Fun Day Dog Show proves a huge success

Our popular annual Fun Day Dog Show took place on Saturday 28th May. Following a fairly "dreich" and miserable day at Glencaple in 2010 we decided to try a new venue this year, which offered cover, a restaurant selling hot and cold food, civilised toilets, and ample car-parking.
We were made welcome at Barstobrick Visitors' Centre by owners Robin and Hilary Austin, and as the weather was erratic, we were very glad indeed to have taken the step of moving west to Ringford this year.
Any worries that people would not travel proved unfounded, as the show drew a marvellous
354 entries! Our judges were local gundog specialist Mary Neil, Obedience trainer Pam Stokes, and for the fun classes we had a combination of Gilly Fraser from D&G Life and Stephen Jardine from STV who did a great job juggling compere'ing and judging between them.
As well as all the classes, local STARS agility group put on an impressive display and allowed others to have a go afterwards in the outside arena. Our Dalbeattie and Annan shop volunteers had stalls with bric-a-brac, Play Your Cards Right, and a big tombola, Mayan Handmade Chocolates did a roaring trade and Monica the Greyhound from Coronation Street (now an elderly lady) was present to meet her fans.
Diana Lord, our Chairman, put several dogs through their paces assessing them for their Kennel Club Bronze Good Citizen Awards, and the Centre's staff were busy microchipping dogs as part of our ongoing Hot Dogs and Free Chips campaign.
We were delighted to raise over 1,400 in total but even more delighted to see such a huge number of people and dogs enjoying themselves, and have been basking in the glow of positive feedback from people who attended.
BEST RESCUE was chosen jointly by our celebrity judges and went to Terri Ann Cinderby's Scooby.
BEST OBEDIENCE went to Debbie Burley's Penny
BEST OF BREEDS went to Jessica Bell's Dixie, with whom young Jessica also scooped Best Junior Obedience Handler. Jessica also won Best Junior handler with her other dog Chase.
A full list of winners and more photographs will be available for viewing on our Facebook page as from Wednesday 15th June.
Thanks to everyone who supported this event and made it such a success.

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