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‘Pawsome’ success for Middleton Hall Retirement Village’s first dog show

Spectators were treated to a spectacle of wagging tails and dazzling tricks by dogs of all shapes and sizes at Middleton Hall Retirement Village’s inaugural dog show.

The event took place against a backdrop of spring sunshine and was a big success with residents, visitors and the canine competitors. A variety of dog show categories were staged throughout the day alongside an array of stalls offering treats for four-legged friends and their owners alike.

From ‘Prettiest pooch’ to ‘Old timer’ and ‘Dog we’d most like to take home’, every pooch had its moment to shine, delighting both judges and onlookers.

Beyond the excitement of the competition, thanks to the generosity of attendees, the dog show successfully raised funds for Wag & Co, a charity dedicated to bringing joy and companionship to the elderly through therapy dog visits across the North East. Some of Middleton Hall’s care service residents enjoy their visits and the funds raised will help Wag & Co continue its work in the wider community.

A generous collection of dog items were also donated by visitors to the Darlington Greyhound Trust which supports and cares for retired greyhounds.

The medals for the prize winners of each oft he show’s award categories were designed and created by students from the Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) at Darlington College. The hands-on project involved multiple stages from developing design concepts and selecting materials to engineering and crafting the final product, providing students with valuable practical knowledge.

Students from Bishop Auckland College’s catering course also contributed a supply of homemade dog biscuits which were a big hit with the four-legged participants.

Middleton Hall Retirement Village’s Hospitality Manager Clare Robson commented that the event strengthened community ties and brought smiles to the faces of everyone involved.

“The day really highlighted the vibrant spirit of Middleton Hall,” she added. “The sun was shining for our first Fun Dog Show, and the doggie paddling pools were cold!

“It was great to see residents, friends, families and members of the local community having fun and wonderful to collaborate with both Darlington and Bishop Auckland Colleges in the run up to the day.

“Special thanks go to Councillors Pease and Laing, and Shalona Beamont of MJ’s Cake Cafe, who all came along and participated on the day. The judging was a very hard task, as there were so many deserving entries. Shalona was a great compere and added fun and laughter to the day.

“The day was a great success and next year we will come back bigger and better, with the sunshine already booked!”

A gallery of photos from the event is below.

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