Here at Dogs on Bikes we aim to please by providing a bespoke, handcrafted creation that is not only beautiful to look at but safe for your beloved hound.
Our family home is also home to cats, ducks and our much loved and pampered greyhounds Boris,who we unfortunately lost early 2018, Lottie, rescue puppy Lulu and now joined by our new boy Brian.
Boris was an ex racing hound who retired when he was 5yrs old and he certainly enjoyed the good life and his retirement!
He's was a great big softy with a sensitive soul, had a neverending passion for tripe sticks and he was my shadow until the end.
He loved people and once you said hello that was it, you had a friend for life!
Lottie is a timid baby who had a very rough start to life and was abandoned as a greyhound pup with a leg injury.
Two weeks after Lottie came to live with us she suffered an FCE (spinal stroke) but with love, determination and therapy she is back to having fun.
She has come to realise that a hound's life can be fun and is enjoying being a 'puppy'!
Lulu came to us as an 8 week old puppy who had been born into rescue. She is the fruit loop of the clan and loves her cuddles!
Brian joined our family a few months ago after finishing racing when he was 5. He is a quiet, extremely loving soul who is just starting to show his personality. We're now busy trying to show him that the big wide world out there is not as scary as he thinks!
Boris and Lottie
Dogs on Bikes developed from a variery of avenues; our love of hounds, madness for cycling, enjoyment of crafting and a bit of a passion for photography. All of this combined with an over-riding desire for a safe, affordable and yet more than functional looking collar for the hounds led us down the road to where we are now.
So after trying and looking at several suitable, and some less than suitable collars, we decided to use our skills to develop what we wanted for our own hounds. Like most things this soon snowballed into complements and requests.
Now we have a full hound range of collars, leads, coats and treats from the martingale, walking, tag and buckle collars to fleece and rain coats to extra special occasion treats, special orders and a wide range of coloured webbing leads that would make a rainbow weep!
We make collars for all dogs be they little, large and everything in between but as you may see we do have a bit of a soft spot for greyhounds. Not that we haven't had other houndies but as the phrase goes 'they get under your skin'!
That's why we have a vast array of martingale collars as we have always had willing volunteers with our own and friends dogs to try them out. It is such an extremely versatile design of collar that it is suitable for all breeds and mixes of hounds.
The martingale was primarily designed for Sighthounds who have smaller heads than necks and therefore can easily 'slip' their collar but it has shown itself to be a really good design for all dogs. It is safe, comfortable and gentle on their necks.
It is a wonderful design comprising of a larger loop section and a smaller control loop which, when fitted correctly, will gently tighten on walking or if, like our little girl, you have a hound that is excellent at sudden reverse manoeuvres!
It's a design of collar that has been around for many a year with lots of variations to said basic design; large collar loop section and smaller control loop section. The collars made by Dogs on Bikes are our own interpretation of said classic design.
Dogs on Bikes support rescues and organisations by giving collar donations for their fund raising efforts.
We also have the occasional foster hound prior to being homed.