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Strutz returns to the King’s Road

Strutz was back bigger & better last Sunday with delicious food & treats, live music & raffles, fabulous things up for auction and of course, lots of stylish hounds strutting their stuff on the dogwalk.

This year we we were supporting two exceptional animal charities; PDSA who started in 1917 & care for so many animals through a UK-wide network of 48 animal hospitals; and Wild at Heart Foundation, which was founded by Nikki Tibbles of Wild At Heart, supporting animal welfare projects, particularly dog rescue, adoption and rehoming.

The show was compered by the amazing Anna Webb (below with her English Toy Terrier Mr Binks) who introduced Stacey from the PDSA, to talk about the great work that they do; then Nikki Tibbles (also below) who founded Wild at Heart Foundation who gave a heartfelt speech about the charity and in particular the wonderful rescue dogs who were taking part in the show (more about these amazing dogs below).

Just like last year, we were overwhelmed by the generosity of our suppliers – from small local brands to some of the most well established pet brands from around the world – who donated so many amazing jumpers, coats, harnesses, leads and collars for the dog models to wear.

We had over 45 stylish dogs of all shapes, sizes & breeds strut their stuff on the dogwalk – from brave rescues such as Maggie the Wunder Dog to Instagram famous dogs such as Hugo & Huxley, Busy Body Biscuit & Tom Bully, as well as some of our favourite four-legged friends who are regular visitors to our King’s Road boutique (for grooming & treats).

All of the outfits were auctioned off after the show, along with dog beds, hotel stays & an exclusive photoshoot which was so kindly donated by the very talented celebrity pet photographer, Lucy Sewill.

LMH favourite Chewie the Shitzu looking dapper in a Howlpot jumper

Mabel the cockapoo in a Mutts & Hounds waxed dog coat

LMH dog Teddy (aka Super Tedz the tripawed pug) staying focused on the dogwalk

The handsome Hugo & Huxley modelling matching Henry Wag bathrobes with their human Ursula

Oscar the fashionista chihuahua in a max-bone hoodie

Our stylish friend Margot joined us with her dogs Toffee & Popcorn

We were very lucky to be joined by Maggie the Wunderdog (below in a LMH handmade bandana) who was rescued from the streets of Beirut by Wild at Heart Foundation. She had been tied up and used as target practice, had both eyes pulled out and her ear cut off. Thanks to the generosity of donors she has a happy home in Brighton with her human Kasey & spends her time spreading love as a therapy dog.

And she certainly won a lot of hearts on Sunday, bringing a smile to everyone’s faces with her loving spirit. As Kasey says, she teaches us “it’s okay to be different or unconventional because that’s what makes us beautiful”.

Maggie was joined by four other Wild at Heart rescue dogs, all with moving stories of their own – Indy & Spud who were rescued from Cyprus, Albert who was found alone & scared by a busy road in Bosnia, and Elly (below) who has climbed Ben Nevis & Snowdon, and even run marathons with her adopted human Fiona.

We’re proud to announce that so far we’ve been able to raise almost £3k (and counting) for our charities. Unfortunately the rain did catch up with us on Sunday so we weren’t able to auction everything off. We’ll be auctioning them instead at our Christmas shopping event (also in aid of Wild at Heart Foundation & PDSA). So keep an eye on our social channels (links in the footer) for more information.

And finally – we couldn’t have hosted the event or raised this much for charity without the support of our partners & sponsors, in particular @kingsroadchelsea, Sloane Stanley and Knight Frank. As well as everyone who set up a stall to provide food, treats & giveaways – Furry Chef, Hugo & Celine, ByBenji, The Country Dog Hotel, The Rockster, Adios Plastic, For All DogKind and Humble Pizza. And of course, all of the other brands who donated items for modelling & auction as well as raffles & goodie bags – Bartock & Boog, Beautiful Joes, Buddys, Clementine, Cloud7, Dogs & Horses, Dorwest Herbs, 2.8 Duepuntootto, Fetch & Follow, Four&Sons, Furry Chef, Henry Wag, Hindquarters, Labbvenn, Lilly Pet Shop, max-bone, MiaCara, Mutts & Hounds, Park Barkers, Ruffwear, See Scout Sleep, TagNBrag, Teddy Maximus, The Dog House, Travel Wags & Vackertass.

We can’t wait to do it all again next year!

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Keep your dog calm this firework season

The lead up to Bonfire night can be a very stressful time of year for dogs. Loud bangs and flashes created by fireworks can be very frightening for them, causing them to be anxious and unpredictable.

