The DogFriendly Awards campaign encouraging dog lovers to vote for the most dog friendly places, businesses and even towns. Here Angela Egan explains here love of dog friendly Malton in Yorkshire.
I'm often asked why I moved to the market town of Malton in North Yorkshire having spent most of my adult life living and working in the South. The answer is simple, stunning countryside, great transport links, low crime rate and probably the most dog friendly town in England. As I own several dogs, this was a hugely important factor in my decision-making process.
Malton is known as Yorkshire’s Food Capital and hosts the annual Food Lovers Festival each year which attracts thousands of visitors. It has more recently been named as one of the best places to live by The Sunday Times. However, it's dog friendliness is a better kept secret.
The jewel in the town's crown is most definitely The Talbot with its dog mad staff who regularly welcome canine guests, in fact they encourage it! They also support local charity Ryedale Dog Rescue. The Grade II listed hotel is a spectacular wedding venue which last year hosted its first wedding with four legged guests.
If I could describe my perfect day, I would begin with a walk around the Malton countryside with my five dogs, followed by lunch at Cafe 46 which recently hosted a doggy dinner party to raise much needed funds for Ryedale Dog Rescue. Owners John and Tanya are regularly to be seen dining with their dog, Eric, who takes pride of place at the head of the table. Lunch would be followed by a long walk in the Talbot grounds and then a quick cocktail at dog friendly Maison Du Vin, or in the winter I would head back to the Talbot for a light supper in front of the cosy log fire.
Many of our local independent businesses are great for dog’s too, like Harrison’s Bar and Grill, Kemps General Store and Aldrich Barbers, it has almost become obligatory to be dog friendly in Malton and it really does lift the community spirit! There are many spots great for an evening in Malton with dogs, including the Taphouse at Brass Castle Brewery, The Royal Oak and Chapter One Bistro. No glass or water bowl is ever empty, and some even make their own treats!
Dapper Dogs is our fantastic local puppy parlour, they have also opened a cuddle café – it is such a quirky idea! They encourage people to donate their cuddles to the dogs to help let off stress of everyday life, as any dog owner knows there is no better cure! Also investing in Malton’s love for dogs is the Animal Art Gallery. With a gallery full of whimsical animal art they are planning to extend with a dog café, another great place to de-stress.
We hold a very strong community in Malton, which (clearly) extends to our furry friends too and we’re always happy to meet a new pup!
Purbeck Agility Group is located in a lovely holiday destination on the Dorset Coast - known as the Jurassic Coast. There are lots of activities for people, but what about the dogs? One of the biggest challenges when we go on holiday with our dogs is finding something to do that they can enjoy, preferably off-lead. And whilst finding good places to walk is great, sometimes that's not quite enough.
Purbeck Agility Group offers Summer Dog Activities to holidaymakers in the Dorset area
How about trying out some agility? Or the new Canine Hoopers sport? Or maybe you'd like to improve your dog's recall when you are out and about?
We have weekly Agility and Hoopers sessions, for both experienced and inexperienced dogs. And a monthly Mastering Recall Workshop that uses games to create that instant recall. Everyone is welcome to join in.
All our activities are held in our secure field at Corfe Castle. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of what is on during your holiday visit.
Globally the event goes from strength to strength, with Perth, Auckland, Dublin and San Diego all having excess of 100 participants. The total number of hounds registered to walk in 2018 was 6387 – over 600 up on last year. This event has come such a long way since its origins 12 years ago when just 6 greyhounds walked in Essex. Indeed this was the fifth year that it has been globally
Participants could chose whether to register group walks or have their own Little Local Walk – which could just be their daily 'walk round the block', but their hound(s) were counted in the final totals and have pride that they had been a part of something much bigger. Many of the group walks were very social events with picnics, fun and games, fundraising stalls and even dog shows, combined. Several rehoming charities participated and we are delighted to report that several hounds, at least 12, have found loving new homes due to being involved in the GGGW event.
Love is All Around
This years theme was Love is All Around and we had lots of people and hounds dress up and show their passion for greyhounds. These much under-rated dogs make fabulous pets. Often referred to as 40mph couch potatoes, greyhounds have very gentle natures, can curl up surprisingly small (but if given the chance can also spread out across the whole of your 3 seater sofa!) and can adapt to many people's lifestyles – they are an amazingly versatile breed. Already we will be thinking towards next year, Sunday 9th June 2019, as the event grows ever bigger and popular. After televised reports in New Zealand and Canada this year, and numerous mentions in papers and magazines, we will be aiming high to further increase our publicity for next years walk.
Park Homes report
"No place compares to that of the North Norfolk coast when it comes to doggy days out. The area has always been a big tourist spot for day visitors, staycationers and overnight trippers. People love visiting the charming seaside towns and stunning beaches time and time again. That’s why it’s no surprise that dog owners are looking out for great dog friendly pubs and restaurants to visit near the coastline.
There are a few things to look out for when choosing a pub to relax in with your dog. Especially after a long walk on one of Norfolk’s numerous dog friendly beaches or natural nature reserves. Some important ones include a doggy treat or two, water bowls and an outside area where you can unwind."
Try out some of the best dog friendly pubs and venues they've found along the North Norfolk coastline by reading their full blog post.
....And there are 22 of them across the country that will welcome you and your dog. Below is the list of towns and cities there can be found. In some places there is more than one! Find full details of their addresses at their website
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Be Prepared To Save Your Pet’s Life...They Would For You
Nobody likes to imagine the worst. So, it’s very likely that
Jeremy Jack from Bristol never thought that he would be
called on to save his dog’s life. Imagine his surprise when
he found Chester, his 12-week-old miniature dachshund,
in the swimming pool and not moving. He sprang into
action using first aid training and was fortunately able to
revive his treasured family member.
Our furry friends can be very curious and unfortunately,
accidents do happen. So, just as it’s important to provide
food, attention & toys, it’s also important to be able to
help your pet in an emergency situation.
Our pet first aid course prepares you to take quick and
confident action in an emergency and focuses on the
most common pet-related accidents.