I received an email last week from a friend of DogFriendly and they had a very distressing story to tell - you may have seen it in the press, but just in case you haven't read about, I wanted to share it with you:
"I'm not sure if you've seen the news much this week but my dog Olive has been in the spotlight as she had babesiosis a horrible tick disease.
I'm now on a mission to tell all dog owners about it as they need to know the symptoms as its fatal.
I've got permission to use all the filming content we filmed earlier this week so wondered if you wanted to tell all your members as it's extremely important.
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Following the amazing success of the 2015 Great British Greyhound Walk which had 3,742 hounds walking in the UK and almost 1000 of not just greyhounds but many other sighthounds across the world, it was decided to re-brand this event to celebrate going global.
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The date for this year’s worldwide walk will be Sunday 19th June. Registrations are now open and if you would like to organise a walk in your area, the GGGW team will help you through all the stages. Otherwise, please just come along to one of the get-togethers, the locations of which will be added to the website day by day.
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I’d like to recommend The Greyhound Inn (www.thegreyhoundletcombe.co.uk) at Letcombe Regis in Oxfordshire, in The Vale of the White Horse - great walking country.
Muddy wellies and muddy dogs are welcome and dog biscuits supplied. The welcome is very friendly and the food is terrific - way over and above normal pub grub, but delicious, generously-filled sandwiches are also available. Oh, and it’s a free house with interesting guest beers and ciders, as well as a good wine list.
This pub is under new ownership and has been thoroughly and beautifully refurbished. The eclectic collection of furniture, makes it feel as if it has been like that for years with log burners giving a really cosy country feel. They now have bedrooms, also dog-friendly.
The grounds are extensive, and border on a cricket ground, pastures, a stream or two – all connected by footpaths.
The hotel owner herself (Anne) has a springer until recently. The staff are equally dog friendly.
Dogs are allowed in several bedrooms, where they each gets their own bowl, bottle of water, and biscuit.
They are welcome in the bar area, where they also serve food (to people).
Had a very nice lunch here. We were made welcome , And our dogs were made welcome too. lots of lovely chocolate ( not for the dogs) but savoury lunches as well...,
I did some searches for dog friendly places in Wokingham and was disappointed to not find some of my favourite places listed. So in the light of supporting the community, here are some suggestions
The Bull at Barkham http://www.thebullbarkham.com/
Barkham Road, RG41 4TL
0118 976 2816
This is a pub that serves Thai and English food. They have dog treats on the bar and love dogs. In fact we can't book into the pub. Sasha, our Bernese, has to book in and we can accompany her. The landlord and land lady are very friendly and welcoming and I've never left feeling hungry or disappointed. The food is excellant and the rest of the staff are great to.
Dogs are welcome and the staff love dogs in their. The food is good, it's a chain so the food is standard to the chain. They have a good sized garden which is fenced of. Another pub we take Sasha to often.
I would like to recommend a few dog friendly places that I have found.