FERRY Park Restaurant owner Penny Poole said she was tired of seeing customers leave their canines in the car when they ducked in for a quick coffee so she allowed the dogs to come too.

"We are very, very dog friendly," Mrs Poole said. "And it is not just dogs, we invite cats, guinea pigs, any pets are welcome to come to the restaurant.

"We just got sick and tired of seeing people leave their dogs in the car when they came in to eat or drink. It is actually illegal to do that now and completely unsafe.

CANINE CUISINE: Sue Eno and owner of Ferry Park Restaurant Penny Poole have a chat to Floss the dog. Ferry Park is a dog-friendly restaurant.
CANINE CUISINE: Sue Eno and owner of Ferry Park Restaurant Penny Poole have a chat to Floss the dog. Ferry Park is a dog-friendly restaurant. Adam Hourigan

"We thought if we allowed them to bring the dog in with them it would reduce the amount of animals left in hot cars."

Not only are the dogs allowed onto the front porch, they are also afforded the star treatment at Ferry Park, with bowls of water and sausages provided to those with manners.

"If they are being good then we get to reward them with a sausage," Mrs Poole said.

The Ferry Park Restaurant has been so accommodating to local people's pets that a regular customer decided to build the establishment their own set of wooden guard dogs as a representation of their efforts toward man's best friend.

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