The Lough Shore Meets Go Walkies

Yesterday was the
Go Walkies
Event that i mentioned a couple of weeks ago.

Unfortunately a couple of days before, the Antrim counscils health and safety department flagged up some issues they weren’t happy with. They wanted to know how the markees were going to be put up, what was in the face paints, what happened if the vet who was doing vet checks got bitten, and other useless stuff. I know it was their job, but i thought 2 days before the event was a bit cheeky. So naturally, that got our branch organiser in a bit of a flap. Thankfully she managed to get it sorted.

Me and Ushi arrived yesterday to complete chaos. Apparently another charity were where we were meant to be. They had bouncey castles and a face painter. They were meant to be at the Antrim forum, but they said they didn’t have any room. It took quite a while for the branch organiser to get in contact with the counscil, but the other charity didn’t have permission to be where they were. We could have told them to leave but we decided that that would probably look bad if we told a charity they couldn’t be there.

Add to that that the rotary club were meant to provide 20 marshils for the two walks. The first lot didn’t turn up, so people couldn’t go on the first walk for at least 20 minutes until they turned up. So needless to say our poor branch organiser was up to high doe.

While i waited until someone sighted was able to do my walk, a little girl who was at school with me, well she joined when i was about 16 or 17. She was about 6 when i first met her. I would have talked to her on the bus and that. She came with her mum and brother. I let her feel Ushi and the harness and that. She wants a guide dog and she wants one now! She is 12 so i said to her mum to ask about guide dogs services. Since there is no lower age limmit now she could be eligible for a guide dog. She had a chat with a member of staff right there. It was nice to see the little girl again.

When i was ready for the walk, i went with another guide dog owner. Her dog was called Zeta. After two “busy” stops we were ready to go.

The two dogs worked extremely well on the three mile walk. They kept taking over each other after a while. I was expecting ushi to stop again but she only had another random stop then carried on. I think having another dog to follow really helped. She maintained a good speed too throughout the walk. She did get greedy with the water left out and drank all of it even though she didn’t need to!

When we got back, Ushi had an encounter with a sheep! One of the staff told me to watch out for it but it was too late. The guy who owned the mobile farm that came was standing with one of his sheep. Ushi thought it was another dog and tried to play with it! She couldn’t work out why it didn’t play with her, so she sniffed its bum. It just stood there so she gave up. I thought it had a clothes peg on its ear but that was it’s tag.

The farmer also had a little pony and trap to take kids around, an Alpaka, a donkey, a pig and rabbit but we didn’t see them.

Because we completed the walk, we were presented with a goody bag from Ucanuba which sponsor the go walkies events. It had a certificate saying ushi did the walk, a Ucanuba pen, two rubber wristbands that said guide dogs in brraille, a toy dog, a voucher to win a six month supply of Ucanuba and a tag for Ushi’s collar that said Ucanuba on one side and guide dogs on the other. Or maybe it was go walkies. I’m not sure whither to put it on her collar as i don’t like too many tags as they make more noise so they would annoy me on our walks. But that’s just me.

So apart from the fiasco at the start of the day it was a good day. I think we raised over £1100 but i’ll know more later on in the week. At least we got good weather too! I decided to let Ushi chill today but she was her usual self. I would have thought after that walk she would have needed a day to chill. I’m so glad it went well.

That’s our last big event for the year. Now it’s just talks, the collections in the shopping centres, and the folds to do now. Thanks everyone who came!

Unfortunately the PSNI dog team were called on an emergency so weren’t able to come. But that was understandable!

I hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as we did.

Go Walkies And Family Fun Day 22nd September

Over the last couple of years, Guide dogs have come up with a great way to help raise money. Take your dog for a walk! It’s simply called “go walkies”.

So this year the Antrim counscil contacted our fundraising coordinator up in Belfast saying they would like to hold an event for guide dogs and it was decided that our branch would do the event since we are closer and it covers our area. It was meant to be on the 18th August but had to be postponed with one thing and another.

It is now taking place on the 22nd September from 1 to 5 PM. The idea behind “go walkies” is that your dog gets sponsored. There are two routes to choose from-a 1.5 mile and a 3 mile route. Your dog gets sponsored and will receive a certificate and a tag for the dogs collar which says “guide dogs” on one side and “Ucanuba” on the other. (Ucanuba are sponsoring every go walkies event). You also get a voucher i think from Ucanuba but i’m not too sure. You can
Online before the event, or you can just turn up on the day.

If you don’t have a dog, don’t worry as there will be a family fun day taking place too. There will be a “titanic slide”, pony and trap rides, a police dog handler, possibly an outdoor climbing wall, card making, microchipping, and a petting zoo. It’s a great chance to meet other dogs and have a great time!

For anyone on facebook, there is an
Which you can share with your friends. So far we have at least 20 walkers who have decided to come.

Sorry this post isn’t my usual style of writing but i thought i’d write about it here. I hope to see alot of other dogs there! If anyone is around the Antrim area, or just want to come along, feel free.

It should be a good day!