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Walk: Wat Tyler Country Park, Basildon

We joined the Essex Border Terrier Owners Group for their second walk at Wat Tyler Country Park in Basildon, Essex to help raise funds for the Border Terrier Welfare, a charity which helps re-home border terriers in the UK and is funded by donations and fund-raising events only.

On signing up for the walk, via the Facebook Group, John Lawrence asked only 3 things of those attending:

  1. Bring a flask of hot water – for a cuppa at the end of the walk
  2. Bring a donation for the raffle
  3. Bring something tasty to go with the cuppa!

With 60 dogs signed up to join the walk, it had the potential to be the biggest border terrier ‘meet-up’ ever known in the UK. In the run up to the walk, the Facebook page was awash with photos of delicious cakes baked for the day, lots of fabulous looking raffle prizes and excited border terrier photos.

Between 10.30 – 11.00 am, we all began assembling in the car park, it was a sight, and sound to behold! After registering, a welcome from John and a quick talk by Jimmi Johnstone-White, the South-East representative for the Border Terrier Welfare, about the process for adopting, we were ready for the off! With 92 owners, 59 dogs on the walk, 56 of them border terriers, a record was broken for the number of border terriers seen together in the South. We were asked to keep the dogs on the lead whilst walking around the 125 acres of the parkland, we got plenty of smiles, questions and friendly chat whilst we walked the 3 mile route, with all the dogs finally pleased to be out in the countryside sniffing, peeing, barking and pooping!

There were plenty of photo opportunities, dog treats and chats as we walked around. One thing everyone commented on is how many different shapes, sizes and colours of border terriers there are; tall, small, light, dark, rescued, pedigree but all obviously very much-loved by their owners.

As we headed back to the car park, John’s family had set up raffle prizes alongside the tea and cake stand. Not surprisingly, the queue for tea grew as we waited for the raffle to commence. Lots of delicious cakes were devoured; the mini cupcakes and flapjacks were worth a second helping! At the first drawing of the raffle we were winners (Mr SLT is our lucky mascot!), we picked a bag full of treats and doggie things for Barney including a Serrano ham chew (a first for Barney and one I’m sure won’t last long!).

All in all, it was a lovely morning out, we were all shattered but it was fantastic to meet loads of lovely border terriers and their owners as well as, more importantly, raising a grand total of **£500** for Border Terrier Welfare, amazing!

Well done everyone, a big thank you to John and his family for organising the event, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

The next walk will be in June, to give John some time to relax after organising this one! If you would like to join the Facebook Group, you can request membership via the Facebook page Essex Border Terrier Owners Group.

If you are looking to re-home a Border Terrier, contact your local representative via the website at

Roll on June, lets see if we can beat the record!





  1. Clapton

    Well done Mr Barney. It looks like a great day out. Don’t forget to look out for details of the huge #BTPosse tweet up in Yorkshire in August. We have 50 or so going to that.

    • Michelle

      It was great fun Mr Clapton, lots of BTs having a fab time! I think Yorkshire may be a bit too far for us but I hear on the dogvine that there could be one in London soon???


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