A BARKING mad fundraiser returns this summer with organisers claiming the event will be bigger and better than ever.
Hundreds of dogs will be wagging their tails with joy at the array of activities planned for this year’s Dogs’ Big Day Out.
The annual event always proves to be a big hit for Hartlepool & District Hospice and staff at the charity are urging dog owners in the town to sign up for this year’s fundraiser as soon as possible.
Sponsored dog walks, agility competitions, dog shows and a ‘meet the breeds’ parade will all play a part in this year’s event, taking place on Saturday, July 5 from 10.30am-4pm.
Fundraisers can also enjoy a pet portrait competition and dog tombola.
And if that’s not enough, Pugility - a pug agility display team as seen on Britain’s Got Talent - will be performing on the day.
The quirky event, to be held at Summerhill, has been sponsored by Paw Pals and Hartlepool Marina and organised in association with Pugility and Canine Couture.
Last year’s Dogs’ Day Out raised an impressive £3,500 and hospice staff are hopeful of beating that total this time out.
Greg Hildreth, the hospice’s events fundraiser, said: “This has always been a great event but with the support we have received this year from Pugility, Canine Couture, Paw Pals and Hartlepool Marina, this is sure to be the biggest and best yet.
“There’s a full day of fun for dogs and owners alike with a range of great activities and lots of prizes to be won.
“I’d urge all dog owners to treat your four-legged pals to a brilliant day out, while helping a very important cause.
“As always, everything we raise from this event will be used to fund hospice care.”
Pet owners will benefit from the advice of dog training and behaviour expert Cath Measor will be at the event. All dogs that take part will receive a doggy bag and a souvenir rosette while a prize and award will also be handed out to the top dog which raises the most sponsorship cash.
Registration for the event costs £5. To sign your dog up for the fun visit www.hartlepoolhospice.co.uk.