A pop-up pup cafe raised £300 towards a Crewkerne groups appeal to raise £5,000 for the training of a Canine Assistance dog. The total now stands at £1,900 and there are plans for more pup cafes to pop-up in the future. The team of volunteers who organised the appeal, thanked Vicki Watts, who runs the Doghouse training school for dogs and Paula Tennyson, who staged the event at her pub the Masons Arms in Lower Odcombe. As well as being pub landlady, Paula also runs Poetic Paws dog training and behaviour. Paula said: “Having come up with the idea, we got a few other local dog trainers to get involved and they were all happy to give up their time to help such a good cause.” The other trainers who attended and helped were Cheryl Holden of Big Dog Little Dog, Kay Joy of K9 dog training, Claire Legg of 4Leggs dog training and Shannon Blair, a pet behaviour counsellor.
Activities included have a go agility circuit, sausage catching and scent work plus mini classes on lead skills and recalls. Tea, coffee, cake and wood-fired pizzas were served for dog owners and their families while the dogs enjoyed tucking into their own specially made liver, beef and peanut butter pizzas. The Canine Partners also had a stall at the first local pop-up pup cafe. The puppy appeal was launched earlier this year at a talk on Canine Partners at Crewkerne & District U3A. Paula said: ” The recent event was such a success that we are hoping to hold more pop-up pup cafes at various locations around the district.” The pub’s quiz night on Sunday November 3rd which begins at 7.30 pm will also raise funds for the puppy appeal.