Hartlepool’s dogs and their owners jump at chance to help town’s hospice

Families paws-ed to enjoy their Sunday in the company of other dog lovers as they helped raise cash for a hospice.

Summerhill Country Park and its visitors’ centre hosted the sixth Dog’s Big Day Out yesterday.

DOGS BIG DAY OUT 'VENUE: SUMMERHILL FIELD CENTRE''.PICTURE BY JOE SPENCE

DOGS BIG DAY OUT 'VENUE: SUMMERHILL FIELD CENTRE''.PICTURE BY JOE SPENCE

The event began with a walk, with a breeds parade and displays then entertaining the crowds.

Pugility, a show jumping squad of pugs which has appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, saw its teams battle each other for the top title, while eight dogs who attend Hartlepool Academy of Dog Training and Behaviour also performed to Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum dressed in pirate outfits.

A parade of breeds and a show, which hailed pets in categories including waggiest tail, also drew in a crowd.

Organisers expect the day to raise £3,500 for Hartlepool and District Hospice.

I think it’s a fun thing to do and everyone loves their dogs and likes bringing them for a fun day out.

Janice Forbes, Hartlepool and District Hospice’s community fundraiser

It’s community fundraiser Janice Forbes said: “This is our sixth year and we just thought this would be something different.

“The sponsored walk growing every year and this year we had 75 dogs registered.

“Everybody enjoys taking part.

“I think it’s a fun thing to do and everyone loves their dogs and likes bringing them for a fun day out.”

She added thanks to Paw Pals and Hartlepool Marina for sponsoring the event.

Cath Measor, who runs the training school, said: “The display went very well.

“We’ve also been raising money through the stalls and the girls have helped put together prizes, tug toys and dog biscuits and someone knitted the dogs outfits for the day.

“We’ve always done what we can to support the hospice and Summerhill.”

Among the dog owners to join in the day was Fiona Cook, 50, from Greatham, who took along her Jackawawa Oscar and springer spaniel Henry.

She said: “I support it every year because of the hospice.

“It’s a chance to meet owners and just a fun day out.”