Hill Rise Dog Walkies Events
The Hill Rise Dog Park Community Project Fundraiser
Hill Rise Dog Walkies Events:
I’d like to welcome you and your dog(s) to come along to Hill Rise Dog Walkies. A free a relaxed dog walk and dog play, followed by free tea/coffee and cake after.
This event is held once a month on a Sunday from 10am to 11:30am. The dates vary every month but will always be on a Sunday morning. This is open to the public and is a free event held by myself Gemma Saunders and my team of volunteers.
This is a social regular event for dog owners/dog walkers in the area. It's a chance for you and your dogs to socialise and get some exercise in your local dog park. A great opportunity to relax and have a good time, dogs and humans alike. This is a free event and everyone is welcome, dog owners and non dog owners.
The event will be an hour or so long dog walk, followed by Tea/Coffee/Cake/Biscuits (for Humans) and some Fresh Water/Treats/Doggy Cake (for Dogs) and a casual chat for 30mins if you wish.
The event will start with everyone who wants to join the walk meeting inside the Hill Rise Dog Park by the entrance (but far away enough from the gate to allow other people and dogs through). At this point all dogs are to be on lead. Please arrive at 10am sharp and we will begin the walk at 10:05am. After a few yards of walking down the Dog Park and once all dogs are settled and calm we can then let all the dogs off lead to run around and play. We will walk together as a group at a gentle pace through the dog park, into the woods and out through the outskirts of the hay meadow, around the boarder of The Allotments, along up the barrier of the Dog Park up back to near the woods and back into the Dog Park before returning to the entrance of the Dog Park/car park area where dogs will be asked to be put back on lead. Here we will have a fold out table inside the Dog Park area (away from the entrance, where we gathered at the start), here we will be offering free of charge tea, coffee, herbal tea, squash, decaf tea, water, in polystyrene cups and homemade and shop bought cake and biscuits, chocolates and also some homemade and shop bought dog treats and cake along with some fresh water in dog water bowls.
PLEASE READ AS VERY IMPORTANT (REGARDING THE EVENTS):
Rules for owners:
• Please do not bring any toys or balls to play with your dog during the walk. Some dogs may resource guard.
• Please ask the dog’s owner if you want to give their dog a dog treat. Some dogs may resource guard or have a food intolerance.
• Please pick up after your dog and use the bins to dispose of your dogs poo. and Please pick up and bin your litter.
• Please mind your step. The ground may be uneven or slippery.
• Please respect each other and be polite.
• Your dog is your responsibility. Please keep an eye on your dog and owners must step in to prevent any heated behaviour before it gets out if hand. This can be putting your dog on lead and allowing them to calm for a minute.
• Please walk or exercise your dog before coming to the event, this is so your dog and you can really enjoy the event more allowing your dog to be less hyper and able to learn better. Allowing your dog to be the social butterfly they are.
• I understand that on the odd occasion your dog may act out of character or out of the blue and sometimes this just can't be helped. Calmly deal with the situation and let's support each other.
• If the weather is wet it will also probably be muddy and wet so please do wear warm clothes and wellies/boots. You will also most likely get jumped up at by dogs and so muddy paw prints may get on your clothes and in summer if wearing shorts you might get the odd scratch from a dog jumping up. Also with the dogs running around having fun they often don't see us two legged humans and have on the odd occasion run straight into us, knocking people over by accident. So bend your knees and keep a look out.
• Any children or vulnerable persons must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times and must be good around dogs and other people. Please be aware this is a public open event and you come at your own risk.
The Rules regarding dogs:
• Dog must be over 9 months old or if not, puppies must be very confident socialising.
• All dogs must be fully inoculated.
• All dogs must be happy around other dogs, well socialised and have no aggressive or anxious behaviours or tendencies around other dogs or humans. This is not a rehabilitation session.
• There is absolutely no pestering allowed, no nipping, no biting, no fighting, no reactivity on the lead or off lead, nor excessive humping or constant anxious/aggressive barking.
• If your dog repeatedly causes distress to other dogs or people in a session and you haven't made a conscious effort to prevent or tend to your dogs behaviour you will be politely asked to leave the group on that day.
• Please only use short dog leads, no flexi leads or extendable leads.
• Often we have homemade fruit cake with raisins in and homemade chocolate cake. Please don't feed the dogs cake or chocolate and be aware not to leave any lying around. We don't want ill dogs.
• You are to pick up and bin any litter. Polystyrene cups can be given back to Gemma and Nathan Saunders to dispose of or you should use the bins provided.
• Please also be aware this is a public open event so there may be other dog walkers we meet along the way who have not joined the group walk. These people may not be aware of our rules and may have challenging dogs who may be reactive or have aggressive tendencies. Should we meet another dog along our walk which is on lead, everyone is to put their dog on lead immediately due to safely reasons and good dog walking etiquette
Please be aware that I will be taking the odd photo and video of your gorgeous doggos during the event and placing these on social media. If you would not like photos of your dog(s) or yourself taken, please do let me know.
This will be held at Hill Rise Dog Park, Hill Rise, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 6SP. There is parking available but this may get full in which case there is on road parking nearby down neighboring streets.
