Must-See Places in the UK to Check Out With Your Pooch

With many dog owners considering their four-legged buddy as part of the family, a lot of establishments in the UK make it a priority to also make sure their patrons’ pets are well-provided with whatever they need. So if you’re making plans to roam around the country with your pet, you won’t have a hard time picking a destination that’s pet-friendly and accommodating. Below are just some of these places.

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Lake Windermere
If you’re looking for a dog-friendly attraction where you can spend an entire day bonding with your four-legged companion, try visiting Lake Windermere in Cumbria. Lake Windermere is the largest lake in the Lake District National Park and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site. With countless pubs, cafes, restaurants, and attractions to welcome you and your canine buddy, it’s a great place to spend quality time with your dog.

Lost Gardens of Heligan
Since its restoration in 1996, the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall has been open to the public as a tourist attraction. Idyllic and magical, the garden is a beautiful place to check out with your pooch. Aside from featuring Europe’s last remaining pineapple pit and a few rare livestock and wildlife, the garden is also home to two amazing sculptures, the Giant’s Head and the Mud Maid. Plus, management isn’t so strict when it comes to pets; all they ask is that you tell your dog to behave while on the premises.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens is among the best zoos in England to spend the day with your dog. More than 260 animal species live in the park, and with over 160 acres of parkland to roam around, you can rest assured that your four-legged buddy would have a terrific time there.

The Cherub Inn
The Cherub Inn is easily one of England’s most dog-friendly and eye-catching pubs. A quaint 14th-century establishment, the pub is situated inside the town’s oldest building, still sporting the old ships’ timbers it uses as its frames and exhibiting a historic ambiance. The pub proves that many good things still come in small packages, and although it’s not as large as most other pubs in the country, it’s still one of the best bars in the UK where you can sip Dartmouth pride with your pooch.

The Dog House
But should you ever grace Scotland one day, have a glass of Scotch whiskey in the Dog House. Situated along Balloch Road and located at the foot of the majestic Loch Lomond, it’s the most awesome pub in Dunbartonshire. Not only will you drink in the stunning sceneries the county’s landscape has to offer, but you’ll also be able to drink their one-of-a-kind Loch Lomond Ale while in the pub. Meanwhile, the establishment also provides treats, water bowls, and dog doors for your canine buddy, keeping him content and happy while you sip your own drink in peace.

Old Swan & Minster Mill
There are also lots of canine-accommodating establishments in the UK where you can have a bite to eat and a place to go on a staycation. One of these is the Old Swan & Minster Mill restaurant. Located 15 miles from Oxford and 11 miles from Blenheim Palace, the inn is a favorite haunt for many dog owners. Combining contemporary design, luxurious comfort, and delicious menus with the rural and historic charm of the area, it’s a place you should include in your dog-friendly list.

The Beach Hut
Vibrant and lively, the Beach Hut restaurant of the Watergate Bay Hotel not only lets you and your dog enjoy the views and sounds of the nearby sea, but it will also serve you both with some of the best dishes you’ll ever taste. While there, you can snack on fries with rosemary salt, have one of their Cornish-beef-made burgers, or even try their fish and seafood dishes (these are freshly caught by local suppliers, by the way. Easy on the eyes yet still imaginative, the Beach Hut and its menu can bring you and your canine together in ways no other restaurants could.

Keep Your Canine in Mind While Planning
A getaway with your pooch is as much as a break for them as it is for you. By choosing dog-friendly destinations, you’ll be able to make better sure they’ll have fun on your holiday together.

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Deinah Storm is a pet lover from the US that’s had cats and dogs all her life. When she’s not walking the dogs with her family, she spends time writing informational and interesting blogs about pets to share with pet lover communities.

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BREXIT – Your travel questions answered

Simon Calder, Independent Travel Expert, Edmund King, President of the Automobile Association (AA) and Jae Hopkins from Eurotunnel set the record straight

Show date: Friday 9th November

Show time: 1:00pm

With less than 6 months to go until March 29th, there has been continued speculation amongst politicians and commentators as to what Brexit will mean for travelling to the EU from the UK.

The outcome of this is a nation confused. That confusion spreads across areas such as Passports, both human and pet, EHIC cards and their validity, whether the need for an internal driving permit, a visa to travel, and even on to what this means for duty-free goods.

With much confusion, and with no sight yet of a deal or no deal position, who should we be listening to and where should be going for known information and fact.

