Bluebell Wood Boarding Kennels

Bluebell Wood Boarding Kennels Open Day 2008

Article from Etcetera magazine:

They promised it would be bigger and better than last year and it was. Not only that but despite a gloomy morning, the weather for the duration of the fete was hot and sunny. AND events ran mostly to time. A great social day out which Tracey and Les had planned for some time. Well done you two, but not forgetting the remainder of your helpers before and on the day who worked so hard.

There was not a free moment - the two bands ‘The Gerry Attrix’ & ‘Never Grew Up’, - were entertaining whilst the stalls and sideshows were busy taking money - the profits of which were donated to the Charities concerned, Phoenix and SPA . They netted some 2330 euros on the day (they were looking to raise 1000 euros!) with more to come from the sponsored walk on 29th June. Not forgetting the continuous dog displays in the special arena.

Two people won a meal for two at La Meteorite; other prizes donated included a CD Player & a weekend at Novatel in Reading. Milou owned by Irene was by far the scruffiest dog and won that prize; the best SIX legs was won by two males - Steve and his dog Jimmy, Sophies dog Tyler had the waggiest tail, the greyest muzzle undoubtably Weazle , owned by Nina, Buster won the best biscuit catcher and Susi & Colin won the scurry.

The Dog Display Team, by Paws 4 Thought Training Centre (based at kennels), In-house Trainer - Joy Ward - provided 6 different teams displaying various levels of dog obedience, including puppies, individual work, and advanced working at heel off the lead. Joy, the owners and their respective dogs are all an amateur display team, who gave up weeks of their valuable training time to work out routines especially formulated for this event. Joy says “Both dogs and owners were great battling with nerves, but still able to do their best and make it look Sooooooo easy!!

For those reading this who attended the day and watched us, I am sorry that a PA system was not available for me to give a proper explanation of the exercise for everyone to hear, a last minute technical hitch! I would also like to add that all the dogs in the display are family pets, not show or competition dogs of any kind and with owners and families who attended classes for socialising their dogs, basic obedience and for fun!! All of which are very important. Unless you have done anything like this before it is very difficult to appreciate just how hard it is.”

On the non dog side, The Silver Spurs Line Dance Display Team entertained us twice and good they were too. The golf side show maximum score was achieved by Victoria - 100 scored. Well done Victoria. Mind you a number of us also scored highly but Ann & Stuart Henderson, the supervisors of the sideshow accused us of cheating - would we do that? Yes..., but they were not supposed to see it. Les lost his hair in the name of Charity but gained 350 euros in the process (I think he looks better with hair...Ed).

Tracey has the last word, well nearly, “Again this year we cannot give enough thanks to the steering committee who worked tirelessly since January and all the volunteers who made the whole thing fun and kept us going throughout. My two fantastic helpers Annie and Sophie who worked liked Trojans looking after all our dogs before and on the day. Most of all our heartfelt thanks to all of you who supported us on the day and gave so generously. This event would not have been possible without you. My best memory of the day was when suddenly everyone arrived and put the whole thing together. All I can remember are people, dogs, gazebos and I knew then we had ourselves a summer fete!!

“There will never be another one” said Les - “well not until next year!!” To sum up we have just spoken to a man who went on Sunday 8th June & he said “ It was absolutely fab ! Lots of stalls. Band was excellent . Sat on grass drinking beer & eating lots of lovely English cakes. Couldn't have asked for for more I think that just about sums it up!!

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