War Dogs Remembered is being set up to raise awareness and pay tribute to all the dogs that have and still serve in the armed forces. The charity will raise funds to build a fixed activity trail dedicated war dogs and educate people.
The mission: ‘To raise awareness of war dogs through activities and education.’
The vision: ‘Through attendance of events, creation of physical activities and providing education about war dogs we can illustrate their dedication, loyalty and skill. Through this we can further appreciate the same qualities that are shown in all dogs.’
The Fixed activity trials: We are looking at building a small activity trail (akin to a small fixed agility course) in common areas where people can walk and enjoy being with their dog; these trails will be dedicated to a dog of war with a history of their achievements in situ on a plaque and also on a dedicated website. The charity will involve a professional company to build the trials and it will be the common areas responsibility to maintain them. Our 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.
Professional Involvement: 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. 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.
How we will fund raise: Through donations. The charity will also sell merchandise and attend events. Every year supporters donate money to have their dogs’ names included on the wreaths laid at the Menin Gate in Ypres.
Next Steps for the charity: To be part of an exciting project in Windsor