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Urine marking in female dogs


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Spayed females commonly mark their territory with urine, but Frankie (AKA Francesca) is a little different to most. Her marking is possessively personal and never ceases to make us smile on our walks. While Freya saunters along with prolonged sniffing, randomly leaving messages and marking territory, Frankie waits patiently behind her, has a good sniff,

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How to groom your cockapoo


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With a saving of around £50 every six weeks*, for me grooming my own cockapoo was a no brainer, however this wasn’t my initial driver. Freya has only been professionally groomed once; the groomer’s idea of a teddy cut certainly wasn’t mine and this experience was enough for me to take up the grooming challenge,

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Frankie goes to Winchester, Hampshire


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The Running Horse stands in Littleton, just on the outskirts of the beautiful cathedral city of Winchester. We visit regularly as our daughter lives nearby. The inn was completely refurbished early last year and re-opened in the summer beautifully designed to enjoy outdoor hospitalily. There are 15 rooms in attractive ‘shed style’ huts placed alongside

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Frankie goes to Kirby Bellars, Leicestershire


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Poplars Farm is a working farm surrounded by the green fields of Leicestershire. Converted in 2018, the Big Barn is a unique, self-catering holiday let made up of the old stables, grain store and workmen’s digs. There are also three ‘Carry on Camping’ inspired Shepherd Huts. They come with king-sized beds, wood-burning stoves, comfy cushions and everything you’ll need to prepare

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From The Blog, Terrible Teens

Does your dog have separation anxiety or over dependence?


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While separation anxiety is a well known behaviour trait in dogs, over dependence was something I’d never heard of until I sought professional help recently for Frankie’s lockdown issues. We’d been invited to our friends’ wedding and needed to be dog-free for two days. So I messaged Freya’s carer, who we hadn’t seen for nearly

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