Today we have another guest writer contributing to our blog. Our colleague and Animal Welfare Officer Kay Foley reviews the successful Dog Activity Day in Mayow Park.
On Thursday the 21st of February Lewisham Council in partnership with the RSPCA and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home held our 4th Lewisham Dog Activity Day in Mayow Park. Celebrity Dog Trainer Robert Alleyne was also on hand to judge classes. The day was an opportunity to encourage and reward responsible Dog ownership.
Despite freezing cold temperatures and a biting wind, many local residents turned up to support our day and the dog show proved to be a huge success.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers Storm and Rocky were great ambassadors of their breed, winning the Waggiest Tail and Smiliest Staffie category.
The Childs Best Friend was particularly difficult to judge, as all the entrants clearly loved their pets and had a fantastic bond with them. However, in the end it was Kieran and his American Bulldog Lola that stole the show winning first place. Despite being a big dog, Lola had a lovely gentle nature and clearly adored Kieran.
Best Trick was a chance for owners and their dogs to shine and it was fantastic to see what owners had taught their dogs to do. It was also great to see that breeds which are difficult to train, can with patience and time, learn to do tricks too. The class was eventually won by Kai and her dog Muffin a Shi Tzu. Muffin proved to be a dancing star and we think that Kai and Muffin could be the next Ashley and Pudsey! Jon-Jo and his dog Ice the husky also deserve a special mention. Huskys are not the easiest dogs to train but Jon-Jo had clearly put a lot of effort into Ice who behaved impeccably and went through his routine perfectly.
As always Best Biscuit Catcher was the most entertaining class of the day. 7 owners and their dogs battled it out to win first place. Having a dodgy eye didn’t stop Boyce the Staffie having a go and Tiger the Staffie was the most nonchalant biscuit catcher we had ever seen. Perhaps unsurprisingly it was a Labrador Cross Collie Jasper who eventually won. Jasper clearly had the best of both breeds as he fought to win the title.
In order to encourage dog owners to pick up after their dog, Lewisham Council has launched the Green Dog Walker Scheme. This scheme is a non–confrontational, friendly way to change attitudes about dog fouling. Residents are asked to sign the following pledge to take part in the scheme. In return for signing up to scheme they receive a free gift for their dog and some poo bags. On the day of the event, 25 owners signed up and took the pledge. To take the pledge and receive your free gift visit http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/greendogwalkers
23 owners also took the opportunity to get their dogs microchipped for free as from 2016 this will be a legal requirement. 30 owners also got a free disc engraved with their details on for their dogs collars. To get your own free tag visit http://www.lewisham.gov.uk and click on animal welfare.
Many thanks to everyone who turned up and made the day such a success and we look forward to having more in the future.