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Dorset Dogs Christmas Newsletter

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Here's wishing all human and canine Dorset Dogs members joyful & delicious Festivities and a fresh & fabulous New Year!

Dorset Dogs in 2015 - a record-breaking year!

  •  1,615+ members
  •  1,550+ friends on Facebook (page 'likes')
  •  35+ ­­­­events, guided walkies & pit stops - find photos at www.facebook.com/dorsetdogs
  • Dorset Dogs Festival 2015 - photos here
  • fantastic new volunteer group

A Christmas Treat!

Winter woodland walks around Thorncombe Wood have just got even better for DD Members with 10% off food and free treats for your dog at the Under the Greenwood Tree Café, next to the reserve. 3 miles east of Dorchester & parking is free!  - details for Thorncombe Wood here just take your Dorset Dogs tag or keyring along for your money off.

Dorset Dogs Festival 2016

The annual celebration of dogs, green spaces and the countryside will be back on Saturday 30th July at Upton Country Park - put it in your diary!

Do you have a dog-walking business? 

We have a fantastic free evening specially for dog walking businesses in February, please get in touch if you'd like to hear more about it.  The friendly evening get-together will discuss ways to help you to promote your business as a caring and reputable dog walker.

If your dog is looking for a dog walker check out the 'dog-walking services' page in the Wagipawdia section of the website.

Dorset Magazine

Dorset magazine recently asked for your contributions to their 'Top Dog Walks 2016' feature - and it's out now!  There was such a great response that both the January and February editions will include your contributions and they may do some more - if you would like to join in here's what to send and we will forward it:

  • some words on your favourite walk and why you and your dog love it
  • a photo of you and your dog - ideally on your favourite walk, action shots good! (photo needs to be jpeg or tiff around 500Kb – 2MB size wise.  Any less than this can't be used as it doesn't print properly)
  • if there is one, dog-friendly place nearby for refreshments (not vital but helpful).

Your contributions will also go on the Dorset Dogs website.

Dog Bags

Don't forget you can get Dorset Dogs' good quality pick-up bags at about cost price from more outlets now!

New to dog ownership?

The doggy do code is useful and easy to remember when you're out & about.  You'll see doggy do code signs at some of the places you walk.  If you want to know more about any bits of the code there's more detail on the website.  You might also see green, orange and just occasionally red paw prints - find out more about these on the Wagipawdia pages.

At this time of year if you visit the wetlands or the coast at be aware of the struggle that birds may be experiencing and try not to disturb the flocks.  If the extraordinarily mild weather continues we may have early nesters to be aware of too in a few months!

Volunteers

Staff from all sorts of other organisations and local authorities pitch in to help with promotion and big events like the Festival, and we couldn't have done the work we've managed this year without the wonderful Dorset Dogs volunteers too - let's name and fame!

Kev & Casper, Sue, Derek & Alfie, Linda, Tony & Missy and Michele who have done a tremendous amount of work over the year, and Alison & Stuart & The Pugs, James and newly joined Duane, Trang, Catherine, Liane and Rebecca who have all helped at key points in the year too!

These volunteers have done so much this year, at events or working on essential admin and other tasks so thanks to them all - and a mention too for Anne, Mark & Elsa and another Anne, Teasel & Clover who have also been wonderful ambassadors for us!

We also have to mention Julie from Dorset Dog Delights who has provided 1000s of dog treats free for our give-away goody bags!

Could you volunteer for Dorset Dogs? Do get in touch to find out more! Email dorsetdogs@dorsetcc.gov.uk or message on Facebook.

And finally…

Thank you all for getting involved

- at pit stops, guided walkies, the Festival or by using the website and Facebook.  Keep looking out for Dorset Dogs events and other doggy and community events on the website too - did you know you can send your own events in via the events page?

If you can't make it to events you can still keep in touch - check out the events pages and join in the discussions & post your photos at www.facebook.com/dorsetdogs

Wishing you all the very best of festive wishes