Millennium Meadow Dog Day




There was a festive atmosphere on the Millennium Meadow on Sunday 22nd October when the first "Meadow Dog Day" saw the area alive with dogs and their owners.

The event was opened by Richard Adams and spectators, young, old and canine enjoyed a demonstration of agility by the Upandover Agility School, which is based at Hurstbourne Priors Equestrian Centre.

The "serious" part of the day followed with competitions to find:

  • the dog with the waggiest tail - won by Frodo

  • the scruffiest dog - won by Ricky

  • the best groomed dog - won by Charlie, whose owner put the quality of his coat down to rolling in the grass rather than specific grooming

  • the dog most like its owner

  • the owner most like his/her dog

  • the best trick (by the dog, not the owner - there's maybe scope for that class in the next show).

Roy Dykes, assisted with specialist advice from Thelma Cornwell, judged the classes and certificates and prizes, generously donated by Pets at Home, were presented to many delighted owners (and dogs).

Richard Adams congratulated the winners, but strangely the rabbits, which are normally to be found in great quantities on the Meadow, failed to put in an appearance.

Refreshments in the form of hot dogs and tea and coffee, provided by Over My Shoulder, were available for those who didn't bring a picnic

The sun shone for at least part of the afternoon ensuring the success of what could well become a regular feature in the meadow.

If you want to stage an event in the meadow, contact Graham Burgess on 892837.

Larger versions of the photos on this page are available if you call 893264 in the evening or Phil.


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