Paws for thought to spread clean shores message

Peter Wright from The Yorkshire Vet. Picture by Channel 5 and Daisybeck Studios
Peter Wright from The Yorkshire Vet. Picture by Channel 5 and Daisybeck Studios

A dog friendly event featuring a dog show and a special guest appearance by Yorkshire’s most famous vet is being organised to promote the importance of clean shores.

“Paddles and Paws”, taking place in Scarborough’s North Bay on Saturday September 22, is a chance to educate the public on protecting our coastal environment by being a responsible dog owner, recycling and litter picking.

Organised by Scarborough Borough Council, the event will be attended by organisations such as the Sea Life Centre, the RSPCA and Poodle Network UK, which will be giving out advice on plastic pollution as well as rescuing and re-homing dogs.

Peter Wright, the star of the programme The Yorkshire Vet, which is currently broadcast every Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 5, will be doing a meet and greet at the Welcome to Yorkshire stall from 11am to 12pm. He will also be talking about his new book, The Yorkshire Vet – in The Footsteps of Herriot, which will be available from October 18.

The Yorkshire Coast Dog Rescue will be running a dog show (£1 entry per class) with categories including “Best condition dog/bitch”, “Golden oldie dog/bitch”, “Most sociable puppy”, “Best child handler”, “Best Trick”, “Dog with waggiest tail”, “Happiest rescue dog”, “Judge’s choice” and “Best in show”.

Cllr Sandra Turner, Scarborough 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.”