Get ready for the Dog Show

CALLING the canine population of the islands, it’s time to get ready for the annual SSPCA Dog Show on Saturday September 3.

Now more than 25 years since the Lewis Branch of SSPCA held a Dog Show, it continues to go from strength to strength with an average of 80 dogs at the Show each year.

The judges, who come from the mainland, are always very impressed with the standard and variety of dogs on display. This is the branch’s biggest fund raiser of the year and the most time-consuming to put together. Usually members starting making preparations at the start of the year.

The 2011 event will see all the usual classes including the fancy dress which is increasingly popular.

This year’s Obedience classes may be highly competitive as lessons for dogs and their owners have been held in Carloway by Brenda Stewart for the past few months. All proceeds from the classes have been donated to the Lewis Branch of SSPCA.

Registration for Obedience and Junior Handler classes is from 10.30 to 11.30am and all other classes are from 11-12pm. Judging will start at 12.30pm.

Teas and home baking, lucky dip and guess the Rabbit’s name are some of the side events at the show so why not go along for a fun day out with your dog.

For further information contact Chrissie on 840727 or Rosina on 870083.

The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA) is Scotland’s animal welfare charity. Their objectives are to prevent cruelty to animals and encourage kindness and humanity in their treatment. As an animal welfare charity, they receive no government or lottery funding and rely on public donations to continue vital work rescuing and re-homing Scotland’s abandoned, neglected and defenceless animals.