Sunday, 12 November 2017

Changing to Guru - Cold Pressed Dog Food

A dogs diet is extremely important but do you know what you're actually feeding them?
Until recently, I had always stuck to one particular brand of dog food. I trusted that they were providing my dogs with the best possible food. When I really looked into it all it was doing was providing my dogs with unnecessary chemicals, additives and preservatives. 

This year at BBC's Country File Live I encountered Guru Pet food. It was such a pleasure to discover a brand passionate about their products and loves dogs just as much as I do. 
The ladies on the stand were extremely helpful and I even took a sample pack home for the girls to try as well as some tasty trip bones.

About Guru cold press

Guru was founded by couple Lisa and Andrew after failing to find a natural alternative to extruded dog food. They wanted a product that was as close to natural as possible without the hours of prep it took to home make their dog's food. 
After many months of hard work and research, they stumbled across cold pressing and Guru was born! 

   Guru produces high-quality dog food using only the most natural ingredients, broccoli, beef, fish, rosemary and linseed oil are just some of the key ingredients used in their food. Cold pressing the ingredients keep them as fresh as possible, retaining more of the vitamins and minerals compared to your standard dog food brands that use a method of extrusion.

Extrusion is a process of cooking at high temperature, whilst this is a cheaper way to produce food the quality isn't as high as cold press. Many vitamins and minerals are lost and denaturalised therefore a large quantity of food is needed to be fed. 

The benefits of feeding Guru are.....

- Strengthening of the immune system 
- No additives or preservatives 
- Improvement of skin and coat
-Gluten free 
-Reduce stool odour 
-Freshen breath 
-Free from animal testing

Changing to Guru pet food

Changing your dog on to Guru is extremely easy all you have to do is gradually increase Guru's food and decrease your old food.  Below are the steps I took when changing both of the girls' food. 

Both of our girls are big Guru fans, Daisy our Chihuahua is a fusspot and prefers wet or home-cooked food to dry biscuits but she is now a big fan of Guru. We also have the option to add water to make it a porridge for her too which she really likes.

Honey is a bottomless pit, I had no worries when changing her food, we also like to take a handful when out on walks for training and general rewarding. 

It has been an eye opener changing the girls feed, I know we have made the best decision choosing Guru.  

* This post is not sponsored by Guru in any way shape or form, all thoughts and work are my own unless otherwise stated. 

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Meet The Family

Today's post is all about the family behind the blog. They say it takes a small village to raise a child and we've figured it takes a whole family to run a blog or two! 
Every member of our family has some contribution to this blog or my other blog Andrea Louise. 
So I thought it was only appropriate to introduce our family as they are all bound to pop up every now and then. 


That's me, the creator of both Andrea Louise and The Cotswold Sprocker as well as mother to two beautiful boys, Alfie and Archie. 
Blogging is something that has been a form of therapy and enjoyment for me. I first started off as a parent blogger and slowly over the last  4 years, I have revamped into a family lifestyle blogger and now a pet blogger. 

I love being creative and my blogs are an outlet for me to do so from crafting, cooking and baking to photography and videography and everything else in-between. 


That's my partner Liam, he is at work most of the time but when he is home he is hands-on helping me with ideas for my blogs, helping to take photos and videos as well as being the best babysitter in the world! Without him, I wouldn't be able to do what I love. 

Alfie and Archie 

Alfie is our eldest at 7 years old he is a fabulous help and great for modelling on the blogs.
Alfie love Minecraft and Youtube and plans on becoming a Youtuber when he grows up!

Archie will be turning 4 this year, he loves to help out on walks and you can always rely on him for handing out the treats. Nicknamed the Treats Man both Honey and Daisy know he the one for the goods! Archie is a major Disney fan like his mum, his favourite film is Cars. Our home is bursting with Lightning Mcqueen toys everywhere!


Our first fur child, Daisy came into our lives 8 years ago. She is the biggest personality in the house, major little dog syndrome! Daisy is always letting Honey know where she stands or where she can sleep! Unfortunately a couple years ago Daisy needed an over the night stay at our local vet's, from then on she has been very fearful of strangers. After the incident, we quickly changed our vets!

However, to the people, she knows she is the most loving little girl, to everyone else though she is very much Jekyll and Hyde.


The reason for The Cotswold Sprocker, Honey is a very special girl she has helped me so much in the last 18 months from dealing with anxiety and the stress after having our home broken into to the joys of just having a dog in the house. Honey is extremely different to Daisy, she will play for hours on end, she loves to go on long walks and at the end of the day, she loves nothing more than to snuggle up on the sofa.  She extremely scatterbrains and always disappearing once off the lead but she gives us so much love and enjoyment we couldn't imagine our lives without her. 

The Piggies 

The girls share their home with our three guinea pigs Elsa, Duchess and Maui ( big Disney fans if you haven't noticed). The piggies can often be found chilling out in the garden eating their weight in hay, fruit and veggies. 

The Chooks 

Our three girls Fat Brenda, Glenda and Lilly they are our source of eggs in the morning and the perfect babysitters for Honey. 
Honey loves watching the girls around the garden and as long as they are out Honey won't budge.

Aunty Steph with Sarra and Bobby 

The last members of the family is my twin sister Stephanie and her two rescue dogs Sarra the Romanian Jack Russell cross and Bobby the rescued tri-coloured Collie.

Honey often pops into work with Stephanie to volunteer as an ultrasound dog, we also try to plan as many play dates with the pups as possible especially now they all like each other a bit more! 

Sarra is on Instagram too under @sarratheultrasounddog don't forget to pop over and say hi to her too! 

I hoped you enjoyed meeting the family don't forget you can follow us on Instagram to keep up to date with our fur family life.

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