DIY DogScone

I recently did a cooking class and if you know me then you know this is both hysterical & amazing.  
I am not one for cooking or baking for that matter. but This class at GINGER AND LIME FOOD STUDIO was just the thing I needed to boost my confidence.

So I decided to put a video together of a very easy made up recipe of my very own version of what a Dogscone should be, so that you too can whisk these up quick stix for your pooch. And the best thing about it is that you don't need to be a confident cook to do it!

 

You need:

 

Flour

Egg

Coconut Oil

Carrots

Spuralina Powder

Peanut butter ( No Sugar, NO XYLOTIL - Please triple check this, as Xylotil is deathly for dogs )

Broccoli 

Biltong Shavings

As mentioned, not being someone who bakes , cooks or likes to follow rules I just used my common sense when it came to the quantities. Have a look at the video below to see how it all went down!

The Point of this blog is to share the knowledge that healthier food and treats we give to our animals the better. Always do research on what dogs are not allowed and take it from there. There are so many awesome ingredients out there that many dog owners don't know are incredibly beneficial to our pets as well as us. 

 

Episode #1 of the Series 'Dogumentary' by Dog Meets Girl. Healthy Dog treat video clip

Dogs do High Tea

I was recently invited by a dear friend , who is part of our ever growing Instagram family (@goldengirlcali), to join her for High Tea at The 12 Apostles Hotel here in Cape Town. What made this even more special was not only that it was a pre Birthday Gift but also the fact that........ OUR DOGS WERE INVITED! Yea! Of course this is completely my Cup of Tea.....pun intended....

What the heck is a "High Tea?"                                                                                                              

Noun ; high tea (plural high teas)Initially, it was a meal for the working man, taken standing up or sitting on tall stools, thus 'high'. Tea with cakes, scones, even cheese on toast would have been served.

But in our case, our version of High Tea involved scoffing our faces with cakes and tea in a fancy Hotel with our Dogs next to us!

Upon arrival, I was offered to have my car parked for me & was handed the most beautiful flowers. Bailey was greeted by the staff with such warmth. Not for one second did I feel as though Bailey would be in the way of others, or be a nuisance for the staff at 12 Apostles Hotel. They embraced two (GORGEOUS) dogs, one Retriever (Cali) & one Labrador (Bailey) - bearing in mind these are not small lap dogs. I was well impressed & knew that they did their best to accommodate us!

While wearing a Collar (Thanks Benji & Moon) & leash, we headed out for a little stroll around the gorgeous grounds of this Iconic Hotel. Nestled against a magnificent mountain while overlooking the ocean. The setting is undeniably one of the most beautiful and one to experience!

Now LET´S EAT CAKE!

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Only Images will suffice such delectable treats. This cannot be explained in words - We ate scones , chocolate mousse , cheese cake , tiny sandwiches, drank Camomile tea in gorgeous glass teapots & so much more. The attention to detail was refreshing! One question may be on your mind, where the heck are the dogs, and did they get cake?

Cali & Bailey were lying next to us. But if you know Labradors & Retrievers, you will also know that the begging eyes were in full force! The cake stands were pretty high, but they would always manage to peek there snouts in somehow.....

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Now of course saying no to these faces is virtually impossible & being the responsible dog owners we are, we did not feed them cake, maybe a cucumber here & there :) . We felt bad stuffing our faces (elegantly of course) in front of our kids, so the staff happily served our dogs a delicious raw egg each served in a 12 Apostles dog bowl.

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 With popping tummies & full hearts it was time to head home. It was an awesome experience & one I hope you can enjoy too. When we own a pet it is up to us too be responsible owners. Although I know that Bailey is a well behaved dog & is used to social outings, I made sure he was on leash at all times out of respect for others. I was very aware of our surroundings and how it may or may not affect guests & staff. It was up to me to be responsible in taking my dog with me to such an occasion. 

