Two intrepid pooches are doing their bit to promote dog-friendly tourism in Angus. Moss the 5 year old Bordie Collie has been named as the ‘Angus Ambassadog’ in a competition run by Dog friendly Angus, along with Jarvis, a Golden Retriever puppy, who will be providing assistance in the role of ‘Junior Ambassadog’.
Moss and Jarvis will spearhead the Dog Friendly Angus campaign and spend the next year sniffing out all the great things to experience on a visit to Angus in an attempt to promote the County as a dog friendly destination.
Katherine Thomas, owner of Moss, was delighted that her dog was chosen and said “Angus has a great variety of places to visit with your dog. There are beautiful beaches such as Lunan Bay, glens where we can head up into the hills and farmland and forest to explore in between. There’s also historic sites like Edzell Castle and the Catherthun forts. Moss loves to go out exploring and adventuring and we were already active on social media; sharing tales and photos of our adventures locally and further afield. She came to me as a rescue, having been found as a stray and was terrified of people. But she has blossomed into a lovely, confident, active dog who is curious about everything. Moss is definitely going to bring enthusiasm to her new role.”
But it won’t be just the great outdoors that will be getting the Ambassadog ‘bark’ of approval. The Ambassadogs will also be visiting and reviewing dog friendly businesses throughout the county
Jarvis’ owner, Debbie Thomson said “when he’s a fully grown Retriever it will be a good test for any dog friendly business to see how dog-friendly they actually are. It’s all very well being able to accommodate a smaller dog, but a 40kg golden retriever is a different matter! Gaining insight can help locals and people coming to the area choose where they go to spend their time and money with their dogs.
The Ambassadogs will be working with members of the Angus Tourism Cooperative to create a better online profile of the dog-friendly businesses and places within Angus through their social media channels. ATC member Vicky Gunn from Millies Pet Services in Carnoustie said “We’ve had a fantastic response to the campaign so far, with our Dog Friendly Angus facebook group growing to include nearly 2000 members; all eager to learn more about the places and experiences they can enjoy with their ‘furiends’. We are all looking forward to having a fun filled year with our Ambassadogs and our members.”