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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!

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!