7 ways to treat your dog this Valentine's Day
PUBLISHED: 06:46 04 February 2020
They call it puppy love... 7 great ways to share Valentine's Day with your dog in Berkshire
Lap of luxury
Whether you have just the two legs, or four, we're told all guests receive the royal treatment at Cliveden House. All three of you will get the five-star treatment, starting with everyone's favourite, food. You can take pooch to the hotel's dog friendly dining option, The Astor Grill, which even has its own doggie menu, before taking to the 250 acres of National Trust paths through the estate's woodland. Bringing your dog costs just £35 a night, but they must be over the age of one.
Capture your love
"I often photograph dogs with their owners and families," says award-winning photographer Lucy Badham. "I love capturing the bond and interaction of people with their dogs."
Lucy can take a mix of portraits in a classic style or some amazing action images. Most importantly, this is an opportunity to capture you together, out on location. It's the perfect gift to yourself this Valentine's Day.
Much of her work comes from recommendations, plus she is happy to accommodate you wherever you live in the Royal county.
For more information and prices, contact Lucy on 07973 629297. Visit her website at lucybadham.co.uk
Take them swimming
There is a gap in the market in Berkshire for a swimming pool that will accept the both of you taking a dip. Swimming is great exercise for pooch, so show him or her you care by taking them for some fun at a heated pool just for dogs. There are a couple of centres in the county that cater for this. Therapaws in Bracknell offers fun swims for dogs of all ages and by the end of a cardio and mental stimulation, you can enjoy a peaceful rest of the day. Alternatively, Aquadoggies in Reading also offers fun swims.
If you're the outdoors types rather than five-star luxury, then how about spending a weekend boating on the River Thames? In two days you can start from Kris Cruisers' base in Datchet and meander your way along the river up to pretty Pangbourne and Goring. Admire the views of Windsor Castle, Monkey Island and hop on and off for a spot of lunch at The Swan at Streatley or The Boatman in Windsor - both happily accept dogs. As for your accommodation, not all of the boats on offer allow you to take your furry friend, but you can easily see which ones do when booking online. Plus, you don't need to have any boating experience, even if you're a complete novice the friendly staff at Kris Cruisers will give you the full low-down on how to drive your boat. kriscruisers.co.uk
Take a romantic walk
Spread over 450 acres and with seven lakes and two rivers, how about a peaceful stroll through Dinton Pastures Country Park, just the three of you? Take a flask of something naughty (like hot chocolate and rum) and spot rabbits, deer and a variety of birdlife along the way before spending some quality playtime with pooch.
After exploring the park, you'll all be hungry. Nearby is the 'friendliest dog pub in Berkshire', The Wheelwrights Arms. Dating back to the 19th century, the pub has plenty of nooks to cosy up in and a stash of free treats for your four-legged friend.
Peruse their Valentine's Day human treats on their website and book a table for three at thewheelwrightsarms.co.uk
Have a four-legged friend to stay
If your dog is sociable and loves to play but you just can't commit to owning a second one, there is a Barking Mad solution! Barking Mad Maidenhead & Marlow, a service which arranges holiday care, is searching for more dog lovers to offer a temporary holiday home for friendly dogs. Host families care for dogs in their own homes, at a time to suit them, with 24/7 support and administration and insurance taken care of.
If your dog would like to have a temporary playmate, call Barking Mad on 01628 200128
PERFECT YOUR DOWNWARD DOG
Stretch out and de-stress with a yoga team-building class at the Runnymede on Thames. As you move through a variety of stretches and poses, your pup can enjoy roaming freely.