Hundreds of dogs and their owners will sniff around the National Memorial Arboretum at its annual Paws for Remembrance event on 11 February 2018, supported by PDSA. A special walking route (ruffly 5km) is available between 9am and 3pm, covering areas of the Arboretum normally inaccessible to four-legged visitors.
Paws for Remembrance offers the opportunity for dog lovers to explore the 150-acre Arboretum which is home to more than 350 memorials which pay tribute to those who have served, sacrificed, or suffered on behalf of our country. Volunteers will be available to provide information about the Arboretum and the memorials encountered during the walk.
Happy Hounds High Street will host a selection of pet related businesses from across the country offering a wide range of products and services, including pet portraits, pet clothing, and treats.
Veterinary staff from the PDSA will be on site offering free MOT health checks for dogs (donations appreciated), free general pet care advice, demonstrations of emergency pet first aid, and a range of pet care items for sale.
For humans keen to wolf something down, the Arboretum’s restaurant and coffee shop will be serving a range of hot meals and snacks. As with previous years, the Arboretum Dogs will be allowed to enter the coffee shop with their companions, however they will be restricted to the large outdoor seating area of the restaurant. Following furvent campaigning from four legged visitors, the Arboretum will not have hot dogs on the menu.
Sarah Oakden, Head of Marketing at the Arboretum, said: “Paws for Remembrance was founded in 2016 after we were collared by dog owners who wanted to bring their four-legged friends to explore more of the site than usually pawmitted. We are confident that 2018 will be the most successful event yet, and look forward to welcoming hundreds of animal lovers to the Arboretum.
“Dogs are welcome to visit the Arboretum all year round; however we do ask that dog walkers use our designated route to ensure the comfort of all our visitors. Also, I’m sorry about all of the puns, I know they are really corgi.”
To sign up for Paws for Remembrance, please call Tel: 01283 245 100 or book online; http://www.thenma.org.uk/events-at-the-arboretum/forthcoming-events/paws-for-remembrance/
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