how an overnights stay with man’s best friend in the Lake District could be your best break yet!

Dog friendly holidays in Keswick

Save Money!
In most cases, there will be an extra charge for you taking your pet with you on holiday, this will depend on the kind of hotel you are staying in, and where it is. This cost is usually just to make up for the extra cleaning costs, bedding, bowls etc. that will be utilised by you and your dog throughout the trip. Generally, though, this cost will be much less than what you would expect to pay for booking an extended stay in a kennels, or if you are looking into a dog sitter for the time you are away. Not only does this mean you will be saving money on your trip away, but taking your four-legged friend with you can give you the peace of mind you need to have a really enjoyable break, without worrying about how your pet is doing back home!

A Different Daily Walk  
Booking a mini-break in the Lakes gives you a chance to explore an area of outstanding natural beauty; there are so many walks and trails that you know your dog would absolutely love to join you on. Having a stay-cation with your four-legged friend too, means your dog can experience some of the best walks of his life and enjoy spending some time away from home with his family on holiday.

Pet-friendly hotels are becoming increasingly popular, especially in the Lake District. There are so many areas of beauty that you might not be able to imagine spending time in without your four-legged friend. Explore the countryside this year and enjoy an over night’s stay with man’s best friend.

Keswick has been voted the UK’s most dog-friendly town by the Kennel Club, with a number of dog-friendly hotels covering the town allowing you to have your dog join you on your break to the Lake District. The Inn on the Square is located in the heart of Keswick and offers excellent accommodation for the whole family and your dog, get in contact today to book your break!

Dog behaviours explained

In order to really understand what your dog is trying to tell you, it’s important to observe their body language and listen to the noises they make.

You may think you know exactly what your dog is saying by wagging its tail, for example. But were you aware that this can signify a number of feelings – from excited, playful or attentive, to apprehensive and even slightly nervous?

Our visual guide offers an overview of some common dog behaviours and expressions, to help you understand what exactly your dog is trying to communicate.

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Dog behaviours explained

Tips for keeping pets happy and healthy over the festive season

Watch our video with Steve Backshall and vet Paul Manktelow to get clued up

While most of us love the festive season, for pet owners it can throw up some unique challenges and pitfalls.

Routines such as walking and feeding times, and many of the things we do regularly with our pets at certain times can go out the window when the festive season hits, which can be unsettling for pets.

There are also plenty of new ‘toys’ around the house that can actually be dangerous to our pets such as Christmas trees, Christmas tree decorations and even pine needles.

And that’s not to mention all the tasty Christmas treats which can be toxic to pets. And while many pet owners may be vigilant when it comes to what they feed their pets, many of our guests could end up feeding our pets things we don’t want them to have.

So how can you keep your pets happy and healthy over the festive season? To find out more, watch our video for key advice from Steve Backshall and vet Paul Manktelow.

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