Forum home Talk To Us Sponsored discussions

Share why having a dog is so special to your family at this time: £200 voucher courtesy, Winalot


For almost 100 years, Winalot, have been making 100% complete and balanced dog food, made with wholesome, quality ingredients, with essential vitamins and minerals. 

At times like this, having a dog really does make a house, a home and that having a dog right now, more than ever, can be especially special to our families. Share on this thread why having a dog is so special to your family, particularly at this time.

To be in with a chance of winning, please scroll to the text box at the bottom of this page, and tell Winalot why having a dog is so special to your family at this time, and you could win a £200 Amazon voucher for sharing. If you wanted to share a picture of your dog too, that would be amazing. 

Everyone who posts (and answers the question fully) will be entered into a prize draw to win the £200 Amazon voucher.

We'll keep this thread open until 19/06/20, and we'll announce the winner's name a few days later.


This discussion is sponsored by WinalotPlease note that comments and pictures you post here may be used by Winalot in future marketing and advertising material. See full Ts&Cs here.


  •  Connie Fry

    These two make the world seem brighter. Being 6 months pregnant and at home with a 4 year old these pooches are my therapy. They listen without answering back, give me hugs, take me on a walk, bring me back down to earth, make me laugh and entertain my 4yr old for me. I live for our evening cuddles when the house is finally quiet. 

  • This is Stringer, it was his 6th birthday yesterday. We made him peanut butter and bacon dog biscuits, so he had a great lockdown birthday.

    He is the best big dog brother for Ezra, who is 1. They have the greatest bond and it is just so lovely to watch them play together. 
  • We got a puppy just before lockdown. My son and daughter have birthdays in march and with the start of the coronavirus we cancelled their parties. We have wanted a puppy for a while and used the money to buy a chihuahua. It was the perfect timing for us as we are home with her all day. The children have loved having a puppy to play with and love and cuddle and she has help keep routine in the by encoraging us to get up early in the morning. Unfortunately alot of vets were closed at first which delayed getting puppy Injections done, but we inly have a week to wait and she will be able to come on our dailywalks. We are looking forward to this and it will make our walks more exciting. I also feel like I can let my older children out for a walk alone as I dont want anyone thinking they are breaking lockdown rules so it will be nice that they can take the dog for a walk. 

  • We got our handsome puppy Alfie about 10 days before we had lock down, wow what a decision that was! I’ve wanted a family dog for such a long time however I am an allergy sufferer so has put me off, I’m pleased to say Alfie who is a Poochon is hyperallergenic and I can rub my face in his fur with no reactions! I’ve waited all my life for that! My daughter is 7 and has struggled with not seeing her friends at this time however she has a new best friend now and can play with him happily and snuggle when she needs it. It’s also making us go out in the fresh air for lots of dog walks which is great for us all. Love him!
  • We lost our 8 year old house rabbit 2 years ago. We were all so heartbroken and wanted a new pet but I just could not get another rabbit. I have always wanted a dog, but my partner was attacked by one as a child, so was wary. I found the perfect pup and begged him for her. My partner caved, and bought me her for my birthday. Our new pup Ripley now 1 and a half,  has shown my partner not all dogs are dangerous and they now have the most beautiful relationship. She follows him around everywhere. My whole family life has changed, we all are more active with walks and she cheers us all up, especially in these difficult times. We all enjoy walks and hugs and I am so grateful for my partner changing his mind. Thanks Ripley xx
  • We are looking after my sisters dog at the moment as she is a key worker and is living on site due to Covid 19. Little Millie is bringing us all closer together and lots of happy times. We are loving having her and she makes our daily walks that bit more special. Shes such a cutie. 
  • We have my daughter who has been through a lot of mental anguish, trauma and illness. She had been desperate for a dog for some time a disability care dog. However I also have disabilities and getting such a dog trained was impossible. We took a long time to decide to get a rescue dog and at the Blue Cross, we met Molly.
    She wasn’t a Lively happy girl, she was a damaged dog who didn’t trust easily, and cowered with tail firmly lodged between her legs. She looked like a rather grumpy old man really. She had permanent issues and at only 5 already had arthritis from injured joints. We visited her many times And she didn’t really seem to gel too well with us: but we knew her time in kennels had been long and decided to give her a home regardless of the medicine commitment and behavioural challenges. She had assaulted a robotic dog, thus failed a test and we were warned not to attempt walks when other dogs were about. 
    She took the journey home well. Lifted gingerly out of the car: we had been told that she probably wouldn’t manage stairs.

    well, she started out just as she has gone on.... a sniff about, surveyed her two new beds: our carefully contained garden For her safety and then bolted! Straight up the stairs.... Tail flying high behind her as she shot off! By the time we clambered after her... she was nuzzling cheerfully into the covers of my double bed with a glint of mischief and glee. 
    And Molly has bonded uniquely... she stays if you cry and knows she’s needed. She sleeps with a single part of her ‘touching’ a part of one of us; be it a paw or a chin, a butt or her tail she is always linked in some way. She now tolerates other dogs, As her trust in Us keeping Her safe grew.... she lets us know groomers and such aren’t her friends but thank goodness LOVES a bath! She’s let us know that she has been kicked in the past and under her fur are many many small scars of strange shapes and sizes. So All her fears explained! 
    And for us, she is a delight, an instant source of hilarity! We taught her to play... she taught us to relax. We taught her some tricks.... she taught us that she listens, and It helps! We gave her a chance and she gave us love, so much love! She is an every-pet, eats like a pig, rolls like a cat, squeaks like a guinea pig and gambols like a sheep, she charges like a bull and gallops like a pony.  She not perfect....She punctures balls Instantly and eats Our post! But she’s perfect for US!

  • Our lovely Poppy, is the most wonderfully sensitive cockapoo. I got her as a puppy when recovering from depression and she has been as supportive and loving during the lockdown. She's got me outside every day and her big furry smile makes me smile on each and every walk!  :)<3
Sign In or Register to comment.

Featured Discussions