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Your Dog Advent Calendar 2015

Day 1 - Win a luxury conditioning shampoo gift set from Morgan's Dog Boutique!

Win Morgan's Dog Boutique Previous Pet Dog Shampoo!

Today we are giving away a Precious Pets luxury conditioning shampoo gift set to one lucky winner!

The gift set includes 200ml bottles of Luxury Conditioning Dog Shampoo in the following four flavours:

  • Country Garden: featuring lavender, rosemary and juniper berry essential oils.
  • Citrus Sunshine: featuring sweet orange, grapefruit & lime essential oils.
  • Woodlands Walk: featuring patchouli, geranium and lavender essential oils.
  • Vanilla Dreams: featuring a benzoin, bergamot and ylang ylang essential oils.

Please note these dog shampoos are made with high concentration meaning you only need to use a small amount compared to other dog shampoo brands.

The Precious Pet Dog Shampoo does not contain any Parabens or SLS/SLES (Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate).

For further information, please visit the Morgan's Dog Boutique website, you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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The dog behind today's window is Buddy sent in by owner Andy Holt.

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