Joining us to answer these questions and more live in the studio are Simon Calder, Independent Travel Expert, Edmund King, President of the Automobile Association (AA) and Jae Hopkins from Eurotunnel, the single biggest carrier of people to mainland Europe

https://www.eurotunnel.com/brexit

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A doggie day out at West Dorset Leisure Holidays!

James and James in Marketing spent the day working with our newest Marketing recruits our two four-legged friends named Harry and Daisy and here is our write up from their eyes!    Woof Woof says Harry! We would like to welcome you to one of the WDLH parks this Autumn. Although they are all dog friendly, Daisy and I spent the day today at Highlands End Holiday Park. We can’t believe how many new friends we met today (A quick woof to Milo and Millie) and we would love to meet more. Here is our special guide to a perfect doggy day at Highlands End!

Daisy and I started the morning off with a fabulous run in the parks dog exercising field, which looks over Eype Beach and all the way out to sea. We had great fun running around and playing fetch as the field is enclosed and we didn’t have to have our leads on like we do in the park. We had a rest and a drink back at the motorhome before heading up to the park shop. Although we aren’t allowed in the shop we can sneak into the Cowshed where the views are outstanding and we got to hear the news while our owners sipped a cup of Dorset Tea.

Daisy loved the smell of the breakfasts coming from Martin’s Bar & Restaurant, but being the older more sensible dog, I persuaded her that we should go home for breakfast and save our visit until later when the football was on and we will get more treats! I will push for breakfast on our departure day or late in the week if it rains at some point!

Breakfast was long and we began to get a bit restless so after a few teasing barks we were off for a walk down to Eype Beach with a small picnic and day out swimming and rock pooling under Thorncombe Beacon. It is embarrassing to say but it took me ages to build the courage up to go swimming. Daisy, the silly billy, jumped right in but I preferred chilling on the pebbles. Once I was in though, wow it was nice to cool off. I was so pleased we took our ball and we swam for hours (doggy paddle) out to get the ball to bring it back to the beach. I won of course!

Once we had a drink and our owners had their picnic, we began the walk back up to Highlands End. I didn’t think about the walk back up as we went down to the beach from the cliff top park, but we stopped at a bench halfway up to take in the view. Being a bit sandy we had a quick wash in the new doggy shower by the toilet block and then we had a nap and dried outside the Motorhome on the grass.

Mid-afternoon we were off again. I don’t understand sports unless dogs are involved and all Daisy does is pop the ball, but we went up to Martin’s Bar & Restaurant, where so much of the building is dog friendly. We understand some of the building has to be non-doggy and we were just pleased to be allowed in with our lovely owners. We weren’t allowed a pint but the doggy bowl gave us a quick pit stop before settling in for a nap.

We had dinner in the bar, well we didn’t as the food was so good everything was eaten by our owners but they really enjoyed the Ranch Burger and the Fish and Chips! As night fell we managed a quick walk back in the dog field before settling down for a kip. I was so pleased I even managed to say goodnight to Jack and Matt the park wardens who were doing their checks. They were a great help when we arrived after our journey and showed us where we could have a run while we checked in!

We managed to do all of this within walking distance of the park so we are excited for tomorrow when we are heading off to explore the local area in our little pink Fiat 500. According to the Visitor Information area on the park, the local market is on a Wednesday and Saturday, plenty of pubs welcome us for lunch and we can enjoy an ice cream while walking along the pier at West Bay!!

Some must know info for your owners when you come and say hi, we found out there are a maximum of 2 doggies per booking, you must be on a lead and stick with your owner’s while in the park and we also can’t be left alone which is great as we want to be with them having a great holiday! During November, dogs are only £1 each per night with touring bookings. Hopefully we will see you on the park soon! Woof!

Are you Worried about the Two Poo Bag fine?

Brand dooup has the answer…

The dooup walk-ease is now available, and just as the fine for being caught without at least two poo bags may be coming into play near you.
So far, the feedback has been great from those who have purchased but we are also interested in hearing from anyone who may feel it’s not ideal for their dog walk.

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We’ve thoroughly tested the concept for the short and long walk. From the perspective of the leisurely walker, through to the busy working mum, and the active, trendy chaps amongst you.

The important thing about this product is that you won’t even know you’re carrying it. You especially won’t feel conscious of carrying a scoop! The roll of bags inside are conveniently positioned so you can grab one without even needing to open the bag! So, the two poo bag rule will never be a problem for The dooup walk-ease owner!

