Stephen recently attended the opening of Elmtree Canine Country Club and Training and Education Centre. Here is his account of the special day:
It was a bright start to Sunday 28th of June and at 4.30 am out rang that message from the alarm clock… get up, sleep is over, problem being I had been clock-watching from three hours before, on the hour.
The van was packed and so shower, shave and dressed off we went. The roads were clear, so to speed was even more obvious but a good average was maintained for the first 75 miles to the M25. At this junction the calling of coffee was strong, from one of those great culinary delights and “Michelin” un-starred, cash-guzzling, amazingly overpriced, low quality establishments that we all go to for ease as there is nothing else with reasonable access…
The coffee is thin and never hot but it is always wet!! and has some degree of stimulant. Mistakenly I was also led to the flaky-but-always-greasy, hottish-but-never-hot bacon and cheese delight. There is something comforting in the first bite but never thereafter….
Romping along the M25 looking for the Potters Bar signs to exit, brings the thought to plug in the Sat Nav for the final destination…
Following instruction to the letter after 20 minuets, guess what? We have travelled a complete 360 degree circuit… stopping then to ask for directions, yes – that’s right – the opposite way to which we had performed the first time!
Within a further 15 minutes, the destination was there, a really fantastic place I could book in myself even if it meant I had to be on all fours!!
Every possible service and luxury was provided and the bonuses were that everybody with staff colours was HAPPY and HELPFUL – a fantastic plus, even though the skies were becoming grey, everyone was in the pink of health and with that true British spirit….. the show will go on…
There was a constant flow of avid supporters through the gate and once our stand was secure and decked out, the informative action began.
People were very polite, interesting and fun. It’s nice to have a laugh along the way, yes it is business and yes it is promotional – but if you can enjoy as well it’s great! Unfortunately the rain came, but indeed the show did go on and we lost a few but more still came and the entrants enjoyed.
Interestingly enough I spotted the local Mayor and Mayoress with their own dog, they were taking great interest in the event and had made a great job of the opening speech, it was so nice to see that their dog’s appearance had also been able to qualify for a reward – namely the rosette on its collar!
If anyone was or was not in attendance of the opening event and wanted to know more about Salters Foods For Dogs they can always call us and ask to speak to me and discuss all about their own dogs, I am sure they will find it of benefit, if only to widen their knowledge about dog food.
The wind blew and blew, sadly the lady’s stand with the homemade and beautifully displayed dog treats, took a real hammering and the wind bent and blew away her canopy, but we all gave a hand and she became re-established for the rest of the day.
Finally the sun came out and we finished the day on a high, the opening was a great success and firmly established the Elmtree Centre open.
It was time to pack and go, thanking all of the staff for their great organisational skills and a special thanks to Lyn Wilson who gave us the kind opportunity to appear. Hopefully anyone in the Potters Bar/Enfield area that needs training, help or Canine Country Club Comfort will know to just head to Elmtree were satisfaction will be guaranteed.
Our van was loaded and left lighter than it came, as we gave out many free samples with our explanations about what our food contains and the benefits to our dogs’ health that using Salters Dog Foods can bring. The only thing heaver was me!!! Those homemade buns with sumptuous amounts of buttercream were just what my waistline and blood vessels needed! Fantastic, good job it’s not everyday!!
We pointed for the M25 and rattled home along with the rest of the homebound Sunday evening traffic, Salters’ Flag had been flown again and a few more dogs were going home to a wonderful healthy and nutritious supper!