The best of the rest: Canine Critics runners-up 2020 holiday cottages

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The best of the rest: Canine Critics runners-up 2020

Sam 01 December 2020

The response we had to our search for this year’s Canine Critics was incredible and we were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of superb applicants. It certainly had us running in circles, and we had a hard time trying to pick out just ten winners!

All the entries were so impressive this year, we simply had to showcase a few of the other dogs who didn't quite make the final cut. These runners-up all have something special that caught our eye and we bet you'll love them as much as us. 

So here they are – the ones that tied us in knots and made the decision-making process the opposite of a walk in the park! The ones we thought deserved a special mention… 

It’s time to meet the 10 amazing runners-up for the prestigious role of Canine Critic 2020…

Fetch runners-up in each of our 2020 Canine Critic categories:

  • The Pack
  • The Superstars
  • The Rarity
  • The Mini Mutt
  • The Rescue
  • The Bear
  • The Siblings
  • The Helper
  • The Hero
  • Critics' Choice

Runners-up | The Pack

The Sausage Squad @_sausage.squad_
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Names: Sausage Squad

Breed: Dachshund

About: We are the Sausage Squad; a family (yes, we’re all related) of five sausages! We love nothing more than taking our humans on staycays; especially to the beach. Wherever we go, we generally get stopped; who wouldn’t want to stroke five friendly, gorgeous sausage dogs? 

Runners-up | The Superstars

Hugo and Huxley @hugoandursula
Follow Hugo and Huxley at @hugoandursula


Name: Hugo, Huxley

Breed: Golden retrievers

About: They have a huge social media following and have travelled lots. They are really fun but know when to behave. They love exploration and discovering new people/places!

Runners-up | The Rarity

Willow the Stabyhoun

Name: Willow

Breed: Stabyhoun 

About: Willow is primarily our pet. Prior to lockdown, as a registered therapy dog she regularly visited a mental health hospital and nursing home and a children’s nursery. She loves people and enjoys coming away with us (her owners!) to spend time walking at the beach. 

Runners-up | The Mini Mutt

Bobby @bobbybearinlondon
Follow Bobby at @bobbybearinlondon


Name: Bobby

Breed: Bichon Frise

About: Bobby is a sweet, good boy, who loves to make everyone happy. He works with children with autism and also does therapy work with foster children. Bobby has had a hard life as a rescue, and we are so privileged to give him his forever home. He loves cuddles too.

Runners-up | The Rescue

Belinha @thedogvine
Follow Belinha at @thedogvine


Names: Belinha

Breed: Unknown

About: Belinha is used to sniffing out fabulous dog-friendly places for our London dog blog, The Dogvine. She loves nothing better than to tell all her doggy pals why a place is great from a pup's perspective!

Runners-up | The Bear

Ica @icamakeseight
Follow Ica at @icamakeseight


Name: Ica 

Breed: Leonberger 

About: Ica is a bundle of fur and love. He’s utterly gorgeous and is already so well behaved! Leonbergers are known for being very chilled (and are often therapy dogs) but are made for the outdoors and perfect adventure companions. He’s already helping us at home (he's also a sibling of seven cats!).

Runners-up | The Siblings 

Ralph and Pablo @ralphandpablo
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Name: Ralph and Pablo

Breed: Cocker spaniel

About: Ralph and Pablo absolutely love the outdoors and are always up for an adventure! Their 19k followers enjoy keeping up to date with the boys as they are always up to something! I love nothing more than documenting it all on their stories and Instagram feed. 

Runners-up | The Helper

Rich and Raven

Name: Rich and Raven

Breed: Great Dane and German shepherd 

About: Rich the Great Dane is a therapy dog for Therapy Dogs Nationwide. She visits a rehab ward at a hospital and two dementia care homes. It's unusual to have a giant breed as a therapy dog and it's great that people see just how gentle these giants are. 

Runners-up | The Hero

Albert @alberdoggo
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Name: Albert

Breed: Labradoodle

About: My guide dog Albert changed my life completely. When I got him I couldn’t leave the house alone. I now work full time for the NHS and live completely independently with my boy. 

Runners-up | Critics' Choice

Stryda @staffy_strydaFollow Stryda at @staffy_stryda

Name: Stryda

Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier

About: Stryda loves adventures with his parents and loving travelling so much we'll write amazing recommendations and reviews together. Stryda is the cutest puppy with lots of personality! 

Think your dog has got what it takes to be one of next year's Canine Critics? Register your interest here

Or if your dog is more a fan of keeping a low profile and exploring new places then check out our full range of dog-friendly self-catering holiday cottages, and begin planning a pet-friendly break with your faithful friend by your side.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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