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Canine Critic

Our Canine Critics wall of fame

Kate W 16 May 2022

We have a fine history of fabulous Critics who have joined our ranks over the years – striking out and learning about dog-friendly destinations all over the UK so that we can pass on that valuable information to others.

Every one of these impressive doggos deserves to be recognised for the excellent job they did during their time in the role. So, to honour our roving Rovers, we've put together a Canine Critics wall of fame detailing every member so far of our ever-growing pack.

Discover our list of four-pawed professionals below and click the links to read about their UK travels.

Our Canine Critics pack

Jump to the winners for each year... 

Canine Critics 2021 winners

We are so proud of our 2021 Canine Critics who are currently working their way around the UK, digging up all they can about the top dog-friendly places to stay.

Members of this year’s team have got a host of beautiful places lined up to share with you. In the team, we have three mountain rescue search dogs who climb the Pennines for a living, an elegant Welsh corgi who knows just how fabulous she is, and a rare dog who is believed to be the first of his kind in the UK.

They’re a friendly bunch, all with something special to offer, and we just know you’ll love getting to know each and every one of them.

The Rescue

The RescueFollow Abby at @abbythepodenco

Name: Abby

Breed: Podenco

Despite losing her sight at age 4, Abby has no problem diving nose-first into adventure.  

The Superstar

TedFollow Ted at @annalieandted

Name: Ted

Breed: Labrador

Ted has many hobbies including mountain walking, sea swimming and paddleboarding.

The Mini Mutt

The Mini MuttFollow Queenie at @queenie_the_welsh_corgi

Name: Queenie

Breed: Pembrokeshire Welsh corgi

Queenie has excellent taste in harnesses and is often at the beach with her little brother Gus.

The Siblings

The SiblingsFollow these two at @hugoandhershey

Names: Hugo and Hershey

Breed: Miniature dachshund

Hugo and Hershey are two sausages that go walking in some epic beauty spots together and love big views. 

The Hero

The HeroCollies who are best mates and work buds

Names: Sam, Wisp and Gus

Breed: Border collies

Three hard-working mountain rescue search dogs who spend their days in the Pennine mountains.

The Helper

The HelperFollow Koda at @koda_thebearpup

Name: Koda

Breed: French bulldog

This Frenchie is a soppy pup who is a true best pal and acts as a service dog to his pup-parent.

The Rarity

The RarityFollow Spyro at @spyro_lupinodelgigante

Name: Spyro

Breed: Cane lupino del gigante

Spyro is friendly, warm-hearted and unique - he is believed to be the first of his kind in the UK! 

Critics' Choice

Critics' ChoiceFollow Rufus at @point_of_ru

Name: Rufus

Breed: German shorthaired pointer

Another pup with stunning photos who has travelled throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

Canine Critics 2020 winners

In 2020, we saw Alaskan malamutes hanging out in Devon and a border collie exploring the Highlands of Scotland!

Back in 2019, each dog represented the region they lived in. 2020 was the first year we introduced categories tailored to the different breeds, roles and personalities of the dogs in our lives.

We had a hero category won by a water rescue dog, a female rescue called Barrie who found her forever home, and golden retriever siblings who are sure to make you smile.

Find our list below or click through to find out more about our 2020 winners…

The Rescue

The RescueFollow Barrie at @barriespaws

Name: Barrie

Breed: Anatolian shepherd

Barrie’s former Royal Engineer dad brought her to the UK all the way from Syria when she was a pup.

The Superstars

The SuperstarsFollow them at @lifewithmalamutes

Names: Phil, Niko and Teddy

Breed: Alaskan malamutes

Three big softies who you can watch getting into all kinds of mischief on their YouTube channel.

The Mini Mutt

The Mini MuttFollow @daphnethewondersausage

Name: Daphne

Breed: Chiweenie

Talk about style! Daphne is a model and diva who is so much fun to follow, just check out her posing. 

The Siblings

The SiblingsFollow them at @fredrickandroyston

Names: Fredrick and Royston

Breed: Golden retriever

Brothers whose energy is infectious! This twosome are constantly bounding around together.

The Hero

The HeroFollow Yogi at @yogi_the_newfoundland

Name: Yogi

Breed: Newfoundland

Between working as a Therapet and a water rescue dog, we’re pleased Yogi had time for a holiday!

