PET FRIENDLY: George’s Dog Day Out in Whitstable


Stripping off to nothing more than last year’s moth-eaten bikini in a London park and and basking in this glorious bout of Summer sunshine is all good and well, but sometimes you just fancy a little jaunt to the seaside for some fresh salty air and gob full of cockles.

Ridiculously over-excited at the prospect of taking George for his first seaside adventure (far more excited than he was to be fair as he had no idea where he was going), we decided that Whitstable on the lovely north Kentish coast was to be the destination – classic English fishing and harbour town with Oysters to boot.

Puppy on train

Yes Inspector!?

I’ve never been to Whitstable and I must say it’s rather cute. Pretty pastel coloured beach shacks, weathered holiday homes dotted along the seafront and plenty of opportuntities to stop for a spot of fish and chips and cider in the sun.

George boat



For those of you that remember the horror of pond-gate in Victoria Park (George decided to take a running leap into the freezing pond at 12 weeks old), I feared that he had been so traumatised by the incident that swimming would be off the cards.

In the spirit of getting straight back on the bike, we took some assertive action and led George out in the water to see if those little legs would start a-paddlin!

george swim

As we gently lowered him down into the shallow water, I’m pleased to say that his instinct kicked in and he was in full doggy paddle in no time! With a slight look of panic on his face combined with sheer determination, he made his way back to shore where he then ran around like a maniac for 10 minutes, much to the amusement of onlookers.


This new styling product is a bit OTT?



Oh yes, what a jolly old time it looks like we’re having. What these pictures don’t tell you however is as the tide went out, George wasted no time trawling the sea bed for all sorts of seafood delights including a massive fish skeleton that I had to wrestle off him, rather unceremoniously, in front of a crowd of people who were shouting ‘HE’S CAUGHT A FISH!’ Oh how we laughed.



A gaggle of girls miraculously walking on water

yummy bowl

These Yummy Bowls are nothing short of AMAZING for a doggie day out

Sometimes you can play too much fetch…..zzzzzzz


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Happy paddling…..


Sara is the Founder & Editor of StyleTails. A writer, design-lover and long-time animal-hugger, Sara launched StyleTails in 2012 to inspire people live a more beautiful life with their four-legged friends. Along with her canine sidekick George, a rescue Yorkie with a big attitude, Sara regularly commentates on luxury pet product and lifestyle trends and has been featured in Elle Decoration, BBC Radio, and is also an expert contributor to WGSN, the leading design trend forecaster.


  • Reply September 9, 2013


    What a gorgeous little adventure, Sara! Loved the photo of you walking out to the shoreline with George. Just stumbled onto your blog & shop and so pleased I did! x

    • Reply September 10, 2013


      Thanks Grace! We had a right little adventure – George slept for days 🙂 x

  • Reply March 23, 2016

    Havey's Mummy @harvey_the_frenchie

    What a lovely day out! Thanks for sharing – will be taking my frenchie out this bank holiday weekend to Whitstable for our doggy day out 🙂 hopefully there will be some sun!!

    • Reply March 23, 2016

      Sara White

      Yay! We hope you have a lovely time. It’s a gorgeous place to wander around while the pooches can have a paddle and you can enjoy some oysters. Share your photos with us on social media and tag us @SYLETAILS XX

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