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Which area of the UK is the pet-friendliest? gave out their Pet Friendly awards at the Ultimate Pet Show at the weekend. One of the surprise findings of the awards is that the West Midlands is the pet friendliest area in the UK. No surprise to us Midlanders of course, we already knew we're a friendly bunch! Good to know there are so many venues that welcome your dog. Hope they all get lots more dog owning customers now.

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West Midlands is officially the most pet-friendly place in the UK!

In this animal-loving nation of ours it seems there is one place in particular which attracts the most pet-friendly attitudes. Awards 2009 have revealed the most pet-owners rate the West Midlands as the best place in the UK to own a pet after thousands of pet-owners were invited to vote for their favourite pet-friendly businesses. Awards were completely free to enter with hundreds of different pet-related businesses and passionate pet-owners taking part nationwide, but almost half of all winners are based in the West Midlands including the favourite Pet Shop, Vets, Pet-friendly Pub/Restaurant, Pet Sitter, Cat Breeder and Canine Hydrotherapy Centre.

Full list of results:
Favourite Pet Friendly Hotel or B&B: Little John Inn, Hathersage, Derbyshire.
Favourite Cattery: Broadlands Cattery, Lincolnshire.
Favourite Dog Trainer: Canine Communications, Hampshire.
Favourite Groomer: Give a Dog a Comb, Hampshire.
Favourite Boarding Kennels: Ridge Hill Kennels & Cattery, Taporley, Cheshire.
Favourite Pet Shop: Doolittles Pets and Aquatics, Wolverhampton, West Midlands.
Favourite Pet Friendly Pub or Restaurant: The Why Not Inn, Halesowen, West Midlands.
Favourite Caravan Site or Holiday Park: Pitton Cross, Swansea.
Favourite Vet: Rosewood Animal Hospital, Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Mark Cash
Favourite Holiday Cottage: Coquet Cottages, Northumberland.
Favourite Dog Breeder: Foxypoms, Northwich, Cheshire.
Favourite Cat Breeder: Exotiquesamour, West Midlands.
Favourite Dog walker: Animal Magic, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Favourite Pet-sitter: The Pet Minder, Dudley, West Midlands.
Favourite Canine Hydrotherapy Centre: Woof and Water, Smethick, West Midlands.  
Favourite Pet Portrait Painter: Petographer, Whitton, Middlesex.
TV vet and co-founder of Marc Abraham said: "We hope the awareness raised by the Awards will help highlight those deserving pet-related businesses that proudly put ‘pet before profit’, offer great value-for-money and fantastic customer service. This will in turn keep Britain owning pets forever as well as reduce pet abandonment and increase rescue pet adoption.” Awards 2009 were presented on 4 May at this year’s Ultimate Pet Show at the Birmingham NEC.

To find out more about’s ‘Year of the Rescue Pet’, 10 Top Money Saving Tips to help you and your pet through credit crunch, or to find or add pet services in your area, visit today. is more than just another social networking site; it aims to revolutionise the global pet industry. The website allows pet owners to find the best for the pet through sharing and rating their own experiences of pet-friendly hotels, pubs, vets and other services.

ThePet.Net has already been championed by Parliament in an Early Day Motion as well as receiving a massive amount of industry support from organisations including The Kennel Club, Feline Advisory Bureau, Pet Care Trust, Company of Animals and Our Dogs newspaper.

Marc Abraham, probably better known as ‘Marc the Vet’, is a charismatic and passionate pet expert who frequently appears in the media. He is regularly a guest on British prime-time television programmes such as The Paul O’Grady Show, It’s Me or The Dog, Animal Rescue Live as well as the BBC Breakfast and ITN News.  Marc is a practicing vet in Brighton and was recently awarded the national veterinary industry’s prestigious ‘Special Recognition Award’ as the UK’s favourite vet, voted for by the public. Marc is also now the veterinary advisor to The Kennel Club.

Andrew Seel has been working in the web industry since the early days of the internet. A social networking expert, he owns an award-winning social media agency Qube Media and has worked on campaigns for organisations as varied as Sony BMG, Electronic Arts, Learning & Skills Council and Channel 4. Andrew is also a Director of the Feline Advisory Bureau and owns a beautiful dog called Luka.


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