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Dogs and other pets

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Is Tom’s Barn Dog-Friendly, or Dog-Owner Friendly?

…I suspect the latter – but we are VERY dog-owner friendly…This post will be a masterpiece of procrastination. Looming over me is this week’s Blogging for Photographers homework blog post but, as I discover, doing one to order is strangely inhibiting. Having tidied the desk, answered emails, made a few urgent (?) phone calls I [...]

Comments from a Canine Guest Blogger

…Rocky…We get many beautiful dogs visiting Tom’s Barn with their owners: many rescue dogs, many mongrels and many very aristocratic pedigrees. We don’t as far as we know have many literate ones, so were very pleased to see that Rocky, an English Springer Spaniel who stayed recently, wrote in our Tom’s Barn Visitors’ book last [...]

We Say a Fond Farewell to Boots

I know in the scheme of things the death of a cat is not very important, but as any pet lover will know, it is very big for the pet’s owners. Today we took Boots, our much-loved-by-many cat, to the vet, and he very kindly and very gently, put her to sleep. She sat there [...]

Tom’s Barn ‘Dog Policy’

…And some thoughts for other holiday cottage owners considering accepting dogs…We are often asked for our `Dog Policy’, and have to admit rather sheepishly that we are a bit anti policies (there’re too many around already) and we are also a bit lazy and do not yet have one as such. But we are also [...]

House Cat Breaks House Rules

…But Compassion Rules…We get the most lovely comments from our guests in the Visitors’ Books which occasionally we like to share with you; sometimes there are some very touching personal comments, which we tend not to share just because they are personal. Idly going through Douglas’s Barn’s Guest book the other day I came across [...]

Snowy Update from Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

…And One Happy Tom’s Barn Dog Guest…Just a quick post after a day of snow. Last winter the snow came with a vengeance at the end of November; this year we have had to wait until early February so it seems more exciting – there isn’t that slight niggling worry that it might be going [...]

How Friendly is Dog-Friendly Tom’s Barn?

…very, but not up the soon-to-be carpeted stairs…We love dogs, and their owners, and we welcome dogs to Tom’s Barn, warmly and almost unconditionally. However, we do always stipulate ‘well-behaved’ and we do politely suggest that they don’t go upstairs or onto the furniture (unless it is adequately protected by dust sheets and old curtains [...]

Some Dog-Friendly News from Tom’s Barn

…Including information about local dog-friendly pubs…Here is a photo taken this afternoon of a very handsome Smudge who did not want to be hosed down after a boggy walk in the High Peak today. And just for good measure one of Boots our much-loved 14-year old cat inherited from my father Douglas, taken yesterday. We warmly  welcome [...]

Some Guests’ Comments from Dog-Friendly Tom’s Barn

“The best equipped, stocked and presented cottage we have ever stayed in!” You don’t have to have a dog to enjoy a wonderful holiday in Tom’s Barn. Many but by no means all of our Tom’s Barn guests do come with a dog, or two, but we do our very best to ensure, especially for [...]

Tom’s Barn Honeymooning Dog Sustains Injury on Dovedale

… Poppy, the dog on honeymoon, retires hurt …(Couldn’t resist the dramatic headline!) Poppy is here with her owners, who are staying in Tom’s Barn for their honeymoon. Before they all arrived, John and I went to Chatsworth Farm Shop to catch up on some shopping (it’s difficult to stop catching up once there). John [...]