We often see social media posts asking us to shop small or buy local, so I decided to search for the best local pet businesses in Suffolk. From shops to dog trainers, and photographers to healers.
With Luxury totally being my thing, off I went to search and found these 6 amazing pet brands that are based right here in Suffolk.
As a small pet business, myself – it’s just me, Karen and my chief tester Bertie the Border Collie, I wanted to shine a light on other small businesses offering high-quality products and services.
Oscar and Digby
Founded by Joseph and featuring his dog Oscar, I was blown away by the stylish hand-crafted dog beds that were being made in Suffolk.
Oscar and Digby's flagship Bamboo bed
If you're looking for craftsmanship, timeless elegance and durability, these beds are for you. Not only are they good for the planet with “unrivalled eco-credentials” but included in the price you get to choose which elegant cushion you would like with the bed.
Oscar and Digby are based in Suffolk
Dogversity is an online dog training program created by Suffolk dog trainer Zoe from Best Behaviour Dog Training. This doggy equivalent of University is “fun and effective online training for puppies and dogs.” Presented with easy to follow instructional videos you work your way through the training whatever your dogs level.
You also get access to Zoe on her weekly Facebook live drop-in sessions and a bonus Facebook group where you can meet other Dogveristy members to share your dog training stories with other like-minded owners.
Best Behaviour Dog Training hold classes at various locations in Ipswich, Stowmarket and Colchester
Busy Bee Cosmetics
I stumbled across this small business and a craft fair and discovered they make Pet Paw Lotion. Sold in small or large tins, this natural balm is perfect for dry cracked paw pads to help keep them nice and smooth.
Using just 4 ingredients including Beeswax from their Stour Valley Apiaries, there is a lovely little video on their site showing exactly how it’s made too.
Bust Bee Cosmetics is based in Great Cornard, Sudbury.
Nigel Wallace Dog Photography
There’s nothing more luxurious than a stunning photograph of your pet against the backdrop of the beautiful Suffolk countryside.
Nigel, inspired by photographing his Border Collie Darcy whilst out on walks “captures a dog’s real personality for that treasured memory” It’s a no brainer to choose a photographer who specialises in photographing dogs and their owners.
Nigel has gift vouchers which can be purchased for location photoshoots and offer a unique puppy photoshoot session. For an extra special gift that will provide a lifetime of memories.
Nigel is based in Mildenhall, Suffolk and shoots out on location
Charlie and Doo
Charlie and Doo may be a new brand, but Jacqui is already catching the eyes of customers from around the world with their “glorious dog wear for joyful hounds”.
Handcrafted from their Suffolk studio, Charlie and Doo create fabulous dog wear and accessories in eye-catching and luxurious materials. Each high-end design is presented in a beautiful package and shipped to you in an environmentally friendly way.
Charlie And Doo is based in Ipswich.
Suffolk Reiki Company
Did you think Reiki was just for humans? Think again. Our four-legged friends can find relief from feeling nervous, anxious of just needing something extra to soothe aching, arthritic joints by receiving this holistic treatment. Reiki is suitable for healthy dogs too, helping them to relax and receive energy can really strengthen the bond between the dog and the owner.
Maxine says, “Animal Reiki is a gentle, yet effective complementary therapy that promotes deep relaxation and natural healing”. What better way to treat your dog and give them time away from the pressures of modern living to help improve their general wellbeing.
Suffolk Reiki Company is based in Great Finborough.
I hope you agree with me, we have some amazing talent right here in our wonderful county of Suffolk, possibly the home of the most luxurious pet brands.