|Rendle watches the hunt|
Rendle, Nick and I all enjoyed our day at Suffolk Dog Day at Helmingham Hall yesterday. Held in aid of the Suffolk Foundation, which supports many good causes across the county, the event was well organised and very entertaining. I don't think I have seen so many dogs collected in one place ever before.
Some 700 dogs were entered in the dog show alone. However, the majority of mutts and their owners were not taking life that seriously, and were there to enjoy a day out. Rendle had a go on the agility equipment, and managed to negotiate most of the obstacles with just a little encouragement. He also won a prize in the Colchester Owl Rescue raffle.
All dog owners present observed the poop and scoop rules, and the day was, I think, a testimony to the fact that the vast majority of dogs are well behaved and do far less damage than their owners. The owners of the Hall seemed quite relaxed about allowing dogs in their beautiful formal gardens and in the tea room.
|Some of Rendle's distant relations at Greyhound Rescue|
I was very disappointed to read recently that, in contrast to this dog friendly attitude, the organisers of the Suffolk Show have decided to ban dogs in future. In my view this means that the show has lost touch with its country roots and has just become another commercially oriented extravaganza.
We will not be going to the Suffolk Show again, but intend making Suffolk Dog Day a regular fixture in our summer calendar.
|A cockerpoo and Goldendoodle by the moat|
|Nick and Rendle enjoying the knot garden|