Chez Barks - Dining with Dogs Pet-Fi’s premier episode of ‘Dining with Dogs’—a new series featuring dog-loving chefs across the world. ‘A dog’s dinner’ took on a new meaning recently as restaurateur Martin Williams threw open the doors of his glossy new restaurant, M Victoria, to both people and their pets. Always ready to sample new fare, Pet-Fi hosted a lunch where top toque Mike Reid shared his labradoodle, Calvin’s favourite dishes. Over a light two-course meal of fresh liver—dehydrated to a chewy consistency—followed by Calvin’s special peanut butter and bacon cookies, the collective of Pet-Fi ambassadors enjoyed the privileged viewpoint at the chef’s table. A trained food critic with his own live-in chef, Marcel le Corgi took a particular interest in the preparations as his owner, chef Pierre Schaeffer was on hand in the kitchen with Reid. Others amongst the lunching set were Dolly Rocks, Tuna the Long Dog, Maya and Peanut, Coco the Frenchie, Hudson the Labradoodle and our favorite Minion fighter, Arne Jacobsen. The event received a full tail salute and the attendees await the next Pet-Fi lunch date with eager anticipation. --------- M Victoria welcomes dogs and their owners at any time. Featuring: Marcel le Corgi, Dolly Rocks, Tuna the Long Dog, Maya and Peanut, Coco the Frenchie, Hudson the Labradoodle and Arne Doodle Jacobsen Don’t miss out! Subscribe to Pet-Fi for alerts when episodes are published. With special thanks to all our ambassadors, Mike Reid and M Restaurants Filmed by East Studios Brighton
We are Pet-Fi A showcase film created by Pet-Fi to introduce our audience to who we are and where we are going, with the modern pet-owner in mind.
Pups of Instagram An introduction to the pet-parents behind some of London's best known Instagram pups. At a recent event hosted by Pet-Fi we spoke with the creative forces and lucky pet-parents running the accounts for Marcel Le Corgi, Maya the Sausage, Tuna the Long Dog, Arne Jacobsen, Tuna Melts My Heart, Coco the French and Dolly Rocks. Watch the full portraits here on Pet-Fi and subscribe to Pet-Fi to get news and updates from our ambassadors and about upcoming influencer events.
Dolly Rocks 2! Dolly Rocks is a Maltese with style. And so is her pup-mum Maddie who occasionally coordinates her outfits to match her fluffy friend. The joy of being a portable dog in a big dog-friendly city is they get to discover the best that London has to offer from cashmere to shopping and Selfridges. @dollyrocks2 was started when Maddie was a bit bored at work and started posting pictures of Dolly. Fortunately they now work from home and Maddie's life has changed drastically as the result of her 3 kilo companion. Images courtesy of Maddie and Dolly
Wales meets France - Marcel Le Corgi Marcel Le Corgi, @marcel.lecorgi, is a long-haired or "fluffy" Pembroke Welsh Corgi who resides with his pet-parents Aurelie and Pierre. Boasting a very full passport, Marcel has been traveling extensively discovering the best dog-friendly destinations in the UK, France and the continent. Sharing a mutual love of photography, Aurelie has a great muse. Marcel has a cheeky disposition and seems to smile every time someone takes his picture. Pet-Fi is lucky to have him as our ambassador and look forward to sharing more of his adventures with you. Images courtesy of Aurelie Four
A short story about a long dog Luna is affectionately known by her Instagram handle Tuna the Long Dog, @tunathelongdog. Eline started taking pictures of Luna, a standard long-haired Dachshund when she was in university as a way to escape for a brief while from her studies and be creative. Marlowe, another Dachshund, is a new addition to the family and they are inseparable companions. Eline draws inspiration from her audience and from having a diva dog with attitude. Images courtesy of Eline
Double the Dachshund - Twice the Love First there was Maya and then came Peanut. Natasha started her Instagram account, @mayathesausage, and quickly discovered that when you mix Hedgehogs with a Silver Dapple Dachshund and rescue a miniature Dachshund you have the perfect recipe for tons of fun prickly photos! Natasha never expected that her instagram account would launch her dogs into stardom, they even get recognized by strangers when at the puppy-park! Still images courtesy of Natasha, Maya and Peanut.
Coco the Frenchie Coco is a very demure French Bulldog who loves wearing hats and has a dedicated fan base. Coco, who hails from the now defunct pet department at Harrods can frequently been seen around the town discovering Dog-Friendly London. She has been a source of inspiration for Deborah, who started posting pictures on Instagram, @cocothefrenchie1 to share with her family, of which Coco is an integral part. Images courtesy of Deborah and Coco
Arne Jacobsen - @arnedoodle Arne is a Shichon who currently lives in London with his parents April and Joe. April shares her story and inspiration behind Arne's instagram account @arnedoodle and discovering the dog-friendly side of London. We will be following Arne, April and Joe on their adventures as they relocate to Los Angeles. Arne is a big dog trapped in a little body. But his size didn't stop him from trying to take on a Minion, sadly the minion won. We are working on a rematch for later next year. Images courtesy of April and Arne
Chef Michael Reid on Cooking for Dogs Michael Reid is the Executive Chef at M restaurants in London. Mike took time off from filming the pilot of our new series "Dogs Dinners" to talk with us about his background working in some of Britain's top restaurants and his own dog back in Australia, a Labradoodle named Calvin. Calvin is a lucky dog whose gets home made dog-treats including peanut butter and bacon cookies which Mike prepared for our ambassadors on the day. As both a pet-parent and chef Mike is pleased that more restaurants now welcome four-legged diners.
