This Weeks Walk - Epsom Race Course - Sunday 25th August 2019

Please join us on one of our weekly walks around the sometimes sunny surrey countryside! Everyone is welcome!
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Tequilasdad
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August 22nd, 2019, 7:39 pm

The walk this week is Epsom Race Course :!:

Meet at 10.30 for 11am start!

Directions are: :arrow:

Nearest Postcode is KT18 5NY which is the Tattenham Corner Pub. The car park we are meeting at, is at the top of the race course, follow the inner road round the side of the race course and there is ample parking up there. Don't forget there is a small roadside cafe, that sells hot food & drinks, by the first lower car park.

Dogs MUST be kept either in cars or walked AWAY from the car park until the start of the walk. (The only exception to this, is when the weather is really hot, then you must stay with your dog, to insure it's wellbeing)

It's a fairly busy place and it doesn't help our cause to have the dogs barking and bouncing about on the leads. It is up to us to make sure that our dogs are not seen in a bad light and to have a large amount of dogs in the car park barking at people and their dogs as they go past is not acceptable & it's not fair on the rest of us who spend a great deal of time and effort trying to improve how the public looks at dogs like ours.

And don't forget a loud shout of Horses, Dog Walkers or Cyclists will alert the rest of the group, as to what is ahead, and take the appropriate action

All dogs and owners welcome as usual, but we would ask that all owners please be responsible for your own dog. BIGGSD will not tolerate, be held accountable or responsible for any accident, fight or unwarranted behaviour towards a member of the group or member of the public. We welcome new members and dogs and positively urge them to come on the walks for their and their dogs’ benefit but we do expect owners to keep their dogs in check. We all come on the walks to socialize the dogs & have a natter with likeminded people and have a good walk, but if you think your dog maybe aggressive to other dogs or you don't know how your dog will react to other dogs we do ask that you muzzle it for your dogs and others safety. If your dog is unpredictable, we ask that you either keep it on a lead or a long line. Please be courteous and respect others by keeping an eye on your dog and being aware of what it's doing, we do not want to stop people or dogs coming on the walk but we will be left with no choice if a dog is a constant problem. If a member’s dog is being too problematic (for one reason or another), you will be approached by one of the walkers, who will politely request that you either put your dog back on a leash &/or muzzle for a period of time.

This is not intended to offend anyone, it is a request to restrain your dog from getting too carried away, making a nuisance of itself &/or it being too aggressive. If you are unsure how your dog will react on the walk, then the dog must be kept either on a lead or a long line.

If the owner is not in close proximity (for one reason or another) another walker may place your dog on a lead until it is reunited with its owner & the reason why will be explained.

Please make sure your dog is wearing a suitable dog tag before the walk, by law this MUST have the owners address and telephone numbers on and preferably that the dog is chipped and neutered.

If the walk has to be cancelled for some reason it will be posted on here at least 2 hours before the walk. It won't be cancelled if it is just raining!
So please check here before you set off
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Tequilasdad
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August 22nd, 2019, 7:48 pm

We will be at Epsom Sunday, we will have a selection of colourful comfy dog beds 4sale carefully crafted and donated by Jane (K9Slumber) all proceeds to the rescues.

See you all Sunday Paul and Cath :D :lol:
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August 22nd, 2019, 9:36 pm

Just a point regarding this week's walk at Epsom.

In view that it is a Bank Holiday weekend and the weather forecast is good, no doubt it will be busy on the Downs so don't be suprised to see the Ranger patrolling.

To save any confrontation, maybe it would be best to adhere to the signs stating ALL DOGS TO BE KEPT ON LEADS which applies before 12 noon.

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I know the BIGGSD walkers are responsible and always call out if a horse is sighted BUT this is a rule issued by Epsom & Walton Downs Conservators and one which should be adhered to. If we abide by this rule, then no-one can complain about our group walk on the Downs.

If people are not happy with having their dog on lead for the duration of the walk, then why not start the walk at 12 noon when this rule does not apply.

PS Please also bare in mind that John Robson's telephone number and email address is held by the the Rangers both at Epsom Downs and Ockham and he is the person to which any complaint or criticism is directed concerning the BIGGSD walk.

Thank you.
KYSA - trying to be guided from above by Major, Dexter and Alfie.....but he's not for listening!
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Honeysdad
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August 25th, 2019, 4:37 pm

Hi all.
It was a bit warm today.
As such we deviated from the normal route to maximize the shade.
Also as they say a change is as good as a rest.
We'd like to say hi to Christine and Blue who came to say hello to us.
Blue is a 13 year old vigil dog who is in long term foster.
Due to his age didn't come on the walk.
We did have a new lad called Mason, whom John fostered 5 and a half / 6 years ago.
He wasn't to sure at first, but like so many before soon settled in.
I counted 14 dogs on the walk, 15 if you count Blue.
Sadly for the dogs all the puddles had dried up, lucky for us though.
I'll see you all next week at Chertsey.
At least the dogs can get wet there.
Mick 👋🏻
And known to enjoy the occasional "cultural" weekend away - without the dogs
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August 26th, 2019, 10:27 am

Strewth, what a scorcher yesterday! It was like trying to dodge the sun and I'm sure everyone and dogs were glad to walk in the shade. Here are some photos of the walk....☀️😎

Anyone about?
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Hello ladies.....😉
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Apparently this poor staffie has no nose after an operation to remove a cancerous tumour! 😢
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All to one side now.....
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Oh my...❤️❤️️ Steady on Rob.....
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Back out into the glare.....
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and back in the shade again....
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This is Mason. I remember him when he was at Johns at just 5 months old!

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Back in 2014..all say aaaahhh. How could anyone have got fed up with him?

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and now.....❤️❤️️ Lovely, lucky boy!

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Oh boy, Cher looks cream crackered....and no muddy puddles for Charlie!

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Well despite the heat, all had a good walk with no pesky Ranger about. 😈

That's it for now folks. The heat is going to last for another few days, so keep cool and have a good week.

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KYSA - trying to be guided from above by Major, Dexter and Alfie.....but he's not for listening!
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Honeysdad
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August 26th, 2019, 7:13 pm

I also remember Mason at 5 months,.
I first walked him at a vigil fun day at horsham.
Back in the good old days.
What a cracking lad he's grown into.

We met a couple of horses on the walk, all the riders said thanks.
Well done everyone.

Now on a bit of a sad moment.
I had a call from Linda with Una.
Poor Una has been diagnosed with CDRM.
On behalf of all of us.
Sending you all our best wishes.
Mick
And known to enjoy the occasional "cultural" weekend away - without the dogs
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