Dogs have their day at St Albans Highfield Mutt Show: With Gallery

PUBLISHED: 14:42 09 September 2011

Stella a shih tzu.

Stella a shih tzu.

MORE than 90 dogs put their best paw forward on Saturday, as they took part in the annual Highfield Mutt Show.

From great Danes and rottweilers, to Yorkshire terriers and Pomeranians, dogs of all shapes and sizes competed for glory in the sunshine.

Organiser Joyce Goodwin said: “Everyone really enjoyed the day, especially the children who put the adults to shame with an exceptional display of obedience with their dogs.”

There were nine classes on the day, with a first and second place winner in each one. Independent judge Jane May, of the Welwyn and Hatfield Ring Craft group, had a tough task deciding the winners, but rose to the challenge.

In the Most Handsome Dog category, the winners were Woody and Koda, with the Prettiest Bitch being won by Elsie and Sunday.

The Best Child Handler was Michelle Irwin, with Sunny and Gemma Buet, with Chia, in second place.

Sadie took first place in the Best Rescue category and Jack scooped second.

The Best Musical Dog was Rottweiler Koda, with Scooby the Labrador named as the runner-up.

In the Fancy Dress category, Treacle the Springer impressed as the Town Sheriff, but it was Polly and her owners, dressed as the Hairy Bikers, who took top spot.

Best Veterans were Taggart and Charlie, while Scooby and Akira were named as Best Biscuit Catchers.

Sunny recorded an impressive time of 29 seconds to take the crown in the agility test.

Best in Show was won by 14-year-old Taggart, a rescued German Shepard cross Labrador.

Amazingly, owner, Julie Davidson, was visiting friends in Hill End Lane and chanced upon the show whilst out enjoying the park.

The event raised funds for the Great Dane Adoption Society and the Cinnamon Trust.

Joyce continued: “We would like to thank the generous sponsors of the event, who helped us raise an impressive £590.81, to be split between the charities and a donation to the Highfield Park Trust for the use of the pavilion and cricket pitch field.”

For news from the Highfield Dog Walkers, email highfielddogwalkers@yahoo.co.uk

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