Blog Tour Book Review -The PawLife Guide: Dog Care At Home

#blogtober DAY THREE

For those of you who don’t know, I have a gorgeous staffie boy called Knox.  He is 18 months old, very lovable and mischievous and who loves to play!  We rescued him aged six months and we are still trying to train certain behaviours out of him but he has come on amazingly.


The PawLife Guide: Dog Care at Home by Gina Harding


The Blurb

DOG CARE AT HOME gives you the information you need to have a happy and healthy dog no matter what your dog’s current stage in life, in just 10 minutes a day. Over 200 hours of research including interviews with veterinarians and fellow dog owners around the world, Dog Care at Home is the all-in-one book to have at home, with six veterinarians that have contributed to this ultimate guide, rest assured you are in reliable hands.

Inside you will discover: –

Choosing the right breed – The basic steps of raising a puppy – What vaccinations are for and why your dog needs them – Travelling with your dog – How to perform CPR on your dog – Health and hygiene including dental care – Choosing the right veterinarian – When it’s time to say goodbye – And much more!

PawLife’s Dog Care at Home is the answer for all your dog parenting needs in one comprehensive guide that ensures your dog lives a long, healthy and happy life.

What I Thought

This is a great guide for anyone considering getting a dog.  It covers all the tings you will need to think about in good detail.  I know many people who have got a dog based on the most popular breed at the time, or the one they thinks looks the cutest.  This guide will help people look at choosing a dog as a big decision – which breed will suit your lifestyle?  It also acts as a checklist for all the things you will need to provide for your dog once you have one, including training tips, choosing a vet, health and feeding.

This book is perfect for anyone wanting to add a fur-baby to their family and I would highly recommend it to those before they take the plunge.

Where To Buy

Purchase from Amazon UK 

The Author – Gina Harding

Gina is an enthusiastic dog lover, so much so that she founded her own dog blog business called PawLife, which has been awarded top 10 Australian Dog Blog. This wouldn’t be possible without her best friend Harley, who is a toy poodle mix. They are continually going on new adventures, testing out new squeaky toys.


Gina recently discovered her writing passion and wanted to create the ultimate guidebook that would support, educate and inspire pet parents and yet to be pet parents around the world. Gina and Harley are originally from Australia, where the weather is always beautiful. This is Gina’s first book and looks forward to writing many more to help fellow pet-parents; with her fur-baby Harley by her side.

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Giveaway – Win a 12 Piece Dog Toy Starter Box from Zenify (Open Internationally)+


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*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

Good luck with the giveaway everybody!  I know Knox would love this bundle of goodies, what a fantastic prize!  Would love to hear about your doggy companions, if you have one let me know a bit about them in the comments box below.

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

Thankyou to Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book in return for a review.  All opinions contained in the review are my own.  Check out the other reviews on the blog tour –



An Interview With Ali Jawad

If you watch The IBD & Ostomy Support Show you will know our August theme has been exercising with IBD or an ostomy.  This can be difficult for many reasons – fatigue, risk of hernia, malabsorption, deficiencies and many more.  There are many amazing people across the IBD community who are actively taking part and even competing in sports.

Ali Jawad is a double leg amputee and he also suffers from Crohns Disease.  He is a British Paralympian and competes in the -59kg class  in weightlifting.  I contacted him through his Facebook page and asked if it would possible to ask him some questions about his Crohns Disease and if and how it affects his career.  He very politely agreed and it was lovely to get the chance to talk to someone who has overcome so many hurdles in life to be so successful in a sport he loves.

1) What is your diagnosis? What age were you diagnosed? What were your initial symptoms? Are you on any medication or have you had any surgery for your Crohns?

I have Crohns disease. I was 19 years old at the time my symptoms started. Unfortunately, at my first Paralympic Games in 2008, I got sick the night before I competed and no one knew what was wrong with me. I had diarrhoea, vomiting, right side pain and a lot of sweating. It took 9 long months to diagnose me. I had surgery in 2010. I’ve been on prednisolone, pentasa, azathioprine and am currently on humira injections.

2) You were born without your legs from the mid thigh down. When you were younger were physios etc involved in your care? Were you given exercises, hydrotherapy etc?

