A great day out for four-legged friends

Published on 18th July 2011

Paws in the Park, 7 August, from 10.30am at Burrows playing field

Dogs and their families are once again being invited to Burrows playing field, Leckhampton, for Paws in the Park. The event, in its 8th year, will take place on Sunday 7 August from 10.30am.

Paws in the Park continues to promote the aims of responsible dog ownership with the added benefit of a great family fun day. Dog owners will have the opportunity to take part in the Kennel Club's Good Citizenship Awards, which allows them to earn recognition for being responsible owners. The day includes a ranges of doggy activities, such as eight novelty classes to enter including the most appealing eyes, cutest puppy and junior handler, also the very competitive dog scurry to name but a few.  This year’s celebrity judge is Debbie Connolly, from BBC ’s Dog Borstal. Debbie will be judging the novelty dog classes.

Other things to see and do include have a go agility, flyball, canicross and low-cost microchipping. In addition there will be stands promoting animal charities, pet services and stores, as well as face painting, bouncy castles and refreshments.

Janice Payne, the council’s biodiversity ranger is helping to organise the event, she said:  ‘’This event is always really popular with people of all ages and it’s great fun for dogs. It will send out an important message about responsible dog ownership, as well as raising much needed funds for Cheltenham Animal Shelter.’’

Car parking at £1 per car is available on site.

For more information visit www.cheltenham.gov.uk/pawsinthepark or contact Janice Payne on 01242 250019, Janice.payne@cheltenham.gov.uk  Application forms for the novelty dog classes can be downloaded from the council website in advance but entrance is first come, first served on the day.

Photographers are welcome on the day.

Contact: Katie Sandey, communications team leader, telephone 01242 775050 or email: Katie.sandey@cheltenham.gov.uk