The time has come to officially end our blog, so this is a quick note to say cheerio and thank you so much for all your kind messages and comments over the last four and a half years.
I’ve loved hearing about your dogs, your pet-friendly recommendations – and we have had lots of fun visiting dog-friendly spots in and around Sydney. I hope the blog has been helpful in sharing our finds.
However, Harry is now quite a senior dog (about 14-15 we believe) and he is showing his age. Always a homebody, with his eyesight failing and energy levels dropping due to various health issues, he’s even more reticent to venture out. So we stay in our favourite familiar spots – which makes Harry very happy, but isn’t much to blog about 🙂
If you are still interested in Harry updates, you can find us on Instagram and Facebook: @smallcreaturesstudio where I continue to indulge my crazy dog lady streak with lots of dog sketches – art is proving to be a great hobby when you have a dog who just likes to stay home snoozing at your feet. Of course, Harry is often my model and I can’t help myself putting up the odd photo of him too. I’d love to hear from you – and if you have a cute dog, Instagram is often my inspiration for sketches so please give me a shout.
On the bank of Leichhardt’s Hawthorne Canal, Café Bones is an institution among Sydney dog-lovers.
This dedicated dog-friendly eatery offers both human and canine refreshments – including the famous pupaccino – and has only outdoor seating, meaning no discrimination against patrons who think the best café company is a dog.
It’s something of a British tradition to sup a pint with a dog snoozing at your feet and, certainly when I lived there, it was not uncommon to see a dog down at your local (check out Dogs in Pubs for some great shot of dogs enjoying the good life).
Here in Sydney, I’m struggling to find as many options to drink with dog in tow. However, Harry and I refuse to be discouraged and continue to hunt down more of Sydney’s dog-friendly haunts.
We can report that The Dog in Randwick, despite such a promising name, does not allow dogs inside (although they are permitted in the small courtyard beer garden). The Clovelly Hotel, an ideal pit stop during the Bondi to Coogee coastal cliff walk, does not even allow dogs in the beer garden (they are allowed on the deck out front, but when we visited it was pretty unappealing – more of a functional space for smokers).
One of the most challenging aspects of dog ownership for me has been adapting to the curtailing of personal freedom.
Pre-Harry, I had no major commitments or responsibilities (other than Him Indoors, who is generally low maintenance) and have been able to come and go as I please. Now I have Harry, who needs walking twice a day (he has an enormous amount of energy for a 10-year-old dog) and bucket loads of love and attention. Long days away from home are a thing of the past – unless of course my four-legged friend is in tow.
I would happily take Harry with me wherever I go: office, shops, restaurants, bars, buses, trains… However, the rules do not always permit. I’m still discovering just how dog-friendly Sydney is but offerings like Chew Chew pet restaurant give me hope. A restaurant not just where you can take your dog inside, but in fact it’s ONLY your dog who will be served. Chew on that!