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Lochaber and District Canine Society held a Companion Show at the Nevis Centre in Fort William last week.
This was a ‘fun dog show’ with two rings: one for pedigree dogs and the other for novelty dogs. The pedigree classes ranged from Puppy, Junior, Open (any age) and Veteran (over seven years).
Other classes split up the various dog groups -terrier/gundog/hound/toy/utility/ working and pastoral.
Best Pedigree was won by Cathy Putman and Linnet her Whippet. This is the second consecutive year she has won the prize.
Any breed/cross of dog can enter the Novelty classes, with groups such as Veteran (over seven years), Best Crossbreed, Best Condition, Waggiest Tail – there was some serious wagging going on!
The Junior Handling class was taken very seriously and was easily won by Jadsia with Mia, the Tibetan Spaniel.
The Prettiest Bitch class was followed by the Handsomest Dog, and lastly the Best Trick, won by Janne Huun with Becca the Hungarian Vizsla. This has to be the best class of the night, with some very funny tricks.
The winning trick that Jan taught Becca was to empty the contents of her large bag, for Becca to individually retrieve each one and place them back in her bag.
Becca thoroughly enjoyed showing off her trick and she and Jan then went onto to also win Best Novelty.
Show organiser Janet Robertson told the Lochaber Times: ‘It is so lovely to see the joy that dogs bring to their owners and also the dogs having so much fun, which is so evident in the best trick class.
‘Often this is the first time that owners and their dogs have competed in an event like this, and to see how happy and proud they are of their dog at winning a rosette just makes organising events like this so worthwhile.’
Refreshments were available along with a raffle, while the Nevis Centre provided free use of the hall.
The stewards were Sharon Donald and Morag Mackell from the club, and the judges were Phil and Helen Moir, from Inverness.
At a Companion Show proceeds must go to a charity, and this year monies go to Munlochy Animal Aid in Inverness which does a great job at caring and rehoming animals in the Highlands.
The show raised a total of £417.03 and, along with a club donation, means Munlochy Animal Aid will get £525.
The club will be holding its silver anniversary annual Open Dog Show on Sunday September 8 at the Nevis Centre. A schedule can be obtained by emailing email@example.com, with entries closing on August 9.
Please note that only Kennel Club registered dogs that are pre-entered may attend.
After the summer break, the dog club resumes on Tuesday August 6 at the Nevis Centre.