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BecoThings Eco-Friendly Poo Bag Refills
BecoThings Eco-Friendly Poo Bag Refills
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars User and Eco Friendly & Good Value, 28 April 2015
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There are so many dog poo bags on the market, that it is sometimes a hit and miss process to find ones that are reliable and fit for purpose. These Beco Bags fit the bill.

This Review is for the Travel Pack which contains 4 rolls of 15 bags making a total of 60 Dog Poo Bags.

I love the packaging with the retro styling and the cute bear holding a tied poo bag! The eye catching packet might even make the kids more keep on cleaning up after the family dog.

These biodegradable bags can be pulled up through the slit in the top of the box. The pack is the perfect size to keep in the glove box in your car so that you are never without these doggy essentials on days when you have driven out for that more adventurous walk.

Dispensers can be bought separately so that a roll of bags can be clipped on to a dog lead, however a roll of these bags is small enough to fit in the pocket or handbag.

The bags are of an excellent size and are truly strong. I have 2 dogs and if they happen to both poo at the same time there is plenty of room in the bag to cater for this. There are no ties but are still easy enough to tie the top. I have to say the size and strength is not unique as I already have poo bags of the same size and comparable strength. However I believe these Beco Bags are the only ones that are biodegradable and will break down in 1 year if deposited on a compost heap. If disposed of with general waste that goes to land fill, they will take longer but will be infinitely quicker than other polythene type bags.

So many poo bags are difficult to find the tear off perforations and are difficult to open. Not so with these Beco Bags. The perforations are easily visible and easy to tear.

The Travel Pack of 60 bags work out at 5 pence per bag at time of writing this review. There is the option of an 8 roll Pack and an 18 roll pack which works out the cheapest at 3½ pence per bag.

For dog owners that prefer handle ties, there is also a pack of 120 Handle Beco Bags which currently work out at 4 pence per bag.
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In a Dark, Dark Wood
In a Dark, Dark Wood
by Ruth Ware
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

3.0 out of 5 stars A Slow Burner then Wow!, 28 April 2015
This review is from: In a Dark, Dark Wood (Hardcover)
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"In a Dark Dark Wood" is a women’s psychological fiction book that is centred around a hen do for bride to be Clare.

The story is told in the first person throughout by Nora (nee Leonora but also know as Lee or Leo). The opening pages of the book are of running through a wood in a state of panic. Then the scene is a room in a hospital. Pain. No remembrance.

Nora Shaw is a writer, works from home and is also a keen runner. Today is good weather, so she starts her day with a run and once back home has a refreshing shower while formulating her to do list. On checking her emails, Nora finds she is one of several recipients of an email from Florence Clay, concerning an invitation to a hen do for Clare. Nora’s friend Nina is also invited, so she sends off an email to her to ask if she intends to go. They decide to go and the story continues about their journey, meeting up at the house with the others and seeing Clare again and what they got up to on the hen do while they stay at Flo’s aunts house in the woods.

The story goes a bit round the houses, is a bit irritating and there is no real tension built up, and getting to midway in the book I found it all a bit something and nothing. There is a just a lot of discomfort between the persons staying at the house in the woods. Nora makes an uncomfortable discovery about who it is that Clare is marrying. Flo comes across as a bit weird and a bit intense concerning Clare.

About midway in the book there is the odd page here and there, that continues with the hospital theme within the storyline. It is at this point that the story gets more interesting and tension builds slowly but surely. The story now gets to be a page turner and to give you the details will surely spoil it for you. The book does have a slow start but once you have reached this point it is amazing. Nora is suspected of murder, but are the police on the right trail? Read on and find out – I guarantee you will be surprised at the outcome of this book.

His Other Life
His Other Life
by Beth Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing? No. A 'Thriller'? No., 11 April 2015
This review is from: His Other Life (Paperback)
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"His Other Life" is certainly not a Thriller!

Reading the first chapter of the book, I thought it was going to be a good read, despite the rambling way it is written. It opens with Gracie and her husband Adam, on an ordinary evening, clearing up in the kitchen after a meal. It is their Wedding Anniversary - 1 year today. Adam's mobile phone vibrates as it lies on the counter in the kitchen, but Adam ignores it. Grace thinks he must have heard it so why not answer it? This first chapter continues with the mundane events of the week and then it is Friday again. This week it is take-away night so with no dinner to prepare, Grace does some bits and pieces to kill time while waiting for Adam to come home. The phone rings in the living room, but before Grace can get to it from the kitchen she hears a message being recorded on the answer phone. Just as Adam is about to go out for the food, Grace remember to tell him about the phone message. He marches into the living room to hear the message, not once but four times Adam plays it after which he strides into their bedroom then rushes back down the stairs saying he is off to get the food and for Gracie to warm the plates because he won't be long. Adam never came home.

