We have had some fabulous press coverage since we launched the business in June 2019.
December 2019 was an amazing month for Leo Charley & Me as we had incredible coverage as a result of Boris Johnson's dog, Dilyn, wearing our 'Christmas Pudding' collar, bandana, bow and lead during the run up to polling day on December 12th
On polling day the Prime Minister was photographed going to vote. There were photos of him and Dilyn in every newspaper here in the UK and abroad.
Dilyn was wearing one of our really cute turquoise cotton collar, bandana and bow that had tiny robins, Christmas puddings and mistletoe printed all over it. Boris was shown kissing the dog in the photos and I'd like to think that he was encouraged to do that for the cameras because of the mistletoe on bandana.
The first publicity we had was from The Paw Post which is one of the Top 10 pet blogs in the UK according to Vuelio. Rachel Spencer wrote a blog on 'How to dress your dog like Dilyn' where our Christmas collection featured along side other accessories that Dilyn had been spotted in during the election campaign. This was such amazing publicity for our small business.
Several days later we were featured in The Daily Mail online in an article that covered how Dilyn had been wearing our products and this had led to a big increase in sales for us.
This story was later picked up by the Stoke Sentinel, The Birmingham Mail, The Staffordshire Newsletter, twnew.co.uk, gobnewonline.com and heraldpublicist.
I wasn't expecting that!
As the new year approached Leo and I also featured in an article in the Sunday Express about 'Our life saving dogs’ also written by Rachel Spencer. She documented how the arrival of Leo and later the adoption of Charley helped me change my life completely in different ways. Leo by helping me cope with a chronic illness and Charley by inspiring me to start my dog collar and accessory business. You can check out Rachel’s article here.
On Saturday 11th January we were also mentioned in The Telegraph who featured a story about us taking Leo, our Labrador, to doggy boot camp to help with his fear of other dogs which got much worse after he was attacked by two off lead dogs last year. You can read that story here.
In November 2020 we were so lucky to be featured in Puppy Post The Magazine.
It’s a fabulously glossy magazine full of unique and heart warming stories about amazing dogs, their owners and the faces behind dozens of small brands who make and sell everything for dogs.
The Marketplace is ‘the’ place to find all the small brands and their wonderful gifts, clothing and doggy accessories. I’m so excited to be part of a venture that supports and encourages small brands to collaborate and develop.
Go and browse the magazine and shop, I know you won’t be disappointed!
Click here to view Puppy Post The Magazine
We are really delighted to have been featured in the K9 Christmas Gift Guide 2020!
You can find the gift guide here and find links to download the K9 Nation App which has articles, written by experts, covering a wide range of subjects, and a tool for finding new dog walks.
K9 Nation are building an online community of dog owners and their app gives users the ability to find new walks, recommend walks to others, connect with the wider dog owner community, and share pictures and updates about themselves and their dogs.
Here is their mission statement.
“K9 Nation is built on the love for all dogs and a belief they are, indisputably, members of our families. We are dedicated to supportingThe the new and existing dog owners to care for their dogs by providing a free and easily accessible social network for the dog owner community. Created by dog owners for dog owners, K9 Nation sets out to provide impartial and transparent advice, all in one digital location, as well as information on various topics of interest to enable every member to make informed choices for their dog’s wellbeing as well as their own.
Over the festive period we have been rather lucky to feature is several gift guides.
The Modern Guy’s Lifestyle Blog featured us in his blog about festive gifts for pets.
In January 2021 we were featured in fab small business spotlight article written by Petz.co.uk which is a free, independent resource for pet parents, pet lovers and everyone in between. It is a great site which aims to inform, educate and entertain.
In February we were notified that we had been selected as finalists in the Animal Star Awards for which there will be a glamorous online award ceremony in March. It was such a surprise to be nominated and an even bigger shock to reach the finalist stage. I have no idea who nominated us. As a result of this a lovely reporter wrote a fantastic article about it for our local newspaper, The Staffordshire Newsletter. You can read it here.
Unbelievably we won our category for Best Pet Related Business and we are really grateful for the recognition of our efforts to raise funds for Spaniel Aid UK.
On March 21st we entered into the Small Business Sunday competition on Twitter run by ex-dragon Theo Paphitis. Charley our rescue spaniel also tweeted Theo's spaniel Gladys asking her to get her dad to look at our application. We were absolutely delighted to win one of the 6 coveted places given in Theo's supportive small business community announced each week.
The win has given us great exposure and we featured in our local newspaper. You can read the Staffordshire Newsletter article here
In July 2021 Charley was nominated as Star of The Week in The Sun. Her photo was featured in the Paws and Claws column. She received this honour for being the rescue dog that inspired me to create my business and donate funds to Spaniel Aid UK, which is the charity that saved her. You can read the Paws and Claws feature here.
We also featured in a super article in Good Housekeeping online, about women in retirement reinventing themselves and doing a whole host of different things. I was chosen for this article because I started up a pet business working from home after ending a nursing career of almost 40 years. You can read the feature in Good Housekeeping online here.
Then we discovered we have been included in a wonderful book written by Sharon Ward Keeble which is a compendium of uplifting stories about rescue pets changing their owners lives. The book will be released on Amazon on 12th August.