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Canines of all shapes and sizes invited to join special walk
It is widely known and accepted that Britain is very much a nation of dog lovers. And dog owners in Staffordshire will be delighted to know that they now have a chance to show their appreciation for their four-legged canine friends by taking them along to a special event in the county just for them.

Paws For Remembrance, National Memorial Arboretum
Take your dogs for a special walk during Paws For Remembrance. Credit National Memorial Arboretum (NMA)


Paws for Remembrance is taking place at the marvellous and poignant National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, near Lichfield, on Sunday 11th February. The event, which starts at 9am, will enable dog owners from across Staffordshire and beyond to spend the day with their four-legged pets and explore the extensive wooded grounds together, whilst also supporting the Arboretum at the same time. For one day only, mutts of all shapes, sizes and breeds are invited to wander off the designated dog path on the perimeter of the site and instead follow a new Paws for Remembrance route.

Paws For Remembrance, National Memorial Arboretum
A dog meets its match. Credit NMA


Dog owners and their pets will be assisted along the new route by the Arboretum's own expert guides who will be on hand to tell visitors about some of the more than 350 thought-provoking memorials that can be found within the grounds. The Paws for Remembrance event will also feature a 'Happy Hounds High Street' which will consist of a variety of stalls for dog owners and their four-legged friends alike.

Paws For Remembrance, National Memorial Arboretum
Free health checks available for your dog. Credit NMA


The event will also see representatives from the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) taking up station on the Arboretum site. They will be there to offer:

Free MOT health checks for dogs from their veterinary team
Free general pet care advice
Emergency pet first aid demonstrations
Pet care items for sale

Paws For Remembrance, National Memorial Arboretum
A dog owner and her pet in front of one of the many memorials. Credit NMA


Paws for Remembrance is free to attend but the National Memorial Arboretum has suggested a recommended donation of 5 per dog, although this sum can be altered. Dog owners are advised that as the walk will be taking place outdoors in the Arboretum grounds, when the weather may have been inclement, that they should wear appropriate footwear and clothing. The Arboretum is an evolving, maturing woodland landscape that accommodates around 30,000 trees, as well as the large collection of memorials, throughout the 150-acre site. It acts as a moving, living tribute to those who have served and continue to serve the UK, with the memorials collectively representing a broad sector of society from military associations and charitable organisations to emergency services.

Paws For Remembrance, National Memorial Arboretum
Sign up for Paws for Remembrance. Credit NMA


For more information about the Arboretum please visit www.thenma.org.uk/events-at-the-arboretum/forthcoming-events/paws-for-remembrance or call 01283 245 100.
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Why? Dog Owners Have A Special Day All To Themselves
When: Sunday 11 February
Phone: 01283 245 100
Where: National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR
Cost: Free, but recommended donation of £5
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