Published: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Hundreds of dogs and their owners enjoyed the beautiful weather and unexpected sunshine at our ninth annual Burns Dogs' Day Out at Pembrey Country Park on Sunday 13th September!
The fun dog show was the highlight of the day, with classes to suit all ages and conditions. BBC’s Dog Borstal presenter Robert Alleyne had the tough task of awarding rosettes in the hotly contended Shining Examples class. The Canine Singer of the World saw plenty of encouragement including a flute accompaniment and an attempt at Memory from the musical Cats. There were also classes for male and female dogs, Golden Oldies for dogs over eight and ‘Bit of Ruff’ for scruffy or wonky dogs.
Elsewhere, dogs could try their paw at fun activities including an obstacle course and sausage catching. There were over 50 stalls to visit, featuring pet-themed merchandise retailers and pet rescues, dog societies and charities educating visitors about the valuable work they do. The Dogs Trust were on hand to provide free microchipping and Burns founder John Burns helped out on the Burns Pet Nutrition stand, offering visitors pet nutrition advice.
Burns Founder John Burns with Robert Alleyne
The baked delights of the Burns staff were very popular!
K9 Drug Awareness kicked off the demonstrations in the main arena, showcasing the amazing scenting skills of drug detection dogs including YoYo, who recently uncovered a haul of 300,000 illegal cigarettes. The dogs and handlers from Search & Rescue Dogs South Wales demonstrated the amazing work they do and Burns Charity of the Year Support Dogs showed how assistance dogs can improve the quality of life for people with medical conditions and disabilities.
The British Carriage Dog Society showed how Dalmatians work alongside horses, Carmarthenshire Therapy Dogs explained their work and a few visitors even had a quick dog training session!
Organiser Rowan Flindall-Shayle said: “Burns Day Out is the perfect chance to celebrate our canine companions and give them a fun day just for them! The event gets bigger and better each year, thanks to the amazing charities and organisations involved and the ongoing support of Pembrey Country Park for hosting the event. I’d like to thank all the dogs and their families for coming along and for everyone involved for their hard work in making the day such a success.”
Check out our 2015 photo gallery for all the photos from the day!
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