Billy the Hen and Rocket the Cow

We love our pets here at Layhead. Many of you may remember Billy the hen who insisted on NOT living in the hen house with the other ‘girls’. After many anxious nights searching for her in the bushes (and believe us, it’s not easy looking for a chicken in the dark), in the end we gave up trying to make her roost with the others. We created her own nesting box at the door of the boot room next to Stables. Honestly, the lengths we will go to make our furry or feathered friends happy!

If you’ve visited Layhead you may have seen the stain glass window in one of the cottages with the head of a cow on it. That’s ‘Rocket’. She was one of our cows who had a mind of her own. She would wander to the milking parlour in her own time, hence the name Rocket. She would never be rushed.

We know many of our guests have their own pets. Usually, dogs come to stay with their families at Layhead, but we’ve had rabbits and guinea pigs on the odd occasion too!

Here in the UK, from 1 April – 10 May, it’s National Pet Month. In the words of the organisers,

“As an educational campaign, National Pet Month is unique in bringing together animal welfare charities, professional bodies, pet businesses, schools, youth groups, and pet lovers.”.

If you want to find out more, check out the link below. Definitely worth a look if you’re an avid pet lover.

National Pet Month

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