Can you believe we are in September? Our local garden centre is getting the Christmas decorations ready - too early!
Thank you to everyone who entered a photo into our photo competition - the winners will be announced on Wednesday 7th September.
There is still chance to nominate and vote for your favourite dog friendly business in the annual Be Dog Friendly Awards by visiting www.bedogfriendlyawards.com - this is your chance to say thank you to all those businesses that go the extra mile for dogs and their owners.
If you own or work for somewhere that welcomes dogs, the Kennel Club would love to hear from you. As part of the Be Dog Friendly campaign, they want to talk to dog friendly businesses about when and why they began welcoming man’s best friend. You can answer a few quick questions here
And don't miss the next edition of the DogFriendly magazine which is due from the printers at the end of the week - it includes a 16 page special on taking your dogs to Derbyshire. You can reserve a copy or subscribe by visiting www.dogfriendlybooks.com
With kind regards
Founder - DogFriendly
This month's edition of the DogFriendly magazine includes a 16 page special on taking your dogs to Derbyshire.
Editor's Note: You may recall some months ago that we passed on news about Waveney District Council considering banning dogs from a significant part of the beach in Southwold. After a public outcry, they changed their mind, but now they are considering the same ban but for 9 months of the year instead of 12 months. We received this letter from a member and would encourage you to make your feelings know to the council members by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before September 12th. A decision on the proposal is due on 20th September. The East Anglian Daily Times published an article yesterday which made it clear that the vast majority of visitors to the coastal town, both dog owners and non dog owners, opposed the plan - you can read more here
This is the email that we received from Gill, a DogFriendly member:
"I am not sure whether there is anything that you can do but I have been made aware that Waveney District Council are considering banning dogs from a very significant part of the beach in Southwold (Suffolk) for nine months of the year. Originally they were considering a ban for 12 months but following a public outcry they are reconsidering for 9 months. The proposals would mean that visitors who stay in the centre of Southwold would have a considerable walk in order to be able to take their dogs on the beach.
Southwold is a very dog friendly town and we, like a lot of visitors, go there because it is so dog friendly. There are already restrictions on the beach and there is a very large area where dogs cannot go between 1st March and 31st October. We feel that this if it goes ahead this ban will make Southwold much less attractive as a holiday venue for dog owners. We visit twice a year but I am not sure we would want to visit somewhere that is clearly discriminating against down owners. Also, as is evident from your magazine, it is nice that places are becoming more dog friendly and so this decision seems even more strange."
Members Feedback Thank you very much to everyone who has sent in recommendations. Please do keep sending us your feedback, good and bad, so that we can share it with other members.
Recently visited Café 123 for lunch. It’s at 123 The Esplanade, Weymouth. Totally dog friendly (inside and out). They are very human friendly too. The food is really good and inexpensive. Must admit that we only discovered it as it was the nearest café to the station on the seafront and we needed to get out of the rain. However next time we are in Weymouth we will make it our first choice regardless of weather.
Dave, Lucy, Beth & Casper (woof)
Earlier this year I told you of the loss of my elderly greyhound - Holly. Am pleased to
tell you I now have another greyhound - Letti/3yrs.
She is from Brighton , who have excellent kennels and still require all the relevant checks
even though you may have owned a greyhound previously.
On Saturday we stopped at Chichester Festival Theatre café for a cup of tea, after our walk
round the adjacent park, they are very dog friendly, even looked after Letti whilst I visited
the ladies. Dogs are required to keep to the carpeted areas if staying inside, outside there
are plenty of tables and chairs, some near the grass for dogs to relax. They also provided
a bowl of iced water for Letti. There is also an adjacent bar for anyone wanting something a
little stronger than tea/coffee.
Also in Chichester town centre there is an excellent health shop 'Manuka', East St: they
allow you to take your dog in on lead, the owner is a dog owner himself. Although I have
yet to try, I am reliably informed that 'Café Nero' is now dog friendly.
My favourite place on the outskirts of Chichester is West Dean gardens, dogs are welcome
on leads, they have areas in their lovely restaurant for dogs & owners, you can take your
dog to the counter with you to order, useful if you're on your own with dog.
Dog bins and water provided outside.
Things are slowly improving for us dog owners it seems. W. Dean tell me their revenue has
increased markedly since allowing dogs in.
Just want to let any Dog Friendly members who are holidaying in East Yorkshire know of the most fabulous beach on the East Coast near Bridlington. Its at FRAISETHORPE which is just south of Bridlington on the road to HULL. The beach is huge and you can park on the field overlooking it. You can take your dogs on this beach WITHOUT A LEAD all year round. There are toilets on the site and at busy times a catering van and you can even take your horses on the beach. There is a small charge levied for parking but its worth it for the close proximity to the beach. Its on the land of Auburn Farm and when I was there last weekend I see that they are building a cafe and new toilet block for 2017. There is also a caravan site overlooking the beach but I'm not sure that it has electric hook ups. Its on the grass so there are no hard standings but the view is lovely.
