We’ve created the The Wightlink Woof Awards to celebrate the best dog-friendly spots on the Isle of Wight. The Island is one of the top dog-friendly destinations in the UK, full of incredible people and places and we think it’s time to celebrate your dog-friendly favourites and let everyone know just how great they are.
Nominations have now closed and the awards were presented at the Royal Isle of Wight County Show on 30 June 2019. Winners received a trophy, £100 in Wightlink travel vouchers, a goody bag and The Wightlink Woof Awards Golden Pawprint marque to display in recognition of the achievement.
Seagrove Beach welcomes dogs all year round. With lots of space, it’s the go-to beach where many friendly dogs can be seen with their owners. The beach is popular for its parking options, tropical-like sands and access to Duver Beach and Ryde when the tide is just right. It’s perfect for a short or long beach walk where you can even drop into Lily’s for coffee and dog treats.
This route has everything a dog and its owner could ask for making it a worthy winner for the award. During spring, flowers are abloom, birds are tweeting and boats are out at sea creating a very picturesque scene. This route also passes the Red Lion, a great all-round pub that welcomes dogs!
Laurence and Pat behind All Canines Great & Small offer a variety of services for dogs on the island such as behaviourist training, holding seminars on aggression, dog first aid and everything in between. They’re a thoroughly knowledgeable and professional couple who offer amazing and varied training.
Off the Rails is one of the most prominent places to openly advertise and welcome dogs, with their own dog friendly menu and even dog ice cream! They show their support by taking pictures of their regulars to feature on their walls, making them a part of the business and customer base.
The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is the place to go for beautiful walks including a wildlife meadow and a stream giving dog owners a great place for a picnic. Best of all, the donkeys love dogs and come up to the fences to interact with them. This family attraction encourages people to bring their dogs as they’re part of the family as well. What’s more, there’s even ice cream for dogs!
Luccombe Manor, Shanklin, has exceptional service for dogs staying at the hotel. It’s the little things that make all the difference and that can be said here – from providing dog towels, to a dog friendly dining room, they have dogs at the heart of their service. It’s location could not be better with direct access to the dog friendly beach below, which is the perfect place for your four legged friend to stretch their legs.
Carol set up Ability for Dogs in 2012 as there was a gap in offering assistance dogs for disabled children and young people on the Isle of Wight. Carol works tirelessly for this free service that is offered to the community – she never stops working and her attentive attitude ensures all dogs linked to the charity are cared for in the best way possible. It is very rewarding to see how Carol’s work makes a difference and she deserves to be recognised for her knowledge and selflessness.
Toby is at the ripe old age of 15, making him a veteran of service to his community. He’s taken on many roles such as being an ambassador, raising funds for charity and being a Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog. He goes into school each week to listen to children read in order to boost their confidence – a part of a unique teaching support service to benefit the younger generation. He has been described as an inspiration and a wonderful dog ambassador.
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