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Testing out just how dog friendly Highcross shopping centre really is


Highcross Shopping Centre is now permanently dog friendly following a successful trial across July and August but a visit with my two dogs suggested otherwise.

I decided to go along and test it out with my two Retriever Labrador crosses, Alfie and Lacey, to see just how successful a trip with my canine companions could be.

On the clock tower side of the centre, there were no obvious signs the centre was dog friendly, so you wouldn’t know unless you had seen it online or heard from somebody else.

Inside, participating shops were supposed to display pink paw print stickers reading “We’re dog friendly! Pop in with your pooch.”

However very few shops were actually sporting the sticker. The only shops I saw were Tiger, Timberland and Cotswolds which also has its sister site Runners Need next door.



Dog friendly shops display pink pawprint stickers saying 'We’re dog friendly! Pop in with your pooch'
Dog friendly shops display pink pawprint stickers saying ‘We’re dog friendly! Pop in with your pooch’

Tiger, known for knick-knack type gifts, was the last shop I expected be dog friendly.

The variety store perhaps stocks too many small items for my dogs, although I applaud its participation in the move.

To start with I went into Timberland.

Although dog friendly, there was nothing special to cater for the dogs.

I then headed into Runners Need which was a completely different story. As soon as I walked in, a woman behind the till made a beeline for me, asking if she could say hello to the dogs.

“Of course!” I said. “They’re very friendly.”



Lacey, left, and Alfie, right, in Timberland in Highcross Shopping Centre
Lacey, left, and Alfie, right, in Timberland in Highcross Shopping Centre

The woman gushed about how much she loves having dogs in store.

She said: “We’re part of Cotswolds. It’s a dog-friendly company but it’s only since Highcross became dog friendly that we’ve been allowed to have dogs in here.”

The woman even called to her colleague working in Cotswolds next door, saying, “This is going to make your day! You’ve got dogs to visit!”

I expressed my disappointment to her that more shops inside the shopping centre were not dog friendly. After all, what is the point in making Highcross dog friendly if none of the shops inside are?

She explained that more might be but had yet to display the recognisable dog-friendly sticker, as they had only just put it up themselves.

After buying a collapsible dog bowl from Cotswolds, I headed off to find a coffee shop but to no success. Coffee shops are aplenty in Highcross – but I didn’t see one with that all-important sticker.



Lacey, left, and Alfie, right, in the car before heading to Highcross
Lacey, left, and Alfie, right, in the car before heading to Highcross

Overall I left feeling pretty disheartened with my visit. The staff in the two Cotswolds Outdoors shops could not have been more welcoming but other than that, I felt the centre could do a lot more.

I was expecting more dog-friendly shops and more bowls of water (I only saw one) as a bare minimum. I was also quite shocked that I left without being able to sit anywhere for a coffee.

Perhaps other shoppers will find more success by asking stores if they can bring in their dogs even if they are not sporting the sticker in their windows.

But the fact that so many have not made the effort to display it so far doesn’t feel very welcoming to start with.

It seems Leicester still has a way to go to actually be dog friendly, as it claims to be.



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