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I'm Shelley and I run Pads n' Pets, Pet Sitting, Dog Walking & Home Security Services in Leeds.

 

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By PadsnPets, Jun 9 2014 08:30AM

As a family we recently went to the East Coast for a holiday and for the first time we took our dog, Lola, with us. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the best of weather but to my surprise we had our pickings of lots of doggy friendly places to visit and eat in.


We decided to visit Whitby for the day and the dog enjoyed a lovely walk around the Abbey, along with seeing the enactment of the Monks walk, which was fab. What was a bit disappointing was that the Abbey café only allowed assistance dogs inside, so we were unable to get a cuppa after being in the drizzle all afternoon, so we had to head back into Whitby town centre for lunch.


Here, lots of shops had fresh water bowls outside for the dogs, which was great and lots of cafes, restaurants, pubs and even shops would let her in, which was also great for us, especially as we were desperate to avoid the rain for a bit!


Eventually, we opted for the Humble Pie ‘n’ Mash which is a lovely, small shop, selling the most gorgeous steak and ale pie I’ve ever had in my life! All their pies are made using delicious, locally sourced ingredients and can be served with mash, peas and delicious gravy. I would highly recommend this place if you are in Whitby.


During our holiday, we also visited The Cottage Pub in Hunmanby, a large village not far from Filey, this lovely traditional pub has a dedicated doggy friendly area and also sells fabulous food, but do call to reserve a table, as it does get full very quickly!


So, if you are taking a trip to the East Coast and you want to take your dog with you, you will have plenty of choices, as lots of places now cater for you and your dogs.


Do let us know of any dog friendly places you have visited on the Yorkshire Coast, we’d love to hear about them.


Shelley & Lola


By PadsnPets, Jun 5 2014 10:18AM

So, I’ve been living with my new family for over a month now and, so far, so good!


They seem to be a really nice bunch; even the two small people like to play with me… I cannot say the same for the cat – not sure I’m on his Christmas card list just yet!


I had to stay in the house for 2 weeks when I got here, until all my injections had worked, but I was allowed in the garden and I chased the cat around a few times, which I think I enjoyed far more than he did!


Then, the great day came when I had my final injection and I was allowed out into the big wide world… Well, what a lot of things there are to see and do, when you’ve never been outside properly before!


First we went for a little walk near the house, to get me used to walking outside on the lead, but you’d be amazed how many things there are to sniff, right on your doorstep! To be honest I was a bit scared, still am a bit!!


At the weekend we went out in the car, which, by the way, is perfect snoozing time while you get to where you are going. When we arrived, everyone had fish and chips (I had a little taster myself – very nice too!) and we watched some huge metal birds taking off into the sky – think they call them planes!


After that we found a lovely doggy friendly café called Cockpit Farm Tearooms in Otley, where even I was allowed inside for a doggy treat!


This lot likes to go out, which is great because, since then, I’ve been to school with the small people, to the park, a pub, and even to the shops! Luckily my mum is a dog walker so I get to take lots of walks with other nice doggies too.


So, all in all, a very nice first month in my new house! I think I might keep hold of this lot, although the cat might end up on eBay if he doesn’t chill out a bit!


Woof Woof!


Pedro

By PadsnPets, May 27 2014 03:45PM

Right then, time for a bit of fun…


I think this dog walking and pet sitting must be going to our heads, we have been trying to think of songs with the word ‘DOG’ in the title. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?? We were a bit cocky and thought we would be able to come up with loads, but I think we’ve just about managed to scrape 10 dog songs together!


