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Bruce’s Biscuit Treats

As promised, here is our recipe for Bruce’s every-day biscuits.

We made a batch for Valentines Day  Taken on an iPhone

We made a batch for Valentine’s Day
Taken on an iPhone

What you need:

450g wholemeal flour

170g porridge oats

30g lard

1 tbsp oil

40g grated parmesan cheese

400ml unsalted stock (chicken works well)

3 carrots

What you do:

Preheat your oven to 160ᵒC/Gas mark 3.

To start, mix the flour, oats, lard and cheese in a bowl. Then add the stock until it all comes together into a ball of dough.You may not need all the stock, so don’t quite add it all at once as you don’t want to end up with a sticky gloop of flour all over your hands (trust me, I’ve been there 😀 ).

Bruce thinks the biscuits are grate :D Taken on an iPhone

Bruce thinks the biscuits are grate 😀
Taken on an iPhone

Finely grate the carrots and work that into the dough ball. Next, tear off a piece of greaseproof paper the same size as the baking sheet you’re going to use and lightly flour it. Roll out the dough to about ½ a centimetre thick and then cut it into biscuits. I find that using a pizza wheel is the quickest way at carving the biscuit shapes. I like to keep some a bit bigger for more of a treat and also make tiny little ones to talk out on walkies.

Bake the biscuits towards the bottom of the oven for 40-50 minutes. When they are looking golden in colour, turn the oven off but leave them in the oven to dry out fully for that all important satisfying crunch.

These biscuits are not too shabby for human consumption either, so if you get a bit peckish out on your dog walk they’ve got you covered too.

Words: Michael Thompson

Email Aislinn and Michael: hello@themightypooch.co.uk

The Mighty Pooch are specialist dog photographers based in Yorkshire but happy to travel for photoshoots. Go behind the scenes of some of our shoots. Visit our website at http://www.themightypooch.co.uk/

Cool June slides into hot July – June’s round-up on the blog

Apparently we’re in line for a heatwave in the UK and I, for one, am all for it. There’s a small chap sitting at my feet as I write, however, who isn’t so keen.

We'll be going boating again this month

We’ll be going boating again this month

Bruce’s black fur heats up like a furnace in the sun and overheating means he can’t charge about for as long as he would like. He will be on a constant look out for little patches of shade into which he’ll disappear, so that only his lolling tongue is visible to the human eye. But, before we heat up for summer, let’s recap June on the blog.

Last week the lovely people at the Kennel Club dropped us a line to let us know about their Dog Photographer of the Year competition, which looks like great fun. We’ll be preparing our entries next month – paws crossed!

In Crazy Dog Lady, I wondered if dogs ever hold grudges and lamented the amount of poop lining our parks and pavements. We also looked at the relationship between dogs and cats and how all cats must be called Dave in our house to keep Bruce sweet.

Bruce's becobowl is currently out of action

Bruce’s becobowl is currently out of action

I also checked out five of the best dog bowls and purchased a beco bowl for Bru, which I then promptly left at our best friends’ house. At the moment Bruce is eating from a dinner plate! On the subject of eating, I also discovered that brushing dogs’ teeth is even more important than I realised and have begun a regime of tooth polishing with the little guy that he stoically accepts. Finally, at the very start of the month we visited a fabulous dog-friendly hotel in Norfolk, which we couldn’t help but recommend to you.

This month I’ll have more Crazy Dog Lady nonsense plus another pic of the shoot and all manner of dog-related loveliness to share, including a dog-friendly boating trip on the River Thames. Enjoy the sun!

Words: Aislinn Kelly

Email Aislinn: hello@themightypooch.co.uk

The Mighty Pooch are specialist dog photographers based in Yorkshire but happy to travel for photoshoots. Go behind the scenes of some of our shoots.

Do dogs ever fall out with humans?

I’d like to propose a serious question here, people: is it conceivable that dogs could fall out with humans and then hold a bit of a grudge?

 

OK, I know I’m at risk of making myself seem even more crazy than the title ‘Crazy Dog Lady’ suggests, but I think the answer to my above question is a great big “Yes”. Because I believe I’ve seen it happen.

Are you talking to me?!

Are you talking to me?!

Let’s start this story with a bit of character information about my Gran, who crops up on the blog from time to time as pet parent to Bruce’s Great Uncle Sam. Now, my Gran is a woman with opinions and she’s not afraid to unleash them. It’s fair to say that, if you were so inclined, you could participate in a healthy debate with my grandmother on a weekly – even daily – basis.

