Eight million hounds of Britain: your country needs you. August is the month to vote for Britain’s dog-friendliest gaffes and gizmos in the Kennel Club’s Open for Dogs Awards. There are six categories – see the list of previous winners below – and a brand new award as well, for canine capital of the UK. Unfortunately there isn’t a finest dog in the whole of Christendom category but I know I could count on your votes if there were.
So tell your bipeds who to vote for on your behalf by filling out the nomination form at www.openfordogs.org.uk. I know where I’m voting for – a town where the streets are lined with chicken bones, there are squirrels in every tree and I am served Chateaubriand most evenings, with chips on the side. Grr-huzzah!
The categories are:
- Somewhere to Stay
Previous winner: Low Nest Farm B&B in Cumbria, where they even provide us hounds with an agility course to keep us amused. Low Nest Farm, Naddle, Cumbria, Keswick, CA12 4TF Tel: 017687 72378; www.lownestfarm.co.uk
- Somewhere to Eat
Previous winner: Café Cree in Dumfries and Galloway is that rarest of things – a dog-friendly café. Why do so many caffs not let us in? Very annoying, especially if there are little humans in our pack who don’t want to go into pubs. Café Cree, 48 Victoria Street, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 6BW Tel: 01671 404203; www.cafecree.co.uk
- Somewhere to Drink
- Somewhere to Holiday
Previous winner: Helsbury Park in Cornwall. Helsbury Park has a back garden that is 100 acres wide and is access all areas to dogs. There’s even a huge picture of a dog on the opening page of their website so obviously we are preferred guests over humans. Helsbury Park, Camelford, Cornwall, PL32 9RH Tel: 01566 781753; www.helsburypark.co.uk
- Somewhere to Visit
Previous winner: Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary, Essex Horses – whaaaaat? Who voted for this? Remus Memorial Horses Sanctuary, Little Farm, Buttsbury Road, nr Inglestone, Essex, CM4 9NZ Tel: 01227 356191; www.remussanctuary.org
- Somewhere to Work