DogFest leads the way at Loseley Park, Guildford

PUBLISHED: 09:16 08 August 2014

(Photo: Andrew Cartlidge)

(Photo: Andrew Cartlidge)

Andrew Cartlidge | Rivergate Photography

Thousands of dog-lovers are expected to descend on Loseley Park, near Guildford, with their pets for a day of entertaining canine capers next month.

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Now in its second year, DogFest will celebrate everything to do with ‘man’s best friends’ on Saturday August 9.

The beautiful country estate will host dog related displays and entertainment, while offering dog-lovers the chance to receive expert advice on their canine companions and stock up on doggy related accessories.

Set to be a great day out, the festival will include fascinating talks, Q&A sessions, star appearances from Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans and singer Michael Ball, and demonstrations from Eashing-based TV supervet Noel Fitzpatrick (pick up August’s Surrey Life magazine for our interview with him).

Noel will also be presenting the heart-warming SuperVet Heroes Dog Show, starring special dogs that have performed amazing acts of bravery, helped their owners in all sorts of incredible ways or survived trauma and surgery against the odds.

“Animals are capable of forming amazingly strong emotional bonds with humans; powerful relationships that will see them go to extraordinary lengths to protect or help their guardians in every way imaginable, both practically and psychologically,” he says.

“This special show will celebrate that incredible bond and their very special bravery.”

Visitors can explore acres and acres of stunning parkland in the Great Dog Walk, a 4k fundraising walk for dogs and their friends and family around the estate. Starting at 9.30am, the walk takes around an hour and entry is by donation on the day.

The Festival Village will offer a wealth of fun filled family entertainment, including dog agility displays from the Metropolitan Police Dogs, doggy dancing and duck herding with the chance for visiting dogs and their owners to have-a-go at dog agility.

Experts will be on hand to offer practical advice, talks and demos on every aspect of a dog’s life plus there will be a Dog Café, Dog Chill Out Zone, a caricaturist, shopping plus face painting, and a bouncy castle for little ones.

DogFest promises to be a fantastic day out for anyone who loves dogs. Entry is £7 for adults, £5 for concessions, £3 for children (kids under 13 years go free) or a family of four can visit for £18.

• For more information or to book tickets, visit www.dog-fest.co.uk.

• If you know of a dog that deserves to take part in the SuperVet Heroes Dog Show, contact joseyk@fitzpatrickreferrals.co.uk

 

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