So if you are planning on going for High Tea or any fab event with your dog, No matter how friendly or well trained, always remember how important YOUR job is. The more responsible & respectful we are, the better the chances are for more human spaces to become pet places.     

A huge thank you to Lorien & Cali for spoiling Bailey & I. We will never forget it.

Thank you to 12 Apostles Hotel for being incredibly hospitable, friendly & professional. We had a stunning time!                                            

 

 

 

White Sands Review

There are few things better than taking a road trip just to adventure, rest & mostly gain perspective on life. For me, my trip would be absolutely incomplete without Bailey by my side. There have been times where we have wanted to stay as a gift to ourselves (hubby & I) that is a bit more 5 star & less back packer-ish which is what most, not all, Pet friendly accommodation is advertised online. 

So, began my quest to find & review a 5-star Pet friendly accommodation around Cape Town. It´s tough guys, but someone has to do it ;) ...Then we found WHITE SANDS.

Recently, we had the absolute privilege of staying the night at The Beach House Escape in one of their houses called “White House” in the small harbour Town of Yzerfontein, Cape Town. Driving along the West Coast to find our destination is always a treat & one to experience as often as possible. As you leave the City behind you are greeted with beautiful beaches that seem to go on forever. Yzerfontein is merely 90km away from Cape Town CBD & 30 minutes’ drive from where we live in Melkbosstrand, yet you feel miles away which is lovely.

It was the day of our adventure & we were up and at ém at 6am with full intention on hitting the road at 9am SHARP in the quest to enjoy every minute, hour, day! HOWEVER, reaching said intention is almost impossible as a dog mom (& wife for that matter) - The husband ´faffs´ & the dog has far too many accessories for his own good. 

 

CHECK LIST PROCESS FOR BAILEY (let alone my needs):

COLLAR

TOWEL

POOP BAG

LEASH (Nah)

FOOD (Will pack his Doggobone in a moment, don't want it to defrost) Which I totally forgot to pack! Go buy Veggies & Meat at Local Spar!!

BOWL

WABOBA BALL

GOPRO (I guess it´s more for Bailey than me, right?)

2 hours later...Apparently in my household.

Right! let´s go!

 

Now being 11am & a touch stressed, 30 Minutes later we arrive in Paradise. 

We were greeted by the friendliest face welcoming us with such warmth. Tinashe is the House Manager & from what I hear has made lifelong friends by his wonderful hospitality & humble personality. He showed us around & of course Bailey jumped straight in the pool ON arrival & made a great big splash, a shake & made Yzerfontein know that HE has arrived. I kept apologizing for Bailey wetting Tinashe and the whole (outside) area, clearly still on edge. However, Tinashe kept reassuring us that it is dog friendly - "Dogs are welcome, let him be, it´s ok". Thanks Tinashe! From that moment on we felt right at home!

This 5 Bedroom House sleeps up to 10 people. It is incredibly spacious, which is what one needs in order to rest and rejuvenate. Especially if you are sharing with both humans and well-behaved dogs, this setup works well. The design of this house draws in the beauty of its surroundings. We felt so close to nature by the well put together aesthetics inside the house & by the smell & sound of the Ocean which is literally at your front door! Inside you are surrounded by large windows that are able to open as doors. By opening these doors, you are inviting the natural cool sea breeze & the sound of the ocean inside. This automatically puts you in a holiday mode & fills you with peace!

Besides it being absolutely incredible for humans, it is possibly THE best place to have your dog experience! The property is an open space, therefore there are no walls to contain your pet, we had no issue with this. Bailey is very good in that way, he is obedient and will never go roam if he can´t see us. I had no issue with chasing him down our quiet street to fetch him. He was pre-occupied by the stunning swimming pool, if not swimming he would cool down inside by the kitchen (obviously) on the cool concrete floor (which hides dirty paws). I would also find him upstairs like the human he thinks he is in the main bedroom staring out at the ocean, his happy place.

It is not even 1 2 3 steps and we were ON the beach! We only saw 2 other people on this beach while we were there. It is very quiet and just so beautiful. We didn't have much time to spend on the beach, but you can very easily walk for hours and hours!

