Cornwall LivingIssue #74

Doggie directory

A list of some of our favourite doggie destinations.

Dog-friendly dining

Catch Seafood Bar & Grill

Catch on Mawgan Porth beach is a fantastic seafood restaurant with a green ethos. Head Chef and owner Pat says. “We welcome dogs, and Mawgan Porth allows unrestricted access all year round. We have specific spaces where your furry friend is welcome inside and out. Let us know when booking, so we’ll reserve the right table for you all.” Co-owner Avis adds: “We’re soppy about our own dog Richard who adores the beach. He digs the sand and dips in the rock pools! Then it’s back to Catch for dog treats, a nap on the decking or trying to catch morsels of buttery lobster or steak if he gets lucky. It’s a dog’s life!”


A slice of Cornish history


Pencarrow, home of the Molesworth-St Aubyn family for nearly 500 years, is tucked away in 50 acres of rolling countryside on the edge of Bodmin Moor. The 8th baronet, Sir William Molesworth, born in 1810, laid out the elegant Italianate Gardens and collected specimen conifers from around the world, some of which still tower over the rhododendrons and camellias that line the mile long carriage. There’s a surprise round every corner, from an Iron Age hill fort to the Victorian lake and ice house, grotto, and a massive rockery of Cornish granite boulders. The house, café and shop are open until 27th September, Sundays to Thursdays. The gardens are open from 1st October every day until 31st October.


The life coach for dogs

Love Your Paws

If you have dog behavioural problems, why not speak to trainer Vicki Main, who discovered a passion for dog training after adopting two rescue dogs. Vicki tells us: “Dog training allows me to work with people who want the very best for their dog. Together, we can make their dogs’ lives more fulfilling, interesting and happy whilst strengthening the bond between dog and owner.” Vicki is a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) and is a fully-qualified life coach, utilising the positive coaching techniques with both owners and dogs. Vicki offers bespoke one-to-one training, and dog walking services, with group classes coming soon.


Canines on canvas

The Dog Portrait Artist

For the dog lover in your life, a personalised painting is the perfect birthday, wedding, anniversary or Christmas present. Clive Hemsley creates stunning masterpieces in mixed media, using oils and acrylics, starting from £280. Simply email Clive a photo of your beloved pooch and he will create the portrait on quality canvas, finished with clear varnish, ready for hanging. To achieve the best results, Clive tells us: “Take the shot close at the same height as your beast, ensuring both eyes are showing.” Clive has painted over 1000 dogs, so is well trusted in capturing canines on canvas.


Get kitted out

Pooches Pet Store

Pooches Pet Store is a well-established pet shop based in Newquay, which specialises in good quality products for all types of pets. Sharon and Jackie love being a part of the local community but also enjoy meeting the many tourists that visit the town. Along with their innovative and novel stock, they also have all the basics and are strong advocates of raw feeding. With their wealth of experience they love welcoming people in for some friendly advice or simply just a chat!


Me time for the dog

Pooches Grooming Parlour Ltd

Pooches Grooming is situated just outside of Newquay’s town centre and run by Jackie and her staff of qualified and experienced groomers. At very competitive prices, and set in a modern and stylish salon, they undertake all aspects of grooming. Pooches will ensure that individual requirements are catered for in a calm and relaxed environment. The team are also more than happy for you to pop along for just a bath or a ‘holiday freshen-up’ – or simply some friendly advice. After all, a holiday isn’t just a time for you to relax; it’s the ideal opportunity for your pooch to enjoy a little ‘me time’ too!

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