The Scotsman, The Daily Mail & The Daily Record – Balding dog wins best in show thanks to Scottish made Burberry-style coat

Fraser, a four-year-old black Standard Poodle , went bald because of an ailment called Sebaceous Adenitis, a rare type of inflammatory disease that affects the skin and glands of young and middle-aged dogs.
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North East Pet Expo

The Inaugural North East Pet Expo, the first of its kind, was held on Saturday,at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie.
A sell-out event, this was a fun filled day for all the family, catering for all pets from cats to critters and horses to hamsters.
Event sponsor, Ardene House Vet Practice, were on hand to answer questions and talk about their new Pet Health Club.
The Royal Northern Countryside Initiative also attended with their Country Classroom on Wheels with pigs and chickens on board, to offer advice and teach children and adults how to care for our animals. Continue reading

Press & Journal – North East Pet Expo

K9 Cleancoats, Pet Expo

Organisers of the first north-east Pet Expo have said the event will return later in the year, following a “fantastic” sell-out
response at the weekend. The inaugural festival took place on Saturday at Inverurie’s Thainstone Arena and attracted around 1,200 people with a variety of different animals. Dog walker Sally Barton decided to organise the event after realising how important pets of all kinds were to the families she had encountered.

Mrs Barton said: “Lots of things tend to be geared around dogs.I started asking around if people would be interested in co  min g along to something aimed at all kinds of pets, and it justkind of gained momentum. I’m absolutely delighted with the turnout; it was way over my expectations. All the feedback has been very positive and we are now looking at holding another Christmas-themed Expo towards the end of the year. Because we havethe whole umbrella of pets, we are looking to get a lot of different areas covered next time; birds of prey and Meet the Breed are two things I would like to arrange.”

The main arena in Thainstone hosted displays from dog agility groups and the Critter Keeper who showed off some of his exotic pets including iguanas, snakes and a raccoon.

There was also a dog fashion show which allowed spectators to look over the latest canine outfit trends. Funds were raised on the day for two animal charities, the Royal Northern Countryside Initiative (RNCI) and Until Every Dog Has a Home.

Mrs Barton said the date of the next Pet Expo was still to be confirmed, but added: “I just think it will get bigger and better. “We will definitely be running one in time for Christmas.”

Sunday Mail – Up On The Dogwalk

by Jim Lawson

It all started when designer Aileen Toynton got fed up cleaning her American cocker spaniel Toto after walks in the rain.

Driven to distraction, she invented the doggy onesie. And overnight it has become the must-have item of the season.

Aileen, from Elgin, Moray, says she’s working “eight days a week” to keep up with the demand from as far afeld as Tasmania and Canada. The former court shorthand writer said: “It all happened by accident as a result of creating something for Toto. I was fed up with the daily bath routine after his walks.”

Northern Scot – Dog coat business is ‘tail’ of success

northern-scotAN ELGIN seamstress who began a business selling dog coats has experienced a phenomenal first year in trade.

Aileen Perry made her first dog coat after getting fed up with continually having to wash Toto, her American Cocker Spaniel.

Friends at dog shows soon began asking her to make one to keep their pets warm and dry.

She received so many requests that she ­decided to set up K9 Clean Coats. Now the orders are coming in from as far afield as New Zealand and Canada.

Aileen (50) said: “It’s been incredible. I had absolutely no experience in business when I started.

“At first I was almost embarrassed to tell people I was selling the coats. But owners quickly began seeking me out.

“In fact, it’s all getting slightly out of hand now. I’m up at all hours dealing with the orders.

“I finally go to bed at night and in the morning there are another 30 new emails waiting for me.” Aileen has had to drastically scale back her hours as an administration secretary at Moray College. She’s also recently hired a seamstress – Fiona Purcell from Elgin – to help cope with the huge demand.

The coats cost, on average, £45 each. On Aileen’s website are details for owners on how to measure their dogs. Each coat is then made to fit each individual pet.

Speaking from the living-room of her home in Kyd Drive, which is crammed full of rolls of colourful materials, Aileen said: “Anyone who owns a hairy dog knows the problems involved.

“Toto would come back from a walk dripping wet and muddy.

“He’d also be shivering and I’d have to leave the heating on in the house while I went out to work.

“I only decided to make a coat for him myself after searching online and not being able to find anything suitable.

“The past 12 months have been amazing. I absolutely love what I’m doing. People love their pets and are so pleased when you can help them.

“I’ve never had a job where you get so much positive feedback.”

Press & Journal – Dogs in onesies

By Nicky MacBeath

 

An Elgin woman has become a worldwide hit selling onesies for dogs.

Aileen Perry, 50, started K9 Clean Coats from her home in Elgin while she was working full-time at Moray College.

She came up with the idea for her American cocker spaniel Toto, to keep him warm and dry over winter.

Her colourful designs have proved popular with dog lovers as far afield as Canada and Australia.

Since then sales of her handmade bodysuits have taken off. Each of the outfits is made from supersoft fleece material, and costs from £35 to £50.

Prepare yourself for loads of photos of dogs in onesies…