By Kelly Wickham
Friends of Centurion Way, Chichester met on the path on new year’s day to enjoy mince pies, sausage rolls and mulled wine.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes enjoyed the dog treats on offer and a couple of crafty canines snaffled a sausage roll too.
This year, the focus was on the many dog owners who rely on a safe route, segregated from motor vehicle traffic, from the city into the South Downs.
The group invited dog owners to share stories about why they and their dogs love Centurion Way.
Patricia O’Brien has a Canine Partner assistance dog and when asked how her dog helps, Patricia reeled off a long list of tasks her dog performs.
“As a disabled person with a Canine Partner assistance dog, I was thrilled to discover the perfect place to walk my dog is virtually on my doorstep,” she
“I use a mobility scooter to get out and about, and with unique attachments for the dog’s lead, she can enjoy a lovely walk that is peaceful, interesting and secure, with confidence.
“I know it is fine to let her run off lead and she will always meet other dogs, too! Having moved to Chichester ten years ago, I did not know where I would walk my very important companion.
“My dog is vital for my wellbeing. I have multiple sclerosis and she works 24 hours each day, with her time off being limited, she needs to be free to have fun, explore and socialise in a secure environment.
“Centurion Way is perfect for this and if I need to go to nearby Tesco store, she knows she will be rewarded at the end of the shopping with a great run along the track.”
For more information, visit: centurionway.org.uk/