Santa’s Little Helper

We took part in Santas on the Run in Ruddington Park in aid of Rainbows Children’s Hospice today. There were lots of doggies getting into the festive spirit and helping the Santas to deliver their presents.

Here is our dog Holly wearing her medal at the end of the race.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Louise Dolan

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What will Santa Paws bring your Dog this Christmas?

What is Santa Paws going to bring your dog this Christmas? If they’ve been a good boy or girl then Rover Recommended has sniffed out some great present ideas for even the most pampered of pooches.

Gifts for under £5

My dog Holly doesn’t always like all of the treats in pre-made doggy Christmas stockings. Why not get a gorgeous reusable fabric Christmas stocking to hang by the fireplace and pack full of their favourite treats?

Pets at Home sell an attractive red fabric doggy Christmas stocking for £2.99.

Or why not treat your Scottie dog to a tartan Christmas stocking from for £4.99?

Toys that keep your dog’s attention for longer than it takes them to unwrap their presents will keep them occupied whilst you attend to the turkey.

Holly is a big fan of the smoked bones stuffed with meaty filling from Pets at Home and gives them her full and undivided attention until they are licked clean. The turkey and stuffing flavour bones are currently £3.50 for two so you can save another one for Boxing Day!

This cute little penguin with his jaunty red bobble hat and big eyes is perfect for throwing and fetching games and has an integrated squeak. Holly dog can desqueak a toy and pull out its stuffing faster than you can say Happy Christmas but at only £2.29 from it’s not the end of the world.

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer from has no stuffing to remove and a squeaker that still works with multiple puncture holes in it! At the bargain price of £3.99 it’s no wonder that it’s currently out of stock… sell a great range of doggy gift sets, for small dogs, large dogs, clever dogs and everything in between. Their cheapest gift set for dogs is £4.90 and has a trio of rope toys.

Gifts that will bring some Christmas Cheer!

Holly loves a toy that talks back! It drives her into a frenzy.

This Christmas tree toy with an infectious giggle and a smiley face looks like a good laugh on Christmas Day and won’t break the bank at £5.49 from

Babble balls make a noise every time your dog moves them. This Christmas version plays 10 different sounds and jingles and is guaranteed to drive the whole family to distraction. It’s available for £5.99 from

If you fancy catapulting a chicken for your dog to retrieve on Christmas Day these stunt pilot slingshot toys look like great fun. They are only £4.17 from

Who could resist watching their dog hunt for squeaky squirrels whilst granny snoozes in the corner on Christmas Day? This toy looks like fantastic squirrel mayhem for supervised doggy fun. It’s £13.99 from

Pedigree presents

These handcrafted collars made in the UK have a choice of stylish and vibrant Christmassy designs. They are £22.50 each from

Even the Queen’s corgis wouldn’t turn up their noses at the luxury bespoke handmade dog beds from They really are worth a look even if you can’t afford them!

Wish another dog a Merry Christmas

Why not spare a thought for a less fortunate dog? Treat your dog to some well earned Christmas dinner and instead of gifts why not make a small donation to a dog rescue charity that’s close to your heart. provides emergency kennelling and transport to save dogs on death row helping to ensure that more dogs have a great Christmas and a chance of a very Happy New Year. Waggy tails all round!

Louise Dolan

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