Bumper Year for Charity Fun Dog Show

Staff at Ferne Animal Sanctuary in Wambrook, Near Chard, Somerset are celebrating due to the success of their annual Fun Dog Day held on Sunday 7th September 2014.

Despite there being many other events on the same day, great weather encouraged a huge turnout of competitors and winners from Dorset, Devon and Somerset. A whopping £3150.76 was raised – up from £1800.00 last year.

image001Image: Best Veteran Finalists (Photo by Sharon Pavey)

Sharon Pavey, newly appointed Head of Fundraising and Marketing at Ferne Animal Sanctuary said:  “We would like to say an enormous thank you to all the people involved in making the 2014 Fun Dog Show such a success this year.

“Thanks to our Novelty judge ‘JJ’ from Coombefield Veterinary Surgery and his steward Jenny Sweet. Thanks to our new judge of the Obedience class Paula Tennyson with her steward Geoff and thanks to Andrew Duke for compering.

“A special thank you to all our incredibly hardworking staff and volunteers without whom we could not put on events like these.”

Numerous classes were available for dogs of all shapes and sizes, winners and further pictures follow:

1 .Best veteran (7 years and older) – won by Zack, a 16year old Dachshund owned by Karen Clarke of Crewkerne. This class was sponsored by Coombefield Veterinary Hospital

Image: Novelty Judge “JJ” from Coombefield Veterinary Surgery inspecting one of the entrants in the Best Veteran Dog class (Photo Sharon Pavey)

image0032. Best child handler (aged 6-14 Brockway Cup) – won by Maisie, a Spanish Water Dog owned by Amy Hart from Donyatt. This class was sponsored by Coombefield Veterinary Hospital.

3. Dog with the Waggiest Tail – won by Digger, a one year old Cocker Spaniel owned by Sam Redman of Chard.  This class was sponsored by The Ultimate Plum Pudding  Company

4. Scruffiest Dog – won by Pip, a two year old Terrier cross owned by Janet Dodgson from Honiton. This class was sponsored by Alro Services Ltd

5. Dog Most Like Its Owner – won by Locke, an eight year old Lurcher owned by Carol Pickering of Dalwood. This class was sponsored by E J Grabham Electrical Contractor Ltd

6. Dog The Judge Would Most Like To Take Home – won by Ruby, a seven month old Chug owned by Elaine of Taunton. This class was sponsored by E J Grabham Electrical Contractor Ltd

7. Dog With Most Appealing Eyes – won by Mia, a five year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier owned by Neil Lee of Feniton. This class was sponsored by Rathbones.

8. Prettiest Bitch – won by Ella, a German Shorthaired Pointer owned by Caroline Drysdale of Dorset. This class was sponsored by Nick Medforth Building Contractor.

9. Most Handsome Dog – won by Nuka, a one and a half year old German Shepherd Dog x Husky owned by Jo Southway of Keinton Mandeville. This class was sponsored by Lentells.

10. Best Rescue dog (BIBI AWARD) – won by Riley, a one year old Cross Breed owned by Lee Jones of Yeovil.  Plus special rosette for Best Ferne rescue dog – won by Bill, a four year old Border Collie owned by Sue Taylor of Axminster. This class was sponsored by Boat Building Academy.

The Obedience class winners:

11. Starters – won by Taylor, a Working Sheep Dog owned by Gill Lawrence of Seavington. This class was sponsored by Achesons.

12. Triers – won by Taylor, a Working Sheep Dog owned by Gill Lawrence. This class was sponsored by Boat Building Academy.

13. Improvers – won by Toffee, an 11 year old Border Collie owned by Gill Lawrence.  This class was sponsored by Westcrete Precast Concrete Ltd.


Image: Winners of Improvers Class Taylor and Toffee with Gill Lawrence (Photo: Sharon Pavey)

Ferne Animal Sanctuary launched their “New Digs for Dogs” £1m project for 2014/15 in March 2014 to build a new enhanced kennel block, improved grooming and veterinary care room, information hub, social unit, offices, reception and purpose built rehoming centre at their site in Somerset.

Fundraising packs for the appeal and details of how to donate can be obtained by calling Ferne Animal Sanctuary on 01460 65214 or by visiting www.ferneanimalsanctuary.org

About Ferne Animal Sanctuary:

1.    Set in 51 acres of glorious Somerset countryside, Ferne Animal Sanctuary is home to over 300 domestic animals, farm animals and birds.

2.    Founded in 1939 by the late Nina, Duchess of Hamilton and Brandon, Ferne Animal Sanctuary originally looked after the pets of servicemen and women who were going away to fight for their country.

3.    Apart from rehomed dogs and cats, horses are fostered. All other creatures stay at Ferne for the rest of their lives.

4.    No healthy animal is ever put down.

5.    Ferne are registered as Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Wambrook, Near Chard, Somerset, TA20 3DH – Charitable Trust No: 245671

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