And so Bruce’s grudge began. There we were, relaxing in armchairs after a lovely meal, when Gran voiced her opinions on a subject and I vehemently disagreed. And lo, quite a furious debate ensued (more heated than any debate before or since between us), which culminated in some exasperation on both sides. Bruce, sitting at my feet, followed the action like an umpire at Wimbledon.

We cooled off and made friends, Gran and I. We agreed to disagree. But it seems that Bruce did not. Immediately, his body language changed towards my Gran. When she reached to stroke him, he dashed away. When she tried to offer him a treat, he wouldn’t take it. He would have nothing to do with her whatsoever.

It took two weeks before Bruce would speak to Gran again and we concluded it must have been the debate that sparked the cold shoulder treatment. When Bruce finally decided to forgive Gran, we were mightily relieved – and I’m pleased to say he and she are still firm friends.

Have you ever experienced something similar? Let me know …

Words: Aislinn Kelly

Email Aislinn: hello@themightypooch.co.uk

The Mighty Pooch are specialist dog photographers based in Yorkshire but happy to travel for photoshoots. Go behind the scenes of some of our shoots.

The image in this article is taken on an iPhone and is not representative of our professional work 🙂

Karma, poo and plastic bags

There are around eight million dogs in the UK, probably producing three or four poos each per day. Imagine that piled up into a heap – it would take a pretty daring explorer to scale that particular mountain.

 

Got my poo bags at the ready!

Got my poo bags at the ready!

Dogs Trust says that, for the first time in 10 years, the amount of poop not being scooped on the streets of Britain has increased. They’ve launched a new campaign – along with Keep Britain Tidy – called the Big Scoop, which is aiming to persuade more people to pick up after their dog. TV presenter Ben Fogle, who is involved in the campaign, is unhappy about the amount of poop in his local park and often clears up after other dogs: “I pick up one extra poo each time I pick up after my dog but authorities … need to do more to enforce it.” Collecting more than one deposit is a good idea. But why should it have to be the case? And, let’s be honest, there’s nothing worse than picking up a cold poo that belongs to someone else’s dog. Eww.

One morning on holiday last month, Bruce leapt off the boat and trotted up the bank to deposit in full view of a family on a sailing boat that was also moored up. I lost sight of his movements as I went to get a bag to collect it. I had to get Bruce to show me where the poo was, which greatly impressed the lady on the sailing boat who was watching. All I did really was call Bruce over to the general location I thought the poo was and, because I can’t help chatting to him, said, “Show me where it is then.” Of course, as dogs do, he came over and, as expected, went to sniff his poo, thereby indicating to me where to get scooping. I scooped while the lady on the sailing boat said what a clever dog I have, believing that Bruce had clearly understood my question before pointing out very helpfully where he’d been to the toilet. Did I dispute that? Er, no. Course not! 🙂

She also said what a good dog owner I was for picking up the poo. I was surprised – isn’t that what’s expected of all we dog owners? People shouldn’t have to praise us for it. I explained that I believe in karma – if I don’t pick up Bruce’s poo, guaranteed I will tread in someone else’s poo before the week is out. And, in summer when the open-toed sandals come out, that is a particularly terrible prospect.

It’s simple really. If we always picked up our own dog’s poo, there’d be no poo for us to tread in. We’d never arrive at a friend’s house harbouring a decidedly offensive odour on the bottom of our shoes and we wouldn’t have to spend the majority of our walks looking at the floor to avoid the stuff. Let’s hope the campaign works.

Words: Aislinn Kelly

Email Aislinn: hello@themightypooch.co.uk

The Mighty Pooch are specialist dog photographers based in Yorkshire but happy to travel for photoshoots. Go behind the scenes of some of our shoots.

The image in this article is taken on an iPhone and is not representative of our professional work 🙂

All cats must be called Dave

Contrary to the popular belief that cats and dogs will fight like, well, like cats and dogs really, Bruce has decided that he rather likes cats. But only if they’re called Dave …

 

Last year, a gorgeous ginger tom cat came to live at the mill. Unlike other cats I have observed (I’ve never really known a cat, so forgive my ignorance cat lovers!), this one seemed to be really interested in everything we did. He would wander over when he spotted us getting out of the car or struggling with our shopping and rub his little body across our shins with a contented purr. He even leapt on several occasions into our car boot. In fact, he was once on his merry way to Tesco HQ in the back of a van until a neighbour flagged it down and pointed out that he was lurking between the empty boxes in the back.

