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Microchipping at The Kiosk


The Kiosk at the Park is not only a haven for small children, parents, grandparents, walkers and runners, we're also a very friendly dog cafe (and by that, we don't mean that dogs are on the menu, obviously. Just to clear that up...).  We have a water bowl, a supply of dog-poo disposal bags and dog biscuits at the ready for your four-legged friends - the park is definitely a popular dog hangout!

And as if that wasn't enough, from 11am-3pm Wednesday 3rd March, the team from Dogs Trust will be coming along to The Kiosk to offer FREE microchipping for your dog!

There are loads of reasons to microchip your pet, but the main one is that if they wander off (as dogs do) they can be easily returned to you! For more benefits of microchipping your pet, have a look at this page from the RSPCA, or this from Dogs Trust.  Also take a look at the council's leaflet on Dog Control Orders for some more tips on how to reduce the chance of losing your dog.

This is a great opportunity to get your dog microchipped - and the perfect excuse to treat yourself to coffee and cake at the same time!  Microchipping will soon be compulsory in the UK, so make the most of this initiative and come down to the Kiosk and get it done for free!

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And The Winner Is......

Dogs (2) March 2013 saw Best in Show at Crufts being won by Jilly, the Basset Griffon Vendeen who beat more than 20,000 dogs over the four-day competition to take the coveted title.

Meanwhile, in a quiet corner of a little park by the Great River Ouse in Bedford, Lorraine Lotan from Happy Dog Training in Clapham was deliberating over a very different ‘Best in Show’.  She had kindly agreed to judge The Kiosk’s inaugural ‘Canines At The Kiosk’ competition and taking a break from her work with the charity Canine Partners, she headed to Russell Park to focus on her judging.  While our photographic contest didn’t attract the same sort of numbers that entered Crufts, Lorraine’s task of picking winners for the six categories was nonetheless a difficult one!

“Thank you for asking me to judge – all the photos were great and all the dogs were winners” said Lorraine – but we managed to pin her down and after plenty of Lattes and a few of our signature Malteser Squares,  she narrowed it down and has come up with the very deserving winners!

And, much as they do at other high profile awards ceremonies, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to email images and upload them onto facebook, we had a lot of fun and we hope you did too.

Congratulations if you are a winner, and commiserations if you haven't won a prize this time, but fear not, there will be other competitions to enter and other opportunities to win.

We’d also like to thank all those that have donated prizes – Pets at Home, Aspera Pet Services, Acorn House Vets Practice, Adrian Bullers Photography and KJ Photography. You can see the winning entries below, and all the others on our facebook page!

Look-A-Like: Gracie - Two Lambs in Honour of Easter, entered by Sara Gilbert


Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Our Alfie with Bailey, entered by Karen Chamberlain

Alfie and Bailey

Man's Best Friend: Harley & Noodle in boat, entered by Kimberley Boreham

Man's Best Friend

Top Dog & Best in Show: Yassko & Cerys, entered by Wendy Halling

Yassko and Cerys

In the Dog House: Baxter, entered by Alexandra Ward

Baxter - well and truly in the doghouse

Puppy Power: Heidi Trampolining, entered by Fiona Swift

heidi trampoline

Competition Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions for Canine at The Kiosk Photography Competition February/March 2013. 


The Small Print...

1. All photos must be received by midnight on the 10th March 2013. The winners will be selected and informed via email the following week.

2. This competition is open to UK residents only.

3. The competition is judged upon, but not limited to, the following criteria....

The creative composition of the photo, image quality, relevance to category.

5. By entering this competition you grant Kiosk at the Park the right to publish submitted photo(s), your name, and your dogs name, on our blog, in the press and on our social networking channels.

6. Small photo alterations may be made by our staff in order to fit our website, social networking channels or email newsletters.

7. Canines at The Kiosk will be judged by a panel of local personalities chosen by The Kiosk Management. All decisions are final.

8. All photos sent to Canines at The Kiosk must be the legal property of the person submitting the image and must have been taken by them. The Kiosk at The Park will not be held responsible for any copyright infringements.

9. The Canines at the Kiosk team reserves the right to refuse any photograph which they deem unacceptable and not suitable for this competition.

10. By entering this competition you will also be automatically added to our mailing list but please feel free to unsubscribe at any time.

11. There is no limit to the number of submissions per person.

12. Please ensure the information you submit is completed accurately.  Canines at The Kiosk will not be responsible for photos being placed in the wrong categories due to inaccurate information submitted by entrant. 

13. This competition is in no way related to Facebook, although entries will be posted on

14. The winner will be announced on Sunday 17th March at 11am at The Kiosk, Russell Park, Bedford.

15. Entrants must be accompanied by the completion of the caption "My dog loves Russell Park because....", with contact details.  Entrants must specify whether they are over 16 or under 16. 

Canines at the Kiosk

Here at the Kiosk we love meeting all of the friendly dogs who come to the park with their owners. Sometimes the owners are walking the dogs, sometimes it is more the owner who is being taken for a run, but we're always very happy to see them, and we've always got a dog biscuit to hand and a thirst quenching bowl of water.  We have decided to celebrate the Russell Park dog contingent by launching our very own version of Crufts, right here in Russell Park: Canines at the Kiosk! It is a dog photograph competition for all the hounds who hang out in the park, with six categories, including:
  • Top Dog
  • Lookalike
  • Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
  • Puppy Power
  • Man's Best Friend
  • In the Dog House
In addition to these there will also be an overall winner of Best in Show – judged by a panel of distinguished local personalities - the winner of which will receive the magnificent prize of a Professional Pooch Portrait! Winners of all categories will be awarded doggy bags and have their photos displayed at the Kiosk throughout March and April. Just like the status that goes with being a Crufts winner, your dog will also have the not-to-be-sniffed-at honour of being an official Canines at the Kiosk Top Dog.


Perhaps you and your doggy pal live up to the cliché that dogs and their owners look alike, or maybe your puppy performs a series of daft but incredible squirrel-chasing feats? Or is your dog one of those who picks a peculiar spot to get his 40 winks? Get snapping those top dog moments and send them in. All categories are open to your interpretation, so be creative and see what ideas you, your imagination and your four-legged friend can come up with.
Send us your pooch-photos by Sunday 10th March 2013along with the category you are entering and a reason why your pooch loves our park starting:
'FIDO (insert name of your pooch here) loves Russell Park because....'
in no more than 50 words. We also need to know whether you are under 16. Send your entries to kioskatthepark@gmail.comor tweet them to us @KioskatthePark #CaninesattheKiosk.  You can also post them on facebook at

We will accept up to five photographs per entrant. Happy snapping!

And just so you know, despite our well publicised love of the inimitable Onesie, we cannot condone forcing dogs to wear them. However, this is how they would look, if you were interested.

Summer opening times

pavilion open 9-5pm
the window stays open until 6pm

last food orders 3:30pm

Autumn opening times
as of October 1st

pavilion open 9-4pm
the window stays open until 5pm

last food orders 3:15pm

Mondays: Café opens at 10am

we are open 7 days a week and dogs are welcome on our heated veranda during the winter months

We occasionally close early for private bookings. Please always call us to book a table & avoid being disappointed!

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