We are delighted to have our first International guests on our Pawfect Weekend interview series this week. English is not their first language, which makes this even more notable. Aurore is going to tell us about dog friendly Edinburgh, as well as including some tips for York and Italy!
It’s a funny story how we came to be friends: I (Sarah) was in Burr & Co in Edinburgh with some friends (without Audrey), and this gorgeous dog walked in with his Dad. I was quite new to Instagram at the time, but I said “I bet that dog is on Instagram!”. He was super stylish, with a gorgeous bowtie with matching collar and lead. (from Bramble and Friends). The next day, I was scrolling Instagram and who should pop up but Milou! He had been on his way to meet up with Harris of @theworldaccordingtoharris fame, who I follow. I recognised Milou instantly. The rest is history as they say. Despite the fact they’ve never actually met in real life(!), and don’t speak the same language(!), Audrey and Milou are now the best of friends.
If you want to keep up with the adventures of Milou you can follow him on instagram here
1) Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
We are Anthony, Aurore, and Milou, and we live in Corsica. Milou is a wire-haired fox terrier who is 1 year old and we have had since he was 14 weeks old. The reason we chose a wire-haired fox terrier was because his Dad loves the Adventures of Tintin, and Mom had only had rescue dogs before, never from puppy age so we wanted a puppy. We love the wire haired fox terrier style! He is so unique and so British! We can’t imagine our life without Milou now. We love hiking, and visiting rivers with him, it’s so much fun and he loves it! Sleeping with him is very peaceful.
2) What is your favourite dog friendly town or city in the UK?
We don’t live in a dog friendly city (Bastia). I can say that my favourite city in the UK is Edinburgh for many reasons. It’s always necessary to ask if Milou is accepted but in general it’s ok, especially in the stores! They love dogs! Restaurants accept them less often, but once you know the city there are a quite few restaurants and pubs who accept them! There is a lot of nature within and outside the city. We didn’t have time to do everything but it’s great for all the dogs!
3) Can you tell us about your Pawfect Weekend at home?
Our pawfect weekend at home, it’s a weekend of hike or trail! We have a lot of mountains and beaches, the sea and the mountains are very close to us in Corsica. We prefer a big walk on Saturday, and to rest in the city on Sunday. So, on Saturday we prepare our picnic and then we go to a trail, often in the little mountains. If the weather doesn’t allow, we do some shopping.
On Sunday we spend the morning at the market in our city Bastia. If it is sunny, we like to sit at the butchers and drink quietly some fruit juices and beer. In the afternoon we like to go for a leisurely stroll.
That’s our pawfect weekend at home!
4) Can you tell us about your Pawfect Weekend away from home?
4) Our Pawfect Weekend away from home would be in Edinburgh. We stayed at The Principal Hotel, Charlotte Square which is very dog friendly. It starts with lots of cuddles with Milou on waking up, followed by a good breakfast with salmon of course! Then, go pee and poo, and guess where….?! At the Parish Church of St.Cuthbert in Edinburgh! (Mom picks up the poop).
Just before our walk in Stockbridge, we have lunch at Burr & Co in George Street, they are very dog friendly! When we get to Stockbridge we buy some treats (chicken legs etc …) from Just Dogs. Nobody sells these in Corsica. Milou loves them so we stock up!
We continue our walk onto Dean Village, then return by the beautiful Circus Lane. If it’s Sunday we will have a wander through Stockbridge market! Sometimes we go back to the hotel by taxi. If we’re hungry, around 2pm, we eat a little sandwich followed by a nap! In the afternoon we took Milou on the big wheel at the Christmas Market.
In the evening we always go to dog friendly pubs!! (Greyfriars Bobby’s Bar, The Ensign Ewart, etc). We get our recommendations for dog friendly pubs and restaurants from this website: www.doggiepubs.org.uk. Afterwards, if it is not too late and not too busy we like to go to Arthur’s seat. I call it a Pawfect Weekend in Scotland !
Our Pawfect Weekend in Edinburgh was nearly ruined though! We had booked to stay at Dalhousie Castle, having stated there last year and loved it. We had told them we had a dog with us and they say they are dog friendly. Once we got there after 10 hours of travel they didn’t accept us because of Milou. (Sarah edited to add – There are actually several reviews on trip advisor that re-count similar experiences). It is a stunning place, that says dogs are welcome, but in fact they are not really. You have to stay away from the Castle, with no access to anything but your room.
5) What do you look for when you are choosing a place to go away to?
When we want to go somewhere together, the first thing that we look for is a hotel that accepts dogs of course! But also that’s close to nature even if it’s in town. We try to go everywhere together, to find good restaurants where all three of us are accepted. Otherwise Milou stays at the hotel to rest after his big day!
6) Do you have any top tips for travelling with your dog?
Our top tip for traveling with Milou is more treats of course! And find grass or a little greenery for Milou to poop and pee. Otherwise it can take hours…!
7) Items you would never travel without?
- Water bowl
- Seat belt harness
- Milou’s Passport
- Dental sticks
- So many toys
- Poop bags
- Medicine for diarrhea
- And moustache brush!
- We buy fish and meat for Milou at our destination.
8) Any other dog friendly gems or fabulous adventures you would like to tell us about?
Among our fabulous adventures we remembered that the city of Firenze is very dog friendly! It’s not like in France or Corsica, everyone loves dogs! We didn’t have a denial in any restaurant or store that we went in. We ate in a superb hotel restaurant (Villa Cora) which had a super bed for Milou with a toy and a nice bowl of water. Go there! You’ll not be disappointed!
To talk about the UK again, we also loved York. So many dog friendly pubs! We went to the Red lion, Golden lion, the Punch Bowl and many more.
As you can see Milou gets to travel in style with Aurore and Anthony! We are thrilled they have shared their valuable experiences in dog friendly Edinburgh with Blog On A Dog.
Remember to follow Milou on Instagram so you can keep up with his adventures. They are quite the travellers and lucky pup Milou always gets to tag along! In case you missed last weeks Pawfect Weekend interview with Vee and Bear you can find it here. Thanks for reading!