This is the one and only Christmas Parade we (as in what was: Newfoundland Club, but now Giant Breed walking group) have taken part in for quite some years now. It is a very worthwhile and heart warming thing to do, because we have been told many times that our giants are the best part of the Parade, for kids AND their parents. So many children have never really seen such big dogs, let alone being able to pat them.
YES! You read right: the kids can pat the dogs because, instead of huddling in the middle of the street, we walk alongside where all the children are, which gives them an opportunity to pat the dogs. The delight - and awe - on those little faces will really pull at your heart strings.... and if you're a softie like me, I suggest you wear sunglasses.....
Rosemary Cook, the organiser, would like an estimate of how many dogs she can expect, so, if you are going to take part, please RSVP - ASAP!
I have also asked Rosemary that, if the Small Dogs walking group takes part, we can "merge" and as a result be a HUGE bunch of lovely, well-cared dogs.
Go on, make this small effort, which has such a big impact on how people perceive "dogs".