Weddings and Pets in Halifax

Our pets are a big part of the family. Make your ‘Big Day’ perfect and let Halifax Scamps and Champs help with our Wedding Chaperone Service.

Why wouldn’t you want your pet there on the biggest day of your life as they are undoubtedly part of the family. Cats and Dogs love us unconditionally, so having them walk down the aisle with us carries a truly special significance. Having your pet present on your wedding day is something you don’t want to miss out on.

Let Halifax Scamps and Champs help and be there to chaperone your loved pet and make your day even more special.

An increasing number of venues are now welcoming dogs and cats to be part of the wedding celebrations. To make all of this possible a wedding pet chaperone service is needed to ensure your pet has everything they need so you don’t need to worry, and the day can go without a hitch.

This is where Halifax Scamps and Champs can help. We want to help your day go as perfectly as possible we recognise how important it is that you have your pet included in your wedding. We can ensure your pet is chaperoned to the wedding venue and by your side in all of your wedding photographs.

Our services commence by us coming to your home to meet you and your pet in person, this is to ensure that both you and your four-legged friend are happy with your chosen chaperone. Once everyone has become acquainted and you are completely comfortable, we will sit with you and you can tell us exactly how you wish your pet to be involved in your wedding day.

All of our wedding packages are bespoke and can be tailored to your individual requirements. Your cat or dog can be involved in as little or as much of your special day as you like. It is important that we meet your needs but that we also work together to meet the personality and requirements of your pet too. We recognise that a wedding venue is an unfamiliar environment for your furry friend and we therefore want to be there to support them every step of the way.

In addition, where possible we will try and maintain your cat or dog’s usual routine. We will ensure they are exercised before leaving, that they eat at their usual mealtimes and have their favourite food with them. Water will also be available at all times. We will try and encourage you to select a quiet zone for your pet at the wedding venue, which can be as simple as a small side room. This so that we can bring some of your cat or dogs home comforts along with them, such as their bed, a blanket or some of their favourite toys. This is also so that if the ceremony becomes too busy or overwhelming for them, we can take them back to their quiet room and settle them comfortably.

At Halifax Scamps and Champs our whole business and livelihood surrounds the professional care of animals. In addition, our staff have array of experience in caring for animals of all sizes and breeds. We therefore want to provide the best possible care whilst chaperoning your cat or dogs throughout the entirety of your wedding day, ensuring that you all have the best day possible together.

We will plan the day meticulously in line with your requirements and your pet’s personality, so that your day can include them in a stress free way. We will take care of all of your pet’s needs, by chaperoning them across the entire wedding period, for as long as you need. Ensuring you have the perfect wedding day with your best pet-pal by your side.

Our personal approach and real love of animals will make your pet feel safe and secure in our care.  We are fully insured, DBS checked and completely committed to your animals’ welfare.

Please do give me or one of our enthusiastic team a call or drop us an email.  Our number is a national number and there is always someone ready to answer your call.

To learn more about our Wedding Pet Chaperone Service take a look at our website. To contact Scamps and Champs Halifax simply contact us using our online form.

Hiring a Cat Sitter in Stockport

Having to leave your cats while you are away on holiday or going away for work can be a difficult decision. You may not want to keep asking friends, family or neighbours and your cat may not enjoy going to the local cattery. An alternative to this is hiring a professional Stockport cat sitter.

What Does A Stockport Cat Sitter Do?

A Stockport cat sitter will take care of your cat in your own home. Your cat can stay in their own familiar surroundings. Your cat sitter will visit during the day, as many times as you require to feed your cat, change litter trays, give fresh water, medications if required and lots of fuss and attention.

Your cat sitter can also draw your curtains, bring in any post, put out recycle bins and turn lights on and off giving your home that lived-in look.

Your Stockport cat sitter will send daily updates with photographs so you can relax on holiday knowing your cats are relaxed and happy at home.

How Many Times Will You Visit?

We can visit your cat as many times during the day as you require. If your cat is an inside cat, then you may feel once a day is sufficient. If your cat likes to go outside and hasn’t got access to a cat flap, we can visit in the morning and let your cat outside after feeding and then visit at teatime to let them back in again. More elderly cats may benefit from extra visits throughout the day to check on them and provide companionship.  

What if my cat doesn’t like new people?

If your cat is very shy and timid, a visit once per day will usually be sufficient. We will always take the time to get to know your cat but only give affection if it is welcomed.  If they don’t want affection or us to play with them, we will give them the space they need. We usually find that once they realise we are coming to feed them, they start to relax more and get used to us.

How Much Does A Stockport Cat Sitter Cost?

Cat sitting prices can vary depending on how many visits and how many cats you have but visits start at £8.00 for 1-2 cats.   For a detailed quotation, please contact us for further information.

Scamps & Champs Stockport provide cat sitting services around Stockport, Bredbury, Marple, Woodley, Romiley, Reddish, Bramhall, Davenport, Cale Green, Offerton, Heaton Moor, Heaton Mersey and Heaton Norris.

All of our pet sitters are vetted, insured and DBS checked.

Scamps & Champs Stockport are members of the National Association of Registered Pet Sitters and the Pet Industry Federation.

Contact Scamps and Champs via our online form, to check availability and make a booking. Learn more about our Cat Sitting Service by visiting the Scamps and Champs Website.

Dog Home Boarding in Stockport

What Is Home Boarding For Dogs?

Dog home boarding is when you take your dog to the pet sitter’s home where he/she will stay while you are away.

We have a number of experienced dog carers around the Stockport area. We would carefully match your dog to a suitable dog carer and first of all we would arrange for you to take your dog to meet the dog carer and look around the home and garden. Only once you are happy will we proceed to take a deposit and confirm the booking.

While many Stockport home boarding companies look after numerous dogs at once, including their own, we have opted to provide a very personal one to one level of care where there will only ever be the dog carers own dog in the home. Many of our Stockport home boarding families don’t have a dog of their own.    They will have had extensive experience with dogs, but they may be retired now and don’t want the full-time commitment of their own dog or are not ready to get another since the loss of their own dog.

Our Stockport families are typically retired, semi-retired, work from home or are stay at home Mum’s with older children at school.   Your dog will never be left alone for longer than two to three hours maximum.

The pet sitter will care for your dog according to your specification instructions and will send you updates every day.

Scamps & Champs Stockport only look after dogs from one family at a time.   We never mix different family’s dogs together.

With dog home boarding in Stockport, your dog will get to stay in the comfort of a home rather than in kennels.

Your dog will receive plenty of one-on-one attention and will enjoy regular walks as well as lots of cuddles.

Our Stockport dog home boarders will be easy to contact and will keep you updated as to how your dog is doing with regular service reports and photographs.

All of our home boarding families have been carefully vetted, have secure gardens are covered under our company insurance policy, have been inspected by the local council and are listed on our dog home boarders’ arrangers’ licence with Stockport MBC.

Your dog will be walked and fed according to his usual routine.   We ask you to bring your dogs usual food and treats with you to minimise the risk of any tummy upsets. Your dog will never be walked off the lead unless you have given your written permission and your dog can demonstrate a solid recall.

If this sounds like the kind of Home from Home environment, you would love for your pets then we would love to hear from you and see if we can match you with one of our Stockport dog home boarding families.

How Much Does Stockport Dog Home Boarding Cost?

The cost can vary depending on how many dogs you have and how many nights you are going away for but prices start at £19.50 per day for 1 dog.

Licensed by Stockport MBC

If we can help you with a home boarding enquiry or question please do contact us via our online form. You can also find out more about our Dog Home Boarding Service via our Scamps and Champs Website.

How Do I Prepare for a Pet Sitting Visit?

So, you’ve made the pact – someone will be pet sitting your furry friend for an agreed portion of the week. You could be flying hither and thither on a work schedule, or going abroad with the family. Whatever the reason, it’s nearly time for a pet sitter to visit your home.

