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Animal magic at The Dynes

Animal magic at The Dynes

Main News, 01-Nov-2010

The Dynes, part of The Abbeyfield Kent Society, was visited by Paws in Motion on Wednesday 27th October, to entertain residents and visitors with a fun dog show.

A large number of residents invited friends and family along to event, which took place in half term so a range of generations took advantage of the opportunity to watch the well trained dogs put on a performance. Everyone gathered in the large living room at The Dynes to watch the dogs put on a show consisting of feats of agility, flyball, obedience and heelwork. Some of the show was set to music which had the crowd clapping along.

Paws in Motion is run by Louise Ince, who trains the dogs and helped them put on the show on the day. Louise has had most of the dogs from puppies but the star of the show was Jodie, who was found abandoned on the streets of London at four months old, before being re-homed by Louise when she was eleven months. Louise got the idea to visit residential homes after visiting her grandfather in his home with her dog. The residents enjoyed watching the dog perform and Louise has been visiting homes ever since.

Like all of The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s homes, The Dynes, which is in Kemsing, near Sevenoaks, practices the Eden Principles, a concept which helps eradicate loneliness, helplessness and boredom. The Eden Principles encourage creativity and novelty through contact with animals, plants, family and friends. The visit from Paws in Motion was an extension of the Society’s commitment to the Eden Principles and all the residents enjoyed interacting with the visiting dogs.

Nicky Pett, The Dynes Home Manager, comments:
“A mixture of residents, staff and visitors gathered to see the show and they all loved watching the dogs; Paws in Motion put on a great show and it was thrilling to see the animals doing such amazing things. I think our residents really enjoyed interacting with the stars of the show afterwards, and they should benefit greatly from the stimulation.”