This comfy and discreet chest/shoulder bag attaches to the lead and is ready to leave the house when you are. Packed with treats, hygiene pouch (including a reminder tag), sanitiser and some with a ball thrower and a torch which is well positioned for those darker nights. This means you are always equipped with what you need. It even allows you to let go of your dog’s lead if you wish to.

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We’ve already made a success of the garden dooup which was voted Best for the Garden by Dogs Today magazine. The majority who have one love how it sanitises and stores a week’s worth of dog waste before auto sealing the bag upon removal. Simple, hygienic and convenient for the home.

Many assumed we’d do something similar for the dog walk but when you consider the needs of the dog walker, it’s far more important to provide benefits such as a hands-free walk, easy, compact scoop and a place to store the waste if you need one. The poo part ends there but the benefits of The dooup walk-ease will mean you’ll never be caught without poo bags.

These fines, perhaps necessary, are rather harsh as we all know there are days we forget things. The dooup walk-ease means that can never happen to you.

We’d love to hear from you – any suggestions about what to add, takeaway, or just general observations on how The dooup walk-ease would or wouldn’t fit into your doggie life, would be much appreciated.

Some have already expressed the need for a longer scoop which we can provide should you wish to try it. However, we have fully tested the current small scoop and found they are not only extremely effective with variations of waste size and consistency, they also fit very nicely and discretely inside the poo pouch, so we would urge you trial it. There may be no need to carry anything bigger.

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PetStay – The Five Star Franchise!

PetStay, The Alternative to Kennels have announced that they have won the
5* Franchisee Satisfaction Award run by Smith & Henderson.

Carole Davy, Managing Director and PetStay founder said “We are incredibly proud to have won this prestigious award and to be recognised for our franchise model, training and on-going support along with our branding and the excellent relationships we have formed with our franchisees. It is such an important award for PetStay as it comes from our franchisees. Although 5 stars have been achieved we are always looking to continuously improve and develop further to help the franchisees to successfully grow their businesses.

Smith + Henderson, an independent research agency, coordinate the 5 Star Franchise Satisfaction programme. Steven Frost, CEO, said PetStay was awarded 5 Star Franchisee Satisfaction based on positive feedback from their franchisees. They rated it above average across all five key areas that we measure in our industry benchmarking programme, such as training and support and the relationship with their franchisor.

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Compared with the industry average PetStay were scored higher with head office support 18% above average, franchise system 10% above average, proven system 16% above average, respect 13% above average, trust 17% above average, do It again 18% above average.

Overall PetStay came out at 8% above the industry average score
PetStay have been established since 2005 but franchised the home-based business in 2012 and now have 35 branches nationwide with over 500 home checked, licensed & insured dog carers. Over the years PetStay has established an excellent reputation for providing a home from home environment for dogs, using hand-picked local carers who provide the best possible care for dogs while their owners are away on holiday.

Each of our franchisees have their own team of dog carers. After an in-depth consultation with the customer they then match the dog/s to one of their carers, next they organise a meeting for the customer to go visit the carer to make sure everyone is happy, this is a good time for the holiday dog/s and carer to bond and hear all about their routines. PetStay have a policy of not mixing dogs from different households so the service is exclusive to them.

We aim to grow to 50 branches by 2019 and are interested in hearing from anyone who would like to join one of the leading pet franchises in the UK.

We are looking for hard working, self-motivated individuals with a passion for dogs and the drive and determination to succeed. If you enjoy giving excellent customer service and want to provide the very best home dog boarding service in your area, we would like to hear from you. You’ll have a head start with PetStay, we want to work with people who believe in our service and have a genuine love for dogs.

Please email info@petstay.net for our franchise prospectus or call Carole on 01482 307684 for an informal chat with a member of the PetStay Team.

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Dog Friendly Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards Winners Announced

Pembrokeshire’s Dog Friendly businesses have been recognised and celebrated in the county’s first Dog Friendly Tourism Awards held on the Slebech Park Estate. The Dog Friendly Awards initiative was created by Pembrokeshire Tourism and Burns Pet Nutrition and are designed to champion responsible pet ownership, whilst recognising the efforts of outstanding local businesses throughout the county who help to make Pembrokeshire a dog friendly destination for visitors. Following the launch of the Awards in January, over 400 entries were received across the six categories giving the judges from the Burns By Your Side Reading Dog Teams plenty to consider!

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The award for Best Dog Friendly Beach went to Amroth. With plenty of sand to play on, rock pools to investigate and waste bins easily accessible, the judges felt this was a great place to enjoy some seaside fun.

