Our guests this week are the fabulous duo Finn and Ted, with their owners Caitlynn and Andy. They tell us about their favourite dog friendly places in East Lothian, as well as plans for an epic adventure in the next few weeks! Keen eyed readers of this blog and/or Audrey’s instagram page will have spotted Caitlynns’ name pop up before. Any photos of Audrey and me on this blog are by Caitlynn, we love them and and are very appreciative to have her photographic talents showcased on Blog On A Dog.
1) Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
We are Finn and Ted and we are owned by our humans, Caitlynn and Andy (often spending time with Caitlynn’s parents as they love us dearly!). My name is Finn and I’m a black labrador, 3 nearly 4 years of age (it’s my birthday soon!) and I was a graduation present for Caitlynn when she graduated as a Veterinary Nurse. My cheeky little brother is Ted, he’s a working cocker spaniel and is 2 years of age. Ted joined us after we lost Diesel and Joe (lab and spaniel again!) and we have also become an inseparable pair.
Caitlynn is actually our own personal photographer – she is the one who makes us look so good in the photos! She has a part time business taking other pets photos too (it’s okay, we allow her to every now and then!). Her page is @cneilpetphotos on Instagram and Caitlynn Neil Pet Photos on Facebook. If you ever meet her, her pockets are always full of dog biscuits! (Audrey can vouch for that).
We split time between Edinburgh, Scotland and East Lothian and we all love the mix of city and country living. East Lothian is very much a favourite place to explore and we are working hard to explore as many places as possible with the humans.
2) What is your favourite dog friendly town or city in the UK?
Edinburgh has a huge ever growing selection of dog friendly places to eat/drink/visit and we have to say we are so lucky to live here. The Dugsnpubs website is a great place to visit to explore the options! We are delighted that dogs are becoming more accepted and the humans can often take us with them much to our delight! We have been told to visit ‘The Auld House‘ in Edinburgh as apparently they do the best nachos in town!
Last week, Aurore with Milou also told us that her favourite dog friendly place is Edinburgh. Two recommendations in two weeks, Edinburgh must be doing something right!
3) Can you tell us about your Pawfect Weekend at home?
Our pawfect weekend at home tends to find us on one of two firm favourite walks…Tyninghame or the John Muir Country Park. Both can be found a short distance from Dunbar, East Lothian. These two walks are a mix of woodland, open spaces and beach – our ideal! If any of you follow us on Instagram and watch our stories (where we often let you into secrets!) you will know that neither of us can resist water especially muddy puddles! The weekends allow us and the humans to disappear for miles on end walking and exploring (often stopping for photos of course!)
Our Tyninghame walk usually ends with a visit to the local cafe, the Tyninghame Smithy. This place is dog friendly outside but inside has some fantastic home made food and lots of odds and ends decorated about the place to purchase – oh and don’t forget the fire to keep you cosy on a cold day. As it’s Scotland, you can never depend on the weather but when it’s dry we sit outside with the humans usually we are sporting our Equafleeces to dry off after the walk. The Smithy provide tartan blankets to keep the humans cosy if needed, they also have a sneaky jar of dog treats (yum!) The humans can’t resist the hot chocolate from the Smithy with all the trimmings!
4) Can you tell us about your Pawfect Weekend away from home?
Our Pawfect Weekend away from home is actually going to have to be something we share with you shortly! We have a Scottish road trip planned in about 3 weeks, more details to follow!
5) What do you look for when you are choosing a place to go away to?
When we go away, the humans are generally looking for a place that has plenty of outdoor opportunities to explore and if its picturesque thats a bonus! We both love a good run about and a swim if we are allowed to (or not!). Dog friendly places are constantly popping up and we have so many to explore.
6) Do you have any top tips for travelling with your dog?
We tend to travel about in the humans pick up truck where we each have our own crate in the back which has a big comfy blanket in it and usually our favourite toys (duck and pheasant!) Oh and don’t forget a Kong to keep us amused. We love travelling in the car, if the humans are out in the garden and they open up the back of the pick up, you can usually find us in there snuggled up, Ted often sneaks into the same bed as Finn.
7) Items you would never travel without?
The humans can never leave the house without the basics – leads, poop bags, treats and a ball. However, the camera is usually never forgotten and we both know when its out, camera = biscuits! Our favourite leads currently are our Dapper Maximus Designs slip leads customised with our names on the handles hehe!
8) Any other dog friendly gems or fabulous adventures you would like to tell us about?
Watch this space for our Scottish Roadtrip – coming soon!
Thanks to Caitlynn and the boys for joining us on Pawfect Weekend. In just a few weeks they are going on an epic road trip, the famous NC500 route in Scotland. I’m delighted to say that Caitlynn is going to do a guest blog for us here on Blog on A Dog – I promise you it willl be one to keep an eye out for! Definitely follow the boys on instagram, here to keep up to date with their trip.
Please get in touch if you would like to be our guests on Pawfect Weekend – firstname.lastname@example.org.