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    Haven appoints first ever ‘Directors of Walkies’ to their board of directors

    We are extremely excited to announce that Haven has appointed two paw-fect new board members, Severus and Lily, who will be bounding into their new role as the official ‘Directors of Walkies’.

    In the new role, which saw them bark off fierce competition, the lovable Spaniels will be responsible for reporting on all of Haven’s canine benefits and rambles, as well as providing recommendations to build upon the current doggy offering.

    Severus and Lily will take the lead on ‘Project Paw-fect’, aiming to discover what makes the ultimate break for dogs. Touring around the UK’s best coastal sites, the furry pair will also be sampling the local cuisines as they indulge in their favourite fishy snacks and treats with family and friends.

    The appointment came in response to worrying stats that revealed that pet-loving Brits were struggling to get a well-deserved break with their pooches.

    According to the recent research by Haven* three quarters of dog owners (74%) are concerned about holidaying without their dogs, worrying that they will not be happy (29%) or will not be looked after properly (29%).  One in four stated that they find going on holiday with their pets stressful, due to limited pet-friendly accommodation options (25%), pet surcharges abroad (19%) and not wanting the hassle of documentation or vaccinations (19%).

    Give a dog a break

    • Almost a third of dog owners (30%) would like to take their pooch to the beach
    • Over half (56%) want destinations with great walks nearby
    • 40% are on the look-out for dog friendly pubs

    Pet havens that Severus and Lily can’t wait to explore include the doggy ice-cream parlour at Upton Park Café near Rockley Park in Dorset, golden beaches with dog-friendly pubs at Perran Sands in Cornwall, and historic strolls along The Waveney close to Wild Duck, Norfolk.

    We are absolutely delighted to have Severus and Lily joining the Haven executive board. Their combined 62 years (dog years, that is) of experience sniffing out the best dog-friendly breaks in the UK will be invaluable in helping us ensure the whole family, two legs or four, can enjoy their holidays at any one of our 33 dog-friendly sites.

    Dog owners (or just dog lovers!) will be able to follow the reports and updates via @spaniellife on Instagram and read their regular reviews over on their blog.

    We’d love to see pictures of your pooches at the seaside! Send them our way over on our Facebook page.


    *Survey done by OnePoll on a sample of 2,000 adult dog-owners in the UK