The second Wessex FM and Dave Cumber Vets “Big Weymouth Walkies” dog walking event took place in Weymouth on Sunday 14th April, 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 19th April 2019 – 31 October inclusive. Over 500 dog owners, families and friends turned out to walk the length of Weymouth beach with their dogs, all 250 of them.
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 again this year. It was wonderful to see so many types of dogs, breeds and ages all in one place, with people travelling from Bristol, Southampton and all over Dorset just to come to the event. The goody bags were a big hit and contained goodies from Dave Cumber Vets such as keyrings, vouchers and the all-important poo bags! I really hope we can repeat this event next year. I would like to thank my wonderful team who really worked very hard before and during the event, I am very proud of them.”
Other pet friendly businesses supported the event, CC Moore and Pet Experience donated vouchers and dog treats, Dog Friendly Social attended the event, together with Bella Ceramics, Forever Hounds Trust, Margaret Green Animal Rescue, Hills Pet Nutrition, Nowzad – Winning the war for animals, Wessex Assisting Dogs and the Flyball team who organised demonstrations and trial agility routes.
All proceeds donated to the Cinnamon Trust
The staff from Dave Cumber Vets hosted a cake stall with all proceeds going to the Cinnamon Trust; refreshments were taken at Auntie Vi’s beach kiosk in Brunswick Terrace. The cake stall and other fundraising games raised £200 for the Cinnamon Trust which runs a network of 15,000 volunteers who “hold hands” with pet owners and help to provide vital loving care for their pets. The volunteers help to keep owners and pets together – for example, they will walk a dog every day for a housebound owner, or foster pets when owners need hospital care.