Dog show

Dog show

 The second half of the weekend was much better with hot sunny weather, too warm for some dogs, but paddling pools and wet towels were on hand for those (dogs) who needed them. Homested is a local club for dog owners, many of whom use the Park throughout the year. This is their third annual event and it was a great success.

Dog show

Dog show

 All types of dog turned up to take part in simple tasks, earning points along the way. An agility course was one element which tested the owners as well as their pets. And a pen of sheep was set up to promote greater awareness of livestock issues. Each dog was required to walk past the pen on a lead and under complete control. For many this was their first  close contact with a farm animal. This is a really important element here at QECP where there are currently over 200 ewes and 300 lambs grazing Butser Hill.    

A young sheepdog passes the test

A young sheepdog passes the test

 As well as rosettes and trophies, there was also a birthday party for rescue dogs (who generally do not have a known birth date) and finally relevant stands and stalls. A total of £2,000 was raised for Canine Partners.

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