Lots of new and tasty doggie treats, fun showing classes with plenty of family entertainment, displays and games for their owners is the wooferful word from the organisers of the fourth Suffolk Dog Day.
Held once again against the stunning backdrop of Helmingham Hall, the annual biggest Suffolk day out for our four-legged friends will seek to raise much needed funds for the Suffolk Foundation on July 30th 2011.
Thousands of you preened, prettied, trained and drilled to make last year such a success and a fantastic fund-raiser for The Suffolk Foundation so the charity could help voluntary groups and organisations throughout the county. Now organisers are howling for you to get the word out in the neighbourhoods and parks, along the beaches and in the woods and marshes of the county and come and bring your pals.
The committee can already bark about Adnams being the lead sponsor and bringing its famous boat bar. Top dog commentator Peter Purves will be joining Christopher Clarke and Dudley Clark for fine canine communications all day and who knows, there could be a celebrity or two.
This year, due to great demand, there will be more displays and a new Suffolk Ring showcasing many of the groups that have been helped by funds raised on Suffolk Dog Day.
Expect to see demonstrations and entertainment here, while in the Main Ring the first of the 17 classes will begin from just after 12 noon for the best Young and Old dogs. Most classes are open to pedigree and crossbreeds and include For Your Eyes Only – the dog with the most beautiful eyes, not the most 007-esque; Designer Dog – for the dogs that dress well; Top Dog; Dog with the Waggiest Tail and how could we forget “That’s the One for Me” – the dog the judges would most like to walk away with? A full listing will shortly be posted on the website at www.suffolkdogday.com .
There’s a separate agility ring run by On the Scent from Bury St Edmunds, so get training now over those jumps or just come along on the day and have a go.
Sponsors have already been quick to jump at the chance of putting their names and products in front of the anticipated 7000 strong crowd. Hopkins Homes, Skinners, Strutt & Parker, Coopers of Ipswich, Birketts, Marianna, Suffolk New College, Condiment Creative, BOCM Pauls, Marsdens, Heronbuild, Pampered Poets, Chattertons and Orwell Vets have already signed up.
The gates open at 10.30am and you’d be barking mad to be late, as there will be lots to sniff out before the classes begin – attempt the Fun Dog Scurry, scale the climbing wall, Chase the Rabbit, have a go at Rally Obedience or treat yourself to delicious refreshments, have a long cool drink at Adnams Boat Bar or visit the many trade stalls stocking dog related accessories and much more.
Speaking about the event, chairman Jacqui Mayne, who has been in the role for the past three years, said, “This is such a wonderful day out, even the hard-working committee love it and have all returned for more again this year. I encourage you to bring your family and friends to celebrate our wonderful four-legged friends and all have a fun day out that will do a lot of positive good for many individuals and groups in Suffolk. There is so much more to see and do this year. We are particularly pleased to be able to showcase groups that have been helped through money raised at previous Dog Days for the Suffolk Foundation in the new Suffolk Ring. So make sure you go along and watch them as they would not be here without everyone’s support.”
Tickets on the day are priced £7 and £5 for adults and children respectively and a family ticket, two adults two children is £20, but all are available at a reduced entry price if booked in advance from June. There is a £3 entry fee per dog, per class. Parking is free. For further information on the day, to check out the classes and find out how to register in advance or to download a trade stand form visit www.suffolkdogday.com or call Elizabeth on 01473 734125.
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