But what should you do in advance? How can the sitter feel informed, welcome, and familiar with the pet in question? Read on for some prep tips from Scamps & Champs Stockport…

Arrange an introductory visit

Dogs and cats rely on their sensory experience to make sense of something new. If they’ve never smelt, seen or had physical contact with your pet sitter before, it may take a while for them to feel comfortable around a stranger. We will always arrange a meet and greet session – in which your Stockport pet sitter can spend time with your pet, with you by their side, to lay the first stone of a relationship.

List any household instructions

Longer pet sitting periods will carry extra responsibility for looking after the home so write a guide for anything your Stockport pet sitter needs to know.  How often, for instance, should the plants be watered? Does a window stick more than others when you’re trying to close it? What appliances should be left on at night? Simply having these instructions written on your online profile, will ensure the handover goes smoothly.

Tidy up anything that isn’t pet-friendly

Kids’ toys, chocolate, random batteries, loose change… All of these represent a hazard for dogs, or other pets who like to chomp whatever’s in sight. You don’t want your pet sitter to comb the house in a bid to move everything out of harm’s way. So do it yourself, a day before the pet sitting is due. Further precautions may include setting up all the necessary child security gates, barring your pooch, kitty etc. from off-limits areas.

Set timers and security systems

As we’ve mentioned, a long-haul sitting schedule is about more than feeding, watering and exercising your pet. The chosen pet sitting professional will also (to an extent) guard your home from intrusion. To do this, they must have the alarm code to prevent an unwarranted emergency, as well as any timer/switch information for security lights at night. Do them an additional favour by revealing how the boiler and thermostat work, just in case they need to take the chill off your home.

Detail your pet’s fears, allergies or medicinal routine

Like people, no two are pets are ever the same. Dogs and cats are vulnerable to their own fears – the hoover, for instance, or being stroked in a certain spot on their belly. Tell the pet sitting expert about them in advance. Similarly, break down any dietary/medicinal requirements that your dog or cat may have. This should include allotted portions, the types of food they’re able to digest well, and how often it’s supposed to be topped up.

Provide Working Keys & Home Security System Details

We require access to a set of keys when you schedule your Stockport pet sitting service with us. Please ensure you try the keys first and ensure they work if you have just had new copies made. It can be common for brand new keys not to work after being freshly cut.

If you have a security alarm, be sure to update the alarm code in the pet sitter software.   This is completely safe and confidential. This will avoid any uncomfortable or stressful situations for your pet sitter once you have left. Please always leave emergency instructions should your alarm go off during the pet sitters stay. It is common for pets to trigger an alarm sensor.

Update your pet’s profiles

A successful visit with your pet begins with proper instruction from the pet parents and makes it more enjoyable for your pet. We’d rather spend time loving and caring for your pet than searching for supplies or food. In each of your pet profiles, please update:

  •  Photograph of your of Pet
  •  Pet’s Daily Routine
  •  Pet Temperament, Quirks
  •  Feeding, Allergies & Medication Instructions
  •  Where are Toys/Treats Kept?
  •  Rooms/Areas Your Pet Is Not Allowed
  •  Favourite Spots to Hang Out or Hide?
  • Anything your pets don’t like or are frightened
  • Anything they particularly enjoy
  • Veterinarian Information

By taking these precautions, you have a masterplan for pet sitting success! All that’s left is to scour the web for someone to do the job… But you don’t need to, of course, when Scamps & Champs Stockport are right here, poised to offer the best pet sitting services in Stockport.  Browse our site or speak to our team now for availability.

Benefits of Overnight Pet Sitting in Stockport

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We’re never thrilled about leaving our best friends behind, but certain situations, like holidays abroad, nights out or travel for work dictate we must. When you can’t take your pets with you, you can now leave them at home with our Stockport overnight pet sitting services.

A professional overnight pet sitting service, like Scamps & Champs Stockport take the worry out of leaving your pets. We offer daily pet sitting visits or overnight pet sitting where we will have a sleepover with your pets.

Maintain Your Pets Usual Routines

One of our professional Stockport pet sitters will stay at your home overnight and take care of your pets and home according to your exact requirements. This maintains your pet’s usual routines.   We will feed them at their usual times, give medication at exact times and walk your dogs at their usual times.   

