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Dorset Dogs Festive Newsletter 2018

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Here’s to a Wonderfully Waggy Christmas & a Tremendously Treatful New Year!

It’s been such a treat meeting so many of you at this year’s walkies and other events!  Keep an eye on the events page of and the lively Facebook page – - next year there’s many more to come! Don’t forget Dorset Dogs is on Instagram too! .

Can we ask you to look at the doggy do code? It’s a quick, straightforward checklist on how to be confidently responsible when you’re out & about. At this time of year if you visit the wetlands or the coast it’s worth knowing about the struggle that wildlife there may be experiencing – here’s how to help birds taking shelter this winter.  If you need someone else to walk your dog check out these folks: dog walkers and pet care – they’ve agreed to follow the doggy do code.

Dorset Dogs Summer Festival 2019 – this year’s celebration of dogs, wildlife and countryside will be on the 17th August; it will be at Canford Park to introduce everyone to a wonderful new dog-friendly walking area, due to open in the Spring – get your diary out DO NOT miss it! Meanwhile we will also continue to hold events at lovely dog-friendly Upton Country Park  – if you haven’t been to the off-lead fields there yet, make a date to go!

A mahoosive thank you to all the people who help us each year! Who?

  • People from all the charities, businesses, organisations, local authorities and all of the Urban Heaths Partnership team who pitch in to help with promotion, walkies and big events like the Festival as well as supporting us on the website and so much more.
  • All the wonderful Dorset Dogs volunteer Ambassadors – can you spare a day or even two (or more!) in 2019?  We're looking for more volunteers to go along to fun dog shows & fetes, guided walkies, the Festival or to help out in other ways.  We will be having a fun ambassador day in the Spring – let us know if you are interested in coming along!
  • Julie from Dorset Dog Delights who has provided 1000s of dog treats free for our give-away goody bags. If you are looking for alternatives to plastics for wrapping foods, Julie may have your answer!

If you work in the access, recreation or wildlife sector you may be interested to know more about ‘best practice’ canine access management that not only recognises the wonderful positive aspects about dog ownership but also supports the most effective management for countryside and wildlife – the Outdoor Recreation Network are running a conference on the subject in February, details at


….we wish you all a very happy Christmas & New Year, wonderful wintry walks & wagging tails!

Best wishes

Su & Anneke & Alfie Christmas and Harry Christmas (below)


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Alfie Christmas & Harry Christmas wish

you all a wagtastic Christmas x