Bark in the Park success
When Huddersfield Canine Association planned their Bank Holiday Saturday 'Bark in the Park' little did they realise the success they would have on their hands.
For over 500 people and 200 dogs converged on Ravensknowle Park in the town for the event which was in all senses a celebration of our friend the dog - pedigree and mongrel! The emphasis from the start was aimed at promoting responsible dog ownership with trade stands from breeds vilified by the press. Not only were members of the public able to meet Rottweilers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and German Shepherds but also they were able to talk one-to-one to owners about the breeds.
Meet the breed
The element of meet-the-breed was loved by the public and they were even able to have their pets check by a local vet who was also offering a microchipping service.
In addition they ran a fun dog show for non-pedigrees judged by Maurice and Lorraine Webb (Mauraine) who entered into the spirit of the event. 'It was one of the most enjoyable days I have had for a long time', said Lorraine, 'Full marks to the association committee for the positive approach they adopted to make the event a great success.
The weather was just right and on the day they ran a Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog class in which 16 dogs of all shapes and sizes gained their Bronze Certificates. There was even a have-a-go agility course for owners and dogs.
Commenting on the success of the day President John Jackson told OUR DOGS, 'We were overwhelmed by the success of the event and there wasn't one cross word between dogs. I have to record my thanks to all our local sponsors, Purina ProPlan and Eukanuba who so kindly offered us sample packs and prizes for our fun show.'
The club, which has around 80 members, has probably done more to locally promote responsible dog ownership than any of the general championship shows.