The Helper

The HelperFiley is always around to help out!

Name: Filey

Breed: Border collie cross

Filey is a therapy dog and helps children with anxiety while always having a smile on her face.

The Bear

The BearFollow Lucas at @lucas_the_akita

Name: Lucas

Breed: Akita

This giant furball towers over his canine friends and always enjoys roaming a new landscape. 

The Pack

The PackFollow them at @jess._in._boots

Names: Lunar, Summer, Nancy, Ethel

Breed: Lurcher

These four lurchers are adventure addicts who can often be found outside in nature.

The Rarity

The RarityFollow Talyn at @talyns_tale

Name: Talyn

Breed: Norwegian lundehund

Fun fact, Talyn has an extra toe on each paw – he also reviewed, not one, but two cottages for us! Check out his first holiday. 

Critics' Choice

Critics' ChoiceFollow Ronnie at @ronniethewanderdog

Name: Ronnie

Breed: Terrier cross

Ronnie is a Lake District Wainwright bagger and was hand-picked by our previous Canine Critics.

2019 Canine Critics  

This was the year of the destination dog – that is, each dog proudly represented their home region!

In our 2019 pack, you’ll find a smart-dressing Welsh corgi, a blind Staffy who gets support from his dog best mate, and a married pug and sausage dog from the Big Smoke.

Read the introductory blog posts for each 2019 Canine Critic and check out their cottage reviews below.


ScotlandMaggie loves adventure in Scotland

Name: Maggie

Breed: Black labrador

Our Scottish winner, Maggie, is a loveable, friendly lab who enjoys a walk at her local beach. 

North East

North EastFollow them at @spanielsbythesea

Names: Willow and Bobby

Breeds: English springer and sprocker

Living near the coast, our North East winners are keen swimmers and love a river to dive into!

North West

North WestFollow them @jessyyandthewonderdogs

Names: Toby and Amos

Breeds: Border terrier and Staffy cross 

Toby helps out his blind brother, Amos, and these two sweethearts and best friends were our North West winners.

East of England

East of EnglandFollow Dilbert at @dilbertthecorgi

Name: Dilbert

Breed: Cardigan Welsh corgi

Our East of England winner, a gorgeous corgi called Dilbert, is a lover of cute outfits and cafe hopping.


Yorkshire Follow Penny at @berner.bears

Name: Penny

Breeds: Bernese mountain dog

Lovely Penny was our Yorkshire winner and she’s on a mission to become everyone’s best friend.


MidlandsFollow Woody at @youmeandwoody

Name: Woody

Breed: Golden retriever

This heart-stealing (and shoe-stealing!) retriever is Woody, our fantastic Midlands winner.


WalesFollow Bear at @_gsdbear

Name: Bear

Breed: German shepherd

Bear the bionic dog was our Wales winner. He had a hip replacement as a pup, yet is super active!


London Canine Critic winnersFollow Puggy and Pops at @thepuggysmalls

Names: Puggy Smalls and Pops

Breed: Pug and dachshund

Our London winners were these two city slickers who will make you laugh with their hilarious posts.

South East

South EastFollow Barney at @barney_bear_chow

Name: Barney

Breed: Chow chow

Best known for his awesome booty shake, this fabulous chow chow was our South East winner.

South West

South WestFollow Honey at @honeyandblondie

Name: Honey

Breed: Staffordshire cross

Our South West winner has an enchanting Instagram feed to inspire you and your pup’s travels.

Our very first Canine Critic

PoppyFollow Poppy and her sister Maple at @alwaystakethedogs

Finally, the pup who started it all! Poppy was our very first Canine Critic all the way back in 2018 and did such an amazing job, we decided to take on ten critics the year after.

From the Lake District to Cornwall, Poppy ventured out on a range of UK adventures, reviewing five cottages and even visiting Canine HQ during her time in the role!

Become our next Canine Critic

Every year we search for an explorer who is keen to travel the UK and feed back to us on their findings. The role involves staying at a few of our pet-friendly cottages and reviewing the properties and the surrounding area for dog-friendliness.

This year, one winner will get to go on four free holidays throughout 2022, while ten runners up will receive a £1,000 holiday voucher each!

If you think your four-pawed best pal has got what it takes, register to enter and they could become our next Canine Critic.

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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