with SCAMPS heat, 29th October 2006
A fancy dress entry- like owner like dog!
IT WAS Best Paw Forward for over 100 dogs last weekend, as MyPetStop at Tingley in West Yorkshire hosted the PADS Halloween dog show for the third year running.
PADS (People and Dogs Society) secured the venue three years ago after feeling the need to obtain a permanent home for their Autumn show as attendance and entries grew. Debbie Waller, the show organiser for PADS, says ‘MyPetStop kindly stepped in to offer the use of their venue for free. At this time of year an indoor venue is a valuable asset- can you imagine showing and Old English Sheepdog in the rain?!’
And what a lovely venue it is for a companion dog show! You enter the venue into a large reception area, with a shop and views of the sites’ hydrotherapy pool. A little further in and the building opens out into the indoor training and agility arena, where the dog show took place. It is large, light and airy with ample seating and excellent facilities for human and companion.
With the security of a permanent home, the show can now be a regular fundraiser for the charity which aims to relieve suffering in dogs by promoting responsible ownership and offering help and advice to people with all kinds of dog-related problems.
Judges for the day were Lynne Nickson on pedigrees, and Our Dogs’ very own Nick Mays who had the pleasure of judging the Crossbreed and Mongrel class, and who also took care of assessing dogs in the novelty classes. All eyes were on the Crossbreed and Mongrel competition, as PADS hosted a SCAMPS heat at this show. The winner of the heat gets an invite to the Supreme Crossbreed and Mongrel Pet Dog Show in Kettering, to compete for the accolade of Supreme Champion!
Debbie of PADS explained: ‘It’s great to do something positive for the mongrels, and bring them up to the same level as the pedigrees. For years they were treated as second class citizens after the pedigree classes.’
Very many breeds of dog were represented at the show and Lynne’s job must have been a difficult one, with all owners taking great care over their dogs’ presentation on the day. The standard of entries was excellent and dogs were judged in puppy, sporting, non- sporting and pedigree classes. ‘Tia’ a rather lovely Collie bitch owned by Tina Ruston, took BIS, while Best Puppy went to a young Australian Shepherd called ‘Rio’ owned by Sharon McKinnen. The category winner in Any Variety Sporting was an Airedale Terrier owned by A.V. and R.M. Peel, while Jenny Shorers’ Alaskan Marmalute took the first prize in the Non- Sporting class.
Next in the arena came the SCAMPS heat. The judge clearly had his work cut out, as the entry was good. The heat was divided into four categories of dogs and bitches above and below eighteen inches in height. Each dog was beautifully presented, and as a spectator it was difficult to predict who the judge would place. Nick’s concentration and the variety of choice showed how just how hard it was to stay focused! It took some time to reach the final four from the 31 entered across all four classes - and finally after a show of appreciation from the spectators for all the dogs entered, the invitation to the SCAMPS finals in Kettering and BIS was awarded to ‘Phoebe’, owned by Wendy Roberts. Phoebe was a rescue dog from Dogs Trust when Wendy adopted her at aged eight. Described simply as a ‘small brown dog’ on her entry form, Phoebe is now 10 years old and a prospective Supreme Champion!
The novelty classes were very well supported, with almost every dog having a go in the fun competitions. Classes included Best Conditioned, Nicest Eyes, Best Veteran, Best Rescue, Best Childs’ Dog and Judges’ Choice.
One of the most eye catching classes of the day had to be the fancy dress class, which has grown in popularity at PADS over the years. Every entry deserved a prize for 110% effort, with young and old alike entering into the spirit of the Halloween themed class. Nick Mays said ‘The standard of the costumes was incredibly high. A lot of thought went into the design and execution of many of them - the owners and dogs matched each other perfectly in so many cases!’
For further information on the People and Dogs Society, see www.padsonline.org.