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Is Northern Ireland hound heaven… or a dog eat dog world?

Belfast has been named among the top five UK cities to be a happy dog, according to a new index. Linda Stewart finds out if Northern Ireland really is pooch friendly

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Puppy love: Joanne Crossley from Dog Friendly NI with her dog Georgie

Puppy love: Joanne Crossley from Dog Friendly NI with her dog Georgie

Georgie and her chum Ernie enjoying dog friendly hospitality at the AC Marriott in Belfast

Georgie and her chum Ernie enjoying dog friendly hospitality at the AC Marriott in Belfast

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Puppy love: Joanne Crossley from Dog Friendly NI with her dog Georgie

It's a dog's life in Belfast - and that's official. According to research published by OnBoy Pet Supplies, Belfast is one of the top five places in the UK to be a happy dog, thanks to its accessible parks, plentiful pet shops and surge in pet-friendly accommodation.

The company says the city has scored highly in its index of six factors that can determine the happiness of pets - number of parks, pet-friendly accommodation, pet shops, dog grooming facilities and dog vs cat population.

Belfast tails only the cities of Swansea, Plymouth, Manchester and Blackpool in terms of canine joy - but spare a thought for the unfortunate hounds of Oxford, Cambridge, Southend-on-Sea, Milton Keynes and Bradford, the UK cities that score the lowest in the happy dog index.


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