Bruce

Bruce

Despite his beauty, this cat suffered the rather unglamorous moniker of Dave. I apologise to all Daves out there but, for such an extraordinarily beautiful creature, his name was really rather ordinary. Perhaps it kept him grounded. Perhaps that’s why he gave us the time of day. With a glitzy Hollywood name like Brando or Orlando, he might have felt the need to turn his delicate little nose up and flounce off without so much as a by your leave.

It wasn’t just me and Michael who took to Dave. Bruce took rather a shine to the splendid little chap too. Usually, the merest whiff of a feline presence within a 100-yard radius would set Bruce’s spine tingling, his nose twitching and his vocal chords going, whereas the sight of Dave simply seemed to pacify him. As Dave swaggered over, Bruce would sit down calmly and watch benignly. Dave would come within touching distance and Bruce wouldn’t say a word. Not so with the cats who dare to strut across my mum’s lawn – they receive the full vocal force of Bruce’s displeasure.

Sadly, Dave has since moved with his family to Wales. However, he has left his mark. These days, we refer to all cats as ‘Dave’ when Bruce is around. Bruce can be barking at full throttle at some unwitting moggy in the garden yet, at the sound of Dave’s name, he is instantly calmer and the hairs disappear from the back of his neck. The party line is, “It’s OK Bruce, it’s just Dave,” and it seems to do the trick.

We appear to have recently acquired a Dave replacement at the mill. A youngster called Alfie, who is rather adorable and inquisitive. Bruce and Alfie seem to have reached an understanding and Bruce has even got as far as sniffing Alfie’s bottom. Alfie gave him a few seconds of sniffing time before gently boxing his ears. Whether this will make cat encounters more complicated I cannot say. We’re deliberating whether we should introduce Alfie’s name into the mix or just call him Dave too, which seems a little unfair on Alfie. Oh the politics. One thing’s for sure, if we ever adopt a cat, we’ll have to find one called Dave!

Words: Aislinn Kelly

Email Aislinn: hello@themightypooch.co.uk

The Mighty Pooch are specialist dog photographers based in Yorkshire but happy to travel for photoshoots. Go behind the scenes of some of our shoots.

Rounding up a mad May on The Mighty Pooch blog

We’ve had a lovely month, despite the disappointing weather. We headed off on our dog-friendly summer holiday on the Norfolk Broads which was gorgeous – it’s great to be able to take Bruce away with us. He makes a holiday all the more fun.

 

Betsy from Dog Friendly UK. Photograph copyright of Dog Friendly UK

Betsy from Dog Friendly UK. Photograph copyright of Dog Friendly UK

Staying with the holiday theme, we interviewed lovely Zoe at Dog Friendly UK, who’s cute Chihuahua Betsy has become something of a hotel and restaurant inspector.

Dogs Trust featured quite a bit this month too. We interviewed education officer Laura-Jane who, along with adorable pooch Oscar, visits schools to educate kids on responsible dog ownership. We also met the Leeds Dogs Trust sponsor dogs Jake and Millie, who we’re proud to sponsor and delighted to photograph. We also discovered how rescue dogs can become more optimistic and the vital role rescue centres play in facilitating their happiness.

Jake (left) and Millie, Leeds Dogs Trust sponsor dogs. Photograph by The Mighty Pooch

Jake (left) and Millie, Leeds Dogs Trust sponsor dogs.
Photograph by The Mighty Pooch

In other news, we found out that dogs get high when they run, they can help cure back pain and that owners of Labradors and Golden Retrievers can help scientists to combat canine obesity.

In sillier posts, I recounted the story of Bruce’s dip in the canal and the night Sam stole Bruce’s bed, before spending a week in dog bed heaven with some of the coolest beds on the market.

In pic of the shoot we met Milo the Jack Russell, who brought us to our knees quite literally, before discovering that some dogs could be getting their own computers in the future. Then I got quite silly again and imagined what an email from Bruce to his Grandma would read like. I know, I know.

Milo the Jack Russell terrier. Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch

Milo the Jack Russell terrier.
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch

This month, we’ll be filling our dog blog with more crazy dog lady antics, picking out some more cool canine kit and bringing you the latest interesting stories from the dog world. And of course we’ll be doing a lot more of what we do best: being dog photographers. Happy June folks!

Words: Aislinn Kelly

Email Aislinn: hello@themightypooch.co.uk

The Mighty Pooch is a specialist dog photographers based in Yorkshire but happy to travel for photoshoots. Go behind the scenes of some of our shoots.

