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Pets As Therapy / Pro Dogs

Elizabeth Wyatt from Aberdeen is the owner of PAT dog Tigger who visits Easleight Care Home in Peterculter, Aberdeen, and also Rosehill Day Centre.

Elizabeth tells me that Tigger just loves being a PAT dog and enjoys showing off her retrieving and catching skills, which the residents thoroughly enjoy watching. Elizabeth would love to hear from other PAT volunteers in the Aberdeen area. If you would like to contact her please give me a call on the telephone number below and I will pass on your interest to Elizabeth. Those of you who contact Pets As Therapy Head Office will already have spoken with our new employees. Lorna Jones joined Pets As Therapy as office administrator just before Christmas.

Lorna had worked previously in various administrative posts but made the decision to move into the charity sector because she wanted to feel she was really helping people. Lorna tells me that she is overwhelmed by the Pets As Therapy people she has come into contact with as everyone has made her feel so welcome. Our other new administrative assistant is Julian Payze who is a volunteer working two days a week, usually Monday and Wednesday. Julian tells me that it is brilliant to be able to enjoy work as much as he does and that both he and Lorna recognise the importance of the work PAT volunteers and their pets do, and will always endeavour to help all they can.

Everyone at Pets As Therapy would like to offer our sincere condolences to Andrew Cooke the Pets As Therapy Treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees, on the sudden death of his wife Mary. Our thoughts are with Andrew and his family at this sad time
The annual Pets As Therapy Fun will take place from 4th - 12th May and will include the usual Walkover sponsored dog walk. Already we have 22 walks taking place throughout the UK and we would love to hear from anyone who would like to organise a walk in their area. It is very easy to do as most of the hard work - letters etc are already written for you.

Walkover is a great way of getting together with other dog lovers. You do not have to be a member or own a PAT dog to take part. We welcome everyone. If you would like to take part in a walk or you would like to organise one, large or small, just give me a call at the Northern office telephonr number below. Similarly people are now thinking of other fundraising ideas for Fun Week. To date we have coffee mornings, treasure hunts, quiz nights etc. Last year one of the largest events was a ‘sponsored sit’. Could your training class organise one of these? We welcome all your ideas and help.

As in previous years PRO Dogs will be awarding gold and silver medals in 2002. The awards consists of pet of the Year, Devotion to Duty and Lifesaving. Any member of the public can nominate a dog for one of these awards. If you know a dog that should be honoured please contact Angela Jakes at PRO Dogs Head Office. The PRO Dogs Stakes classes are being held again this year at shows throughout the country.

Show classes will take place at Crystal Palace on 14th April, Kennel Club of Jersey and Buckinghamshire C.S. 4th May, Chelmsford & DCS. 6th May. Southern Counties Ch. Show 1-3 June and Uxbridge CS 22nd June. July is a very busy month with stakes classes at East of England Ch. Show 16-18th. Kingston CS 21st. Leeds Ch. Show 27 -29th and Christchurch & New Forest CS 30 July - 1 August.

Worthing & Dist CS is on 17 August and Darlington Ch. Show 13-15 September. The winners of the qualifying rounds will compete for the title PRO Dog of the Year 2002 at the finals which will be held at the Annual Awards Luncheon on 8 December 2002. The winner will receive £200 and a trophy, the runner up will receive £100 and trophy.

The Obedience stakes classes will take place at Lichfield Open Show 28 April, SE Essex DTC 11 May, Loughborough DTC 19 May, Nuneaton Open Show 1 June, Leics (Blaby) Open Show 2 June, Leic. GSD Club 3 June, Letchworth Open Show 4th June, Wolverhampton DTC Ch. Show 22nd June. SATS Ch. Show 23rd June, Grimsby & Cleethorpes Open Show 30th June. Poole DTC Open Show 13th July, South Eastern DTS Open Show and Derby & Dist DTC Open Show 20th July, Bath DTC Open Show 27th July, Hatchford Brook DTS Ch Show 3rd August.

BAGSD Walsall Open Show 10th August, Ditton DTC Ch. Show and Spalding & Dist Open Show 18th August. Wigton Open Show 24th August, Rushden & Dist DTC Open Show 25th August and Woburn & Dist. DTC Open Show 7th September. The PRO Dogs Open ‘C’ Obedience Grand Final will be held on 14th September at King George V Playing Fields, West Bromwich in association with Birmingham and Dist. GSD Association. The overall winner will receive £200, a gift of crystal ware, sash and two tickets for the awards luncheon. The overall runner up will receive £100, gift of crystal ware, sash and two tickets for the awards luncheon.

If you would like to register your dog as a PAT dog please send a sae to Pets As Therapy, 17 Ambrook Road, Reading, Berks RG2 8SL. To contact PRO Dogs write to Rocky Bank, 6 New Road, Ditton, Kent, ME20 6AD. If you have any news, views or comments please contact me at Pets As Therapy Northern Office, PO Box 11, Stanley, Co. Durham DH9 7YZ or telephone 01207 236040.

Maureen Hennis