Some other pets now allowed to use dog trolleys to climb Glastonbury Tor

A public outcry has followed the recent announcement that Glastonbury Pilgrims Union has donated thirty dog trolleys to enable people to enjoy the tor with their dogs. These trolleys were necessary because the tor has grown by 30 metres in the last decade which meant that many dogs were no longer able to get to the top under their own steam.

This week three hundred owners of other pets signed a petition that was handed in to the Lord Mayor of Glastonbury the Rt Hon Lawrence McKnight, that claimed equal rights to trolleys for all pets.

In a partial step-down the Pilgrims Union have agreed that if trolleys are not being used by dogs then other pets may use them. However it is not good news for all pets. Very small animals may be expected to double up and share with others in order to avoid wasting space. So for example, if two people arrive with chinchillas, and there is a spaniel sized trolley, they would be expected to share. There are no plans to force animals from entirely different species to share trolleys, but many people think this will be hard to enforce. The rule of thumb is that if a pet is likely to eat or attack another animal that it shares a trolley with, then it should wear a muzzle.

Dog Trolley SignFortunately muzzles for a wide range of species are available in the National Trust gift shop if pet owners arrive without one.

Patricia Barnyard of the Glastonbury Dogwalker’s Trust remains upbeat; “Obviously dogs take priority. They are the best sort of pet, and this new ruling on trolleys accepts that fact. It means that dogs are never expected to share a trolley. They are always welcome to enjoy their visit to the tor, although there have been occasions when a queue of beagles has developed. On the other hand, if you want to bring a hamster or a cat for a walk on the tor it is possible that they will be able to use the trolleys too, and visitors will find a good selection of cat muzzles in the shop, on the shelf below the Hobgoblin Marmalade.”

3 thoughts on “Some other pets now allowed to use dog trolleys to climb Glastonbury Tor

  1. Cynthia Berthold

    We waited 90 minutes in the queue today for a trolley to become available for our walk, and Kipper my Highland Terrier was very patient. I was rather angry though when I found that the terrier-sized trolley had been taken out by somebody with a pet rabbit.

    Now, I have nothing against rabbits as pets, but really, this is the first time I’ve ever seen one taken for a walk on the tor, and I don’t see why they should take precedence over dogs.

  2. David Amsfield

    I say equal rights for rabbits! I took flumps for her daily walk up the tor today and just as I was about to tow her up, a spaniel owner insisted on using our trolley. We had to wait twenty minutes!

  3. Sarah Brett

    I have to have confirmation before I stand in a queue, how large a dog is able to use the dog trolley, I myself have a medium/ large sized Labradoodle. Do they have to be reused by the dogs coming down as I have a few grandchildren of my own that would show an interest in them I am sure.
    I looking forward to seeing dog trolley’s being trundled up and hope the children don’t confiscate them to slide down too quickly on them and cause themselves too many injuries on the way down.


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