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Advice for Pet Owners on Bonfire Night

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
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If you’re a pet owner you’ll know just how difficult, stressful and sometimes heart-breaking Bonfire Night can be. With a number of dogs, cats and small animals having a hard time coping with the bangs and flashes of fireworks, it’s easy to feel useless as your best friend cowers in the corner. Here at Sykes, we love animals and want to do everything we can to help both you and your four legged friend enjoy a stress-free Bonfire Night. So, we’ve put together some helpful tips on how to do just that.

Tips for all pet owners

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Image via Flickr.

Whether your pet is big or small there are a number of ways you can help them through Bonfire Night. The following tips are easy to put into practise and are a must for all pet owners.

  • Make sure your pet has a secure hiding place; for many pets this will be under furniture, tucked into an alcove or even in the cupboard.
  • Close all curtains and play some music or turn up the TV to muffle the noise from the fireworks.
  • As hard as this may be you need to give your pet some space. Unless they are harming themselves, you should leave them to it; fussing over them will only make things worse.
  • Don’t leave the house. Yes your pet needs space but don’t leave them alone; they need your support.

Tips for dog owners

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As well as the tips above, there are extra precautions to take when you own a dog. We’d suggest the following to help keep your dog safe and calm this November.

  • Walk your dog during daylight hours. You never know how early the fireworks will start or how late they will run so walking your dog during daylight hours is the best way to keep them safe.
  • Before the fireworks start, make sure your dog is near their safe place and provide him or her with toys and their favourite things.
  • Ignore the fireworks yourself. Don’t bring attention to the fireworks. Instead see if your dog wants to play; if not then don’t force them but sit back and watch some TV or read a book instead.
  • If you have another dog or know a dog that isn’t afraid of fireworks then leave the two dogs together, this may help your dog understand there is nothing to be afraid of.

Tips for cat owners

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Cats are pretty independent creatures but even they get scared during Bonfire Night. To help them cope with the noise and bright lights, follow these three tips.

  • Close all doors, windows and cat flaps. If your cat is scared they may try to run; this can be dangerous as in the panic your cat could get lost or hurt.
  • Don’t try to tempt your cat out of its hiding place as this will just make them more stressed.
  • Have a litter tray available during and after the fireworks.

Tips for small animal owners

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It can be easy to forget about our smaller pets but they need just as much care as the larger animals so make sure to follow these tips to ensure a stress free fireworks night.

  • If your pet is kept outside bring them indoors and place them in a quiet area of the house.
  • If it’s not possible to bring them indoors, partly cover their cage and try to sound proof it as best you can.
  • Give your pets lots of extra bedding for Bonfire Night. They will need something to burrow into as it will make them feel a lot safer.

We hope our list of handy hints and tips has helped you this Bonfire Night. If you need any further information on keeping your furry companion safe then please visit the RSPCA website.

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

The UK’s Pet Friendly Pubs

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
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For many of us, considering a holiday without our four-legged friend is not an option. There is an ample choice of pet-friendly accommodation on offer, but I find myself thinking is that enough? A comfy bed for the night and a garden to run around in provide a great starting point for a dog friendly holiday, but our canine chums need more!

Along with great walks and other dogs to interact with, our pups need somewhere safe and warm for a break from the day’s activities. To give your dog a rest and to experience the regional delicacies why not try a local pub? Sites like Doggie Pubs and Pet Friendly Britain give great suggestions for pet friendly pubs throughout the United Kingdom and, after searching both sites, we’ve put together a selection of three pet friendly pubs which are a must.

The Ship Inn in Irvine, Scotland

Dogs playing on Irvine beach - image via Flickr.

Dogs playing on Irvine beach – image via Flickr.

Built in 1567, The Ship Inn is the oldest pub in Irvine. Obtaining its license in 1754, the pub still retains its heritage, with traditional folk music and seasonal fish dishes. In August last year, the pub updated its status to ‘Dog Friendly’ and they haven’t looked back since. Now you can treat yourself and the pup to a well-deserved drink and a slap up meal after an exhilarating walk along the shores of Irvine beach, which happens to be dog friendly too!

