A surge in pet staycations across Scotland inspired a cash boost to help less fortunate dogs in Scotland - For every pampered pooch that stayed with Argyll Holidays over the past 12 months, a donation was made to the Scottish SPCA to help create the brand new sensory garden.
Ross Coutts, Digital Executive, said: “Dogs are an important part of the family - and that means they’re part of the family holiday".
“We partnered up with the Scottish SPCA just over a year ago to promote our dog friendly breaks and give something back to furry friends that might not have the opportunity to go on holiday this year - It's fantastic to see the Sensory Garden officially opening.
At Argyll Holidays, we’re welcoming more and more dogs to stay every year and we make sure that they have a pawsome time, with special dog bowls and some of the most spectacular dog-walking routes for them to enjoy.”
Sharon Comrie, Superintendent at the Scottish SPCA said: “We’re delighted to have this exciting partnership with Argyll Holidays.
"Dogs really are part of the family and it’s great that they are so welcome to stay at the holiday parks.
“We don’t receive any government or lottery funding which means we rely on the public to be able to continue our work rescuing and rehoming animals in desperate need of our help. Partnerships like this help us fund vital projects and day-to-day costs of running our rehoming centres.”
Centre Manager Gillian Boyle said, “The garden is full of different dog friendly plants and scents which encourage them to use their senses. This provides physical and mental stimulation within the surroundings.
“The garden also includes different surfaces and textures, along with recycled tyres and plastic bottles, which create an element of fun for the dogs, as well as many other objects to keep them entertained.
“We’ve designed this area to incorporate many different experiences for the dogs, including a safe, quiet space for them to relax in.
“Our centre in Glasgow opened their sensory garden last year and since opening, the team have witnessed positive changes in the confidence levels of the dogs, especially those that came from puppy farms. It would appear that this has been enriching for the dogs.