BEACH
2017 WINNER

Perranporth Beach Cornwall Website
2017 Dog Friendly Best Beach Winner

Commendations

“we went a number of times to this beach when we were on holiday – a fantastic beach and dogs are allowed all year round”

“this is one of the best beaches in the country. It is dog friendly, clean and there are lovely dunes”

“a great beach for exercising your dogs and some breath-taking views”

“what more could you ask for – a lovely dog friendly beach and there is a pub on the beach as well!”


HOTEL / PLACES TO STAY
2017 WINNER

Brecon Retreat Powys Website
2017 Dog Friendly Best Hotel / Places To Stay Winner

Commendations

“By far the most luxurious Dog Friendly place that I've stayed at!”

“Brecon Retreat is a wonderful cosy clean luxurious and extremely dog friendly oak lodge with a welcoming hamper and fantastic hot tub. We spent 10 days here and enjoyed every moment especially sat in the hot tub watching the birds and listening to the bubbling stream. Lovely walks to the river opposite which our dogs enjoyed. Helen supplied dog beds bowls treats tags sofa throws cage shampoo poo bags.... It was amazing! Brecon is a lovely and only a 5 minute drive away. Highly recommended! 5 stars!!”

“We love Brecon Retreat. Staying at both the house and the lodge was amazing and no doubt we'll be back again soon. A truly dog friendly holiday with an amazing owner and such lovely walks right on your door step. We've stayed at many places that allow dogs but this is truly doggy friendly!”

“I visited Brecon Retreat December 2016 for Christmas I was blown away by the place so I am going back this year. The owners paid so much attention to detail. The dogs were welcomed by their own: treat hamper blankets beds towels doggy mess bags dog tags shampoo hot running water outside for muddy paws and even a dog biscuit treat mid week. My dog is part of my family the guilt I feel leaving her to have fun on holiday was awful for us Brecon Retreat was a great choice. The Trip Advsior reviews speak volumes. I would highly recommend this place the dog friendly for me was the icing on the cake for one of the best holidays I've ever been on.”

“Our dog was treated as a VIP during our stay at Brecon Retreat! There was absolutely everything he could need; a lovely bed special towels treats shampoo poo bags bowls frozen raw food ready in the freezer warm running water outside and even a tag to put on his collar with details of where we were staying in case he got lost. There was also lists of recommended walks suitable for dogs as well as local dog-friendly restaurants and pubs. We were so impressed with this attention to detail. Sometimes the dog-friendly aspect is an afterthought but at Brecon Retreat it really isn't! Dogs are number 1”


KENNELS
2017 WINNER

Cloverleigh Ely Website
2017 Kennels Winner

Commendations

“Small friendly kennels catering for the dogs emotional needs as well as their safety security and comfort”

“Charlie & Yvonne really understand the dogs that stay at the kennels & go to great lengths to make sure that the dogs stays are busy & fun . Would highly recommend them & the fact that the kennels are full shows that other did owners think so too”

“Always helpful & friendly and very clean My dog looks forward to visiting tail starts wagging as soon as he realises where he is going!”

“Wouldn't leave my dog anywhere else. Not only are his physical needs met mental stimulation and emotional health are huge considerations during his stay too. Highly qualified and experienced Yvonne and Charlie's kennels are second to none.”

“Yvonne and Charlie are excellent at what they do and always go that extra mile to ensure that your dog is well looked after. I have been using the kennels for my bernese for the past 5 years and would not put them in another kennel as I trust them both explicitly. Yvonne and Charlie always take great care to ensure that they kennels are well kept and very clean. If your dog is taking medication then you can rest assured that they will be given it at the right times.”


PUB / BAR
2017 WINNER

PUB / BAR Theale Website
2017 Dog Friendly Best Pub / Bar Winner

Commendations

“The Fox & Hounds Theale is opposite Hosehill Lake it's an idealic country pub that won Dog Buddy's Dog friendliest pub of the year for the South East region. The pub supplies dog towels free poop bags & free dog treats. We have the largest part of the pub that is completely dog friendly. We have three celebrity pub dogs that you may well encounter on your visit. Why not bring your furbie and have a chance to win monthly the best pose in our doggy photo booth - free puddings up for grabs for your family up to 8 when dining with us!”

