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What makes a dog friendly pub?

What do you think?

We would love to know!

Personally I think little touches such as bowls of water tell a big story! That is the first thing we look for when judging whether an establishment is dog friendly or not. After all we are having a drink so why shouldn’t our dogs too!

It is nice to have a choice of sitting inside or outside – just because we have dogs it doesn’t mean that we want to sit outside in torrential rain, eating our pub grub, with rain dripping off our noses. It also doesn’t mean that we want to feel like second class citizens.

Then of course there are those lovely people who go the extra mile and have dog treats available, or better still – talk to our four legged friends and pay them the attention they deserve 💖

What matters to you?

Keeping your dogs cool in the heat

Today in Surrey the temperature is 31 degrees and I’ll be honest, I love a little sit out in the sun, but it’s too hot for me today. The heat is pretty stifling and it’s so muggy. Walking outside it just feels like someone is waving a constant hairdryer around. Later in the week the temperature is set to rise to 37…

We can choose what we do in this heat but our dogs are fairly reliant on us. They can’t decide if they want to go out for a walk or an outing as we make those decisions for them. They rely on us to make the right choices to keep them safe and here are a few points to consider as a responsible dog owner.

Don’t take your dog out for a walk in very hot weather. Physical exertion can make them more prone to heatstroke and the pavements will also be hot and burn their paws. Think about how hot it feels when you walk bare-footed across hot pavements. Adapt your routine and take them for a walk early in the morning before the sun has had a chance to heat up the pavements, or alternatively go for a stroll later in the evening when it has cooled down.

It is imperative to make sure they have plenty of fresh cool water, they will want to drink more than usual so ensure their water bowl is always full.

It’s common sense but never ever leave your dog alone in a car, the temperature will reach ridiculous levels very quickly and can cause dangerous heatstroke. By the way did you know that if you see a dog left in a car in the UK, particularly if it looks like it is suffering from the heat and you are unable find the owner of the vehicle, you should phone 999.

Take heed from that well loved Beatles song and let them be, leave them to laze around, preferably in the shade or indoors with a fan blowing to try and keep them cool. Definitely keep them out of the sun at the hottest time, between 11am and 3pm.

Don’t give them ice cubes to eat – it might seem like you are helping them out but their body will over compensate because it will initially feel it is too cold and heat them up even more. Dogs already have their own built in mechanism of panting to cool down and releasing heat through their nose and paws and they should be able to do this if they are not in extreme heat.

Heatstroke is extremely dangerous for dogs and can happen very quickly. If your dog shows any signs of heat stroke such as excessive panting, agitation, increased heart rate, drooling or extreme lethargy, make sure they are in a cool place and contact your vet immediately.

Introducing the paw-thors

Hi I’ll go first as I’m the oldest! My name is Duke, I’m an English Springer Spaniel and I have lived with my hoo-mans humans since I was about 12 weeks old. I live in a village in Surrey where there are loads of brilliant walks, I love a good run through the woods and anywhere that tennis balls are involved! I live with my little sister Ellie. Well don’t tell anyone but she’s not really my sister, well I mean we weren’t born from the same parents but she is my little sister and I love her – don’t tell her that though! When Ellie first came to live with us in March I did find her a little bit annoying tbh, it was just me and my humans and they decided that it would be nice for me to have another dog to keep me company. That’s a bit cheeky really – I think they should have asked me first. I was the top dog in the house and then this annoying little puppy came along and kept chewing up all my teddies, she took toys out my mouth and ran off with them and she slept in my bed with me, blooming cheek. But now I love having a little sister and we like to do everything together.

Err Duke can I talk now…Hello I’m Ellie and I’m an English Springer Spaniel too, well I think I am anyway. I can’t remember much about where I lived before but I don’t think I liked it very much because I ran away from them. I got put in a dog pound with lots of other dogs and that wasn’t a really nice place so I don’t like to think about that anymore. The people who had me before wouldn’t even pay to get me back because the vet had given me some sort of operation. Anyway (shudder) they aren’t memories I like to think about now. I am really happy in my new home because I have a big brother who shares his toys with me and we love to snuggle up on the bed together. I always know I am going to get food now so I am trying hard not to eat everything I see on the floor and tables. I’ve learnt a good trick lately that if a human throws a ball I get it back for them and they are happy – they are a bit stupid though because they keep throwing it and trying to lose it again – it’s a good job they’ve got me around. My humans keep telling me I’m a good girl so I really like that and now I smile a lot like Duke.

We are going to try and find lots of nice places for people to take their dogs so you can have fun and be happy like us. Don’t worry doggies we will tell you it as it is!

Taking your dog on holiday

Have you taken your dogs on holiday before?

Is it as easy as ABC (that’s Adorable Beautiful Canines – of course!) or is there a bit more to it? Obviously if you are jet-setting off somewhere exotic then chances are you will have organised someone to look after your pooches while you are away. However if you are holidaying in the UK you may choose to take them with you – why not?

So what do you need to think about if your dogs are going to accompany you?