The main bedroom is basically the size of our home! If it was just that room on offer for the night we would have been just fine! You are spoilt with endless sea views on either side of the balcony, the view is just perfection!! You can put your feet up in your own lounge & roll into bed when you are tired. And of course, one must enjoy the shower. The shower is now my haven! I did not know I could love a shower that much. The wonderful thing about staying at White Sands was the fact that we could sleep with our balcony doors wide open! We felt so safe & comforted by the roaring sound of the ocean. If you have never fallen asleep or woken up to the sound of the crashing waves of our incredible sea you MUST add it to your bucket list. It is an incredible experience & one that we could enjoy here.

The sun rose around 5:30am and we made sure we had at least one eye open to experience this magnificent view from our bed. All I can say is, what a site! This was then followed by some coffee in bed. 

The exciting part about The Beach House Escape is that the houses are not only used as accommodation but functions as well. The property comprises of 3 different houses named White Sands, Thyme & Tyde and Pearl Bay. Just imagine holding a company workshop or conference at this amazing location. What a way to do team building right?!. You could even have an epic birthday weekend with all your friends or use as a Yoga Health Retreat... Just enjoying the beauty of the scenery around.

The kitchens in these houses are just so dreamy. I would not expect anything different from the lady herself, Ginger and Lime Queen Denise Levy . The Beach House Escape also plans to have interactive cooking weekends in these kitchens. Bailey already said he agrees to test the food and let everyone know if it’s edible. The possibilities are endless at The Beach House Escape.

I can honestly say that this was an experience of a lifetime and Bailey already asked me when we are going back. 

Thank you to our wonderful hosts for having us stay & review such a timeless piece. Be sure to follow the links in this blog to find out available dates & costs!

xxx

Bailey Turns 7!

Of course I celebrate my Dog´s Birthday!?  

It´s no secret you see, Dog Mom´s seem to get looked at strangely when your dog has a lavish birthday party. One with balloons, pupcakes (even auto correct just changed ´pupcakes´to ´cupcakes´) , presents, treats & friends! In a nutshell Dog Mom´s want the same affection & attention to detail given to kids , to be given to our pooches. And why the heck not :) 

Thank goodness that the pet industry is now growing in such a positive direction & at quite a pace with pushing messages of healthy dog living with natural foods, lifestyle & treating them as our family, which they are.

And that, my friends, is why Bailey had a Birthday Party. A small one without the fancy cakes & balloons (terrible mom) but a few hours of total joy with his FURiends!

The Beach I chose was Clifton 1st here in Cape Town . It is gorgeous, protected from the wind & happens to be dog friendly! We called up Bailey´s friends who were able to join on a week day & headed down to party on!

A few hours on this stretch of land and sea was enough to exhaust our Dog´s & juuuuuust enough time to avoid being kicked off the beach by a peaceful group of people trying to enjoy the sunset without:  salty dogs jumping on them , eating their food, dry humping their towel, shaking off next to them (incase they were hot) or all of the above at once. Beautiful chaos in my opinion!

They ran, they swam, they conquered! Of course all was documented for you to enjoy! 

Thank you to Bailey´s furiends that joined us: You can join their instagram accounts below!

Happy Birthday my Bailey Boy. 7 years with you has been so precious, pure, wonderful, loving, supportive, adorable, sweet, kind, patient (sometimes), incredible, meaningful and all the other beautiful words out there. I love you so much!

 

Cali  @goldengirlcalibear
Remi Calliope & Savannah Rose @remi_and_savi
Vedder  @gspsouthafrica
Nala  @the_beachdog
Sebastian , Noodle & Benji  

Francois Van Coke & Ringo the Bulldog

I was asked to Photograph Rocker Francois Van Coke, Lead singer of the band Fokofpolisikar & his super handsome bulldog Ringo, who also happens to be totally famous! These guys (yes Francois & Ringo) were so chilled & relaxed, up for any direction I gave them which made the shoot so much fun & enjoyable for us all.