The White Eagle in Rhoscolyn, Anglesey

Dog walking the Anglesey Coastal Path - image via Flickr.

Dog walking the Anglesey Coastal Path – image via Flickr.

After undergoing a complete rebuild in 2007, The White Eagle is now a favourite stopping point along the Anglesey Coast Path, attracting tourists and locals alike with amazing food and fantastic views. The warm Welsh welcome offered by staff and the comfortable atmosphere makes this pub the ideal stop off for you and your dog. With dogs welcome in the sung area of the bar, you can chow down on great food as your four-legged-friend is treated to a biscuit or two.

The Treguth Inn in Holywell, Cornwall

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Holywell Bay – image via Flickr.

When we think of Cornwall we picture rolling green hills, beautiful sandy beaches and peaceful villages filled with thatched cottages. The Treguth Inn matches our vision of Cornwall perfectly; full of character and charm, Treguth Inn is located in the attractive village of Holywell just back from the picturesque beach at Holywell Bay. Here the friendly proprietors offer home cooked food which has been prepared with locally sourced ingredients, award winning cask ales and even complimentary biscuits for the pooch – perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

We hope that this selection of pubs has shown you that the UK is a fantastic destination for doggy holidays and that there is no need to leave your furry pal behind. For assistance with planning your next dog friendly getaway please feel free to contact us or browse our selection of pet friendly cottages for inspiration.

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Give My Dog a Break Competition

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
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It’s hard work being a dog. All that sleeping, eating, being petted, going on walks and sniffing everything in sight can really take its toll! With over half of our properties being pet friendly, we’d like to think that pooches who are looking for a bit of rest and relaxation are spoilt for choice at Sykes Cottages. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Pure Pet Food to give your dog the chance to win a month’s supply of delicious food as well as £250 of Sykes Cottages vouchers for you to spend on treating your hard working pup to a relaxing getaway!

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Image via Flickr. Your dog will look like this happy chap after their holiday and their month of delicious dinners.

All you have to do to enter this competition is to head over to the competition page and upload a picture of your dog hard at work with a caption to tell us why they deserve a break! Below are a few dogs who could really do with a relaxing getaway to a holiday cottage…

Changing the bed is a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

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This cute puppy is already taking a break behind a bed of flowers. A self catering holiday cottage might be a little more suitable.

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These two are taking a short break from gardening, but they’d sure love a little longer.

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 Worked hard or hardly working? This cheeky chap is taking a long break from watering those plants.

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Being a tree surgeon sure is tiring. This chap looks like he could do with a break!

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After giving birth to these beautiful puppies, we’re sure that this new mum would love a relaxing getaway.

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This sweetheart with a guilty face might need a relaxing break after tidying up this mess.

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Being this cute has got to be tiring…

Fluffy

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This guy must be tuckered out and in need of some rest after all the fetch he’s been playing!

Sticks

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Top 10 Dog Friendly Beaches for Summer

Monday, August 4th, 2014
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Britain is a nation of dog lovers, and as dog lovers, we like nothing better than seeing our four legged companions enjoying the sunshine as they bound along the shoreline and splash though the surf on a beautiful sandy beach. During the summer months, there are a number of beaches that will not allow dogs access and this can really affect our decision on where to take the annual family holiday. If you’re planning a pet-friendly holiday this year then keep reading as we list our top ten pet friendly beaches for summer which will allow your dog the coastal holiday they deserve!

Holkham Wells, Norfolk

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Picture via Flickr.

If you’re looking for luxurious golden sands and unspoilt beauty then Holkham Wells is the place for you! Here you can spend the day looking out over the ocean on the famous Halkham Wells dog walk or indulge yourself with a pet-friendly picnic as you relax along the shore.

