Dog owners came out in force as the Pestalozzi International Village Trust hosted its third annual Dog Dawdle event on Saturday (May 12).
The pet lovers and their canine charges strolled through the meadows and woodlands on a guided tour of the estate at Sedlescombe, near Hastings.
Chief Executive, Sue Walton said: "I was really wonderful to see so many people come out with their dogs to support this event. I borrowed Sheng, my parents’ Chow, for the day and he thoroughly enjoyed himself.”
After the dawdle, walkers relaxed with bacon sandwiches, cake and cups of tea. Each dog received a treat bag generously donated by Tails of St Leonards and Trophy Pet Foods. There was also a raffle with lots of dog friendly prizes kindly donated by Tails of St. Leonards, Trophy Pet Foods and 1066 Veterinary Centre in St. Leonards.
"Our Doggie Dawdles are really popular and we have had lots of requests to host another walk soon,” said Chief Operating Officer Lesley Russell-Dean.
Dog owner James Parsons added: "It was fun being out with so many like-minded people. I brought all four of our dogs along for the outing although I did end up carrying the Maltese, Nelson, as his little legs couldn’t keep up with the bigger ones.”
Pestalozzi International Village Trust is an educational charity which works with young people from marginalised communities in Belize, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as Tibetans in exile in India and Nepal.
The event raised much-needed funds for Pestalozzi, which depends on the generosity of its supporters to enable its students to study A-levels at South Coast College, Hastings, and Claremont Senior School, Bodiam.
To find out about future events at Pestalozzi or about holding your own fundraiser, please visit the website pestalozzi.org.uk.