Security

Our overnight Stockport pet sitting service helps ensure your home is protected from security risks. We can bring in your post, put out recycle bins and close the curtains in the evening all giving that lived-in look whether you book daily pet visits or an overnight stay.  Scamps & Champs Stockport pet sitters provide their own food and drink and only use appliances in your home with prior permission.

Your Pets Remain at Home

Getting used to a new environment, whether it be dog home boarding, or a kennels/cattery can be very stressful for our pets. With pet sitting, your pets can stay in the comfort of their own homes

Lots of Love and Cuddles

Your pet sitter will give lots of love, cuddles, and attention to your pets, they can even sleep on the bed at night with their pet sitter if that is what they are used to.

With overnight pet sitting in Stockport, you can go away and not having the worry and stress about your pets knowing they are being looked after by a professional pet sitter in the comfort of their own home.

Your pet sitter will send daily updates with photographs. All of the Scamps & Champs Stockport pet sitting team are passionate animal lovers with experience of all different pets. All of our pet sitters are vetted, DBS checked and fully insured.

We offer a free initial meeting where we come to meet you and your pets.  This allows us to fully understand your cat and your requirements to ensure we offer a fully bespoke service.

Scamps & Champs Stockport offer overnight pet sitting in Stockport, Bredbury, Woodley, Romiley, Marple, Compstall, Offerton, Davenport, Cale Green, Bramhall, Reddish, Heaton Moor, Heaton Norris and Heaton Mersey.

How Much Does Overnight Pet Sitting in Stockport Cost?

Prices start from £28.00 for an overnight stay between 5.30pm and 7.30pm and finish 12 hours later. We can tailor the service to your exact requirements and add in a midday walk or several daily visits.

Contact us for more information and a detailed quotation.

To learn more about Overnight Pet Sitting visit our main Scamps and Champs Website. To ask us a question, check service availability or to make a booking with us, complete our simple online form.

Dog Walking and Pet Care in Reigate

It only takes a quick walk in the local parks to see Reigate is full of dog lovers and they all want the best possible care for their dogs if the need arises

Scamps and Champs Reigate branch can offer you a premium service for dog walking in Reigate and and surrounding areas. We have carefully picked Reigate dog walkers and fellow animal lovers to care for your loved ones. One of our Reigate Dog Walking team can come to your home and walk your dog for you, ensuring they have an engaging, fun and stimulating Reigate dog walk out in the fresh air. At Scamps and Champs Reigate we are here to help if you are unable to walk them for any reason. We offer a friendly, reliable and compassionate Reigate Dog Walking service, which can be tailored to suit your dog’s individual needs. This can be regular or ad hoc Reigate dog walk, which is sometimes difficult to find.

Scamps and Champs Reigate will never ‘pack walk’ your dog with multiple other dogs, as we fully understand how precious your pets are to you and therefore we believe in a caring service and treating each dog as if it was our own. We can offer you a regular or flexible Reigate dog walking service, each package is tailored to your individual needs and your dog’s personality. We will never walk your dog off the lead unless we have your consent and your dog displays a solid recall.

When using Scamps and Champs Reigate dog walking services you will always receive the following:

  • Online Booking – we provide a quick and easy to use online booking system, so that you can book your Reigate dog walk, whilst you are anywhere and at any time.
  • GPS Location Check in Service – so that you know your pampered pup has arrived at their destination.
  • GPS Route Tracker – you can access our GPS route tracker so that you can see where your Reigate dog walker is and see that they are getting the walk you have been promised.
  • Back up Dog Walkers – if due to unforeseen circumstances your Reigate dog walker is unable to attend the walk, we always try our very best to have a  backup Reigate dog walker organised so that your dog can still get out and go for their walk.
  • Feedback Report – we will send you an electronic feedback report with photographs of your Reigate dog walk so you can see what they have been up to.

Individualised Group Size – Scamps and Champs don’t believe in pack walking your dog in large groups. However, if they love company and would benefit from socialising with other dogs, then we are happy to pair your dog up with a walking buddy or two. Assuming everyone is getting on well with each other and that every dog is going to benefit from a group walk, we are happy to accommodate a Reigate dog walk with up to three other pup-pals.

