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Valentine’s Day doggy dinner date, anyone?

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EVERY Valentine’s Day, couples across the Island put on their best puppy-dog eyes and sit down to enjoy candlelit dinners to celebrate their love.

Hannah Maden-Adams (32), pictured with her dog Poppy (3), has organised the Valentine’s Day couples’ event ‘Will You Beagle my Valentine?’, which will take place at the Old Court House. Picture: TONY PIKE (20542438).

Some even have romantic dreams of recreating the famous spaghetti-sharing scene from Lady and the Tramp.

But this year Islanders can mark 14 February in a different way – with their four-legged friends in tow.

That is because two local businesses have teamed up to organise a Valentine’s Day dinner date experience for dog lovers and their pets, which will raise money for the Jersey Rescue Dogs charity.

And while diners do not necessarily need to share their food with their pooches, organisers say it will be no dog’s dinner.

Hannah Maden-Adams, founder of whizzDog.com, a new online directory for everything dog-related in the Channel Islands, said that she had organised the ‘Will You Beagle my Valentine’ event as a fun way to raise money for charity.

And she said that as 20 per cent of Jersey households owned at least one canine – there are about 8,500 dogs in Jersey in total – it was an idea not to be sniffed at.

‘I want to use whizzDog.com as a platform to raise money for local charities and figured that a dating night, complete with dogs, sounded like great fun for both people and dogs alike,’ she said. ‘When I approached [the] Old Court House they loved the idea and “Will You Beagle my Valentine?” was born.

‘I really hope that the money raised can help to save [dog’s] lives, buy equipment and find new homes for dogs in need in the Channel Islands.’

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Two separate events are due to take place at 7 pm on 10 and 14 February at the Old Court House in St Aubin.

Tickets cost £65 per couple and include a three-course meal for two, a bottle of wine to share, a cupcake for the dog from Jersey’s Barking Bakes and a donation to the charity. Couples will also receive a goody bag containing items from dog-friendly businesses such as FeelUnique.com, Husse Jersey, Jersey’s Barking Bakes and Country Clippers Dog Grooming.

To book tickets visit whizzdog.com.

Lucy Stephenson

By Lucy Stephenson
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