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Dog Profile: Raven at The Norman Knight, Whichford

Raven

DOG PROFILE: RAVEN AT THE NORMAN KNIGHT, WHICHFORD

Name: Raven

Breed: Patterdale Terrier

Age: Almost 2

Home: The Norman Knight, Whichford

Hi Raven! Tell us a little bit about yourself... what’s your story? I’m a happy-go- lucky two-year- old patterdale terrier. I came to live in Whichford with my human Patrick when I was just a pup. My days are filled with grubbing about in the woods, playing hide-and- seek with the deer and jaunts to The Norman Knight for a good dose of fuss and adoration.

What is it about The Norman Knight that makes you always return? Where to start? Many of my friends are regulars so there is a good buzz about the place, always someone to chat to and sniff. The biscuit barrel is always full, as is the water bowl. If you are fortunate enough to have a clumsy human the food they serve is delicious. The garden is large and smells fantastic, and if I need to stretch my legs there are walks in all directions on the doorstep. When I get separated from Patrick the pub is the ‘home from home’ I go to while I wait for him to turn up.

What do you love most about being a dog in the Cotswolds? The other dogs I meet are very friendly. They all seem to live in holiday mode, which makes for a wonderful pack atmosphere. There are so many places to explore, so much wildlife to chase, it never gets dull.

Where is your favourite place to go for walks? Ooh, tough question. There are so many to choose from. I love to saunter past Whichford Pottery and turn off for the footpaths round Happy Valley. This gives me a chance to get my paws wet. A saunter up to Doctor’s Barn on the Whichford ridgeline is always a delight. But my top favourite place would probably have to be Whichford Woods. You just can’t beat it for smells and foraging opportunities!

What’s the most exciting fact about yourself? Gosh, I can do the most spectacular burps after eating. I’ve also trained my human to give me biscuits when I crawl on my belly like a snake.

Do you have a favourite tasty pub snack? I would have to say that the gravy bone biscuits top the bill. The jar is never empty and the staff are a soft touch. Especially Helen. The beer is pretty damn good, too, though Amber and Jen aren’t mad keen on me nipping behind the bar for tastings, ahem.

Finally, what would you say to other doggies planning to come to The Norman Knight? Come down, friends! You won’t be disappointed. Woof.

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