Gone to the D.O.G.S - Dog owners find sanctuary at their local
PUBLISHED: 08:33 24 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:54 20 February 2013
Thursday night is the night in Ben Rhydding to tell your wife the dog needs a walk. <br/><br/>Esther Leach finds out why
Gone to the D.O.G.S
Thursday night is the night in Ben Rhydding to tell your wife the dog needs a walk. Esther Leach finds out why
The paw prints in the bar tell the story. The Wheatley Arms Dog Owners Guzzling Society is in session. And the rules are strictly enforced. Absence is accepted only with emailed apologies and disobedient dogs and their owners automatically lose their membership.
But there are benefits if you go to the D.O.G.S. And we are not talking just about discount prices on ale for members. Its a very sociable club, said Neil Bolton, general manager of the Wheatley Arms in Ben Rhydding, near Ilkley, West Yorkshire, as he fills a jar with dog biscuits.
I had noticed quite a few locals coming in with their dogs and decided to form a club called the Dog Owners Guzzling Society. Every Thursday night members meet with their dogs in the Yorkshire Bar. They just tell the wife the dog needs a walk and end up here.
Dogs are a great way of helping people make friends. I inherited my dog Holly from my father who had her for six and half years before he died. She is a golden Labrador and a great companion. I take a walk with her and people come up and say hello they know Holly and knew my father.
There are 25 members with their dogs, which come in all breeds, who sit together to talk over the days events or chew anything in sight.
Not only is there real ale available at favoured prices but dog biscuits and bowls of water too. Occasionally a biscuit may be dunked in beer but drunken dogs not that there have been any yet will be expelled.
Membership is by nomination only and paw prints are necessary on the membership form along with biscuit preference. But all the red tape is worth it not just for convivial evenings together but for what sounds like a promising Day at the Dogs and the Dogs Dinner, planned for future gatherings.
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