VIDEO: Dogs Big Day Out at Summerhill

A COUNTRY park hosted a barking mad day for all the family as a popular local charity raised more cash to help cancer patients.

Hartlepool & District Hospice held its annual Dogs Big Day Out at Summerhill Country Park, off Catcote Road, on Saturday.

Diane Dignen (left) with her Lurcher Poppy and Beverley Nicholson with her Italian Spinone dogs Lilly (centre) and Daisey at the dogs day out event held at Summerhill. Picture by FRANK REID

Diane Dignen (left) with her Lurcher Poppy and Beverley Nicholson with her Italian Spinone dogs Lilly (centre) and Daisey at the dogs day out event held at Summerhill. Picture by FRANK REID

The sun shone as around 100 owners brought their pets along to show them off and put them through a variety of agility tests and displays.

There were prizes for pooches in 10 categories, including the prettiest bitch and the waggiest tail, while the Pug-Gility group put on a display for the crowd to enjoy.

There was also a parade of different breeds, as well as a host of stalls to help boost the coffers. Greg Hildreth, events fundraiser at the Wells Avenue-based facility, said: “It was a real fun day out, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

“This is an event we do annually, and it seemes to get bigger and better each year.

Jessica Foster from West Park with her Old English Sheep dog Archie at dogs day out event held at Summerhill. Picture by FRANK REID

Jessica Foster from West Park with her Old English Sheep dog Archie at dogs day out event held at Summerhill. Picture by FRANK REID

“It was great to see so many people turn up and get involved, and we’re hoping to have raised around £3,500 from it once we get all the money counted up.

“I’d like to thank Paw Pals and Hartlepool Marina for sponsoring the event, and also to Pug-Gility and Canine Couture for their hard work.”

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French Bull dog Barley gets a well deserved kiss from owner Caroline Craven during the dogs day out event held at Summerhill. Picture by FRANK REID

French Bull dog Barley gets a well deserved kiss from owner Caroline Craven during the dogs day out event held at Summerhill. Picture by FRANK REID

Cuddles from Megan Costello for her Alaskan Malamute Kiera during the dogs day out event held at Summerhill. Picture by FRANK REID

Cuddles from Megan Costello for her Alaskan Malamute Kiera during the dogs day out event held at Summerhill. Picture by FRANK REID