Alan Flyng

Alan Flyng

Monday, 5 December 2011

The Dogs Trust, Shoreham Christmas Open Day

This looked-forward-to event was my first with the Iconic Legion - a group of great costumers of all disciplines - attending the Christmas Fayre of The Dogs Trust, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex.

Although only a small event, the trust is so worthwhile supporting, as it guarantees to never unnecessarily destroy any dog, rather, they will house and try to re-home all dogs in their care. The open day event was very well attended by the public and Trust supporters, who gave the Iconic Legion's trooping members a very warm and generous reception. I wanted to support their attendance, as I very much admire the work of the Trust, as well as support the Iconic Legion as their sole Honorary Member!
Many former rescue dogs came back to say hello - they all knew where the kennels were! LOL
I found myself placed in a chicane formed by my table and the only entry to the kennels, where the visiting public were able to visit their sponsored friends and prospective new owners could look for hopeful new canine family members... :) So, I was spoilt by the attention of every dog and owner in the building!
Just one of the beatiful dogs looking for new homes.
As the day passed, I was gratified that so many wanted to buy a bookmark or a photo as a Christmas present for family members, with all proceeds going to the Trust. I met some lovely people and especially a cutie called Henry pictured below.
Henry and Mum!
The Homing Centre is airy, nicely decorated and very welcoming, as well as the kennel block being beautifully designed - not a cage or bar to be seen! It was truly a delightful time I had there!
A celebratory glass of champers for the group after the public had left. The crutches in the foreground belong to the brave Adam Leishman, who had suffered a rusty nail through his foot, yet still managed to troop in his red and white Clonetrooper!
It had been arranged that we would all go to a gastro-pub for a meal after and so we headed for Shoreham High Street and the pub below...
The gastro-pub, the Crown and Anchor beside the estuary.

So, there we were - all stuffed full and giggled out in good company! I am so grateful to all present for allowing me to be there with them and I recommend to anyone who is either the owner of a canon or non-canon costume to join this group of lovely people! I'm already looking forward to the next time! :)