A canine guide to British holidays, seeking out the best dog-friendly days out, beaches, hotels, pubs, campsites, cottages and holidays. An amusing and informative guide, illustrated with photos of different dogs, from pedigrees to mutts, at various locations around Britain.
The book builds on the success of the website www.phileasdogg.com, which has been running for 18 months and has a mailing list and social media following in the thousands. The site's main canine correspondent is Attlee, aka Phileas Dogg, a three year old Battersea mongrel, owned by freelance journalist Jane Common. As well as Attlee, the site is written by a team of Rover Reporters from as far afield as the Shetland Isles and Cornwall.
In the short time it's been running, the site has been picked up by The Evening Standard and The Guardian - "even if you don't have a dog we urge you to read this"; Waitrose Weekend, Prima, Real People and Dogs Today magazines as well as generating local paper stories around the country, in places where Phileas has visited. Jane has been invited on to BBC Radio as an expert in dog travel and worked with Visit England, the Kennel Club and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to promote dog-friendly holidays and days out.
Jane Common is a freelance journalist and writes real life stories, travel features and in-depth reports for publications such as Cosmopolitan, Prima, Red and Take a Break. She edits the pets' pages of Real People and also has a regular column in Horse and Countryside magazine about dog-friendly travel. In her 20-year journalistic career, she has been editor of the weekly supplement of the Daily Star Sunday - Take5 - as well as Deputy Editor of Time Out Istanbul and starred in a BBC1 documentary about women's magazines. Several of her poems and short stories have been published in anthologies and she has collaborated on a book of London's best dog walks.