For updates, how to find Hill Rise, the walk, photos, and for more information please view the below discussions and page posts and comments on my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/723003774819928/
Any questions at all please contact Gemma Saunders at Companion Pet Care Services
Messager via FB - Companion Pet Care Services
During our refreshments at the end of the event I will be leaving out a donations box and JustGiving.com details for anyone who would like to donate a little something to a good cause. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hillrisedogwalkies
The Community Project Fund Raising:
I'd like to raise funds for your very own Hill Rise Dog Park! I'm working closely with Huntingdonshire District Council who maintain Hill Rise Dog Park. HDC are very keen on improving the Dog Park too and would like to make a contribution. Any money raised will go straight into working on getting Hill Rise Dog Park an actually effective Dog Park! Hillrise Dog Park is very close to my heart as this is where I used to go very regularly (and still do) when walking my customers dogs. And although it's a great place to walk your dog, there are a few concerns especially when letting your dog off lead. For example there's no fence to stop your dog running onto the busy road or off onto the farmers field It's not secure or enclosed. The wire fencing has gaps in it so small or medium sized dogs can pass through, making it easy for your dog to escape. Not helpful if you're trying to train your dog to come back to you or not to run off. Also these wire fences have caused scratches and bleeding from dogs passing through, catching themselves on the sharp wire ends. There's no source of water for when it's hot and your dog needs a drink. And with hot weather in mind a pool of water might be an idea so your dogs can have a paddle to keep cool. There's no poo in at the other end of the dog park which would be very helpful to have. There's no double gate at the entrance of the dog park making it a bit of risk of dogs darting out into the car park area and road. There's also not much to do at the Park, a bucket of toys and balls may be an option and certainly getting some agility equipment installed would be fun, tunnels, climbing frames, jumps, hoops, poles etc could add a bit of metal stimulus and additional exercise for the dogs. Also an area for dogs to express their natural behaviour of digging, so a sandpit might be welcomed. The Dog Park in winter can also get flooded and extremely muddy so a dedicated area for towel drying your dog and brushing your boots off would be useful. These are just a few things I've come up with and would certainly welcome any suggestions
So I've suggested we can make a number of improvements such as improving the fencing, adding more gates/double gates, sandpit, putting in a water station, a pond for the dogs to swim in, more poo bins, agility equipment, a toy box for tennis balls and footballs, benches, dry area for towel drying your dog, improved wire fencing, natural parkour climbing frames and tunnels for example. If you'd like to donate you can via the donation box at the event or via my online JustGiving account: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hillrisedogwalkies
We've worked out how much it will cost to get the fencing repaired.
This is basically for replacing posts and gate posts, rails, galvanised weld fencing, cement needed and also includes labour. There is a lot of posts and rails broken or missing.
So we got our first target to aim towards 😁
And am so chuffed to say that Huntingdonshire District Council have approved our grant application for Repairs and Improvements to Hill Rise Dog Walking Area. We've been raising money to get the fencing fixed as a first priority. It will cost £3,211.44. So i'm over the moon to announce Huntingdonshire District Council have funded the fencing to be fixed!
The order has been placed and I'm told the work will commence soon. Thank you St Neots Fencing. Soon it will be fully enclosed, (In theory. We the committee will do a thorough perimeter check to make sure this is so. If it isn't fully secure this is where our next project will be and our donations will go).
Hope that puts a smile on those faces who use this area for dog walking. Dogs running off will be just one less thing to worry about.
We've also so far raised about £1000 in donations through our Canine Central Grooming Palour Dog Wash Event, our Quiz & Raffle event at The Haywain Pub, our Hill Rise Dog Walkies events and of course from just generous donations from good will of the public.
So with this money (and hopefully more being raised) can now go to our next improvement in our newly fenced in Dog Park.
*Just to make sure everyone is aware the dog walking area is the area that is currently fenced in, though not secure, is the bit that runs from the car park up to the woods and back down to the car park. You're in it if you don't have to walk through any gates apart from the entrance at the car park. It isn't the grass meadow that runs along the allotments, farmers field and road. This area isn't technically a dog walking area even though we all use for this. :)
So anyway I'd love to know everyone thoughts on what next they would like to see at Hill Rise Dog Walking Area. We'll be having a Stand at The St Ives Carnival and Music Festival on Saturday 11th July this year where we'll have a survey you can fill out (if you wish) with a tick box stating what is your priory for improvements to this area and allowing for an 'other suggestion' option.
But for now, lets have some ideas: benches, more poo bins, a footpath, agility equipment fixed in, climbing frames & slides for the dogs fixed in, water bowl station, paddling pool, tunnels, sandpit, toy box, drying station with shelter, lighting, double gates at the entrance.
Give me your thoughts? Please meassage me, email me, call me, facebook message me :)
News of my event has spread and we now have a lot of interest in putting Hill Rise Dog Park on the map. So much so we will have a donation from Canine Central Dog Grooming Parlour:
I also plan on carrying out many other fundraiser events such as Canicross Dog Runs, working closely with Canine Central to do a Dog Wash event, Dog Shows, getting a float at the carnival, a stand at The Carnival & Music Festival and getting in touch with various people to apply for grants such as a small town council grant and start up grant and approaching Morrisons, Co-Op and Waitrose for funding etc. Any suggestions or help is welcome.