Mixed breed dog lying happily on her back in the grass.

How to Enjoy International Dog Day from Miles Continental

If you’re anything like the team here at Miles Continental, your pooch is a part of your family. We contemplate how comfy our dogs will be in the cars we drive, seek out new adventures to take them on, and set up puppy playdates when we can. On any given day, someone is passing around their phone, gushing about their furry friend. Not to mention, we proudly sponsor the SPCA, who work tirelessly to protect animals in need.

When we discovered it was International Dog Day on 26 August, we leaped at the chance to celebrate. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some great ways to celebrate your dog right here in Christchurch!

Mixed breed dog on top of mountain with orange leash.

> Take a walk in the Port Hills

We’re spoiled for choice in Christchurch with picturesque walks. Whatever your dog’s (…or your) physical ability may be, there’s a walk for you. Check out the City Council’s resources for walks in the area, including an interactive map. We highly recommend the walks around Ohinetahi and the Crater Rim tracks for epic views!

Our Marketing and Events Specialist, Ashlyn snapped this shot of her pup, Trapper, up Saddle Hill Summit in Banks Peninsula.

> Book a dog-friendly holiday

No need to find a pet-sitter when you have plenty of dog-friendly accommodation choices right here in Canterbury. From mountain views with private spa baths to luxury stays close to major attractions, make a plan to take the dogs along next time!

Our Marketing and Design Specialist, Emily, took a trip up to Lyford with her partner and their pup, Rio, to take in the views and the private spa bath! How cosy does that look?

> Bring your pup in for a special treat

No need to leave your pup at home! Bring them in if you’re dropping off or picking up your vehicle for a service, and we’ll be sure to sufficiently “oooh” and “ahhh” while cuddling your furry friend. If you’re walking by, stop by to say hello!

Labradoodle looking out the window next to wood fire at mountain scene.
Small cavapoo dog with sweater on at the beach.

> Take a dip in the sea

Whether your pup is a fan of swimming or just prefers long strolls on the beach, Christchurch is full of great spots. From Waimairi Beach in New Brighton to Sumner, you and your pooch can enjoy some peaceful waves and sandy toes (err, paws) where permitted. Read more on City Council’s site, here.

Our Senior Marketing Specialist, Ash, took his little pup Finn out for a dip in Lyttelton Harbour.

> Enjoy a dog-friendly dinner

You’ll be amazed how many restaurants and bars in Christchurch happily invite well-behaved pooches onto their premises. Enjoy a yummy meal at Welles Street or a craft beer pint (inside! On the carpet!) at marketing team favourite, Pomeroy’s. Just be sure to leave enough time for staff to provide sufficient pats.

Trapper enjoys a drink (just kidding, he’s too young) at his local, Pomeroy’s. Thank you, Caitlin Brown for snapping this photo!

> Go for a doggy playdate in the Groynes

A staff favourite for dog exercise is the dog park at the Groynes. With large open spaces and two spring-fed streams for doggy swimming, the fenced-off dog park is a dream. If your dog isn’t great off-lead, there are plenty of great walking paths outside the fenced-in area to explore.

Dog lying on carpet at English pub with three people sitting at a table.
Woman in SPCA uniform giving brown mixed breed dog in crate a treat.

> Donate to the SPCA – or adopt!

The SPCA use donations to fund animal rescues, medical expenses, education tools, and more. If you’re not in the position to donate, the SPCA welcomes items for the SPCA Op Shops, and are always looking for volunteers to help. If you’re looking for a more permanent commitment, we highly recommend fostering or adopting a dog from your local SPCA.

So here’s to you, fur moms and dads, happy International Dog Day from us here at Miles Continental. We’d love to see what you and your furry friends get up to for this special day, so feel free to send us a picture or tag us on our Instagram accounts, @milesvolkswagen and @milesskoda.

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