DogCast Radio
Home Episodes Articles Blog Breed profiles Book reviews Photos Contact

Love me love my dog

Do you have a favourite pet friendly business? If so you could nominate them for an award with The winners will be announced at The Ultimate Pet Show at the NEC in May. I've only just discovered The Ultimate Pet Show, and it looks like a great day out for pet lovers. If you think you have Britain's Most Talented Pet (doesn't have to be a dog) you can enter them into a competition. I'd love to see some Shire Horses entered into that one!

It's rare but lovely when your dog is welcomed into a shop or better still a cafe. I can remember when we visited Pistyll Rhaeadr, which is the highest waterfall in England & Wales. It was a cold day, and we really didn't fancy sitting outside. We opened the cafe door to enquire whether we could bring our dogs inside, only to be greeted by a huge St Bernard dog. It was evident this was indeed a dog friendly establishment, and we all enjoyed some refreshments and warmed up. It was marvelous.

We found a similarly friendly cafe at Brean Sands in Somerset. Just off the beach was a cafe with a lovely sheltered, covered area outside, and dogs were welcome in and outside the cafe. It's a wonderful feeling when your dog is welcome too, and I do get fed up with cafes that take a snotty attitude towards my dogs (who are clean and healthy- cleaner and healthier than some of the waiters and waitresses to go by the looks of them) but want me to spend money there. Good to see pet-friendly business getting some recognition. Awards 2009 – Celebrating Pet-Friendly Businesses offering the Best for your Pet is inviting every passionate pet owner to nominate his or her favourite pet-related business in order to help others.
In this tough financial climate there's never been a more important time for pet lovers to share information about pet experiences and help each other to find the best pet services possible.
As continues its commitment to the 'Year of the Rescue Pet', the Awards are a fun way of highlighting the fact there are numerous pet businesses out there that put pets before profit.
TV vet and co-founder of Marc Abraham said: "We hope the awareness raised by the Awards will help to reduce pet abandonment and increase rescue pet adoptions.
"Enter a business into the awards and help drive more business to those deserving pet-related businesses that proudly put ‘pet before profit’, offer great value-for-money and fantastic customer service. "
Voting is free and if your own personal favourite pet-friendly business isn’t yet listed on, then you can easily just add them! Awards 2009 will be presented at this year’s Ultimate Pet Show, 2-4 May at the Birmingham NEC. 2009 categories:

  • Favourite Pet Friendly Pub or Restaurant
  • Favourite Pet Friendly Hotel or B&B
  • Favourite Vet
  • Favourite Cattery
  • Favourite Dog Trainer
  • Favourite Groomer
  • Favourite Boarding Kennels
  • Favourite Pet Shop
  • Favourite Caravan Site or Holiday Park
  • Favourite Holiday Cottage
  • Favourite Dog Breeder
  • Favourite Cat Breeder
  • Favourite Dog walker/Pet sitter


268 - Crash tested dog car safety and dog inspired author

Just like us, our dogs need to be protected in the event of a collision of evasive manoevre in the car - but did you know that to be truly effective and safe car harnesses should be fully crash tested? We talk to the team inspired by experience to help keep dogs safe as they travel. Author Sue Kittow has experienced how dogs support us through tough times, and has turned her real life canines into characters in her touching novels.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.