Last Saturday St. Paul’s Walden Parish Council kindly hosted Greyhound Compassion’s fun dog show. We were lucky to have Joanne Young, MD of Quadrant Pet Supplies as our judge doing the toughest job of the day!
Joanne did a fantastic job giving profile to the all of the dogs in the “Best Rescue” class. There were some heart rending-stories. At the same time, the Greyhound Compassion volunteers manning the tomobola and sales tables were working hard to boost the charity’s fundraising efforts and raise awareness about the plight of the greyhound.
Meanwhile, John Sweeney (@johnsweeneyroar) was in the ring with his whippet poodle cross, Bertie, and posts his observations below:
One million years ago when our caveman ancestor came across an orphaned wolf-cub, he thought the little ball of fur might, when he grew up to be all fangs and steely muscles, help him hunt and protect the family. But then – and I wasn’t there, this is a guess – the cavewoman suggested that the little dog might make every one laugh too. The amazing ability of dogs to make people do silly things came to the fore the other day when Greyhound Compassion staged a dog show at Whitwell village fete. After too much grim news around the world, it proved quite impossible to keep a straight face as silly owners and daft dogs brought out their best in each other.
Best in show without a doubt was the winners of the ‘Dog Most Like Owner’ category. The winner was a chap with a startled air about him and crazy grey eyebrows who owned a Schnauzer, who had a startled air about him and crazy grey eyebrows. You looked from dog to man and man to dog and they were identical twins.
Other categories that generated fun were the dog with the waggiest tail – won by a gorgeous mutt whose tail gave a very good impression of a demented windscreen wiper in a rainstorm. ‘Best Six Legs’ was won by a splendid husky and boy owner.
Judge Joanne Young had a very tough time of it but she did show wonderful discernment, extraordinary insight and compelling intellect when she chose Prince Bertie to be the winner of the Fancy Dress category.
(Biased me? How dare you.) The Black Prince saw off strong competition from King Louis led by Ruth Grylls – or was it the other way round? There was also a French bulldog dressed up as an English football hooligan: so many category mistakes in that entry but it made people smile.
The dogs had fun and, obediently, their owners wagged their tails and all of it helped neglected greyhounds get a bit of love”.