‘Paws in the Park’ this Weekend 13th-14th September 2008

I’m really looking forward to this years Paws in the Park taking place this weekend at the Hop Farm Country Park in Kent.

On the Sunday, I’ll be judging these classes in the Companion Dog Show:
Pedigree classes:  Any Variety Special Yearling 6-24 months
A Scruffts Class – not sure which one yet!
Novelty classes:  Best Rescue

The judging starts at 11.30am

I’m also flattered to be judging the My Dog’s Got Talent Final with Richard Curtis and Carolyn Menteith in the DogsZone Arena at 4pm.

Photo: Dash ‘N’ Splash Event (Copyright Momofoto)

A word from the organizers:

This very special dog show has grown phenomenally over the last 3 years, catering as it does for working, trained and pet dogs, it can now boast that it is the largest outside dog show of its kind held anywhere in the UK.

Large car parks, exercise areas as well as a suitable Event Field are essential for a great show and the Hop Farm has all of these on the 400 acre estate plus great camping facilities and riverside walks too.

The fundamental ingredients of the show remain the same as previous years but with some exciting new elements…

Paws in the Park will again feature the very best trained dogs in the country competing in front of the general public in numerous competitions including Agility, Heelwork to Music, Obedience, Gun Dog Classes and Flyball.

Working dogs will be well represented and Hearing Dogs, Sniffer Dogs and the British Carriage Dog Society will be just a few that will be doing demonstrations.

Canine stars will be featured in the all day long Arena Displays and will include Richard Curtis who has taken K9 Freestyle all over the World and the Paws for Thought Display Team who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent this year.

Every dog is so special to their owner, and all 4 legged visitors coming to Paws in the Park really deserve a special dog day out.
With that in mind the 2008 show will include the widest range of dog sports and activities for them and their owners to try!

Experts will be on hand to give information and safely get anyone interested started.

For the more energetic there’s Have A Go Agility, Flyball, Gun Dog Scurries, Frisbee and the Dogstable Course.

Dogs can enter the huge Companion Dog Show with a Scruffts heat, the KC Good Citizen Scheme or even try out Heelwork to Music. 

For those with star potential there’s My Dogs Got Talent and you’ll be pleased to hear there are no nasty judges and certainly no buzzers! 

For those that like to take things a bit easier there is still plenty to see and do as well as some great trade stands where you’ll be able to find a vast array of products and items for both you and your dog. 

As well as the normal catering there is a new Food Hall and Bar for humans whilst dogs will be provided with numerous fresh water points and exercise areas with suitable bins and bags.

Brand new and unique to Paws in the Park for 2008 is the AquaZone. Most dogs simply love water and once they get the hang of this facility they will love it.

The AquaZone will consist of 3 pools. One will be a training pool to teach dogs how to safely enter and exit the water and gain confidence swimming around. 

Another will be the Dash ‘N’ Splash jumping pool where it is likely that the UK and European Record in this sport will be broken again.

Dash ‘N’ Splash was the forerunner of all the measured long jump into water activities in this country and continues to be the one held in high esteem for its professionalism and safety and is still the most popular. 

The AquaZone will also feature a swimming gala which will include several competitions in a pool and this will include a timed retrieve – all great fun if you don’t mind getting a bit damp and wet suits might be a good idea!

The cost of entry will be the same as last year which is £7.50 for an Adult, £6.50 Child/Senior, and £27 Family (2+2).  Dogs are free so please don’t leave yours at home. Car parking is also free.

For further information about the show visit the show’s website.




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