In addition Scamps and Champs Reigate can also offer pop in service for all your Reigate pet care needs  so whether you have a new Puppy who is not yet ready to be fully socialised yet and needs toilet breaks we can organise one of our Reigate dog walkers to pop by one or maybe a few times during the day. Also if you have an older dog who just needs some company and to be let out or you need your cats, guinea pigs, mice, reptiles and or birds fed please do get in touch and one of the experienced Reigate dog walking and Reigate pet care team will be happy to pop by to discuss requirements.

To contact Scamps and Champs Reigate, check pet care service availability or to make a booking, simply complete their online enquiry form and I will respond to you as soon as possible.

Top 5 Dog Friendly Destinations in Halifax

The Stillwell Beer Garden

You can’t beat a drink in a sunny beer garden with your best canine companion by your side. After a dog walk around Halifax you can relax at the Stillwell Beer Garden which is completely dog friendly. Bear in mind this venue is weather and season dependent.

White Point Beach Resort

Just 45 minutes outside of Halifax you can walk your dog along the beach and then visit the White Point Beach Resort. They love dog walkers and they have even designed a ‘Fur on the Beach’ package which includes a pet friendly room for you to stay in. So once you have completed your dog walk in Halifax you can sleep in style, they will even give you a bag of locally made dog treats to take home!

Shubie Park

Shubbie Park is a wilderness gem situated in Halifax, you could spend a whole day walking your dog here. There’s areas to walk your dog on the lead and areas to walk your dog off the lead here. Your dogs can also enjoy swimming, ice cream and hours or running around here in Halifax.

Walk the Halifax Waterfront

There are so many great places to walk your dog in Halifax and one of the best dog walks has to be the Halifax waterfront. There are plenty of dishes of dog water along this walk and the Halifax sea air is unmissable.

Good Robot Brewing Company

Our final dog walking recommendation in Halifax is the Good Robot Brewing Company. This recommendation is ‘next level’ in terms of welcoming dogs in Halifax and is the perfect end to a wonderful dog walk with your best friend. There is an astro turf where your dog is welcome and they even put on specialist dog events. Events include a grooming salon, beer-flavoured dog treats and lots of lovely beer to be enjoyed by owners too!

If you are interested in our Scamps and Champs Halifax and our Services then you can Contact Us, Check Availability and Make a Booking via our Online Form.

Top 10 Summer Safety Tips for Your Dogs

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Whilst summer provides an abundance of outdoor opportunities for our canine companions, it also comes with additional risks. Hikes, swimming, holidays, picnics and exercising offer ample opportunities for us to take our beloved dogs out with us to enjoy the sunshine. At Scamps and Champs we definitely don’t want to suggest for one moment that this isn’t a fabulous idea! However, there are risks you can come upon in the summer months that as a responsible dog owner, it is good to be aware of so that preventative measures can be put in place and your dog’s safety ensured. Keep reading for our top 10 safety tips for your dog this summer:

  1. NEVER Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car

It goes without saying that you should never leave your dog in a hot car during the summer. Temperatures can reach over 90 degrees in a car during hot days and so the fairest thing to do is leave your dog at home in the cool, however beautiful the day is and how tempting it is to take your dog out to enjoy it with you.

  • Protect Your Dog from Parasites

If you chose not to protect your dog then your dog can be at serious risk of; heart worm, Lyme disease and a lot of other serious diseases associated with the heat and parasites. So always protect your dog as prevention is far better than trying to treat a serious illness.

  • Keep Paws Cool

Pavements, stones and footpaths can become exceedingly hot when the sun is out and can very easily cause your dog’s paw pads to become burnt. This can be extremely painful for your dog and therefore keeping your dog inside whilst the heat of the day is at its peak, or opting for woodland walks can be necessary alternatives. If your dog appears to be over heating then put their paws in some cold water to cool their body temperature down.

  • Fresh Drinking Water at ALL Times

Dogs can sweat but only a small amount so they therefore need to pant to cool down, this means they need to drink a lot of water when the weather is warm. To avoid your dog getting heat stroke ensure cold, fresh water and shade are available at all times.

