With many changes in our canine team of late (the four-legged kind), 2014 has been a year of change for us. We said goodbye to our beloved Chloe and hello to newbies Christopher and Danny.

Some of you may have seen Christopher feature in Mia’s big Christmas hamper review already but this is his first official review debut and give a warm welcome to Danny who also makes his first official debut. The boys have certainly kept Mia entertained since she lost her best friend.

Our Christmas jumper review was inspired by Mia herself. Every year she dons her red cashmere sweater and runs as fast as her legs will carry her into Ryan’s parents home announcing her arrival with the sound of a door banging off the radiator before arriving with two paws fully on the worktop in the kitchen to find out what progress has been made on Christmas lunch.

However a little over a month after losing Chloe, she was diagnosed with cancer and has been wearing her red sweater for just under four weeks to protect her stitches so we thought ‘lets find her a new one’ and we’ve done just that.

Of course with Danny, a 16 month old Rottweiler cross, and Christopher, a twelve-week old Rottweiler, now also here and more than ready to accept lovely gifts, they both got in on the act and the team at Astar Pets were happy to send some fab goodies for the trio.

Who are Astar Pets?

The team behind the site are well known in the digital field with combined experiences across many known brands, but their passion for Astar Pets stems from personal experience.

Astar Pets is essentially a market place bringing together pet brands and designers under one roof as an easy to shop experience giving you the chance to find everything from the essentials to the more luxury pet products.

What did our trio receive?

Mia received a soft woollen traditional pink argyle dog sweater (£21.50). Made from 100% supersoft acrylic yarn, the sweater is machine washable. Designed in a classic turtleneck style, it’s made with a light stretch making it easy to wear and much more comfortable.  Available in sizes x-small to x-large, the jumpers have an opening on the neckline for a lead to fit through so it makes it perfect to wear out and about. We think she looks divine, don’t you?

Christopher received a traditional nordic fair isle dog sweater (£21.50). A sister sweater to Mia’s lovely jumper but with a different design, this sweater is made from the same 100% supersoft acrylic yarn and is machine washable. Again designed with a classic turtleneck collar the sweater has been weighed down with a double layer of ribbing on the front leg sleeves to help to keep this jumper in place on lively dogs, but with a light stretch all over to make it much more comfortable to move.  Available in sizes x-small to x-large.

Danny was a lucky boy and received a luxury dog coat in a dusty blue colour, fiting for this lovely gentle giant. Stylish, waterproof and windproof this coat has a reflective trim for added visibility making it the perfect coat for early morning/evening walks during the Winter months. The collar is also a nice feature making it extra cosy around the top as you’re able to fold down, or pretend you’re a T-bird and wear up.

The coat has a v-neck elastic panel at the front for comfort and a warm thermal fleece lining and fastens with a strap which goes under underneath the dog’s belly and fastens with a velcro attachment on top. Machine washable, you can keep this coat in tip top shape for the no doubt colder and wetter days and weeks ahead!

Danny also received a Kyjen Christmas reindeer toy to welcome him to the team, which has has duly shared in a game of tug-o-war with Christopher (closely inspected by Mia). If he would have chosen to have the tug-o-war, who knows, no one says no to Christopher. Apparently. The boys absolutely loved this squeaky toy, being a longer design it really made a fun toy for them to play with together.

See our gallery below for fun moments from the photoshoot which took place with Mia, Christopher and Danny’s gifts…

A huge thanks to the Astar Pets team for making the build up to Christmas a little more special for our trio!


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