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How To Get The Best Pet Swag For Less

I won't lie; through our time blogging on Barkarama, Basil has been sent an impressive selection of petwear, doggy stuff and a small mountain of treats to review and chomp his way through, as well as being on the guest lists for some Very Important Pet events.

The above said I’m far from shy about putting my hand in my pocket when it comes to spoiling him or dealing with his everyday doggy needs. But in the same way I shop for myself, I prioritise going for the best I can afford but if there’s a way to save without compromising on quality or style I’m all over it. In this post, I share eight tips on how to get the best pet swag and tuck for less.

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Event | Canines & Companions Exhibition in Aid of All Dogs Matter

Dogs before dudes, must love dogs, the best therapist has fur and four legs and dogs are a girl’s best friend are all mantras that any self-respecting crazy dog lady lives by. So if you and your furry bestie are hot-footing around London town this weekend, swing on by Gallery Different in London’s Fitzrovia to check out “Canines & Companions – Women and their Dogs” exhibition, which explores the special relationship between women and their dogs. 

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Pet Trend | Emojis and Smiley Faces for Dogs

Anyone who knows me can vouch for that fact that I talk ten to the dozen so emojis are definitely my kind of chat… and thanks to fashionable pet fun house FuzzYard, dogs are barking for emojis too. 

Along with the Love Eyes, Eek, Tongue Out and Bahaha faces – the messy matter of poop has been given a smiley makeover too thanks to Harperandhugo.com, as shown above.

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Luxe Dog Beds for Discerning Dwellings


Did you know that we also write about our favourite modern dog products for Townandcountry.co.uk? Hop on over to their Animal section where you will find five luxe dog beds, designed for the soundest of sleeps, in the most discerning dwellings. 

With Basil’s penchant for bed burrowing, we’ve long declared our love for Charley Chau’s Snuggle Beds and in our guest edit, you’ll see their new for Spring design in lush velour, which is just dreamy - see Teal bed above. You can also browse through a selection from MiaCara, Sofa.com and Cloud 7 that are straight off the style pages. Prepare yourself for serious sleep envy. Browse our selection of luxe dog beds now at Townandcountry.co.uk

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9 Pet Gift & Subscription Boxes Plus Special Offer & Giveaway


The pet gift and subscription box market has exploded with a variety of options to cater to a modern pet’s whim, and of course the owner’s convenience of having it delivered direct to their door. Affording your pet the opportunity to sample everything from treats to toothpaste, there’s even a service to keep you on top of your pet’s healthcare treatments.

As the title of this post suggests, these boxes can be purchased as a one off or for the gift that keeps giving - as a subscription, normally three, six or twelve months. The major plus for pet boxes is they favour new or quality products that you don’t tend to find in your local pet shop making it a real treat for your cat or dog. 

We’ve rounded up nine pet gift and subscription boxes based on their quality and value for money. As with the beauty box companies, you will find some similarities between the boxes so which one you go for is a personal choice. However, we recommend digging around their website to see past boxes, weighing up what price suits and sniffing through their social media to weigh up what gang you want your pet to be part of. Plus many of the companies donate a portion of their sales to charity so let that be part of your decision too!

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Barkarama Talks To Tuna Melts My Heart… And He’s In The Market for LOVE

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Amazing Insta-Dog sensation @TunaMeltsMyHeart has been shimmying his cute strawberry blonde butt around the UK on tour for his book Tuna Melts My Heart The Underdog with the Underbite. Luckily, his kind dog mum carved out some time in their jam-packed schedule to talk to Barkarama.

Basil and I caught up with the pair last week at dog-friendly Megan’s – a café, grill and bar on the King’s Road in Fulham…

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Trend | Treats in a Tin

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I’m a sucker for packaging. Basil is a sucker for tasty treats. Ticking both our boxes and spiking a canine trend are dog treats in a tin. I’m pro tin-packaged treats, as not only do they keep Basil’s edible source of happiness fresh, they also ensure that my handbag or coat remain a crumb-free zone. Give them a whirl and you’ll soon discover that they’re great for grabbing your dog’s attention too. A quick rattle of a treat-filled tin and Basil comes running or stands to attention. 

Here’s three treats in a tin to try but if you know of any others fill us in @Barkarama or comment at the end of this post. Most of all - enjoy!

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The Ultimate Dog Lovers Valentine’s Gift… Pet Art

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We’re forsaking a Valentine’s gift guide this year, as there’s already a cute one from yours truly, over on the animal pages of Townandcountry.co.uk, although for a last minute addition head to The Artisan Pet Deli for tasty heart-shaped treats galore.

This post is all about pet art, which is probably one of the most heartfelt gifts you could get a dog lover. While art is very much in the eye of the beholder here’s the list of who has caught ours. Some are ready-to-go of your fave breeds, whereas others are available bespoke to your actual dog. Many of the featured artists also offer greeting cards, bags, wrapping paper and more so be sure to check out their online shops.

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