Hi, I'm Viki and I run Dog Friendly Cornwall, with the help of my lovely Newfoundland dog Rosie.
Dog Friendly Cornwall is a free website for dog owners who want to enjoy Cornwall with their pets. We feature the very best dog friendly places to stay, to enjoy good food, plus attractions such as gardens and museums which welcome dogs as well as vets, pet sitters and other businesses who serve the dog-owning community.
We've been running as a free blog for a year now, but due to a change in our circumstances, we really need help to keep it going. We had an idea to start a new business from the blog to help us maintain it and make it even better.
Over the last few months we've had lots of requests from small dog friendly businesses asking us to help them to connect with our readers. We've also had lots of requests from dog owners to upgrade the site so we have maps and a bigger list of really dog friendly places to stay, eat, visit and shop, also to produce our guides in print. We'd love to do this and that is what we want to do with your help, to create a site of all dog friendly things in Cornwall for dog lovers and Cornish businesses which is made for dog lovers, by dog lovers.
Why I need your help?
When I started writing the blog, I was writing it for free as a hobby and that has been fun. To keep Dog Friendly Cornwall going and to make it an even more useful and helpful resource to dog lovers I am hoping to set up a directory of dog friendly businesses in Cornwall that goes alongside the blog, along with printed guides.
We're crowdfunding to make these improvements to the website and to bring Dog Friendly Cornwall to print so it can help even more dog owners and Cornish businesses.
Where will your pledges go?
The £3,000 we are raising is to fund the costs for a printer to create the guides at an affordable rate so that we can get this project off the ground. Once up and running, we will be making regular donations to local dog rescue charities, with our nominated charity being The Last Chance Hotel.
What are our rewards?
One year's membership of Dog Friendly Cornwall.
For £20 you will receive one year's membership which includes: a directory listing, your own online page on the website complete with information about you and a photo gallery; a Dog Friendly Cornwall window sticker (only members have these) and a printed guide too all walks, days out, beaches and dog service providers in your area.
On offer for £20 for the year, compared to our usual membership fee of £35 per year.
Men's & womens fitted 'We Let The Dogs Out' T shirts
A thank you card for your support £5
A thank you card for your support £5 or tea towel for £12.50
A weekend in a luxury dog friendly Demelza motorhome -- usually over £200 but available for just £175 on our crowdfunder.
A one-hour photography session with Tom Walters Photography, including 15 to 20 images. Normally £75 but on offer for £50
A relaxing 30 minute massage treatment at The Natural Therapy Studio in Redruth, with Ann of Holistically Relaxed, £20.
Dog Friendly Cornwall 'We Let The Dogs Out' Hoodies £40 plus £3 p&p (Let us know if you need it for Christmas!) Not available anywhere else.
A framed (A3 size frame) pencil illustration of Millie the dalmatian by artist Rob Agar £40.
Interior photography of your (dog friendly?) holiday let or other property, up to 5 rooms by Gloss. Normally £200, on offer for £150
Three months professional newsletter and social media starter service from Gloss. Includes set up, posting and management of your social media and a montly newsletter to your mailing list. Normally £200 on offer £175
Three hours coaching with Lizzi Larbelestier of Going Coastal
Acclaimed coach Lizzi Larbelestier is offering three hours of Coastal Coaching -Beach Wisdom. This nationally renowned coach usually costs £100 per hour, but instead of £300 the coaching session is on offer at £250.
Plus many more amazing dog friendly trips and treats, including a personalised doggy cake topper £15, a one-to-one dog training session and a Beach Wisdom session, with leading Going Coastal coach Lizzi Labelestier which you can take your do to! Keep checking the site as we're adding rewards all the time.
I started writing the blog because I own a beautiful Newfoundland, Rosie. I often found that it was difficult to find out if places to visit, such as pubs, accommodation and attractions were genuinely welcoming to dogs before we visited. I began to find lots of amazing dog friendly businesses and so I thought it would be great to share them.
We started posting about all the really fantastic and very dog friendly Cornish businesses we encountered and other dog owners loved it. Today we have about 8,000 social media followers who read our blog and regularly ask us where they can stay, visit or eat out with their dogs in the county.
As the blog became more popular, some followers asked us if we could make our blog into a directory, with mapped listings, as a one-stop resource, they also asked for printed guides. We'd love to keep the website going and improve it to offer these things by launching it as a new business.
You can see our blog at dogfriendlycornwall.net. Our Facebook and Instagram pages are named Dog Friendly Cornwall. On Twitter we are @cornwall4dogs
Thank you so much for reading about my project - we'd love it if you can support our campaign.