Paws for thought at clean shores event

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Scarborough North Bay will host a new dog friendly event next month, which aims to promote the importance of clean shores.

The ‘Paddles and Paws’ event, organised by Scarborough Borough Council, will take place on Saturday 22 September between 10am and 4pm. Open to all, but primarily aimed at dog owners, it will include a dog show and a special guest appearance from Peter Wright, the star of the programme ‘The Yorkshire Vet’, which is currently broadcasting on Channel 5 each Tuesday at 8.00pm. Peter will be doing a meet and greet at the Welcome to Yorkshire stall from 11am to 12pm and will be talking about his new book, 'The Yorkshire Vet - in The Footsteps of Herriot’, which will be available from 18 October. Peter will then judge ‘Best in Show’ in the dog show.

Paddles and Paws aims to communicate and educate the public on protecting and preserving beaches and seas by being a responsible dog owner as well as encouraging recycling and litter picking. Various information stalls as well as a range of pet related organisations will be exhibiting at the event on the North Bay piazza, outside The Sands apartments on Royal Albert Drive.

Yorkshire Coast Dog Rescue, a charity run by volunteers that has rehomed 317 dogs to date, will have a stall with information about rescuing and re-homing dogs and will also be running the dog show with the following categories:

  1. Best condition dog/bitch - aged one to six years
  2. Golden oldie dog/bitch - aged seven years and above
  3. Most sociable puppy - under the age of one year
  4. Best child handler – handler aged up to and including 16 years
  5. Best trick
  6. Dog with the waggiest tail
  7. Happiest rescue dog
  8. Judge's choice (open to anyone that doesn’t win a rosette in classes one to seven)
  9. Best in show

Anyone wanting to enter the dog show can sign up on the day; there is no need to pre book. Entry costs £1 per class. First, second, third and fourth place rosettes will be awarded in classes one to eight. Rosettes will be awarded in class 9 for Best in Show and Reserve and a prize will be awarded for Best in Show.

Expertise about rescuing and re-homing dogs will also be available at the event from the RSPCA, Poodle Network UK and PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals), and Scarborough Borough Council’s Dog Warden will be on hand to give advice and guidance to dog owners.

An estimated 26 million tons of plastic pollution ends up in the oceans each year where it chokes, entangles and poisons marine life, so team members from SEA LIFE Scarborough will be at the event to educate people on plastic pollution and give advice on how to help keep beaches clean. The marine conservation charity, Surfers against Sewage, which works with communities to protect oceans, waves, beaches and marine life, will also take part.

Cllr Sandra Turner, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Communities said:

"As a dog owner myself, I am passionate about the benefits dog ownership on the Yorkshire coast can bring especially with an abundance of lovely areas in which to walk my dog. At the same time I am aware of my responsibilities as a dog owner and the importance of being respectful to the surrounding environment and the needs of others. I hope this event will showcase how dog friendly the Yorkshire coast is while at the same time educating dog owners and other members of the public on how we can all play our part in looking after our beaches, seas and oceans."

The team from Project Kraken, the initiative which aims to tackle criminal activity within the UK coastline’s ports, marinas, harbours and waterways, will also have a presence at the event to raise awareness of the project and encourage dog walkers and the general public to report any suspicious or criminal activity they might see that involves vessels, cargoes and/or people. 43 signs have been put up along the Yorkshire coast to remind the public to look out for suspicious activity but also for vulnerable people who may need help.

Picture of Peter Wright, star of the Channel 5 programme - The Yorkshire Vet. Credit: Channel 5, Daisybeck Studios