Despite a week of hot temperatures, the weather on Sunday afternoon was ideal for Suffolk dog lovers to turn out with their pooches in tow and attend the 11th Suffolk Dog Day!
By 10am eager crowds gathered at the gates with their furry friends, ready to explore and get involved in all that Suffolk Dog Day had to offer.
After passing through the ticket gates, most made their way over to the registration tent to sign their furry friends up for the classes and breed parades! It was here Mandy, Jade and Hollie from the Foundation, along with a group of lovely volunteers were on hand to help.
Things kicked off at 10.45am in the Helmingham Ring, with Blue Peter and Crufts broadcasting legend Peter Purves on the mic. And over in the Suffolk Ring, Suffolk Community Foundation’s Tim Holder warmed up the crowds with writer and broadcaster Christine Webber!
Bad Hair Day – Bailey
Fancy Dress – Noodle
Best Movement – Loopy
Rescue – Angel
Puppy – Spicer
Veteran – Pepper
Junior Handler – Peanut
Best Crossbreed – Bear
Dog with the Waggiest Tail – Herbie
That’s the One for Me – Max
Best Pedigree – Floyd
Matching Pair – Kodi & Finlay
Different Pair – Marley & Sky
Best Long Coat – Seren
Most Beautiful Eyes (M) – Norman
Short Coat – Artic
Top Model (Female) – Meg
Top Model (Male) – Monty
Beautiful Eyes (F) – Roxy
Best in Show – Monty
BBC Suffolk were also at the event for most of the day, chatting to Lowestoft Dog Display Team, Dr Jaqueline Boyd from Skinners, Angela Day from Born to Run Dog Massage, Dardan Security and of course Suffolk Dog Day’s very own chairdog Richard Cooper! If you want to listen to the show, you can catch up here > https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07gll8x
And while our Woofers weren’t taking part in the classes and breed parades, there was plenty for those on two legs and four to enjoy, from the ‘have a go’ zone – run by Paws of Parham and Happi Days – complete with dog bale scurry and dog agility, to the kids entertainment zone with rides and trampolining!
Woofers also enjoyed a bite to eat at some of the many catering stalls we had on site, and ventured into the tea tent where our helpful volunteers served up tea and cakes! There were also homemade dog biscuits on offer too, thanks to Woodbridge School.
This year, Suffolk Dog Day held a huge search for a new ‘Suffolk Dog Day’ Superstar, and Wilson the Saint Bernard from Bury St Edmunds was named top dog. It was a special moment when Wilson, along with three of the four furry runners up, Darcie, Simba and Thunder, headed into the Helmingham Ring to have their moment in front of the camera! You may recognise these perfect pooches from the Suffolk Dog Day boards that popped up all over the county… but you can get to know them more here!
After the classes had all finished, the winning pooches from each class gathered in the Helmingham ring to be judged for Best in Show, sponsored by Best of Suffolk.
Best of Suffolk’s Head of Operations Tim Ripman had the difficult task of judging the adorable finalists – but finally settled on a winner… gorgeous Irish Setter Monty!
We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone involved in Suffolk Dog Day, from sponsors to trade stands and businesses, staff, volunteers and of course the Suffolk dog lovers who make this amazing day out so very special.
While Suffolk Dog Day is a fun day out for all the family – it is raising money for a very important cause.
Photo credits – Ian Lipman and DE Photo