Can I just say, Dogs Trust people, what a lovely time we had at your Open Day at Canterbury yesterday? With Operation Stack lifted on Saturday, Andy and I were l headed off to an area of the county we've been studiously avoiding for the last month. The sun was shining, the traffic flowed freely and there were hundreds of people and their dogs having a cheerful and very well-behaved time.
Actually, Andy and I were in a minority. We seemd to be the only people in the centre who didn't have a dog with us. But it was fun to watch all the dogs enjoying themselves and being happy, waggy tailed and just generally, well, jolly pleased with life!
There were many stalls to look at, along with plenty of activities and shows to watch and masses of food. I was especially impressed that there was a whole food stall devoted to vegetarian and vegan food! Marvellous! And very delicious. Big bonus points for that!
The variety of dogs was amazing: teeny tiny ones (one family had 20 dashunds with them! Twenty!!), enormous ones (there was a magnificent spotty Great Dane who was, no tell of a lie, the size of a pony), a pug in a pink polka dot dress, scruffy dogs, smiley dogs, floppy ears, pointy ears, ears too big for their heads, some that were unbearably excited about the whole BEING OUT FOR THE DAY with so many other DOGS experience!!!
Staff and volunteers made sure the day ran smoothly and with a general sense of bonhomie. There were plenty of paddling pools for the dogs to have a cool down and I didn't see one pile of poop anywhere which, given the number of dogs present, was a little miracle in itself.