Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018
*Chris, Rosella and Tori pictured by The Burns Stand
We have a penchant for hosting memorable doggy events. Our legendary Dogs’ Day Out event has been running in West Wales for over a decade and made its Irish debut last weekend at the very regal Killruddery House.
Hundreds turned out for a day of canine fun in the gorgeous sunshine and entered their pooch into an array of classes including Waggiest Tail, Dog Most like its Owner and Best in Show. There was also Agility Training hosted by Wonder Paws Training School and entertaining have-a-go classes such as Fastest Recall.
As with all of our events, the day had a charitable aspect to it. Money raised from dog classes and have-a-go activities has been donated to our Cork-based Charity of the Year, Dogs for the Disabled and The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland. The total amount shared was €2,303.62.
We are currently working with Dogs for the Disabled, Wonder Paws and Festina Lente in County Wicklow to assist projects to help improve the lives of pets and to develop projects which help people through animal assisted therapy and horticultural therapy.
Our flagship project is the Burns by Your Side Reading to Dogs scheme which uses volunteers and their fully-trained companion animals to help children who are reluctant readers or who have communication difficulties in local schools to engage with reading by reading to a dog.
*Cathy Matthews from Wonder Paws Training School
Dogs’ Day Killruddery saw 6 of our Irish volunteers and their pooches graduate after an intensive 3-month training programme led by Wonder Paws Dog Training School. The volunteers and their dogs have now completed their training and will begin scampering into schools to deliver reading to dog sessions from September 2018.
*Carol pictured with Welsh Burns By Your Side volunteers
Our very own Burns Community Manager, Carol Lincoln commented, “Following the success of Burns by Your Side in west Wales where we have 50 schools participating, we felt we could mirror this success for Irish Schoolchildren. We are delighted at how the scheme has been embraced here in such a short time and are thrilled to have a small band of dedicated Irish handlers and dog teams who have worked hard at their training. The event at Killruddery has given our new Irish and Welsh volunteers a great chance to meet each other and celebrate their achievements and dedication.”
A big thank you to all our volunteers and Cathy Matthews and her team from Wonder Paws for the passion and enthusiasm they have shown for our programme.”
We are currently celebrating its 25th year in business, and 25th year of feeding happy and healthy pets.
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