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
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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.
Follow 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.
Collies 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.
Follow Koda at @koda_thebearpup
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.
Follow Rufus at @point_of_ru
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…
Follow Barrie at @barriespaws
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 Mini Mutt
Talk about style! Daphne is a model and diva who is so much fun to follow, just check out her posing.
Follow them at @fredrickandroyston
Names: Fredrick and Royston
Breed: Golden retriever
Brothers whose energy is infectious! This twosome are constantly bounding around together.
Filey is always around to help out!
Breed: Border collie cross
Filey is a therapy dog and helps children with anxiety while always having a smile on her face.
Follow them at @jess._in._boots
Names: Lunar, Summer, Nancy, Ethel
These four lurchers are adventure addicts who can often be found outside in nature.
Follow Talyn at @talyns_tale
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.
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.
Maggie loves adventure in Scotland
Breed: Black labrador
Our Scottish winner, Maggie, is a loveable, friendly lab who enjoys a walk at her local beach.
Our very first Canine Critic
Follow 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.
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