NewsHound | Issue 08

Hello NewsHounds, this week features Dilyn of Downing Street, new rules for travelling with pets post Brexit, happy endings for a Dachshund family thanks to the RSPCA and PAAW House’s Christmas wishes.

Olive Branch – Dog Friendly Pub named UK Pub of the Year by The Good Pub Guide 2021

It’s been more than two years since we visited the fabulous Dog friendly Olive Branch in Clipsham. One of the first pubs in the UK to win a Michelin Star, the wonderful food and experience is still fresh in our minds! We were delighted to hear that the Good Pub Guide 2021 has named The Olive Branch their overall Pub of the Year. The Olive Branch is a small village pub in England’s smallest county. Three friends bought it in 1999 and, with the help of family and villagers, rescued what was then a closed pub from an uncertain fate. Since then, The Olive Branch has achieved many accolades, including the same Pub of the Year title in 2014.

The Good Pub Guide says: “In this most difficult of years, we are delighted to award Pub of the Year 2021 to The Olive Branch in Clipsham, Rutland. To compete in the Pub of the Year category a pub has to have unanimous enthusiasm from all readers on all aspects of its business – it has to be top of its game and The Olive Branch is most definitely that. It’s a really special place for a drink, a meal or an overnight stay. It’s a perennially successful inn which attracts a deservedly loyal following from both near and far, and will celebrate its 21st anniversary on December 12.”

Co-founder and MD of The Olive Branch Ben Jones said: “What brilliant news to receive on our 21st anniversary at the end of this incredibly challenging year. We first opened on December 12, 1999, with a village Christmas party.” If you fancy an overnight stay when you have had your fill you can book a stay at the Olive Branch’s, Beech House. Located directly opposite the pub it provides pet friendly accommodation options and a perfect location to explore the local area. We are looking forward to our next visit in 2021.

The Olive Branch and Beech House, Clipsham, Rutland (

© @jolivebranchclipsham

Travelling with Pets to EU and Northern Ireland post Brexit

As we approach 2021 with hope and positive vibes, we also know that many things will change at the end of the Brexit transition period. This week heralded some good news for those travelling with their pets to countries within the EU or Northern Ireland. The European Commission has granted the UK Part 2 listed status, under the EU Pet Travel Scheme from January 1st 2021. This means that pet parents will have an easier time taking the pets to the continent post Brexit than originally expected. A summary of the new travel rules:

Pet passports will no longer be valid for pet owners wishing to travel from England, Scotland and Wales

If you want to take your cat, dog or ferret abroad from Great Britian to Northern Ireland or a country within the EU you will need an animal health certificate from your vet. The health certificate is valid for one journey for up to four months.

The certificates will include details of a rabies vaccination (which takes 21 days) and, if you are travelling to Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, your pet will also need to be treated against Echinococcus.

If you are travelling from the EU into Great Britian you will need a pet passport, there will be no changes until July 1st 2021 when you will have to use a designated point of entry.

Full details for all pet travel changes can be found on the government website

Pet travel to Europe from 1 January 2021 – GOV.UK (

© @paaw_vinnie

Pets In Parliament – Dilyn of Downing Street

Did you make the Christmas card list? On the week he makes his debut on the Downing Street Christmas card, Dilyn of Downing Street is this week’s parliamentary pet. The PAAW Crew are big fans of Dilyn the dog, not for his political views, but rather the fact that he fly’s the flag for rescue pets and the horrors of puppy farms. He also lives in one of the most important homes in the country which makes him a good guy to know for his unique opportunity to promote animal welfare issues.

We also want to congratulate Dilyns human Mum on being named person of the year by PETA this week. Carrie Symonds has been named “person of the year” by leading animal rights group PETA. Ms Symonds has been an outspoken campaigner on animal rights and the fight against plastic pollution, and this year successfully pushed for supermarkets to stop selling Thai coconut products procured with monkey “slave labour”. “Carrie Symonds is a fearless force for good when it comes to making the world a kinder place for animals,” Peta’s managing director Ingrid Newkirk was quoted as saying in The Daily Telegraph. “PETA is delighted to honour her for using her platform to encourage people to spare a thought for our fellow animals whom we share this planet with.” Ms Symonds has also campaigned against trophy hunting, the killing of puffins in Iceland, and is a patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Association. Merry Christmas Dilyn & family, here’s hoping 2021 will be a good year for pet and animal welfare.

Letter to Dilyn of Downing Street | PAAW House