Bruce the dog sends an email to his Grandma

Following Wednesday’s article about dogs sending emails on their own computers, I couldn’t help wondering what an email from Bruce to his Grandma Shirley might read like.

Dear Grandma Shirley,

I write to discuss with you a matter of utmost importance.

It has been some time now – certainly a couple of hours – since you and I trotted around the marina and went to visit the ducks. In that time, I have chewed the end of a cigar bone, leapt onto Michael’s lap to quality control the latest batch of dog photographs, and sat on Grandpa Tezza’s knee waiting to shout at the postman. I have even performed the crumb dance, switching from foot to foot with mouth open under Uncle Ben’s feet, waiting for a morsel of sandwich to drop between my jaws.

I'm not just a pretty face, you know!

I’m not just a pretty face, you know!

After using my super food-magnetising powers to attract a good quarter of Uncle Ben’s sandwich from the kitchen top to the floor at my feet, I cleaned between my paws thoroughly on the unauthorised rug. That is, until I was spotted and told to go and wash on my authorised rug. I fail to understand why I’m allowed on one rug and not another. What’s the problem, people?

After going on sniff patrol around the kitchen bin to check Uncle Ben hadn’t missed it when chucking his crumbs, I had a fairly lengthy conversation with the two terriers across the road. Well, I say conversation. Really I told them they had no business shrieking at the top of their voices in my neighbourhood. I shall have to cancel out any of their smells with a cock of my own leg when I next go out. I can’t have those two thinking they rule the street.

Then I sat at the back door on Dave (i.e., cat) patrol. Why is it that, when I spend ages fixing my eye on the very hole in the hedge that the Dave usually creeps into the garden through, it never appears. Yet the second I turn my back, that infernal meowing begins again in earnest. I’m sure next door’s Dave is trying to wind me up on purpose. Well, next time you see it Grandma, you might tell the infernal creature that its tactics are working.

Earlier, someone mentioned Granny Cath, so I sat at the window for a terribly long time waiting for her car to pull up, expecting her to appear at any moment with the promise of a trip to the park. But, alas, this did not happen.

I am now bored, having exhausted all other pursuits. Please pick up cousin James – I haven’t seen him for so long – and come round as quickly as your two legs can manage. And bring a ball. Please.

You will find me in a patch of sunshine halfway up the stairs. It gives me a perfect view of the front door, so I’ll know when you get here.

Yours in licks and woofs,

Your grandog, Bruce X

Words: Bruce Thompson (sort of)

Email Aislinn: hello@themightypooch.co.uk

The Mighty Pooch is a specialist dog photographers based in Yorkshire but happy to travel for photoshoots. Go behind the scenes of some of our shoots. The photograph attached to this article was taken on an iPhone and is not indicative of our professional work.

Dogs to get their own computers

“I wish Bruce could talk,” is a phrase frequently uttered by Michael’s mum. “Oh but he can,” I assure her, “in his own way.”

And, really, dogs seem to have the ability to communicate with their owners just as eloquently as – and sometimes more politely than – most people. Over time, as pet parents we learn their behaviours and begin to understand what they want.

As our understanding grows, we put words to each action. Where at one time we may have scratched our heads perplexed as our dog stared at us with an unknown question, now we can engage in two-way communication, asking our dog if he needs “water” or “the toilet” or “a cuddle” or if he’s “ready for bed”. For us, the confirmation that we’ve understood Bruce’s question is a little hoppity skip or, if he’s sitting on the sofa, a leap to the floor. It’s a useful system for all of us.

The famous head tilt

The famous head tilt

Dogs have been found to be as intelligent as the average two-year-old child. The cleverest dogs, with the border collie at the top of the tree, can understand up to 250 words and gestures and perform simple mathematical equations. In my opinion, effective communication really helps to build a strong bond between dog and human.

Scientists are now in the process of designing computers that dogs can use to operate household appliances and even communicate with their owners. Researchers at the Open University have been awarded a £15,000 grant by Dogs Trust to develop so-called “smart kennels” with computer technology installed. If a dog needs to raise an alarm, he or she will be able to push a button and call the emergency services.

The computer is primarily being developed for dogs belonging to people with disabilities, to make it easier for assistance dogs to turn on lights, washing machines and other household appliances – even answer the telephone. Rather than using a mouse and a keyboard, the computers incorporate large bright buttons and touch screen technology. Objects that can be picked up and pulled or shaken also feature.

Are you talking to me?

Are you talking to me?

