It’s all go up Bennettland Lane - we have been very busy over the summer holidays, taking in and rehoming a large number of new dogs, dog training classes began at the centre, and we welcomed several new Volunteer dog walkers to the team. The next big event on our calendar is the popular annual open day, which will be on September 26. Everyone is welcome - people and dogs.
There is our usual Open Day Fun Dog Show with lots of informal classes to enjoy. Your dog does not have to be a pedigree to take part, and you don’t need show ring experience, just willingness to have fun. Who knows - you may go home with a prize and a rosette! Winners have prizes, rosettes go down to eight place, and every dog entered gets a goody bag. Entry for each class is £1. Entries can be made prior to the show by calling in at the kennels, or from 11am on the day, Judging commences at 12.00.
Classes include best purebred, junior handler (10 and under, 11 to 16) Veteran (over 7) and rescue dog, with fun classes for the most adorable puppy (under 12 months) prettiest female, most handsome male, waggiest tail, fastest sit and Mini-Me - dog most like it’s owner.
There will be refreshments and attractions such as pet photography and face painting, with lots of stalls, including home made cakes, bric a brac books, raffles and tombola, and after the huge success of their Teddy Bears Picnic display last year, Lesley Bugler of Angel Paws Dog Training And Behaviour will be bringing her class back again to perform a new routine this year. A tasty addition to this years show will be Denise’s Doggy Delight Stall, with a delicious selection of home made doggy treats, such as Liver & Primula Butterfly Buns, Tuna and Spinach Cookies, Parmesan and Carrot nibbles. You can also test your skills on our fun agility course.
If you would like to help on the day, or donate items for sale, just contact the kennels - details below. Cakes, tombola and raffle items or bric a brac and books are always welcome. Just bring them along.
If you have never visited the kennels before, this is a great opportunity to meet everyone, including many of our happily rehomed dogs. So make a date - and we look forward to seeing you!
If you are looking for a dog to join your family, come along any afternoon (except Wednesday, when closed for administration) between 1.30 - 4pm. We also offer after care for our rehomed dogs. Once a Jerry Green dog, always a Jerry Green dog - so never feel alone if you need advice or help with your new dog - like you, we want you and your dog to be happy together. We are just a telephone call away, and if we are unable to help, will recommend a caring advisor we know.
But don’t let that put you off if you want a dog - settling in problems are not that common! We have rehomed lots of dogs recently, including Leon, Eric, Max, and Josh (pictured) whose new owners are so pleased with him, they say he has settled in so well and been such a calming influence on Winnie the other family pet, its hard to imagine life without him.
Want more information? See the website www.jerrygreendogs.org - click on Gilberdyke for dogs available - email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01430 -449112.
If you haven’t time for a dog right now but would still like to help, there are many ways you can. Adopt a dog - our own dog for adoption and sponsorship is long time resident Billy. Shop in reception for birthday cards or second hand books. Become a volunteer dog walker. Donate old postage stamps (which we resell) blankets or bath towels for our rescue dogs to use.
Treats are always welcome! Dogs love them, and we use them for our gentle reward based training - so your treats are not just an indulgence, but do good! High value treats like schmackos or Bakers meaty chunks are good - and the dogs love cocktail sausages from tins, which divide into as many as 200 treats per tin!
We are still looking for experienced dog people to become welfare visitors, checking out the suitability of potential new homes for dogs. This is intermittent and involves travel and your own transport. Speak to Angela for details if you can help.
Although the main holiday season is nearly over, remember you can board your dog with us all year. But book early - space is limited, and our kennels are always popular!
Thought For the Month:
“Not everyone wants a rescue dog. But every rescue dog wants somebody.” (Slogan spotted in Leeds - on a shoulder bag!)
Happy dog days! With best wishes from Angela and all at Gilberdyke. Until next time!