The weather did not dampen the spirits or the attendance of the circus themed annual Chiswick House Dog Show on Sunday 23rd September. From the wellie-tastic fleet of volunteers and vendors who braved the torrents of rain to set-up, to all the doggies and their humans who participated, competed, and performed it was a fun-filled family day out.
The crowds were entertained with a Flyball demonstration by the Womballs Flyball Club as well as giving visiting dogs a chance to have-a-go at performing. All dogs could try beating-the-clock in the Doggy Dash sponsored by the Dogs Trust. Sadly, the planned Dogs Trust Re-Homing Parade had to be abandoned because of the heavy rain earlier in the day.
There were 16 classes for our 4 legged friends plus 2 for dogs with their humans. They included Best Young Handler - won by Mia and her dog Breeze; the Egg & Spoon Challenge - won by the SpongeBob Team; and Fancy Dress for Dogs & Adults won by the talented Debbie Kingston and friends with their fox terriers masquerading this year as ‘The Canine Cannonballs’.
All class winners were entered into Best in Show which was won by Evie, the Naughtiest Dog winner owned by Lauren.
Announcer Gill Thomas kept the crowd engaged and entertained and stand-up comedian Herbie Adams MC’ed the My Dog’s Got Talent & Fancy Dress classes. There was a plethora of food and drink for humans and canines made sure it was a fun and satisfying day for all.
It was a Pawriffic day and if you missed out, you are in luck the 2019 Chiswick House Dog Show is scheduled for next September and will be looking for volunteers of all ages. Sign-up at chiswickhousedogshow.org.uk
The Chiswick House Dog Show is free to visit and is organised entirely by volunteers in association with the Chiswick House Friends, to raise money towards the upkeep of the gardens including dog-walking related facilities.
Chiswick House is the Grade I listed 18th century villa of Lord Burlington with 65 acres of registered Grade I listed gardens including classical vistas, ponds, fountains and an 18th century wilderness.