Dave Cumber Vets sponsored the first ever “Weymouth Walkies” dog walking event in Weymouth on Sunday 25th March 2018, which was the last Sunday that dogs are officially allowed on the whole stretch of Weymouth Beach.
In 2016 Weymouth & Portland Borough Council changed the rules reducing the time period that dogs are allowed to be exercised on parts of Weymouth Beach. Dogs are not allowed on the beach area between Greenhill Groyne and the Pier end of Weymouth beach from Good Friday 30th March 2018 – 31 October inclusive.
Hundreds of dog owners, families and friends turned out to walk the length of Weymouth beach with their dogs.
Dave Cumber, owner of Dave Cumber Vets said
“I am absolutely overwhelmed just how many people turned up to join us on the Weymouth Walkies event. It was wonderful to see so many types of dogs, breeds and ages all in one place, some as young as 13 weeks and some still walking at 13 years of age. The goody bags contained goodies from Dave Cumber Vets such as keyrings, fridge magnets, pens and the all-important poo bags! The goody bags were very popular and went very quickly. I really hope we can repeat this event which promotes responsible dog ownership again in the future.”
Other pet friendly businesses supported the event, CC Moore and Pet Experience donated vouchers and dog treats, Dog Friendly Social promoted the event, and Flyball Dorset were very busy with displays. I would like to thank my wonderful team who really worked very hard before and during the event, I am very proud of them. The staff from Dave Cumber Vets provided refreshments to the walkers and the proceeds will go to Margaret Green Animal rescue. It is hoped that the event will be repeated next year. The team also ran a raffle in aid of Hounds for Heroes, a charity which helps ex-servicemen by using dog therapy. The raffle raised £130 and the lucky winner won a handmade pet blanket.
Following the Big Weymouth Walkies event a dog was taken ill and later sadly died. Dave Cumber said
“I would like to thank everyone for their messages of concern and support with regards to the dog that was taken ill on Sunday. The dog concerned was not registered at Dave Cumber Vets and therefore we are now working with other veterinary practices at the current time in regards to this sensitive matter. Please continue to be vigilant with your pets when out walking and report anything out of the ordinary.”