Jess & Lupo
This month we’re turning our attention to Velcro-Dog, the fabulous adventures of Jess and her gorgeous Dobermann, Lupo. Head to her blog for reviews, tips and competitions, along with lots of Lupo pics of course! Check it out here.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Jess, I live in West Yorkshire and I am the proud owner of a Dobermann called Lupo. I’m also a mother and wife, and work in PR for a digital agency. I have grown up with dogs and always wanted a Dobermann as a child, so as soon as I could, I made it happen!
When did you first start blogging and why?
I started my blog back in 2012 as I spotted a bit of a gap for a UK based blog based around dog ownership, in much the same way mums were writing about their kids, I thought it would be fun to chart the highs and lows of owning a dog. I was following sites like ‘Ramsey and Pablo’ based in the US, which helped me decide to choose the Dobermann breed in particular, so I thought my blog could do the same for someone else.
Since then I have written about all sorts of topics. The ones that are most popular are the emotional ones, which I didn’t expect to be! Writing about how Lupo fits into our family life, how he has learned to live with our daughter and the ones where I explore the more frustrating aspects of dog ownership, such as the hair, everywhere, seem to get the most interest. I then mix these with practical tips, testing products and I’ve started to use video too.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with some great brands through my blog and really enjoy testing out new food, products and toys with Lupo. Other than the Kong, we’ve yet to find a toy that he can’t destroy! I also love hosting competitions for my readers, recently giving away vouchers for a pet friendly holiday.
How long have you had Lupo? Is he your first pet?
Lupo is 6 years old and we’ve had him since he was 8 weeks old. He is the first dog me and my husband have bought together. We both grew up with dogs – I had a Golden Retriever and he had a Yorkshire Terrier. It took a bit of persuading when I raised the fact I would love a Dobermann, so we did lots of research, even meeting with a friends parents who owned two of them, to get to know the breed and characteristics. We liked the fact one of the traits of the breed was loyalty, but would never have thought we’d end up with such a velcro dog, hence my blog name!
Most importantly we waited until we owned our own house and were financially stable enough to bring a dog in to our lives. They are not cheap, from insurance to feeding and the dog walker, it’s like having another child, so you’ve got to be prepared for that.
What’s the funniest/most mischievous thing Lupo has ever done?
We used to subscribe to Lovefilm, where you get DVDs of films in the post – obviously outdated now! When Lupo was still in the toddler stage of puppyhood (around 2 years old) he took a particular disliking to the latest DVD I had put on the side ready for posting back. I found it with holes punched through it from his teeth and Lovefilm fined me £10 because he destroyed it. The film wasn’t worth it either!
What’s the best thing about owning a pet, what makes Lupo so loveable?
I don’t think it’s just the one thing, it’s all the little, ordinary moments, where he adds to our lives. The way his top lip curls up, genuinely smiling at you when you walk in the door. The way he’ll greet you like he hasn’t seen you all day, if you’ve just been upstairs to change your clothes. His velcro-like nature means he has to have some part of his body touching you, if he’s laid next to you. His love for squeaky toys, the way he will press up and down on them with his paw just to hear the sound. The pure joy on his face when you let him off the lead to run around on a walk and then finally, how great he has been with our daughter, humouring her attempts at throwing his toy for him and sitting patiently as she strokes his fur the wrong way.
Don’t get me wrong, he has his moments – stealing food, as tables and worktops are just the right height, whining for attention when you’ve stopped stroking him after half an hour and trying to bring sticks in the house to chew on the rug. But I’d say, like most dog owners, the good far outweighs the bad.