Hundreds of pooches parade their poppies ahead of Remembrance Day

Alfie wearing his poppy bandana. Picture: Courtesy of Wangford Veterinary Clinic.

Alfie wearing his poppy bandana. Picture: Courtesy of Wangford Veterinary Clinic. - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of canine companions have been proudly parading their own version of a poppy ahead of Remembrance Day.

Bear wearing his poppy bandana. Picture: Courtesy of Wangford Veterinary Clinic.

Bear wearing his poppy bandana. Picture: Courtesy of Wangford Veterinary Clinic. - Credit: Archant

The Poppies on 4 Paws appeal, launched by Jill Asquith who works at Wangford Veterinary Clinic, is now in its second year, and has grown to include clip-on poppies as well as poppy bandanas for cats and dogs to wear.

Last year the charity initiative raised £2,500 for the Royal British Legion, and Ms Asquith, who lives in Willingham, near Beccles, has even been asked to send bandanas overseas to Canada.

Available in cream or black and in four sizes from small to extra large, the bandanas include a poppy pattern and the words 'Lest we forget.'

And dog owners have been sending in photos of their pooches wearing their poppies, which are being displayed on the veterinary clinic's website.

Ben wearing his poppy bandana and clip. Picture: Courtesy of Wangford Veterinary Clinic.

Ben wearing his poppy bandana and clip. Picture: Courtesy of Wangford Veterinary Clinic. - Credit: Archant


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Ms Asquith said: 'We have had some beautiful photos sent in of dogs wearing the special poppy remembrance bandannas and the dog collar poppies, they all look so sweet. Even the Wangford Vets practice cat Billy is proudly sporting his poppy.

'It's been fantastic and I have met so many lovely people through it and I've even posted bandanas to people in Canada and London.

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'Dogs throughout history have been called man's best friend and it's nice that they can do something to raise money for a worthy charity. It makes me feel really proud when I see dogs wearing them.'

The bandanas cost £2.50 for a small and £5.50 for an extra large, with £1 from each bandana sold going to the legion. The poppy clips are available for a donation.

Billy wearing his poppy clip. Picture: Courtesy of Wangford Veterinary Clinic.

Billy wearing his poppy clip. Picture: Courtesy of Wangford Veterinary Clinic. - Credit: Archant

They are available from Wangford Veterinary Clinic, Wangford Farm Shop, Cracks pet shop in Beccles, Templewicks in Beccles, Paws for Tea at Beccles Common, Barking Mad Dog Training School at Maisbrooke Farm in Shipmeadow, Pikes Paws in Cratfield Road, Huntingfield, Hardimans estate agents in Lowestoft and the Lowestoft Dog Training Society at the scout hall in Rotterdam Road.

Ms Asquith will also be selling the poppies on a stall outside the Paws for Tea tearooms at Beccles Common on Sunday, November 5. The stall is being run as part of a special remembrance walk being organised by Callum Featherstone of Beccles and the Waveney Dog Community. Ms Asquith will be there between 11am and 2pm.

To see the gallery of the photos and upload your dog poppy picture, visit http://www.wangfordvetclinic.com/gallery/17409/gallery-poppies-on-paws

Jill Asquith is running the Poppies on 4 Paws appeal for the second year. Pictured with her dog Ted.

Jill Asquith is running the Poppies on 4 Paws appeal for the second year. Pictured with her dog Ted. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

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