Bulldog spirit to be displayed at family dog event in Hartlepool

Michelle Stonehouse pictured with one of the Bulldogs at the event that was held in the Rossmere Sports Centre.
Michelle Stonehouse pictured with one of the Bulldogs at the event that was held in the Rossmere Sports Centre.
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PLENTY of bulldog spirit will be on display when a family dog event is held in Hartlepool again later this month.

The fourth annual Northern Bulldog Day aims to celebrate the distinctive breed and educate people who are thinking about getting a bulldog.

The event will be held at the Rossmere Centre, in Rossmere Way, Hartlepool, and will feature a host of activities.

Last year’s event attracted people from all over the country and raised £1,600 for Bulldog Rescue.

There are only two such bulldog days held nationally, one in Newark for the south and the one in Hartlepool for the north.

Hartlepool event organiser Michelle Stonehouse said: “We had such a great day last year and everyone enjoyed seeing our fantastic breed all in same venue.

“We have families staying in Hartlepool from Scotland, south of England and the Midlands.

“We have a full programme of events planned for the day with eleven fun classes including bulldog fancy dress, handsome dog and a puppy parade.

“We also have a children’s corner with colouring and drawing competitions and crafty cakes and lots of stalls selling doggie things, and we hold a fantastic raffle and tombola.”

Bulldog Rescue will have a stall and a parade telling the story behind the dog will take place.

Each year Michelle invites a Hartlepool charity to the day to promote their work and this year it will be Hartlepool United Disabled Supporters Association (HUDSA).

The event also includes an educational roadshow with all the latest advice and demonstrations and there will be a question and answer session with and a bulldog breed council approved vet.

This year, organisers will hand out free yellow ribbons to tie to your dog’s lead to show they are nervous or want their own space.

Anyone with clean dog blankets, leads or baby gates they would like to donate can take them along.

The event takes place on Sunday, October 13, from 10.30am-3pm.