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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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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.


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Winners at the Bull Breed Activity Day

Seeing as we featured an article about the Bull Breed Activity Day, it only seems appropriate that we follow this up with a concluding story about what happened on the day itself.

With dark clouds looming, there was a fear that Bull Breed Activity Day in Mountsfield Park would be a wash out. But despite the rain and cold, dogs and their owners came out to enjoy the activities of the day. Battersea engraved tags, the RSPCA micro-chipped and gave free health checks to a number of dogs.

 A special bull breed agility display featuring Bless, Squirt the Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Roxy, the English Bull Terrier went down well and a few other dogs had a chance to brush up on their agility skills, giving Squirt and Roxy a run for their money.

 Behaviourist and TV’s Dog Borstal star Robert Alleyne, along with Zoe Williams from The Guardian and Cllrs Wise and Egan had the unenviable task of judging the entrants. All in all the day was a huge success and everyone had fun. The winners of each category were as follows:

Smiliest Staffie – Sid and owner Gill (see photo above)

Waggiest tail – Ziggy and owner Liz

Childs best friend – Bless and owner Kyle

Best biscuit catcher – Angel and owner Billie

Best trick – Frank and owner Rachael

Best in show – Sid and owner Gill (see photo above)

All photo’s of the day can be seen on the following link http://www.flickr.com/photos/lovecleanstreets/sets/72157627988043228/

 Thanks to everyone who made the day such a success… until next year.


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Bag that Poo … any bin will do!

Dog fouling is a major issue for many of our towns and cities. It is not only unpleasant but can pose a health threat. Some dog owners still fail to clean up after their dogs and the highest level of dog fouling can be found in areas where people actually live.

 

In Lewisham we want to make it as easy as possible for dog owners to dispose of their pets poo. This means that residents can now dispose of their Dog Poo in any litter bins in the borough, including those in parks – just make sure it’s bagged before it goes in!

This does not mean that we’ll be removing existing Dog Poo bins, the only reason these bins would be removed is if they become damaged or fall into a state of disrepair. 

It is the responsibility of the dog owner or the person in charge of the dog to clear up any dog fouling left by their dog. If this does not happen a Fixed Penalty Notice can be issued, or if the case goes to court a fine of up to £1000.00.

 

So please “Bag that poo, any bin will do!”

 

If you do see any Dog Poo, you can report it using love clean streets