I’ve always been an animal lover, as a child we always had either a dog or a cat in the house at all times. As an adult I thought I was destined to being a cat owner for the rest of my life, dogs are so much responsibility and I was simply never home. Fast forward 10 or so years, I had met my now Husband – who grew up with dogs all his life, addressed my work like balance and we had ‘the conversation’ – its was time for us to get a dog together. Now on our second dog together we cannot contemplate what life would be like without our four legged third wheel.
I have spent most of my working life in the food industry. I’m a real foodie and am at my happiest when cooking or baking. My philosophy on food, and on life in general, is that of balance. I try avoid anything too processed favouring home cooked meals with lots of veggies thrown in, but boy do I like cake and wine, and life’s just too short not to have cake right?
One of the biggest differences I’ve noticed since having dogs back in my life again, is the positive impact they can have on my overall feeling of wellness. I’ve had periods in my life where I’ve suffered from anxiety and whilst I still have frustrating bouts of insomnia, over recent years I’ve learned what helps control my anxiety. It’s different for everyone, but for me, its exercise – I love walking and Yoga, Cooking – especially baking and spending time with Willow.
Combining my love for Cooking and my love for Willow has led to her having some amazing home cooked meals, and I’m always on the lookout for new recipes’ and ideas, as well as ethical sourced products and services, and it was this that started the foundations of the Wholesome Hound.
The dream is to bring together reviews and recommendations on beautiful, wholesome and ethically sourced products and services, not to mention a collection of yummy dog recipes, tips, advice and stories.
WILLOW'S STORYWillow moved in with us in the autumn of 2015, her Mum is a stunning red show Cocker and her Dad an Apricot toy poodle.
Willow is our second dog after losing our King Charles suddenly at the age of only two. From day one, she brought noise, joy and love into our home again.
Her favourite toy is by far the tennis ball, to obsessive levels, so much so that Wimbledon is banned from our TV. Her favourite meal is fish pie – The recipe of which is featured in our blog.
As soon as she was old enough, we took Willow to the Kennel Club Good Citizens training which is excellent. Both my husband and I take our responsibility to training and socialisation very seriously. That said as an adult Dog Willow has a few training needs we are currently trying to address. She can be quite protective when walking with us and that fear manifests in barking at larger dogs. It’s important to be open and honest about this, and I will be blogging about how we are getting on with the one to one training sessions we are now having. Just like Children, those who say there Dogs are perfect are most likely not being honest with themselves
I’m so pleased I’ve not only found a passion that I can turn into a small business venture but that it also incorporates Willow too, she takes her role as product reviewer very seriously!!
If I had to describe Willow in 5 words what would I say……. Bouncy, Fun, Cheeky, Independent and Intelligent
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