It is a very busy time for the DogFriendly team. Our July magazine is at the printers this week with a 16 page special review on taking your dogs to Kent.
We are also delighted to announce the launch of this year's Be Dog Friendly Awards. This is your chance to nominate and vote for the most dog friendly non-pet businesses in the UK. To find out more, visit www.bedogfriendlyawards.com
And last, but definitely not least, we have today launched this year's DogFriendly photo competition. We have even bigger and better prizes than last year, so be sure to enter your photos at www.dogfriendlycompetition.co.uk
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Hi recently we had a short break in Peak District. It was a special schnauzer weekend walk from Dovedale to milldale. We stayed at the Dog + Partride on Swinscoe, just outside Ashbourne.
Absolutely brilliant place to stay with your dog. There are self contained units with excellent facilities,
Parking space at each one too. Delicious meals, all freshly made. Dogs can be with you in bar for your meals. When we were there, at least 5 dogs at any one time all quietly laying under tables. There must have been at least 15 dogs staying that weekend.
They provide dog walking service if your visit includes a day where dogs not welcome, also there is dog food available if you need it. A really friendly welcoming place, make you feel totally at home.
It was our second visit + we shall definitely return again.
Also Ashbourne is very dog friendly too.
Please may I recommend the Tea House Theatre cafe in Vauxhall. I recently visited with 4 other members of Ladies with Leads (a group for lady owners of small dogs) We sample many "Dog Friendly" places but all agreed that this is one of the best we have visited. Food was excellent and we were seated in the middle of the restaurant, not outside or in a dark corner. Also no complaints about dog sitting on our laps. The Tea House is not the place to go if you are rushed: service is unhurried (think of the leisurely lunches one has in France). You can sit for as long as you like with only a cup of tea should you wish. There are magazines and papers to read and board games, Also free Wifi. The staff are charming and helpful and our one gripe was dealt with immediately. We were offered water and treats for the dogs. Children are also welcome here with toys and games for them as well as the standard child paraphernalia. Providing they are well behaved neither dogs nor children are confined to the table and as an added bonus the cafe is situated on the corner Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens a small, safe park where dogs can run round off lead.
Might be worth mentioning for those travelling to Spain with their pets that we have found a dog friendly beach (rare in these parts ) at Torre Del Mar which is near Veluez Malaga down on the Costa, fairly close to Nerja. Great campsite called Laguna Playa (0034 95 2540631) . Also, in France we have just stayed at Mimizan Plage Sud, camping Club Marina up the Atlantic coast from Biarritz and the beach is excellent for dogs, but there are not the restrictions here in France as in Spain so quite likely more can be found.
We are currently staying in Dorset at a delightful property near Dorchester. The property is set in a very rural location although not far from Abbotsbury and the coast. I have three dogs with me and as a special treat we had booked a table for lunch at Rick Stein's new restaurant on Sandbanks. I was very concerned about leaving the dogs in the car in case it proved to be a hot day and although the Restaurant told me I could bring the dogs in, I didn't really want three large dogs trying to wander around looking at everyone else's lunch. An internet search for a dog sitter brought up a national company called DogBuddies and on the day in question a lady called Lara came and stayed with the dogs while we were out. The reason for this being that most holiday cottage owners don't want dogs to be left alone in their properties. I can thoroughly recommend this company - it allowed me to enjoy a delightful lunch in one of RICK STEIN's superb restaurants without having to worry about the dogs overheating in the car.
An hotel in the New Forest, the New Park Manor hotel, between Lyndhurst and Brocklehurst, surrounded by the local Polo club grounds and the showground and fields, with access to the Forest, this is a ‘Luxury Family Hotel’ which means it welcomes families and dogs. Special baby and children feeding times in separate dining rooms. Rooms are adequate, I would not say luxury, good bathroom with shower over bath.
Umpteen babies around when we visited, parents are supplied with monitors. Dinner is expensive and rather disappointing, breakfast has all the usual offerings, but fruit salad selection very bland and tiny croissants are barely a mouthfull! But up a lane and through a gate and you are in the forest and can walk or cycle for miles, our dog loved it.
The most friendly dog site I have ever been to...bottle of wine and plate of muffins for us on arrival and tub of doggy treats for the pooches...bungalows are of high quality and beds very comfortable...safety gates across the main doors so no escaping pooches...lots of beaches available for dogs all year...Bridport one of the most friendly dog places...even was allowed to have coffee with dogs in the old cinema...no-one refused us entry into their premises...all in all a very enjoyable stay and will be back there next year.
My feedback from my trip to Ireland with my partner and his son with Nellie my 10 month Weimaraner and my friend her children husband and dog.
Firstly got my dog her passport she needed her rabies jab. If traveling to Ireland they don't need Tapeworm.
