Dog shows proves a hit

Santa's little helper: Tenneka Marshall of Hope Valley with her dog Rosko and Father Christmas
Santa's little helper: Tenneka Marshall of Hope Valley with her dog Rosko and Father Christmas

CANINES and Christmas collided as the Festive Dog Show got underway at the Peak Village Shopping Outlet in Rowsley.

It was paws galore as the event proved popular and helped raise more than £600, which will be split between charities Just for Dogs and St Francis’ Cat Hospice.

With 12 categories, Peak Village was packed with an array of pet owners and their pooches all looking to take him the top prize for ‘prettiest bitch’ to ‘best crossbreed’, as well as ‘best fancy dress’ to the festive-themed ‘the dog Santa would like most to take home’.

“Our dog shows this year have proved a great success and the festive show was no exception,” said Terrence Morgan of Peak Village.

“The event was a great way to kick off our fun programme for the festive season. Everyone had a great time not only joining in with the show but also helping with the serious side of raising a large sum of money for a very worthwhile charity.”

Just for Dogs was founded back in 1997 with just one agenda- to rescue and re-home abandoned dogs. St Francis’ Cat Hospice in Littleover take in moggies too old to be re-homed or are terminally ill.