Formby, Merseyside

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Picture via Flickr.

Formby beach is a haven for dogs, with over 250 acres of woodland, a beautiful sandy beach and miles of sand dunes for them to explore. This beach is part of the national trust and one of the only beaches on the Sefton Coast that doesn’t apply seasonal restrictions on dog access, so you and your pet are welcome the whole year round!

Conwy Morfa, Conway

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Picture via Flickr.

Ideal for building sandcastles and digging up buried treasure, this large sandy bay can be enjoyed whatever the weather. The nearby town of Conwy is extremely dog friendly and with a number of cafés and restaurants available, you’ll never be short of somewhere to eat come lunch time.

Eyemouth, Berwickshire

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Picture via Flickr.

The historic town of Eyemouth offers a fantastic beach which is more than happy to accept your four legged friend to its sandy shores. With an impressive coastal path running all the way from St. Abbs, this area is the ideal location for exercising dogs and children.

Snettisham, Norfolk

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Located along Norfolk’s sunset coast, Snettisham beach is perfect for a late afternoon stroll. Watch the sun set over the water as you share a cuddle with your other half and a few slobbery kisses from your affectionate pooch!

Whitby, North Yorkshire

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Picture via Flickr.

A great coastal destination for both locals and visitors, Whitby has access for dogs all year round on the east end of the beach. The sheltered sandy beach on the east side is ideal for dogs with lots of space to run around and play fetch with their owners.

Harlyn Bay, Cornwall

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Picture via Flickr.

Harlyn Bay, located just west of Padstow, is a sand and pebbles beach filled with rock pools which are perfect for dipping wet noses in! This is one of the safer beaches in the area, ideal for swimming and learning to surf, that along with its year round acceptance of dogs, makes it a firm favourite amongst families.

Gairloch, Highlands

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Picture via Flickr.

Found in the north west of Gairloch, this beach is surrounded by moorlands and mountains making it an idyllic beach to waste away the hours this summer. With sand dunes to roll about in and the safe sandy beach to run along, your dog is sure to enjoy their time spent on Gairloch beach.

Arnside, Cumbria

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Picture via Flickr.

The beach at Arnside is perfect for walking dogs with a variety of guided nature walks and market trails in and around the town itself. As well as spectacular walks and wonderful scenery, the beach has a number of excellent local facilities including parking, shops, cafes and a small promenade.

Cwmtydu, Ceredigion

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Picture via Flickr.

The fantastic beach at Cwmtydu is surrounded by a deep woodland valley and high pastures which are inhabited by wild ponies. This beach was supposedly used by smugglers and its wonderful cliffs and walkways make it very popular with walkers and pet friendly families.

We hope this list has been helpful when planning your pet-friendly days out and UK holidays. If you’re looking for pet friendly accommodation near any of these beaches then please visit our pet friendly cottages page or call our reservations team on 01244 356659.

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Meet the Sykes Cottages pets!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
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As you can probably tell by the fact that we have over 2,400 pet friendly cottages, here at Sykes, we’re big pet people. Because of this, we thought we’d take you behind the scenes and introduce you to some of our pets. So read on to meet some of our four legged friends!

Anne ‘Annie’ Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Tell us a bit about her

Anne Hathaway (or Annie for short) is a domestic long-haired feline with the personality and neediness of a pooch. Her hobbies include following people, scratching stuff and sleeping.

How old is she?

Two and a half years old

Does she have a favourite food or treat?

Anne Hathaway is likely to chow down on anything that comes from a cow, pig or chicken. One of her favourite treats is cat milk and a slice of wafer thin ham.

What is her favourite game or toy if they have one?

Annie adores laser pens, shoe laces, headphones, string and electric cables. She’s also fond of stalking and loves hunting house plants and shadows.

What would be her ideal UK holiday destination?

Anne Hathaway was born and raised in the city, so she loves escaping to the countryside whenever she can, her favourite destination being East Yorkshire.