“Quite simply the most dog friendly pub I've ever been to in my life! They know the dogs by name and often greet them before the humans as we go in through the door.”

“Lovely pub set in beautifully kept gardens. Great food reasonably priced. Staff friendly and helpful. Opposite the pub is a lovely 1 mile walk around the lake Then pop into the fox for a nice relaxing drink.”

“A lovely pub with a nice lakeside dog walk. Good food nice beers and friendly staff.”

“Went to The Fox and Hounds for lunch yesterday. We chose it because we wanted to bring the dog. There are a few dog friendly places to eat and drink in my area but this is top of my list. We were made so welcome from the minute we arrived. We pre-booked a dog friendly table which had been reserved for us. When we arrived the sun was shining and despite it being very busy we were offered our reserved table or a table outside. We chose to sit inside as rain was on its way. When we arrived one of the first thing I noticed was a sign saying it was dog friendly and outlining that they had a doggy ball pool free poop bags water bowls and free doggy treats. Although we didn't order it they also sold doggy icecream which included a donation to charity. The dog loved his visit and enjoyed his treats. Some places I've visited have allowed dogs but I've felt they haven't truly been dog friendly the same can't be said for The Fox and Hounds. 5* from us (and Hogan the dog). Just across the road there is a large nature reserve perfect for walks as well being very near the river. Thank you for a great visit.”

“A very friendly pub to all but dogs are made very welcome. No matter who serves you they always make a fuss of the dog. Also lots of doggie treats available. So nice to find a pub that genuinely welcomes dogs.”


DAY OUT
2017 WINNER

Woof Stock Devon Website
2017 Dog Friendly Best Day Out Winner

Commendations

“This is an amazing day out organised by dogs for dogs. Everything for the whole family. Raises money for great animal charities. Absolutely fabulous”

“Attended Woofstock Uk in August and had the most fantastic day out. Was well organised spotlessly clean and loads of fun. Was a brilliant atmosphere full of like minded animal lovers. Will definitely return wherever it is”.

“Very well organised event for Dogs run by friendly and welcoming people in a beautiful location of Dartmouth south Devon. The event included dog shows a large number of dog stalls together with live music and side shows. It was the little touches that made this a great day out. Every dog received a welcome biscuit even the porta toilets had been decorated! I also hear it raised significant money for two charities. Looking forward to next years event”

“Best day out with all the family with our boy taking centre stage. He loved it and it was the best thing to see ever I love seeing my boy happy”


EMPLOYER
2017 WINNER

Agria Pet Insurance Aylesbury Website
2017 Dog Friendly Employer Winner

Commendations

“I use this company to insure my two dogs. I have had to make a claim with one dog which then led to further claims. They were very helpful when I needed to contact them regarding the claims. They were very prompt in their settlement. I would and have recommended them to other dog owners”.

“Friendly and very helpful every time I have called even when it has been with sad news of a death of a pet. Would recommend to all my friends with pets”.

“Agria always treated my family like we were the only customer. So understanding....”


CAFE / RESTAURANT
2017 WINNER

Café Country Ballymoney Website
2017 Dog Friendly Best Cafe / Restaurant Winner

Commendations

“This is a wonderful cafe which sits alongside the pet lifestyle store Pet & Country. It's a charming and modest little cafe which provides anyone who visits with the warmest of welcomes by a team who are all absolutely pet obsessed! Your pet will be spoiled and if you are obliging, photographed too for their moment of fame on their fabulous Instagram feed! My two dogs have visited often and are made such a lovely fuss over every time. The treats for both humans and dogs are very enticing and the coffee is super. The recent sunny weather has seen the cheery little outside area overflow with visitors - two-legged and four! It's a great spot to spend relaxing time together with your furry companions”.

