Recent news from Trixie & Bess

A pups first bath at the groomers

Monday, August 15, 2022

How soon should I take my puppy to the groomers?

A question I am often asked is ‘how soon is a puppy ready to visit the dog-groomer?’. Like everything in life, there some owners who try to do this too soon and a majority who leave it too late; in both cases, the puppy will probably find the visit (at best)unsettling.

Dexter our pet cat on our shed roof enjoying the sun

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Pets are good for our health (most of the time!)

It may have escaped your notice but April is both National Stress Awareness Month and National Pet Month. If it’s a coincidence that both fall in the same month, then I certainly think it’s a happy coincidence as there is much to be said for pets being great ‘de-stressers’ for their humans.

A brief history of crufts

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Crufts – Is it really the best dog show in the world?

Cruft’s can trace its history back to 1891 when Charles Cruft (travelling salesman of Spratt’s dog cakes) organised the first show at the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington,London. 2,437 dogs of 36 different breeds took part in that first one but it has gone from strength to strength ever since. The show itself has run almost every year, with only major events, like Covid and the two World Wars causing postponements. Even this year,there were apparently a few exhibitors who hadn’t returned due to the pandemic, but it certainly felt like a busy event to me!