Top dogs win prizes at show

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DOG owners came from as far afield as Blackpool to take part in an annual Bognor Regis show for the pets.

Angharad Walsh and her French bulldog, Mr Pickle, travelled the furthest to get involved in Bognor Regis District Dog Training Club’s companion dog show.

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Angharad usually lives in the north-west seaside resort but is working at Chichester Festival Theatre and decided to give Sunday’s show a try.

Others among the wide variety of entries came from Worthing, Bexhill and South London as well as from the club’s core area around Bognor.

Press officer Phil Lewis said: “It proved to be 
another successful and enjoyable show. With superb weather, it attracted a large crowd.”

The show was opened by Denise Dawes and Avis Hawkes. They are trustees of the Last Chance Animal Rescue Centre based in Kent which will benefit from the show. Chapel Farm Dog Food became the main sponsor with its much appreciated backing.

The club has thanked John Lee, its local distributor for all the help and support.

A series of classes saw the top dogs selected. “The four levels of obedience were very competitive, with the advanced class which tests the dog and handler in heel work, recalls, stays and the challenging scent retrieval,” said Phil.

“As usual, the novelty classes were very popular with fun being high on the agenda, which makes for an enjoyable afternoon for both dogs and owners.”

There were 11 successful candidates for the Kennel Club Good Citizen bronze award.