Dine with your Dog at M Pet-Fi invited our ambassadors to take part in a great day out in central London for a masterclass and dog-friendly brunch at M Restaurant Victoria. Executive Chef Michael Reid kept his audience well amused and well fed! The event will take place again on the 3rd of December.
Miss Darcy and Dog Friendly Chelsea Chelsea resident May and Miss Darcy, the cockapoo with an international blog following Miss Darcy’s Adventures, share their address book of shops, delis and restaurants that are as welcoming to dogs as they are to their owners. Their short list of local favorites in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea include Daunt Books, The Shop at Bluebird, The Henry Root, Lucio's and Le Pascalou.
Yoga, doga and chilling in South London Tania Brown, yoga teacher and brand ambassador for lululemon, explains how she and her dog Ziggy share an approach to relaxation, his take on yoga and the dog-friendly paradise of her retreats in Devon.
Corgis on the critical list Despite holding the accolade of the Queen’s favourite breed, the corgi has seen a dramatic decline in popularity in recent years. Caroline Kisco, Secretary of the Kennel Club, explains her concerns for the healthy survival of these wonderful dogs.
Courtney on Tuna the instagram sensation Courtney was going to adopt a pug and name it Asparagus, but then she met Tuna, the Chiwennie of the comic overbite. Tuna, a cross between a dachshund and a chihuahua, has 2 million dedicated followers on instagram and twitter and he brightens many a day with his escapades. Images courtesy of Tuna and Aurelie Four
Country dog, city dog The corgi; loyal, intelligent and undeniably adorable, is sadly in decline. Rachel Oates, pet photographer and owner of Winny sings the praises of the breed and its adaptability, whether you live the country life or in the middle of the city.
Dog Friendly Brighton Brighton welcomed Tuna Melts My Heart, an Instagram legend, for a stay to experience the best the city has to offer. We caught up with Courtney and Tuna to get the exclusive story. Our Pet-Fi ambassador, Marcel Le Corguide, was on hand to show Tuna the sights. From dog-friendly beaches to pubs and cafes, Brighton definitely makes four-legged friends feel right at home. Brighton Rocks!
May on Miss Darcy's Adventures Chelsea resident May and Miss Darcy, the cockapoo with an international following discusses her blog Miss Darcy’s Adventures. When May realized her own Facebook account was becoming all about Darcy, she gave her a voice and her stories are now read in over 114 countries. May wanted a dog because she wanted responsibility, and her companionship with Miss Darcy opened her eyes to just how dog-friendly Britain is.
Bring Your Dog To Work Day "Bring your dog," they said. "It'll be fine," they said. When Jo and Mark, owners of Hownd, moved offices three years ago, they were told their dogs would have to stay at home. So they founded the Bring your Dog to Work Day, raising money for charity, gathering huge social media interest and helping to lower their team’s collective blood pressure. pictures: Paul Brown at epic-fotos.com, and Bridget Davey at bridgetdavey.com Film courtesy of the Teleware offices in the UK
Bruno the Dashchund With over 80K followers on instagram, Bruno the Mini Dachshund is a destroyer of boxes and lover of beaches and a Pet-Fi favourite. Here his owner Lindsay tells us the story of his social media success and huge appeal.
Marcel Le Corguide and Aurelie Marcel le Corgi is a traveller and instagram favorite, with stamps in his pet-passport from France, England, Belgium, Scotland…Marcel is a well-travelled dog. We caught up with his owner Aurelie and asked her to introduce her famous dog to the Pet- Fi community.
Marcel in Mayfair We sent our travel guru Aurelie and her famous sidekick Marcel to Flemings hotel in Mayfair, London. Aurelie loved the friendly welcome and the fact that dogs are allowed in the breakfast room. Marcel loved the treats, the attention and proximity to Green Park.
