We haven’t seen The House of Tiny Tearaways because our home is child-free but friends of the Mistress have told her it is THE programme to watch – regardless of whether or not you have children. Apparently, it’s about out-of-control little darlings who have to spend time in a house with child behaviour expert, Dr Tanya Byron. And Doctor T sorts them out.
Now I’m no expert on children – although we dogs can be VERY wise – but I may have just the answer for those naughty nippers! Oh yes. And it’s a combination of two things – a dog and…walking!
Clever or what? And what makes me so sure of this solution? Well, according to research published by The Good Dog Campaign (GDC) www.gooddogcampaign.co.uk, dog owners are three times more likely to go walking two or three times a week as a family than people who don’t have dogs.
And what do out-of-control people need? Routine, routine, routine. And exercise. And what about unconditional love to boot? A dog will provide all of these. And more! It’s a win: win situation!
The findings are part of wider research about family-friendly dog walks in the UK.
I’ve written at length about my love of London – the Mistress takes me all over the capital and it is SO dog-friendly (particularly snack-wise) most of the time – so I was intrigued to see what got chosen as the top 10. Sadly, London didn’t get a look in, which is a great pity because millions of people (adults and children) and thousands of dogs live here! I think I will have to lobby these groups and show them just how fantastic London can be! Even for walkers – human and canine!
Anyway, the vote-winners are:
• Branston Waterpark, Staffordshire – All the family can enjoy this park with beautiful views of the
lake and many bird watching areas.
• Fort Victoria, Isle of Wight – Steeped in history and information, coastal walks and nature trails provide a fun outing for all the family.
• Horsell Common, Surrey – Open common land with superb footpaths. It was made famous by H.G. Wells and the landing of the aliens in “War of the Worlds”.
• Llanelli Millenium Coastal Park, South Wales – The coastal park’s biggest land reclamation project attracts 500,000 visitors a year.
• New Forest District Woodlands & Beaches, Hampshire – Walks through forests, woods and beaches, spotting cows, pigs and ponies running free in the forest.
• Oxford Island, Northern Ireland – A fantastic location providing great walks and facilities for all the family.
• Rutland Water, Leicestershire – Walk through the woods and hills enjoying an off-lead area, play parks, rock climbing, a butterfly area and bird hides.
• St Ann’s Well Gardens House, Hove – Provides a bit of the country in the middle of city, taking you down winding pathways and past ancient trees.
• Tiverton to Holcombe Rogus, Devon – A great family walk along a canal, through woods and farmland.
• Worden Park, Lancashire – Located in South Ribble, Worden Park extends to 63 hectares with many interesting features including a well-equipped play area.
I think Dr Tanya Byron sounds like a dog lover to me so I hope she’ll consider my suggestion seriously. Who knows, we could be watching Five Tiny Tearaways and Fido Go Mad in .... (you can fill in the appropriate walk above) in months to come? What do you reckon?