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7th November 2019

By Sandra Pearce

Two pet retailers are celebrating after beating off competition from more than 1,500 other pet shops to be crowned Most Dog Friendly Pet Shop in the annual DogFriendly Awards.

Digbys Pets & Aquatics, in Skegness, is owned by husband-and-wife team Sharon and Kevin West (pictured), who have been running their pet shop since 2006.

Sharon said: “Winning this award is extra special because it has been voted for by the general public. Having been runners-up last year, it was beyond our wildest dreams that we would reach the finals for a second year, let alone be overall winners.

“It was nice that the ceremony was live streamed over Facebook as it meant that staff who couldn’t attend were able to watch Digby’s being announced as winners and we could celebrate with our customers who were in the shop at the time. The response from our customers have been fantastic and at the end of the day, we couldn’t have done it without them.”


The winners of the DogFriendly Awards were announced at a ceremony at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Tower in early November. 

The annual awards recognise, celebrate and reward businesses and places that go the extra mile for dogs and their owners. DogFriendly has been helping businesses open their doors to responsible dog owners and giving their members access to the largest, and most up-to-date database of dog-friendly places to visit since 2003.

The website has more than 40,000 businesses on its site including hotels, self-catering cottages and properties, pubs, beaches and days-out.

Other winners included Perranporth Beach for Best Beach; Alyson’s K9 Grooming for Grooming; The Hayloft Pet Services, Kennels & Homeboarding; employer); Dogs and Divas (Sitters); Keswick (Town); Barking Mad Dog Training School (Trainers); and Tom and Toto (Walkers).