Dog friendly cottages
For pets & their people
Dogpeople Limited is a small company, our operations produce very low environmental impact but our size restricts the non-business positive contributions we can make. None-the-less we try hard to minimise our negative impact and to make positive contributions to society beyond our immediate aim of promoting responsible dog ownership.
Our business is solely devoted to development and maintenance of this website and related activity. It runs from a small office space utilising information technology equipment. Most of our operations rely on electronic and postal communication but we do travel to visit dog friendly leisure customers, record dog friendly walks (see our Walks Directory), to market our services and otherwise meet stakeholders. Because we service customers and visitors across the whole of the UK some of our journeys can be quite significant.
The directors are keen to use our limited influence and spare resources to promote dog (and other animal) welfare, responsible dog ownership and support some more general ‘people’ causes.
Company policy is to strive to improve responsible dog ownership – especially in the holiday sector. During 2008 we launched our own Dog Friendly Rating System. This was designed to help advertisers provide more of what dog owners might need on holiday or a day out – especially to help guests remain responsible if something important was inadvertently left at home (food, scoop bags, lead etc.). We hope the initiative also helps draw attention to what dog owning visitors might do to behave responsibly.
We have worked with other stakeholders to promote responsible ownership and dog welfare. In so doing we have challenged others’ policies, provided our perspective on a positive way forward and publicised progress through our News Updates and E-Newsletters.
Hamish was a big cricket fan – well he liked cricket balls, the type of people he met at cricket clubs and cricket teas! He watched games quite intensely at times – but probably only when he thought the ball might come his way. The directors too like the game, one played regularly. Lottie is happy to go to watch but is less interested in balls; her focus is on the director if he's playing or umpiring. Because of this strong connection with cricket we are happy to try and help out (as do the directors personally).
Whitstable Cricket Club - was a second home for one of the directors for many years starting with watching his dad play, then an introduction to playing cricket in the 1960s. His first adult game for the club was in that decade too; his most recent in 2013. The Club provided many an opportunity beyond playing cricket with an informal youth club in the 1970s and development of a variety skills and a work ethic by serving on various committees and work parties. The Club is now among the most successful in Kent with both the 1XI and 2XI played in The Kent League Premier Division in 2013. The 3XI is progressing up The Kent Regional Cricket League. Young cricketers are well provided for from 'beginners' via a thriving 'Quick Cricket' set up on Saturday mornings at the Club's Belmont home and very competitive Colts teams (for girls as well as boys). The directors and Lottie enjoyed watching many games in 2012; if you're in Whitstable on a match day it will be worth spending a bit of time watching a game - there's no charge and well behaved dogs are welcome on leads in the ground. The directors are delighted Dogpeople Limited is among the Club's sponsors for 2013.
Leeds and Broomfield CC – one of the directors played here for several seasons (after he became too old to be selected at Whitstable CC), was a committee member and Club Captain in 2007. The Club has a strong youth section. It has a long term project to raise funds for young player development. To contribute towards this the company devised and ran a sponsored walking event in 2006. Much to the credit of a few L&BCC members the event raised a four figure sum.
Boughton under Blean CC – one of the directors has an even longer connection with this village club. Hamish loved opportunity to wander around its picturesque ground. A delight Lottie has adopted when she has the chance. Hamish discovered many balls lost to human senses (a skill not yet developed by Lottie). The company sponsored the Club’s website stats package. The company provides free directory adverts for two of the club's other dog friendly sponsors. Sponsored Walk 6 June 2009 - we are delighted to have helped BuBCC by organising this event, devising and recording routes, printing walking instructions, staffing 'check in' and providing the focus for other participants. Support from The Kent Pet Airedale Club and other dog walkers was very welcome. We, and the Club, are pleased the event raised nearly a thousand pounds.
The company is happy to try and help other good causes.
John O’Groats to Land’s End cycle – an intrepid band, known as The Biking Turtles, cycled the length of the UK in May 2009 to raise funds for Demelza House Children’s Hospice and Preston Skreens Care Centre (for children with severe learning difficulties). All the participants – both cyclists and support driver – were colleagues of the directors in a former working life. Both the company and directors personally sponsored this initiative. The company gave it publicity and hope some of our site visitors and E-Newsletter subscribers pledged funds for these two very worthwhile children’s charities. We are delighted to report the 'Turtles' raised an amazing £8,000 - deep respect!
From June 2012 the company is proud to publicise the work of Hounds for Heroes. A charity recommended to us by the directors' cousin Marilyn following a bequest to the charity from her husband Ian's estate. The charity was formed after a dog changed the founder's life (very much for the better!) and now strives to train dogs to help other injured and disabled armed services personnel and members of the civilian emergency services.