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I have a two year old labrador and when I got him I wanted to give him the best food I could afford, I initially fed him on Wainwrights (Pets at home's own make) which he loved and at approx £35 for a 15kg this fed him for around a month. After my boy needing surgery on both front legs due to a gentetic problem, I found he was getting a bit fed up with the Wainwrights and felt his coat wasn't quite as shiney as it had been previously so on the advice of our Vet we decided to try the Chappie which at £17.99 was obviously better on the purse. It is available both in a beef and chicken variety. So far Im delighted with the results, his coat looks great, no more flakey areas and he seems to enjoy the taste. Although my boy doesn't appear to have problems with any allergies, I have heard recommendations that this is an ideal food in this situation. It certainly appears to satisfy him, being a labrador, he can have a tendancy to be of a chunky build but his weight/height ratio appears spot on. I would recommend this food due to both the standard of it and the low cost.
We have a gorgeous chocolate lab but unfortunately have to leave him "home alone" for a few hours each day. Now whilst he seems perfectly happy, I worry that he will get bored without us to keep him stimulated so steps up this great invention. Please don't be put off by the price of these toys and instead go to the pound shops, if your dog is like mine he will have have destoryed the cheap toys by the time you are in and have put the kettle on. So instead of buying lots of cheap toys buy one of these.
In my experience, the best way to use the kong is to fill it with some of your dogs kibble or if you prefer some fruit or vegetables cut to size and slotted in the top opening then use a dollop of squeezy cheese to seal the opening (I use Primula). Then I pop the kong in the freezer for an hour or two before I am due to go out. When it's taken out the cheese has frozen meaning that your dog has to work at getting to his treat inside. This keeps our boy busy for ages and he seems to love these treats, it never breaks no matter how hard he chews or how far he lets it drop, they seem indestructable. Once he's finished I wash in warm soapy water and let it drip dry. These can also be used empty if you prefer and are perfect for go fetch type games as it stays intact even when thrown down the garden.
We arrived armed with my daughters preloaded gift card (if £30 was paid onto card before Christmas Eve then this would give £35 of credit) To anyone who hasn't visited a Build a Bear store....what are you waiting for? Its so easy to get lost in a shop full of fabulous animals and super cute outfits, the hardest part is stopping yourself from kitting out your bear with a more appealing wardrobe than your own!
Allow yourself lots of time for your visit, we were in store for not much short of an hour. First decision, which animal? These start at £9 if my memory serves me right for a teddy up to around £18 for a newly arrived in store light up white teddy. In between there are huskies, monkeys, dogs, hello kitty's, rabbits, need I go on? There are also options suitable for girls and/or boys. You can choose to put in a "beating heart" and/or a recorded message. My daughter choose to make her own recording of a tune from her favourite singer. These cost £4.50 each.
Animal duly picked, you go to the stuffing station where you help to fluff up your new animal and kiss and make a wish on a fabric heart which is stitched inside your animal. You can then brush up/fluff up your animals coat. Now comes the expensive bit, you soon become lost in the fantastic collection of clothes, shoes and even underwear for your new animal. It's too easy to get obssesive about your friends wardrobe, the choice includes Disney themed outfits, sparkly clothes and even a karate suit. I mean a bunny needs at least one outfit with black sparkly high heels (yes you read right) and pj's for bedtime. If you have any money left there are various other accessories available like a chair bed for £16 and a car for £24 not to mention bags, sunglasses wigs or roller skates, the list goes on.
Finally you enter your barcode of your animal and your details and are provided with a Birth Certificate. Your animal is then packaged in a cardboard carrier for you to take home and love. Mark, who served us made the whole experience more special by his enthusiasm.
Bought this as a Christmas Gift in the argos 3 for 2 deal in November, it cost around £21.
We, I mean my oldest daughter, started collecting Sylvannian Family toys over 8 years ago and I have never been disappointed with the quality of any of the items. Following the arrival of my second daughter the collection has grown to mammoth proportions!!
Back to the Ice Cream Van... this is a lovely addition to any collection or as a stand alone toy. The detail is fantastic, with lots of accessories including ice cream cones, scoops and little cups to serve up your favourite flavour. The beauty of each accessory is in the detail, the manufacturers always get it spot on and my children soon loose themselves in the world of Sylvania. What I love best is that this product was enjoyed equally when played with by my 7 year old daughter on her own as it was when her older sister (and brother) joined in. I would highly recommend this item, we also got the ice cream cart which compliments the van perfectly.
I recently bought this phone as a PAYG to replace my broken HTC until my contract runs out! Being available for under £100 I was a bit sceptical that it would be any good but I can honestly say that this is a fantastic entry level android. The set up was really easy without much help from the instructions provided and there are lots of ways to personalise the screen to suit yourself. What I really like is that because it's a windows phone I can have instant access to my hotmail ect. The screen is a good size, the phone is perfect to fit in your pocket. The battery life is longer than with my HTC, although it still needs charged daily, there is still a small amount of charge left at the end of each day whereas I found the HTC ran out of power and let me down frequently. I would recommend this phone to anyone because of its ease of use and the great apps available on the Android market.