Knutsford business comments on dog adventures
Dog lovers creating a list of life’s ‘must do’ adventures are now likely to consider inviting their beloved four legged best friends along for the ride. Amanda Prentice of local dog holiday service, Barking Mad Dog Care Knutsford, explains:
“Whilst we are kept extremely busy caring for dogs whose owners are jetting off to exotic locations, there seems to be a growing trend to also create travel memories with your pet – with some people even going so far as to create a bucket list of the animal’s very own!”
It is easy to see why dogs make such fantastic bucket list travel companions because: they don’t complain when things don’t go to plan, they’re always happy to be photographed, they love just being with you and don’t ask, “Are we there yet?”
Barking Mad aficionado Karen Robinson said,
“This summer I plan to walk my Border collie, Paddy, along the silver sands of Charlie’s Beach on the remote Hebridean island of Eriskay. Most of the items on my bucket list include my dog!’
John and Elaine Warburton, franchise owners with Barking Mad Dog Care said:
“Our dogs are such a huge part of our lives that we obviously want to include them in our bucket list plans. We’d definitely like to walk the West Highland Way, complete a moonlit marathon round Loch Leven and someday the Coast to Coast (Oban to St Andrews). To do these walks with a dog or two by your side would be amazing – we just love being out on the hills with ours.”
Famously, author Jilly Cooper admitted that she hadn’t been abroad for 22 years because she would miss her dog too much. The bond between a dog and its owner can be incredibly strong and the fear of your dog being unhappy while you are apart, can be enough to prevent some people from travelling abroad.
Research by Prudential revealed that 90% of over 55s had a bucket list, which is a positive list of experiences to have during your life time. Prudential surveyed over 1000 adults to find out what were the most popular bucket list activities. Unsurprisingly, travel dominated the list with destination dreams making up seven of the top ten wish list activities.
The most popular bucket list wish was to ‘see the Northern Lights’, a feat which is possibly achievable with a dog from a UK destination such as Scotland’s west coast islands. However, number 2 on the list was to ‘travel on the Orient Express’ which is obviously not achievable with a four legged friend in tow, as dogs aren’t allowed.
Amanda Prentice continues,
“We love the fact that dog owners are creating special memories with their pets. For our customers, dogs are real members of the family and time and time again we encounter relief and gratitude that they have found a solution to the guilt of leaving their pet behind when they really can’t take them. Owners are delighted that their dogs can have a holiday of their very own with one of our loving host families, whilst they are completing the adventures on their travel wish list that aren’t dog friendly.”