  • Pup Pool to Keep them Cool

Your garden can get very hot in the summer so why not provide your dogs with their very own kiddy pool to keep them cool! Who doesn’t love a cool dip in the summer!

  • Swimming Dangers

Whilst a quick dip in the river, ocean or a lake may seem like a great idea to cool your dog down, do not assume they can swim! Make sure your dog can’t jump into deep water when they are unattended, as if they can’t swim well they could drown. Make sure you are always there to supervise your dog in deep water.

  • Doggy Sunburn

Did you know that dogs can get sunburn too? Dogs can still get sunburn and it can be very painful, so keep them in the shade or ask your vet about pet sunscreen as it does exist. Do not assume sunscreen for humans will do the job, as this is not the case.

  • Keep the Lead On

When you go out for the day or on holiday, the temptation is there to let your dog off the lead to explore. However once in an unfamiliar environment this can be extremely disorientating for dogs and they can easily wonder off and get lost. If you are unsure at all about your dog’s recall then keep them on the lead or on a long line, where they can explore safely.

  • Watch their Weight

If your dog is overweight then this can cause them to struggle in the heat and make exercise and breathing more difficult. So after those winter months make sure your dog is the correct weight ready for the summer heat. If you are in any doubt ensure you visit your vet.

  1. Don’t Forget to Shut Windows

It’s tempting to keep all of your house windows open at night particularly when it is really hot outside. However, don’t leave them open too wide and don’t forget to close windows when you go out of the house. As your dogs may get curious and escape, putting them at risk of coming to harm or running away.

We hope you have enjoyed our preventative summer top ten tips for your dogs! We hope you all enjoy the fabulous summer months with your precious pooches in the great outdoors!

Scamps and Champs are one of the country’s leading Pet Care Service companies, we offer caring and reliable animal care for when you can’t be there. Check out our services and availability in your area. If we can assist you in anyway please do contact us.

Pet Safety Awareness – Foxtail Grass the Weed that can Kill Dogs!

The foxtail plant is a common weed-like long tall grass often found in large fields and countryside in the UK. The changeable British weather offers the perfect conditions for foxtail grass to flourish and set within rolling countryside conditions, this sounds like the ideal walking environment for our four-legged friends. WRONG! Foxtails in fact are one of the most dangerous plants that our animals can face during a walk, made even more harmful due to the fact that most people wouldn’t think twice about letting their dogs run around a field of long grass.

So what is so dangerous about this long-style grass with the fluffy-tail top? Well it is the ‘tail’ of the foxtail plant that causes the most hazardous symptoms, as foxtails travel and when they do they can become burrowed into your dog’s soft skin! The danger of the foxtail goes beyond simple skin irritations, it can cause serious infections for your dog. In addition, the seeds can move around whilst inside your dog, making the foxtail difficult to locate and remove. So what are the other dangers that fox tails can cause and what do you do if you suspect your dog may be at risk?

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Foxtail Safety Tips – Credit Red and Howling

Foxtail Risks and Symptoms

  • Feet – Foxtails love to become stuck in the tender skin in between your dog’s toes. If your dog begins limping, appears to have a swollen foot or begins licking excessively in this area, check in between their toes for foxtails.
  • Ears – Foxtails can become deeply embedded into the ear canal and if your dog is displaying the following symptoms then you will need to visit your veterinary practice. If your dog begins vigorously shaking their head or scratching their ear incessantly, then they could have a foxtail in there.
  • Eyes – If your dog has a red eye, appears to have swelling of the eye or is itching around the eye area, they could have a foxtail stuck in there. In this instance you will need to visit a professional vet so that they can examine your dog’s eye thoroughly and remove it.
  • Nose – Foxtails can become lodged up inside the nasal passage and the seeds can then disperse inside the nose. If your dog is sneezing a lot or if you see discharge coming from the nose, they may have a Foxtail stuck in there.
  • Genitals – Foxtails can become lodged in this area too, so if your dog seems to be in great discomfort in this area contact your veterinary practice for an appointment.

