The lifestyle changes that having a pooch in your lives comes on you slowly and insidiously, alongside the immediate joys of dog hair invading every inch of the house , the delight of early morning wanderings and the knowledge that whatever time of the year you will be guaranteed the most effective live hot water bottle /electric blanket substitute that has an uncanny knack of taking over the entire bed, you also find your social life begins to change irrevocably to accommodate your new best friend .
For us, that meant weekends and holidays, once the territory of short breaks and poolside in foreign climates were transformed. Wardrobes began to dominated by copious amounts of polar fleece, thick socks, and sensible walking boots as days out and time away were all planned around the small fluffy one’s needs, specifically a bit of a walk, and quality(ish) time spent with his owners.
However Bruce was not to get it all his own way and we began to find that although we may have lost the long lazy pub afternoons with friends, a dog day was not necessarily a dry day and being a fan of ‘proper beers’ the opportunity to sample new hostileries and their wares were emerging …
Not having a dog in our lives for seven years till Bruce joined us a year ago we had not appreciated how the attitudes towards dogs in Pubs has changed for the better in the years we have been dogless. It also appeared that, against a backdrop of Pubco owned bar closures the small independent breweries and micropubs, were bucking the trend and beginning to thrive and prosper. These type of operators outlook was to go back to idea of the local as being primarily about the people and the beer – not themed pubs dominated by loud music or food driven , and with that we were noticing that a more positive relaxed welcome for canines in pubs was part of that sea change and one that we as dog owners heartily welcome