Fund raising and social activities
We have great fun organising various community dog events each year, and over the years have raised thousands of pounds for some very wonderful charities some who train dogs to support humans in various ways (including Canine Partners, Medical Detection Dogs and Hounds for Heroes), some deal with animal welfare and others are local Hamble charities.
Our social “Talky Walky” social walks and pub visits etc are good fun, and open to those who have achieved “Hamble Hounders” status!
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Early in 2018, we had the pleasure of naming a Canine Partner’s puppy in recognition of the money raised for that wonderful charity. She is a gorgeous girl called Hamble! This is the latest report we’ve had: “As you can see from the photo attached, Hamble has grown quite a bit and she is looking like a lovely young girl. She can be quite excitable at times, but her puppy parent is working hard to settle her in all sorts of different environments. She has found the recent heatwave a bit difficult, but she is much happier now that it is cooling down. She walks very nicely on the lead and waits nicely at doors and to get out of the car. Her puppy parent has been socialising her at different locations and she is happy to work alongside other dogs. She is not fazed by traffic and she waits well at kerbs and always offers to sit. She is nice and calm when being stroke and she really enjoys retrieving items”.
2018 Barking Bonanza was a lovely day (if cold!), which raised £1200 to the benefit of the 9 charities who attended. The order of prizes was drawn out of the hat by Iwan Thomas MBE, Olympic Silver Medallist, Commonwealth and European 400 m champion, with the top four prizes going to Medical Detection Dogs, PDSA, Second Chance and Blue Cross. Great fun was had in the main ring, with Kelly Simms, the 2018 British all-around gymnast champion helping with the judging. Fastest Recall was won by Poppy!
2018 Japanese Visitation Sherree, Brian and I have had a lovely few days with Yusuke, from the Canine Behaviour Institute in Japan, discussing behaviour and training and showing him our work. He wanted to learn about gun dog retrieving, which gave me chance to talk for hours, Talisker (my Labrador) was a good teacher! We also introduced Yusuke to proper English pubs and beer, a task that my partner Greg took on with enthusiasm!