Those who own a dog will be able to vouch for how much joy these animals bring to your life. Not only can they provide you with company when you feel lonely, they are extremely loyal and all have their own unique personalities that make them special. If you don’t own a dog, here are three days out where you can get close to our favourite four-legged friends.
Whether you are looking for a new dog or have some time on your hands, visiting a care home to offer your services can be a tremendously rewarding thing to do. These homes have very little funding, and consequently, rely on dedicated volunteers who do what they do for their loves of animals. If it wasn’t for these homes, lots of dogs would struggle to be rehomed or rehabilitated after life-threatening injuries occurred when found abandoned on the street. One of the most famous care homes around the world is in London at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home as it has been subject to a number of television documentaries which help bring awareness to these centres.
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In greyhound racing, the fastest dogs in the sport compete against each other around a track in various competitions, in what makes for pulsating viewing. These races take place over various distances, from sprint races to marathon contests up to 1000 metres. Greyhounds are adorable and when you go to a race meeting, you get the opportunity to see them up close, something kids love to do. There is also the social side to a race meeting as you can have a drink and even a bet on the racing. Some punters like to place their bets on well in advance, in which online betting is the favourite here as there are lots of markets for future racing as well as daily meetings from around the world. If you are new to greyhound racing, the race card is very easy to read so you can learn everything you need to know about the runners from their breeding to how many victories they have had so far in their careers. Admission into greyhound racing tends to very affordable so it is a fantastic day out for the family. The majority of the tracks are open on bank holidays and at the weekend.
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Dog shows take place across the country every weekend and if you have never been to one before, you really are missing out! Different breeds of dogs are paraded from the common types to the rare ones. Lots of these dogs have been trained to do fascinating activities such as jumping through hoops, negotiating an assault course and following instructions from their owners. These shows advertise just how intelligent dogs are as they are sure to surprise you with what they can do and may even inspire you to train your own dog if you do have one yourself.
Enjoy your day out and there is no doubt that after visiting one of the above, your passion and love for dogs is only going to increase!