Blog on a Dog was born out of frustration. I was searching for a dog friendly hotel for an overnight stay on a journey from Birmingham to Scotland. My search was either finding places that claimed to be dog friendly, but actually gave me the vibe of being only dog tolerant. Or I was finding sponsored reviews. Whilst I do enjoy these reviews and find them useful in some regards, what I was really searching for was an objective review from someone who had travelled with their dog and paid to stay there. I struggled to find this, so I decided to get travelling together with my dog, Audrey, and review everything dog friendly. You can find our very first review here
Our Blog on a Dog Promise:
- Unbiased, objective reviews.
- Total assurance that we will always disclose how much we paid.
- I promise to never accept complimentary meals or overnight stays etc in return for a review on this site.
- I resolve to only review places that provide somewhere for you to eat with your dog.
- Total commitment to only reviewing self-catering accommodation where you can sleep on the same level as your dog (ie. nowhere with a dogs only downstairs rule unless there is also a downstairs bedroom).
- There are plenty of other dog bloggers who mostly review in the South of England. Our focus areas will be the Cotswolds, the Lake District and Scotland. No doubt we will visit some places en route to these destinations too, which of course we will review.
- I will review anywhere that claims to be dog friendly; including hotels, self-catering accommodation, pubs, cafes, restaurants and attractions.
Our Blog on a Dog Pet Hates:
- Dog friendly places that turn out to be only dog tolerant.
- Paying £20 extra ‘dog charge’, and knowing I’ve still got the worst room.
- Feeling like a second rate guest, due to travelling with my dog.
- Dog friendly hotels who think it is acceptable for my dog to stay in my car whilst I eat.
- Seeing rave reviews only to see at the end “our stay was complimentary”. Consequently I now know it is not truly an objective review.
- Marketing that clearly shows photos of dogs on the furniture, yet on arrival being told there is a no dogs on furniture rule.
- When I can’t find a poop bin, so am left assuming they want me to take it home. This seriously does happen!
- Hotel marketing that proudly boasts they have 200 acres of grounds for us to roam, but then when we get there says Audrey must remain on the lead in the grounds, or worse still is not allowed in said 200 acres.
- When a hotel assures me that I can eat with Audrey, but then we end up in some random corridor all alone, with no service to be seen, and the breakfast buffet is 5 rooms away.
- Nowhere suitable for our last walk at night that is well lit.
It is our aim to provide useful, personal accounts of our experiences, thus helping out others who also wish to travel with their dog.