Dog agility at Belleisle Park
There was a celebration of all things canine at South Ayrshire Council's recent Bark in Belleisle Park event, which was an opportunity for the Council to promote responsible dog ownership as part of the RESPECT South Ayrshire campaign.
Owners were given information on looking after their pets as well as advice on being a responsible dog owner. T & G Hutchison Pet Supplies were on hand to advise on nutrition and general dog care, there was also advice on grooming. Prestwick and District Dog Training Club entertained the crowds with a dog agility display; there was even a lighted hearted dog show run by Islay Dog Rescue.
The Dogs Trust Team was at the event to offer free microchipping. Due to coming changes in Scottish law, all dogs will need to be microchipped from April 2016, which was highlighted by Environmental Health, and colleagues from the Council's new Belleisle Park Rangers team.
PC Gail Ward with her Springer Spaniel detection dog "Jess" put on a display to detect concealed drugs in a vehicle. Police Scotland Ayr Community Safety Team Police Constable, Jamie Dunlop was on hand for questions and advice, as well as joining in with events on the day.
Councillor John McDowall, South Ayrshire Council's Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder said: "Owning a dog brings responsibilities and the day was an ideal opportunity to reinforce this message in a fun environment.
"The event also attracted people who are thinking about getting a dog, so it was great having the Dogs Trust on hand as they could give information on suitable rescue dogs and how to go about getting a dog microchipped.
"As part of the Council's ongoing commitment to Belleisle, the Belleisle Ranger Team has been formed with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People grant. The ranger team will develop a programme of events and volunteer activities as well as developing links with schools for outdoor learning and will also ensure that people enjoy the park's lovely surroundings in a responsible manner."
This event will be held annually so look out for future events at Belleisle which will be publicised on the noticeboards in the park and can also be found at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/events. You can contact the park rangers at Belleisle.Rangers@south-ayrshire.gov.uk.