“Great team great food my dogs were treated like royalty. Loved it!”

“Pet & Country is Northern Ireland's only pet lifestyle brand and Cafe Country is the charming little dog friendly cafe under the same roof. The Team at Pet & Country are extremely passionate about their dogs and a visit to our warm and welcoming store and cafe will make your dog feel very welcome indeed! There is a comfortable outdoor area to enjoy when the weather is good but both you and your dog are welcome to enjoy the indoor cafe too. Lots of yummy treats await on the menu home made sweets and savouries afternoon tea and a great selection of teas and coffees. This is a great place to socialise for both you and your dog”.


CAMPING / CARAVANNING
2017 WINNER

Blue Hills Touring Park Cornwall Tel: 01872552999 Website
2017 Dog Friendly Best Camping / Caravanning Winner

Commendations

“A lovely site. Lovely owners friendly and helpful. Lovely surrounding. Clean facilities and recycling on the site. Near to coastal path”.

“We have been here twice this summer and what a fantastic and welcoming site it is. Amazing for our 4 dogs with the paddock next to the site. We would not camp anywhere else”

“A great welcoming camping and caravanning site with a very dog-friendly attitude and lovely facilities including a large separate dog exercise/free play field, dog wash down area, water bowls, poo bins, great local information for dog owners and a very local all-year-around dog friendly beach. On the doorstep there are fantastic walks along the coastal path and the inland footpaths offer luscious scenic walks amongst the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

“Most beautiful location and so peaceful. Wonderful owners. Practically Perfect!”

“A small friendly campsite in a stunning location. Such an amazing choice of walks from your pitch including a short walk to a quiet dog friendly beach.”


GREAT OUTDOORS
2017 WINNER

South West Coast Path National Trail Cornwall Tel: 01752896237 Website
2017 Dog Friendly Best Great Outdoors Winner

Commendations

“I walked the entire path from Minehead to Poole during May and June this year. I did it in two 4 week stints with a weeks break inbetween. It was the most amazing and rewarding experience of my life and I absolutely loved it. It has inspired me to write a book of my experiences which I've never done before.I followed the SWCPA recommended itinerary and their guide book was my bible. It barely left my sight or my hands the whole time I was walking.”

“Wonderful place to be outstanding walking natural both beauty sea and country”

“In August I walked from Minehead Somerset to Sennen Cornwall. It took me almost a month and was the best thing I have ever done”.

All reviews courtesy of: FaceBook


GROOMERS
2017 WINNER

Short Bark and Sides Surrey Website
2017 Dog Friendly Groomers Winner

Commendations

Short Bark & Sides was opened in December 2016 already in this short time we are overwhelmed by the support we have received & all of our wonderful new doggy clients that we get to see so regularly. We pride ourselves on exceptionally high standards of grooming aswell as the welfare & happiness of every one of our four legged pals. Our customers have been fantastic & it is so lovely that we have received almost 60 5* reviews in 6months of trading ! We have also been featured in the local paper & been nominated retailer of the month for some of the wonderful products that we stock instore. Our salon is totally open plan with every stage of the grooming process on view to clients & passers by We are modern and fresh offering some fantastic spa treatments to add on to any pooches groom for an extra treat such as a mud bath ! Emma & Carriann (its just us!) could not be prouder & we really have become a hub for all things doggy in and around Worcesterpark. Onwards & upwards !! ”

“Great friendly service & my dog can't wait to get in there. He always looks amazing & the girls always cut to the length I've asked for. Very clean with lots of interesting different treats on sale too. Always a happy dog and owner when we visit short bark and sides. “

“Very good service used twice since but they opened and definitely going back when my border needs hand stripping again”


PET SHOPS
2017 WINNER

JP’s Pet Supplies Sunderland Website
2017 Dog Friendly Pet Shops Winner

Commendations

“At JP's Pet Supplies all customers (either 2 or 4 legged varieties) are giving a very warm welcome by the team. Over the years we have created an inviting shop literally stuffed full of doggy food treats and accessories. (It really has to be seen to be believed). We source unique products from many smaller suppliers - both helping to support the local economy and offering something a bit different to the Pet Retail Giants. We have become a must visit destination.”

