This weeks guests for our Pawfect Weekend series are the fabulous Vee and her pup, Bear. Bear is so clever that he has answered the questions himself! Carry on reading to find out some dog friendly recommendations in Dorset, and read about all the countries that these two have explored together. They are very experienced travellers (sleeper train – no problem!), we are very lucky to have them sharing their expertise here on Blog On A Dog. Thank you Vee and Bear!
1) Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
We are Vee and Bear. Vee is a 40 something with her head stuck in outdoor adventure. I’m an 8 year old welsh terrier that keeps Vee fit, happy and loved. Very important job. Our home is in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, otherwise known as the Garden of England.
2) What is your favourite dog friendly town or city in the UK?
We don’t have one because there are so many. We are so lucky with how the UK are embracing the nations love of the dog and opening up great possibilities to keep our dogs close to the heart of the family.
3) Can you tell us about your Pawfect Weekend at home?
At the weekends, Vee puts a plan together and runs it past me for any amendments and a paw stamp of approval. There will always be a big walk in the countryside where I can be off lead and usually a pub or sometimes two. My favourite weekends are when I have Vee all to myself and we have fun, potter around home and then cuddles by the fire.
4) How about your Pawfect Weekend away from home?
We have just come back from a pretty pawfect mini break weekend so let me tell you about that! We went to the Acorn Inn, Evershot in Dorset. On the way there we stopped in Studland for a run on the beach, a walk out to Old Harry’s Rock (National Trust trail guidelines here) and a pub lunch at the Bankes Inn so everything was off to a fabulous start. When we arrived at the Acorn, it was pawfect. I was welcome everywhere in the pub – the bar, restaurant and guest lounge – and waiting in our room was a bowl, a towel and homemade treats. I could join Vee at breakfast for my sausage and slice of toast and could have gone to dinner too but because I was so tired after busy days I stayed in the room recharging my batteries.
There were amazing walks right off the pub doorstep as well as interesting places to visit within a short drive, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door no less! There was a hose outside to wash me off and a big fire in the guest lounge to dry off in front of. Both Vee and I loved the weekend so much!
5) What do you look for when you are choosing a place to go away to?
Usually, it’s a place Vee puts on her list and then I decide that we should go there next! We both love the sea so most trips do have beaches and boats but also we love open countryside, pretty villages, cosy pubs……. and walks from the doorstep so that there isn’t always a car journey.
6) Do you have any top tips for travelling with your dog?
Vee is very good at planning the travel and that means the trip isn’t stressful. After a maximum of three hours of driving, if it’s a long trip, we have a break and a run somewhere. For example, Vee uses the National Trust to plan many stops as they usually have a walk, a cafe and clean facilities. It’s a little harder when abroad but research before setting off is key. No one likes a bored, frustrated dog either in the car or upon arrival at a destination. And no one likes a Vee suffering from hanger (anger and hunger at the same time)!
7) Items you would never travel without?
Well Vee of course! Vee says always take a water bottle for me, the kind where you pour the water in to the lid and then back into the bottle if it isn’t drunk. These are great for train travel for example. Also a cosy fleece blanket and a towel. I have a travel towel (similar to this one from The Dog Edit), it’s light and super absorbent. Food is important too, my travel food and lots of snacks for both of us! Oh and a pack of wet wipes.
8)Any other dog friendly gems or fabulous adventures you would like to tell us about?
We have had some amazing adventures; a tour of the Hebrides, Orkney, Amsterdam, Oslo, the Norwegian Fjords, Lofoten Islands, Tuscany, the Isles of Scilly, Brittany, Wales, Norfolk, Skye, the Scottish Highlands and more……. each has been amazing but a favourite time was when we hiked over a mountain to get to a secluded, stunning beach on one of the Lofoten Islands. We shared snacks on the beach and I chased my ball on a rope uninterrupted for a whole afternoon.