Dog show declared a success

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

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.

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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.