How it all began . . .
I was walking in Gunnersbury Park as usual and Rocky my chihuahua was playing with his best friend Fynn, a very handsome King Charles Cavalier. The pair of them have an impenetrable bromance, that’s really very sweet.
On this occasion however, there was something in the air and the pair of them shot off into the sunset together. Re-call went down the toilet as the pair of them refused to listen or take any notice at all – turns out a bitch on heat is far more appealing than any treat!
That story told, it made me wonder what I would do if Rocky went off and never came back.
At this point I probably knew about 3 other dog walkers in the park.
So the idea came to me right there in GP… If everybody that walked their dog in Gunnersbury Park got to know each other and their dogs, it would make it safer for our dogs. We’d all keep a watchful eye, and the dogs would protect their friends. As a community we would feel safer. So I started the Facebook group. Should anyone lose sight of their dog or come across one, the group is the first port of call.
Since that day, I have come to know many dog parents, and the group has grown into a wonderful hub for dog lovers of GP. It covers all things relating to Gunnersbury Park that affect our dogs as well as all the usual banter, tips, advice and dog walks.
It has brought people together that otherwise would never have spoken and created a lovely atmosphere within the park, as well as fantastic friendships between both humans & dogs.
What came next . . .
With the unexpected success of The Gunnersbury Park Dog Family Group, my son said to me, “what about the other parks?”
“I couldn’t possibly cope with all of those,” I replied, “but I have thought about covering them all in one.”
“There’s something in this,” he said,” you should do it.”
What that “something was” I didn’t know, but five minutes later, without further thought, I created the second group.
10 minutes later, I thought, “Now what?”
Still in it’s infancy, it’s a work in progress with many strings attached. Where GPDF covers just Gunnersbury Park and its dog community, WLDF covers everything DOG.
We share posts for lost dogs in West London and those that need re-homing. Advertise all types of dog products and services – especially our local small businesses. We pass on all kinds of tips, advice and news, and cover the delicate subjects, as well as lots of the fun stuff.
Within our group we organise dog walks and meets with qualified individuals doing mini classes for our members. Next one on our agenda is a doggy nail session – turns out lots of us are too scared to clip our doggies toe nails!
As if that wasn’t enough, we’re now organising the Gunnersbury Park Fun Dog Show on Sunday 2nd June, with the kind help of volunteers from our groups.
We’re growing slowly, and coming up with new ideas all the time – it’s all go here and my little Rocky has a lot to answer for!