Top canine team to star at Eden's first Dogs' Day Out event this Sunday
All those coming to the Eden Project's first-ever Dogs' Day Out on Sunday (January 26) will have the chance to see an exclusive preview of an obedience team that will be starring at the world-renowned Crufts show in March.
Tom Herron of Bodmin Dog Training will be bringing a display team and a junior team to Eden to show visitors how good training can produce obedient dogs.
The display is part of a day of doggy activities including a visit by explorer and former Royal Marine Monty Halls who will be talking about his escapades with rescue dog Reuben and meet other pet lovers at a day dedicated to the delights of the canine world.
Monty will also be judging a fun dog show, which will see proud pooches competing in a variety of different categories, including best puppy (under one year old), best veteran (over seven years old), best-looking male and female and the scruffiest scruff. There will also be a prize for best in show.
There will also be the chance to meet specialist dogs and handlers who work for the emergency services.
Eden will also be visited by Pets As Therapy, a national charity that provides therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues by volunteers with their own friendly dogs and cats.
Every dog who attends Dogs’ Day Out will receive a free treat and Eden’s famous land train – which shuttles visitors from the Visitor Centre to the pit – will be available for well-behaved canine passengers.
Tom Herron of Bodmin Dog Training said: "We're really looking forward to coming to Eden for the Dogs' Day Out. Eden is a fantastic venue for us to preview our display for Crufts, the biggest dog show in the world. It'll be a great opportunity for our club, including our junior members, to show people what they can do with their dogs."
Thousands of dogs have visited Eden since last June when, following a successful pilot, the project decided to relax its “no dogs” rule and allow them to enjoy the miles of paths within the former china clay pit.
Dogs are kept on leads and are not allowed in the Biomes or other buildings apart from the Visitor Centre. Monty will be speaking just outside the Biomes in the large covered seating area.
Monty Halls is a writer, explorer, television presenter and public speaker. A former Royal Marines officer who worked for Nelson Mandela on the peace process in South Africa, he left the services in 1996 to pursue a career in leading expeditions.
Having achieved a First Class Honours degree in marine biology, over the next decade he circumnavigated the globe four times on various projects, leading multi-national teams in some of the most demanding environments on earth.
His television career began when he won Channel Four’s Superhuman competition in 2004. Since then he has presented series and documentaries for the BBC, Channel 5, The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel and the History Channel.
This year sees Monty head off to the jungles of Venezuela with renowned expert climber Leo Houlding for a new Sky/Discovery TV series. Monty will also be leading several UK diving expeditions throughout the year.
Monty lives with his partner Tamsyn, daughter Isla Grace, Reuben, ducks and chickens in Dartmouth where they are running their new business that specialises in wildlife tours around the local area, natural history filming courses and training packages for corporate groups.
Eden’s Locals Pass is available until March 5, 2014 and it entitles people who live in Cornwall or Devon unlimited entry to Eden until October 31, 2014. The pass costs £12 for adults, £9.50 for over-60s and full-time students, £7 for children and £35 for families of two adults and two children if you pay by Direct Debit.
For those who wish to pay without Direct Debit, the prices are £14 for adults, £11.50 for over-60s and full-time students, £8 for children and £40 for families.