“Best pet shop in Sunderland anything you want they have or will get you it big selection to choose from they the best top quality produce they deserve to win”.

“A very family friendly run business. You're always made to feel welcome and they offer great advice and service. Open 7 days a week and will deliver at short notice.”


SHOPS
2017 WINNER

Austin & Co Website
2017 Dog Friendly Shops Winner

Commendations

“We've been bringing our dogs to Austin & Co for many years and every time we receive a great welcome from not just the owner, but also from Nessa, the shop's resident dog. Water bowls and gravy bones are to hand but just knowing we can take our dogs in is enough for us. If only more shops were as welcoming.”

"A delightful independent card and stationery shop in Great Malvern.“

"Great independent stationary and greetings card shop that will allow you to take your dog in whilst shopping. Doesn't mind if a waggy tail disturbs the displays and offers gravy bones to well behaved dogs.“

"Always a bowl of water for the four legged shopper and the resident dog is very friendly!"

"Nessa, the Austin & Co dog is always happy to meet four-legged friends. Being allowed to look around with your pooch is a delight!“

"It is great to choose from the fantastic stationery and beautiful greetings cards with help from your furry friend."


SITTERS
2017 WINNER

Barking Mad National Website
2017 Dog Friendly Sitters Winner

Commendations

“We have used Barking Mad for a number of years and have never been disappointed. Each dog is an individual and they are placed according to their age”.

“Barking Mad provide luxury 1:1 home boarding for dogs door to door chauffer driven transportation for dogŸ??s going on their holidays travelling in their preferred position. They select the right home from home family who are carefully inspected and selected they are guaranteed to meet extremely high pet sitting standards furthermore all hosts are at home during the day to ensure care is always provided especially where puppies dogs on regular medication and senior citizens are concerned. This service is bespoke and all about you and your dog. Happy Dog. Happy Holiday. Happy You. 5***** Service!”

“The care and professionalism of Barking Mad means that we can go away with full peace of mind. We know that the other member of the family is being looked after as if she were at home. I would use any other organisation it is brilliant.”

“Excellent professional and friendly service. Have used their services over many years for all of my Labradors. My dogs have come back exceptionally happy and I have gone off on holiday with complete assurance their every need is met. I cannot recommend this service highly enough !”

“Always caring of their customer's needs. . The doggy guests!! They really find the best hosts to match each dog's requirements. All owner's worries are taken seriously. Even when their beloved pooch is not feeling too well or is getting on in years and needs that extra bit of support. . . They can't tell us but Barking Mad always listens to their owners. Even our own dear Jack Russell used to stay with them and he never ever complained.”

“Without exception Barking Mad have provided our family with a top quality service. We enjoy the odd progress report and usually cheeky photo and whichever host family cares for our dogs it is no matter; they still return home happy and well adjusted. “


TOWN / CITY
2017 WINNER

Melton Mowbray Leicestershire Website
2017 Dog Friendly Best Town / City Winner

Commendations

“Melton Mowbray has always been fond of pets but in 2017 this rural Leicestershire town has set out to become the UK’s number one pet friendly town transforming the lives of its residents through a variety of projects that bring pets and people together. Melton Borough Council and local business Mars Petcare have launched a range of initiatives to encourage pet friendly tourism improve the mental and physical health of the town through pets showing how pets can build stronger communities and helping pet owners to care for their furry friends in the best way. WeŸ??re really proud of the campaign and by entering the Dog Friendly awards we want to encourage more towns to become pet friendly. Some of the activities include: The PAW-Some Scheme which launched in June helping owners find out which local businesses are pet-friendly - or PAW-Some. Successful businesses will receive an official PAW-print sticker and be added to a new guide that will help pet owners find pet-friendly businesses in the town. Melton Country Park - Melton Country Park is now even more pet friendly with the installation of new exciting activity trails for both pets and owners to enjoy and increase their physical activity. The Melton Mowbray Pet School - since April the town has been giving local pet owners expert advice on how to keep their pets happy and healthy through evening seminars. Pet Ambassador Programme - Inspiring the next generation of responsible pet owners the programme will reach every primary school in Melton Mowbray. Children will explore four learning zones including Pets as Superheroes and Poo Corner and learn all about how to keep their pets happy and healthy. Pets as Therapy - Later in the year the initiative will see the benefits of pets brought to local residential care and nursing homes by taking Pets as Therapy volunteers and their pets to the residents.”

