Dog day weekend

Maureen Conli pictured with her Cockapoo dog 'Ocean' that won the waggiest tail competition during the dog show.
Maureen Conli pictured with her Cockapoo dog 'Ocean' that won the waggiest tail competition during the dog show.

HERE is another chance to enjoy more pictures of dog lovers enjoying the summer sun with their pets.

Thousands of people flocked to two charity events in Hartlepool over the weekend and took their four-legged friends along with them.

The Hartlepool and Seaton Carew branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind hosted Go Walkies on the Seaton promenade, which included a host of entertainment.

There was a one-mile sponsored dog walk in aid of the charity, with dozens of dogs and their owners taking part.

Organisers say it was such a success they are hoping to hold one every year.

Branch secretary Al Winton, 68, who walked with his seven-year-old guide dog Gypsy, said: “Everybody seemed to enjoy it and the weather was great.”

Events included dog agility displays, vintage cars on show, fairground rides, face painting, a jazz band and Hartlepool’s newest all-female choir, the 20-strong Mum’s The Word.

There was also a dog show and a visit from alpacas, meerkats, snakes and spiders.

Meanwhile, people also headed to the third annual Dogs Day Out event, organised by Hartlepool & District Hospice, at Summerhill, off Catcote Road.

The event, sponsored by Pets at Home, included a sponsored dog walk, a dog show and obedience and training displays from local experts.

Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at the hospice, said: “It was a lovely day and everybody enjoyed taking part in something so worthwhile.”