Along Came Mabel 

Hello you lovely lot! 

I hope you are all well. I am back at work and in the thick of it once more after a wonderful week off with our new arrival. We are so lucky to have family coming to stay with us for a couple of weeks to help with her training. 

I’ve had so many lovely messages and comments over on Instagram I thought I’d share a little post all about how the little lady is settling in. 

She sure is a beauty and a very funny pup. She’s certainly settled in well and is showing Maximus who’s boss… bless him he’s just so accepting. 


I’m honestly so happy with how she has instantly become part of our family and has responded so well to her new home. My only complaint is I wish we had done it sooner. 


Since Mabel’s arrival Maximus has really settled in his manner. He’s certainly become more relaxed and is definitely trying to be a big brother and show her the ropes….. even if this is a lot of play fighting! 

Our dog den is going down a treat too. Since night one we have not had any disturbances over night – not even for a toilet break! We have also purchased this amazing camera from Nest so we can check on them at night and wait for it…. speak to them! I know. Amazing right. 

So there you go just a little pupdate … someone stop me! I will be posting again soon about all of our puppy essentials and my recommendations. 

Don’t forget you can stay up to date over on Instagram (@welliesandwonder_


Until next time, 

W&W x 

It’s a Dogs Life… Puppy Checklist

Hello you lovely lot! 

If you follow me on Instagram then you will have seen over the recent weeks a new addition appear in my stories. Well it’s 2 weeks until she joins us and I am so excited! For anyone thinking of getting a dog or is waiting to bring their new pooch home then this post is for you. 

When we got Maximus we went over the top. I mean seriously. We had toys, treats, blankets galore. In all honesty it was far too much and he really wasn’t bothered about whether he had one or ten toys. So I’ve put together what I think the “basics” are when getting your first furry companion. 

1. A super comfy bed …. preferably washable. 

There’s so much choice out there and sometimes it’s a minefield to be honest. We have tried numerous of beds oval, scallop, square but for Maximus nothing beats a basket with tonnes of blankets he can burrow in.


There’s one dog bed on my wishlist though which I think I’ll get for them both once the new addition has settled in …. 


Charley Chau – How comfy does it look!! They offer a wide range of high quality dog beds and blankets. Take a look here: www.charleychau.com

2. A crate

While this may not be an essential (and it’s not for every pup!) However it’s great for training and helping the pup to settle in their new home. It can be overwhelming for a pup so having a crate is them having their own designated personal space… not that maximus has any boundaries with personal space now! 


Here’s some cuteness for you… you’re welcome 

3. Collar/Harness with an ID tag and a lead

This is given. It’s also now a legal requirement to have your dog not only chipped but to be wearing a physical tag. (Boring bit over) I’m really excited to get the new addition a gorgeous collar when she has grown a little. Maximus has a lovely tweed collar from Earthbound and a matching lead which we use on special occasions…. yep we are those people! I recently discovered The January Rose and she makes the most delightful collars, bows, hilarious ID tags and, wait for it…. matching bracelets! YES! 🙌🏻 


4. Toys 

All the toys! Particularly useful when they are teething. There so much on offer now for pooches but I do really like the puzzle toys, it provides a lot of stimulus for the dog which is useful when trying to prevent bad habits and behaviour. 


5. Puppy Pads / Enzyme Cleaners 

Don’t kid yourself into believing you will have the perfect pup. You won’t. They will have accidents and do ninja poops in places they shouldn’t. Pet pads aren’t for everyone but can be useful to encourage your dog to get to the door before doing their business. 

While pet pads aren’t for everyone an enzyme based cleaner is! When accidents do occur it helps to break down the substance to prevent the pooch recognising their scent and repeating their unwanted behaviour. Try this one from Pets At Home

6. Good quality food

I’m going to make this brief as it is completely your choice what you feed your pooch. I feed maximus a raw diet (or BARF as it’s sometimes known) and that’s completely my choice after doing a lot of research. There are lots of high quality wet and dried foods out there so do shop around. Always read the ingredients and try to avoid grains as it’s just not that great for dogs in general. If you’re not sure of what to feed try all about dog food which rates a whole variety of food and treats. 


My gorgeous boy with the shiny coat 😍

7. Socialisation time / classes

Nobody wants a nervous pup so it’s so important to try and introduce them to as many sights, sounds, dogs and humans. Always talk to your veterinary surgery as they often offer puppy socialisation classes which are free! 