You can help them feel safe and reassured by creating a safe, snug area for them to retreat to and by providing some calming regular background noise such as the TV or radio. Remember to act normal – your pet looks to you for cues as to whether they need to be worried so stay with your pet to reassure them with your presence. And make sure their microchip details are up to date and they are wearing a collar with an ID tag, so that if they escape they can be quickly and safely returned to you

We would also recommend using Dorwest veterinary licensed herbal medicines which are formulated to naturally help dogs relax. They safely calm activity in the nervous system without sedating or affecting muscles so you are your pet can relax despite fireworks.

Valerian Compound contains pure extracts of three herbs in liquid form, which ensure it acts within just 30 minutes and is best used as a top up or for one off occasions. It can be given in addition to Scullcap & Valerian Tablets as a top- up for especially frightening or unplanned events.

Skullcap & Valerian Tablets are the only veterinary herbal medicine (classification AVM-GSL) licensed to relieve anxiety, nervousness and excitability in pets. They can be used as a singular dose but more effective when used as part of a phobia desensitisation programme.

How do these differ from others designed to calm pets?

The herbs are nervines, which means they help to naturally relax the nervous system, reducing anxiety but not immobilising muscles or sedating.T hey don’t make pets dopey or sleepy – in fact they are widely used for agility and show dogs when they need to be alert and focussed

Do they really work?

Scullcap & Valerian Tablets are the only herbal product to be officially authorised by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) to help anxiety and nervousness. They don’t approve a product unless it is proven to work.

How are they best used?

Scullcap & Valerian Tablets used daily provide better coverage and are ideal to start using up to a month before Fireworks Night so pets are already relaxed before the scary noises starts. However, even if you only start the day or so before your pet will still benefit. Valerian Compound is quicker-acting and is perfect to use orally as a ‘top-up’ and for unpredicted events such as neighbours having a fireworks display or a thunder storm.

Are they safe?

The ingredients reach medicinal standards and Dorwest adhere to rigorous regulations on safety and quality – something else the VMD insist upon for their approval. Both products can safely be used together and/or alongside other medications, as part of a wider phobia management plan. Due to the difficulties of performing specific safety tests, they are unable to recommend Scullcap & Valerian Tablets for use during pregnancy or lactation.

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Love My Human hosts a book signing for ‘Christian the Lion’

We were very lucky to have John Rendall and Derek Cattani visit us on Saturday to sign copies of their wonderful book ‘Christian The Lion – The Illustrated Legacy’.

It’s such an amazing story and a local one too – Christian spent the first year of his life living in a furniture shop on the King’s Road and playing in a churchyard just a minute down the road from us. So it was only fitting to give our customers the chance to meet these lovely gentlemen and hear their tales about Christian.

We were joined by Derek’s dog Minnie and some of favourite four legged friends including Miss Darcy with her brother George and their mum May, and little Oscar with his human Lizzie. The Love My Human dogs didn’t miss a chance for a photo opportunity either!

We were thrilled with the turn out, especially as we were donating 25% of proceeds from the book sales to the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust who do such wonderful work in Kenya and Tanzania.

We still have a few signed copies left which we will be selling in our shop along with limited edition prints of Christian’s life in Chelsea, shot by Derek Cattani. Pop by and pick one up – they will make the perfect Christmas gifts! And if you need a little reminder of the love between humans and our four-legged friends, here’s the famous video of Christian being reunited with his Lion Dads.

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One of the signed copies still available in our shop

Lizzie & Oscar meeting John & Derek

Miss Darcy helping Jenny & John with the book signing

George giving his mum a little cuddle

The LMH dogs having fun with our guests

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STRUTZ debuts on the Kings Road

Last Sunday we hosted our first ever STRUTZ, a charity canine fashion show followed by a silent auction to raise money for a few of our favourite charities.

The idea was born out of a desire to bring the Chelsea community together and give something back. We get to see so many well-loved dogs everyday at LMH but we know that not every dog is so lucky. We chose Soi Dog and Dogs Trust as they both do so much to help dogs who have been neglected and abandoned. We also wanted to support Pets as Therapy as we have some lovely PAT dog friends and we see the all the good work they and their humans do in their communities.

Marcel le Corgi & Aurélie

We had over 25 models sign up to walk and the generous brands we work with were more than happy to help, donating jumpers, jackets, harnesses and leads for our canine stars to strut down the dogwalk in, and for us to auction off after. We were also sent dog beds, hotel stays and even a gorgeous Frida Kahloprint to include in the silent auction.

