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Choosing the perfect pet holiday, by Sarah Whitehead from the Clever Dog Company and author of 'Clever Dog – The Secrets Your Dog Wants You to Know'.
A perfect holiday is one that all the family enjoy together - so as the owner of three dogs that I consider to be part of my family, nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing my dogs having just as much fun as the rest of us.
For many dogs, a holiday with their owners offers a rare opportunity for quality time with the family. Leaving the usual routine behind, a cottage offers all the home comforts, without the daily grind that we live with at home. We know that dogs are a mirror for human behaviour – meaning that a relaxed owner equals a relaxed hound.
Dogs are unique individuals, just as we are. Some like peace and quiet, others like to be right in the midst of energetic activity. Owners know their dogs best and understand their needs, wants, likes and quirks. So, if your dog could choose, what would be on his holiday wish-list?
Once you have booked your pet-friendly Welcome Cottage, you might want to check out some local places to eat and drink. The website Doggie Pubs helps you find great places across the UK where you and your best friend would be welcome. With almost 4,000 listed you should be able to find somewhere within a stone’s throw of your holiday home. Here are a few favourites from Millie the dog (who runs the site):
• If you’re planning a trip to Kent, make a stop in Sandwich at The George and Dragon. The pub dates back to 1446 and is ideally situated for some lovely wild walks on nearby Sandwich Bay. (24 Fisher Street, Sandwich, CT13 9EJ)
• If you’re staying in Sussex, Danehill’s Coach & Horses comes highly recommended (Haywards Heath, Danehill, RH17 7JH). Set in an idyllic little valley overlooking fields of lambs, admire the pretty garden and prepare to step over pub dog Harvey as you enter the busy bar. A deservedly popular pub, so best to book a table.
• In the historic village of Sawley, on the border of the Yorkshire Dales and Lancashire, The Spread Eagle pub is beautifully decorated, has an excellent menu and is situated right next to the River Ribble with plenty of good walks on its doorstep. (Sawley, Nr. Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 4NH)