Posts Tagged ‘English bulldogs’

Wrapping up a chilly March on The Mighty Pooch dog blog

We’ve worn gloves in the office at Mighty Pooch HQ this month on occasions as it’s been so flipping cold. Our favourite hot water bottle Brucie has been employed to keep our knees warm every morning – as office dog, he has a vital role to play in keeping us inspired and motivated! Despite having to rearrange a few photoshoots thanks to the truckloads of snow, this month on the new dog blog has been fun and we’ve come across some great finds.

Buddy at the beach on a rare un-snowy day this March

Buddy at the beach on a rare un-snowy day this March

In cool canine kit we lusted after dog-inspired jewellery for the fashion-forward woman – I’m still keen to get my finger through one of those stunning Chris Robin greyhound rings.

We also chatted to Brit designer Joanna Mac, an upholsterer whose English bulldogs are her inspiration. Their expressive faces ensure her cute designs are bang on trend.

In pic of the shoot we shared some of our own dog photography techniques for taking great images, beginning with our very own little chap Bruce who, surprise surprise, we photographed against a gorgeous snowy backdrop as he flew through the air. Move over David Gandy, there’s a new male supermodel in town.

Next up came Buddy, a red dachshund/King Charles spaniel mix whose latest photoshoot at the beach showed off his lovely coat to perfection.

Elsewhere this month I confessed to my daft notion that the beautiful town of Patterdale in the Lake District – the birthplace of Bruce’s ancestors – would be a sort of Disneyland for patterdale terriers, complete with gift shops and museums dedicated to my beloved breed. In the words of Del Boy, what a plonker!

Greyhound ring by Christopher Robin

Greyhound ring by Christopher Robin

And finally, we celebrated National Puppy Day, as dog lovers across the globe campaigned for an end to puppy farms and pet shops selling pups. Let’s hope, one day soon, we’ll see an end to this cruelty.

And so April is almost here – we hope it brings milder weather. Hey, maybe even some rays of sunshine! To The Mighty Pooch blog, April will bring more musings from the crazy dog lady, plus plenty of new cool canine kit to drool over and some gorgeous products to brighten your dog’s day. We’ll take a whistlestop tour through some quirky surprises for stylish interiors in part 2 of our bulldog couture feature and we’ll also meet Dexter the boxer and Lucy the spaniel in pic of the shoot. Plus, our new website should make an appearance. So stay tuned. And get in touch!

Happy Easter!

Aislinn Kelly and Michael Thompson

hello@themightypooch.co.uk

Bulldog couture: Upholsterer Joanna Mac on a new breed of interior design

British bulldogs. Singer Adele’s got one, Winston Churchill resembled one (allegedly!) and they have been popularly used to represent England and the UK for years. Now bulldogs are all over the most stylish of interiors.

 

Joanna Mac is an upholsterer whose English bulldogs are her inspiration. She sources elegant chairs for her clients and creates one-off pieces featuring one of her own mighty pooches, Watson, as her muse. Joanna says, “My dogs Watson and Rosy are hilarious and make me laugh every day. Their faces are so full of expression – what’s not to love?! I think that’s why bulldogs are so popular at the moment in interiors – they have such hugely expressive faces.”

Joanna Mac's bulldog Watson is the inspiration for her cute designs

Joanna Mac’s bulldog Watson is the inspiration for her cute designs

To Joanna, it seemed like the perfect solution to include Watson and Rosy in her work, as they “will do anything to make sure they are the centre of the universe – they are both such attention seekers!” She’s had a great response already to her designs and, as each one is unique, her clients are delighted to own a piece that cannot be found anywhere else.

When it comes to incorporating dog-inspired furnishings into your home, Joanna suggests you choose one or two key pieces. “Try not to overdo it,” she advises. “A chair and/or a cushion is plenty enough for one room and will allow your dog-inspired pieces to take centre stage.”

Of course, it’s not just we humans who can appreciate bespoke furniture. “I’ve been working on a footstool – but this one’s actually for my bulldogs,” Joanna explains. “They like to be able to see out of the window and watch the world go by but, as they are quite short, I re-upholstered one for them to sit on. They absolutely love it.”

One of Joanna’s Watson chairs retails for approximately £150 and you can arrange collection of your bespoke bulldog chair in just four to six weeks – and they make a fabulous gift. Based in south-west London, Joanna can be contacted via email at watsonandrosy@hotmail.co.uk

Although Joanna doesn’t usually create pieces featuring her clients’ own pets – she has to be careful with the images she uses, as quality is paramount – we’re delighted that she’s extended her services to all Mighty Pooch clients. Simply send Joanna one of your professional photographs from your MP photoshoot and she will create a unique piece featuring your own canine chum.

Drop Joanna a line: watsonandrosy@hotmail.co.uk

Coming soon to The Mighty Pooch blog: Bulldog couture part 2!

Words: Aislinn Kelly

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