Bumper Day at Animal Sanctury Charity Fun Dog Show

Exceptional weather saw a bumper crowd attending the recent Ferne Animal Sanctuary Fun Dog Show in Wambrook, near Chard, Somerset, enabling the Sanctuary to raise just under £3,000.

Alana Medforth from the Fundraising and Marketing Department said: “With 124 dogs attending, entry numbers for all the different classes on the day were high – along with the temperature. So much so, that we had a VIP “Doggy Cooling Area” where the dogs could cool off in a paddling pool full of water under their own private gazebo.

Cooling off in the VIP gazebo for dogs

“Sincerest thanks must go to all our sponsors, donors, volunteers and staff.  Also thanks to our Judge, retired Coombefield Veterinary Surgeon, Michael Shaw; Steward Jacqui Leaver and our invaluable compere, Mac Wheadon.

“I would also like to thank Emma Britton from Radio Somerset, who came along with her Beagle, Billy and presented the BIBI Award to the Best Rescue class winner.  Without all of these people, this fabulous day would not have been able to go ahead.”

Image: Cooling off in the VIP Gazebo for dogs. Photo credit: Nikki Haddock

Class winners:

Best Veteran – 13 year old Bert the Terrier cross, owned by Carol Stickley

Best Child Hander – Megan Winch, 10 years old, who was handling Rufus a 5 year old Springer Spaniel. She was awarded the Brockway Cup

Dog with the Waggiest Tail – 6 year old Sprocker, Cooper, owned by David Last

Scruffiest Dog – 7 year old Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen named Robin, owned by Karen Powney

Dog Most Like Its Owner – 8 month old Chorkie named Marlo, owned by Lauren Horrocks

Dog the Judge Would Most Like To Take Home – 15 month old Italian Spinone named Perla, owned by Lynn Mortimer

Dog With the Most Appealing Eyes – 4 month old Watson, a Wire Haired Dachshund, owned by Becky Viggers

Prettiest Bitch – 2 year old Pippi, a mixed breed, owned by Felicity Bradfield

Most Handsome Dog – 5 year old Spring Spaniel Rufus’ second first place of the day, owned by the Winch family

Best Rescue – 5 year old Lacey, a German Shepherd cross Collie, owned by Ruth Coghlan. Lacey was presented with the BIBI award by BBC Radio Somerset’s Emma Britton

Best Ferne Rescue was awarded to Max, an 11 month old Border Terrier cross Jack Russell, owned by Tilly Spong. She was also given a Boat Building Academy Short Course Voucher

Cutest Puppy – 17 week old Fia, a Terrier cross, owned by Natasha Hole

Best Trick – 2 year old Dolly, a Yorkshire Terrier, owned by Hayley Hawkins. Dolly was instructed to do various jumps, weaving and twists

To volunteer or find out more about Ferne Animal Sanctuary call 01460 65214. Or visit www.ferneanimalsanctuary.org where you will find details of all their events, including their upcoming 75th Anniversary Ball on 19th September 2015 at Woodlands Castle, Taunton.