NewsHound | Issue 05

Hello NewsHounds, this week’s round up includes pet friendly staycations, introduces Chris Loder MP, and explains why sustainable and ethical luxury brand Elvis and Kresse don’t do Black Friday. A fantastic new single, and album by Katrina and The Waves.

Elvis and Kresse – Rescued, Reclaimed & NO Black Fridays

We have long admired Elvis and Kresse, a UK social enterprise who have been rescuing raw materials and transforming them into luxury lifestyle accessories since 2005, whilst donating 50% of their profits back to charities. Their journey started with saving decommissioned firehose from landfill and turning it into a range of beautiful handmade products, including handbags, washbags, cufflinks, and phone cases. They also collect waste from numerous other sources for re-use in their product range.

When you order from them you can expect your product to be delivered in a re-used box, or inside a bag cover handmade from a coffee sack or even a tent. Elvis and Kress don’t do Black Fridays, seasons, or any other discount days. They believe in good value every day. Their pricing is based on labour, creativity, and innovation. They employ a highly skilled team, and their prices reflect the costs of running a pioneering, ethical, and sustainable business which is more interested in impact than profit. Production is done in small batches meaning they don’t overproduce without knowing what works. Ethical, sustainable, reclaimed products that give back, and best of all they’ve got a Top Dog in the office called Monty (pictured in his bespoke London firehose collar).

© @elvisandkresse

Staycations – UK Island Hopping!

Paws up who remembers holidays? With the end of 2020 in sight, I think it’s fair to assume we are all looking forward to life getting back to some kind of normal. We are already thinking about places we would like to visit in 2021, The Isle of Wight features high on our list. Recommended by friends and family, we have recently been speaking to Wightlink, an award-winning ferry operator, linking the Isle of Wight with Hampshire, to get some travel tips. The island is one of the UK’s most dog friendly destinations, with our four-legged friends welcome at many attractions, restaurants, and on public transport.

Wightlink, Lymington and Portsmouth ports are situated in some of the prettiest parts of Hampshire, providing an opportunity to stop off before boarding at New Forest National Park, or Southsea seafront for some great dog walks. Look out for our upcoming article with detailed travel tips and the best places to stay and visit on the island. Dogs travel free on Wightlink. Do you have travel tips or favourite destinations? We would love to hear about them in the comments.

© @wightlinkferry

Pets in Parliament – Chris Loder MP

Chris Loder, MP for West Dorset, recently introduced his Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill in the House of Commons. The Private Members Bill makes provision for the maximum penalty for certain offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 be increased from six months to five years. Chris, an advocate for high animal welfare standards takes his inspiration from his own Springer Spaniel, Poppy.

Poppy was cruelly abandoned on the roadside in West Dorset with injuries that required emergency veterinary treatment when she was found and rescued by Chris. Poppy’s story has a happy ending as she is now a treasured Loder family pet and she has prompted the MP to campaign for the maximum sentence for animal cruelty to be increased from six months to five years. Hear, Hear!

© @chrisloderpolitics

Carrots the Cat awarded 2020 Blue Cross Medal

Pet charity, Blue Cross, has announced