What a fantastic day we had.The weather was perfect, around 460 people attended and everybody seemed to be having a lovely time. As usual the dog show attracted a lot of people anxious for their pets to show off their appeal and good looks. Sadly Although we made much of the fact we had dogs desperate for homes , none attracted any serious attention though one kitten was reserved. Next year at the dog show, I think we will have a parade of dogs in need of homes which may be a better forum for them.Better to see the actual dogs than a photo on a poster.Another big draw is the display by the Ynys Mon dog training team whose display of "dancing with dogs" went down a treat with everybody .Fun was also had by those who had a go with their own dogs at our agility course (set up for the day only) Who knows, one day we may be seeing one of them on the X Factor!
Guess won the Best Rescued dog class in the Dog Show? Our handsome Teddy the abandoned three legged GSD pup, of course he is now 8 months old but still incredible looking and he manages so well without the damaged leg he once dragged about. It was great to see so many of our own dogs again and especially good to see dear Gel, the middle aged collie who now spends his time in Hampshire/Spain. It was a real treat to see him again and looking so happy.A different dog entirely to the sad neglected animal he once was. It totally made my day.(and I was so pleased I completely forgot to take a photo!)
Sorrell the horse which needs a hernia operation attracted some interest and support from visitors and there was £70 collected for her in a special fund raising appeal.We will be forging ahead with this appeal now Open Day is over and done with for another year.Now I can concentrate on Sorrells Fund and hopefully by next year she will be able to have the operation which will cost at least £2,000.
Morris was also popular, his gentle nature made him a hit with children and he is always happy to have a pat or two and a bit of admiration!
Salesman of the year he is NOT!!
Altogether the day went really well, there were a few minor glitches which were to be expected but by and large it was agreed that this was our best Open Day yet.Well its only the third one but its getting better every time.
Naturally the sun coming out is always a great bonus, everyone is happier when not having to shelter from wind and rain.
A few people who had not been here for a few years commented on the difference to the shelter, of course when you live and work here every day it doies not always seem that much has been done but really there has been a great deal of improvement over the ten years. I will only feel truly content when the cattery is pulled down and rebuilt.THEN I will feel that we are getting somewhere. It does take a long time to get work done with limited funds but little by little the work is beign done.