A walk in the park bringing dog owners together This weekend we took part in the national launch of the Great Dog Walk Together in Bristol, and with such amazing sunshine and an incredible turn out – what a walk it proved to be! The Great Dog Walk Together initiative was set up this year by Elaine Brown, a local Bristol resident and mum to Rupert, a rather adorable Westie. The aim of the project was to encourage dog walkers to join together in community dog walks, to promote health and wellbeing, whilst making new friends along the way. With so many excited dogs together in one place on Saturday, not surprisingly the BBC turned up to record a piece for the radio and also the local TV news. BBC natural history presenter and dog-lover Miranda Krestovnikoff came along to help launch the inaugural local walk, with her beloved German Shepherd. “I’m thrilled to be supporting this great initiative because it’s such a wonderful way for people within their community to meet up, enjoy the outdoors and develop friendships,” said Miranda Krestovnikoff Elaine Brown, said of the day “We hope that the launch is just the very beginning of The Great Dog Walk Get Together and will encourage more people to arrange their own group dog walks via our website and in their community. It’s such a lovely way to meet new people - and seeing all these smiles today, it really demonstrates the value of meeting up with others with our beloved dogs by our side.” “I hope the initiative encourages more people to benefit from more social interaction through walking their canine companions. Dogs provide such an easy starting point for any conversation as you immediately have something in common with fellow dog walkers. Regular exercise and social interaction is so key to staying fit and well – both mentally and physically, and the great thing about dog walks is they’re totally free” said Elaine. The walks can involve small groups meeting locally for a leisurely stroll, or longer walks through parks or surrounding countryside – everyone can set their own distance and pace. Why not think about setting up your own local walk - It’s simple to do, simply click here for more information on how you can get involved. We were very excited to take part in this project, and really hope that as many of you as possible will get involved in creating dog walks of your own with your local community. At the end of the walk on Saturday, all the dogs involved tucked into our delicious natural treats - some seemingly less willing to share their goodies than others!