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Dog Show – Cancelled

As many of you will have doubtless guessed, the Dog Show has been cancelled due to the Coronovirus. Hopefully we will be able to organise a date that suits everyone in the future when all of this is over.

Look after yourselves and your families, including your dogs, for those of us who are lucky enough to have them.

Dog Show – more details

We promised you more information about the DRC Dog Show with a Difference, and true to our word, here you are.

First off, many thanks to Marcus who designed such a wonderful poster, which we hope you will share with all your friends. It gives a good idea of what we will be up to on the day, and conveys the spirit of fun which we are sure will be present on the day.

We are planning on starting the event at 11H00, when display and “taster sessions” of agility, truffle hunting etc will start. People will have the chance to visit our friends at Cancer Support France, eat some lunch (there is a kitchen on site and we plan to sell snacks and cold drinks), buy some bric-a-brac and perhaps have your pet portrait taken in Marketa’s pop up photo studio. Plus of course register for the competitions that will take place throughout the afternoon.

Regarding the bric-a-brac stall, we already have a couple of offers of things to sell. So yes, we are once again collecting your unwanted items. The longer you can keep them the better, as storage can be an issue, but we would be grateful for any donations.

We are very excited about the event. Having it in a tailor made location should aid with many aspects of the day. For instance the club has permanent kennels where dogs can wait while their owners are doing activities that require two hands! This means that anyone with a reactive dog can have a bit of a relax, not always easy when your dog is stressed.

Kennels to keep your pooch safe while you peruse the bric-a-brac!

If you would like to help with any aspect of the day, volunteers are always welcome. Nearer the time we will put out an appeal for cakes and other lunchtime edibles in the hope that this will help to raise some additional funds.

All money raised will go to improve the lives of the dogs at the ScPA Carcassonne, which is about 15 minutes drive from the Club Canin at Trèbes. The refuge will be open and who knows we might even have a visit or two!

As you will probably have guessed, this will not be the last blog on the subject. But we hope it is enough to encourage you to save the date!

Tombola prizes..

Thank you to everyone who brought in their books and bric a brac…we now have plenty for our yard sale on the 22nd September.

What we do need is some Tombola prizes, so if you would like to donate anything then just get on touch or pop it into the ScPA…it would be very much appreciated!

Dog Show Photos

Dog Show Photos 2

And the Winners are:

Handsomest male – Victoria with Hector
Prettiest Female – Liberty with Ellie
Longest Ears – Yvonne with Fynn
Tallest- Steve with Olly
Best Veteran – Jessica with Paco
Celebrity Lookalike – Harry with Scrumpy (aka Morgan Freeman)
Best Six Legs – Pauline with Willow
Longest Legs – Steve with Olly
Biggest Paws – Miles with Duffy
Waggiest Tail – Martin with Manon
Smallest – Paula with Bruno
Most unusual mix – Lucie with Punky
Smiliest – Catherine with Billy
Fluffiest – David with Eddie
Best Rescue- Yvonne with Fynn
Shiniest Coat – Tony with Chester
Best Junior Handler – Lucie with Biscuit

Judges Choice – ELLIE!

Best in Show

Judges’ Choice – ELLIE

Dog Show Categories – The Big Reveal

Plans for the DRC dog show on September 16th in Caunes Minervois are coming along nicely. Many thanks to everyone who has already registered. It is not too late, and of course you can just turn up on the day. But this way we will have some idea of how many people to expect. This will of course help the caterers, (ie Gill and the rest of the team from Languedoc Solidarity with Refugees), who are also busy getting ready.

If you have registered, apologies if we haven’t responded to confirm your participation; but if you have filled in this form, you will be on the list!

Marketa, our ace photographer will have just returned from attending an exhibition in Barcelona, where she has some pictures on display. Those of you who follow her on Facebook or on the National Geographic Your Shot site will have seen some of her amazing photos. This is too good an opportunity to miss; a picture of your hound by such a talented photographer. This is a fundraising event, so she will be charging €10 for 2 jpg files, and as Marketa is kindly donating her time, all of this money will go to Dog Rescue Carcassonne, and ultimately of course to help the animals at the SPA Carcassonne.

A winner’s rosette…Could this be yours (or rather, your dog’s)?

The categories are as follows. You can enter up to five different events for €10, and it would be helpful if you could have already made up your minds beforehand that will speed things up on the day.

  • Handsomest Male
  • Prettiest Female
  • Longest Ears
  • Tallest
  • Best Looking Veteran
  • Celebrity Lookalike
  • Best Six Legs (dog and owner)
  • Longest Legs
  • Biggest Paws (relative to size of dog)
  • Waggiest Tail
  • Smallest
  • Most Unusual
  • Smiliest
  • Fluffiest
  • Best looking rescue
  • Shiniest Coat
  • Best Junior Handler
  • The dog the judges want to take home

The coveted “Judges Choice” award

There will probably be a couple of surprise categories, too. Plus of course the mini agility course, which will be lots of fun, for sure. Get your running shoes on!

Everyone is welcome to come along; anglophone, francophone or neither of the above; there will be plenty of people who speak canine! And of course you are more than welcome to come along even if you don’t have a dog. There will be plenty to keep you busy; a book stall, bric-a-brac, and a raffle, as well as watching the pooches go through their paces.  And don’t forget that Le Jardin Châmpetre will be open, as it is a garden heritage day throughout France. This is just next door to La Petite Pépinière and you can visit the beautiful gardens and buy plants and shrubs to take home.

Jessica from Le Refuge des Grandes Oreilles will be there and you can find out from her stand what wonderful work she and her association do for our equine friends in the region and beyond.

Gates open at 14H00 and registration will begin immediately, although the first event will not be until 15H00. Until then you can browse the stalls, and eat cake. What could be nicer?

Here is a map to take you to La Petite Pépinière.

If the afternoon is anything like last year’s event, it will be talked about for weeks to come, as well as raising money for some very worthy causes. We hope to see as many of you there as possible!