Dog Show fundraiser a tail-wagging success!

Wednesday September 25, 2019

Last Sunday saw Concord host its first-ever ‘Fun Dog Show’ in aid of Guide Dogs. Students, staff, families, friends and 50 dogs gathered at the college for an afternoon filled with fun, competitions, treats, stalls and more. The event was largely student-led, organised by Concord’s Outreach Team, who hope to raise £2500 this year for Guide Dogs for the Blind – who enable people with vision impairment to lead confident, independent and fulfilling lives. Said 6.2 student, Edelyne from Outreach: “Being able to give back to the community is core to Outreach, and I am glad that the Dog Fayre helped instil the giving spirit to Concord students and the community alike. “The event was wonderful, and the success could only come with the support people gave, whether by volunteering or attending the show.” The dog show comprised of 11 categories, as listed below – alongside the winners and their owners. Well done to all competitors and a huge thank you to all dog owners for your participation. Best Pup (4-12 months) – Roxy (Owner: Evie) Oldest Veteran (7 years and over) – Hugo (Owner: Mrs Coward) Loveliest Lady – Mabel (Owner: Katrina) Most Handsome Gentleman – Billy (Owner: Mrs Hill) Best Rescue – Rufus (Owner: Elsie) Cutest Dog – Roxy (Owner: Evie) Greatest Dog in Show – Mabel (Owner: Katrina) Best Trick – Choco (Owner: Jina) Waggiest Tail – Willow (Owner: Hannah) Best Fancy Dress – Cupcake (Owner: Mrs Newton) Best Sausage Catcher – Henry (Owner: Will) Special thanks to Concord’s Dog Show judge, Kelly Chapman-Smith, who has years of professional experience judging dog shows and who so-excellently led the competition process and judging criteria last weekend. Other activities on the day included polaroid booths, face painting, British fayre games and various treats for dogs. Fellow Outreach students, Jeremy and Lara said: “The dog show was such an amazing event and we were so glad that many people came to learn more about the guide dogs and support such a good cause.” So far, over £1000 has been raised for Guide Dogs, and the Outreach Team hopes to host more events to beat their target of £2500 by the end of the academic year. Lara added: "Seeing how helpful and supportive the community was really moved me. We are truly grateful for the support." If you were unable to come along and would like to support the Guide Dogs charity, Concord has set up a Just Giving page for donations. Click here to view the Dog Show photo gallery.