Cornwall LivingIssue #98

Perfect Pawtraits

We meet Hattie Day, an outdoor lifestyle and dog photographer, working with businesses across the UK and Europe.

Hattie shoots visual content for websites and social media with previous clients including Seasalt Cornwall, Toby and Alexander Dog Robes and Mountain Paws UK. Hattie is also the founder of The Cornish Dog, a guide for all things dog friendly in the Duchy. Here Hattie shares her favourite walks, places to stay and things to do in Cornwall to help first time dog owners and holidaymakers find new places to explore with their pups.

Hattie started The Cornish Dog in 2018, shortly after adopting her working cocker spaniel Woody. He was the first dog Hattie owned in Cornwall, as she is originally from the outskirts of London. While she’s grown up with high-energy spaniels all her life, she had no idea of suitable places to walk Woody in the Duchy. He had a tendency to run off when Hattie first adopted him and his recall was unreliable to say the least.

She had little luck finding dog appropriate walks online. Many of them neglected to mention the livestock fields, steep cliff drops or busy roads, leaving Hattie feeling anxious to let Woody off lead at all. Other walks required maps and compasses to properly navigate, not something you’d expect to do for your daily walk before work!

So, Hattie set out to review walks and beaches herself, making sure to include important details such as broken fences, nearby traffic, parking charges and the best local cafes for that post-walk coffee and cake! She also writes articles about the seasonal dog ban and other useful information to help holidaymakers better understand and plan their next dog-friendly adventure in Cornwall.

In her spare time Hattie enjoys fostering for Spaniel Aid and believes that all dogs deserve a life full of adventure. She’s helped all sorts of dogs, from strays to those that would have been put to sleep through no fault of their own. Many of her foster dogs have gone on to find their forever homes in Devon and Cornwall too, including Henry, a blind working cocker spaniel that Hattie adopted herself in 2019. Together, Hattie, Woody and Hen have raised over £1,000 for Spaniel Aid during their 125-mile hike of the Cornish Coast Path. They’ll be tackling the remaining 175 miles later this summer, as soon as lockdown allows!