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Pets As Therapy Show Dog of the Year 2009

DURING THE four wonderful, warm sunny days of Bath Canine Society Championship Show, Mr R. A. W. Searle judged the Pets As Therapy stakes classes where he found the following superb finalists:

Day 1: Mrs Robbins’ Princessa Natala Kaja

Day 2: Mrs M. Hegarty’s Whipspan Shane Warne at Foxhaven

Day 3: Mrs C. Kenyon & Mr A. Ward’s Charibere Solar Spirit at Chezanna JW ShCM

Day 4: Miss S. Thomas’ Malenibo Kynedyr ShCM

The show dogs who compete do not need to be registered P.A.T. dogs to be eligible to enter the Pets As Therapy Stakes Classes. The classes are open to all Pets As Therapy supporters and volunteers who are eligible to enter the breed/AVNSC/import classes at the show. Where the dog is KC registered in partnership, each must hold a valid subscription with the charity to be eligible to enter.

Pets As Therapy are delighted to announce that the final of Pets As Therapy Showdog of the Year 2009, which is kindly sponsored by HiLife, will be held during Crufts 2010 by kind permission of the Kennel Club.

The winner of the final will receive £200, a trophy and rosette, and HiLife product. The runner-up receives £100, a trophy and rosette, and HiLife product. Prizes in qualifying rounds are 1st - £25 and entry into the final, and special rosettes to 5th place. Prize money for both the final and the qualifying rounds is provided by the sponsors HiLife and does not come out of Pets As Therapy Charitable funds.

If you would like to enter the Pets As Therapy stakes classes, the remaining qualifying heats will be held at the following shows: 28th June at Poole Canine Club (entries closed). 10th - 12th July at East of England Agricultural Society (entries closed). 24th - 26th July at Leeds City & DCA; contact Mrs E. Stannard on 01260 252834. 8th - 10th October at South Wales Kennel Association; contact Mrs I. Dyke on 02920 753584.

To apply for a Pets As Therapy subscription, either visiting or non-visiting, contact Pets As Therapy on 01844 345445 or visit the website In the case of owners under the age of 18 years, please request a Pets As Therapy Junior Club application form.

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To make sense of this stakes class, then all the competing dogs should be registered and working PAT dogs. Otherwise, it is just another meaningless stake to raise money for a charity and anyone can enter providing they pay rather more than the normal entry fee for a stakes class, i.e. pay for a PAT subscription as well.

Margaret Crispin