Organised by the amazing Jill & Les; fears of no-one would turn up were soon forgotten as we then started worrying that the arena might not actually be big enough for all the entrants!
With categories like; ‘Prettiest Bitch’, ‘Handsome Hound’, ‘Golden Oldie’, ‘Owner most like their dog’, ‘Best child handler’, ‘the Parade of Nowzad rescues’ which included; the original Nowzad dog Tali, plus Maxchat (from Iraq), Wylie, Cookie monster, Xena, Sharifa, Moosh boy and Sharifa and ‘Happiest dog’ it was a jam packed afternoon.
Guest judge Hannah from the Nowzad team had her work cut out as she awarded the Rosettes to the top five in each category whilst Pen shirked his judging responsibilities and played the role of MC for the afternoon!
The sun shone; the crowd cheered and more importantly brought cakes, had a go at the tombola and purchased Nowzad merchandise all to raise vital funds for the Nowzad shelter and clinic in Kabul, Afghanistan. All the dogs were so well behaved and thankfully most of their owners!!
The prestigious Best in Show went to Kirsty with 16-year-old Kora. Well done!
Over £800 was raised on the day and without catching breath, Jill launched the online class for "miffed moggies" for all the depressed cats who were not able to go but want to remind people that Nowzad helps them as well as dogs. We have already had the ‘The Disappointed Dog’ online class which raised over £80 as well!
Check out the Nowzad Fun Dog Show Facebook page as there are over 300 photo from the day!
A special mention to Ann and David for not only running the Nowzad merchandise stall on the day but also the day before at Woofstock which is not a bad weekend trip seeing as they live in London!
Also we must thank; Clare Shrimpton for the cakes; Steve Hobden for his photographic talents and Chris Bethell who was with Jill & Les right from the planning stage, introducing them to Alan (the venue owner) and was completely hands on with the setting up and taking down of the event. And of course we must say thank you to everyone else who helped on the day and clearly made the event the success it was!
Keep an eye out for 2nd Nowzad FUN dog show to be held early August 2018! There might just be a beer tent next time……….