Yesterday, we were helping raise pounds for hounds at the local Dogs Trust open day and fun dog show by supporting the event.
We'd popped down beforehand with some buns I'd baked for the cake stall. I'd normally put smarties on the top of the chocolate ones but I didn't have any. They look a bit plain but I'm sure someone will have bought them.
It was very well attended by both two legged visitors and four legged ones, most with waggy tails.
All dogs were given a pretty yellow ribbon to wear as they arrived. Archie was a little miffed at having to look so pretty, he's a boy afterall.
There were lots of different games and stalls around the field. Actually it was a much larger event than I'd imagined, it's heartening to see so many people supporting these unfortunate doggies.
There was even a doggy tombola. Archie had a go and won a packet of treats.
Then he had a go on the doggy bran tub and won a bag of marrowbones, they're his favourites so he just couldn't wait to have one.
There was also a fun dog show. Archie didn't enter but we met up with some friends who got their beautiful Staffie Cross from Dogs Trust a couple of years ago and they'd entered her.
To the side of the field where all the action was taking place is the Dogs Trust building where all the dogs are housed. There, in the car park was the refreshment stand. It was a lovely day, though a little breezy, so people were picnicking on the lawn.
The mobile microchipping van was parked outside offering free microchipping. Better to be safe than sorry. It looked like there were plenty of people taking up the offer.
Archie wasn't allowed inside the building to see the dogs so Mick stayed outside with him, but Eleanor and I went in to meet some of the beautiful residents.
This is Jake, a Beagle/Labrador cross. He's a beautiful boy, such a shame that he's been at the Dogs Trust for a long time now.
Winnie's an old girl who just wants someone to love her. She's such a cutie.
If you're interested in giving a dog a home, do check out the Dogs Trust website where you can find the details of some of the dogs who are waiting for a new owner to come and find them. If you're not in the position to offer a home to one of these beautiful doggies, you can still sponser one, in fact, Jake is one of the dogs you're able to sponsor. Again, details are on the website.
Just a few of the success stories.
One of the attractions of the open day was having a portrait of your dog drawn. Well, we couldn't resist. Archie sat as good as gold modelling for the artist.
The finished result. Not bad to say it only took ten minutes.
It was a lovely day out and great to know that all the money raised was going to help this charity which does such wonderful work to help dogs all over the country.