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    • 15 Jun, 2015

    Summer Open Day

    Former Mayhew resident and licenced sniffer dog, Jake, had his nose firmly to the ground when he found explosive scent at the annual Summer Open Day on June 14.

    However, Jake, an explosives search dog, was just showing off his skills by expertly sniffing out the scent which was planted on some police cadets and under a van.

    The four-and-a -half year old Collie, literally had a ball after passing his test when he was given a reward by his handler.

    Peter Watson accompanied the dog to talk about their work with RFA security where he helps search mail, buildings and vehicles in London.

    Peter said: “Jake is a great search dog, as soon as he freezes we know he’s found something. He just loves his job and getting his tennis ball at the end is his favourite bit.”

    13-year old cadet, Jack Smith, was very impressed: “I’ve never seen anything like it. Jake was brilliant and found the scent in my pocket easily. The Open Day is a really good event with the community coming together to raise funds for the animals.”

    Former Olympic champion cyclist Nicole Cooke, joined dozens of people, including The mayhew’s Chief Executive, Caroline Yates,  long time supporter, Angela Humphreys and The Mayor of Hammersmith, Councillor Mercy Umeh, to enjoy the day.

    Nicole Cooke Open Day 2015

    Nicole, who retired in 2013, said: “My aunt is a volunteer at The Mayhew so I thought I’d come along and lend my support. It’s a great event to raise awareness of the animals. My cycling career meant I moved around a lot and could never have a pet but this is the start of a new chapter. “

    Despite a rainy start the sun soon came out. Live entertainment was provided by a steel band. There was also a bouncy castle, a bbq and children’s games. Visitors also met some of the residents looking for new homes and spoke to the animal welfare officers and vet staff.Jake at Open Day 14 June 2015.

    Margherita Billotto, Events Officer at The Mayhew added: “It’s great when former residents like Jake come back to support us. The audience loved the demonstration. It’s just amazing that one of our dogs has gone on to have such a great career.”

     “We are delighted that Nicole Cooke came along to support the vital work we do in saving and rehoming animals. The money we raise will help us to continue that work.”

     “It’s been a fantastic day with a very good turn out and great entertainment.

    The Mayhew’s popular Open Day raises about £10,000 annually for abandoned and abused animals.


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