An alternative headline might have been ‘Mad dogs and Englishmen & women out in the midday sun…’, but we thought we’d play safe. The dog show held yesterday at Tanya’s Saturday Pony Club was a grand success with people attached to dogs, and vice versa, turning up from all over the district. In the words of the judge, Vivien Eales (of 4Paws Training School): “It is a very difficult decision (on the Best of Show).” Alas we didn’t get the names of all the class winners (can someone tell us, please?) but it was obvious that the operative words for the day was not ‘breeds’. Yet all the dogs on show are decidedly members of families, which was the event’s objective. (More pics and text below>)
And it was hot. Boy, was it hot! By the time we arrived, close to 2pm, most of the dogs had had enough. Some were actually stepping very gingerly on the sand meant for harder horses hooves. Maybe an 11am start is a little too close to midday in the heat of summer – we would kindly suggest that in the future(there will be more, we’re told) it might be better held in the cooler evening.
The owners and onlookers sat under an array of colourful umbrellas and a new use for feeding troughs (above left) we congratulate Tanya, Mark and Daniel on. And congratulations, too, on their organizing skills. We didn’t have time to try the hamburgers, so we can’t congratulate them on that. Next time!
And winners were … you tell us! (click on the word ‘comments’ at the top of this article).