National Pet Month

16/04/2019 16:01:29

National Pet Month

We at Belle & Boo love and promote happy relationships with household pets!

Our nation loves animals, we love animals and our children love animals, too.

To celebrate National Pet Month, we’ve been creating some new art prints, collaborating with some fun pet shows and generally thinking, pets!

Read on for some interesting insights into the benefits of owning family pets, upcoming competitions, where you can spend a day out with your pet and more…

Pets Are Positive

Studies suggest that owning a family pet can impact on a reduction in stress, develop social

skills, provide companionship and can even improve a child’s communication skills.

Parents in pet owning households have mentioned their children have better general health, are more physically active and even less moody!

There are so many benefits of owning a pet and, as long as our children practice safe and cautious care with new members of the family,

it’s a wonderful opportunity. It’s important to be clear and considerate about animal care; explaining to our little ones that we should be polite

and kind to pets and keeping our children and animals safe. There’s some excellent ‘golden rules’, especially when it comes to dogs in the home,

available via the RSPCA website if you are looking for some advice or fancied reading up on animal safety click here.

Now we know not every household can accommodate a pet, and that’s ok too.

There are plenty of opportunities for children to meet and greet animals be it on dog walks (with owners permission!),

pet sitting, pet shows, visiting local farms and animal centres... the list goes on. If nurturing your little ones relationship with

animals is something you’d like to look into but you cannot have a pet at home, there’s a breadth of activities at your fingertips.

Animal relationships create wonderful building blocks for childhood tales, reminiscing about time spent with our furry friends in years to come.

Pet friends at Belle & Boo

Emily’s dog Belle, a collie mix foster pup turned beloved pet.

Belle is bouncy, loving and lives for every moment! We’ve had her since she was a pup, when her litter were abandoned to

a loving foster home. She has been a beloved member of our little family ever since and is a super active dog –

part of a local Flyball team where she runs and plays and competes to the best of her ability.

She adores children and is a lover of chest rubs, bananas and blueberries!

Kate & Patrick’s family dog Areno, a Spanish rescue.

Areno joined the family almost three years ago and was an unexpected rescue from a family holiday to Spain.

He’s happy, hungry and loves the whole family. Areno loves an adventurous walk but is also

just as content dozing in the office all day at Belle & Boo HQ!

Grand Days Out

Haven’t had an adventure recently? Looking for some ‘pet friendly’ days or holidays?

Here are ten of our favourite ideas for animal and pet related and pet friendly events, walks, days out, holidays and activities.

10. Cornwall stay-cations/days out

Cornwall is one of the most popular destinations for a UK getaway and is sure to get your dog’s tail wagging.

Cornwall is full of dog friendly hotels and self-catering cottages that would make for a perfect break for you, the family and your furry friend.

There are 51 ‘all year round’ dog friendly beaches, local attraction The Eden Project allows dogs as well as castles and the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan.

9. Cotswold Wildlife Park

Take the family on a day of adventure and discover over 260 different species of animals and gorgeous outside spaces,

all with your dog in tow! Dogs are welcome on lead at this wildlife park, meaning no one need be excluded from this grand day out.

8. Local pubs, grub and pit stops

There are plenty of spots all over the UK which allow your furry friends in, too.

So, if you’d like to take the whole family out to tea or are looking for a pit stop after a long walk, look up your local dog friendly restaurants,

bars, cafes and pubs. Some of our favourite chains in Bristol allow dogs such as ‘Grounded’ and the ‘Lounges’.

7. A Little English Heritage

English Heritage and National Trust sites both allow dogs at many of their locations.

Why not check your most local sites and take the whole family on a beautiful adventure.

6. Cat Cafés

Are you a feline fan?

Unfortunately if you do have moggy’s at home, you can’t bring them along but you CAN get your feline fix at many cat cafes across the UK!

These quirky cafes and bars are a place where you can be around the lovely animals and share a cuppa with a cat!

To take a look and see if there’s a favourite by you, click here.

5. Paradise Wildlife Park

Receiving the children’s vote for the best animal related day out, we’ve heard so many good things about this wildlife park.

Find this animal paradise in Hertfordshire, with big cats, feeds and talks, animal experiences and even.. dinosaurs!

A great day out for any animal lover.

4. Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire

With the largest collection of sharks in the whole of Europe, Blue Planet Aquarium is an aquatic lovers sight to behold!

From Caribbean reefs to underwater tunnels, there’s sure to be oooo’s and ahhh’s amongst the whole family

whilst discovering life under the water here.

3. Dogfest

Back to activities with our barking friends, Dogfest is not only a place to discover all different dogs,

activities and exhibitors but it’s a summer festival for dogs – so of course you can take your canine friends along, too!

Whether it’s a spot of shopping to pamper your pooch or watching performances in the Activity Arena by talented dogs and their owners –

there’s plenty to see and it’s a great summers day out.

2. Falmer Palmer’s Farm Park, Dorset

An award winning farm park designed just for children, this hot spot is bursting with adventure and pockets of fun for little ones to explore.

There are animals to meet, indoor and outdoor play areas and events running all day long.

Children can get as hands on as they like with lamb feeding and pony grooming or admire animals from afar on a deer safari.

Click here to discover more.

1. The National Pet Show

The title of this event says it all.

The National Pet Show is a fun filled day out where the family can meet hundreds of animals, yes hundreds!

There’s a dog village, a cat village and even one for small animals and furries, too! There’s an activity ‘kid zone’ and an aquatics sector,

there’s not much that isn’t here to see. There’s even a secret rabbit garden, that we’re sure Boo would love,

and you can watch performances such as bird displays, dog agility and more.

Fancy a chance to WIN a visit to The National Pet Show this year?

We have the competition for you.

You could win a ‘Pet-tastic Bundle’ worth over £135!

We have two of these prizes to give away and they include a family ticket to this year’s National Pet Show,

a framed pet print of your choice, two sets of pet postcards and your own Boo bunny plush.

To enter, visit our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages and find the post with the image below, good luck!

Entries close Monday 22nd April, entrants must meet all entry requirements to be entered into the draw.

You can enter multiple times by entering on each social platform, no cash or prize alternatives available.

Image sources:

https://www.netvouchercodes.co.uk/national-trust

https://www.seetickets.com/news/dogfest-joins-the-fan-share-community-/3552

https://www.thenationalpetshow.com/

https://www.dog-fest.co.uk/

https://www.pwpark.com/

https://www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk/

https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/dogs/company/children