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Who Let the Dogs Out at Care Local Care Home?

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Upton Bay Care Home in Poole welcomed a litter of furry friends to attend the home’s Annual Dog Show, for World Dog Day, celebrated on 26th August.

The home partnered with animal therapy charity Caring Canines, co-founded by volunteer Sue Dennett, a local non-profit working in the community to help people of all ages and abilities to understand dogs and be confident in their company.

This year’s dog show featured eight entertaining categories from “Waggiest Tail” to “Greatest Showman”; as well as “Golden Oldie” and “Most Convincing Puppy Dog Eyes” amongst others.

Best in Show saw two winners, one chosen by head judge for residents, Elizabeth, and the other awarded by audience applause. Labradoodle Rusty and poodle-cross Peggy proudly displayed their rosettes upon their collars.

“Our residents simply adore the Caring Canine dogs. Many have fond memories of their own pets, so the chance to be surrounded by so many perfect pups was very special for everyone,” commented Activity Co-ordinator Karen Grant. “Our much loved regular visitor is Jenny the Terrier with owner Jan, who pulled on some heart strings with her treat tricks!”

The event was attended by Rt. Hon. Tobias Ellwood, Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East, who has been patron and long standing supporter of the charity since its origins. “It’s incredible the joy and emotional support dogs can bring, especially to those living with dementia, or struggling with their mental health,” said Mr Ellwood

Attendees raised an admirable £88 for Caring Canines, which will aid the expansion of the charity across Dorset, and enable more volunteers to train and care for their dogs in the future.