All that sounds promising, but believe me it is not. The story continues in a very drawn out way and written in such a manner that it does not seem to be serious. There is a lot of deviation and side tracking. Some bits are vaguely amusing but mostly it is a bit silly. There is a lot of swearing in the narrative. If it were not for that it would be like a children's story. It really is weak and very disappointing.

The synopsis made the story sound a good one, but it really isn't. It is not cleverly plotted and there is no real suspense. It is not really a dark story or a page turner for that matter. It was ok and probably a book for mid-teen girls. Grace, the main character, is so naïve and just not at all like most women today.

It is a reasonable read, but does not set the mind on fire, and is very unforgettable. First time I have read this Author and I am not impressed with her work. I have read more thrilling and intriguing Young Adult and Children's books than this. "His Other Life" is just an easy read with little or no substance to it. Disappointing.

Tefal Pro Express Total X-pert GV8975 Steam Generator - 2400 Watt
Tefal Pro Express Total X-pert GV8975 Steam Generator - 2400 Watt
Price: £290.44

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Professional Type of Ironing Product, 11 April 2015
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Tefal Pro Express Total X-Pert Control

Wow! This really is some Steam Generating Iron. A veritable Rolls Royce of Steam Irons – I LOVE it!

It comes in such a huge box for an iron, but once you open up the top you see why. This is one super machine.

This Steam Generator will NOT be suitable to place on the iron rest of your ironing board. It is too large and too heavy. If you do your ironing in a Utility Room then you have the option to place the Generator Unit on a heat resistant work surface OR on the floor OR on a stool on the floor. The Iron itself can stand on its heel on your ironing board, or if the Generator is on a work surface then the iron can rest on that.

The Iron –
When on its heel on the ironing board it is very stable. The heel of the iron has a large footprint, with a cut out where the thick steam cord integrates. This cord is central and is therefore suitable for left or right handed people.

The Aquabooster Spray and Power Zone Steam controls are all on the top of the iron itself. The Steam Activator Control is underneath the handle and activated by just squeezing. Once released then the steam is stopped.

The Soleplate of the iron is really lovely with lots of steam holes, the Power Zone at the front end and plenty of groove to go under buttons etc. The Sole is sooooooo smooth, is a joy to use and also autocleans. If the wrong temperature has been used and the soleplate needs cleaning then just use a damp cloth while the iron is warm. DO NOT use any type of de-scaling or cleaning products on the soleplate.

It is not a light weight iron, I would say it is a medium weight. I don’t like heavy irons and I do find this one very comfortable to use, not too heavy and with a very comfortable handle and absolutely no strain on the hands when depressing the steam button.

The Steam Generator –
This is very large and will not fit on your ironing board.

All the heat controls are on the Steam Generator, as is the Anti-Calc Collector, the power cord and plug and the Steam Cord.

Brilliantly the Power Cord pulls out from the side of the Generator and when not in use, press the button and it retracts back in, just like on a Vacuum Cleaner. Perfect! The length of the Power Cord is 68 inches. It is fitted with the usual 3 pin plug for UK use.

The Steam Cable is stored in the base of the Steam Generator and once pulled out measures 5 feet from base to the Iron. When using the Steam button there is sometimes a little noise that comes from the base but this is quite normal.

The Anti Calc Collector is on the side by the power cord. Just lift up the Pink Tab and unscrew and then gently pull out the Anti Calc Collector. An orange anti-scale light will flash on the Control Panel of the base unit to indicate that the anti-scale collector needs rinsing. DO NOT use any de-scaling products.

The Water Tank is the see through part at the front of the Generator and the silver Tefal handle just needs a little pull to remove the tank. The Generator is designed to be used with untreated Tap water and there is a Maximum Fill Indicator. Should the water in your area be especially hard then you can mix 50% Distilled Water with the tap water. In the User Guide there is a list of waters that must not be used in the unit. Once full the Tank Unit just clicks back into place.

The On/Off Switch and heat controls are on the Generator base, along with the Eco Button, Water Tank Empty Light and the Anti Calc Light.

