Here are the things we get asked most often about dogs and pets at Queensberry Bay. .
Yes – but see below re numbers and dog friendly units.
We love animals at Queensberry Bay.
And by that I don’t mean we carry miniature dogs around in our handbags and dress them up in ballerina outfits or anything – I just mean we care about animals.
Partly that comes from John.
We call him the Doctor Doolittle of the caravan world. He has this magnetism that simply draws animals to him.
He was a farmer after all.
But it does have to be under control
If you’re a dog owner you’ll know the difference!
Many guests can’t believe the freedom that pets are allowed here.
But John and I always said that we wanted to be pet friendly.
We didn’t actually plan though to become an informal sanctuary for waifs and strays – but that’s how it’s ended up!
As for dogs and cats – we welcome both on the park (subject of course to not allowing pets on the dangerous dogs list or known to have inter personal issues) and we welcome dogs into specific self-catering and glamping units.
We can’t take cats or other pets in our letting units because of the increased effect of allergies for other guests and damage caused (usually by scratching).
Yes – it’s called the beach!
No, seriously, we say that the land behind the park is our dog walk area and we don’t get hung up on walking areas or leads. Apart from the dangerous and anti-social dogs restriction we have some basic common sense rules:
If you’re a dog lover these rules won’t bother you.
A dog lover for example wouldn’t dream of leaving their dog in their caravan in a strange place while they went shopping.
As animal lovers we fully understand that you want your “pack” with you.
But a large group of dogs can be intimidating to other park users – so for visitors we generally restrict it to 2 pets per pitch.
If you have more than 2 dogs then call us before you book and we’ll see what we can do.
If you’re booking one of our units – glamping or letting – it will also depend on the unit.
So we can definitely only take one newfoundland in an S-Pod – and you have to clear up the slobber!! – but could potentially take two of them in a letting unit.
As I said – talk to us!
So we can stalk him on Facebook . .
No seriously – it really seems to bother guests why we do this.
The answer’s simple – our letting and glamping guests get a little welcome bag for their dogs. It’s nothing big – and certainly nothing sinister!
But you’ve paid to bring your dog and it’s a little thank you from our Wombat and us to you.
Lots of people keep their pets in cages at night either inside or outside in the garden – but that’s when they’re at home in familiar surroundings – you wouldn’t want to do that to your faithful friend in a strange place.
In addition, you have a responsibility to your neighbours on our park – and leaving your dog in a kennel in a strange place is something we wouldn’t tolerate.
And no – it’s not discrimination against working dogs ….
Yes – if it’s in your own van.
But not in any of our units – glamping or letting
And if your pet is allowed out onto the park in any form they must be under control and there will be a pet charge to pay.
All of our animals are resuces that are either ill or have been abandoned or mistreated or all three – that’s why we don’t call it Pets Corner.
It’s a rescue retreat for all manner of animals.
We work closely with our vet, Paul Armstrong of the Firth Vets in Annan, the Mossburn Animal Sanctuary and the SSPCA and can assure you that in our care these animals are very well cared for indeed.
But on bad days they look poorly.
And on good days you’ll see how happy they are to be alive.