The judges in the award for Best Dog Friendly Town or Village looked for evidence of the whole town or village being a welcoming venue for four-legged visitors and their owners! In this closely fought category Saundersfoot came out on top over the twin towns of Fishguard & Goodwick and Amroth.

The Best Dog Friendly Day Out award took into consideration factors that enabled everyone to enjoy a great day out in Pembrokeshire’s attractions. With so many great places to visit and explore the judges had their work cut out to pick just one winner, before ultimately deciding on Carew Castle as their top choice.

The Best Dog Friendly Pub, Restaurant or Café category judges were keen to find a warm welcome for all visitors along with provision for those not using cutlery to eat! Having visited all three finalists including the Brewery Inn, Cosheston and the Hope Inn, Pembroke, the winner was named as the Temple Bar in Amroth.

For the Best Dog Friendly Campsite or Caravan Park award judges looked at how venues were able to go the extra mile to make pets welcome and safe whilst on holiday. Coastal Wood Camping was the winning campsite who offer plenty of space for all to enjoy their holiday, and great dog friendly facilities.

For those not so keen on camping, the Best Dog Friendly Holiday Accommodation award looked at hotels, guesthouses and B&B providers throughout Pembrokeshire the judges were keen to find providers who were clearly committed to welcoming dogs to their premises. Cwm Connell Coastal Cottages beat off tough competition from Fron Fawr Holiday Cottages and Coastal Wood Holidays to win in this category.

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John Burns of Burns Pet Nutrition explained how much he and the Burns By Your Side Reading Dogs Team had enjoyed the judging saying, “It’s been great to see first-hand the incredible work that these businesses are doing to make Pembrokeshire a dog friendly destination”. Echoing this, Dennis O’Connor, Tourism Liaison Manager at Pembrokeshire Tourism said, “Pembrokeshire is a very special place for visitors and we are delighted to have been able to recognise the work of dog friendly businesses throughout the county as well as our fantastic towns and beaches. Increasingly visitors are looking for dog friendly destinations to avoid the distress of leaving their pets in kennels, so the wonderful coast and countryside that Pembrokeshire offers is particularly appealing”.

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Loch Tay Highland Lodges were presented with the prestigious award of ‘Best Glamping Site, Scotland’

Loch Tay Highland Lodges were presented with the prestigious award of ‘Best
Glamping Site, Scotland’ at the inaugural Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards
ceremony in Glasgow in late 2016.

Jo Barrie, Loch Tay Highland Lodge’s General Manager was there to collect the
award:

‘We are delighted to have won this award in such a strong category of finalists.
We are passionate about giving our customers the very best service, and our
Glamping accommodation offers our visitors another way to enjoy their
adventure in our beautiful area of Scotland. This award is testament to the whole
team at Loch Tay Highland Lodges who have been striving to deliver the best
customer service and experience to everyone who visits our site.’

Loch Tay Highland Lodges

The judges at the Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards were set a difficult task
as 1000 of the very best leisure businesses across Scotland engaged in the
inaugural event – voted for by the public they gave a true reflection of what
Scotland has to offer for both visitors and staycationers.

A massive 8,000 votes were cast by the public with 17 categories being
represented from campsites and holiday parks to outdoor festivals and adventure
experiences.

The sparkling, red carpet gala evening was hosted by Scottish comedian and
broadcaster Des Clarke.

‘We are very proud to have been awarded Best Glamping Site in Scotland’
continued Jo ‘and look forward to welcoming you soon to Loch Tay Highland
Lodges’

Loch Tay Highland Lodges
www.lochtay-vacations.co.uk

A big dog walk

Do you walk your dog regularly? Are you both reasonably fit? Have you considered a walking holiday?

I answered YES to those questions and decided it would be a great holiday with my dog whilst seeing some fantastic countryside and staying in some brilliant B & B’s and hotels along the route. The first adventure was the Coast to Coast; St. Bee’s to Robin Hood’s Bay 190 miles following in Wainwright’s footsteps.

We did this walk in 3 chunks, due to time constraints and work commitments.

St Bee’s to Shap
Shap to Richmond
Richmond to Robin Hood’s Bay

We used a luggage transfer company and they transported my dog’s cage, which meant he had his own safe space every night and I could leave him securely in the room, if necessary. The scenery was stunning: The first leg being mainly across the Lake District. We arrived by train to St. Bee’s in the pouring rain one August Bank Holiday Monday, thank fully the following morning the start of our trek was more clement.

