Fun on four legs
PUBLISHED: 10:36 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:06 15 May 2013
A guide to local events and services for dogs, cats, rabbits and even tortoises! Words by Hazel Sillver
Mount Noddy Fun Dog Show
21 April, nr Chichester
Enter your dog in the obedience competition, agility test or fast flyball runs. Mount Noddy is an independent charity within the RSPCA, which rehomes abandoned dogs and cats.
01243 773359, mountnoddy.co.uk
Sussex Game & Country Fair
15 & 16 June, Parham Park
This is a great fair that includes falconry displays and a world-class gun dog championship (labradors and spaniels must qualify in pre-tests or scurries, over the course of the weekend). There are also field events and show classes for terriers and lurchers.
01889 563232, countrymanfairs.co.uk
Eastbourne Fun Family Dog Show
10 August, Hampden Park
Enter your four-legged friend in the pedigree or novelty shows, the winners of which compete for Best in Show. Children (up to 16) can enter the Junior Handler competiton, and there will be racing and flyball events. The show is in aid of the Basil Memorial Fund, which helps abandoned dogs.
01323 724012, eastbourne.gov.uk
Ashington Festival Fun Dog Show
17 August, nr Pulborough
This is a light-hearted version of Crufts. Categories include Best Large, Best Bulldog, Best Puppy, Best Veteran (7+), Dog with the Waggiest Tail, Most Appealing Eyes and the golden prize: Most Obedient.
01903 892633, ashingtonfestival.co.uk
RSPCA Bluebell Ridge, Hastings
This is a self-financing rescue charity within the RSPCA group. The cattery has a large range of kittens and cats looking for new homes, including Bob (a short-haired black and white two year-old) and Pickle (a 15-year-old female tabby).
01424 752121, bluebellridge.org.uk
Martins Wood Farm, Ripe
You can buy 13 different breeds of hen (including black Sussex and coral) and cockerels, from this woodland farm at the foot of the South Downs. The shop also sells chicken supplies and coops.
01323 811877, martinswoodchickens.co.uk
Dogs Trust, Shoreham
This rescue charitys Sussex base is a 52-kennel centre on the outskirts
of Shoreham. They have dogs and puppies needing homes, including Rose (a young border collie) and Jake (a middle-aged Alsatian cross).
01273 452576, dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming
As well as dogs and cats looking for new friends, the Raystede rescue sanctuary has guinea pigs and rabbits. Currently needing a new home is a young lop-eared bunny called Biscuit, who has a very funky hairdo.
0844 875 1252, raystede.org
Sussex Chelonian Society, Lewes
The SCS has tortoises needing new homes, sometimes because theyve outlived their previous owners many live to 90 years old! Anyone interested must join as a member (10), after which they will be given lots of free advice on tortoise care.
01273 475680, sussexcheloniansociety.co.uk
Doggy Fashion, Brighton & Hove
Their two grooming parlours will clean ears and teeth and shave or snip your dogs coat, as you require. They even offer a dyeing service: one client (a terrier) had a Union Jack for the Jubilee.
01273 777555, doggyfashions.co.uk
The Royal Oak, nr Hove
The nice folk at The Royal Oak in Poynings, will allow your best friend to sit beside you while you sup your pint in the pub (or in the garden, if its sunny).
01273 857389, royaloakpoynings.biz
Gardeners Arms, Ardingly
This friendly country pub allows dogs into the cosy interior and the garden. They even have a jar of biscuits for four-legged visitors.
01444 892328, gardenersarmsardingly.co.uk
GROUP DOG WALKS
This is a new walk group that welcomes labs who want to make new friends!
Walks will take place at scenic spots around Sussex, such as the Downs
and Ashdown Forest.
Anyone interested should contact email@example.com.
The Basset Hound Club
The South East branch of the Basset Hound Club welcomes anyone with
a basset to become a member and join in one of the regular group basset walks (the next one is at Ashdown Forest on 14 April).