Q&A: My Newham

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 April 2018


Lorna Maffei moved to Plaistow from Italy so her dad could look after her dog, Baloo, while she was at work. After realising there wasn’t a support group for dog owners in the area, she founded the Plaistow Dog Community group

What’s your connection with the borough?

I was born in East London but from the age of two have always lived outside of it.

I love east London, I have a real connection with its down to earth character and it feels fulfilling to have recently become a resident.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

The wonderful people.

It can be difficult to connect with people in London but through the Plaistow Dog Community, which I created with a friend, we’ve brought together an amazing group of local dog owners and their pets.

The group aims to encourage people to share their local doggy news, tips and ideas, to bring together our furry friends and develop a supportive and fun network for their owners.

What one thing would you change?

I’d like to see the development of more formal services and reliable support for dog owners in the area.

Use three words to describe the area.

Diverse, developing, characterful.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

My Dad – a person who has overcome incredible difficulty in early life and who, despite every adversity, constantly strives to improve for himself and the people he loves.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

That to become a dog owner every citizen must pass an exam to gain a Dog Owners Licence.

This would include a basic understanding of dog psychology, laws around ownership and responsibility as an owner, how to educate your dog, ensure his wellbeing, and some basic first aid.

This would make sure people have a better understanding that a dog isn’t a commodity.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

Improving the general wellbeing and safety of the local community and sharing initiatives to bring people together.

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