Dog show

Emsworth woman will hold her first ever dog show with competitions, training sessions and dozens of stalls

Mary Burgess, founder of Animal Star Events, joined around 25 stall owners, dog trainers and sponsor Agria Pet Insurance, to launch her first dog show at New Life Christian Church at Thorney Road in Emsworth on August 6 .

Owners, dog lovers and families can take part in a day of fun with food and drink, craft stalls, picnic areas – with plenty of dog competitions to take part in.

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Visitors are encouraged to dress in their finest jubilee outfits alongside their pooches who can also be dressed according to the theme.

Albert, dog ambassador of the event, owned by Sarah Marie.

Mary is hopeful this show will be a taste of what’s to come, saying there’s “nothing like it” in the area right now.

Competition categories include best rescue dog, best dog the judge would like to take home, dog that looks the most like its owner, cutest puppy and oldest puppy.

Mary said, “There’s nothing like it down here. The closest would be Goodwoof or DogFest.

“People can come and learn how to train their dog, there is a vet nurse on site who will give basic pet first aid training so people can learn what to do when they walk and a dog gets cut the paw or any of these things.

Mary Burgess.

“There will be classes that people can take and they will be at set times during the day. We have ice cream and dog ice cream.

‘I’m really excited. We need something like this in the area because there are so many dog ​​lovers! »

Mary also runs the Animal Star Awards, which often hold contests for owners to enter photo contests of their pets and nominate them for hero prizes.

This new event will be supported by the charity Phoenix Rehoming which adopts and fosters dogs across England and Wales and has won Best Rescue Center of the Year with the Animal Star Awards.

Judges for today’s contest include Carla-Marie Moore, founder of Phoenix Rescue and former Portsmouth Mayor David Fuller.

The winner of each dog category will be presented with a rosette and the two finalists will receive a certificate.

Adult early bird tickets cost £2. From July 1, adult tickets will cost £4. Children are free.