Can you do any better, feel free to comment below with any dog songs you can think of, hope you can do better than us…


1) Hound Dog – Elvis

2) Doggy Dog World – Snoop Doggy Dog

3) Walking The Dog – The Rolling Stones

4) I Love My Dog – Cat Stevens

5) Black Dog – Led Zeppelin

6) Jealous Dogs – The Pretenders

7) Who Let The Dogs Out –

8) Dog Eat Dog – Adam & The Ants

9) Me & You & A Dog Named Blue – Lobo

10) (How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window - Patti Page


Couple of tenuous ones (about dogs, but not in the title!)…


Get Down Shep – John Noakes/Barron Knights (Blue Peter)

Puppy Love – Donny Osmond


Your turn…


By PadsnPets, Apr 17 2014 10:50AM

Having just come back from a short break in Spain, I couldn’t wait to tell you about some of the funny, cute and mainly bonkers doggy sights I have seen! If you have ever been to Spain, I’m sure you will know the Spanish ladies (and even some of the men) have a major passion for little dogs!


Not a day went by, where I didn’t see the cutest little pooches being walked, carried or even pushed along the promenade.


Chihuahuas appeared to be the favourite, but other popular breeds included Yorkies, Lhasa Apso, Pomeranians, Maltese, King Charles, Westies and Dachshunds.


In fact, I was quite amazed at the lack of large dogs I saw, if any at all!


Some of my favourite Spanish doggy sightings included:


- The lady with 2 Lhasa Apso’s dressed in Real Madrid football kits!


- The tendency for Spanish ladies to push their dogs along in what I can only describe as custom made pushchairs.


- The family with the matching outfits, including the dog!


- Some of the most amazing doggy hairstyles I have ever seen, seriously we're talking the just stepped out of a Salon look, Cheryl Cole eat your heart out!


- The very smartly dressed, older Spanish gentleman walking the cutest Yorkshire Terrier, dressed head to to paw in Pink, including the hair bobbles. Plus, I think I even saw a Swarovski crystal thrown in for good measure.


It got to the point where it was more noticeable if you had a dog that wasn’t wearing the latest accessories.


So if you like to put the odd accessories on your pet pooch, you’ve got a long way to go before you’re in the Spanish pampered pooch league!

By PadsnPets, Apr 3 2014 11:38PM

When I bought my dog, Lola, I decided to take her to puppy class to let her socialise with other dogs and learn a few basics. I enrolled with a local dog-training group for an 8-week course, which came highly recommended by a friend.


On the first week we were asked to go to the class alone and leave our dogs at home so we could enrol etc. There were 10 people who had enrolled on the class and we all got chatting, getting to know each other and talking about some of the things our dogs had been getting up to. It was a good way to break the ice, without us being distracted by our beloved pets.


As you would expect, we talked about anything and everything canine, from the different types of collars and leads to the best treats and toys out there, it was great to talk to others in the same situation as me. After a while the instructor moved on to talking about crating our dogs which, I know, can be a controversial subject amongst some. Most people in the group, including myself, said they were happy to use a crate with their dogs and could see the massive benefits for both the owner and the dogs. However, there was one couple that seemed to be having a disagreement. The instructor asked them why.


This particular couple had rescued their dog, Ronnie, from the Dogs Trust. The lady had taken a number of weeks holiday from work to help the dog settle in at home and she felt he was doing well, without using a crate, so she decided to go back to work on a part time basis so as not to leave the dog too long on his own. One day the couple had gone to work, and their daughter came home at 12 noon for lunch, as usual, and the dog and the house were fine. Her daughter then went back to work at 1pm. When the lady returned home 55 minutes later, unfortunately, this was not the case anymore. Ronnie the dog had decided to do a bit of DIY and take the gas fire in the front room completely to pieces, all the individual coals had been taken out and even the gold edging had been removed and left all over the living room!!! I may be wrong but I don’t think she was expecting that?!


As a group our faces must have been a picture, the instructor didn’t know what to say and luckily the couple were laughing about it. Finally the instructor asked, ‘what have you done about the fire now’ to which the man replied, ‘we are waiting for him to put it back together again!’


I’m pretty sure we all thought our dogs had the tendency to be mischievous but nothing topped this, not even the instructor had heard anything like it before. It certainly made for an interesting first session!


I wonder if they have since changed their minds about using a crate?


So over to you guys, we’d love to hear your thoughts, to crate or not to crate?


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