Dog show

Ainsworth Village Dog Show celebrates canine companions

Dogs of all colors, sizes, ages and breeds were at the Ainsworth Village dog show this weekend which brought the community together in a true celebration of their canine companions.

The show, which took place in Ainsworth Village on The Delph, a community-nurtured green space, attracted more than 115 distinct competitors across the 10 classes on offer.

Classes ranged from Pedigree Pooch, Heinz 57 Pooch, Rescue Pooch, New Dog on the Block (Puppy), Golden Oldies (Veteran’s 7+), Waggiest Tail, Best Treat Catcher or Trick, Most Like its Owner, Best Behaved Pooch and Best Junior Handler as well as an overall Best in Show.

The show was organized by members of the Ainsworth Village Day group in partnership with Friends of the Delph.

In addition to the dog show, there were booths to explore and a pop-up cafe for refreshments.

The event was designed to bring the community together and celebrate the fantastic work of the Friends of the Delph in transforming green space.

Event organizer Kat Sowden said: “We were blown away by the number of people who joined the event.

“Some classes had to be split into two runs because there were so many registrations.”

The event was funded by council ‘Pitch’ funding and raised over £500 to be split between Friends of the Delph and Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary.

The task of judging all the dogs was undertaken by the staff at Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary.

Each dog was a winner, but Best in Show went to Kevan and his English Bull Terrier pup Betty, while Reserve Best in Show went to Duke.