When it comes to enjoying a day out with our four-legged little friend it can be tricky to find the perfect thing to do. It can be difficult to find places to eat and drink that are dog friendly especially where we live. One thing we know that Horton loves though is the beach, so on the Bank Holiday weekend when we were blessed with some sunshine, that’s exactly where we headed!
Lytham St Annes is a small seaside town about a 20 minute drive away from where we live and was where Horton had his first experience of the beach back when he first started going outside! It’s a place that Dan and I have always loved to visit especially on a sunny day, so when we saw the weather forecast for Sunday we couldn’t resist paying a visit!
As you’ll be able to tell from the photos we had amazing weather and Horton had the best time digging in the sand. The tide was really far out which meant he could run far and wide as fast as his little legs could carry him! He met lots of other dogs on his beach trip and after sprinting his way round the beach, we headed into town to continue the stroll. Dog friendly zones are limited to certain areas of St Annes beach, as with most beaches in the UK, but we still had plenty of space for him to run about, even though the beach was busy.
By this point the sun was getting super hot so we made our way to a coffee shop where we sat outside in the shade for a cool drink and treated Horton to his first ever puppacino! Needless to say he wolfed it down and got his little face covered in cream in the process! I think these might just be one of his new favourite things..
It’s so important to keep your dogs hydrated in the warm weather, so we make sure we always take his water bottle whenever we go out for the day. It also goes without saying that dogs should never be left in a hot car too! Petplan offer some great pet summer safety advice over on their site, which pet owners should definitely check out if you’re holidaying with your pet or just need advice on some summer safe activities. We have Horton’s dog insurance policy with Petplan, and its a pet insurance provider we would whole heartedly trust! Some of my favourite tips are:
CAMPING: If you’re lucky enough to live in the country, why not take your dog on an overnight excursion and explore nature! Just be sure that their vaccines are up to date and keep a close eye on them.
WATCH THOSE PAW PADS: Just like our feet can burn when running across the hot pavement in summer, so too can the paw pads of your dog. You should always test the pavement with your hand before going on a walk, and if it’s too hot for you then it’s too hot for them.
There might not be much left of the summertime now, but that won’t stop us from taking Horton out with us on some more adventures. This summer we’ve been able to take him on a little holiday away to East Yorkshire in a pet-friendly cottage, explored lots of dog friendly cafes, pubs and shops, been to DogFest at Tatton Park and taken him on walks everywhere from local canals and fells to training fields and of course, beaches!
I’d love to know if there are any pup-friendly places that you’d recommend visiting or any days out that you think a dog would love this summer, or any time of year for that matter. Let me know your favourites in the comments below!
*This post is in conjunction with Petplan but all thoughts are my own*