Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Planning On Taking The Dog On Holiday

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We have not had a family holiday this year, as we were busy saving for our wedding, the eldest was sitting her GCSEs and the other half has had no time off work. We are hoping to maybe getaway later in the year and have been looking at booking a little UK mini-break so we can spend some quality family time together and so we can bring the dog with us. As a family with pets, we class our pets as part of the family and I love the idea of taking the dog away with us (the cat obviously wouldn't be too keen). 

Bob jack russell dog in the garden in sunshine lying down


Bob the dog has never been on holiday before as we normally holiday abroad, but I think he would really enjoy it and it would be an adventure for him and he would prefer it to being stuck in an unfamiliar Kennel. So I have been looking at UK staycations you can take your dog on and I was surprised at just how many options there were available, from caravan parks, camping, country cottages and even some city centre hotels offer dog-friendly accommodation for a small supplement. Taking your dog on holiday seems a lot more common and widely accepted then I first thought with so much choice available. 

dog in garden with S in the sunshine on the grass


We always want what is best for our pets and taking your dog on holiday is just an extension of that. We would be able to ensure he was getting regular walks, that he was well looked after and had all of his familiar things with him such as his bed and toys and his grain free dog food that helps keep his tummy happy and coat shiny. We changed to grain free dog food recently to help improve Bob's health as it is more natural and higher in protein, and along with regular walks and regular health checks at the vets is keeping him in good health. 

I think that taking him on holiday will be something that he (and we) really enjoy as he will get lots of attention without everyone being at work or school all day. If we visit the Northumberland or Yorkshire coast as planned then he will get long country walks running through fields and time at the beach splodging in the sea - which he really enjoys. It will also get us all outdoors more getting some exercise too enjoying family walks, which is something we rarely do at home. 

Bob the dog lying on the grass in the garden in summer time

Now we just have to find somewhere to head for our little staycation and keep our fingers tightly crossed for nice weather so we can get outdoors and enjoy our holiday. If you have taken your dog on holiday before and have any tips then be sure to let me know them in the comments below. 

This post is in conjunction with James Wellbeloved but all thoughts are my own. 



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  1. It is wonderful how many places are dog friendly now. I hope you get a break away this year x

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    1. Thank you Kim, it is nice to just have a night or two away to escape chores and cooking lol x

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  2. We don't have a dog but I have noticed many places we have visited around the UK have been really dog friendly. Hope you find somewhere suitable x

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    1. Thank you Tracey, so many places are dog friendly now aren't they its lovely x

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  3. We took our dog camping this year. He is very nervous around other people and dogs so it was hard work but it was great that he was outdoors all day. If he was a bit calmer I would consider taking him again but think he needed a quieter environment.

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    1. I have never been camping (the whole lack of a toilet/ shared toilets put me off) I bet he enjoyed being outdoors so much x

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  4. Camping with our dog was a DISASTER! He spent the night walking on our heads of woofing to the other dogs at the campsite who would then woof back lol

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    1. Oh no! I bet you were shattered the next day lol x

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  5. Ahh how nice that you're taking your dog on holiday - I think it's becoming a bit of a trend and I've noticed more holiday places being pet friendly.

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    1. I really do think it is becoming more normal now, which is great x

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  6. I hope you find somewhere to go for a proper family holiday. It's great you want to take the dog too.

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  7. We are looking at getting a dog next year so this will be us as well, and planning around holidays and taking a dog. Cats are not as complicated and can stay home

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    1. Our cat loves to stay home too, as long as people come and feed him he loves having the house to himself to do as he pleases x

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  8. Bob the Dog is very cute. I hope he enjoys a holiday with you, it's not fair that dogs should miss out!

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  9. Good to take your pet on holiday. The more the merrier!

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    1. Much cheaper then paying for dog sitters too and less stressful x

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  10. What a lovely dog you have, its a great choice James Wellbeloved food, we regularly use it and I have noticed my dog's coat looking great! Hope you manage to get away together

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  11. We keep thinking about taking our dog with us when we travel, we haven't so far for many different reasons. I think we might give it a go!

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    1. You should, so many places seem dog-friendly these days and it is a much easier option then arranging dog-sitters etc x

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  12. Ah he is a cutie. When we had a dog, we never took him on holiday. But I think it would've been nice.

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  13. Lovely to see more and more places are dog friendly these days

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    1. It really is, makes things easier too as the whole family can enjoy the fun x

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