Do you own the best rescue dog? Does your Maltipoo have all the moves? Or is your Westie’s tail permanently set to wag? If so, your pooch could be in with a chance of winning a top prize at the Fun Dog Show near Devizes this Bank Holiday weekend.
The annual event for all dogs and dog-lovers will be held at the Kings Arms in All Cannings, from 10am on Monday 29 August.
Always a popular day in the calendar, the family event is organised by local fundraiser Vee Thursby to raise money for Julia’s House. Our nurses and carers provide essential respite and specialist care for the most seriously ill children across Wiltshire and Dorset, including Vee’s granddaughter Sophia.
Vee said, “My granddaughter Sophia is severely disabled and needs round-the-clock care. From when she was first born, Julia’s House children’s hospice has admirably supported my son Damien and daughter-in-law Rebecca in their family home in Wiltshire and in the charity’s hospices.”
“The last year has emphasised Sophia's needs,” said Vee. “After an operation to straighten the curvature in her spine and help with the pain, Sophia had a setback in her breathing and her lungs collapsed. Following this she caught Covid and ended up in ICU in Southampton where it was touch and go. However, she has always been such a fighter and has bounced back so many times.”
She added, “Throughout all this, Damien and Rebecca have had so much help from Julia’s House and other agencies who have supported them enormously, which has given them the strength to cope.”
Sophia also gets a lot of love and care from her own dog – a very large Rhodesian Ridgeback called Odin. “They love to cuddle together and Odin is very protective of Sophia,” said Vee.
While the dog show event is all about having fun, there are three Pedigree Classes that can be entered, including Junior (6-18 months), Sporting and Non-Sporting, followed by the Championship of those three categories. The Champion last year was a Gordon Setter called Paddy, owned by Saran Cleary.
There are also 10 novelty classes, including ‘Dog with the Waggiest Tail’, ‘Best Veteran Dog’, ‘Best Rescue’ and ‘Dog the Judge would most like to take home.’
This year’s judge will be Dave Jones, who is a local breeder of Corgis but an admirer of all dog breeds.
Vee said, “It’s going to be a really fun day for all the family – and of course their dogs too. We’ll have a barbecue and refreshments provided by The Italian Job, and The Kings Arms will be open for business as normal.”
Kerry Edney, Julia’s House Fundraising Assistant, said, “We’re delighted the Fun Dog Show is supporting Julia’s House again this year, and we would like to say thank you to Vee and all the volunteers who are helping on the day for making it such a wonderful event for everyone. In Wiltshire, we rely almost entirely on the generosity of our local community to fund our lifeline of care for families like Vee’s, so please do come along, support Julia’s House and enjoy the fun.”
Vee would love to have more volunteers for the event and to help run the ‘Have a Go’ dog activity.
Entries will be taken from 10am on the day and judging will begin at 11am. Competition entry cost is £2 per dog per class.
For more information or to volunteer, please email show organiser Vee Thursby at firstname.lastname@example.org.