I used to where prosthetic limbs, but I gave them up when I was 11. I used to have to attend physio to learn with different legs. I hated it. So I gave them up as I thought I’m far more independent without them. I love having no legs! I’ve never wanted legs ever.

3) What age were you when you started weightlifting and how did you get into it?

I was 16 years old when my friend forced me to go to the gym across the road. I got spotted by the owner.  He said I had massive potential if I chose to pursue powerlifting, not knowing at the time it would be  the start of a rollercoaster journey.

4) What is a typical day/week like for you with your training?

At my busiest I’ll be in the gym for 12-15 hours a week. But that’s without weekly physio, nutrition meetings, coach meetings and monitoring. Remember being an elite athlete is my whole life so my nutrition and the way I live my lifestyle is optimal for training.

5) How does a Crohns flare impact on this schedule?

My Crohns only impacts me when it flares.  Obviously as my diet has to be optimal, I lead a very strict life to try and reduce the symptoms as much as possible. But at the end of the day, it’s about fighting through whatever Crohns throws at you.

6) How do you amend your diet to coincide with training alongside having Crohns?

My diet is all about anti inflammatory foods to reduce inflammation in the body. Technically, Crohns disease is inflammation, so a diet that tackles this has to be implemented. Also as powerlifting is a body weight sport, I have to make sure I’m in body weight for competitions, so all my food is weighed. It takes a lot of meal prepping! However, this strict approach had to be done for me to be able to compete.

7) Do you take any supplements, vitamins etc to help with your Crohns?

As with any auto immune disease, absorbing micro nutrients is hard. So I take Vitamin D mainly. I try to take the natural approach through food as much as possible. You can’t rely on supplements, but I understand that most people can’t keep such a strict diet schedule like I can.

8) Do you feel like Crohns disease has held you back from achieving any of your goals? How do you motivate yourself to get back on top again if/when this happens?

When I first got diagnosed, I thought all my dreams were over. I was told by doctors no Crohns disease sufferer (not Steve Redgrave, as he has colitis) has ever medalled at any Summer Olympic or Paralympic Games. They told me to retire, as to compete with such a unpredictable condition against world class athletes would be a massive disadvantage. Luckily, I knew that if I put everything I can in place to reduce my symptoms, be mentally tough with whatever comes my way, I may have a shot. It also excited me that no one has ever won a medal, I thought how good would it feel if I was the first? Ironically, I wasn’t the first Crohns sufferer to medal at an Olympics…that honour goes to Kathleen Baker from the USA in swimming. She got her silver medal two weeks before me. The 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil were certainly historic for Crohns sufferers across the world with two Crohns athletes winning Olympic and Paralympic medals! However, no Crohns sufferer has won gold yet in an individual event at the Olympics/Paralympics so that is something to aim for.

9) How does it feel winning a gold medal? (My 8 year old son watched the Rio Paralympics with me and thought you were amazing and should have got gold, especially when I told him you had Crohns too!)

I won silver in Rio…however after everything I’ve been through it felt like a gold. I’ve won World and European golds in the past, but this meant more to me as it has always been my dream to get a Paralympic medal since I was 6. Sometimes I look at the medal, and I’m still in shock that I managed it after the struggles I’ve been through. It was a proud moment for me.

10) What advice would you give anyone with IBD looking to get into exercise?

My best advice is that everyone with IBD knows not to take good health for granted. Flare up, symptoms, and daily life with such a condition is hard. So why not live optimally to reduce it? Optimal dieting and exercise is so important, I can’t stress how much it helps, even though the discipline and commitment to it is big. But I promise it’s worth the good health. No matter what aims you have in life…don’t let Crohns or Colitis limit your potential. You can achieve anything you want, don’t use the condition as a excuse.

Unfortunately, Ali is currently in the middle of a huge flare so isn’t competing.  He is looking to treat his flare and make his comeback next year and I hope everyone will be cheering him on when he does.  To stick to an athlete’s training and eating regime is tough for anyone, never mind when you suffer from IBD as well.  Thankyou so much to Ali for taking the time to talk to me and share his story.  I hope it helps inspire people to realise that so many goals are not out of reach, just because you suffer from IBD.

Colitis To Ostomy