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From the age of 5 a dog has always been a part of my family. For the past six and a half years, a Jack Russell cross called Oscar has stolen our hearts. He is a very cheeky and incredibly fun little character who is our dog in a million. Over these past few months, which have seen my health at its worst, Oscar has pretty much been my constant companion. He helped to motivate me to fight to get my fitness back after my flare up last October and he is always there to cuddle up with on the sofa or, dare I say it, in bed. He never fails to cheer me up and make me smile.

I have mentioned before that I believe having a dog is a huge help to my fibromyalgia. I am sure many would agree with this and I do believe it would also be true of any pet. There is just a slight problem when it comes to owning a pet when you have a chronic illness such as fibromyalgia. Chronic illness often takes away your independence. Sometimes you manage to do things, other times it’s impossible. I am incredibly lucky in that my family help me with looking after Oscar. At the moment I am not capable of giving him the two walks a day he needs. I also often have to rely on my mum to pick up any food, treats or toys I need for Oscar. It’s a little frustrating that I can’t always do this for myself. Mind you, even when I can it is far from ideal carrying heavy bags of dog food. Thankfully, I came across a website that provides online pet supplies and can help solve these problems.

Petshop.co.uk stock a range of products for all kinds of pets at competitive prices, from grooming equipment and toys to food. They even offer a bottomless bowl service that really appealed to me. You can pick your products, choose the frequency you want them delivered and relax knowing you will never run out of your pet’s favourites again. Excellent for those of us who suffer from the dreaded brain fog!! There’s no commitment, you can change delivery dates or cancel at any time. Plus, they will inform you of any price increases and ask if you want to continue with your subscription so there are no unexpected costs.

Oscar was very lucky to be sent a package from petshop.co.uk to try. This provided much excitement and, not being shy, Oscar was head first into the box to see what he had been sent.

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Now, Oscar was of course over the moon to be sent Dentastix*, Pro Plan Dog Food* and a bag of Huntland Grain Free Dog Food*. His whole body wiggled with glee when he realised that his mystery package was a box of full of food! He wasn’t best pleased, however, at being asked to pose with his haul of goodies. Can you tell he’s a little bit peeved in the photo below?

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Not exactly good PR there Oscar! I figured I knew exactly how to cheer his wee face up… treat him to a dentastix*. I think this absolutely made his day.

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There is nothing that makes Oscar more happy than treats and after his belly was full he was more than willing to pose. I am sure he was still thinking about eating the rest though.

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It wasn’t just Oscar who was pleased to receive this package, I was too. It was a fuss-free and easy way to have pet food delivered. No lugging around heavy bags and no relying on other people. Plus it came at a good time! Despite being ruled by his belly, Oscar can be a fussy little so-and-so when it comes to his dry food. He has been getting fed Burns pork & potato for quite a while now but recently he hasn’t been all that keen and can take a while to eat it. The Huntland grain free dog food* seems perfect for him as it is hypoallergenic (Oscar can have problems with his skin) and full of completely natural ingredients; there are no nasty grains or gross meat-derivatives in it. It contains fresh meat, fruit, vegetables and herbs.

I am gradually changing his diet over to this new food by mixing part of it in with the Burns pork and potato and then increasing the ratio until it’s 100% Huntland grain free dog food. So far he seems keen so thank you Petshop.co.uk! The little monkey will pick out the new food happily and will then look at me disapprovingly, sigh and slowly eat the rest. I did say he was a character and I think he will be happy when he has switched over completely!

What do you think about this service? Is it something that interests you?

*Disclaimer: Petshop.co.uk kindly sent Oscar a selection of products to try for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are 100% my own. Since writing this review I have continued to use this service to purchase food for Oscar.

Author

Hello, I'm Donna. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2013 and started this blog shortly after. After my health declined significantly the following year, I decided to become my own advocate and searched for answers. It took two years but, in 2016, I finally discovered I had Lyme Disease. On February Stars, I share my personal journey back to better health; discussing what has helped me and the mistakes I've made along the way. I also cover topics on self-improvement, managing symptoms and living life to the fullest with chronic illness.

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