Phew - busy day yesterday, with a two-event afternoon starting with the opening of the new state-of-the-art facility at Cheshire Dogs' Home and then the launch meal at the Church Inn in Mobberley where they're celebrating their new chef ... who is the husband of our very own freelancer Michele.
Pictured: Dogs' Home staff member Sandy with Nat.
Cheshire Dogs' Home in Grappenhall near Warrington was a sea of balloons, wellies and of course dogs, as the site, officially a 'centre of excellence', opened its pioneering new wing that includes a puppy creche, specialist greyhound kennels and the UK's first dedicated canine maternity unit. There's also a 'rest and relaxation room' for long-term kennel residents who need some respite from the regular kennels.
Manchester City footballers Richard Dunne and Micah Richards (who's also one of the big hopes of the England team) came along to open the centre - for free, I hasten to add. Richard Dunne brought along his own nine-month-old Irish wolfhound, Nelly, as well as very wiry little pup Pip.
Many of the people who'd brought their own dogs along for the afternoon had actually adopted them from Manchester or Cheshire Dogs' Homes. I'll be issuing event pics to the local glossies as well as newspapers.
Pics to follow on the blog shortly.
The Church Inn at Mobberley is a handsome place, 15th century in parts, and although I missed the Sunday lunch I have it on good authority that it was delicious. The courtyard at the pub overlooks a beautiful country church, and there can't be many prettier and quieter corners of Cheshire for a Sunday lunch. Recommended!