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Top dogs have day to shine at Devizes pet extravaganza
12:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
Visitors to an animal day got some tips on dog walking and were able to touch snakes.
Experts and volunteers from a range of organisations were at The Green in Devizes to offer advice and information about pets.
The event on Sunday was the second one organised by the Wiltshire-Mid branch of the RSPCA.
Representatives from Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital, a Wiltshire Council dog warden, local vets, Cats Action Trust, Dogs Trust, Kats and Kits, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Greyhound Rescue West of England and Bath Cats and Dogs Home attended.
RSPCA inspectors Dave Johnson and Miranda Albinson also gave advice and helped judge the entries in the fun dog show.
Entries included dog with the waggiest tail and best rescue dog.
Microchipping for dogs was carried out and vouchers for cat neutering, flea and worming treatment were given out.
Two women from Rowde puppy training group gave demonstrations on how to walk dogs properly and showed how to train dogs to perform simple tricks, and they invited children into the ring to have a go.
Nigel Blood showed off snakes and spiders, including tarantulas.
Barbara Myers, chairman of the Wiltshire-Mid branch of the RSPCA, said: “I had never stroked a snake before and it was so silky and soft so having them there helped dispel some of the myths about snakes and spiders.”
Apart from one short shower the day stayed dry but Mrs Myers thought the changeable weather may have put off some people attending, as numbers were slightly down on last year. The organisers were still pleased with how the event went.
She said: “I think we had about 300 people attend and well over 100 dogs took part in the fun dog show.
“We had a lot of children enter their pets in the dog show and it was brilliant.
“The day was about trying to educate them and others about responsible pet ownership,” she said.
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