When I was 17 years old, I remember walking down Bournemouth beach on a summer morning with my dad while watching dogs and their walkers dashing on the sand and throwing themselves into the beach. He turned to me and said, “In order to be happy in life, Mark, you must always have something to look forward to.” And from looking ahead in my diary for July, he certainly wasn’t wrong.
Last Weekend I was at the South of England Basset Hound walk set the historical Alice Holt Forest which is located on the Hampshire/Surrey border.
The South of England Basset Hound Club hold a number of walks around the South of England including Studland Bay and Swanage by the beach. Generally we get a great response and occasionally have other hound owners wanting to join in on the action, it’s a wonderful opportunity to have a great family day out.
Lead, ready. Biscuits, ready. Camera, ready. Basset, ready. Off we go!
I’ve always felt passionate about this club. In fact, one of my first memories of it involve me and my little sister ages 7 and 6 dressing up in a Basset Hound costumes made by my mother. Marvelling at how brilliant my costume was, I was oblivious to the cooing of my fellow exhibitors and committee members, some of them, unfortunately remember it to this day…
Years have gone by and I find myself Treasurer and Show Manager of a show that has been a part of my childhood and has shaped my love and fascination of Basset Hounds, and dogs in general. It’s a terrific opportunity for me because I can personally contribute and make an impact on the club and the health of this breed.
The South of England Basset Hound Club holds a number of dog walks around the south of England allowing not just exhibitors and dog showing owners, but the general public too to socialise and talk about their favourite breed while going on walks in the South of England from the forests of Alice Holt to the beaches of Sandbanks. A number of breed clubs all around the country do activities like this and it’s a wonderful way to bring people into the dog world and bring together the community.