An overcast morning signalled the start to our fourth annual dog show, Bark in the Park, held at Markeaton Park. We had faith in the weather forecast that assured us the sun would pay a visit later on, and we weren't disappointed! Last year the weather was scorching and it was just too hot, but this year the weather was almost perfect. The wind allowed relief from the heat of the sun and, with plenty of water bowls and our dog hydration station, all of the dogs coped well with the heat.
This was our biggest year to date, with 50 stalls, including inflatables, mini-landrovers for children, doggy-based stalls, face painting and a variety of craft stalls. There was something for everybody - even if you didn't bring a dog along!
Dogs, dogs, dogs!
The first dogs arrived at 10am to have a look and by 11am the dog show registration tent was busy, busy, busy! Dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes turned up to the event. We had very very large dogs, like a handsome Leonberger called Thor, down to very very small dogs, like Frank the pug puppy.
All of our dog show classes were designed to be fun and family-friendly, so they included classes such as 'Waggiest Tail', 'Handled like a Pro' and 'Dog who most resembles owner'. All classes were popular but Waggiest Tail and Best Inbetweenie proved particularly popular. In those, our judges had their work cut out deciding who to award rosettes to!
The Dog Show
We were so pleased to see so many of our ex-residents at the event, including Walter the Labradoodle, Lana the Labrador, Heidi the Whippet cross, Gonzo the Saluki cross and Billy the Rottweiler. Billy came second in 'Handled like a Pro', Heidi won 'Rescue Dog of the Day' and Lana won our coveted 'Dog of the Day'!
Our wonderful judges were two of our Inspectors, Sarah and Chris, Stu Peck (our Branch Manager's husband) and Sandra Clark (one of our volunteer dog walkers). They thoroughly enjoyed chatting to all the owners and learning about the dogs at the event. Some of the stories, particularly the Rescue Dog of the Day, stories were quite touching an brought a tear to the eye. Others were funny and heart-warming! All the dogs on site were so well behaved and we were really impressed with them. It was a great opportunity to socialise young dogs and we witnessed blossoming friendships all around, including between Nala (previously Bourbon whilst with us) and a young puppy:
We'd like to say a huge thank you to everybody who came to, and participated in our event. We could not exist without the support and generosity of the public. A big thank you as well to the sponsors of our event, Ruffle No Feathers and Cosmetic White Smiles. All proceeds from this event will come straight to our Centre on Abbey Street and help to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome needy animals in Derby and the surrounding areas. I'll leave you with some lovely pictures of the day. To see more of these, have a look at our album on Facebook here.