Duke

Duke

Duke

Tell us a bit about him

Duke (or Dukie, Dukulton, Fluffy Butt…) is a cross breed commonly known as a Lionhead-Rex, he is white with brown markings or maybe it’s brown with white markings! He has an extremely cheeky personality and likes to nudge you with his nose as a sign to pet him. He loves being the centre of attention and hates it when you pack to go away; he will usually jump into my suitcase and start pulling the clothes out so I can’t leave!

How old is he?

He is still a baby bunny, nearly two years old.

Does he have a favourite food or treat?

It’s very cliché but Duke adores carrots! He is also really fond of pears, cucumber and lettuce.

What is his favourite game or toy if they have one?

Duke has a small teddy that the breeder insisted we take with us; he loves to throw it about and rub his chin all over it (this is how rabbits leave their scent).  He also enjoys running in circles and having you chase his tail whenever he runs in front of you.

What would be his ideal UK holiday destination?

Duke loves to visit my mum in Menai Bridge, Anglesey. She has a large back garden that he can run about it and a small puppy who just happens to be Duke’s best friend! My nephew loves having Duke home to Anglesey and smothers him with hugs and kisses as soon as he sees him.

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Rupert and Colin

Rupert and Colin

Tell us a bit about them

As you can probably tell by the squishy black faces, Rupert and Colin are both pugs. Despite being brothers and being inseparable, they are both very different! Colin is very boisterous and friendly, whereas Rupert is mostly calm and is happy with his own company, although he does bark like a fog horn to let us know its dinner time!

How old are they?

They’re both three years old but still act like puppies!

Do they have a favourite food or treat?

We try not to give them too many treats, as pugs have the tendency to get a bit tubby! They do love a good chow down on a pedigree dentastix or a pig’s ear, though. They both also like the occasional slice of cucumber or cherry tomato!

What is their favourite game or toy?

Strangely, Rupert has no interest in toys whatsoever. He does love a good play fight or game of tick, though – either with Colin or a willing human! Colin is the polar opposite of Rupert as he absolutely loves playing with toys; he loves a game of football and will happily spend hours chasing the ball about.

What would be their ideal UK holiday destination?

They’re both yet to go on a UK holiday! As Rupert loves to sunbathe, I think he would love to holiday in Cornwall so that he could just lounge on the beach whilst watching the world go by. Colin is much more active and is happiest when he is running or walking about, so I think that a holiday in the Peak District would be his ideal location!

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Tell us a bit about him

Charlie (or Charles depending on whether or not he’s in trouble) is a golden retriever who seems to be on the go 24/7. He’s never happier than when he’s in the back garden digging up the lawn (much to our annoyance) although he does also enjoy his daily walk and the odd powernap to recharge the batteries.

How old is he?

He’s still just a puppy, albeit a big one. He’s around ten months old now so he’s just starting to enter the moody teenager phase.

Does he have a favourite food or treat?

Like Rupert and Colin, Charlie loves his dentastix, he gets one every night and has to show it off to everyone in the house before he scoffs it. Aside from that if he’s lucky there’ll be some leftovers from the night before that he can tuck into for his breakfast but his favourite is probably roast chicken.

What is his favourite game or toy?

Charlie seems to have some strange obsession with footwear so you’ve got to keep any shoes or socks well out of reach. We have tried to get him to play fetch but he’s so easily distracted he normally forgets all about the ball and comes back with a random stone found en route instead.

What would be his ideal UK holiday destination?

We took him to Rhosneigr on Anglesey a few weeks ago where we had to drag him away from the beaches, so he’d probably love to go anywhere coastal. Because of this places like Northumberland or East Anglia would probably be a good options for the long seaside walks.

Hopefully you all enjoyed reading that and like us have a bit of a soft spot when it comes to our pets; if so then why not treat them to a little break? We’ve got plenty of pet friendly cottages for you to take a look at and I’m sure that you’ll be able to find one perfect for you and your four legged friend.

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Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.