Hazel Coulson and her daughter Alexandria have just opened Urban Pooch on Morpeth’s Newgate Street, catering for small to medium-sized dogs. Having recently purchased a Blue French Bulldog, Ivy (to join Manchester Terrier Lola and Jack Russell Toby), the girls were disappointed when they couldn’t find anywhere in the area to buy good-quality fashion accessories for their pooches. So they decided to open their own shop and have stocked it with the very best of accessories from Hollywood to Hepscott. There’s a wide range of bespoke grain-free feeds, fresh meat products, clothing and toys, and they offer a consultancy service for those who want to make sure their pet has the very best diet and lifestyle. Stocking everything from cologne to nail files and shampoo to jewellery, your canine best friend will want for nothing more… other than maybe a good run on the beach. Newgate Street, Morpeth 01670 518223
The best way to describe Top Collar’s treats are Graze boxes for dogs. You choose a recipe plan based on your pooch’s preferences (there’s even a healthy box in case they need to slim down), personalise the packaging with a message and photo, then choose whether you want to receive boxes once a fortnight or once a month. After the goodies are delivered, you give feedback on their website and they’ll tailor the next box to your pup’s personal taste. Waggy tails all round. www.topcollar.co.uk
Forget supermarket specials – Harry’s Treats are handmade, healthy goodies made with quality ingredients. Most budget treats are packed with artificial colours and preservatives, which can irritate your pup’s insides, but these ranges are both natural and delicious. We can happily confirm that the lamb and mint treat bags and venison brownies go down a storm. www.harrystreats.co.uk
The Wandering Dog Company
Based in Cullercoats Metro Station, The Wandering Dog Company is a recently opened cornucopia of doggy goodies. The team source and stock an alternative range of natural, healthy and herbal products (all of which are tested by resident Labradors Poppy and Elsa), most of which are sourced from small, independent UK businesses. Founder Joanne Miller, who has a degree in biology and anthropology, is a huge advocate of natural diets for dogs, and is happy to give advice about nutrition and supplements. Cullercoats Metro Station, North Tyneside www.thewanderingdog.co.uk
A regular favourite at the Living North fairs (pay them a visit at LIVE from 20th–22nd March), Wellybix specialise in handbaked dog treats in flavours like chicken and thyme, beef and parsley, and lamb and rosemary. Former pastry chef Alison Walton started making the treats for her Jack Russell, Welly, and the business took off as word quickly spread in the canine world (we believe it was howled from the rooftops like at the start of 101 Dalmations). Fancy trying your hand at making your own? There are even recipes on the Wellybix website.
Barnard Castle 01833 650942 www.wellybix.co.uk
Rebecca Ashworth Photography
Ever try to take ultra adorable dog pictures but end up disappointed with the result? Puppy dog eyes and happy tails often don’t translate on camera, but Rebecca Ashworth specialises in capturing those special moments. A Sit Stay Capture package is all-inclusive – with the high resolution CD, you get the flexibility of printing and making products in the comfort of your own home. It also means they are yours to keep forever, so you can stick them on Facebook, pop them on the TV to show off or just relax knowing you have fantastic photographs recorded forever. Your dog will feel like a star for the day – just don’t let all the attention go to their head.
These treats are natural, delicious and 100 percent additive free, and they’re also tailored to purpose, whether you’re after training treats to reward good behaviour, goodies for four-legged joggers or bites that have been baked especially for gundogs on shoots. Corbridge, Northumberland 01661 611111 www.jaspersdogtreats.co.uk
Does your dog have star quality?
Dog lovers, listen up! We’re delighted to announce that we’ve started an ongoing Dog of the Week competition, and all you have to do is send in pictures of your pooch – bonus points if there’s a Living North magazine in sight – and a little bit about them. What are their unique quirks and hobbies?
Each week’s winner will receive a bag of gourmet snacks from Jasper’s Dog Treats, and the overall winner at the end of the year will win a luxury doggy photoshoot with the wonderful Rebecca Ashworth.
You can send them however you like, whether via Facebook or Twitter, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by good old snail mail to Living North, Studio 2 St Nicholas Chare, Newcastle NE1 1RJ. May the ‘awww’s commence!