It’s a dog’s life at Stannington

North East Dog Show at Whitehouse Farm'Picture by Jane Coltman
North East Dog Show at Whitehouse Farm'Picture by Jane Coltman

There were wet noses and waggy tails galore as Northumberland hosted its first ever festival for dogs.

Hundreds of canine characters and their owners attended the North East Dog Festival near Stannington on Saturday, helping to raise substantial funds for charities.

North East Dog Show at Whitehouse Farm'Three of a kind'Picture by Jane Coltman

North East Dog Show at Whitehouse Farm'Three of a kind'Picture by Jane Coltman

More than 120 dogs from across the region took part in the fun agility show, while The Karma Canines were kept busy all day with have-a-go-flyball participants.

The fun dog show saw some of the biggest entries of the day and was judged by Alnorthumbria Vet Sara Sampson.

And more than 80 business stands reported a roaring trade.

The MUSHER sled dog team, which gave a demonstration in the main arena of the Whitehouse Farm venue, raised more than £350, while the German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue group took more than £500 in its have-a-go-agility ring.

North East Dog Show at Whitehouse Farm'Pretty girl!'Picture by Jane Coltman

North East Dog Show at Whitehouse Farm'Pretty girl!'Picture by Jane Coltman

The event, which also included fairground rides, a mini zoo, bouncy castle and pony rides, was organised by Lyndsey Rutherford and Susan Gilbert, from Central Bark Daycare and Dog Training, and Dawn Oliver and Rebecca Ashworth, from Raven River Dog Agility.

Ms Oliver said: “As a team we just wanted to say a massive thank you to all who attended the North East Dog Festival.

“We have raised a lot of money and awareness for our attending charities, and were overwhelmed with the support shown for our local traders, small businesses and rural enterprise in general. This is what the show was all about.

“We brought dogs of all different breeds and sizes together for a day and gave them a place to meet and have fun.

“Feedback for the event has been very positive and everyone wants to know what the date is for 2016.”