Cotswold-based author Jilly Cooper will be making a special appearance as a celebrity judge at Dog Days at The National Arboretum, Westonbirt in February.
Now in its third year, Dog Days has grown into a fantastic fun-packed weekend for families and their furry friends. Scruffts’, the nation’s favourite annual cross breed competition, returns again to launch the regional heats for 2008 on Sunday February 24th and the animal-loving author will be helping to judge all categories.
Run by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, Scruffts’ entries* are judged on good character, health and temperament and this event is always hugely popular as it celebrates dogs in all their diversity.
Winners of the Westonbirt Scruffts heat will be entered into the Scruffts final at The Kennel Clubs Discover Dogs event in London.
Throughout the weekend there’s a huge amount to see and do. There's Cani-Cross dog racing, arena displays and a dog show for the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum to ensure that every dog can have its day!
Dog lovers will be able to purchase all sorts of goodies for their pet in an exhibitor marquee, from luxury beds, portraits and dog runs.
Attraction manager John Burton said: “This weekend is always great fun. Dog lovers are a certain breed of people that always get along, so the atmosphere is great as everyone – and their dog – gets involved.
Westonbirt is a hugely popular day out for families with dogs as they have the whole of Silk Wood to explore. Dog Days allows us to unleash all the pleasures of dog ownership, and we very much looking forward to this special weekend.”
Event opening time: 10am – 4pm. Admission prices: Adults £6, Conc £5, Child £2. Dog Days programmes will be available on the day and will include full listings of the weekend’s events. For more information contact 01666 880147 or go to www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt
*To enter Scruffts, dogs must be more than 6 months and less than 12 years old. Entry to each class is £1, with all money raised going to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. Scruffts rosettes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each class. Only 1st -place winners in each class will be eligible for the final in November at the Discover Dogs event at 2 in London.
2 in London.
For further information about Scruffts, call the hotline, 020 7518 1012, between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, or contact The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB.