Awards 2010 entry extended!

We have extended entries for Awards until 30 July 2010. So for those of you who haven’t had a chance to enter there is still time! Enter now

The extension is due to an unfortunate technical fault preventing some people enter. Thanks for your patience to everyone who has already entered. We will be announcing the shortlist at the beginning of August.

About  the Awards awards  – back for the second year running – celebrate businesses that offer the BEST for YOUR pet.

We aim to honour pet friendly businesses working tirelessly across the UK putting pets, customer service and value for money first.

If you are a business offering a service to pet owners make sure you get recognition for all your hard work.

There are 14 categories covering everything from your Favourite Pet Friendly Hotel to your Favourite Pet Sitter.

You are invited to submit your entry by 5pm, Friday 30th July 2010. The judges will then create a shortlist of the top 3 in each category which will be placed back on website for you, the pet owners, to vote for the winner.

Enter now


Enter Your Pet in this Fantastic ‘Paws For A Portrait’ Competition

Welcome to Paws For A Portrait, your chance to win a portrait by myself of your best canine friend as well as helping to protect and re-home dogs in need with Dogs Trust.  Not only that but the winner will have the opportunity to meet with Marc Abraham, the renowned TV vet when he will present the finished painting to you.

All the money raised from the £5 entry fee will help to ensure that Dogs Trust can give the very best care to an ever-increasing number of dogs.

Last year they re-homed nearly 500 dogs from the Shoreham centre and across the country they cared for more than 16,000 dogs.

Contributions such as this also pay for veterinary fees, equipment, food, and bedding and of course, the development and general maintenance of the re-homing centre.  So please pass details of this competition to all of your dog loving and owning friends!

Entry will close on the 15th of August so you have two months to find a spare fiver and get your entry posted off; all details are on the entry form.

Marc and I will be spending a long time deciding which dog is to win the portrait, so please take time to fill in details on the entry form of why your dog is so special to you, what makes you love them the most.

This is not a beauty contest, it’s about the incredible relationships we have with our canine friends.

Once we have decided on our winner we will get in touch and arrange a photo shoot of your dog to capture an image that reflects their character and soul and I will use this to work from.’s vet Marc Abraham’s PUP AID Puppy Farm Awareness Day is on 19th September at Stanmer Park in Brighton. Part of the day will be the presentation and public unveiling of the finished painting and the chance to meet and chat with Marc afterwards. This is another special date for your diary, please come along and support us.

Please click here and go to print out the entry form, filling in all areas and securely attaching a photo of your dog (please remember to add the dogs name and your phone number to the back). If you are unable to print the form out please contact me and I will post one to you.

A very big thank you from myself, Marc and all the good folk who work at the Dogs Trust.  THANK YOU!

Sara Abbott

07766 168 027

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Thou shall have a fishy…

Fish tanks can often look a little bit dull, but the new biOrb Life tanks from Reef One are far from plain. They look hypnotic when they are lit up at night, and are a fantastic way to show off your pet fish in a tank that is easy on the eyes.

The nice folk over at Reef One have 3 fish tanks to give away to 3 lucky users of, you can enter the competition here, and find out more information about the biOrb Life fish tanks here. Good luck!

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We Have Ourselves a Winner…

Boy did you guys want to get your hands on that pet food! We received hundreds of entries to the Burgess Pet food competition, but unfortunately there could only be one winner.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the food, is Shirley Harpley from Norfolk and her cat Taz. Taz is an enormous grey moggy with a serious amount of cattitude. Apparently he has claimed an entire sofa as his own, much to the annoyance of Shirley’s husband.

Congratulations Shirley and Taz, and sorry to all those who didn’t win, there’s always next time!