Safety Feature – If the unit has not been used for about 8 minutes the automatic shut-off system operates and the blue light On/Off button flashes to indicate it is on standby. To start ironing again just press the On/Off button or the Steam button and off you go ironing again. I think this is a brilliant feature of this Steam Generator.

Once ironing is finished, allow to cool down then place the Iron on the base unit. Press the button on the right to retract the Power Cord. Tuck the Steam Cord away into the base. The iron can be locked on to the Base by lifting up the retaining hoop at the top of the base and clicking into place over the iron. To lift the whole unit, use the handle of the iron

The User Guide is written in English, EL and AR. It is simple enough to follow with written instructions and diagrams/pictures to use in tandem. 2 spare Spray Nozzles are also supplied with their own instructions.

I have looked on-line, because these days products usually need registering for the Guarantee, but Tefal does not seem to have this feature on their web site.

This Steam Generator costs a lot and is probably out of reach for a lot of families. I do however believe that if it is used as per the Instructions, and all care is taken, it will have a long life and therefore be worth the money.

I am disappointed that the Guarantee is only for 1 year. At this price I think it should be at least 2 years or ideally 3 years. All in all I really recommend this product – I love it! It would make a superb Wedding or Engagement present.

A Snowflake In My Hand
A Snowflake In My Hand
by Samantha Mooney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Real Life Stories of Caring, 6 April 2015
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This review is from: A Snowflake In My Hand (Paperback)
"A Snowflake in My Hand" is a sweet little book. It is a set of true encounters that have taken place the Animal Centre in New York City. A place where the very best is done for the animals in their care.

The stories recounted by the author are all true and took place while she worked there. They are centred around Cats that are suffering from various forms of Cancer. Yes, that word that brings terror to our hearts and souls whether it be a human who has it or a treasured pet.

There are ups and downs in the story. Times to laugh and times that are sad. What shines through all the way is the care and loving attitude that the staff at the Centre have for their patients and how the utmost goal is to always do the best for the Cats there.

It is an easy book to read - one that can be picked up at will. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I did.

Scholl Velvet Smooth Diamond Pedi Extra Coarse Hard Skin Remover Refill - Pack of 2
Scholl Velvet Smooth Diamond Pedi Extra Coarse Hard Skin Remover Refill - Pack of 2
Offered by Virunga
Price: £8.18

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Refills, 22 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These replacement Roller Heads are only designed to be used in the SCHOLL VELVET SMOOTH ELECTRONIC FOOT FILES. Each design of Foot File has its own specific refills, and these will NOT fit the Blue Express Pedi - the fitting is totally different.

I always like to keep spare refills, as I can not be without my Express Pedi and now the newest Velvet Smooth Diamond Crystals Extra Course Power Pedi.

I could not be without my electronic foot files and am delighted that Amazon sell the refill rollers as well as the original complete units.

These replacement rollers are a bit pricey, but that seems to be the same with any big name branded goods. These are a new edition, so I expect with time, that like anything else, the price will get lower. In any event it is cheaper to buy these items rather than pay for a pedicure. More convenient too to use at home at a time that suits you!

The pack is of 2 Scholl VELVET SMOOTH with Diamond Crystals Express Pedi Rollers.

As with the original complete Velvet Smooth Extra Course Express Pedi, Scholl do not state how long the abrasive roller will last. Obviously this depends on the state of the user's feet and how often and for how long per session they are used. What is advised is that it is wise to replace the roller once it becomes less effective.
(Personal tip - once the surface on my Express Pedi has become less rough, then it is suitable to use, with care, on areas of my hands where the skin is not so good and where the rings can cause hard patches on the palms near the base of the fingers. Use carefully though and not for too long)

UPDATE - 29/03/2015
In my review I have referred to the Pink Handles Velvet Smooth with Diamond Crystals Express Pedi, however recently on TV ads, it would appear that the same implement is also sold with a Blue handle.

So as to get the correct fitting refill rollers for your specific Scholl Hard Skin Remover you need to check the name of the product as well as the type of fitting and roller style of the refills.

The Blue Express Pedi that I have referred to is an older model and the refills are a totally different shape and end fitments to the Diamond Pedi Rollers that are this reviewed product
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Tefal X-Large Actifry Express Health Fryer, 1.5 kg, White
Tefal X-Large Actifry Express Health Fryer, 1.5 kg, White
Price: £179.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Clean Machine, 21 Mar. 2015
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Tefal ActiFry express XL size

Firstly I have to say that we are not a couple that eat much fried food. I cook in the oven, under the grill and in the microwave, so chips (frozen oven chips), fish (frozen oven ready), sausages etc are cooked in the oven. Many, many years ago I used to make my own chips, until one evening I nearly had an incident with the chip fat and from that day onwards only used oven chips.