Hallmark Hotels has launched its Pawfect Package, welcoming pet dogs to all 28 of its hotels across the country in response to the increasing demand of families wanting to holiday in the UK with their four legged friend.
We were in the area of Lyndhurst so we decided to go up to Emery Down rather than try to get through Lyndhurst which can often be a nightmare during the summer.
We decided we would pay a return visit ( long over due) to the New Forest Inn which we knew is dog friendly.
After a brief time when we had to look for a parking area we arrived on a lovely sunny Friday- the area to the garden was clearly indicated with a polite notice indicating that dogs are welcome but for their safety and yours please could they be kept on a lead( this I was more than happy with as recently at a local pub our dog was attacked by a dog not on a lead) .
The menu was extensive and had a good selection of vegetarian options - and these were not just the usual run of the mill burgers etc - even the burgers were a different flavour and actually my son selected this and shared some of it with me and it was scrummy - I would happily have this option another time and I am not a veggie
I had a lovely light meal of asparagus with brie and wrapped in parma ham
If you go to this pub or one of the three others in the group you may like to take out a privilege card where you can save points to use at the pub - ask for details on arrival and all you need to do is fill in paperwork
I check with the staff member who served us and was very polite and the dogs would be welcome in all areas of the pub Our dogs enjoyed their rest in the garden and were pleased to be spoken to by all staff members who passed
The pub has a small but lovely garden and a feature here and I think at one of the sister pubs is a huge chair which you can sit on - think it might be related to Alice in Wonderland but I am not sure
We will be back soon to enjoy this pub - especially if the sun continues to shine
Back at the beginning of July we visited Somerset for 5 days and stayed at http://www.thorneyfarmcottages.co.uk/ in Muchelney in Ivy Cottage which we found tagged on the end of one of your emails. It was a lovely location on the levels and the accommodation was great. It was the first place we have stayed to not have a list of rules regarding the dogs. Definitely our favourite dog friendly place to stay so far.
All the details of days out etc while we were there are all on my blog with photos - www.melbaldwin.com
They included Ham Hill, some of the Levels Nature Reserves and Brean Beach.
Then at the beginning of August we headed to the Kennel Club International Agility Festival at Rockingham Castle on the Northants and Leicestershire borders to compete for a couple of days and also for a day out in the area. We stayed at the lovely Spanhoe Lodge - http://www.spanhoelodge.co.uk/. The rooms were really comfy and the food was great. It only had a lite bites menu in the evening but it was so good we ate there every night.
On our day off from the show we headed to Rutland Water and visited the home of the Osprey Project - http://www.ospreys.org.uk/. Dogs are allowed at the Lyndon Reserve on leads. Not sure they were keen on sitting in bird hides but they were very well behaved! I will be adding photos of this trip in due course to my blog.
Southport - Merseyside
Hi Everyone Mack the Spoodle puppy here again well I’m 1 year old and loving life. I’ve been checking out dog friendly places to go for a short break either midweek or at weekends with my human mam and dad.
Often hotels or pubs say dog friendly but this often means that I can stay in the room with my people or that I can only sit with my humans somewhere like the bar areas. They often have to go hungry as there’s nowhere for them to eat whilst I’m with them. I so often feel bad as I know they won’t leave me alone in the room cos I’m to young and they love me anyway.
So now what my dad does is look for places that are really dog friendly. Last Sunday we went to Southport. Dad picked the Scarisbrick hotel as it was dog friendly situated right in the middle of the town on Lord Street. The hotel is a Britannia group hotel although that meant nothing to me it was ok. I even shared the 4 poster bed although I should have been on the floor Te he. Dad said the hotel could do with some money spent in certain areas but it was adequate, whatever that means.
I was allowed anywhere in the hotel except the restaurant but to be honest my dad wasn’t keen on the hotel bars so we went out along Lord Street. We stopped at a lovely Italian Restaurant called Salvatori’s where we sat outside at a nice table the food was delicious and the steak mmmm (my mam kept slipping me some under the table). The man in charge sent me a drink of water too. Great staff Mr.
We found three dog friendly pubs the Victoria, the Windmill inn and the Masons Arms. I think there are more but it wasn’t a nice night later on so we stayed local to the hotel.
I don’t know about you but I enjoy the feel of grass under my feet, just across the road from the hotel is a grassed area where I met this lush Cocker Poo called Lola, well I just melted at her beautiful looks and I have to say I think she fancied me a bit too or was that wishful thinking on my part. Hey ho I’m only 1yo so plenty of time for the ladies I guess.
So if you are looking for a great place to visit check it out see you next time
Love MACK x
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