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If you live near Salisbury, you may be able to help the Dogs Trust, here is their plea:

'As you know, we have our Dogs Trust Salisbury Rehoming Centre in Newton Tony.  But did you know that we also have a Dogs Trust Charity Shop in Salisbury?  The shop opened in 2009 and is located at 83-85 Crane Street, Salisbury SP1 2PU.

We are in desperate need of part-time volunteers to help us operate our local Charity Shop.

Do you have a few spare hours each week? Would you like to join our small but very friendly team?  We would love to hear from you!

If you would be interestedin lending a hand, please contact our manager, Karen Griffiths, on 01722 321415.  She can explain more about how your assistance will help us raisemuch-needed pounds for hounds!

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Would you like to improve and develop the paths and public green space network in Dorset?

The DORSET LOCAL ACCESS FORUM is recruiting new members - NOW!

Do you responsibly enjoy and/or have expertise and experience in walking, horse riding, cycling, driving on Dorset’s Public Rights of Way and public green space for recreation, health and sustainable travel?  Then this could be your opportunity to make a real contribution in Dorset.

Be part of the team that helps develop and improve Dorset’s public paths and green space to benefit matters such as land management, recreation, health, equality and diversity, disabled access, planning, transport, economy, conservation and tourism.

We now have vacancies for new members, to represent the following categories:

• People who enjoy using paths and public green space for recreation and travel;
• Owners, occupiers and managers of land ­ esp with open access or PRoW;
• People with access-related interests, e.g. tourism, health, disability or transport.

click here to find out more...

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Click here for Matt & Maria's July newsletter - including tips for this hot weather and news about the Sunday walk on 28th July

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Belle, Dog of the Year, with Carl    Belle is Dorset Dog of the Year 2013
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Dorset Dogs Festival 2013 was a wonderful celebration with hundreds of happy people and waggy dogs enjoying a busy day at Slades Open Space in Bournemouth.

If a picture paints a thousand words then we have an epic trilogy to describe the Festival!  Click on the categories below, you can also find them at


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The Fun Dog Show was very popular as always, with the emphasis on fun, take a look at the photos, they tell a lovely story!  All of our dog show entrants were of course fantastic - making it such a hard job for our judges.

The Dorset Dog of the Year 2013 was Belle, a gorgeous rescue dog who is now being trained as an mental health assistance dog.     The show was compered by Paul from the Urban Heaths Partnership and run by Purbeck Agility, who also put on some smashing displays of 'dancing with your dog'.  As well as her trophy,  Belle won a year's magazine subscription thanks to 'Your Dog' magazine and a professional photo portrait thanks to Gladwin Photography.  Natterjacks Vet very kindly sponsored all the rosettes and the trophy so many thanks to Andy at Natterjacks!  There were also prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and everyone who entered also went away with one of our sought-after Dorset Dogs key rings.  click to see list of winners

A very special thanks to the trainers who put on the wonderful demos and taster sessions in the 3 rings - Purbeck Agility, Tricks4Treats and Purbeck Gundogs.  They make the Festival extra special! 

Thanks also to Zoe from Gladwin Photography who took such fantastic, high-quality photos, revealing the high spirits of the Festival and the bond between people and their dogs (copies available from

The stallholders also deserve thanks not just for coming to help create the Festival but also for withstanding the high winds, in fact stallholders in the big marquee cheerfully made space inside for refugees as gazebos bowed one by one to the bluster!  Many stallholders also donated prizes for the raffle, so very many thanks to everyone:

Alison - Reiki, Ashley Heath RSPCA, Pure Chaos2Calm, Dan's Pop-up Cafe run by Michelle, Diamond Face Painters, Dogs Trust Salisbury, Dorset Dog Delights (no relation!), Dorset Dog Rescue (ditto!), Dorset Dogs Togs (ditto again!), Forever, Friends of the Strays of Greece, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Herbal Hounds, John & Marie, Julie's Jewellery, Kingsbere Kitchen, Labrador Rescue, Margaret Green Animal Rescue, the National Trust, Paws4aTreat, Calli's Corner Pet Pawprints, Pet Portraits (Natalie), Planet Paws, Police Dog Handlers, Purbeck Agility, Purbeck Gundogs, Redhill Common Conservation Volunteers, Stour Valley Supporters, Ricki's Ices, Roger from the County Council's Dorset Countryside team, Tricks4Treats, the Urban Heaths Partnership staff who also did a fabulous job of stewarding - and scoobying! and the World Wildlife Fund.  Although they couldn't come, raffle prizes were also kindly donated by the Worldwide Veterinary Service, Hengistbury Head land train, Natterjacks Vets, Five ways Pet Store, the Cinnamon Trust, Award Pet Supplies, Wallisdown Pets Corner, the National Trust and the Hiker Cafe (Hengistbury Head).  Commiserations to Wessex Assisting Dogs who had awful last-minute transport problems on the day but we know you were with us in spirit and had put so much hard work into getting ready to do a demonstration for us, can't wait to see you next year!

A big thanks too to the lovely St John's Ambulance volunteers who came along to look after us all on the day and to the helpful Bournemouth Parks staff.

Can't wait 'til next year's Fest!

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Thanks to Zoe from Gladwin Photography who took such fantastic, high-quality photos!

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Thanks to Zoe from Gladwin Photography who took such fantastic, high-quality photos, revealing the high spirits of the Festival and the bond between people and their dogs (copies available from