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Dog Owners of Burscough host 'virtual show' for sled dog charity

Dog Owners of Burscough host 'virtual show' for sled dog charity

by Danielle Thompson (May 2020)

MEMBERS of the Dog Owners of Burscough have hosted a virtual show online!

Pet owners jumped at the chance to have fun with their furry friends and raise awareness of REACH, a sled dog rescue founded in November 2015 focusing mainly on Huskies and Malamutes. Its five founders are all experienced sled dog owners with prior experience in animal rescue, although they do have full-time jobs to juggle too.

Susannah Blakeley from the Dog Owners of Burscough said: “As many dog owners know, fun dog shows are a great way for owners and their dogs to socialise. They also give us a chance to show off our gorgeous dogs, and raise much needed funds for animal charities.

“During these difficult times, running public events is not possible, so we held a virtual dog show instead!

“The judge for the show was Andy Edwards from REACH. The rescue relies heavily on the dedication of its community members with help fostering unwanted dogs, assisting with events and fundraising, as well as spreading the word concerning these unique and often misunderstood breeds.

“The show ran for a week on the Burscough Dog Owners Facebook page, with dog owners being invited enter classes by posting a photo of their dog.

“The event was a real success, with more than 160 entries for the 10 classes! The winning dog from each class was automatically entered into Best in Show. It’s safe to say, a great time was had by all!

“Our real fun dog show will take place at Briars Hall in Lathom when it’s possible to run such an event, and will raise funds for REACH.”

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