Dogs with long coats and long ears are particularly prone to getting foxtails lodged within them. So what can you do to prevent this from happening to your dog? May to December is foxtail season, so perhaps consider cutting your dog’s fur short during the warmer months, so that any foreign objects can be spotted quickly.  Examine your dog’s body on a regular basis to check for anything that shouldn’t be there. Check your dog’s paw pads and in between the toes and also your dog’s nostrils. If you notice a foxtail up your dog’s nose you can use a pair of tweezers and gently attempt to remove it, if it doesn’t come lose DO NOT LEAVE IT!

Foxtails can become lodged in your dog’s brain, lungs and spine and cause them serious damage and in severe cases it can cause death. If you are in any doubt avoid fields with long grass and if you think your dog has a foxtail stuck in them and you cannot remove it, then seek professional veterinary assistance immediately.

Scamps and Champs are one of the country’s leading Pet Care Service companies, we offer caring and reliable animal care for when you can’t be there. Check out our services and availability in your area. If we can assist you in anyway please do contact us.

A Fantastic Dog Walk – from one of the Most Dog Friendly Pubs in the U.K. the Skimmington Castle Pub Reigate

Start at the Skimmington Castle Pub.

If you are heading out or a Reigate dog walk chances are you will want to head somewhere you can stop off for lunch and refreshments and you won’t find a more welcoming and friendly place than the “Skim”.

The Staff are always friendly even Rob the manager! Seriously Terri and the team do a great job and always welcome Reigate Dog Walkers and they have their own lovely dog Skimmy!

The food is delicious and they have just updated their menu and the famous Ribs are back on and my wife’s favourite the Vegetable Tagine!

There is a great selection of cask ales and to my pleasure have just taken on serving ales from Surrey Hills Brewery. And for those Gin lovers there is a great array and they have some from the localish Silent Pool Gin Distillery which is where the lovely barmaid Virginia also works

There are many good Reigate dog walks to and from the Skims door but I will let you know a great circular favourite one of mine to walk off the excess of those lovely Ribs and pint of Surrey Hills Shere Drop or do to begin with and treat yourself afterwards.

Walk round the front of this pub and past the front door you will see a path which goes between the pub and a cottage this part the greensand way. Keep walking up here, it is well covered by trees, a few yards up you may hear a parrot, this is the old nursery, which has been sold now but, the parrot in its cage was still there a couple of weeks ago!

It is said that Sir Winston’s Churchill’s parrot resided here on its last years. To your left you will see a walled garden this used to be the country home of the Film Mogul Arthur Rank (remember the big Gong?) Lots of movie stars from time gone by would spend time here. Keep walking and at the end you will see a lovely cottage, turn right here down the greensand way. Once at the bottom put the dogs on leads then head up the drive and cross the road.

You can now head up the sandy path and this will take you to the back of the Golf Club. Walk round the front and you will be afforded some of the best views in Surrey, you can walk round and have a look at the old windmill I told you about earlier which is now used as a church. Once you have taken in the view walk down the hill across the golf course and walk between the newly renovated cottage and the golf course practice green you are still on the greensand way. Walk along this path with its pretty views until you meet a little stream.

At this stream head on the path to the right and you will come out to an open arable farm field. Keep walking around the edge of this field and here you reach the footpath field path keep heading round right and head toward the corner of the field you will enter a good covered path running alongside some very overgrown gardens and a small field keep walking and you will come to the A25 again keep heading right and cross over a small private drive and after a short distance you will come to another private drive turn right here and then head slightly left at the sand path onto the heath golf course again.

Keep going ahead and then cross between the trees over the other fairway and you will see an opening half way up. Put the hounds on their leads and cross over Flanchford road and then you will see the Skim ahead of you of course please look out for golfers and cars on this wonderful Reigate dog walk.

Please let me know what you think of my blogs on my Scamps and Champs Reigate Facebook Page and if you need any pet care help in Reigate please do get in touch for an initial chat.

To contact Scamps and Champs Reigate, check pet care service availability or to make a booking, simply complete their online enquiry form and I will respond to you as soon as possible.