Our pet pooch is more than a companion. They keep us happy, healthy and are an integral part of our family. It’s National Pet Month so it really got us thinking about how we can entertain our furry friends.
As thousands of people up and down the UK celebrate life with their pets this April, here in SE1 we’ve got our fair share of green spaces. Burgess Park and Southwark Park welcome dogs but be mindful that this excludes children’s play areas or sports pitches. You can find more about Dog Bye-laws on the Southwark Council website. You might think it’s barking mad but dog yoga is the latest craze we’ve heard about. If you want to improve your flow but don’t want to leave your pup at home you can take them along. ‘Doga’ is a yoga practice invented by teacher Mahny Djahanguiri in 2012. The next Doga class is held on 8 April near Liverpool Street (4 Paul St, London EC2A 4JH).
Thirsty and peckish? The Woolpack pub with its welcoming garden and The Garrison on Bermondsey Street are dog friendly spots to enjoy a beverage and a hearty meal with them in tow.
The Green Room near Southbank is another handy spot for lunch and a riverside walk. The garden in front makes a perfect space to unwind with your pet. (101 Upper Ground, Lambeth, SE1 9PP)
For those with fashion conscious pets to pamper, look no further than Holly & Lil’s on Tower Bridge Road and Bermondsey St. You’ll be spoilt for choice with their on-trend handmade dog collars and leads, which include limited-edition collections in leather and tweed. Prices start at around £40 up to £120 for something bejewelled and glitzy. There’s plenty for our feline friends too – there’s a line of cat collars on sale.