The Tefal ActiFry comes well packaged in a sturdy box with excellent polystyrene inner protection. The box gives good information on the outside and is very presentable when giving as a gift. Inside there is the unit along with the measuring spoon, the recipe booklet and the User Guide.

USER GUIDE - this is written totally in English, presumably because it is being sold in the UK. I personally don't mind and in fact prefer it because I do tend to get irritated by information being printed in a myriad of languages. However as the UK is now very multicultural, I guess some folks might find an English only User Guide to be not to their liking or preference.
Inside are the usual Safety Instructions which must always be read.
There are illustrations to back up the written instructions, along with cooking instructions and recommendations, cleaning instructions and troubleshooting.
I could not see any mention of the Warranty/Guarantee however there is a UK and Republic of Ireland telephone number if you require expert help and advice, as well as a web site address. I have looked on the web site and it would appear that the Guarantee is for 1 year BUT I could not find if or where the product has to be registered. I think this should be clearer especially in view of the purchase price of the ActiFry.

RECIPE BOOK - in my opinion this is more of a Recipe Leaflet and the contents are very minimal. There are 3 recipes for Vegetables, 3 for Meat/Poultry, 3 for Fish and 2 for Desserts. Hardly a 'Recipe Book' and given the RRP of the product (£249.99) I expect more than that, especially for anyone who has not used a kitchen appliance such as this before. Remembering too that it is the sort of thing that is likely to be given as a Wedding or Engagement gift, or perhaps to a young person leaving home and venturing out on their own or to Uni. Less is not always more! The last 2 pages give some cooking times for a limited number of items within each category of food. A bigger and more comprehensive Recipe Book would be better than having to experiment, as Food is too expensive to waste.

IN USE I would make the following comments & observations:-

* It is very quiet which was a nice surprise.
* The dome of the product does get VERY hot and so care must be taken. (It does say this in the User Guide)
* Safety is excellent, as when the domed lid is open the machine automatically stops.
* I very much like the fact that the handle of the pan can stay closed and not stick out whilst cooking, and thereby pose a risk of being knocked into.
* Minimal use of oil makes fried food a little healthier and definitely more economical.
* There is hardly any smell of cooking which I like, as we live in a small terraced house.
* I cooked 2 portions of Oven Ready Frozen Chips. They were ok but not remarkable and were a bit 'patchy'. We did not consider them to be as good as when cooked in the oven. They did not hold the heat as much either.
* I cooked 2 portions of fresh chips and these were slightly better, however not so good as to warrant having an electric fryer such as this. Again the chips did not hold their heat.
* Chicken Breast Pieces (not diced, just small pieces) came out quite well and did hold the heat better. However they seemed to repeatedly 'bunch up' and necessitated being stirred/re-arranged in the fryer, so not a question of setting to cook and leave, so as to get on with something else.
* The ActiFry is very large and takes up a huge amount of space in the kitchen. From front to back with the lid open, you have to allow at least 21 inches for it. The unit is 13½ inches wide and the height, with the lid open, is 20 inches. The length of the power cord is 36 inches. Because of the heat generated it must not be used under kitchen cabinets. It is also heavy, so lifting it in and out of a cupboard to store when not in use will not suit everyone.
* Given the size of the machine I feel that the quantities of food that can be cooked is rather small. There is a "Max" marker on the Paddle Unit which is only ¾ inch above the floor of the cooking area so I think the quantities Tefal claim can be cooked at once (enough for 6 people) are dubious, even taking into account variations in appetite.
* The Paddle moves round very slowly and as I said above, the food did get 'bunched' up. I presume that my machine was operating correctly but do wonder if it was slower than it should be and that was why I had to keep opening the dome lid to stir/un-bunch the food inside - even when cooking the chips..
* I would have liked the Paddle to be non-stick. When I was cooking the Chicken Breast Pieces, I had added some dried herbs and seasoning to the oil before I drizzled it over the meat. Some of it had stayed on the Paddle and was difficult to remove when washing up.
* It is irritating that only 1 type of food can be cooked at a time, because in the case of fish and chips for example, 1 item would have to be kept hot/re-heated while the other was cooking and would by that time have gone past its best. Cooking in the oven means that more items are done together so saving fuel, time and money.

