Month: July 2019

Places to eat in  Cambridge: Amélie Review

Places to eat in Cambridge: Amélie Review

Trying new places to eat in Cambridge is our favourite pastime and we recently had the pleasure of Amélie in the (newly revamped) Grafton Centre Cambridge. Look out for the bright yellow vintage Citroën van opposite the VUE cinema. This independent, family run venture serves […]

Fish and Chips in St. Ives- Eric’s Review

Fish and Chips in St. Ives- Eric’s Review

The opening of Eric’s is excellent news for lovers of fish and chips in St Ives. It has become a tradition of ours to follow up a long beach walk in Norfolk with a trip to Eric’s at Thornham for their delicious fish and chips, […]

Best Dog Crates- Croft Soft Crate Review:

Best Dog Crates- Croft Soft Crate Review:

To crate or not to crate?

This is the question facing many dog owners. The need to crate came about for us when our dog became reactive in the car on short journeys. Long journeys and holidays were never a problem.


Dogs and Stress:

Did you know that stress hormones stay in a dog’s body for many hours? We realised that this meant that, as we went out in the car daily, our dog was in a constant state of stress. Constantly pumped full of cortisol and adrenaline- how awful for him! Stress is harmful for dogs just as it is for humans -for more information about the effects of stress on a dog click here.  

best dog crates

The Benefits of a Crate:

Crating in the car has many benefits:

  • The dog feels safe and secure in their private den.
  • Crate use is one of the recommended travel methods. For more about car safety with dogs click here for PDSA Recommendations. Please note that most products of this type are not tested for collision safety. This is not a safety review.
  • You can ensure that they are not going to damage anything, most importantly themselves, when left unattended and limit the mess of dirty paws!

Finding the best dog crates:

Following a recommendation by our wonderful dog carers at JK Petcare (who uses soft crates for their customers who need a little space) we decided to try a Croft Soft Crate.

Croft soft crate

If your dog is a chewer or aggressive, this crate is made from fabric so may not be suitable for you. For dogs that are happy in a crate this is luxury! Made from metal tube structure, with fabric and mesh sides and a fleece floor, it comes in a choice of colours so looks great as well as being practical.


Dimensions can be found on the website so you can order a crate of a comfortable size for your dog(s) and car. The crate has 3 openings (doors) and conveniently folds flat (into its carry bag)  for when it is not needed. It is sturdy and well-made. I can tell that we will be using it for many purposes for a many years.

Peaceful Car Journeys!

It is soft and comfortable, and vision can be restricted as you wish using the mesh windows and Velcro window panels.

car journeys with dogs

I can tell that the dogs feel calm and safe in here. They curl up together for a snooze when travelling rather than standing on guard at the window. They are noticeably calmer in everyday life too. We put this partly down to the car crating and their reduced stress hormones.  

Summer Travels:

For the summer months we have adapted the crate with a cool mat and plenty of gusts of air conditioning. They should stay calm, cool and comfortable on those short journeys. 

cool mat from Pointy Faces

Top-tip: Measure carefully! We initially ordered a crate too wide to fit the car and had to pay returns and delivery again- oops! 

For our other dog recommendations click here.

Summer Running Essentials for Women:

Summer Running Essentials for Women:

As the temperatures rise, it is time to consider those summer running essentials. The right kit can make a run more pleasurable and most importantly keep you safe and healthy.   Feet: Trainers- As with running in all conditions, getting a good pair of training shoes […]