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.

ThePet.net 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.

ThePet.net 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 ThePet.net) 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.”

ThePet.net 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 ThePet.net Awards 2010 in November this year. Watch this space or sign up to ThePet.net and we’ll keep you up to date.


Your Last Chance to Win Your Dog-Friendly Weekend Break in the Countryside.

There are only 4 days left to enter our competition to win a weekend break in the countryside with your dog.

This fantastic prize includes three nights in a pretty 18th century Cotswold stone cottage situated in the attractive village of Bouton-on-the-Hill.

But not only that, we throw in £100 towards travel and a deluxe family hamper.

Enter now before the 31 March 2009.

This amazing prize is offered to celebrate the launch of Sony’s new family comedy animation Open Season 2 featuring Mr Weenie the dachshund!

Check our the competition rules here.

Does Your Dog have the ‘Woof Factor’?

Older rescue-dogs charity Oldies Club is celebrating older dogs by holding a fundraising photo competition especially for dogs aged seven and over and there is only two days left to enter your dog’s picture!

ThePet.net co-founder vet Marc Abraham is one of the judges, alongside fellow dog-lovers Brian Blessed and Victoria Stilwell!

The winning pooch will get to represent Oldies Club for the following year. The only rule for this competition is that dogs entering need to be veterans, they do not necessarily need to be rescue dogs.

Oldies Club is a lovely charity that rescues and re-homes older dogs via a network of foster homes and works with other rescue centres to publicise the plight of their older dogs too.

Oldies Club has divided the UK up into 7 regions (North East, North West, South East, South West, Midlands, Scotland and Wales. The winner of each region will go forward to the Grand Final.

As well as becoming the face of Oldies Club for 2009/10 the winner will also win a dog bed worth up to £50 kindly donated by Kudos Pet Products and a signed copy of Pet Photography Now! by Paul Walker of Paws Pet Photography.

For information on how to enter your dog for the ‘Woof Factor’ here

ThePet.net at Crufts 2009!

This week ThePet.net will be at Birmingham’s NEC as we’ve got our own stand at the World’s Biggest Dog Show.

If you’re going too then make sure you come and say ‘Hi’ to ThePet.net founders Marc Abraham and Andrew Seel on Stand 10 in Hall 3.

Our ThePet.net Stand will also have something for the younger dog-fans too as we’ll be showing Sony Pictures Animation’s much-awaited latest movie, Open Season 2, starring Mr Weenie the Dachshund and a Poodle named Fifi. So if your family could do with a bit of a break – your are feet are hurting and your kids are tired – why not bring them along to our stand, watch the movie for a bit, and chill out on our funky beanbags?

And if you’re at Crufts on Thursday, then please come along at 1pm to help celebrate the ‘Year of the Rescue Pet’ with representatives of our nominated organization Hope Rescue who work slightly differently to other rescues by acting as a point of co-ordination between dog pounds and rescue shelters.

For more information and to buy tickets online visit www.crufts.org.uk

Winner of Valentine’s competion

We had a fantastic response to our Valentine’s competition. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to enter.

The correct answer was: (B) Puppy Love
The lucky winner was Sarah Laycock.

We have plenty more competitions like this one coming, so keep an eye out. Sign up to ThePet.net if you want to us to keep you up to date.

Currently we’re offering you the chance to win an amazing weekend in the countryside with your dog. And we’re throwing a deluxe hamper in too!!

Check it out here

National Rabbit Week pics – finalists

We’ve had a fantastic response to our call for rabbit pictures. Below are the 7 finalists chosen from rabbit pictures uploaded to ThePet.net.

The winner, to be judged by rabbit-loving writer and journalist Carol Muskoron, will win a bag of Burgess Excel Adult Rabbit; as well as all six runners-up collecting a packet of Nature Snacks. Watch this space to see who she chooses.


Day 1 – ‘Tiny’ owned by MidgetGem


Day 2 –  ‘Princess Roxy’ owned by nbarrett


Day 3 – ‘Prince’ owned by melanie


Day 4 – ‘George AKA Asbo’ owned by Trisha1960


Day 5 – ‘Scooter’ owned by MKorec


Day 6 – ‘Hugs’ owned by Dragon-crazy


Day 7 – ‘Chocolate’ owned by Dragon-crazy


Prizes up for grabs for best rabbit pics

UPDATE: This competition is now closed. We will announce the winner shortly.

To celebrate National Rabbit Week, we’ll be uploading a different picture of a ThePet.net member’s rabbit to our Pet of the Day slot every day, and the winner of Rabbit of the Week, judged by rabbit-loving writer and journalist Carol Muskoron will win a bag of Burgess Excel Adult Rabbit; as well as all six runners-up collecting a packet of Nature Snacks.

So why not hop to it and upload a picture of your rabbit now at:

Small print: 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.