Just nuisance bigger and better

2019-03-26 06:01

The annual Just Nuisance Day has long been an institution on the Simon’s Town social calendar and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with sponsors coming on board to celebrate the legendary Great Dane’s birthday on 30 March.

This annual event is named after Just Nuisance, the giant Great Dane with a larger than life personality and the first dog ever to be officially enrolled in the Royal Navy.

Based at the Simon’s Town naval base between 1937 and 1944, Just Nuisance was bestowed with the honours of Able Seaman. This remarkable dog was a constant presence in and around Simon’s Town, regularly boarding trains and lifting the morale of wartime sailors – even escorting inebriated sailors back to the naval base after a night out. So popular was this dog, that he was buried with full naval honours when he passed away.

Involving the non-profit dog rescue organisation, Tears, sponsors will help make this fun family event something that dog-lovers from all over the Western Cape and visitors won’t soon forget.

This year’s event will commemorate Just Nuisance’s extraordinary spirit by featuring the annual dog walk along the streets of Simon’s Town, along with a host of exciting new family activities.

Various competitions and a lucky draws will take place while the naval marching band and canine unit keeps the crowd thoroughly entertained.

For a small fee, well-known local photographer www.dreamimages.co.za will be available to take exquisite portraits of any dog willing to pose in the pop-up studio, with 10% of the proceeds donated to Tears.

The involvement of Tears Animal Rescue as beneficiary is perhaps the most inspiring element of this year’s Just Nuisance Day. All proceeds from the event will go towards their mobile medical unit.

On the day, Tears will also be bringing some of their rescue dogs along for dog lovers who find themselves in Simon’s Town without a pooch to take on their favourite activity – a walk.

The event will take place on Saturday 30 March from 08:00 to 15:00 at Jubilee Square, Simon’s Town, with the start at the Navy Sports Field and is open to everyone. There is no charge for an entry fee but walkers are asked to donate a tin of pet food.


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