Hello there, my name is Dexter and as you may have spotted, I only have three legs. Being a tripawd doesn’t stop me from doing anything my four-legged friends can, though. My motto is: life on three paws can be just as much fun as life on four!
I’m a rescue dog who owns two humans and I live in Dunstable, Bedfordshire. I had my right hind leg amputated in January 2012 after a complicated cruciate injury but it hasn’t stopped me enjoying my life to the full. I take my pawrents for a walk in the countryside every day as I’m not too good in urban environments due to being extremely noisy when on my lead. I may look very cute but, like all Schnauzers, I have an extremely deep growling bark and I make up for my missing leg with extra ‘talking’.
Once a year I take my pawrents on a dog friendly holiday where I always make everyone aware I’ve arrived! I am very proud of my fame as ‘The Beast of Bakewell’ and ‘The Werewolf of Wells’.
It’s my home turf I’m on today, though… dog-friendly Dunstable. Luckily there are some excellent rural dog walks near my home – my favourites are Ashridge Estate, Totternhoe Knolls and the Dunstable Downs. Dunstable Downs is a particular favourite as it has a great visitor centre which Mum says does amazing cakes and snacks.
- Ashridge Estate (National Trust), Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LX Tel: 01442 851227; www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate/things-to-see-and-do/dog-walking/
- A large forested area, particularly beautiful in bluebell season and in autumn, with a gift shop and café.
- Totternhoe Knolls, Totternhoe, near Dunstable, Bedfordshire – there are several good walks, both flat and hilly.
- Dunstable Downs (National Trust), Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2GY Tel: 01582 500920; www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstable-downs-chilterns-gateway-and-whipsnade-estate
- Amazing views across three counties and there’s a visitor centre with a café, shop and toilets – car parking charge of £2.50.
As I am partial to a pint or two I can often be found enjoying a drink in one of my local dog friendly country pubs – pawfect for a visit after a walk. I’ve listed some of my favourites below – I get extra attention due to my three-legged status which, of course, I milk shamelessly!
- Cross Keys, Castle Hill Road, Totternhoe, Dunstable, LU6 2DA Tel: 01525 220434
- Olde-worlde country pub with a selection of real ales and food including Sunday lunch – there’s a big garden with trees at the bottom where dogs on leads are welcome, as well as inside the small bar.
- Five Bells at Stanbridge, Leighton Buzzard, Beds, LU7 9JF Tel: 01525 210224; www.fivebellsstanbridge.co.uk
- Large pub with good selection of food and drink and BBQs in the summer – dogs are welcome in the garden and bar.
- The Swan, Leighton Road, Northall, LU6 2EY Tel: 01525 220444
- Good value food and drink in this pub with a garden, a large patio area and function bar – dogs welcomed throughout.
I’m also a regular visitor to the HULA Rescue Home near Woburn where dogs are always welcome to visit with their owners – I go to the monthly Open Days for dog treats, games and extra fuss. At the Fun Dog Show in May I even won a rosette in the ‘Best Six Legs’ category along with my friend Tyco, a three-legged Lurcher!
- Check out www.hularescue.org and, for more information on Tripawds like me, log on to https://www.facebook.com/groups/tripawdsuk/