Six of the dogs who recently travelled with us by air and road from Greece headed to the Central Bark Beach Dog Café in Manchester.
The café works with Starlight Barking Trust and Lesvos Stray Cat and Dog Adoptions to help stray and unwanted Greek dogs find new homes in the UK.
Run by Tony and Tania, the Beach Dog Café is open to anyone, and especially welcomes dog-owners and dog-lovers. It’s also an opportunity for people to meet dogs, like these six, who are looking for forever homes. Tony and Tania take on a few dogs at a time, who get to enjoy all the brilliant facilities at Central Bark, excellent care, and the valuable everyday experience of being around people and dogs. Tony and Tania have a great track record of helping dogs get adopted.
In fact, only five of the six dogs from Greece are looking for homes now. Courier Richard, who accompanied the dogs with courier J, decided to adopt Teddy. So we headed back to the Beach Dog Café to collect this lucky fellow.
Central Bark in Manchester
Tony and Tania describe Central Bark as the ‘ultimate dog centre’, where there’s something for every dog.
It’s hard to get lost!
Home boarders have a house to live in which is built into the back of the main exercise area — this is the sitting room
Doggy day care, where dogs can stay for short or long days, depending on what their owners need
The grooming parlour — for speciality haircuts or just a general wash and brush up
The Beach Dog Café is a lovely airy and welcoming space for humans and dogs alike
The menu offers familiar dishes with some quirky new names
From Barking Bones to Potato Tails; visiting dogs are also catered for on the café’s menu
The beach theme is carried through in all the details
Tony showing off his coffee…
… Best Friend blend, of course!
Courier Richard caught up with the dogs as they were having a good runaround
On the right is Golden Retriever Alfie, who travelled with us last year. He’s a permanent resident, and a key part of the welcoming committee at the café. Bruno from our latest trip is on the left.
Saying a proper hello to more of Teddy’s travel mates — here are sisters Lulu and Lola, who are never far from each other…
The handsome hound himself — Teddy with Richard
Teddy at his new home
Teddy made the trip from Manchester to his new home with courier Richard, where he has an extended family to look after him.
Unused to wooden floors, Teddy was a bit uncertain. In the end, he simply sat down and waited to be carried out to the garden!
Teddy sniffing the air in his new garden
A look of pure contentment on Teddy’s face