Paws at the Palace

Paws at the Palace

Hi guys, I’m back!

I wanted to share an event we recently attended in Perth. If you follow Murphy on Instagram, you’ll know what I’m talking about!

Paws at the Palace was held on 30 June and it was the first in what I hope is many to come!

Organised by Dog Friendly Perthshire and Scone Palace, it was looking to be a promising day from when it was first announced! This was to be the largest outdoor event aimed at dogs in Scotland!

We had never been to Scone Palace before but it was a pretty easy drive from Kirkcaldy. It took us about 40 minutes but I know people travelled from all over to get to the event.

I love Perth, it is such a green place, the scenery is lovely and even the town centre looks nice and rustic.

We arrived a Scone Palace and drove down the entrance road to a field where we were able to park the car for free.

The event was 10am – 4pm and we arrived about 10.30am and the field was already packed!

We then had to walk a little way to get to the entrance itself. The queue was already starting to build but luckily I’d pre-paid for my tickets so no wait for us! 🤣

We were given wristbands so we could come and go as we pleased. The grounds of the Palace are no smoking or vaping so we knew we’d be nipping out through the day anyway.

The grounds are really nice from the looks of things, we didn’t explore too much because there was lots to see and do in the part closest to the palace.

We registered Murph into a few competitions – cutest puppy, waggiest tail and most beautiful eyes and wandered around the stalls before it was time for out first round.

He didn’t win any of his rounds but the competition was fierce!

The amount of vendors that were there was amazing! You could pretty much get anything – collars, leads, bows, bandanas, treats, pupcakes coats, toys – the list is endless!

There was even a stall for massage and a professional photographer for portraits was also there!

Tay FM were also in attendance playing music and taking some photos of the pups.

There was an agility course that you could try your hand at, ball pit and paddling pool for the dogs to cools off.

It was a warm day but there was plenty of water bowls dotted around the place and they were all topped up regularly.

There was even poo bags on hand and I only saw one person not being a responsible owner, thankfully!

I finally got to meet the owner of Paws, Claws, Bells and Whistles who I have chatted with on Instagram on numerous occasions and the owner of Doggy Style who I’ve bought from in the past.

We got chatting to a lady who helps with the Phoenix French Bulldog Rescue and her failed foster dog who was just an absolute sweetheart! 💜

We had a little spot of lunch – chips for me, fish and chips for J and kibble for Murph before spending some more money on treats for Murph to take home from Bella and Duke!

Murphy was even recognised by one of his friends on Instagram, Arnie! Of course this was when he got grouchy and jealous and poor Arnie got growled at!

I’m slightly sad to say I didn’t meet any of his other friends while I was there and that’s because I was so focused on making sure he was behaving as much as possible that I don’t think I looked up very much!

We did speak to loads of people though and Murph got to play with some dogs and got lots of attention from everyone we passed!

We missed our spot in the doggy parade because we were too busy speaking to another spaniel owner who was worried about her pups weight. We joined the labradors instead 🙈.

We got to meet the face of Dog Friendly Perthshire, Baxter, dressed up in his little kilt! Dog Friendly Perthshire was set up because his owner wanted to be able to take him more places and their aim is to make Perth the dog friendly capital of Scotland!

It’s definitely a business I can get behind, I think everywhere should be dog friendly. If Murph isn’t invited, there’s a good chance I’m not going!

We spent all day at the event but it felt like no time at all! Murphy had a blast and was sleeping pretty much the entire way home and for the rest of the night!

When we were walking back to the car we saw some Highland cows in a field, of course I had to go over and one of them licked me when I was petting it!

I love Highlands, they are so fluffy and cute! 💜

I definitely can’t wait for the event next year! What are your favourite places to take you dog? Do you have any dog friendly places where you live? Let me know in the comments below ⤵️.

As always, I hope you enjoyed reading or at least seeing an update up Murph! Let me know what you want to see next and have a good week!

