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After being neglected and abandoned at 4 years old, Abby was left completely blind and in need of urgent care. She then found her forever home with Mum and Dad who are often reminded of Abby’s important mantra: no eyes, all love.
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Canine Critics' review of Brigholme
Hi everyone, Abby the podenco here with my canine critic review of Brigholme in Robin Hood’s Bay.
Mum and Dad spent a long time hunting down the perfect holiday cottage (let’s be honest - with Canine Cottages you’re spoilt for choice!). Our criteria? Somewhere cosy with plenty of outdoor adventures on the doorstep and (since my sister Alba joined our family in March) somewhere with enough sofa space for two leggy sighthounds.
That's Alba, pictured above. We’re both rescue dogs, and since I lost my sight three years ago, I can get easily overwhelmed by other dogs, so we usually avoid “dog-friendly” shops and cafes. But Robin Hood’s Bay isn’t just dog friendly, it’s dog-centric. Every cafe, pub and restaurant welcomes dogs of all shapes and sizes. From rescue dogs to reactive dogs, this is a community where canines like me can relax and just be themselves.
Like most of the houses around the bay, Brigholme is a tall, skinny building that reaches up towards beautiful east coast sunsets. Two sea blue doors face each other across a narrow, cobbled alley-like street. On the left, is the main cottage with two cosy bedrooms and two of the comfiest beds I’ve ever known. On the right, is a perfect dog-friendly hang-out. Brigholme’s annexe is tucked away in the shade and out of sight of the busy main street.
We visited Robin Hood’s Bay during one of the hottest weeks of the year and our host recommended using the annexe to make sure we were as comfortable as possible during the day. There were towels for sandy paws, hooks for soggy leads, and a fridge/freezer in the kitchenette for our food and treats. Normally, a garden would have been top of my list of requirements for the perfect dog-friendly accommodation, but when you have the beach and village green right on your doorstep, who needs a garden?! The green sits up behind the cottage, on the edge of the village, with beautiful views over both the hills and seafront.
Speaking of the beach - wow! Even though Robin Hood’s Bay is a bustling, lively little community, the beach stretches on forever and never feels crowded. We went down to the seafront most mornings and almost always had the beach to ourselves. I even went off the lead! A rare treat that meant the world to me, my mum and my dad. Alba got into all kinds of mischief climbing rocks and splashing around in rock pools, but I prefer to paddle in the sea and run around chasing sniffs.
Because of the heatwave, we weren’t able to travel as far as we’d planned but it didn’t matter one little bit. I found so many incredible walks: along the cliff tops, down to sandy coves and up onto the green Yorkshire hills. One night, I took my parents for a picnic to watch the sunset - we had a perfect view of the Buck supermoon rising over the cliffs. That night, Mum and Dad got engaged (with my permission of course)!!
There really is something magical about Robin Hood’s Bay. Each one of us made so many once-in-a-lifetime memories there. Running around Whitby Abbey, playing on the beach with my sister, I even went to my first ever cafe! And then my first ever restaurant! Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, they made it really easy for me to relax and not feel stressed by the other dogs in the town. You can see from my holiday snaps that I am very proud of myself! Mum said the fish was really good at the local chip shop. I was there too, and she might have snuck a little taste under the table for me, but I’m not allowed to tell anyone about that. Dad loved the ice cream from the local sweet shop, and I liked our picnics on the hill at the village green.
All too soon, it was time to head home back to Scotland. We’ve got another break planned for later in the year - it’s got a lot to live up to but I’m excited to see what new adventures we’ll find! I’d definitely recommend Brigholme and Robin Hood’s Bay to all my fellow canine adventurers out there, but be warned: the local storyteller told us that your first visit to Robin Hood’s Bay is never your last…and in our case, she was definitely right.
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