30 April 2019

Sandwich Dog Show

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Claire Smith, Vet

On Sunday I had a wonderful morning at the Sandwich Dog Show, held on Sandwich Quay. It was very well supported by local small businesses and dog lovers from around the area including Thanet, Dover, Deal, Preston and, of course, Sandwich.

Vet Claire judging the Sandwich Dog Show
Vet Claire judging the Sandwich Dog Show
Dog at the Sandwich Dog Show
What a beautiful coat!

Futures For Dogs

I had the pleasure (actually extremely difficult!) of judging the morning classes. The morning kicked off with a Parade of Dogs from Futures For Dogs. My personal favourite was Minki, he has undergone a complete transformation since being looked after by the charity. Minky used to be called Stinky as when he first arrived at the rescue he had a very severe skin infection that took a lot of TLC and medication to get him through! He’s a very cheerful chap now and loved the attention he got from everyone. 

So Many Amazing Dogs!

The classes were very well supported but this did make the judging even trickier. Trying to choose between all of the lovely dogs was extremely difficult, especially with only 3 prizes in each class! The easiest to judge was Waggiest Tail; this had a clear winner, a beautiful rescue from Greece, she literally never stopped wagging! Luckily everyone was in good spirits and could appreciate the near-impossible choices I was having to make and could see that I wanted to give everyone a rosette! It was so much fun meeting everyone and finding out about their dogs. Most of the dogs sniffed out my pocket full of treats and showed off a variety of tricks. Talking of tricks, it was fun to watch a short display of canine freestyle by Dover based K9 Connections!

Vet Claire speaking to some of the entries at the Sandwich Dog Show
Vet Claire speaking to some of the entries at the Sandwich Dog Show

I love supporting local, independent businesses and well supported by a variety of local business and it was great to chat about their products and services. BBS Pet Boutique in Worth were advertising their grooming services and offered nail clips for a charity donation. I had a delicious sample of set honey from Parsonage Farm Bees. The curry on offer from Paul Babra, from Canterbury, smelled divine and was popular with attendees. 

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