First of all you need to make sure that your microchip details are up to date, with a mobile number as well as your home number. If your dog strays off because it is in unfamiliar territory, it will be no good someone trying to ring you at home when you are 300 miles away in Cornwall for example. I would recommend that you attach a temporary ID tag with the address and contact details for where you are staying – just in case you happen to get separated. Please also ensure that your pets are up to date with vaccinations, flea and worming treatment

Before you go it is probably a good idea to research the area you are going to and putting the number of a local vet into your phone too, hopefully it won’t be needed but it is better to be prepared.

What do you need to take with you?

Your dogs love their home, it is familiar, it smells of them and they know where everything is, so in my opinion I think it is a good idea to take some ‘home comforts’ for them. I would take at least a couple of their toys and possibly their bed, or a blanket, even if where you are going provides dog beds. Take the food that your dog is used to as a change of food can upset their tummy, also familiar treats. You will need to make sure you have bowls for their food and water and of course a collar/harness and lead – although you will have this for travelling. Don’t forget your dog waste bags, wipes if you use them and a brush, try and keep things as familiar as possible for your dogs.

Remember it is a legal requirement to ensure that your dogs are restrained whilst travelling in a car, so you will either need to have them secure in a crate, or strapped in – you can buy universal dog seat belt clips that attach to your dog’s harness and clip in to the seatbelt restraint.

As well as taking water for your dogs for the journey – remember a bowl – make sure that you allow plenty of time for ‘fresh air’ breaks while you are travelling.

When you reach your destination, allow your dog time to familiarise themselves with their surroundings. You will be excited and looking to a wonderful holiday – your dog won’t know that! They will have a multitude of new smells – probably of other dogs – to take in and won’t really understand why they are there.

Try and keep some sort of routine and remember to allow your dog some rest and calm time while you are away.

Simple!

Have a fantastic holiday!

Headley Heath, Surrey

We went for an awesome walk at the weekend to Headley Heath in Surrey. For those of you who haven’t been there before – I hadn’t – it is close to junction 8 or 9 of the M25, easily accessible from the A25 and A217. We got one of our dogs from a rescue and they arranged a walk and ‘get together’ there.

Headley Heath is National Trust you will need to pay for parking, unless you are a National Trust member. The parking costs £1.50 an hour for the first two hours or £4 up to four hours. There is a small snack shop in the car park – but no toilets.

You literally can walk for miles and miles, there are so many different paths leading off here, there and everywhere. We walked a fairly circular route of a couple of miles along well marked paths. There were a couple of shallow ponds and as you can see the dogs all loved it!

What Duke and Ellie say:

We had a brilliant time at Headley Heath, we felt safe because we could run around off our leads and we weren’t near any roads at all. There was a car park so it was easy for us to get in and out of the car without having to worry about other cars. We had fun splashing in some of the little ponds that we found – bet you didn’t know that springers love water!

The National Trust describe Headley Heath as

A wonderful mix of open heathland, woodland and chalk downland

Headley Heath has a wide network of tracks to explore, and stunning views to rival any of its neighbours – the perfect place to enjoy the countryside, whether walking, cycling or horseriding.

The Heath is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its rich, varied, and sometimes rare, wildlife, made up of a wonderful mosaic of open heath, chalk downland slopes and mixed woodland.

There’s always something new to see, from fragrant, bright yellow gorse and breathtaking purple heathers, to deer, badgers and dragonflies.

During the warmer months Headley Heath is alive with bird song from rare birds like stonechats, linnets, meadow pipits and woodlarks.

You can find out more about Headley Heath from the National Trust website here https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/headley-heath

Our aims

There is nothing so cute as a smiling dog is there? Well I guess apart from a smiling child or someone with a beautiful smile, or … you get the idea! Although I’m sure some people may disagree on the order I think most people will agree that there is something beautiful and genuine about a dog (or child!) smiling.

Our aim is to find places where your dog will constantly smile, where your dogs are welcomed as part of your family, after all that is how they should be treated.

You know what it’s like though, some places just aren’t accommodating where it comes to our four-legged friends. Some people just aren’t ‘dog people’ and therefore our beloved pets are probably an inconvenience. I totally get that dogs aren’t always the cleanest and don’t always behave impeccably but they are fine and friendly most the time though aren’t they! If I was out for a meal in a posh restaurant, I don’t think I would appreciate someone wading in with five dogs who have spent the day at the beach having a wonderful time, covered in sand and smelling of the sea! No matter how much you love dogs, that stinky wet dog smell is never going to be anyone’s favourite aroma!

So…..what is this site going to be all about?

Well my vision is to try and find the best beaches for dogs, the perfect pub, wonderful walks and gorgeous gardens where you can go for a lovely day out and take your canine companions with you.

I would also like to extend this site so that you can share the best places you have taken your dogs to as well.

We are in Surrey in the UK so I think my first few reviews are probably going to be within the South East, watch this space!

Please do get in contact if you have visited anywhere super special with your dogs and you would like to share, there is a contact form at the top of the page!