In my last newsletter I asked if you could share your stories of rescuing dogs. Thank you so much to everybody who replied. You can read them all by visiting the Rescue Me pages on our site.
Sue W sent me an email asking me pass this message on: "I was wondering if you could let your readers know that for those on Facebook there are many pages of Rescue Auction sites which rely on selling their items to keep the rescue going. Also there are pages such as Rescue Home Checkers and Rescue Transport where dog lovers can volunteer to transport dogs to safety or do a home check to get a dog into its forever home".
We have had another delivery of Broken Biccies at DogFriendly HQ - they are premium hand baked biscuits that are much cheaper because they have not met the high standards of the bakeries (broken, misshapen or the wrong colour). DogFriendly members can use the discount code DGF30 to get a further 30% off the price - just go to www.brokenbiccies.com and enter the code DGF30 during checkout, click apply and the discount will be taken off.
Also, with Easter approaching, if you are going away with your dogs over the break, Gareth, the editor of our magazine, has asked me to remind you that if you would like to write an article for him, you can download his guide by clicking here
And finally ... in our current magazine there was a typo unfortunately. The lovely Yeomadon Farm, Devon had the wrong phone number included in the review - it should be 01409 253 378. You can learn more about it at www.yeomadon.com
With kind regards
Founder - DogFriendly
One of the most common questions that I get asked is why we don't have a database of dog walks on our web site.
We did try this many years ago, however we found very quickly that hosting such a database is very, very difficult.
Many of the walks recommended by members crossed private property and new walkers were asked to leave, some of the walks had styles that were fine for smaller dogs, but impassible for larger dogs and of course members got lost on occasions because the instructions weren't always clear. This is why we stopped promoting the database.
I received an email from David M a couple of weeks ago and he asked if we could start a list of dog walking groups so that members could find local people to walk their dogs with.
We have talked about this before, so we have decided to have a go.
Please let us know if you run or have involvement with a walking group by sending me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will start a database that members can search.
A letter from one of our members:
I don't know if any of your members in SE London would be interested but a group of local dog owners have formed a community group to renovate an old pet cemetery. It used to belong to the Blue Cross and was originally set up to as kennels to house war dogs returning from service and dogs owned by servicemen who were being posted abroad. Unfortunately all early records were lost in a fire at the Blue Cross headquarters. We are using archives from various sources to try and get further information but it appears to have been set up in the early 1900s. Later dates show local pets were also buried their. The whole thing was closed down about 50 years ago and the local council erected 4 large blocks of flats on the huge site. The cemetery remained but all the headstones were laid flat and eventually it appears it was forgotten about. 3 years ago we got together and with the councils' permission we are renovating the site. New flower beds have been planted and seating has been installed. We have set up a memorial wall for bereaved pet owners to put up a plaque if they wish although no pets can be buried there any longer. The cemetery is on Shooters Hill Road Woolwich. If you would like any further information please let me know. For any local residents who wish to have a plaque made they need to contact email@example.com .
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
Please advise us when you have made your booking, quoting your booking number and we will process your cash back for you.
Within the Exmoor National Park, The Yarn Market Hotel is dog friendly and an ideal base for walking.
A Request from one of our Members
I'm currently doing research for a book on the weird and wonderful things that dogs have been known to eat, often with no ill effects. I've been considering it for a while; I once worked for a vet and used to marvel at some of the items she used to retrieve from dogs' tummies. However, the deciding factor was my sister-in-law's Labrador eating a pin-cushion recently - complete with pins!
Would it be possible for you to issue an invitation in your mag for people to submit their stories, either directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via you? In return, I will share some of the more eccentric entries with you to publish in your magazine!
We were very impressed with an email received at DogFriendly HQ this week:
The Hotel Collection have made this new doggy holiday brochure, listing dog-friendly events, pubs, and accommodation… and even pampering parlours!
We took our beloved Springer, Summer, with us, and she was made very welcome, and made friends with the 2 springers in residence, Millie and George!
Sharon and Keith make every effort to ensure your stay is fantastic, and there is even a fully equipped shower room for the dogs - it is a lovely area of Dorset, but very muddy in this weather!
The food at the Fox is amazing, and there are doggy treats at the bar. Dogs are not allowed in the formal restaurant, but as it was Valentine's night, they secured a table in the pub part and even decorated it for us!!
I can thoroughly recommend this venue for all dog owners looking to stay in Dorset!
Nicky & Paul W
I'd like to recommend a few of my favourite pubs in East Sussex which are not currently on your website.
The Old Oak, Arlington (just outside Eastbourne) - http://www.oldoakinnarlington.co.uk/
Fantastic pub food, muddy dogs welcome, large wood just to the side for long rambles, open fire
The Giants Rest, Wilmington (just outside Eastbourne) - http://www.giantsrest.co.uk/
Spectacular pub food, very dog friendly, really good ales, good walks all through the village and up to The Long Man of Wilmington and over the South Downs National Park
The White Hart, Netherfield (just above Battle) - http://www.thewhitehartnetherfield.com/
Fantastic pub food, very dog friendly, outdoor pizza ovens in the summer, lots of outdoor seating with beautiful views right across to the sea
Ms JJ Young
I have just returned from the Notley Arms Inn at Monksilver on the edge of Exmoor National Park.
My Cocker Spaniel and I stayed there for 2 nights.
The staff and owners could not have been more friendly and helpful - nothing was too much trouble.
The room was large and comfortable and had everything we needed.
The food was good and the walks were great.
I would definitely recommend this Inn.
We have had 2 holidays at this lovely hotel in the Lake District. First time without dogs and a few weeks ago we took our 2 border collies.
They can supply dog beds and have a huge pile of clean doggy towels as you come in the front door.
We paid £10 per night per dog but they do have regular special offers.
The food is top quality and the views are stunning.
Watch a video of the Borrowdale Hotel
I highly recommend the Kings Arms in St Just in Cornwall. Their service is so polite and friendly. All dogs welcome. The meal sublime. The roaring fire after a cold mornings walk was extremely welcome. But the icing on the cake was a saucer brought to the table with a serviette and three dog biscuits for our terrier; what style!
March's Recommendations Please mention DogFriendly if you contact any of these businesses