Canine capers and feline frolics were the order of the day on Sunday at Ashbourne Animal Welfare. Aly Walsh reports.
THERE were dogs, camels, donkeys, guinea pigs and hedgehogs at Ashbourne and District Animal Welfare Society's summer spectacular on Sunday, the biggest of the charity's fund-raising calendar.
The event at the charity's base, the Ark in Wyaston Road, attracted hundreds of people – many with their four-legged friends for the numerous dog shows being held.
Along with the usual stalls, sales of Ashbourne Animal Welfare products and bric-a-brac, there was also a selection of doggie sports with competitors doing their best to pick up a plastic duck from the paddling pool, and a dancing dog display.
Amanda Driver, who was at the event with her five-year-old daughter, Destiny, said: "It was fabulous – the sun shone and everyone had a wonderful time.
"It was very busy which is great and I am hoping that it raised lots of money for the Ark."
Amanda said they went along with a friend who has a six-month-old Shih-Tzu Yorkshire terrier cross called Lulu, which came a runner-up in the waggiest tail competition.
Robert Tunnicliffe, of Mickleover, went to the event with his 13-year-old daughter Elysia and two dogs.
Robert said: "It was very enjoyable. It's a good family event."
Microchipping was also available at only £10 and other attractions included racing ferrets and pony rides.
And cat lovers were able to get expert advice from a vet at Cat Chat Corner.
The volunteer-run centre boasts a huge cattery and kennels and opens regularly for tours, letting people meet the volunteers and the animals at the centre.
All the proceeds raised from the society's events go to help the charity run the Ark rescue and rehoming centre for unwanted cats and dogs and to carry out animal welfare work.
The next event will be the Bark in The Park and Fun Dog Show, which will see the team travel to Darley Park in Derby on Sunday, August 24, from 11am until 3pm.
The Ark's next open day will be on Sunday, September 7, from 11am until 3pm.