Crisp bright winter days ahead with great dollops of rainy days too for mud-lovers! Lovely!
Short of time but lots to discuss - here goes for some whistle-stop news & questions. Comments or queries? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Last call for bin review
The official county-wide review of bins is closing soon, this consultation will affect bin provision, including bins for dog poop, into the future, so do give your view now (by 26 Oct latest - that's Sunday) so we can pass it on. 10 questions to answer: http://www.dorsetdogs.org.uk/Dorset_Dogs_Dog_Bin_Debate.html
28 October update - SURVEY NOW CLOSED, TO ALLOW FOR COLLATION AND DELIVERY TO CONSULTATION. FEEDBACK WILL BE GIVEN IN AN ARTICLE AT LATER DATE. MANY THANKS TO ALL 185 WHO TOOK PART.
2. Don't chase the flocks!
Maxine & Sue from Natural England have asked us to prevent our dogs from setting winter flocks to flight as they may already be exhausted and in poor condition following migration or harsh weather. Other activities disturb flocks as well as dogs and repeated disturbance is affecting their survival. Poole Harbour is one of the important areas for this, there's more about it at http://www.dorsetdogs.org.uk/Dogs_and_Birds_around_Poole_Harbour.html
3. Do you ever visit: Studland beaches, Arne, Lytchett Bay, Holes Bay, Baiter, Whitecliff, Hamworthy beaches, Bramble Bush or Brands Bay - or anywhere else around the Poole Harbour shore? -
4. Securely fenced areas for training and exercise - still searching
This is proving to be challenging, there are quite a lot of potentially wonderful dogs around who are currently causing problems but could be trained much better if a secure area was available, leading to much happier lives & fewer problems all round. We're still working with land managers to promote secure fencing for dog-friendly public spaces. We're also looking for securely fenced areas of any kind for sole use training & exercise sessions on a group hire basis.
There's more changes coming to the website, including a 'Waggipedia' section - a doggy encyclopedia encompassing the current 'information' pages and more, plus new additions to the 'Out & About' pages and a whole new dog-friendly section of visitor attractions, accommodation and places to eat. The dog-friendly pages will help to fund Dorset Dogs work including the FESTIVAL! - Yes!
6. Dorset Dogs Festival 2015 - celebrating dogs, countryside & green spaces - aiming for Saturday August 8th - more soon!
7. Dorset Dogateers!
Dorset Dogs information pit stops (a gazebo & stand with Dorset Dogs information and activities) are in such demand that we've had to turn down lots of events this year - do you think you could become a 'Dorset Dogateer' and volunteer to help at a few (or more!) of next year's pit stops? You could also help to make the 2015 Dorset Dogs Festival the best yet! Travelling costs would be covered and you could attend some great doggy and countryside events. No need to commit to anything at the moment - we'll be running a Dogateer evening with hot choc and cake in the New Year so you can find out more - email if you'd be interested in coming along? Hmm is 'Dorset Dogateer' a terrible name for Dorset Dogs volunteers? It's only a thought at the moment - one for the Facebook forum I think!
Did you know Dorset Dogs now has 1350 members?! Hope to see some of you at the Arne Forage Fest on Saturday 25 Oct (see events page), and if you're interested in becoming a Dogateer you could check out the pit stop at the same time!