We wish you all a very happy Christmas & New Year with wonderful wintry walks and lots of wagging tails!
Dorset Dogs in 2017 – an eventful year!
· New Dorset Dogs assistant Anneke 3 days a week - hurrah
· 2743 followers on Facebook
· Fabulous Festival with around 2.5k visitors
· Bournemouth pilots its own ‘Dorset Dogs in Bournemouth’ post with Becky based at Kingfisher Barn
· Growing website with lots to interest both local dog owners and visitors with dogs
· Presenting on best practice access management at Birmingham NEC Conference
· Demand for best practice advice from all over Britain
· and the great pleasure of meeting so many of you at well over 50 pit stops, guided walkies and other events!
… all championing positive management for dogs and promoting responsible ownership.
Check it out...
2000 members! Spread the word LESS THAN 50 to go! – the 2000th member will receive amazing prizes from portrait artist Katherine Cromwell, dog-friendly Flirt Café Bar, Kris Knits, Dorset Dog Delights and Wimborne Photography. SO sign up again if you get a new dog and send in their photo for the new members’ page - tell friends and family so they can join too!
Enjoy walking - the doggy do code is a great & simple checklist on how to be confident that you’re being responsible when you’re out & about with your dog.
At this time of year if you visit the wetlands or the coast be aware of the struggle that wildlife may be experiencing – here’s how to help birds taking shelter this winter.
Wagipawdia...is growing into a very useful doggy encyclopaedia – take a look! (Do you have information to add?)
Dog-friendly Dorset & Out and About pages - dog-friendly businesses, plus places to walk and information about some of our special wildlife sites so you can enjoy walking responsibly… over 1000 people are finding these pages useful each month!
Did you know that whether you're a dog-centred business, a visitor attraction or a holiday accommodation provider you can appear on the website? There’s an annual fee of around £35 for most businesses (some types of entry are free), helping to support Dorset Dogs work across Dorset.
Looking for dog care or walkers? Check out these folks – dog walkers and pet care – they’ve agreed to follow the doggy do code.
Do you have a rosette hoard? Admin volunteer Linda very kindly gave us a large amount of rosettes that were very special to her having belonged to a close family member, we adapted them so that they could be given to any dog who had a go at just-for-fun activities at pit stops and they went down a storm – if you have any you would be able to donate to us please do let us know and we will recycle them to give pleasure to another dog (owner!) – thank you for suggesting that we put out this request Linda, such a great idea.
Charities - doggy, wildlife, countryside or human - are you interested in appearing on our contacts pages or having an entry about the work you do in our Wagipawdia section? Get in touch, it's free for charities of all sorts!
Volunteers please! can you spare a day or even two (or more!) in 2017? We're looking for more volunteers to go along to fun dog shows & fetes or help out in other ways.
Name & Fame People from all sorts of other organisations and local authorities who we work with pitch in to help with promotion, walkies 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 again!
Events volunteers Kev, Sheila & Casper, Sue, Derek & Alfie, Michele, Claire and Debby, Linda who’s done so much time-consuming work on essential new members admin (and coped with all the vagaries of our IT systems), volunteer Tony who’s made up THOUSANDS of giveaway goody bags & hundreds of new member packs - these volunteers have done so much this year, at events or working on essential admin and other tasks so thanks to them all - and to Anne, Teasel & Clover, Pauleen and Milo, Beryl & Graham with Cassie & Roo, Gareth, Riannon and Dune, Kev S & Louise & Rosie & Lady, Jackie and lovely Shanty who has now passed to Rainbow Bridge and we will miss very much - they have all also been wonderful ambassadors for Dorset Dogs.
We are going to miss volunteers Kev, Sheila and Casper so much – they are off to Spain - what are we going to do without you! Look out for the Facebook album…
Julie from Dorset Dog Delights who has provided 1000s of dog treats free for our give-away goody bags and Mikael Wallgren for fantastic Festival photography, whilst Hillside, Natterjacks and now Lynwood vets too offer us so much support alongside many other doggy businesses, trainers, charities, commercial dog walkers & organisations too numerous to mention!
Paul, Amy, Rachel, Sarah and Chloe from the Urban Heaths Partnership are all key in Dorset Dogs work, whilst wardens Amy, Zoe, Jade, Jess, Jordan, Hazel, Nina & Sarah amongst others from local authorities, Catherine, Emma & Poppy from Upton Country Park and National Trust wardens Aemelia, Kev & David have all been so important in making pit stops and guided walkies special this year. I have to say a particularly big thank you to new assistant Anneke who has taken on so much of the work with great skill and enthusiasm and to Becky who is based with Bournemouth council doing ‘Dorset Dogs in Bournemouth’ work but has nevertheless come to help at other events too and has helped at these with great cheerfulness and approachability.
We were very sad to hear that Terry Amey of Purbeck Agility passed away. We will greatly miss him and all the support he gave Dorset Dogs, including the difficult job of judging the classes at the Dorset Dogs Festival. We send his family and all who knew him our condolences, we know he was keen for people to celebrate his life by wearing bright colours at his funeral and that is a testament to the sort of cheerful and positive person he was.
Dorset Dogs Festival 2018 - the annual celebration of dogs, wildlife, countryside and greenspaces will be on the 22 July 2018 at Upton Country Park – get your diary out DO NOT miss it!
Finally… don’t forget to check out and send in events and news articles via www.dorsetdogs.org.uk and if you haven’t joined us on our lively Facebook forum yet come along – www.facebook.com/dorsetdogs - there’s lots of great photo albums as well as plenty of topical discussion and events info! Including a New Year’s Walk at Swanage Beach where we hope to see you…in the meantime…
….we wish you all a very happy Christmas & New Year with wonderful wintry walks and lots of wagging tails!
Su & Anneke & Alfie Christmas and Harry Christmas (below)
Alfie Christmas & Harry Christmas wish
you all a wagtastic Christmas x