Teach your dog new tricks at Paws in the Park

Published on 26th July 2012

dog sitting on the grass at the paws in the park event 2010

Sunday 5 August, 11am to 5pm at Burrows Playing Field, Leckhampton

Is your dog the most handsome around or do they have the most appealing eyes? Now is your chance to find out. Dogs and their families are once again being invited to Burrows Playing Field, Leckhampton, for Paws in the Park. The event, in its ninth year, will take place on Sunday 5 August from 11am.

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 novelty dog show will begin at 12 noon in the main arena, with 9 classes including a new class for 2012, Best Rescue, which is being sponsored by Cheltenham Animal Shelter. Other classes include most handsome dog and prettiest bitch, 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, who will be judging the novelty dog classes.

Other things to see include a parade of dogs awaiting re-homing at the Cheltenham Animal Shelter, 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 community ranger is helping to organise the event, said: “'We have been organising this event since 2000. It is always really popular with people of all ages, and is great fun for dogs.”

Cllr Roger Whyborn, cabinet member for sustainability, added: “Events like this bring the community together and send out an important message about animal welfare. I am sure the day will be a great success.”

Car parking at £1 per car is available on site, which Cheltenham Animal shelter will be collecting to help with their much needed fundraising.

For more information visit www.cheltenham.gov.uk/pawsinthepark or contact Janice Payne on 01242 250019, Janice.payne@cheltenham.gov.uk, or Facebook Paws in the Park. 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.

Contact: Laura Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154 or email: laura.carter@cheltenham.gov.uk