Dr Clara Mancini, head of the animal-computer interaction team at Open University, said, “We are trying to develop something analogous to human computer interaction for animals. It is about giving them more control and getting them to do things better. Alert dogs for example are already used to summon help if their owner gets into difficulty, but we are trying to make it easier for them. If you have technology that makes it easier for dogs to dial 999 and alert the emergency services then it means more dogs can do it.

“Looking to the future, we can’t really tell how far we can go. We have a lot of preconceptions about animals and what they are not capable of doing. It is possible that we can invent a computer system that allows animals, if not to send emails, but understand they can engage in conversation with a human on the other side of an internet link.”

So there you go, mum-in-law. Perhaps one day Bruce won’t simply be nuzzling your knee in the hope you’ll take him for a walk. He’ll be sending you emails demanding it.

Words: Aislinn Kelly

Photographs: Aislinn Kelly and Michael Thompson

All photographs are copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers: hello@themightypooch.co.uk The Mighty Pooch is a specialist dog photographers based in Yorkshire but happy to travel for photoshoots. Go behind the scenes at some of our shoots here.

Dogs get high when they run

Scientists have discovered that dogs experience a high when they run, much like humans do when the exercise endorphins kick in.

 

The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, involved people and dogs working out on treadmills. After their workouts, scientists found that both had “significantly increased exercise-induced endocannabinoid signalling following high-intensity endurance running.”

David Raichlen of the University of Arizona who carried out the study said, “A neurobiological reward for endurance exercise may explain why humans and other cursorial mammals habitually engage in aerobic exercise despite the higher associated energy costs and injury risks, and why non-cursorial mammals avoid such locomotor behaviours.” Cursorial mammals are those with a physiology that suits running, such as dogs.

Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch Dog Photographers

Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch Dog Photographers

To those of us who watch our dogs run joyfully every day, however, this probably comes as no surprise. Seeing Bruce gallop at full pelt after his ball time and time again – each time running as fast as he possibly can with no let-up – leads me to believe that he gets a serious buzz from powering across the park. He’s also much happier in general after a good run.

If you’re looking for a breed of dog that would make an ideal running partner, there are some breeds more suited to long distances than others, according to Christie Aschwanden who wrote an article on the topic for Runner’s World. She writes, “Some breeds, such as huskies and greyhounds, were bred to run, and most working dogs are naturally suited to running. By contrast, squishy-nosed dogs, such as pugs and bulldogs, don’t make good distance athletes, because they’re prone to overheating. That’s not to say your pug can’t run, but he probably shouldn’t join you for a late-summer 15-miler.”

Weimeraners, goldendoodles, German shorthaired pointers, vizslas and Jack Russell terriers are all cited as good companions for runs of more than six miles, due to their medium build and well-muscled hind quarters. In contrast, brisk, shorter runs of less than six miles are more suited to greyhounds, English setters, beagles and golden and labrador retrievers, due to their lean, muscular build and penchant for sprints.

Words: Aislinn Kelly

Email Aislinn: hello@themightypooch.co.uk

The Mighty Pooch is a specialist dog photographers based in Yorkshire but happy to travel for photoshoots. Go behind the scenes of some of our shoots.

The little Chihuahua with a hotel inspector’s job

Betsy the Chihuahua may only be a year old, but already she’s got one of the greatest jobs in the country – she tours the UK to discover the best dog-friendly hotels, pubs and places to visit. And she takes her pet parents along for the ride, as The Mighty Pooch found out.

Betsy the long-haired Chihuahua has really landed on her feet. In between the cuddles, walks and huge amounts of attention she receives for being, well, pretty darn cute, Betsy, along with her humans Zoe Worsley and Alex Parsons, is a hotel and restaurant reviewer. While Zoe and Alex may be the ones who actually put finger to keyboard and type up the reviews that feature on their Dog Friendly UK website, Betsy is the star of the outfit. If a place isn’t dog friendly and will not accommodate Betsy, then frankly it’s just not worth a visit. And on Dog Friendly UK, they’ll tell it like it is – there are only honest reviews to be found here.

Betsy Photograph copyright of Dog Friendly UK

Betsy
Photograph copyright of Dog Friendly UK

It seems that the UK needs a site like this – somewhere impartial for dog owners to discover where’s hot and where’s not when it comes to taking your pooch out on the town. A recent study concluded that Britain is actually the least dog-friendly country in Europe, with a meagre 6% of British retailers allowing dogs inside their precious walls. In fact, the study revealed that 73% of the 7.3 million dog owners in the UK don’t visit as many pubs, shops and cafes as they’d like to, simply because they don’t feel their dogs are welcome. So it’s clear that it pays to do your research before you head out with your dog to avoid disappointment – which is where Dog Friendly UK comes in very handy.

