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Dog Day 2014

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Photo via Dog Day 2014

So, as I may have mentioned before, I’m a little wary of dogs. Okay, I’m scared of them. But I’m not scared of them all. If you’re a fellow dachshund, for example, well hello. Which is why this photo for Dog Day 2014 caught my eye. I’m the first to acknowledge that this wouldn’t be an event for me – it’s full of canines of all shapes and sizes. I’d be more than a little anxious. But I’m all about supporting a good cause, and Dog Day 2014 supports a very good cause indeed.

Billed as a family-friendly event with a village fete atmosphere, Dog Day is happening today at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour in London, and is sponsored by Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour and Pickett to raise awareness and funds for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Expect dog show classes – I particularly like the sound of ‘A Bit of Ruff’ and ‘Dog With The Waggiest Tail’ (although where is ‘Grouchiest Dog’, I ask you?) – and games on the green where everyone, humans included, can join in.

As I write this, I can’t even imagine being ‘homeless’ or ‘unwanted’. From the moment the Parents picked me up in Kirkintilloch back in November 2011 and brought me home, I’ve always known I was wanted. I was Family. So the fact that this event is raising funds for Battersea is reason enough to head along. I didn’t know anything about rescue centres until Mum sat me down one day at her my laptop and we looked through some websites together, which is when I discovered fantastic charities and organizations like Dogs Trust, the largest dog welfare charity in the UK, and Oldies Club, who rescue and rehome older canines, and Pup Aid, who are raising awareness of puppy farming and working hard to put an end to this cruelty.

I don’t understand cruelty to dogs, and I don’t understand the idea of unwanted dogs. Each and every one of us devotes our lives to our humans, regardless of where we started in life. And Battersea takes in any breed, at any age, including dogs and cats with serious medical or behavioural problems, and they treat them and care for them, and they find them new homes.

So, this is a great cause, a really great something-to-bark-about cause that deserves our support. And Dog Day sounds like a load of fun, for the humans as well as the canines. As long as you’re a more slightly socially-inclined chap or lass than me, that is.




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