IF you are looking to have fun with your family AND your dogs, then look no further than the upcoming Fun Dog Show to be held on the afternoon of Sunday, 3 June at Chestnut Grove, Borris Road, Portlaoise (directly opposite Forestpark).
All categories of dog will be catered for, as well as children of all ages (4-94!), as long as they have a dog. Registration of dogs is from 12 noon until 2:00pm at a cost of €3 per dog per category.
The event is the brainchild of Heather Frarey, a passionate dog-lover and member of Holy Trinity Church, The Rock, who was interested in translating her interest in dogs into a means of raising much-needed funds towards the preservation and restoration of St Peter’s Church, Market Square, Portlaoise.
“I know there are lots of dog-owners around Portlaoise and I wanted to create inclusive event where people could bring their dogs and families to have fun together,” says Heather.
The judged categories will include, amongst others: Working/gun dogs, Large dogs, Terrier (any variety) , Toy (any variety), Hound (any variety), Working (any variety), Gents handling, Ladies handling, Boy handling (any variety), Girl handling (any variety), Small breed puppy (any variety), Large breed puppy (6-12 months, any variety), Dog with the shaggiest coat. For all of these categories, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th prizes will be awarded. In addition, Matthew Keegan, Mayor of Portlaoise will award a prize to the “Dog I’d Most Like to Take Home”.
The ‘Best in Show’ prize is generously sponsored by Petmania and there will also be prize awarded for ‘Reserve Best in Show’.
Refreshments (tea/coffee/traybakes/sweets) will be available for sale at the event, as well as tickets for a raffle with a grand prize of a rustic garden bench (value €120) kindly donated by Coolrain Sawmills, Coolrain, Mountrath.
Even if you don’t own a dog, you are welcome to come along as the event is bound to interesting for participants and spectators alike.
* We regret any confusion caused in last week’s issue in which we incorrectly reported that the event was in aid of St Paul’s Church.