Chewie

The LMH team and some of our friends who had kindly volunteered their time created a beautiful space on Dovehouse Green, Chelsea, complete with grassy dogwalk and front row seats for friends, family & passers-by to watch the show, and a crowd gathered as our fabulous compere Damian Greenish started introducing each of the models on to the stage.

Lizzie Lewis & Oscar

Opening the show was our very own LMH cover star, Theodore, wearing a gorgeous blue crewneck jumper by Howlpot – a fantastic new brand from Korea. He was followed by Oscar, a little Chihuahua and LMH regular who was walking with his human Lizzie Lewis. Dogs of all shapes and sizes followed them down the runway, from little Poms and Pugs to big British Bulldog best friends Django & Bozley, and rescue dogs from Italy & Brazil.

Milo testing out the Labbvenn bed

We were lucky enough to have a couple of PAT dogs – Amber & Milo – join us on the dogwalk, as well as some Instagrams stars including Marcel le Corgi, Mr Gizmo the Pug, Herbie & Dave and Tom Bully. And some other dog models even brought along their humans who write brilliant blogs such as The Dogvine, The LonDog and Miss Darcy’s adventures (Miss Darcy couldn’t join us unfortunately as she was holidaying in St Tropez, but her little brother George was one of the stars of the show in his bright yellow jumper).

May & George

Following the show the silent auction started, delicious bites were served for dogs and their humans, and goody bags were handed out. Best in STRUTZ was awarded to the handsome Tom Bully before we headed down the King’s Road to enjoy a glass of post-show fizz at Timothy Oulton.

Super Tedz

We were thrilled with the turnout and really couldn’t have done it without the support of the brands who donated items for auction, the dog models and their humans, volunteers on the day, and especially Sloane Stanley and @kingsroadchelsea who helped us come up with the idea for STRUTZ.

So it’s a very big LMH thank you to Buddy’s, ByBenji, Busaba, Cloud7, The Dog House, Fetch & Follow, Furry Chef, Hindquarters, Howlpot, Labbvenn, Little Lord Barkley, See Scout Sleep, Mutts & Hounds, Max Bone, MiaCara, Pet Teezer, Rockster, Teddy Maximus and Timothy Oulton.

We managed to raise £1,600 from our silent auction and all the proceeds are going to three wonderful charities. You can read about all the good work they do at Soi Dog, Dogs TrustPets as Therapy.

You can read all about Strutz 2019 here.

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Love My Human visits dog shelters in Phuket

At Love My Human, we love all dogs and care about each and every one of them and want to support those who are less fortunate. That is why over the summer, LMH’s lovely owner Jenny spent time in Phuket visiting Dog shelters. Jenny spent time learning about The Bodhi Dog Rescue Centre and Shelter and Soi Dog, and gained first-hand experience of the workings of both amazing organisations.

The Bodhi Shelter is run by the incredible Tina Maria; a true superwoman. She has about 500 dogs out living in a field and another 100 who live in the compound, and every single one of them has a name. Unlike our very lucky pooches who come and visit us at LMH, these little ones don’t have anything, not even a blanket to sleep on. However, Tina is able to provide them with food and shelter. She even kisses every single one that comes along. For the unruly ones, she has to wrestle them into a crate; a job which is not for the faint-hearted. Tina’s story is so inspiring and shows how the perseverance and passion of one woman and a dedicated team of volunteers can truly change the lives of many disadvantaged dogs.

We have made a financial donation as well as sending a selection of harnesses and leads, and a pair of new clippers to help shave the matted and flea-ridden dogs. They have a number of severely ill dogs who desperately need your support so please do head over to their website to check out the wonderful work that they are doing and perhaps considering donating or sponsoring a dog for only £23 a month.

The second foundation which Jenny visited was Soi Dog, who focus primarily on 3 things: rescue and treatment, sterilisation and vaccination, and ending the dog meat trade. Set up by John and Gill Dalley and friend Margot Homburg, they started with the simple idea of mass sterilisation to help reduce the number of dogs and cats being born into a life of suffering. With their aim being very focussed, they were able to build a fantastic system to help manage the stray population and to address any of their medical needs. They not only work in Phuket but also in Bangkok and other provinces in Thailand. They have mobile sterilisation clinics across the capital and have successfully managed to sterilise over 238,553 animals so far! They also strive to improve animal welfare rights all over Asia and help stray dogs affected by the various natural disasters over the past 10 plus years.

