It’s a dog’s life for furry show-goers in Woodbridge

Woofbridge dog show and fun day at Elmshurst park Woodbridge Sophie Hendin, Sam Jones, Pearl and Ma

Woofbridge dog show and fun day at Elmshurst park Woodbridge Sophie Hendin, Sam Jones, Pearl and Mabel

A Suffolk park was overrun by pet pooches for the return of an annual canine custom.

Every dog had its day in Woodbridge, with accolades awarded to hounds of all description, and none having to return home feeling ruff.

Four-legged festivities unfolded in Elmhurst Park with entertainment, games, stalls and activities.

It was the third time ‘Woofbridge: The Bark in the Park’ has been staged in the town, with prizes handed out to the winners of 10 fun classes – all sponsored by aptly chosen local shops and businesses, which each supplied a judge.

Among them, the ‘Bad Hair Day’ contest was backed by hairdressers Robert Douglas, ‘Cuddliest Puppy’ by Toytown, and ‘Child’s Best Friend’ by Melton Day Nursery.

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The event itself, and the Best in Show category were sponsored by local vet, Ryder-Davies & Partners.

Hana Ballard, of organisers Choose Woodbridge, said: “All the classes were really well subscribed. It was an amazing display of a serious breadth of breeds and ages – from pups to golden oldies.

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“Best in Show was a border collie names Star, who also won Best Trick.

“It was lovely to see the bond between dogs and their owners.”

Well-known local dog, Bumble Bee, dubbed the ‘bionic basset’ after undergoing surgery on her shoulder and club foot, also made an appearance with her owners, who thanked everyone for their support and donations towards the operations.

Bumble Bee, a companion to Heather-Jane Thomson, of Grundisburgh, who has dementia and learning difficulties, was born with a foot defect and may have needed to be put down without surgery.

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