‘Paws for Remembrance’ walk strikes a chord with dog lovers

15 February 2016

Nearly 400 dogs and humans braved the elements on Valentine’s Day to take part in a 5k ‘Paws for Remembrance’ walk, organised by the Arboretum and PDSA - the UK’s leading veterinary charity.

The event, which was held in very chilly, yet sunny conditions, enabled participants to view many of the 300 memorials in our grounds and was enjoyed by a total of 148 dogs and 248 people.

During the day, people were able to obtain free wellbeing MOTs for their dogs, and free information and advice about looking after their pets from PDSA veterinary nurses.

The PDSA also showed videos featuring its Animal Awards Programme, which comprises its three globally recognised medals, including the PDSA Dickin Medal, which honours animals for gallantry in military conflict.

Community & Education head nurse at PDSA Sue Bartlett, said: “We were delighted with the turn-out for the ‘Paws for Remembrance’ event, which offered something very special and unusual for dog lovers on Valentine’s Day.

“Our PDSA stand was very busy throughout the day. Over a third of the dogs that came to the event had a free wellbeing check and many more owners were given advice on the care of their precious pets. Our videos highlighting some of the worthy recipients of the Dickin Medal were really popular with visitors and kids of all ages took the chance to make their very own medal in the activity area.”

Sarah Montgomery, Managing Director of the Arboretum, said: “The Arboretum’s dog walking route is well used throughout the year, but this is the first time we’ve held a special remembrance event for dogs and their owners.

“We were very pleased that so many dogs and people joined us on Valentine’s Day to pay their respects to the fallen and we are very grateful to everyone who helped to make the event so successful.”