You can always try puppy classes too – so much cuteness in one room! Maximus loved it because of all the treats 😂 It did also strengthen our trust and made me feel much more confident. 


8. Patience … HEAPS of it 

Puppies and dogs are genuinely the greatest gift. They love whole heartedly, don’t judge and forgive all mistakes. But they do not come without some hard work and perseverance! There was times I wanted to shout or cry because I felt I wasn’t doing anything right or that we would never have “a good dog”. But you know what? We cracked it! I love my little maximus and wouldn’t change his little flaws for the world because they make him the hilarious sausage he is. 


I hope that this post was helpful for those of you who are thinking of buying or adopting a puppy or dog in the future! Oh and here she is…. our new addition… MABEL ❤️ the 2 week countdown is on! 

I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below. If you’d like to stay up to date with all things Wellies and Wonder then follow me on Instagram @welliesandwonder_

Until next time,

W&W x 

It’s a Dog’s Life… Barry’s Buddy Box 

Hello you lovely lot! 

Here’s another edition to my it’s a dogs life edit … this time the spotlight is on Barry’s Buddy Box. 


I’d seen lots of people discussing dog gift boxes and monthly subscriptions and had been looking around for some time. Then I found Barry’s Buddy Box through Instagram. They are an up and coming business with a real passion for quality products… perfect! 


Maximus received his birthday box and was so excited to open it. I had to sneak the box upstairs to get a picture. Gorgeously wrapped with a little note wishing him a happy birthday; they also sent him a birthday card which was so thoughtful – thanks guys!! 


As you can see maximus was a bit keen on the Jammy dodger toy before I got a good picture – monkey! Just to note the rosewood toys are actually excellent but anything with a squeaker doesn’t last longer than 2 minutes with maximus… it’s a dachshund thing. 


The box was full of goodies including: 2 toys, a huge bag of treats, dog friendly chocolate and an edible birthday card. Maximus loved all of them – the stuffed hat with ropes was definitely his favourite. 


Would I buy one of the boxes again? Absolutely! Maximus loved it and I was really excited to see him get all his gifts. There are different boxes for all occasions including, get well soon, new puppy and birthday boxes. They also do single purchase or a monthly subscription so there really is something for everyone! 

You can find them on Instagram @barrysbuddybox or http://www.barrysbuddybox.co.uk 


So that’s it for now…. keep your eyes peeled for more It’s a dog life features. 

If you’ve enjoyed this post then please leave a comment or contact me – I love hearing from you all! You can also stay up to date with all things Wellies and Wonder over on Instagram @welliesandwonder_ 

Until next time,

W&W x

(and Maximus 🐾) 

It’s a Dog’s Life… Salami & Co. 

Hello you lovely lot!

I hope you are all well. I can’t believe we are approaching the end of April and it’s snowing… where has spring gone? 

Those of you who follow me on Instagram (@welliesandwonder_) will know that last week Maximus turned 1 and well we went big for his birthday and why not?! Dogs bring so much joy to our lives; we should let them know more often 🐾 

One of my favourite things to do is to brunch. One of maximus’ favourite things is food. So it was only right to take him somewhere which served food for both humans and hounds. Step in Salami & Co. 

Salami & Co is a coffee house in Otley near Leeds. Run by Simon and Lucy, who are also dachshund owners, they have provided a gorgeous setting for both humans and hounds to relax and enjoy beautiful coffee and delicious goodies. All products are home made and Maximus and I can both vouch for how delicious they are! 

I can’t even begin to explain how cute the hound menu is! Dog doughnuts, pupcakes, biscuits and the famous puppuccino. I don’t have many pictures of Maximus enjoying his treats because they were gone in 0.5 seconds… if that’s not a 5/5 review then I don’t know what is. 

Waiting patiently (that’s debatable) for his doughnut 

Pupcake for the birthday boy 

Lapping up the famous puppuccino 

The interiors. Oh my goodness where do I begin? In short the design is a dream. Blush, brass, geometric and scandi design featuring natural materials. Utter perfection. For something so minimal and “on-trend” there is a real warmth which I think is echoed by Simon and Lucy’s enthusiasm for what they do. They have created a space which screams minimal luxe but you just feel at home and completely at ease. 


Would I go again? Absolutely. Would I recommend you make a trip? 100% I have nothing but praise for Salami & Co. finally a place that is hound friendly without being over the top. Salami & Co you are simply perfect 🐾

I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend and fingers crossed we have some sunshine! If you want to stay up to date with all things W&W you can find me over on Instagram @welliesandwonder_ 

Until next time x