“I have had mental health issues for a long time and have suffered badly as a result. Melton Mowbray's services found me a flat and have helped me settle into to it well. The council help me when needed. I have for the first time in my life been able to remain stable for a year and independently in that flat. I have also got 2 dogs that are going to be assistance dogs. I have nether had an issue taking them into the shops in Melton Mowbray. They go into the super markets and even gift shops. Where I go they go. They have always been welcomed in kindly like a person. I used to need a lot of involvement from not only social services put the emergency services too. But now I have my flat I feel welcome to Melton Mowbray as a valued community member I have needed no out word support at all. My CPN occasionally sees me but just to check that it's all OK and it is only as a set appointment and not crisis. I have been granted new life my the people at the council by renting me this flat. They key to the flat is my key to new life. Without Melton Borough Council and all the friendly stores in the town I would have nothing and probably would have ended up in so such trouble. I haven't THANKS to Melton Mowbray.”


WALKERS
2017 WINNER

Bona-Fido Warwickshire Website
2017 Dog Friendly Walkers Winner

Commendations

“Bona Fido have offered us such support and care for our dog over and above what you could have expected from a dog walker we have had issues with health diet allergies and Pam has been even more help than our vet! She has helped us with diet advice and how to care for Bonnie naturally. Bona Fido has helped with her social skills after we rescued her she is now a happy Bonnie thank you to all they have done for her and us”

“We have used Bona Fido for 3yrs and they have never let us down. Pam and Chris offer a very professional service with love and attention to all the dogs in their care. During a difficult time when Barney became ill receiving a card from all is Bona Fido pals brought a smile when it was most needed. I would definitely recommend Bona Fido!”

“We initially found out about Bona-Fido from their well-presented and effectively branded website which immediately positioned them as a highly professional and accessible dog walking and pet care services business. The way they expressed their obvious understanding about the physical emotional and psychological needs of dogs put us at ease that they offered the expertise we were seeking. This feeling was confirmed after an introductory meeting with Pam… They take a real and wide-ranging interest in the pets in their care. For owners this offers invaluable peace of mind and I would thoroughly recommend Bona-Fido to anyone seeking a pet care service that really does put the pet’s whole needs at the centre of everything they do.”


EUROPE AREA / PLACE TO VISIT
2017 WINNER

Chartres France Website
2017 Dog Friendly Europe Place to visit Winner

Commendations

“Chartres has a large dog friendly park with river on one side and the town has special areas for dogs to use with bins/poo bag dispensers. Chartres is a lovely city to walk around with gardens good shops cafes and many interesting historical buildings - including the cathedral.”


EUROPE AREA / PLACE TO STAY
2017 WINNER

Hotel Meurice France Website
2017 Dog Friendly Europe Place To Stay Winner

LARGE ORGANISATION
2017 WINNER

Forest Holidays National Website
2017 Dog Friendly Best Large Organisation Winner

Commendations

“Last minute booking to a fabulous place. Loved the lodge, the hot tub and the area. Room service was prompt and food delicious. Forest retreat staff were helpful and we can't wait to go again”

“Just home after our Monday to Friday break in the Forest of Dean, On the plus side :- Great for dog owners! welcome treat in cabin on arrival, safe enclosed outside area for our dog, lots of paths from the cabin for our early morning and late night walk with a convenient poo bin”

“We had a lovely few days here in September this year. The actual property was spotless and beautiful. I could have lived there”.