Big thanks to Pamela and Caitlin Stewart for the magnificent sum of £911.25 donated in memory of Megan. They trained for and ran in the Stirling Marathon. Well done – we are all proud of you.
Sandbach Garden Party – Sunday 4 September 2016
The Sandbach party held jointly with the West Pennine PDC and PDWRA was a delight. The weather did exactly what it said it would do; pour with rain on the Saturday to drench all the helpers while they set up and then get better to become dry with sunny periods and overhead cloud on the day itself. Thanks to the good drainage of the field there were not any problems apart from the ice cream van that had to be towed in and out! Plenty of people enjoyed ice cream throughout the afternoon and the photo booth run by Kelly Rawlins of Inspired Design and Print was very popular and many took the opportunity to get their dogs photographed. There was a fun agility course run by Dawn Bailey and Richard Pallister, Alison and Peter Mount ran the games which were well supported, and the committee of the WPPDC did everything else including all the fabulous refreshments. Thank you West Pennine.
The annual Crowhurst Welfare garden party was slightly muddy under foot but it did not stop the fun and games and great atmosphere with something like 130 cars parked up. It was great seeing familiar faces again and hearing about the pugs who have flourished under the care of new and sensible owners.
The afternoon started with the obligatory agility course run as usual by Pat Scragg, and then Sophie Mount-Thurston continued with the games, which were really well supported. Every game needs to be dog friendly as holding a pug or OD is compulsory.
Comment might be made about the number of dogs coming in from Eastern Europe in general, which is very concerning. We have had to rehome many, and without doubt many of them are very unsettled and disturbed. Our Welfare parade was not without foreign representation, but the majority were ex breeding/abused/neglected pugs now happy and living a decent life. The oldest pug had come from kennels in Cyprus where she and a companion had been handed in and the kennels had made contact with us through various dog friends to help find them a retirement home. They will hold the Max cup for the coming year, which was presented to PDWRA some years ago.
There were many entries for the fancy dress, but the winner was the Good, the Bad and the Pugly with runner up, a farmyard collection, with a little girl dressed as a cowgirl with her sheep/pug.
Thank you to everyone who supported and helped us. The merchandise and tombola stalls were busy all afternoon, and a new addition was a jewellery stall where various items had been crafted for sale, and there was a constant queue for refreshments. The efforts of one busy day’s fundraising had already been blown by one seriously heavy vet bill the week before, but we never stop fundraising because the dogs keep on coming in.
16 July was the date of our trip to Hayling Island, where we had a delightful Welfare party thanks to the kind invitation for Angie Graham and her family. I always get a little buzz as we cross over the bridge and then it is not far to the family home where there is a very special garden, lovingly cared for. The garden had been set up with several gazebos so that whatever the weather, there was protection. With this summer being what it has been, none of us expected boiling hot sunshine. Pugs were dashing about everywhere, in and out of paddling pools, round the shrubs and appearing in the kitchen – with pugs being pugs, looking longingly at beautifully decorated cup-cakes. It was the most successful party on the Island to date and went one tenth of the way to our monthly £10,000 vet bill. Yes, that is what we are having to spend and are trying to raise.
A huge thank you from everyone at PDWRA to Martin and the organisers of Pugfest Essex for such a wonderful day. We enjoyed every minute and it was lovely to meet several of the pugs rehomed by our charity. Trustees Janet Thomson and Debbie Symes (pictured with rehomed PDWRA pugs Biggy and Sophie) represented PDWRA on the day, and we were presented with a magnificent cheque from Pugfest for £1000. We have already rehomed more than 100 pugs this year and we are enormously grateful for such support.
Congratulations and thank you so very much to the fabulous team at The South Staffs Pug Club who held an amazing Fairytale Tea Party on 15 May … they raised a staggering £1648.30 for PDWRA!