Canine Cottages hires dogs to test pet-friendly vacation rentals


The frequency of “No Pets” messages on hotel websites and rental listings can make planning a pet getaway difficult. If you’re considering a trip to England, Scotland or Wales, UK-based Canine Cottages can help: All of their cottage rentals accept dogs.

To make sure the dogs have as much fun in the cottages as their human companions do, the company employs 10 “dog reviews” each year to rate some of the properties – and they’re currently accepting applications for the Class of 2021. Basically, Each dog reviewer’s family receives £ 1,000 (approx. $ 1,379) to rent a chalet of their choice, plus a doggy bag packed with ‘treats and gadgets’ to help them get the most out of their stay. Pet parents will document their pet’s experience with photos and written review, all of which will be featured on the Canine Cottages website and / or social media accounts.

Last year, for example, a Chiweenie (part Chihuahua, part Dachshund) named Daphne explored a sunny cottage on the Isle of Wight with her family. During her week, she wore many hats (literally) and spent a lot of time in her favorite place: the garden. Rescued Anatolian Shepherd Barrie visited a Sussex house near a beach, park and a “good fish and chips shop” (as requested by his “um”).

In short, if you live in the UK and own a dog who is not afraid to pose for the camera, you will earn a free vacation by submitting an application. All it really involves is filling in a few basic personal details about yourself and your treasured pooch, along with a photo that showcases your pet’s winning charisma. You must be a UK resident to apply, which you can do here before the window closes on Monday 4th October.


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