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Mayow Park Dog Activity Day 2013

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.

All breeds were welcome at the event including Chiwawa's.

All breeds were welcome at the event including Chiwawa’s.

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.

Lola, the very mild mannered America Bull Dog.

Lola, the very mild mannered American Bulldog.

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.

Jasper

Jasper and Robert Alleyne demonstrate the art of biscuit catching.

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.


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Lewisham Green Dog Walkers scheme

Lewisham Council is launching a new initiative to deal with dog fouling called the Lewisham Green Dog Walkers scheme and residents are encouraged to sign up to the campaign to help make their area cleaner and greener.

The scheme is a non-confrontational, friendly way to change attitudes about dog fouling. Residents that take the pledge will be sent a free gift for their dog.

Find out how to be a cleaner and greener dog walker.

The Lewisham Green Dog walkers scheme encourages dog owners to take the pledge to

  • always clean up after their dog
  • carry extra dog waste bags
  • hand out dog-waste bags to other dog walkers.

The scheme will launch on 2nd November 2012 at the Dog Activity Day in Fordham Park 12:00 til 15:00.

Take the lead to ‘bag it and bin it’. Take the pledge today

To sign up, please send your name and contact details to:
Stella Agunabor
Tel: 020 8314 2068
Email: stella.agunabor@lewisham.gov.uk

(image: digitalart)


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Irresponsible dog owners beware

Dog Fouling on Lewisham Streets is a high source of complaints – not only is it unpleasant, its also dangerous.  The biggest threat to public health from dog excrement is toxocariasis (http://ow.ly/9dgFF ). This campaign will be tackled in conjunction with our housing partners and Safer Neighbourhood teams  to remind owners that it is their responsibility to clear up  fouling left by their dog.

Owners can dispose of their dog foul by using any general litter bin that can be found in many public areas.  Most dog owners are very responsible, but we want the small minority of irresponsible dog owners to be very aware that we will not tolerate this behaviour.  If you are caught failing to pick up after your dog you will be fined  £75 and if unpaid, a court can impose a fine of up to £1,000.