To sum up I quite like the ActiFry but do not love it and do think it is expensive for what it is. However, given that I am not the sort of person who enjoys cooking or want to compete on Master Chef, I am going to get a good friend of mine, who really likes cooking, to borrow it, test it out and let me know what she thinks. I will then add an update to this review to give a cook's point of view.

In the meantime because of the things documented above where I think the product is lacking, I can only award it 3 stars.

Update 02/04/15

My cooking loving friend has had a brief try out of this Actifry and did find that it was great for chips. They came out well, hot and evenly cooked, so perhaps I un-bunched them too many times. She did not un-bunch hers at all.
She does comment that because this unit can only cook 1 type of food at a time it is wasting electricity, as in an electric or gas oven more than 1 food can be cooked at the same time. She also said it was very heavy and would need a large kitchen in order to keep the Actifry out all the time. To put it away each time was not a viable option because not only was it a large unit to find a storage space for but it was a heavy item to carry. On the subject of the Recipe Book, like me she did not consider it to be an actual Recipe Book as apart from the fact there were a minimal number of recipes, what were there referred to frozen food. An additional comment was that she had always wanted one of these Fryers, but now, having had the opportunity to try one it was an expensive gadget and is glad that she did not waste her money.
In the light of these observations, I am not going to alter my star rating.

Christmas at Battersea: True Stories of Miracles and Hope (Battersea Dogs & Cats Home)
Christmas at Battersea: True Stories of Miracles and Hope (Battersea Dogs & Cats Home)
by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing and Interesting, 19 Mar. 2015
There can be few people who have not heard of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, particularly now that with Paul O'Grady, life at The Home has had considerable TV coverage.

This book is quite delightful and a very easy read, given that it is lots of short stories and not one long one.

In reading this book you will learn of the sad circumstances that cause these innocent cats and dogs to be homeless. Your heart will be lifted when you read of the wonderful work that the staff at the 3 sites of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (London, Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent) do. They work hard to heal, re-habilitate and re-home these gorgeous animals and they make sure that the right pet is matched to the right family. The expertise at Battersea and the advice that they give is essential to successful re-homing. (I have experience - the dog "Paddy" pictured on my profile was a Battersea dog who was found as a stray in 1998 at about 3 yrs old, and whom we shared 14+ years with)

The stories of the dogs and cats in this book will lift you up but also knock you down. You will be shocked at some of the circumstances these pets have been left in. You will be there with the prospective new owners and you will be as delighted as they are when they take their chosen dog or cat home. As well as the interesting stories there are some lovely photos that link up with the stories. You will read of the dog that gets a career via Battersea!

Scholl Velvet Smooth Diamond Pedi Extra Coarse Power Hard Skin Remover
Scholl Velvet Smooth Diamond Pedi Extra Coarse Power Hard Skin Remover
Price: £28.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, Really Effective! Just Brilliant!, 19 Mar. 2015
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I already have the Scholl Express Pedi (the Blue one) and found it to be excellent. I was therefore delighted to have the opportunity to try this new Scholl product, as it is an Extra Power for very hard skin. Whilst the Blue Express Pedi does a brilliant job, there are a couple of areas on my feet where I have to linger longer, because the skin is very hard.

This Pink Handled Diamond Express Pedi with the Extra Course Power is just the answer. It really is shifting the more difficult skin. I have found that age has resulted in feet becoming more uncomfortable, so these foot aids are so useful and so important.

Like the other Express Pedi, this one is equally easy to use. If you, like me, do need both types you will not be muddling them up. The shape of this Pink one is quite different and for anyone who is perhaps partially sighted or blind, then the feel of each implement will identify the Blue Express Pedi with this Pink Diamond Extra Course Power Express Pedi.

4 Batteries are supplied with the Pedi and are already in place in the pink handle. Just unscrew the bottom of the handle and remove the little battery pads to activate them. From my experience with the other Express Pedi, I would recommend that when these batteries run down, that you buy Re-Chargeable Batteries for future use. These appliance seems to run best when the batteries are fully charged, and with the re-chargeable ones you do not have to put up with less than full batteries.

There is a protective cover contained in the packaging so be careful to remove it. (I nearly threw it out with the plastic wrap!). You will need to pop this cover on the top of the Pedi when not in use.

To use, remove the protective cover and twist the silver ring, situated at the top of the pink handle, to the left. The 'on' / 'off' symbols are raised, and marked on both side of the handle so again should be suitable for the partially sighted or blind user.

