'Pub Dogs of London': Public houses where canines are welcome, too

(CNN)Wildebeest in the Serengeti. Tortoises in the Galapagos.

There are many incredible places to come face to face with Earth's greatest beasts -- but very few have a fully stocked bar.
The public house is the Londoner's home from home, a place of creature comforts. It's also the natural habitat of the London pub dog -- a canny mutt who understands the finer things in life include a roaring fire and a steady supply of belly rubs.
After all, if dogs are man's best friend, it's only right that Londoners make them their drinking companions.

    Booze hounds

    Boston Terrier Hooch, from  The Red Lion and Sun in Highgate.
    These four-legged booze hounds are celebrated in "Pub Dogs of London," a new book by Fiona Freund and Graham Fulton.
    As a Londoner and "regular pub-goer, there are certain things that really add atmosphere to the whole experience and a few friendly furry canine faces is definitely one," Fiona Freund tells CNN.
    Although Britain is a nation of animal lovers, not all of the country's pubs are dog-friendly.
    In London's well-heeled suburbs, however, there are many picturesque public houses filled with "doggy regulars whose owners like to follow the park with a pint," says Freund.
    Some even have in-house mutts owned by the landlords.
    "It'll be the luck of the draw," adds Freund, "but if you meet Silvester and Indie from The Red Lion and Sun, in Highgate, or Mud from The Prince Regent, Herne Hill, you will not be disappointed."

    Red Lion and Sun, 25 North Rd Highgate Village, London N6 4BE England;

    The Prince Regent, Herne Hill, 69 Dulwich Road, London SE24 0NJ England;

    The delectable Miss Jones

    The book features about 100 glossy full-page portraits of a wide range of breeds pictured in the equally characterful surroundings of their locals.
    Their likes and dislikes -- as detailed by their owners -- are listed alongside.
    There's Dobbie the Lurcher, from The Lansdowne in Primrose Hill, whose favorite tipple is puddle water.
    Miniature Poodle Alfie, from The Rosemary Branch in Islington, whose owners claim he can count to five.
    And then there's the delectable Miss Jones, a mixed breed from Notting Hill's Portobello Gold, who loves to relax on a velvet cushion.
    Of course, pub dogs aren't exclusively a London phenomenon.
    More British beasts are featured in the companion books "Pub Dogs of Manchester" and "Pub Dogs of Glasgow."
    Dogs aren't usually allowed on furniture, but these collections are definitely designed for the coffee table.
    "Pub Dogs of London" by Fiona Freund and Graham Fulton (Freight Books) is out now. Buy it here.

    Rosemary Branch Theatre & Pub, 2 Shepperton Road, London N1 3DT England;

    Portobello Gold, 95/97 Portobello Road Notting Hill, London W11 2QB England;