This Weeks Walk - Ockham Common - Sunday 21st June 2020

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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June 18th, 2020, 8:08 pm

This week’s walk is at: Ockham Common, also known locally as Wisley Lake/Bolder Mere.

Meet at 10.30 for 11am start :!:

Directions are:

Nearest Postcode is KT11 1ND
From the A3 follow signs to Effingham.
From Junction 10 of the M25 turn off to Guildford and follow signs to Effingham.
The car park is the first on the left - Please drive slowly or you will miss it!!
From the Effingham Junction follow Old Lane right through to the car parks.
The car park from Effingham is the 3rd on the right just before you join the A3 go slow or you will miss it!

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 like-minded 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.

Don't forget the hot and cold food and drinks that can be bought at the cafe, so you don't have to miss your breakfast! There are also toilets for those that need them.

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. :D
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Tequilasdad
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June 18th, 2020, 8:15 pm

We will be at Ockham this week with our two and looking forward to meeting up with everyone again, social distancing of course.
See you all Sunday.
Paul and Cath :D :roll:
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Honeysdad
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June 19th, 2020, 5:56 pm

Like wise I'll be there as well.
It seems like forever since we last had a biggsd walk.
I think I've missed more walks since the lockdown, than I've missed in the previous 10 years!!
It will be interesting to see how many turn up 👍🏻
See you Sunday. Mick
And known to enjoy the occasional "cultural" weekend away - without the dogs
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Honeysdad
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June 21st, 2020, 4:28 pm

Hi everyone.
This mornings walk went off well.
Quite surprised by how many turned up.
Not sure of the head count of people, but counted 14 dogs on the walk.
Plus we had 2 more see us at the end.
Unfortunately Buster can only manage very short walks now.
Hard to believe Milo over slept AGAIN!!
Welcome back Mark after an absence of a few years.
Plus it was nice to see Remo on his first biggsd walk.
Remo came into rescue a couple of years back. When he arrived at vigil he was in a terrible state and grossly under weight.
Now he's a happy healthy good looking boy who slipped into the pack like he was a veteran.
Next week's walk should be at Epsom, subject to the carpark being open. Paul is going to check with the downs warden.
So check the site to make sure later in the week.
As usual I'll see you all next week. Mick 👍🏻
And known to enjoy the occasional "cultural" weekend away - without the dogs
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June 22nd, 2020, 4:22 pm

Well, after 3 months of lockdown, Image the BIGGSD walks have now resumed - keeping to the social distancing rules of course! Image

So, here are some photos taken at Ockham on a lovely sunny Sunday morning.

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Making use of the one and only puddle.....

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Now this gorgeous fella is Remo, on his first BIGGSD walk. Image

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For those who don't know about Remo, he and his mum Ruby, were brought into the care of VIGIL GSD rescue back in 2018 in the most awful condition. They were both severely underweight and needed lots of tlc before they were ready for adoption. Here are a couple of photos of Remo & Ruby back in 2018....

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Yes, pretty awful eh? But wow, what a difference now! Well done Mark for taking Remo on and building him up to the very handsome boy he is today. Image

The furbies had a great time meeting up with their mates again - and that went for the hoomans too!

So have a good week everyone and we'll do it all again next week at Epsom? This may change due to some parking restrictions.

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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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