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PAWFECT: Paws for a Cuppa proves to be a real treat for dog lovers

PAWFECT:  Paws for a Cuppa proves to be a real treat for dog lovers

Paws for a cuppa

A dog café in Langley Park, County Durham is proving to be a real hit with dog owners - a year since it first opened.

Opening a dog café has always been a dream for owner Annette Atherton who had a very successful dog walking business in Consett for nine years, until the pandemic hit last year.

“Most of my clients were all office workers and as they were all at home due to the pandemic, my dog walking services were no longer required. I lost everything and knew I had to do something quickly.” said Annette, 43 from Consett, County Durham.

“My vision has always been to create a dog café and when Covid hit – it actually gave me the push I needed to make my dream a reality. I found the perfect premises, received the keys and opened within five weeks.”

Paws for a Cuppa is a dog café with a difference. The food served within the café is all homemade, there is an indoor play park for the dogs and in January this year, she welcomed Jason Allison Photography, the acclaimed ‘Pet Photographer of the Year’ as judged by the Guild of (Professional) Photographers, who has moved his pet photography studio and opened Dog Envy, a luxury pet shop on the first floor.

Like most new businesses, it’s been a difficult time during the pandemic but, as restrictions have slowly been lifted, there are positive signs that the café is proving to be a real hit with dog owners locally and from further afield.

To celebrate the cafés first anniversary, Annette is organising a party for dogs and their owners on Sunday 4 July from 11am-2pm.

Pet owners are welcome to visit the café and sample free cupcakes while their four-legged friends will be able to sample dog treats and Annette will be holding a raffle in aid of Odd Animals Rescue, who rescue Rommie cats and dogs for which she is also a trustee. There will be prizes on the day including a mini-photoshoot with Jason Allison Photography.

Annette continued: “I can’t believe it’s coming up to our first birthday already. Covid and lockdown has made the first year of trading difficult but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I love it. Every day is different, you get to meet so many people and dogs and I have big plans to grow.”

Paws for a Cuppa also hosts many events including doggie birthday parties, puppy meet ups, pet tooth cleaning services and pet photo mini sessions.

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