Sometimes, that special someone in your life doesn’t need to buy roses, write a card or organise a romantic dinner to make you feel special – sometimes, all they need do is roll over, lick your face and wag their tail.
This Sunday February 10, animal rescue centre All Dogs Matter is inviting hundreds of pooch lovers to take part in their ninth annual Valentine’s Dog Walk.
Taking place on North London’s Hampstead Heath, all money raised will go to helping dogs in need.
Here’s everything you need to know for a day out with your four-legged date.
When is the Valentine’s Dog Walk?
Pups and their owners should head to the heath on Sunday February 10, with the fun lasting from 11am until noon. Registration takes place at 10am outside the Garden Gate pub on South End Road.
How long does the walk last?
There will be two routes available – a shorter walk of approximately 20 minutes, geared towards more elderly dogs, and a longer one of approximately 45 mins for everyone else.
How do I get involved?
Anybody can take part by either turning up on the day or pre-registering on alldogsmatter.co.uk. Entry is £5 per person, which covers both human and pet.
What do proceeds from the event go towards?
All money aised will go to charity All Dogs Matter, which rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes abandoned and unwanted dogs in the UK and overseas. Last year they helped 350 dogs find new homes in and around London.
Do I need to have a dog to take part in the walk?
No. Many owners bring their dogs but plenty of other people come along just to get their four-legged fix for the day. Some of the good boys you’ll meet on the day are former rescue pets who were found permanent homes, others are newly rescued dogs brought along by the charity, who are looking to be adopted.
Besides the walk, what else will the morning involve?
There will be gourmet dog treats on offer from ByBenji, along with a cupcake stand for the humans, and an All Dogs Matter merchandise stall for anyone looking for a pawfect Valentine’s gift. In anticipation of February 14, special prizes will be awarded to the six most “loved-up” owners and dogs, including canine calendars, toys, treats, shampoos and more. There’ll also be plenty of opportunities to take some nice memento snaps.