French Bulldog skin problems sorted- 25 July 2012

Great result for the owner of 2 x 1yr old French Bulldogs (and a 5 month old St Bernard) - the serious skin sores completly cured on one of the FB's when he switched to the Natural Dog Food Co. food.

Now all 3 are on that great food.

We are not surprised though as we have had many clients whose dogs had bad skin sores which, despite expensive veterinary treatments, had not healed until the food was switched to either the Natural Dog Food or Burns and we recommend the switch whenever a new client comes in asking what they can do!

In many cases the dogs have tried many brands - including those sold by vets - and it was not until they tried foods that avoid Maize, wheat, dairy products, by-products (both animal and vegetable) and mixed animal fats that the immediate improvement was seen.

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"Which Dog Food" - new review site- 17 July 2012

This was "taken over" by is a review site established in March 2012 and provides details and professional objective insight on the quality of various Dog foods.

We are please to see that our own observations are generally mirrored here and that our choice of foods to stock (and those we reject!) is substantiated.

If you have never investigated your brand of food - because you buy it cheap and your dog eats it - you should check it out here to see if it is something you really want to continue feeding!

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Cleo - "Best Female"- 15 July 2012

Our Cleo got the cup for "Best Female" at the Portuguese Water Dog club show in Olhão today.

As a special treat she had a tin of Applaws for lunch.

NEW Applaws Treats- 14 July 2012

We have just received the new Cat & Dog treats from Applaws.

As these are not yet listed on our web site you can see the details on the Applaws web site:-

Dog Food - Tuna Loins

Dog Treats

Cat Food - Tuna Loins

Cat Treats

Call us (289588882) or e-mail for pricing

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It's Official - Dogs are Hypercarnivores- 14 July 2012

Dr Munoz-Doran presented the findings of a study at the First Joint Congress for Evolutionary Biology.
See the BBC Nature report.

That makes our Applaws food ideal - made with 75% Chicken!!

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Dog Food Discounts - the more you buy the more you save!- 06 July 2012

On some of the large bags of dog food we have introduced 2 levels of discount.

Firstly - Tier pricing - so if you buy more than 1 of the large bags then you get better pricing on that product (this also applies if you add just 1 to the cart and then add another - it is worked out automatically)

Secondly - A "Cross-Sell" discount which applies if you buy 1 or more large bags of one product (flavour) and then you buy a large bag of another related product (or flavour).

These discounts will combine in your shopping cart so you can see the resulting price there - the full benefit of the combined discounts will not necessarily show on the product page.

Barley Straw for Pond Clearing- 24 June 2009


One of our suppliers has said that Barley straw used for fish ponds should be sterilised - as they have no control over the growing environment.

I have not seen a reference to this anywhere but I assume it is to cover them in case pesticides have been used on the crops.


The following was apparently published in the Sunday Telegraph on 28th September 2003 - No Comment!

Christopher Booker's Notebook
The Sunday Telegraph
28 September 2003, p. 16

For more than 800 years gardeners and landowners have known that the most efficient way to keep ponds, lakes and rivers free of harmful algae is to chuck in a pile of barley straw. This environmentally-friendly method of keeping fresh water clean, first acclaimed by a 12th-century bishop of Winchester, is today used by the Environment Agency in rivers, by water companies in reservoirs and by hundreds of thousands of gardeners.

Officials of the Health and Safety Executive, however, have ruled that since September 1 this is now illegal, under a European Union directive which requires all "biocidal products" to be registered and tested at a cost of nearly £200,000. In the case of barley straw, this will be impossible because, although it has been confirmed as wholly safe by years of research at the Centre for Aquatic Plant Management at Sonning-on-Thames, no one has been able to identify the "active ingredient" that makes it such an effective antidote to the algae which deprive fish and other creatures of oxygen.

One man on whom the HSE's ruling will weigh especially heavily is Tom Pain, a former naval engineer, whose company Green Ways, near Winchester, supplies 100,000 barley straw mats each year to garden centres all over Britain. Some years back, when Geoff Hamilton, on the programme Gardener's World, recommended that the best answer to pond weed was "to stuff the mother-in-law's old tights with a load of barley straw", Mr Pain sent him samples of his custom-made mats, which Mr Hamilton was happy to recommend on the programme as a neater answer to the problem.

Recently, however, Mr Pain learned that, according to the HSE, barley straw - which is only widely used for this purpose in Britain - would have to be approved under the EU's biocidal products directive 98/8. He was horrified to discover that this would cost £120,000 for two years research, plus up to £65,000 more for the European Commission to evaluate the results. And even then, since the exact nature of the chemical process involved is a mystery, he might well not get the approval required.

Even Mr Pain's Lib Dem MP Mark Oaten describes this threat to a wholly safe, environmentally-friendly product as "bureaucracy gone mad". Mr Pain's local HSE inspector uses barley straw in his own pond. The only possible consequence of banning barley straw would be to force the Environment Agency, water companies and pond owners to replace it with toxic chemicals, to achieve the same purpose less effectively and much more dangerously.

For the time being, Mr Pain continues to sell his mats as a general "pond cleaner", without reference to algae, in the hope that common sense for once will prevail.

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