North Wootton landlady calls on businesses to open up to dog owners

House on the Green Pups Down the Pub Day. FLtoR Winners Trish Turner with Lola Sproker Spaniel. Mike Ratcliff with Rust Lab. ANL-150627-213907009
House on the Green Pups Down the Pub Day. FLtoR Winners Trish Turner with Lola Sproker Spaniel. Mike Ratcliff with Rust Lab. ANL-150627-213907009

Around 300 people, and 120 dogs, are estimated to have attended a Pups down the Pub day, which was held at the House on the Green in North Wootton on Saturday.

House on the Green Pups Down the Pub Day. Harvey Cooling off. ANL-150627-213718009

House on the Green Pups Down the Pub Day. Harvey Cooling off. ANL-150627-213718009

Landlady Irene Armstrong was delighted with the success of the afternoon, which she hopes to make an annual event.

She is also considering developing a dedicated dog park on the Ling Common Road site.

And she believes events like Saturday’s are good – both for business and for dogs.

She said: “It’s a good socialisation exercise for dogs of all ages, especially puppies and young dogs, to meet people and dogs they don’t know.”

House on the Green Pups Down the Pub Day Jessica Howett with Melody  a Cockappo ANL-150627-213740009

House on the Green Pups Down the Pub Day Jessica Howett with Melody a Cockappo ANL-150627-213740009

Ms Armstrong said she also hopes to encourage other businesses to make themselves more accessible to dogs and their owners.

She added: “This county has got lots of dogs and a lot of people come here on holiday with their dogs and rent a cottage.

“People are missing out on these customers if they don’t accept dogs.

“People don’t bring their dogs out if they are troublesome or bothersome.”

Representatives of several charities, including the RSPCA, the Greyhound Trust, the Dogs Trust, Ravenswood Pet Rescue and the Cinnamon Trust, had fundraising stalls at the event.

The day also included dog shows, which attracted around 60 entries in total.

Prizes were provided by Dickies Pet Centre, Royal Canin, Pet Necessities and Millhouse Vets, who judged the shows.