The Dog Olympix
The Dog Olympix is a fundraising competitive sporting activity for everyday people with everyday dogs. The activity began in 2016 in Whittington Park, London N19 within The Big Day Out Festival. 2017 attracted 25 entrants with 16 semi-finalists and over 100 spectators. 2018 is our 3rd year and we alongside other canine professionals are planning the 2018 games. Anyone with a dog as an owner or handler can take part as long as they and their dog are physically able. The Dog Olympix is run and organised by a committee.
FUNDRAISER: Saturday 8th September 2018, Whittington Park, London N19 4RS
Games 10.00am -3pm
Wind-Down Mento Music 3-5pm – Station FM DJ Sunshineman
We need to raise £6K for an Outdoor Drinking Water Fountain for people and dogs.
Whittington park is a park full of sporting activities with a small pond. There’s football, table tennis, skateboarding and an outdoor gym including our community exercising and socialising their dogs. It’s a wonder how a sporty space such as this has no outdoor facility for thirsty people and dogs to drink water, fill bottles etc. There is an indoor tap in the football hut but it dribbles tepid water from a small spout and dogs are not allowed inside. There is also a water feature in the children’s playground, which on very hot days is turned on for the kids who love it!
It’s such a shame our furry canine friends can only look longingly at the joy of those playing in water in the hot sun and not have access to cool the paws. Our lovely park keepers supply a white cut down container and fill with fresh water whenever we ask but the real danger is that the container spreads kennel cough and other bacteria because so many dogs drink from it in warm weather and the container isn’t disinfected on a regular basis. With these games we hope to raise £6K to buy an outdoor water fountain for humans and dogs for Whittington Park.
We will be shaking tins on the day and will have use of a credit /debit contactless card reader for those who wish to make donations via bank transfer.
Donations can be made on the Go-Fund-Me crowdsourcing platform here:
This year we commemorate the games to our local Guardian journalist Michele Hanson who sadly passed suddenly in March of 2018. She is deeply missed by family and all who knew her. We also celebrate the work of our Windrush people, who came to the UK on request to help build the UK after WW2. So look forward to beautiful Calypso, called Mento from the Caribbean Islands along with some RockSteady and Ska from 3-5pm.
Training: From Sunday April 15th 2018 at 11:00am- 12.30 pm. Whittington Park, N19 Cost £2/3.00
A relaxed outdoor morning class on a Sunday with a mixture of lead and off lead work, recall, retrieve with agility and obedience skills. People can also go to The Alpha Dog Club in Finsbury park from Saturday 14th April and then every other Saturday to work with Sue Evans in her agility sessions.
What You Need to Know
The Dog Olympix is still a ‘young ‘ event and we are still finding our way around how the games work best that also includes as many people in our community. Anyone can enter and join in the practice sessions, very relaxed casual semifinals and finals on the 8th September. We currently have a team of 6- 8 people and their dogs. Alpha Dogs in Finsbury Park have a similar team size, so we’re looking at 16 contestants so far. We’ve made some changes to the games. People with dogs who wish to take part but haven’t attended training sessions can register on the day as we did in 2017. Registration at 10am.
We will then see how many people/dogs turn up and ideally you’ll be working your dog off lead but we want the community to join in, so on lead will be acceptable for people who turn up and want to have a go.
The Dog Olympix Event Plan for Saturday September 8th, 2018
Thank you to Junction Pets, The Toy Project and Canagan Dog Foods for Goody bag contributions
All dogs taking part must have an I.D. Tag and be microchipped.
Our Judges for the 2018 games will be Sue Evans of Alpha Dog Club and Allan Rapley of Highgate Vets – Best Rescue, Best Puppy. He is also our onsite vet for the day.
Medals, Rosettes , Cup for Best in Show and Goody bags are all up for grabs so keep the stub of your ticket for the Raffle after the winners Awards. We have asked our MP to come down and present prizes…he’s a busy man these days… but could surprise us.
The Blue Cross will have a medic van on site to health check and microchip dogs, so come along and meet them, they’re a lovely team.
Affordable Refreshments on the day provided by Twin Top Ice Creams.
Spectators and Dogs
Spectators’ dogs must be on lead whilst in the area that is being used for the games. Please bring water and use poo bags. We recommend spectators bring foldaway stools or blankets to sit on. We do not encourage picnics as this distracts the dogs taking part in the games. Food must be eaten away from the games area. Please dispose of your litter in the bins provided.