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Do you have a favourite pet friendly business? If so you could nominate them for an award with ThePet.net. 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.

ThePet.net Awards 2009 – Celebrating Pet-Friendly Businesses offering the Best for your Pet
 
ThePet.net 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 ThePet.net 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 ThePet.net 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 ThePet.net, then you can easily just add them!
ThePet.net Awards 2009 will be presented at this year’s Ultimate Pet Show, 2-4 May at the Birmingham NEC.
 
ThePet.net 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

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