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Taking your dog on holiday this Summer Holidays in the UK have become more popular in the past few years with many families opting to stay on ‘home-soil’ instead of jetting off to sunnier climes. In fact recent figures suggest that 8 million Brits will holiday on ‘home turf’ during 2013. Dog-friendly holidays are also on the rise and where your beloved pooch may have once been left behind in kennels or with a dogsitter, she can now join in the fun. I have holidayed in Cornwall, Devon and Norfolk with my young family and bringing our dog along has added to the fun. Here are some of my ‘top tips.’ WHERE TO STAY Finding dog friendly accommodation is fairly easy - the majority of websites I have used to find accommodation (www.holidaylettings.co.uk and www.cottagesdirect.co.uk to name two) allow you to specify your search so only dog friendly cottages show - nothing worse that finding the perfect retreat only to find your four-legged friend isn’t welcome!  Another tip, and how I found a lovely hideaway in Devon, is to ask your friends on Facebook and Twitter if they can recommend where they have holidayed. 2 THE SMALL PRINT Take some time to look at the specifics of the accommodation…. with your dog in mind! A small decked courtyard may be lovely for sipping that early evening glass of wine but what about when your pooch needs to answer a call of nature? You might not want to be walking him at the crack of dawn to find a suitable spot! A secure, enclosed garden with some grassed areas is always on my list of ‘must-haves.’ Some cottages will be dog friendly but specify no animals

are allowed upstairs or on the furniture. Unless you can guarantee your pet won’t break these rules it might be worth looking for slightly less rigid parameters. OUT AND ABOUT Check out what there is to do locally with your dog - if the places you Sookie looking out to see, Devon August 2012! want to visit do not allow dogs on at home in new surroundings - if she site you will have to consider how sleeps in a crate at home, take it with long you can leave him alone in the you. Make sure you have any regular holiday accommodation. It is also medication that is needed and it’s a worth pointing out here that some good idea to plan ahead and know accommodation will specify the dog where the nearest vet is - just in case! must not be left alone! Double check Make sure your dog is microchipped the small print before you book! and that your details, mobile number SUN AND SAND is especially important, are up to date. Beaches are a source of hours of fun Give your dog time to become for all holiday makers - and your comfortable with travelling in the dog is no exception. My dog’s first car before your holiday - you don’t dip in the sea was quite magical, want to stress him out by suddenly she went from mystified to jumping embarking on a 3 hour trip and the the waves within about 5 minutes! stress, not to mention distraction, Check what restrictions beaches of a whining dog is something you nearby have; many restrict dogs to don’t want to endure. Plenty of short certain areas during the high season trips in the car and plenty of praise and others will have specific dogwhen he sits nice a quietly should friendly hours. Do a bit of research do the trick! You can always speak before you book to be sure you to your vet about how to keep your don’t end up on the doorstep of a dog calm on a journey should you beach where dogs are not allowed. encounter any problems and please TIME FOR A PINT? never leave your dog alone in a car Many pubs and eateries are geared - heat stroke is extremely serious! up for four legged customers as well So, all that remains to say is as two, but again it is worth planning happy holidays!! Claire Fryer ahead before you head out for the day to ensure a MOBILE DOG GROOMING watering hole or Dial-a-Dog-Wash two is en route that will cater We wash and groom your to your needs. pet in the back of our HOME FROM heated, mobile grooming HOME parlour at your home Take all of your or workplace. dog’s usual food, treats, bedding Contact Tim on 01628 533335 or 07968 444460 etc. This will www.dialadogwashbucksandberks.co.uk help her to feel LIVING ALONG THE THAMES

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Living Along The Thames Maidenhead June/July 2013  

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