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Dog show declared a success

PUBLISHED: 11:32 17 September 2010 | UPDATED: 11:54 17 September 2010

Matthew  with his winning dog Alphie

Matthew with his winning dog Alphie

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A CELEBRATION of all things canine was declared a success after the first dog show of its kind attracted hundreds of animal lovers.

Two mischievous mutts

The show took place at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in 
South Walsham on Sunday, with 
more than 80 dogs being 
entered.

And alongside categories ranging 
from scruffiest mutt through to 
waggiest tail, there was also 
hound-related help on hand and a 
range of more light-hearted 
activities.

One of those pleased with how things had gone was Louise Rout, manager at the gardens, who said that save one heavy downpour, things had gone smoothly.

“Considering it was our first show things went great. We had 
everything from a tiny French 
bulldog through to a Lurcher and 
it was great to see the range of 
breeds.

“We were really pleased with the response we got, and it was a friendly, family orientated atmosphere.”

An estimated 300 visitors poured 
into the grounds, where away 
from the 10 competitive categories they had the chance to check out terrier racing, doggy dancing and agility displays.

And while those who had developed a thirst were treated to a specially 
set-up tearooms, pet owners who 
wanted to buy their pooch a little 
present also had a range of stalls to 
browse and choose from.

Among those who emerged from the show with a pet to be proud of was Matthew Beverley of South 
Walsham, whose dog Alfie won 
best rescue dog and then best in 
show.

The 13-year-old said he was 
“ecstatic” when she heard the 
10-year-old dalmation had come out top dog.

“We are so proud of him. He is a fantastic dog with enormous character who is really affectionate and we think the world of him.”

Having won a big bag of dog food 
for Alfie, a glass trophy and a rosette, 
the Acle High School student 
was glowing in his praise for the 
event.

“We had a really good day and it 
was really well organised. I 
would definitely come back 
again.”

Thanks to the dog show entry fees and a raffle, £160 will be donated to the Dogs Trust and FAITH.

And for anyone who spotted two suspiciously man-size dogs peskily trying to enter the various 
contests – organisers have 
reassured the public they are safe, 
sound and with their appropriate owner.

Results (category, owner, dog):

l Best senior, Stephanie, Parker.

l Best puppy, Pat, Filby.

l Best trick, Charlie, Darcey.

l Waggiest tail, Matt and Charlotte, Meg.

l Best rescue, Matthew, Alfie.

l Prettiest bitch, Carol, Dancer.

l Handsome male, Julie, Alfie.

l Scruffiest mutt, Eric, Ralph.

l Best in show, Matthew, Alfie.


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