It all started when Zoe and Alex brought Betsy home last year as a puppy. They set about googling the best pubs and hotels to visit with their pooch – but no one website lived up to their expectations. “We found plenty of websites that were jam-packed with information, but none of them really reviewed the places in detail or they weren’t tailored to younger couples,” explains Zoe.

Photograph copyright of Dog Friendly UK

Photograph copyright of Dog Friendly UK

With their new puppy keen to accompany them on day trips and holidays, Zoe and Alex saw a gap in the blogging market and decided to fill it themselves. And so they created Dog Friendly UK to give impartial reviews of dog-friendly places and rate them out of 10 for their dog friendliness. “We thought it would be great to create a site which had more in-depth reviews for dog-friendly places to eat at and hotels to stay in. We like a little luxury ourselves, but money is tight for everyone at the moment, so we thought why not focus on travel in the UK and see what our own country has to offer for those with pets in tow.”

Zoe and Alex haven’t always been dog owners. In fact, until last year, they hadn’t even considered getting a dog. “We had never actually thought about getting a dog,” Zoe tells us, “until we went on a trip to Paris last year. We saw some puppies being sold in a shop and it really upset us. From that day on we started chatting about what it would be like to have a dog and, on our return to London, we saw an ad for Betsy. She looked too cute to resist, so we decided to pay her a visit and that was that. A few days later she was ours and we now appear to have become avid dog lovers!”

When it comes to rating dog-friendly places for their website, Zoe admits there are different levels of dog friendliness. “We consider dog friendly to mean that we are not just stuck in a corner somewhere, but have a bit of choice as to where we can sit in a venue. We totally understand that not everyone likes to eat with a dog in a dining room, but we really don’t like being relegated to a dark, damp corner near the toilets! It helps if the staff say hello and if they can provide a water bowl for dogs if asked. Providing doggie treats wins them extra bonus points!”

Photograph copyright of Dog Friendly UK

Photograph copyright of Dog Friendly UK

Betsy the Chihuahua’s favourite place to stay so far is Malmaison in Belfast. “I don’t think we have ever stayed in such a luxurious hotel,” Zoe says. “There was so much space for Betsy and her crate, and our room was so large she just loved exploring it. The majority, if not all, of the Malmaison hotels are dog friendly so, if you are ever stuck and there is one in town, then you know where to go. They provide beds for dogs if you need them and at the hotel in Belfast we were allowed to take her into the bar after we had dined.” They also recommend the Saveurs Patisserie in Dartmouth, where “Betsy loved all the attention she got!”

As the site is still relatively new, Betsy, Zoe and Alex plan to spend the next 12 months visiting as many places as they can to build up a comprehensive list of reviews. “It can be an expensive (but enjoyable) business eating out all the time and hotels add to the costs, so we’ve been looking into getting a few guest bloggers to post on our site to cover any areas that may be too far for us to get to right now. We also hope to have some professionals posting interesting content to help people with their pet queries,” says Zoe.

www.dogfriendlyuk.com

Dog Friendly UK provides honest reviews of dog-friendly places to visit in the UK

So what are Zoe, Alex and Betsy’s top tips for choosing a dog-friendly restaurant or hotel? “Top tip number one would obviously be to keep popping back to our blog to see what new places we have visited and read our reviews,” Zoe laughs, “We’ll keep adding to it all the time and will hopefully have a more extensive list of dog-friendly spots to visit very soon.

“I’d also recommend downloading the Doggity and Doggy Pub apps. They are both great for when you are on the move and need to find something nearby. Also, you will find that, if you do ask an establishment, they may let you in anyway, even if they are not advertising themselves as dog friendly. Everyone needs customers and it’s likely that lots of places will happily accept your friendly canine!”

So, if you fancy a night out or a weekend away that your four-legged friend can join you on, check out the website at www.dogfriendlyuk.com where there are some gems to be found. And let’s hope Britain becomes more dog friendly in the future – there’s nothing nicer than going on holiday with the whole family. No one wants to be left behind!

Words: Aislinn Kelly

Contact Aislinn: hello@themightypooch.co.uk

The Mighty Pooch is a specialist dog photographers located in Yorkshire but available for photoshoots nationwide.

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