Be Inspired 2019-07-04T13:38:21+00:00

Be Inspired….for Summer

Welcome to Summer!

From fabulous flip flops to communing with nature, here’s what’s inspiring us this season

Pubs for pups….

Sipping on a Pimms in a sunny pub garden is one of the simple pleasures of the Great British summer. Even better if you can take your hound with you, safe in the knowledge they will be welcomed with water bowls, biscuity treats and lots of attention. The riverside Boot Inn near Winchester comes highly recommended, and we love dog-friendly The Swan in Old Amersham. The perfect spot to while away a summer’s afternoon with Stanley, our Wheaten Terrier.

Ice ice baby….

Stay cool this summer with home-made frozen treats for you and your hound. BBC Good Food has some fab recipes for humans. We love this Raspberry Ripple one that doesn’t require an ice cream machine. And for your pup – the simplest way to make dog-friendly frozen treats is to freeze pots of whizzed up yoghurt, banana and peanut butter. No time to DIY? Then grab some of Woof And Brew’s pawsome Pawsecco Pops. For the dog, not you.

Canine camping….

Fresh air, wide open spaces, endless barbecues and snuggling up under the stars – there are plenty of reasons why camping with your hound is so appealing. But it pays to do a bit of research before you start packing the tent and filling the coolbox. First up, you need to find a dog-friendly campsite – take a look at Cool Camping’s list. Then have a read of Redhound For Dogs’ blog to find out what it’s REALLY like to camp with your canine friend(s).

Grow your own...

Nothing tastes better than home-grown fruit and veg, but it might seem like a daunting prospect to get started. One of the easiest things to grow is lettuce. It doesn’t need much space and if you choose a fast-growing variety you could be adding it to your salads within a month! There’s also still time to sow runner beans, spring onions and beetroot for this summer. Or if you want to keep it really simple, buy some herbs to add home-grown flavour to your mealtimes.

Nature therapy....

Discover the benefits of forest bathing, the Japanese practice of connecting with the natural environment to de-stress and rejuvenate. It couldn’t be simpler. Just take a stroll through the woods, clear your mind, breathe deeply, and absorb the sounds and smells of nature. The jury’s out as to whether this is a suitable experience to share with your hound. While we love the idea of doing some forest bathing with Stanley, we’re not sure it would be all that relaxing...

Best foot forward....

As the weather warms up, our thoughts turn to our feet – yes really – summer footwear is a hot topic this year!Trends for 2019 range from Velcro sandals with foam soles to skimpy stilettoes with barely-there straps. Here at The Lounging Hound HQ we prefer a combination of style and practicality. Check out Birkenstock’s new Madrid Big Buckle range or these cute moulded flip flops from Joules. We literally can’t resist those puppies.

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