Not sure what to get your furry friend this year?
No need to stress, because a Christmas pop-up for pets has just opened and it’s full of gifts for cats and dogs .The Merchant’s Tail in Hackney was launched by pet labels Cheshire & Wain and Fetch & Follow, and will feature both festive experiences and shopping opportunities for animal lovers. Fancy felines will appreciate the luxury ‘Muted Heritage’ collection of soft leather collars and Caviar-themed accessories, while man’s best friend can be treated to a stylish rain jacket or jumper.
If they’ve been a very good girl or boy this year, you could also get them a new bowl and bed, too.Beyond buying gifts, there will be in-store workshops such as a session on caring for your pets during winter months and Christmas with Dr Ciara from Vet in the City. And if you haven’t sorted the annual Christmas card yet, visit the photo studio where photographer Rachel Oates will be ready to snap a pic of your pet. Other events include a Lucky (Waving) Cat customisation workshop and a winter skincare Walk & Talk with Malin+Goetz for the humans. Pets are obviously welcome to come along during your visit, with founder of Cheshire & Wain, Sonja Farrell, and Genesta Gunn from Fetch & Follow hanging about the store, ready to feed them snacks.
Humans can also post a ‘tail’ to Santa Paws for a chance to win £100 to spend on their furry pal. The pop-up, located on Hackney Road, opened last week and will run until 8 December, open every Wednesday to Sunday.
Make a dog-walking station for the entryway if you have more than one dog. See how this is done here.
If you want to get a little something pet-themed for yourself, why not get a strange Christmas jumper featuring a dog that looks suspiciously like a penis ?