A few weeks ago I asked if anyone might be able to help other members by sharing their experiences of coping with the loss a dog. We were overwhelmed by the number of moving and inspirational stories that we received. We have put as many as we can here and hope that they may help other members in the future - our thanks to everyone that wrote in.
Our next project is to invite you to share any stories you might have about giving a forever home to a dog to help new members who might be considering giving a home to a rescued dog. Please email any stories to me email@example.com and also please do let us know which rescue centres you support so that we can put together a directory on our site.
Our friends at Dog Walking Holidays are making a TV advert and they are looking for people and their dogs to feature in it. You would need to be prepared to travel to Warwick and, although you won't get paid, you will get lunch in addition to the chance of national stardom! Filming will take place on either the 18th, 19th or 20th March. If you are interested please contact Helen by email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Café and clothes shop.Even with a somewhat wet dog and 2 rather muddy children (we took off our boots at the door!), we were welcomed for a snack lunch and coffees.We are often visitors and have always been greeted happily, even with a treat for the dog (we were asked first if we allowed it).
The Chudleigh Hotel, Agate Road , Clacton on Sea, Essex
This is a small hotel B and B establishment, just off the sea front and very close to the town centre, (100 yards to Marks and Spencer!)
It is fabulous! The owners are experienced hoteliers and have thought of everything. They have 2 dogs of their own and welcome pets to the hotel. The sea front, beach and greensward are a short walk away although dogs are not permitted on all the beaches in high season. We have stayed here many times and can not fault it. Super comfortable beds, high thread count bed linens, top quality pillows, lovely en suite bathroom, kettle with tea and coffee in the room, a bar of chocolate and delicious biscuits too. Breakfast is a real treat, you couldn't eat better even in a five star hotel, and that is not an exaggeration. All ingredients are the best and cooked to order, bacon and sausages don't get better than this, high quality jams and marmalade, and even muffins if you have space for them. The owners are friendly, welcoming and very professional, the place is spotless, and there is off road parking for all guests at the front, we love it and will definitely be back there soon with our dog.
The Little Teapot in Poole Dorset is on Grand Parade High Street BH15 1AD. They allow dogs in to join you for a bite to eat and even make sure they have a biscuit and a drink.
We have been going to Dorset for many years staying at Ulwell Cottage caravan site near Swanage and often pop over to Poole on the ferry but it was only last year we discovered the Little Teapot on a wet and windy spring day and were delighted we could take Pepsi in too. We will be visiting again this year in Spring.
As a DogFriendly member, you are entitled to a 10% cash back if you book your holiday with cottages.com
Please note that DogFriendly will issue you with the 10% cash back once we have received confirmation of your booking from cottages.com, but to be eligible for this, you must either click on the picture above or here or book your holiday using this phone number 0345 268 1222
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This month's edition of The Lady has a tribute to the 125th Crufts.
Within the Exmoor National Park, The Yarn Market Hotel is dog friendly and an ideal base for walking.
The Bletchingley Arms in Surrey.
We’re open all day every day from 11am for food and drink, we serve locally produced beer and ales and offer an extensive menu that is great for all the family, and kids have their own menu too! We are able to offer something to suit all, from bar snacks and a pint, to a 3 course slap up meal and great roasts on Sunday served 12-5. Doggies are welcome in our bar area and we provide water bowls and doggie biscuits too. So they can enjoy a treat while you relax with a drink or bite to eat in their company. With Greensand Ridge and beautiful woodland nearby you can enjoy a great stroll in the Surrey countryside too! We have a planned ifootpath route that is a 4-mile circular walk from the pub. The walking route explores the countryside surrounding the village of Bletchingley, taking in the Greensands Ridge, large open pastures and small belts of woodland with glorious views to be enjoyed along the way.
We’re located just off junction 6 of the M25. Bletchingley is located on the A25, between Redhill and Godstone. Our other dog friendly pubs are The Horseshoe in Warlingham and The Star near Leatherhead. We look forward to welcoming you and your doggies soon!
Special offer to all DogFriendly subscribers Hunt & Wilson are offering a unique living with dogs mounted print worth £15 free with any dog bed purchase
Comfortable, stylish and practical – Dog Beds handmade in the UK
Treat your 4 legged friend to a Hunt & Wilson dog bed. Your dog will love the comfort and you will love the style. Our inner cushions are available in microfibre or for extra comfort, we recommend the memory foam option! All inner cushions are fully waterproof so easy to clean and no lingering smells and for the outer choose from a variety of beautiful tweeds and corduroys, they are all machine washable – so no more trying to get the whole bed in the washing machine! All our materials are carefully selected and handmade in the UK. The beds can even be personalised to your choice of colours, fabrics and embroidered with your dog’s name so you can really make it your own. Dog bed inner cushions start from £85.
We also have a range of beautiful handmade wooden dog beds from just £125 & a unique home furnishing & giftware range.
We hope you like our products, and as a special offer to all DogFriendly subscribers we are offering a unique living with dogs mounted print worth £15 free with any dog bed purchase until the end of March. Just add 'PRINT' into the coupon at checkout and your print will be dispatched with your dog bed.