South West Wales

Swansea cinema to host 'Wales' first' dog-friendly screening

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Media captionOwners and their pets will be treated to a screening of Disney classic Homeward Bound

You might think you had gone barking mad if you were at the cinema and sat down next to a dog.

But pooches are welcome viewers at an independent cinema in Swansea on Saturday.

Dog Furiendly is launching a cinema screening for dog owners at Cinema & Co on Duke Street.

It will show the Disney film Homeward Bound and the sold-out event has been billed as the first of its kind in Wales.

Dog-friendly cinema screenings have already had success in London and Glasgow.

Adele Pember, who founded the community website Dog Furiendly, said she organised the screening because her own pet Charlie, a four-year-old Jack Russell-Chihuahua, "suffers from separation anxiety".

"Cinema has been one of the biggest barriers when you have a dog. There are always new films out, and I never want to leave him at home," she said.

"It's really important for dogs to socialise with humans and other dogs as well."

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Image caption Peter Burnford (played by actor Benj Thall) with his dog Shadow (voiced by Don Ameche) in the 1993 film Homeward Bound

Prior to the screening, there will be a quiz about famous dogs in film and TV. There will be plenty of "pup-corn" for adults - and even doggy snacks.

The event coincides with the Chinese New Year of the Dog which begins at the weekend.

Dog owner Lloyd Breeze-Timms said: "I thought it was a brilliant idea. My dog is definitely my best friend and I would take him everywhere that would let me.

"So a place like this... I think it's wonderful.

"Hopefully when Homeward Bound is on he doesn't start barking at the dogs on screen."

Cinema & Co owner Anna Redfern said: "We are excited to open up the cinema to our furry friends and hope they find our venue as comfortable and relaxing as our humans do."

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