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! 

Suffolk Ring 

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

Helmingham Ring 

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.

Read how #PawPower is helping to change lives in Suffolk here. 

Learn more about Suffolk Dog Day by visiting the website, and don’t forget to connect with Suffolk Dog Day, on InstagramFacebook and Twitter too! 

Photo credits – Ian Lipman and DE Photo 

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