MY parents used to visit us on the island two or three times a year for over 25 years, bringing their little dog with them as they don’t go anywhere without her.
At home she is taken everywhere, including to the British Legion Club and Pensioners’ Club.
When visiting, they would travel all over the island, stopping off for a break and a bite to eat along the way. That was until this ridiculous ban on dogs in pubs came into force.
They now go up the Lake District, where we sometimes join them. The dog is welcome in the majority of public houses that serve food, provided there is a public bar area and not just a dining room. There is always a bowl of water provided and sometimes even a nice doggy chew.
A nice pub in the Lake District in the winter with a big roaring fire is certainly more inviting than to have lunch than an outside smoking area of a local pub – yet another nail in the coffin for Isle of Man tourism.