Spooky fun was to be had on the 22nd of October when we held our very first Howl-o-We'en Party in Leeds! Unfortunately, it was the same day as the AGM so most of us could not attend, we will not be making that mistake again!
In the picturesque village of Aberford, near Leeds, a little village hall was being transformed into a spooky venue for all those devilish hounds to meet. The room was adorned with cobwebs, pumpkins and even a life sized coffin!
With Trick-and-Treat games, tombolas and cake, there was plenty to keep everyone entertained, although the bassets seemed content with their goody bags full of treats!
At precisely the hour, the costume parade took place, the dogs and their owners strutted their stuff down the runway, showing off their fabulous attire! The lovely old Miss Annie won, I think the judge could possibly have been bribed; whenever you looked his way, little Annie was there for cuddles, buttering him up!
Once the games began, everything went quiet, as nobody could believe how good they were at Musical Sits! We even had to remove the treats to make the game harder! Barry the Basset was a superstar, perfectly giving a demonstration on the stage, he does not have stage fright, that one!
What a sight it was to behold the Trick Show, lots of fabulous hounds, but it was Rooster who won with his amazing meerkat impression!
Cake was eaten, a couple of times from thieving hounds, the raffle was drawn many times (due to Demi's grandad's numbers coming out every time and her throwing them away!) and everyone had a fabulous time.
A fantastic £355.21 was raised!
We would like to thank all the helpers again that donated prizes and cakes, and also everyone who made the journey to little old Leeds, we hope to see many more of you next year.
You can see more photos of the event here.
Demi Stroud - Fundraiser North
Barry the Basset Hound
Sadly, since the Howl-o-We'en party, Barry sadly passed over to Rainbow bridge. We were devastated to hear this news, even though we knew his time was coming. Demi and Simon, his owners, have simply been the best mum and dad a dog could have, doing everything in their power to make him happy, and we are so proud to be able to call them our friends.
We know Barry is now at the bridge, out of pain, and running free with all the others who have gone before him. He was, and is, an inspirational hound.
In fact, people were so inspired by his story, that there are memorial waddles being walked on December 10th in honour of him. Please take a look at the picture below, or pop over to our facebook page Basset Walks UK by clicking here.
Please join a waddle if you can! We would love to see you there!
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