Paws For Coffee There's a dog-friendly cafe near Hampton Court, so we sent our best dog in to take a look Dogs-eye video: John Royle (www.glanton.com)
Bandanas For Charity Soi Dog already have the UK record for dogs wearing bandanas (nope, we didn't know it was a thing either), now they're after the world record - and they want you to join them. We talk to volunteer Izzy about the foundation, and about this year's record attempt Get involved June 25th The Hope and Anchor Inn, Wye Street, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 7BU Registration opens: 10.30am Event starts: 1pm *Please register early to avoid disappointment and delays*
Alan Whitehead “Ob-la-di, ob-la-da… life goes on” – you remember the song, now meet the man who hit the drums for Marmalade when their cover of Paul McCartney’s song went to number one in the UK in 1968. Alan Whitehead has since retired from the drumming world, and runs Chubby Lama management along with Sasi Langford. This is the wonderful story of how he found his answers in life, and the close bond he has formed with the energetic Chubby, his Tibetan terrier
Gareth Evans & Wilson Gareth Evans plays back row for Gloucester, one of the great English rugby clubs. His doberman, Wilson, enjoys his time running around with the other dogs in the Dog Club as Gareth trains. Here, Gareth talks to us about the club, the joy of owning a doberman and the trials of knee injury. Click here to see more about Dog Club, or here to see more about Gloucester's work with fostering dogs
The Dog-Friendly Rugby Club Gloucester Rugby play in the Aviva Premiership, and are blessed with superstar names and a rich history. And, of course, the famous Gloucester Rugby Dog Club. Over the years, more and more players have been bringing their pup into training, where they get regular walks during the day around the grounds of Hartpury. Up to 50 dogs can be on site on any given day, with a giant lake and lots of green space for the dogs to explore. Captain Billy Twelvetrees; back-rowers Matt Kvesic and Gareth Evans (click here to see his story); prop Nicky Thomas; scrum-half Callum Braley – the owners, and dogs, just keep on coming at Gloucester, England's most dog-friendly sports club. Head here to hear more about the club's work with fostering dogs as well
Dog Fostering & Rugby Adrienne Eley has been administrator at Gloucester Rugby Club for 15 years, and takes charge of much of the day to day running of the club... including dog club, where the players bring their pets into training every day. On top of her Gloucester commitments, she volunteers for Many Tears Rescue centre in Wales, where dogs are fostered and adopted after being rescued. She fosters dogs, and has seen the Gloucester players help her throughout the years, from adopting dogs right through to donating food, collars and leads, and raffling off items to help raise funds. Could this be the most dog-friendly sports club in Britain?
Imogen Levenson Imogen Levenson, known for her work with the BBC on their program Ladykillers, is a pest controller from North London. Pudding became part of the Levenson family unexpectedly; Ember, a Border Terrier, says Imogen, ‘was a bargain’ – a third child/dog pay-off.
Jon Moulton and Clemmie on the beauty of Guernsey and the trials of pet travel Jon Moulton holds his well-travelled “Coodle”, a collie-poodle cross, Clemmie in high regard. ‘She asks, I give,’ he says. Jon is a venture capitalist, founder of Better Capital and chairman of Aurigny Airlines, one of the few airlines to allow dogs in the cabin. Jon, who lives in dog-friendly Guernsey, explains why the island’s walks and wildlife is perfect for dogs and their owners.
THE HEADLAND HOTEL CORNWALL Guests at this stylish Victorian hotel with cottages also on offer enjoy the spa, surf school, an approach golf course and a glorious sea-view terrace. Overlooking the mighty Fistral Beach, the hotel and its cottages are a wonderful place for dogs and their owners to play, relax and dine.
ALOFT HOTEL LONDON Our intrepid dachshund checks out the Aloft Hotel, a pet-welcoming hotel right next to London’s ExCel centre, and minutes away London City Airport, Canary Wharf and the O2 Arena. Lofty rooms, a pool and spa and great bar will keep the humans happy, too.
Just Barking Co-owner of Just Barking and dog grooming expert Martin Jakubowski reveals how his background in fine art ushered him into dog grooming, what it’s like working in the industry and useful tips for anyone thinking of taking up the profession themselves.
David Cuffe A family practice David Cuffe of David Cuffe & Associates veterinary clinic says he’s a lucky man. He does the job he loves; he’s lucky to have wonderful clients and wonderful staff. And his clients feel lucky too, “they care for your animal as if it were their own,’ says one. David and his team are based in Abbeville Road in south London.
Hanson of London Hanson of London is a dog-friendly leather aesthetics designer for canine companions who enjoy bespoke fashion, guaranteeing that your dog will be the most stylish pooch in the park. They craft hand-tailored collars for your canine companions in a range of colours, carefully fitted and made to your dog’s exacting standards.
Milestone Hotel London Four legs good, two legs good To the Milestone Hotel in Kensington, being pet-friendly means treating their four-legged guests the same as their two-legged ones. “No request is too large and no detail too small” is their motto, and the pet concierge makes sure that this applies to every dog that comes through the doors.
Lord Holmes of Richmond Black lab Lottie is the first guide dog ever in the House of Lords, and has changed owner Chris Holmes’ life. “Getting around with a cane or a dog is like the difference between crawling and flying,” he says and talks to Pet-Fi about how Lottie guides his daily routine, in or away from the Lords.
Frances Strachan Frances Strachan, founder of London music and comedy club The Hideaway, tells us how her dogs fit into her routine of working late into the night and rising late in the morning. They spend their days together, working and playing hard, a relationship they all love and benefit greatly from.