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Man’s best friend never looked this good!

We’re as excited as a corgi with a bone … we’ve just discovered You & Lou and … obsessed!

A small business run by two best dog-loving friends, it’s all about beautiful,  functional products for your pets. Baskets – small, medium and large/extra-large – are hand woven, each named after a dog close to their hearts. There are also outdoor beds with removable and washable covers, stylish leather collars with hand embroidery, as well as cosy cat baskets. Dog baskets from around R1450, beds from R1550 and cat baskets from R1300, all from youandlou.co.za

When your dog’s cruising the park, make sure he owns it! He’ll strut along looking good in this Harry Barker bandana, which is reversible – striped and plain – and is made from lightweight, durable denim. R149.99. • Well groomed … this Posh Pets bamboo slicker brush has stainless steel pins which are perfect for all types of coats. The angled pins reach into the undercoat and gently remove loose hair. R179. •Kid’s toys all over the house are bad enough. Add dog’s toys and it’s just one big mess. Keep things tidy with this Harry Barker classic dog toy bin. It’s elegant, durable and made from sustainably sourced, eco-friendly materials. R349.99. All from woolworths.co.za

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If your hound is active and always getting down and dirty in water and mud, this custom collar with o-ring is the real deal. Hard-wearing, customised, machine washable, and with pure brass fittings that won’t rust, it’s perfect for the dog that plays hard but still wants to look cool. R750. • Bling for glam bitches and handsome hounds … these 3mm pure brass dog tags which are machine engraved, have the Chommies logo on one side, the other side’s blank for you to engrave your dog’s details. R100 each. Both from chommies.com

Home made dog treats

Put aside the bananas. Since we’re baking, we may as well make something yummy for the dogs, too.

Peanut butter biscuits

You’ll need:

1 cup cooked pumpkin puree; 1/4 cup peanut butter (choose one with no added sugar or salt); 2 eggs; 3 cups whole wheat flour.

Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C. Beat the pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs well until mixed – around 2 minutes. Slowly add in the flour, a little at a time, mixing gently until just combined. Knead the dough a little, then roll out to about 2cm thick. Cut into squares (or shapes, if you prefer) and put onto a tray lined with baking paper. Bake for around 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked and the edges are golden. Cool before storing in an airtight container.

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