Dog lover opens ‘pet a manger’

Sunday Sun - - News - By Talia Gillin Re­porter ec.news@ncj­me­dia.co.uk

AT­TEN­TION all dog lovers – a new cafe for own­ers and their four-legged friends has opened its doors.

Ca­nine Cof­fee in Sea­ham opened this week, where cus­tomers can spend time cud­dling and play­ing with their pets while en­joy­ing hot drinks and food.

The venue was opened by Kelly Hep­worth, who stud­ied fash­ion jour­nal­ism at Sun­der­land Univer­sity.

She said: “I’m not from Sea­ham so I was a lit­tle bit ap­pre­hen­sive, but ev­ery­one’s been re­ally nice on Face­book.

“Ev­ery­one seems happy about it be­cause ev­ery­one has dogs around here. I want ev­ery­one to feel com­fort­able bring­ing their dogs.

“I know there’s a lot of dog friendly places that aren’t specif­i­cally for dogs, but I wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily take my dog there be­cause he can be a lit­tle bit awk­ward.

“I wanted one for all dogs, big or small, to feel com­fort­able com­ing in and for peo­ple to bring their dogs along.”

Kelly, 29, from Thorn­ley, hopes the cof­fee shop will be­come a pit­stop for shop­pers vis­it­ing Sea­ham.

And she be­lieves en­joy­ing a cup of tea with your pooch is the per­fect way to re­lax.

“I know a lady re­ally well who is a men­tal health nurse and she some­times takes her dogs into the hos­pi­tals that she works in,” Kelly said.

“She was say­ing there was a lady who had de­men­tia and she hadn’t spo­ken for months, and when the dog came in she started speak­ing be­cause she was re­ally re­laxed.

“I think it is a re­lax­ation thing. I’ve al­ways been brought up with dogs when I was younger.

“My nana and grandad had great danes so I’ve al­ways been around re­ally big dogs, and I love it.”

Ca­nine Cof­fee can be found on Ade­laide Row in Sea­ham. It opens from 8.30am to 3.30pm, Mon­day to Fri­day and from 9.30am to 3.30pm on week­ends.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. ca­ninecof­fee.co.uk

IAIN BUIST

Kelly Hep­worth, who has opened a dog-friendly cafe, pic­tured with her bea­gle Hen­rik

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