Stopping off for a couple of pints while out for a nice walk with the dog is one of life’s little pleasures, so it is no surprise that dog-friendly pubs are becoming more and more popular in the UK. A survey conducted by DogBuddy.com – the online dog-sitting platform – has found that 64% of dog owners research dog-friendly pubs before paying them a visit, which makes sense considering 38% say that they have left or been asked to leave a pub due to a no-dog policy.
But for those establishments who do welcome our four-legged friends, DogBuddy has decided to show some appreciation and, for the second year now, have awarded pubs up and down the country with regional titles leading to a national winner. The initial vote is open to the public with the final decision of overall winner being left to a panel of experts from the RSPCA, Snuffle Dog Beer, The Morning Advertiser, Your Dog magazine, and Richard Setterwall, founder of DogBuddy.com.
Well, today that winner was crowned, and the honour has been bestowed upon the Fox & Hounds in Theale. The general manager, Jayne Tilsley, is said to be delighted with the award and emphasised the how much she and other staff members enjoy the company of a good pub dog – with or without their owner. She told The Morning Advertiser “Our neighbour’s dog, Lord Dobbington of Sunnyside, regularly brings himself to the pub for a solo visit.” Which I think is officially the best quote I have ever seen in print.
For their triumph the Fox & Hounds will receive a DogBuddy “Dog-friendly Pub” national winner plaque and trophy, as well as a year’s supply of dog treats, delivered directly to the pub, which I’m sure Lord Dobbington and friends will appreciate immensely.
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