Well after months of planning and beavering away with all the preparations our Fun Day finally arrived .......a beautiful day in the stunning surroundings of Burley Park, with plenty of sunshine, lots of lovely friends with their dogs, and everyone ready to have some fun and raise some money for the charity we volunteer with, Medical Detection Dogs.
Our ethos for the occasion was to raise awareness and funds for the Charity and we were delighted to have two Assistance Dogs with their handlers come along to support us on the day. Emily and her husband Rob manned the merchandise stand and also brought along collection tins, these we placed on each of the Have A Go rings to make sure that people knew just where their pounds were going!!
Our programme was to run Seven Rings with Have A Go activities and Competitions running throughout the day and at the same time our good friend Greg Knight of Ruralshots Fieldsports Photography was running a photo shoot with all donations given to the charity. We had Gundog Challenges, kindly judged by Lisa Warren of Acestar Flatcoated Retrievers and sponsored by Jill Thompson of JT Consulting.
The Novelty Dog Show, kindly judged and sponsored by our good friend Annette Dinsdale of Netis Spinones.
A Canine Pentathlon where dogs were tested over 5 modern dog sport activities...
Fastest Recall Over Hurdles Flyball Agility Galen Exercise & Physiology Rally O
These events were judged, organised and sponsored by Dorset Gundogs, Janine Redman and the Hampshire Harriers Flyball Teams, Clare Holmes - Galen Myotherapist, and Fleur Broderick - Fleurs Happy Hounds. The day began at 10am and from the outset everyone was set to enjoy themselves and happily parted with their money to have a go at all the different activities. There were rosettes and prizes to be won and dogs and owners alike from the youngest to the oldest thoroughly enjoyed the day.
We cannot thank everyone enough who helped us to make this day such a success and together we raised the brilliant sum of £832.55!! and we hope to beat that target when we hold the day again next year!!
We have selected just a few pictures that we think capture the essence of the day and are already planning the next one!!