I am now a big fan of both these legends & big thanks to Pet Prints Magazine for organising this shoot! 

Sponsorship by Wagworld

Recently I set off on a road trip with my labby Bailey to Knysna. I received a great response to do a Popup Pooch Shoot in Plett as well as lifestyle shoots. I decided to document the entire trip & make the best out of the love I have for both Knysna, Plett, my dog & photography. Yip, I believe in creating your own opportunities, and making the life you want to live a reality.

I decided to approach a brand within the dog industry to help sponsor my trip. Wagworld was the very first to pop in to my mind. I had met the beautiful minds behind the name years ago but chances were slim to be remembered.

I put a proposal together, met up with Jasmina & Chrissi and walked away with funds for the trip as well as 4 beds, 1 hammock, two blankets, and a bunch of toys as well as a mutual excitement for us all to work together. Bailey was SUPER comfy throughout the trip-Start to finish:)

I am completely sold on their product! There are different beds for different dog personalities I found. As well as hardy but comfortable beds for the outdoors which we found ourselves at most of the time. Having a 12 year lab who sleeps a lot and has his aches and pains, i feel so excited about giving him a firm bed that keeps his body well supported, where his bum never touches the ground even after months of lying in it. 

I was asked to take photos for them while on my trip as Bailey & his girlfriend enjoyed the beds.

Thank you to the Wagworld team for this great opportunity, great product & a great love for what you do.

Three poodles & a cup of tea

A recent Lifestyle Shoot was in Plett for Courteney & her three super cool poodles! I took a drive from Knysna where I was staying to Plett on a very moody-rainy Friday. Not feeling very convinced by this weather, I met Courteney and her three poodles at a STUNNING venue called Ouland Royale, very close to Plett airport. 

We decided to grab a cup of coffee at this incredible venue then heading off to a farm to shoot outdoors. 

It turns out that Ouland Royale, honestly one of THE most beautifully inspiring locations I have ever been to, ended up being the backdrop to our shoot. While sipping our coffee, we slowly began to take over this venue, one poodle at a time. Thankfully the owner was the nicest most accommodating human, so gracious in allowing us to shoot in her space.

I  was very intrigued by this breed as I had never spent time with poodles before. What intelligent , faithful, loyal & wonderful dogs they are. Courteney rescued two of her pups, Oliva & Pixel, with Mila being the very confident non-rescued pup in her crew.

Pixel was told many times over that she had no future & to be put down would be her only option. Courteney, with her massive heart & her background in animal physio decided to take her in & work on little Pixel. Her two back legs are badly deformed but in just a few months, with tons of love, care and physio she is one of the happiest dogs I know. Seeing her run & play when all odds were against her is something so special & I commend her human for taking her in with all her beautiful imperfections.

Court thank you for loving your dogs the way you do, and I am so happy that they love you back all the same.

 

Thank you Ouland Royale, Baroque Barn for allowing us to gatecrash your incredible space for a few hours. It was such an honour. You can also follow Pixels progress on Facebook Pixel's Progress PageCommunity · 165 like this

Four Fabulous Frenchies

I got a call to do a Lifestyle Dog Shoot in Hout Bay, Cape Town. I was so excited to hear that it was for FOUR beautiful French Bulldogs.. yes, four! Not knowing much about this particular breed, I was quite excited to spend 3 hours getting to know them. 

Needless to say that this 4-legged faithful companion is an incredibly loyal, loving, obedient, super-intelligent breed. They were so inlove with their human, I had the treats but they only had eyes for mom which I always love to see.

Saskia has created an absolutely amazing life for her four fur-kids. They have a garden so lush & green to tumble around in, go for daily beach walks, and a human bed to cuddle up on , all 6 of them.

I left this shoot feeling so lifted & inspired. Not only from a creative point of view of being completely in my element, but more so that these dogs are so very loved, and love her human through life too.