Dave Cumber Vets will be supporting the Dog Friendly Social group who are organising theWeymouth Beach Big Walkies dog walking event on Sunday 5th April 2020, which is the last Sunday that dogs are officially allowed on the whole stretch of Weymouth Beach.

Dogs are not allowed on the beach area between Greenhill Groyne and the Pier end of Weymouth beach from Good Friday 10th 2020 – 31 October 2020 inclusive.    Many organisations will be taking part in the event this year, including Dog Friendly Social, Margaret Green Animal Rescue, and the Flyball team who will be organising demonstrations and trial agility routes.  

Dog Friendly Social are also raising awareness of the Dorset Council “Dogs on Beaches” consultation which is running until 19th April 2020.  The general public are being asked for their views and comments by completing the consultation form at https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/your-council/consultations/consultation-more.aspx?consult=e9fbaebd-4540-4e69-bb32-067edb2daba8

The consultation is a chance for people – residents, business owners, organisations and visitors – to have their say on where and when they think there should be restrictions on dogs in public places, including beaches. It will also cover topics such as fouling and lead length.    These Orders are to make sure that everyone – with or without dogs – can safely enjoy public spaces.  Dorset Council want to hear a wide range of views from as many people as possible.  Dorset Council are aware that people hold very strong views on this topic and hope to gain a balanced and fair perspective from the consultation.

Dave Cumber, of Dave Cumber Vets said “It is very important that dogs and their owners takeregular exercise.  Weymouth beach and many other Dorset beaches make a perfect exercise route for a lot of people. We are very happy to support Linda at Dog Friendly Social this year”.

Linda Stevenson, Host of Dog Friendly Social saidIn December 2017 we decided to start a FaceBook Page and hash tag #dogfriendly because we had so many people asking us where coffee shops were located who welcomed dogs. We soon found many more businesses who welcome dogs inside or offer a service. We simply asked businesses to purchase the Dog Friendly stickers and display them.   The scheme has proved to be very popular and now we organise dog walking events and help raise money for charities via our Dog Friendly (Weymouth) and (Portland) group.  We are very excited to be hosting the Weymouth Beach Big Walkies event this year and I would like to thank all our supporters and businesses”.

The “Weymouth Beach Big Walkies” event will start at 10.30am and there is no need to pre- register, simply turn up at the Pavilion end of the beach with your dog on a lead.  The walk will continue up to Greenhill and then return to the Pavilion.  Dog walkers are free to leave the walk at any time.   Refreshments will be provided at Auntie Vi’s beach kiosk at the end of Brunswick Terrace. During the event the organisers hope to raise funds for the Cinnamon Trust and Pawsome Pensions.   The Cinnamon Trust runs a network of 15,000 volunteers who “hold hands” with pet owners and help to provide vital loving care for their pets. The volunteers help to keepowners and pets together – for example, they will walk a dog every day for a housebound owner, or foster pets when owners need hospital care.   Pawsome Pensions are an independent unregistered organisation that has been set up to help support retired Police and Fire dogs from Devon, Dorset and Cornwall Police Service and Fire and Rescue Service.

Full details can be found at the website www.davecumbervets.co.uk

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