Many dogs really suffer in the extensive firework season around bonfire night and on New Year’s Eve – among many other occasions. Hamish never really overcame his fear but the dawning of the new millennium helped a little as he and the family went to the beach to witness all the celebrations, including a display. Lottie was pretty upset too when we first took her near a display. Murphy gets both angry and scared. When fireworks go on for days in November he often refuses his evening walk. Milo, an Airedale friend, famously chewed the fridge when home alone when fireworks were let off nearby. Safe to say fireworks are a problem for lots of dogs.
The Blue Cross has general advice for dog owners here. Another way to combat the worst of the November season is to take your best friend away to a quiet spot as respite from all the stress. DogPeople invited our customers to let us know if they might be able to help with this and here are some suggestions you might consider:
Orchard House, self catering in Powys. Diane told us “There are never any fireworks in the immediate vicinity so it’s always a quiet place to stay”. Although we can’t vouch for this we can confirm this as a very dog friendly holiday cottage. Hamish stayed in the autumn of 2008 – so just before the onset of bonfire night celebrations. The cottage was a joy and we found local places to eat and plenty of walking options from the door (details of a six mile walking route can be found here). The Elan Valley is an easy drive away too. Oh, and did we mention this is a “Top Dog” rated advertiser (click on gold rosette in their directory entry for details)?
Cutkive Wood Holiday Lodges, dog friendly holiday lodges in Cornwall. Another Top Dog advertiser. Hamish and the directors stopped by to meet Andy and Jackie between holiday destinations back in 2007. This is what they told us about fireworks at their peaceful country location a short distance from the Cornish coast: “We do not have any fireworks on-site and already have guests who have been coming here for years to escape the firework season”. If you are looking for tranquil break with your dog Cutkive Wood would be a good choice – and if you mention DogPeople when booking you could save up to 10% off the website price list.
Watermill Cottages, dog welcoming holiday cottages in Devon. These self catering cottages have a “Good Dog” rating (click on silver rosette for more information) are situated around a watermill just inland from Slapton. A great location for those wanting a peaceful ‘get away from it all’ break with their dog – or those with an interest in military history around the build up to D-Day. We are told: “We have a timid dog and have a no firework policy. We are quiet and remote so the perfect escape for dogs that need a peaceful break away over Bonfire night”… perfect indeed – a brilliant location with owners who understand timid dogs!
Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages, self-catering in South Wales. A choice of four dog friendly farm holiday cottages situated on an historic estate well away from populated areas. There’s a no fireworks policy on this Top Dog rated working farm.
Trecarne House, B&B in Cornwall. If you want a break from the cooking whilst saving your best friend from the stress of all those flashes and bangs this Top Dog bed and breakfast guest house might be worthy of a closer look. As well as breakfasts human guests can arrange evening meals – and dogs get their own welcome treat pack too. Trecarne House tell us “we are completely firework free and distant from other activity”. If you’d like to visit Cornwall this dog friendly B&B has all you need to ‘chill’ whilst others stress about the fireworks.
Old Rectory Cottages, self catering holiday cottages in Suffolk. A set of four one bedroom Top Dog rated cottages. Hamish stayed in one back in 2009 – see our DogPeople Says report in their directory entry. As far as fireworks go Keith told us “We operate a no firework policy and generally on the days around November 5th, it is quiet in the surrounding area”.
Flowery Dell Luxury Pine Lodges, Yorkshire. Thirteen of the holiday lodges / log cabins in this country site are dog friendly. All are equipped to a high standard and a stone’s throw from the woods. A short drive away from Richmond and The Yorkshire Dales National Park but with no houses really close, and with no fireworks allowed on site, this will be a welcome option to save your dogs distress in the ‘noisy’ season.
Bach Wen Holiday Cottages, self-catering accommodation in Gwynedd, North Wales. Hamish had a happy Christmas stay here in 2006. Since then the cottages have changed hands and have become even more dog friendly with addition of a residents’ bar where your dog will be welcome too. We know from our own experience the cottages are quite a way from the small town of Clynnog Fawr with nothing but miles of sea (and great sunsets) to the west. There’s a no fireworks policy for the cottages and whole site.
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