1. OUR MISSION
Our mission is to raise awareness of war dogs through activities and education.
For us, it is vital that we remember the role that dogs have played in supporting armed forces personnel, and the number of lives that have been saved by their involvement and activities. Note that our remembrance of these animals is not a celebration; it is instead a show of respect for the work that they have done, and continue to do.
2. OUR VISION
Through our attendance of events, creation of physical activities and through providing education about war dogs we can illustrate their dedication, loyalty and skill. This in turn will lead to greater respect and appreciation of the same qualities that can be found in all dogs.
3. FIXED ACTIVITY TRAILS
We are working towards building activity trails (akin to a small fixed agility course) in common areas where people can walk and enjoy being with their dogs. These trails will be dedicated to dogs of war with a history of their achievements shown on a plaque and also on a dedicated website.
Our long-term aim is to have a number of these trails all over the UK, all commemorating different war dogs. We hope the sites will enlighten people about how amazing the species is and their individual stories.
4. PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT
We're lucky enough to work with Isabel George
- an international bestselling author who writes with a passion and respect for animals in war. Isabel is our consultant to ensure correctness of factual information.
We're also pleased to work with Stephen Jenkinson
- a consultant working for the Kennel Club specialising in dogs and ‘Access and Countryside Management’. Stephen has already been a part of a dog and human activity trail partnered with the forestry commission, built in March 2008 at Coatham Community Woodland, near Yarm, Teesside.
The charity is registered, and we fundraise in the main through donations (you can donate by following any of the links on this site).
We also sell merchandise and attend events, where we focus on the education and the role war dogs have played.
Every year supporters also donate money to have their dogs’ names included on the wreaths laid at the Menin Gate in Ypres
6. NEXT STEPS
Our first fixed dog trail is currently under development in Windsor, and for this we're thrilled to be working with Stephen Jenkins. We will be sharing information around this trail, and the journey of it's construction on our Facebook page, where you can also keep up to date with all of our activities.
As always, we will also be laying wreaths at the Menin Gate in Ypres
as part of the Rememberance Day memorial. We will next be there in November 2018.