Willow Brook dog show raises over £800 for rescue charity

DAWG Family Fun Dog Show at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

A dog show staged on Sunday in the car park of Bradley’s Stoke Willow Brook Centre has raised more than £800 for a local rescue charity.

The Family Fun Dog Show was organised by the Bristol Dog Action Welfare Group (DAWG), which specialises in rescuing and re-homing greyhounds and lurchers.

A total of 182 dogs attended the event, with many entering several of the 14 categories being judged.

The event was sponsored by the Bradley Stoke branch of Pets At Home, who provided all the rosettes, cups and treats for the dogs.

Geraldine Watkins, a trustee of DAWG, told The Journal:

“The attendance was absolutely fantastic and we raised a massive £816 – more than we could have imagined bearing in mind the weather conditions. It was wonderful that so many people supported the event.”

DAWG is the Pets At Home nominated charity for both the Bradley Stoke and Eastgate stores, from which the charity receives regular food donations. The group also undertakes regular fund-raising collections in the stores.

Bristol Dog Action Welfare Group's (DAWG's) rescue van

Geraldine continued:

“Some six weeks ago, Pets At Home purchased an animal ambulance for DAWG, which is something we would never have been able to afford and has already proved invaluable.”

Russell Hardyman-Richards, manager of Pets at Home Bradley Stoke, said:

“We were delighted to support DAWG’s first-ever Family Fun Dog Show in Bradley stoke. The charity does some fantastic work for dogs that really need new homes, plus brings fun and a great opportunity for customers to see the work we do to help animals that need a second chance of happiness.

“We are hoping to make this an annual Dog Show and I would like to thank every one who helped in making it a great day – just a shame about the weather!”

Winner of the Best in Show award was a beautiful grey lurcher (pictured left in photo above).

More photos from the dog show: album; slideshow [PicasaWeb]

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