Haverhill man's campaign to make the town more dog-friendly gains support from Nine Jars Bistro
A fledgling campaign to make businesses in Haverhill dog friendly has gained its first recruit in the form of Nine Jars Bistro.
The High Street venue has signed up to the HaverHounds campaign launched by former Castle Manor Academy teacher Steve Powter barely a fortnight ago.
Steve, of Beech Grove, Haverhill, became a dog owner just two months ago after acquiring two-and-a-half-year-old Harry from a Facebook group called Rescued Rommies for Re-homing, which finds homes for unwanted street dogs in Romania.
Steve soon found though, that Nine Jars was the only place he could take Harry that didn't have a sticker at its entrance proclaiming that the only dogs allowed in are guide dogs.
"This is the first place in Haverhill that I've bought him into," said Steve. "There is no other restaurant, café or bar in Haverhill that we know of that we can take dogs into."
Nine Jars now displays a HaverHounds sticker (designed by Emma Saunders of Animal Wavelength) on its door, letting customers know it is dog friendly.
The bistro's manager James Pilley was prompted to sign up to HaverHounds after seeing it mentioned on Facebook.
He said: "It was only when we saw it on Facebook that we realised no-one in town was dog friendly.
"We have always allowed dogs outside, but we thought by having people with dogs inside, it's that bit nicer.
"We always wanted to make this a place you can come to at any time of the day to socialise."
"I think the other side of it is that at the moment the big thing is wellbeing. For people having their dog with them, that is their companion."
Steve added: "Sometimes being in a wheelchair you can feel invisible, even though i am quite visible.
"Having a dog sort of cuts that social boundary and with him obviously being the cutest dog in the world, it is nice that people sort of talk to you about him.
"I'm hoping that with this scheme people that have got a dog can feel more confident about taking the dog out with them."
Anyone interested in signing up to HaverHounds can contact Steve via its Facebook page.