Claudia xxx

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Vivadogs Subscription Box 🐕

Vivadogs  Subscription Box 🐕

Hey guys! I’m back again reviewing yet another subscription box. This one is a little bit different to my usual though!

You can get a subscription box for pretty much anything so thanks to targeted ads on Facebook, I picked up a dog subscription box for Murph just to try.

Like many subscription services, you can choose to buy a monthly box for £19.90, subscribe for 6 months and they cost £14.90 or for 12 at £13.90 all of which include shipping.

Now, I’m not completely mad, I managed to pick up my box for £5.90 as there was no way I was spending the normal amount on a box I’d never tried before!

I think they are a Spanish company as my payment was in pounds but did show a Spanish reference.

The value of the box is said to be about £30 but we know that’s not always the case! They also donate 10% of each box to animal charities too.

The box arrived in the last week of the month as expected.

When you open the box there is the paper wrap that I’ve come to expect from subscription boxes and then you burst the sticker seal to see your products!

Inside this month’s box was 5 items with a Paw Patrol theme – going to be honest, not sure if this is meant to appeal to kids or parents of kids as I’ve never seen the show and no idea what it’s like but the packaging was cute!

You get a little booklet giving you an overview of the products in different languages but I couldn’t see it showing any RRP of the items so I’ve had a nosy online to see how much each thing cost if I was buying them myself.

Paw Patrol Treats

So there are two bags of these treats in the box. One is turkey and one is chicken and they are shaped like little bones.

They are nice soft treats and easy to break up into smaller pieces so ideal for training.

There are no added sugars and claim to have up to 70% meat which is pretty good!

Murphy certainly likes them and would quite happily eat them all in one sitting if I let him!

I have seen these in Pets at Home for £1.99 a bag.

Kong Core Strength – Bow Tie

The toy in the box is from Kong which is a brand that I like and have tried before.

Their toys are normally for heavy chewers and this one claims to be extra strong and helps with teeth cleaning.

It does feel tough and has lots of ridges so may be beneficial to chew but nothing will substitute actually brushing your dog’s teeth!

Murphy likes it but he does prefer either flavoured toys or soft toys so hasn’t put it to the test too much!

I’ve found this for around £7.00 online which seems to be quite reasonable for a Kong toy!

Waniyanpi Dog Pupcorn

We got a bag of Pupcorn in the box and it came with a little cardboard popcorn container thing which was a nice touch!

Not that I would let him eat the whole bag at once so it would only be for pictures!

I’m not convinced that popcorn is the best for dogs either, I’d worry about any kernels getting stuck in the teeth since that’s common with humans!

The ingredients are in Spanish but from what I can work out, it’s just plain popcorn made with extra virgin olive oil.

Murphy seems to like it but was a little bit confused with the texture at first!

When I posted that Murph has received this on his Instagram, the company that made this commented on his post.

When I tried to find out more, I was taken to a Spanish site and I couldn’t find the product on there.

Looking online it seems you can buy popcorn for dogs from about £3.00.

Paw Patrol Wet Wipes

Lastly, we got some wet wipes for light cleaning.

These will come in handy for a quick wipe of the paws or a freshen up between baths.

They claim to be gentle but I would probably not use them around the eyes just in case!

I found these for £2.50 on eBay but couldn’t find them anywhere else.

And that’s that! Murph seems to be quite happy with what he got and was especially happy with the shredded packing stuff at the bottom of the box!

I don’t think I would necessarily buy this again just because the products aren’t really things that I would normally buy.

I worked out roughly that the value of the products is about £16.50 so not near the £30.00 that is claimed on the website so don’t think it is the best value for money either if I was paying full price which is a shame.

So what did you think of this different subscription box? Do you have any boxes that you get your pets that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments ⤵️.

Don’t forget to follow Murphy on Instagram if you would like to be in with a chance of winning his 1k followers giveaway!

Thanks for reading, guys! Speak soon!

Claudia xxx

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