We booked the ferry via Irish ferries. Having an over night crossing hoping that Nellie would be fine the 4 +hours on her own in my VW T4. She has separation anxiety issues and will howl and pace when left. I got a small sedative from the vets which I tried out with her before, I personally don't think did much. We sailed on the Isle of Inishmore ferry, this one has kennels for people to use. But I thought Nellie would be safer in my van where she knows and will feel safer.
Check in was easy. They never asked about the dog, I asked if I could go and check on her during the crossing and was informed of course you can. Just ask at recreation on board and someone will take you down. I was worried about car alarms going off and upsetting her. However when I went down it was silent all you could hear was a faint buzz of the boat moving. The dogs kennels are at the front of the boat, and I understand you can visit them as well.
When you get off the ferry at the roundabout is a small gated exit always open I understand which takes you to a small car park, which you can walk onto the beach to let the dogs play after their trip, which many people use.
First couple of days I stayed in a friends house in Kilkenny who stated that no where is dog friendly here. We took Nellie and the other dogs with us to Castlecomer Discovery Park, lovely place. Great children's activities and play area, dogs must be kept on a lead but lovely walks around the woods, boating lake, zip wires, fairy village and many other things to do.
When we traveled we stayed in battle bridge in Carrick-on-Shannon (+353719650824). We had the part of the camp site to ourselves which was great. Only one toilet block which was a bit of a walk from where we parked. They have a pub which is only open part time out of season and was closed when we were there. I'm guessing if dogs are allowed on site they would be allowed outside in the pub. Lovely river by the side of us, where Nellie tried to chase the ducks and swans. The boys did some fishing. Along side the river is a lovely path which you can walk or ride a bike along all flat and easy to ride. Very peaceful.
We then drove up to Donegal and found an amazingly friendly guest house. Drumcorroy farmhouse (+353749722335)€90 for the night. Martina and Pastsy O 'Sullivan are farmers but have opened their home to visitors after their children left home. Amazing views. ( be warned the road is older and bumpy and up hill OK in a car though). Only problem we had was when we arrived the bell was not heard from their garden, but when I rang Martina was running to the door to greet us. We were shown around explained how things worked etc. Pasty Martians husband took my partners 6 yr old for a ride on the tractor he was taken into the barn and into the field to see sheep and cows. Could not fault the stay at all. Dogs must be kept on a lead and are not allowed in communal areas, which I thought would be the case. Homemade bread for breakfast lovely food.
We went into Donegal for a meal in Doms Breslin bar and Pier 1 restaurant. Where I was informed we could sit outside with the dog, the staff were great filled water bowl up and brought ice for her as well. It was nice relaxing and great view over the water. Food was ok.
We then traveled to Wicklow ate at Glenmalure lodge pub and B&B. Really nice food we sat outside and enjoyed the views, but was informed the dog could come inside. Only thing I could complain about was the midges. At dusk they eat you.
We booked to stay in Birchdale B&B nice place. Very pretty area, great owner said I could let Nellie run free in garden, but to mind the horse on the side garden. This place would have been really nice, if people kept noise to a minimum. Food was passable. Despite lots of good reviews on Trip Adviser, we weren't that impressed.
Bundoran beach has parts of it where you can let the dog off to run free. Nice Walk along the river Eske
Thomastown has a great river again to walk along with the dog, and she could paddle.
We had booked Coral Gables B&B in Rosslare ready for the ferry home. But stayed in friends house in Thomastown ( they e mailed me and seemed really helpful )
Who let the dogs out?
Well, on Sunday 19th June, lots of sighthound owners let their dogs out to attend the Great Global Greyhound Walk and what an amazing worldwide turn-out there was! There were Greyhounds, Whippets, Salukis, Borzois, Lurchers, Podencos and Galgos alongside family companion dogs. There were 8 week old puppies and 15 year old seniors, together with their loving owners. There were dogs of every colour - brindles, blacks, snowflakes, fawns, blues, white with black markings and black with white markings, all walking in harmony to promote the breed as wonderful family pets.
There was a Carnival theme to the day but some owners took it one step further with whippet weddings in Brazil, red carpets in Slovenia, rainbow flags in Braintree, carnivals in Colchester and even a little local walk at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. There were walks in parks, along the river banks, through forests, at the beach and even in town centres.
There was a total of 5021 canine participants* from 102 UK walks and 49 globally, so over 20,000 paws enjoyed their day in some spectacular locations and all in the name of finding loving family homes for retired racers once their track days are over.
This year was the 10th anniversary of Greyhound Walks, which started in Braintree with just 6 dogs and although not a specific fund raising event, many of the walks had collection buckets for local greyhound charities and to fund dogs needing special care.