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WAG day another success



From left to right Judge Bert Easdon, Best in Show,
Res Best in Show and Best puppy

WHAT HAPPENS when you plan an outdoor event during the warmest, driest weather seen in years? Yep you are right it turns to wet and windy! This was the picture at the start of another WAG day, held at Loudoun Castle Theme Par, Ayrshire. When the group met on the morning the heavens had opened and the wind howled. How do you deal with this? Just a shrug of the shoulders and a resigned acceptance.

Thus was the feature for the morning but fortunately this did not last. With the strong winds the wet weather dried up. However the feature of gazebos and stands turning into kites did make things interesting! The judges for the event being made of hardy stuff arrived well prepared for the weather carrying wet weather clothes, jumpers and, for the hopeful, sun tan lotion!
Despite this the turnout for the show was at the normal level, dog people being made of hardier stuff. Just before the start of the dog show we had the vision of the Barking Beauty Pageant with the dogs strutting their stuff down the eh ‘cat walk’? Along with this we had Strathclyde Fire and Rescue coping with the high winds giving an interesting twist to the spectacle of a contrived ship pan fire.

So the show went on Rory the lion the mascot from one of the sponsors, Loudoun Castle Theme Park opened the event and many of the puppies took a great interest in his tail, which was rescued a number of times. Fortunately this lion was friendly and there were no casualties.
We had 124 dogs entered: Best in Show: Bulldog – Wrinkles owned by Alistair Parilor from Ayr; Res Best In Show: GWP – Echo owned by G Kirkwood from Kilmarnock; Best Puppy: Keeshond – Sole owned by Lynsey Cree from Wallend; Best Novelty: Jazz with Jeanette Smith from Hurlford; Making a Start: Laura Macduff with Skye; Starting Well: Sylvia May with Katy; Getting Better: Linda Currie and Clever Clogs: Linda Currie

Needless to say the catering was swamped with customers but as the event progressed the sun decided to put in the occasional fleeting visit. The micro chipping was its usual success eventually running out of chips by the mid afternoon! By now the crowds had started to dwindle and the kid rides slowly ground to the halt, they decided though that the bouncy castle might give too much of a bounce in the wind and did not unpack this.

As the people left they were met with a similar sight as to the morning arrival of people fighting with their kites……sorry gazebos with the only fatalities being a few broken spars and some torn canvas.

So was this a success? Yes people came and the uninitiated found ways to have fun with dogs and the message about puppy farms might have been blowing in the wind but at least it was still being sent out. Perhaps next year a monsoon might be a change!


Photos from the ringside

Photos from the ringside

The Barking beauty pageant

The Barking beauty pageant