Dogs will be competing for prizes at Sefton Hall’s dog show in aid of a local charity.
Sefton Hall are hosting a dog show in aid of Bale’s Buddies, a Newton Abbot based charity which cares for and trains therapy assistance dogs.
A spokesperson for Sefton says: “We hope owners will bring along their furry four legged friends to our dog show and take part in the event. There are lots of fun categories, including the Dog Most like its Owner. The show is about supporting the local community and raising money for Bale’s Buddies, so please come along, have some fun, and support a good cause.”
Bale’s Buddies was founded in 2016 by Alison and James Bosworth. The couple’s son Harry, was diagnosed with Autism and they struggled to find a therapy dog. James’ parents used to breed dogs and show them at Crufts and Alison has a background in psychology. The couple combined their skills and decided to set up Bale’s Buddies.
The couple explain: “Our Therapy dogs provide companionship to people living in residential care who may feel isolated, confused and lonely. We support schools to help young people improve their literacy skills and encourage confidence and concentration in the classroom. Our hospital visits can aid a patient’s recovery and rehabilitation and help improve mental health and wellbeing. Our workplace visits can be hugely beneficial to help de-stress with that much needed canine company.”
Interacting with a therapy dog can have a range of benefits including lowering stress levels and reducing blood pressure, reducing feelings of anxiety and depression, and promoting self-esteem.
The dog show will start at 10am on Saturday June 25 and there will be prizes for the winners of classes including: The Waggiest Tail, the Dog Most Like Its Owner, Best Puppy, Best Behaved, and Best in Show. Entry costs £1 per dog, per category.