Tuesday September 10th
Quiz Night at Lew’s Fish and Chips, calle El Faro, Torrox Costa. Quiz with Laura starts 7.30pm. Entrance fee of eight euros includes a meal of fish and chips or pie and chips, with three euros and raffle proceeds going to CAS. Book at Lew’s or call Laura or Kurt at 95 252 1426.
Saturday September 14th
For one night only! The music of Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Neil Diamond and Matt Munro at El Varadero Bar, El Peñoncillo Playa (between Torrox Costa and Nerja). Tickets, including meal, are 15 euros from La Casita in Torrox Costa, and the CAS Office in Nerja .
Friday September 20th
Quiz Night at Punta Lara Bar, Nerja. Quiz with Dave Jamieson starts 8.00pm. Entrance fee of three euros and raffle proceeds go to CAS. Food and drink available. Booking essential with Mark on 635 369 673.
Friday September 27th
Quiz Night at Boathouse Bar, next to the Hotel Monica Riu, Nerja. Quiz with Christine starts 8.00pm. Food and drink available plus special two course meal for 7.95€. Entrance fee of three Euros plus all raffle proceeds go to CAS. Book with Peter at 600 397 029.
Sunday September 29th
Fashion show in association with the Frock Exchange, Nerja, at Hotel Rural Almazara (on Frigiliana road) from 3.00pm. Ten euro ticket includes canapés and wine. Book at the Frock Exchange, CAS office or with Maree on 619 965 025.
Advance Notice – Saturday October 26th
Scruffs Nerja at the market site, Almijara II, Nerja, by kind permission of the Town Hall. Enter dogs in one or more of 11 classes at five euros per dog per class from 12noon. Judging starts 1.00pm. Obedience and agility display, stalls, raffle and refreshments make this a great family event.
According to the Pet Identification Network in Spain, the official body which records microchip information required for all pets, the top name for a dog is Luna which everyone knows translates as Moon. Laika comes in second as a tribute to the Russian dog who was the first animal to fly into space in 1957.
The other top ten names are Linda (meaning ‘cute’ in Spanish), Rocky, Toby, Chispa (sparky), Kira, Lola, Canela (cinnamon) and Chiqui. Other popular choices are Goofy, Frodo, Rex, Tina, Rubia, Paloma and Tsar.
Andalucía is Spain’s most popular region for dog ownership with 1.86 million pet dogs on record as having been fitted with an identifying microchip. Nearly one third of the dogs listed were classed as mongrel or mixed breed.
It is a legal requirement in Spain for all dog owners to have their animals fitted with a microchip. In Andalucía, failure to do so is punishable by a fine under the region’s animal protection legislation.
Farewell to Ajax
Earlier this summer, the Costa Animal Society reported that a Guardia Civil sniffer dog named Ajax had been awarded a Gold Medal from King Juan Carlos. The honour was in recognition of Ajax’s work on Mallorca in 2009 when he located an ETA bomb under a police vehicle.
A controlled explosion was carried out on the device which would have caused a considerable amount of damage and certain death to anyone nearby. There is no doubt that the actions of Ajax and his handler saved the lives of countless people.
Ajax was nominated for the award, the canine equivalent of the George Cross, by the UK’s People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals and received it from the King at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid.
So it sad to report that Ajax, who ended his active service a year ago and was living in retirement in Málaga, died on August 3, aged almost 13 years. Shortly before his death, he was diagnosed with anaemia and a liver infection by vets at the Lobopark in Antequera where he was living.
His handler of eight years, Sergeant Juan Carlos Alabarces, spent several days with Ajax immediately before his death, and described him as an “outstanding” companion. There are plans to erect a monument in his memory.
Scruffs Nerja set for October
The Costal Animal Society’s fun dog show, Scruffs Nerja, will be held on the site of the town’s Tuesday market on Saturday, October 26, by kind permission of the Town Hall. As usual, it will be a chance for local pet owners to show off their dogs, perhaps win a cup or rosette, and, most importantly, help raise funds for CAS.
Last autumn, a glorious day brought out the crowds and raised 1,800 euros for the charity with 60 entries in the various classes. This year, CAS wants to do even better.
As well as choosing the best pedigree and non-pedigree dogs and puppies, the judges will also be looking for winners in the fun rounds including Dog and Owner Lookalike, Best Six Legs and, of course, Fancy Dress. The afternoon will also see the Best Rescue Dogs of the year chosen.
As well as the usual splendid raffle, stalls to browse and refreshments, the Dog Academy will be back with another display of obedience and agility.
Dogs can be entered in any of the 11 classes at the site of the show on Nerja’s Almijara II urbanisation from 12 noon on the day, at five euros per dog per class, with judging starting at 1.00pm. It’s always a fun day for the whole family, so make sure it’s in your dog’s diary.
CAS Quiz Nights
As the autumn season approaches, the Costa Animal Society is planning a series of quiz nights in the area to help raise funds. These evenings continue to be hugely popular and generate a considerable income for the charity.
September sees three CAS Quiz Nights, the first of which will be at Lew’s Fish and Chips on Calle El Faro in Torrox Costa on Tuesday, September 10 at 7.30pm. The entrance fee of eight euros includes a meal of either fish and chips or pie and chips, with three euros of that, plus all raffle funds, going to CAS. Laura will continue her role as quizmaster. Please book directly with Lew’s, or call Laura or Kurt on 95 252 1426.
Then on Friday, September 20, the quiz venue will be the Punta Lara Bar in Nerja where Dave Jamieson will be asking the questions, starting at 8.00pm. The cost for the quiz is three euros per head, which goes directly to CAS along with the raffle proceeds. Food and drink is available at the bar. Booking is essential, so call Mark at 635 369 673 to book your team’s place.
Finally, the following Friday, September 27, the quizzing moves to the Boathouse Bar, next to the Hotel Monica Riu. Come and test your knowledge with quizmaster Christine from 8.00pm and help CAS raise much needed funds to care for the animals. Food and drink is available at the bar as well as a special two course meal for 7.95 euros. The quiz entry fee of three euros plus all raffle proceeds go directly to CAS. Please book with Peter at 600 397 029.
More Fund Raising
For one night only! Enjoy a fun night of music from Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Neil Diamond and Matt Munro on Saturday, September 14 at El Varadero bar on El Peñoncillo Playa (on the beach between Torrox Costa and Nerja) and help raise funds for the Costa Animal Society. Tickets are available at La Casita, Torrox Costa, and in the CAS Office in Nerja for 15 euros per person, which includes a tasty meal.
And the Costa Animal Society in association with the Frock Exchange in Nerja will be staging a glamorous fashion show on Sunday, September 29 at the Hotel Rural Almazara on the Frigiliana Road, starting at 3.00pm. Come and enjoy a fun afternoon viewing the latest trends in fashion. The ten euro entrance fee includes canapés and wine. Book in advance at the Frock Exchange, the CAS office on 95 252 3607 or with Maree on 619 965 025.
The Costa Animal Society needs your help, particularly with their efforts at the Sunday car boot markets in Nerja and Almuñecar.
If you have some time, and especially if you own a 4×4 or other large vehicle, your assistance in transporting and selling goods on Sunday morning would be much appreciated as both these markets help raise much needed funds to care for rescued animals.
If you can assist CAS in any way – fund raising, airport runs or fostering – please call Wendy at 660 271 984 or Vera at 680 315 880.
(News/Events: Nerja, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia)