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Nine to Fido: Canine Welfare Trainer for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

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Many of you will have watched the debut of ITV’s latest series Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs earlier this week, which delves into the world of Britain’s most famous animal rescue centres - Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. In our latest Nine to Fido interview, we catch up with Helen Stone, one of their Canine Welfare Trainers, to find out more about what it's like to work for Battersea.

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Barkarama Loves: Alexandra Rolfe's Pet Portraits

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A chance Twitter encounter brought illustrator Alexandra Rolfe to my attention and seeing how she shares the same first name as me she was already off to a good start. After clicking through to her website where I spied her lovely pet portraits her fate was sealed – I like her style!

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Barkarama Loves: Carola van Dyke's Canine Collage Cushions

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On a recent shopping trip, our eye was caught by these cute faces peering out of the shop window. Designed by artist Carola van Dyke a number of dog breeds have been given her signature treatment of mixing eclectic colours and fabrics. We share a few of our favourite including Archie the Bulldog, Gigi the Chihuahua, Taffy the Schnauzer and Duchess the Spaniel. For the full range and to purchase, visit Carolavandyke.co.uk where the cushions are priced at £69.

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Nine to Fido: Being The World's Ugliest Dog

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This month we check in with Mugly the World’s Ugliest Dog and star of the forthcoming Channel 5 documentary ‘Mutt Ugly’. Mugly has kindly taken time of his busy pawbiz schedule to tell us about his Nine to Fido as a Therapy Dog, which he’s been doing for the Pets as Therapy charity for the past two years.

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The Woof Guide: A Dog-less Doggy Afternoon in London

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We make no secret of loving cake (and you know we love dogs) so when deciding how to best enjoy a free Saturday, afternoon tea sprang to mind. Already regulars at the Covent Garden Hotel, we decided to try another one of Firmdale’s other hotels, and when we found out that the Brumus Bar and Restaurant at The Haymarket Hotel had a dog influence our decision was made.

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New Buy: Zara Dog Print Blouse

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Dogs are in fashion 24:7 in our world but hi-paws to Zara who have included a dog print blouse as part of their Autumn/Winter collection.

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Nine to Fido: Reiki 4 Dogs Practitioner

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We met Reiki Practitioner and owner of Reiki 4 Dogs, Rob Fellows, a few months ago at the London Pet Show. Seeing his hands-on healing in action, we were keen to know more about his Nine to Fido. Rob has been practicing Reiki for 13 years.

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The Woof Guide: Handbags & Poobags’ Author Shares her Doggy Directory

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Earlier this week we reviewed the hilarious dog-tale Handbags and Poobags: Tales Of A Soho Boxer. Today the book’s author, Alice Wright, opens up her ‘little bark book’ to share some of her recommended picks of places to stay or hangout with your dog, pup services and general doggy mutt-haves.

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