The eagerly-anticipated shortlist for the Dog Friendly Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards has been announced. The unique awards, the first of its kind in the UK, saw almost four hundred nominations submitted from dog friendly businesses and members of the public which presented a real challenge to the shortlisting judges.
The awards, organised by Pembrokeshire Tourism in collaboration with Burns Pet Nutrition are designed to champion responsible pet ownership and recognise the efforts of outstanding tourism businesses throughout the county who help to make Pembrokeshire a dog friendly destination.
Dennis O’Connor, tourism liaison manager at Pembrokeshire Tourism, explained: “The open spaces of Pembrokeshire are becoming increasingly attractive for dog owners as a holiday destination. This, along with miles of fantastic coastline means there’s every opportunity for the holidaying pooch to enjoy themselves just as much as their owners without having to endure the trauma of separation. Many of Pembrokeshire’s tourism providers and businesses are extremely welcoming to holidaymakers wishing to bring their dogs with them and their numbers are increasing as demand to accommodate four legged visitors continues to rise.”
Adding to the uniqueness of the awards, special reading dogs and their owners will now conduct the final round of judging in each category before deciding who offers the very best welcome to canine visitors. Following research which found that some children’s confidence and reading abilities developed when reading to a dog rather than to an adult, the Burns By Your Side Reading Dogs scheme was devised and their specially trained dogs are active in schools and public libraries throughout West Wales and in other parts of the UK. Their inclusion in the judging process is an exciting concept which adds a to the community element of the awards.
Each of the finalists will be invited to attend a special awards ceremony at Slebech Park near Haverfordwest on May 25 which also promises a departure from traditionally formal award ceremonies.
The finalists in each category are:
Best Dog Friendly Holiday Accommodation: Coastal Wood Holidays; Fron Fawr Cottages; Cwm Connell Coastal Cottages.
Best Dog Friendly Pub/ Restaurant/Café: The Hope Inn, Pembroke; The Brewery Inn, Cosheston; The Temple Bar, Amroth.
Best Dog Friendly Day Out/Attraction: Heatherton World of Activities; Carew Castle and Tidal Mill; Support the Boardwalk (Broad Haven).
Best Dog Friendly Caravan/Campsite: Redford Caravan Park; Coastal Wood Camping; Nash Mountain Farm.
Best Dog Friendly Town/Village: Amroth; Saundersfoot; Fishguard and Goodwick (twin towns).
Best Dog Friendly Beach: Freshwater East; Amroth; Broadhaven (South).