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Wallington woofs
Wallington woofs

PLUCKY pooches are taking the lead at Wallington this weekend in a fun-filled dog show.

Visitors are invited to take their pets along to the National Trust run estate on Sunday for the second annual Wallington Woofs event.

There will be a variety of classes, from waggiest tail to cutest puppy and saddest eyes to owner lookalike.

And dogs can go walkies at Wallington in a guided trail.

The event will also include agility demonstrations and the chance to try out agility tests, as well as an opportunity to meet RSPCA rescue dogs in need of a new home, or get your dog micro-chipped.

One of the highlights of the day will be provided by members of the Cleverpawz Canine Team Challenge Club, who will stage a unique take on the English Civil War, with Roundhead Pugs taking on Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in an agility knockout contest.

Club member Karen White said: “We’ve been taking part in agility demonstrations for a number of years and wanted to show people that any breed of dog, not just the traditional Collie, can get involved in agility.

“We’ve worked up a really fun challenge for our dogs and for the people watching. It’s called the Cavaliers versus Roundheads and involves a parade, followed by a circular knockout battle.

“Spectators are encouraged to pick a side to cheer.”

Owners of small dogs will be invited to join the club.

Other services attending the event include a dog portrait artist, Arthur Loves Walks bespoke leads and collars company, No Bones Bakery, Pettisserie, Ziggy Chews and a pet photographer.

The dog show was the brainchild of Wallington General Manager Sally Richards after she acquired her Golden Doodle Scooby.

Last year more than 1,000 people attended the show and many of them took part.

Wallington Events and Promotions Manager Julie Tucker said: “Wallington is a great place for dogs and well behaved dogs are welcome all year round.

“A lot of our regular visitors come to Wallington to walk their dogs as we’ve got miles of fantastic countryside footpaths. Because of this, we wanted to introduce an event into our annual calendar that all our visitors could enjoy, even the four-legged variety.

“Last year was a real success. We didn’t know what to expect as it was the first year we’d organised an event like this, but feedback from visitors was that they had thoroughly enjoyed the day — and the dogs had a great time too.

“Wallington Woofs is establishing itself as a fun annual event that all the family can enjoy and we hope that it inspires people to come back throughout the year to get involved in another of our family events, or even just for a walk with the dog.”

Wallington Woofs takes place at the Cambo estate on Sunday, from 11am to 4pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington or call 01670 773600.