* Wash feet well and thoroughly dry.
* Place a towel on the floor for hygiene purposes or sit on the side of the bath with feet over it.
* Turn on the Pedi and gently rotate the roller back and forward over the areas of hard skin, using light pressure. Hey presto, off comes the dead skin
* Don't use for too long. Check feet to see if soft. If the full effect has not been achieved, it is better to use again for short periods over a few days rather than a long session. This then avoids any soreness by over use.
* Rinse feet or wipe with a damp flannel or towel to remove any loose skin particles. Then massage in some cream - I used Martha Hill Foot Cream or Nivea Soft

Job done! Comfortable Feet! Remember the Velvet Smooth Diamond Pedi must NOT get wet - it is only for DRY use, on dry feet.

Clean the unit after use. I found that a little soft brush was useful for cleaning the roller, or you could put aside a toothbrush to clean the unit. Once the Roller is detached from the unit, it can be rinsed under a running tap and then carefully dried with a cloth before putting back into place.

Scholl do not state how long the abrasive roller is expected to last.. Obviously this depends on the state of the user's feet and how often and for how long per session the Pedi is used. What is advised is that it is wise to replace the roller once it becomes less effective.

This is a great, great product. Easy to use with a comfortable, soft touch chunky handle. I thoroughly recommend it. Even though it is a little pricey, the Scholl brand is historically good and reliable. It works, so no need to go to a Salon and get a pedicure now. Roller refill packs are available.

IMPORTANT - The Manufacturer states that this Electronic Foot File is NOT suitable for people suffering from Diabetes and/or Poor Blood Circulation.

Bakers Dentacrunch Chicken and Country Vegetables Dry Dog Food 1 kg (Pack of 4)
Bakers Dentacrunch Chicken and Country Vegetables Dry Dog Food 1 kg (Pack of 4)
Price: £11.80

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sooooo Crunchy! Mmmmmm, 19 Mar. 2015
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Teeth! Like us, dogs love to eat so it is very important for us owners to do the best we can to keep their teeth in the best condition we can. It is not the easiest task, so I am always keen to try the various products designed to help our dog's teeth (cats too) to be healthy.

So, Bakers Dentacrunch is a new All-in-One Dried Dog Food and is really, really crunchy! On opening the box of TASTY BEEF with CRUNCHY VEGETABLES this food smells good. Unlike a lot of dog foods, there is no strong odour (appealing to the dogs but not to us huh!!).

In other Bakers varieties of dog food there are some soft pieces, but not in this one, just really hard pieces of kibble.

I also had the opportunity to try the CHICKEN & CRUNCHY VEGETABLE variety too. On opening the box of Tasty CHICKEN with Crunchy Vegetables again this food smells good too and as before with the Beef, there is no strong odour. The vegetable pieces look the same in both the flavour varieties, but with the CHICKEN, it is that the hoop shaped pieces are much lighter in colour than the Beef flavour.

We have 2 dogs, both from Dogs Trust and each of them were originally found as strays. "Amber" the bigger one is a gobbler and can be really quite greedy. "Maisy" the petite Border Collie is more of a little lady and really savours her food and generally chews every piece. Now the reason I can confirm that this Bakers Dentacrunch is really hard is because it took "Maisy" a lot longer to eat this food and you could really hear the crunching sound. With "Amber" it was less noticeable as being the bigger dog, the mouth is also bigger BUT even she found she had to do some crunching! Result!

This 1kg of Bakers food is presented in a sturdy box which has plenty of information printed on it. Information to tell you, the owner, details of the composition of the food - the ingredients, so you know what you are feeding to your best friend. Alongside this information is a Feeding Guide which gives a description of the size of dog (eg Toy, Small, Medium etc etc) and the average weight range within the dog sizes. Then there are the recommended DAILY amounts to feed according to the size and weight of the pet. Obviously these recommended DAILY amounts can be split into several meals if you prefer or if your Vet has advised several small meals a day for your dog.

Whilst shopping in one of our large multi-national supermarkets, I noticed that there was also the option to purchase Dentacrunch as a 2.7kg plastic bag.

"Amber" and "Maisy" have 3 meals a day - tinned loaf food for breakfast and then crunchy food for lunch and evening meal. In order to keep them entertained the dried food is fed using Activity Toys. To this end, I include a photo of the food alongside a ruler, so if you too use these sorts of activity feeders, then you can tell if the Bakers Dentacrunch will fit.
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