West Midlands is officially the most pet friendly place in the UK

AwardsIn this animal-loving nation of ours it seems there is one place in particular which attracts the most pet friendly attitudes. Awards 2009 have revealed the most pet-owners rate the West Midlands as the best place in the UK to own a pet after thousands of pet-owners were invited to vote for their favourite pet-friendly businesses. Awards were completely free to enter with hundreds of different pet-related businesses and passionate pet-owners taking part nationwide, but almost half of all winners are based in the West Midlands including the favourite Pet Shop, Vets, Pet-friendly Pub/Restaurant, Pet Sitter, Cat Breeder and Canine Hydrotherapy Centre.

Full list of results

Favourite Pet Friendly Hotel or B&B: Little John Inn, Hathersage, Derbyshire.

Favourite Cattery: Broadlands Cattery, Lincolnshire.

Favourite Dog Trainer: Canine Communications, Hampshire.

Favourite Groomer: Give a Dog a Comb, Hampshire.

Favourite Boarding Kennels: Ridge Hill Kennels & Cattery, Taporley, Cheshire.

Favourite Pet Shop: Doolittles Pets and Aquatics, Wolverhampton, West Midlands.

Favourite Pet Friendly Pub or Restaurant: The Why Not Inn, Halesowen, West Midlands.

Favourite Caravan Site or Holiday Park: Pitton Cross, Swansea.

Favourite Vet: Rosewood Animal Hospital, Wolverhampton, West Midlands.

Favourite Holiday Cottage: Coquet Cottages, Northumberland.

Favourite Dog Breeder: Foxypoms, Northwich, Cheshire.

Favourite Cat Breeder: Exotiques Amour, West Midlands.

Favourite Dog walker: Animal Magic, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Favourite Pet-sitter: The Pet Minder, Dudley, West Midlands.

Favourite Canine Hydrotherapy Centre: Woof n Water, Smethick, West Midlands.

Favourite Pet Portrait Painter: Petographer, Whitton, Middlesex.

Marc (co-founder of said at the awards ceremony: “We hope the awareness raised by the Awards will help highlight those deserving pet-related businesses that proudly put ‘pet before profit’, offer great value-for-money and fantastic customer service. This will in turn keep Britain owning pets forever as well as reduce pet abandonment and increase rescue pet adoption.” Awards 2009 were presented on 4 May at this year’s Ultimate Pet Show at the Birmingham NEC.

If you missed this years awards or think you know of a pet friendly service who should have been there – don’t worry. We will be launching Awards 2010 in November this year. Watch this space or sign up to and we’ll keep you up to date.

The Ultimate Pet Food Competition…

Feeding your pet can sometimes get pretty expensive, especially if they can eat for England. To celebrate The Ultimate Pet Show this weekend at the Birmingham NEC, is giving you the chance to win a years supply of pet food, courtesy of Burgess Pet Care.
To enter just answer this simple question:

Which of the following animals has the most legs?

A. Millipede

B. Giraffe

C. Spider

Email your answer A, B or C –  together with the name and type of your nominated pet  – to by midnight on Sunday 10th May 2009. The winner will be chosen at random from correct entries received between 1st May 09 and 10th May 09.

The prize is a one year supply of pet food for your nominated pet, as available within the Burgess Pet Care pet food range at the time of supply. The quantity of food won will be as deemed suitable for your nominated pet by Burgess Pet Care. Their decision is final. The winner will be contacted by email they use to send their competition answer. No purchase necessary. Prize is non transferable and there is no cash alternative. Entrants must be 18 years or over. Full details of our privacy policy and competition rules are available here.

Competition Hots-up for Awards 2009!

Your votes are now coming in thick and fast for all your favourite pet-friendly businesses; and now there’s only a month to go before the votes are counted and we’ll know who the pet-owning public want to win Awards 2009.

If you haven’t entered your favourite pet-related business or still want to vote for your favourite there’s still time.

You can enter just by adding your business to and inviting all your customers to vote for you.

You can vote for your favourite to WIN simply by rating it on by 20 April 2009.

And don’t forget you can see the awards at The Ultimate Pet Show at the NEC in Birmingham, May Day Bank Holiday. Get your tickets here.

Find out more about Awards 2009 here.