Friday, 19 August 2022

Big Bear wins best in dog show

AN Irish wolfhound called Bear was named best in show at the first Checkendon dog show.

AN Irish wolfhound called Bear was named best in show at the first Checkendon dog show.

Geoff Hornsby, who lives in the village, was taking the 3ft tall dog and his miniature dachshund Pearl for a walk when he decided to enter the show as it was talking place on The Field on Sunday.

Bear, who is two, also won the best-looking dog prize. Mr Hornsby said: “I’ve never entered a show before but I thought it would be fun. I’m pleased to win, although I thought Bear would have an unfair disadvantage because he’s so huge.”

Puppies, rescue dogs and a German shepherd dressed as Dick Turpin’s horse Black Bess were among the other winners.

More than 50 pets competed for the 15 prizes including best trick, best junior handler and best veteran. The dogs were paraded before being judged by breeder Diana Webber, who chose her top three or four to receive rosettes and goody bags.

Freya, a seven-year-old saluki lurcher, won prettiest bitch. Her owner Maxine Hydon, from Reading, said: “It’s lovely to win. Freya is a rescue dog and we’ve worked really hard to get her confidence up. If we had done this when we first got her she would have been snapping at other dogs, so it’s quite a turnaround.”

Myrtle, an 18-month-old Jack Russell, won the “most appealing eyes” award. Her owner Jennie Rose, from Thatcham, said: “We’ve got friends in the village so decided to enter. It’s lovely to win an award and I’m so pleased because she’s a great girl.”

Show organiser Lynn Thoms said: “I’m very pleased at the turnout. I hope the show is going to become an annual event.”

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