 

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It is a beautiful route and well walked.  Many American groups, Canadians and Australians do the whole walk in a couple of weeks and we’re not talking about the 30 something’s. The people we met were often retired and regularly “hiked” back on their home turf. The camaraderie on the route is brilliant as you often meet, overtake or get overtaken by the same people and then when you’ve checked in to your overnight stay you may find them in the Bar! An evening chatting over the days exploits the highs and lows make this fantastic trail all the more exciting and interesting, not to mention the well earned good beer and food.

Sleeping dog
And the dog? Well he was often to tired to join me in the bar, after a quick dry off and refuel this is how I’d find him!

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The dooup on the shores on Necker Island

The creation of each and every dooup Complete Pet Waste Clearer is bound for a rather unpleasant job. The nature of these pooper scoopers are to scoop the poop, so not the most glamourous of positions. However, if you were to come back as a dooup, you would definitely choose to be one of the ten very lucky dooups that were shipped to the luxurious Necker Island to deal with the Gecko waste that apparently pollute these glam shores. Sunning themselves with the celebs, these dooups may just become famous too. That’s the hope at the dooup HQs anyway!

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#Richard Branson’s 74-acre #Necker Island is one of the few places in the world that the rare gecko – Virgin Islands dwarf gecko, lives. However, we do know that the manager of the Island has a dog, so perhaps the dooups are also finding their purpose in clearing doggy doo too.

The dooup CPWC is in fact the only pooper scooper in the world that sprays environmentally friendly sanitising fluid while clearing away animal waste! It also stores multiple amounts of waste before the bag inside seals it away upon removal of the storage chamber.

For slightly sticky waste like a Gecko’s waste would be, the user would need to push the lever a few extra times to disperse more spray to help lift all of the waste, perhaps repositioning each time to get 100% clearance. We know that with good practice and applying the right technique for the right terrain and waste consistency, the dooup is the best pooper scooper available.

Who knew the dooup would become a Gecko poop buster!?

So these dooups are at home in an island where people spend US$2,167 per day to stay – they are definitely the luckiest pooper scoopers in the world. And of course, the team at dooup HQ would be happy to fly out and help clear Gecko waste, if any assistance was ever required.

 

An Overnights Stay with Man’s Best Friend!

When you’re looking to book a weekend away, the last thing you want to do is worry about what you are going to do with your pet whilst you are away. Over 46% of UK households have a pet, and we know it can be hard to leave them behind when you go on holiday, so why not take them with you? Whilst we know it’s not really viable to put your pet through the stress of getting on a plane if you’re going abroad a few times a year, a mini-break here in the UK could be the perfect opportunity to take your four-legged friend with you on holiday, as he can be easily packed in to the car with your weekend bag to enjoy some time away from home with his owners.

Booking a stay in a pet-friendly hotel has so many benefits, read on to find out how an overnights stay with man’s best friend in the Lake District could be your best break yet!

Dog friendly holidays in Keswick

Save Money!
In most cases, there will be an extra charge for you taking your pet with you on holiday, this will depend on the kind of hotel you are staying in, and where it is. This cost is usually just to make up for the extra cleaning costs, bedding, bowls etc. that will be utilised by you and your dog throughout the trip. Generally, though, this cost will be much less than what you would expect to pay for booking an extended stay in a kennels, or if you are looking into a dog sitter for the time you are away. Not only does this mean you will be saving money on your trip away, but taking your four-legged friend with you can give you the peace of mind you need to have a really enjoyable break, without worrying about how your pet is doing back home!

A Different Daily Walk  
Booking a mini-break in the Lakes gives you a chance to explore an area of outstanding natural beauty; there are so many walks and trails that you know your dog would absolutely love to join you on. Having a stay-cation with your four-legged friend too, means your dog can experience some of the best walks of his life and enjoy spending some time away from home with his family on holiday.

Pet-friendly hotels are becoming increasingly popular, especially in the Lake District. There are so many areas of beauty that you might not be able to imagine spending time in without your four-legged friend. Explore the countryside this year and enjoy an over night’s stay with man’s best friend.

Keswick has been voted the UK’s most dog-friendly town by the Kennel Club, with a number of dog-friendly hotels covering the town allowing you to have your dog join you on your break to the Lake District. The Inn on the Square is located in the heart of Keswick and offers excellent accommodation for the whole family and your dog, get in contact today to book your break!