Soi Dog also continues to fight against the dog meat trade which is unfortunately still prevalent in a handful of Asian countries such as South Korea, Vietnam and China. Thanks to their sheer determination and activism, the trade has almost been fully wiped out in Thailand! At LMH, we are going to stock Soi Dog products and all of the proceeds will be sent back to them to help with both their activism and medical care for the dogs.

Please do check out their website too and see the ways in which you can help them reach their goal of sterilising the 640,000 stray dogs in Bangkok as well as helping to reduce the number of strays on the beaches of Phuket.

Charity is such a big part of our ethos at Love My Human and we are going to continue to support these wonderful organisations amongst others as we continue to grow as a company. We appreciate all of your support as customers in our first few months and hope you can extend that support to wonderful charities such as Bodhi Shelter & Soi Dog. Dogs have such big loving hearts and we want to do our very best in helping those who have nothing.

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Sloane Square magazine covers our launch party

Our friends at Sloane Square magazine featured our launch party with pictures of some of favourite friends including the gorgeous Teddy of Teddy Maximus fame, charity champion Doug the Therapy Pug & his lovely human Cate, beautiful blogger Miss Darcy & her fabulous mum May, BBC’s Anna Webb, and our friends Julia & Julian who make the delicious Furry Chef treats.

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Debora Robertson tells us how she became a person who cooks for her dogs

Love takes extraordinary forms. For example, I never thought I would go on a golf holiday, sit through Lord of the Rings or blitz the cooked onion into bread sauce. These are all things that never would have entered my life if I weren’t married to someone to whom they were important. Another thing I never thought I’d do was to cook for my dog.

When we got Barney, our border terrier, 11 years ago, we showed up at our local park early one Sunday morning for our first puppy training class. Even through my bleary, under-caffeinated eyes, I clocked one woman immediately: flawless hair, too carefully dressed for the hour and the occasion, and a dead ringer for Meg Swan, the neurotic dog owner played by Parker Posey in Best in Show, Christopher Guest’s brilliant parody of the dog show world. As the trainer passed around treats to help us encourage our little darlings to sit and stay, she demurred, producing from her pocket a Ziplock bag of something brown. ‘Organic liver treats,’ she said, noticing my gaze. ‘I make them myself.’ My immediate thought was of course you do, swiftly followed by what a massive weirdo.

But then as the weeks went on, and I became further embedded into the sometimes rather recherché world of the London dog owner, I quickly realised that the joke was on me. I shared the story of Organic Liver Treat Lady with my new dog walking pals only for it to be met with shrugs of, ‘Oh yes, I do that,’ from many of them. They all looked quite normal.

Dried liver is the gateway treat for most of us, even if it does make your kitchen smell like something long dead is hidden behind radiator. It didn’t take me long before I was baking the foul-smelling, swamp-mud-looking cubes of gastronomic delight for Barney. And where liver treats lead, can frozen yoghurt and banana pupsicles, pumpkin pupcakes and parsley doggy breath bones be far behind?

The answer is, no. I apologise, scorned and derided Organic Liver Treat Lady. Eleven years on, I am you. I cook for Barney and our 11-month-old Dandie Dinmont puppy, Gracie, every day. I’ve adapted the meals I cook for them – adding some salt, more herbs, some chilli, the odd dipping sauce – so we can eat them too, so it’s not an enormous extra effort or expense. The pack that eats together, sticks together I say.

It may be that I’m alone in being surprised by this development. My family and friends have taken it in their strides. You see, when I am not being ridiculously over-indulgent with my dogs, I am being over-indulgent with everyone around me. I’m a feeder by temperament and a food writer by profession. If you come within 10 metres of me, the chances are I’ll give you something to eat. I can’t help myself. ‘Try this,’ must escape from my lips a dozen times a day.

Every, single day, Barney and Gracie do more for me than I could ever do for them – they force me from my desk into the fresh air, they teach me lessons in perpetual cheerfulness, show me how to live in the moment and remind me always to expect the very best from people. And for that, a handful of apple cheddar chews or a little lamb and barley casserole seem like very small payment indeed.

Dogs’ Dinners: The healthy, happy way to feed you dog by Debora Robertson, published by Pavilion Books. Illustrated by Cinzia Zenocchini.


We’re thrilled to stock Debora’s new book Dogs’ Dinners in our shop & grooming spa on the King’s Road. We even have some exclusive signed copies available for you to buy! You can find our address & opening hours here.