Angus & Dundee Ambassadog.
Last year the hunt began to find a dog that could help us promote all the great dog friendly things to see and do in Angus in 2019. There was a fantastic response with entries from all over Angus. But in the end, Moss the Border Collie became the first ‘Angus Ambassadog’ and Jarvis the retriever Puppy becoming the ‘Junior Ambassadog’. They started their new jobs just before Christmas and were soon out and about on their adventures, all the while reporting back through social media to Dog friendly Angus HQ.
Nights away in luxury accommodation, fine dining in restaurants, pamper sessions at groomers – it’s a dog’s life, eh?
There have been a few changes over the past year. Due to popular demand, Dog friendly Angus is now ‘Dog friendly Angus and Dundee’ and the members group has continued to attract more and more members. A Dog Friendly Angus and Dundee page launched to go alongside the group on Facebook as well as a increasingly popular Instagram page. Through all these changes our two Ambassadogs have been wagging their tails and barking loudly about all the experiences you can have staying and visiting Angus and Dundee with your four legged friends.
Angus Ambassadogs 2019
Two intrepid pooches did their bit to promote dog-friendly tourism in Angus in 2019. Moss the 5 year old Bordie Collie was named as the ‘Angus Ambassadog’ in a competition run by Dog friendly Angus, along with Jarvis, a Golden Retriever puppy, who provided assistance in the role of ‘Junior Ambassadog’.
Moss and Jarvis spearheaded the Dog Friendly Angus campaign and spent 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 thoroughly enjoyed exploring all that the area had to offer “Angus has a great variety of places to visit with your dog. We’ve been to 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 as the Ambassadog 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 brought enthusiasm to the role.”
The Ambassadogs also visited and reviewed dog friendly businesses throughout the county including the Lunan Bay Diner, Bunkhouse and B&B, Balmuirfield House B&B, Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort, Newton Farm Tours and Millies Pet Services amongst others.
Jarvis’ owner, Debbie Thomson said “when a fully grown Retriever arrives it’s 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 and reporting back has helped locals and people coming to the area choose where they go to spend their time and money with their dogs.”
The Ambassadogs worked 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.