Paws for thought at Dog Show

Best Dog in Show, Lochside Arena, 2015 SSPCA annual Dog Show
Best Dog in Show, Lochside Arena, 2015 SSPCA annual Dog Show

Around 50 dogs competed in a fun day at Lochside Arena, where the annual Scottish SPCA dog show was a must-see event for people and canines alike. The rain didn’t put off a large crowd of islanders turning up and putting their dogs to the test. Judges were brought in from the mainland for what was a very professional competition with a community spirit.

Billy Mackay, nine-years-old, was most pleased when he and his dog, Snoop, were awarded Best Lookalike. Master Mackay was a fine example of a polite and enthusiastic Lewisman who is surely destined for a bright future.

Emma Mackenzie and two-and-a-half year old Lola won the final prize. Everyone applauded as Emma picked up her deserved trophy, she was visibly proud of her dog’s achievements and thanked everyone for congratulating her.

Attendees were undoubtedly impressed by dark horse, Ian Mackinnon, and his two cohorts, Bruno and Bentley, with whom he picked up Best Double Act in a smooth performance, leaving the crowd pleasantly surprised.

15-year-old Anna Macrae showed the crowd what a professional young women can do, picking up second place in the final, with Shetland sheepdog Pandora - probably the coolest name for a dog on the island.

Ceri Dyke impressed with Summer the Cocker Spaniel, picking up Best Trick, in a performance that dog enthusiasts would love to see again.

Other well-deserved awards went to: Kathryn Grahame and Creasy the Rotweiler for Best Conditioned Large Dog. Elane Evans and 10-year-old Schnauzer, Max, won Best Conditioned Small Dog. Peggy Mairi Macphail was proud to see Dileas the Lhasa Apso earn Best Behaved Dog after an afternoon of sitting so still and observantly that everyone mentioned what a well-trained dog Dileas was. Kara Tynan did so well with her dog, Harley. They won SSPCA Inspector’s Choice, awarded by the island’s very own SSPCA Inspector, Calum Watt.

Check out this week’s Stornoway gazette for full photographs.