Year of the (Rescue) Dog ~ Part II
I was extremely lucky to be invited to the All Dogs Matter Private View of their second exhibition, Year of the (Rescue) Dog Part II at Burgh House & Museum, Hampstead last night.
I met up with Teresa from The Dogvine at the museum after an easy, but busy, and very warm, journey from South to North London on the Northern Line. Emerging from the tube, we were met with beautiful Hampstead. It was a lovely evening for the short stroll through Hampstead’s lanes to the museum. There are so many beautiful houses, shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants in Hampstead, that it was difficult not to get side-tracked!
All Dogs Matter
All Dogs Matter is a registered charity which rescues and re-homes dogs in, and around, London and the Home Counties. The charity was started by a Phil and Ira, a couple who are passionate animal lovers. They, and their small team, work to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abandoned dogs liaising closely with local authorities to ensure that every dog, which comes into their care, whether a stray or an unwanted dog, is paired with the best new owner to ensure it is safe, cared for and loved.
The photos in the exhibition are taken by different photographers (The Dogvine being one and Natasha Balletta too) to celebrate All Dogs Matter’s rescue dogs and their owners. The photos are a tribute to the dogs’ life stories, their journey from fear and neglect, to finding their furever homes.
Hopefully through the photographs you will be able to see just how wonderful rescue dogs are and how rewarding it is to adopt one of these special dogs.
To help raise money for All Dogs Matter so they can continue their wonderful work, you can buy prints of the photos in the exhibition.
Burgh House & Museum is in a beautifully, peaceful location, not far from Hampstead tube station and the perfect setting to show off the wonderful dog photos.
We were warmly welcomed by the owners, staff and volunteers of All Dogs Matter with something to drink and nibbles. There were already quite a few dogs and owners mingling and luckily for me, Teresa knew a lot of people, so I had lots of introductions!
We then headed into another, light filled room to view the photographs. The room is set up as a mini gallery which makes viewing them very easy and there are so many wonderful dog photos to look at.
I think the best thing was having the rescue dogs in attendance and seeing them next to their photo and, of course, getting to say hello to them all!
An auction followed where some of the photos were sold to raise money for All Dogs Matter, including one taken by Ian Rankin and several signed by Ricky Gervais, a patron of the charity.
Before leaving I headed back to make a couple of purchases, two All Dogs Matter t-shirts and some yummy liver treats for the dogs from Beautiful Joe’s Ethical Dog Treats. I was lucky enough to meet Anne from Beautiful Joe’s and have a chat with her.
Beautiful Joe’s is a sponsor of All Dogs Matter and they make air-dried, pure meat, all natural dog treats. These really are high value treats, which all dogs go crazy for! That’s not all though, because, for every packet sold, Beautiful Joe’s donate the same amount to a charity of the buyer’s choice. How amazing is that?
It really was a lovely evening, I enjoyed chatting to the owners and learning about the rescue dogs’ journey to finding their new home. It was so heartwarming to see so many happy, friendly dogs and all the people their to support this wonderful charity.
Teresa, Natasha and I headed back to the tube, admiring the pretty Hampstead houses.
Thank you so much to Teresa at The Dogvine for inviting me and to everyone at All Dogs Matter for being so welcoming. If you get a chance, do head along to see all the dog photos and support the charity. If you can’t make the exhibition, pop over to their website shop and maybe you’ll find something you like, its perfect t-shirt weather at the moment. 😉
The All Dogs Matter Photo Exhibition runs till Sunday 15th July and is dog-friendly. Entry is free but donations are welcome!
Burgh House & Museum, New End Square, Hampstead, London NW3 1LT ~ Nearest tube: Hampstead (5 minute walk)
Opening Times: Wednesday-Friday: 12-5pm Sunday:12-5pm
Photo Credit: Thank you to Teresa at The Dogvine for allowing me to use some of her photos in this post.