We’ve heard London is going to the dogs – or rather, the dogs are coming to the capital.
Well, savvy pubs, restaurants, hotels, cinemas and even spas have cottoned on to the fact there’s a whole new market out there for entertaining our canine buddies, and especially in London where singletons, in particular, want to be seen out and about with their pooch. Why, some of those venues are even incredibly decadent – a doggy tea in Claridges, darling?
Here are some of our favourites:
1. Tea at the Egerton, Knightsbridge
It’s total treat time here for you and your pooch, thanks to the fact the staff here dogs. You’ll be greeted on arrival by Milly, the Jack Russell maitre’d. You can tuck into some salmon sandwiches together and afterwards your canine friend can look forward to a delivery of Lily’s Kitchen treats.
2. Brown Dog, Barnes
Pop into this pub and order a pint for yourself and a pig’s ear for Fido. Yes, they really do sell these behind the bar.
Most of us have a good idea about the type of partner we want in life. There are personality traits we put above others such as kindness, sporty, caring, funny etc. But we don’t tend to give as much thought to our pets – and yet they’re living under our roof too.
But don’t worry. There are plenty of apps or online tests these days to help you match the type of characteristics you value in a person to that of a particular dog breed. As you can imagine, some are more helpful than others.
The food manufacturer Iams, for instance, has come up with a series of questions to help match you with the most suitable canine breed depending on how easy-going and independent you are, as well as what you like to do in your spare time.
The Kennel Club test wants to know how big your house/garden are and whether or not you live in the town or country. How active you are is also important in getting the right breed, they insist.
It’s getting to that time of year again – when you start planning your annual summer holiday. This year you’ve decided to take your four-legged buddy along too rather than put the poor mutt into kennels.
He or she is part of the family, after all, so why shouldn’t they enjoy the good times as well? Here at TheDogApp we’ve checked out what we consider to be some of the best dog-friendly facilities in the UK and here’s a list of them right here:
Visit Cornwall has a whole separate brochure for holidays with your dog. Not only do they advise on which beaches and forest trails welcome your canine friend, but they also provide a list of restaurants and accommodation where your dog will be welcomed with a big bowl of water on meeting, but also a list of dog shows where he or she can compete, if that’s your thing.
Visit Devon have a dog friendly brochure pointing out boat and steam train rides you can take your canine pal on, as well as a list of lead-free beaches they can run around on...
You know how it goes. You’re breezing along together, and always looking for a word that’s bigger than boyfriend or girlfriend and yet not as formal as ‘partner'. Before you know it, things develop to the point where you’re co-signing a lease or mortgage, and looking at a joint bank account.
And then it suddenly hits you...only the pitter-patter of tiny feet will make your relationship complete!
So which is it to be – do you get a dog or have a baby?
Before you let your mummy and daddy friends browbeat you into passing on your DNA or adopting a Mini-Me, consider the following pro-dog arguments.
Unlike babies, you can quickly teach your dog to poop and pee in an orderly fashion. Once they know the right spot/s you just need a consistent routine. Incidentally, a baby will cost around £7,000 in its first year. Unless you’re Paris Hilton, your four-legged companion will cost considerably less.
2. Dogs can fetch things from a young age, even children! Keys, sticks, balls, newspapers and s...