The National Trust wants your dogs
This year was the first time The National Trust had attended Crufts… and they were there on a mission. Sally Dingwall, Regional Membership Co-ordinator for the Midlands and her colleague Norma Preece spent the four days of the show working hard to change the preconceptions that many dog owners have about the National Trust. They certainly showed the friendly face of the Trust and drew many people into their stand.
Sally, a dog owner herself, was glad to have the opportunity to change people’s minds about the Trust’s attitude to dogs and dog owners and was more than happy to sign up the converted by offering very special rates on membership, available only at the show.
Many people think that dogs are not at all welcome on National Trust properties. In fact, responsible dog owners are more than welcome to enjoy days out accompanied by their canine friends at many of the Trust’s beautiful places to visit. Dogs (with the exception of assistance dogs) are not allowed inside any of the houses but well behaved pets in the company of their owners can enjoy a fantastic range of gardens and less formal landscapes within the Trust’s auspices.
So, next time you are trying to think of somewhere new to go with your favourite companions why not visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk or telephone 0844 800 1895 for details of dog friendly visitor attractions nearby. If you are already a National Trust member have a look in your handbook for information on which properties accept dogs. Sally told me it’s always worth ringing a property you like the look of as even if it doesn’t have the “Doggy Welcome” symbol displayed in the book they may still be happy to welcome a well behaved pooch or two, as long as they make their owners behave responsibly!