Christmas came early for 40 St Bernard dogs and their owners this week when a pop-up café opened for them at Chill Factore – the first of its kind in the UK.
Pups, owners and doggy enthusiasts were all treated to their very own winter wonderland complete with a visit from Santa himself during their snowy café experience.
The dogs were treated to pawsecco and a selection of tasty treats. Not wanting to forget the humans, the café at the UK’s longest indoor snow slopealso offered owners delicious cup cakes whilst they partied to festive tunes on the sub-zero snow slope.
The big lovable dogs probably felt at home on the snow. They were originally bred by the hospice of the Great St Bernard Pass on the Italian-Swiss border to rescue travellers who were lost and stranded in the mountains.
Chill Factore spokesperson Laura McKiernan said: “We know that pets are often considered part of the family, so wanted to open our slope to St. Bernard dogs and show that we truly are a family friendly destination.
“We’re so pleased with its success – you never know, maybe we’ll introduce more cafés for other breeds!”
“This was the ultimate early Christmas present for my pooch,” said a member of the St. Bernard Society. “I’m always looking for fun, pet-friendly events to take my dog to, so when I saw that Chill Factore were hosting a café especially for St. Bernards, I leapt at the chance.”
Proof that dogs aren’t just for life. They’re for Christmas too.