A sunny Sunday morning had arrived – at 7am I was checking over the Salters van to make doubly sure that we had what we needed for the days show. Armed with mugs of coffee we set off to wind our way through the sunny Suffolk roadways and lanes, heading for the National Trust at Dunwich Heath.
It was a fun dog day set to help support the National Trust.
Mr Peter Purves had kindly given his time to give commentary on the days events, well known for his work at Crufts and of course Blue Peter along with Mr Richard Symes; a local farmer, who did a fine job of judging.
The day was well supported with a good number of entrants. There were several classes, all for fun, with great spirit, probably the most interesting class was the dog with the best eyes, this was interesting as there were both long and short legs!!
Thankfully for the dogs and ourselves, there was a reasonable sea breeze coming from the east to cool us and from the north came refreshments: tea, coffees and some huge well received scones.
The Salters team were there offering free samples, advice and generally discussing the owners dogs, it really isn’t just, “how old is your dog”!!!
We feel that to talk is essential as with some dogs, like a lot of us, are carrying a little or a lot of extra weight so we need to explain that by feeding Salters Senior for a short term can help to drop the weight. Those that are fussy or thin may even shake weight off, we usually recommend Salters Energy and for puppies we have to determine their ages and offer suggestions of when to change from Salters puppy food onto our Adult Maintenance diet, for example as a rough rule of thumb: Large breeds would change between 6-8 months of age and smaller breeds 10-12 months of age, BUT this is still dependent on breed and size at the time of enquiry. In general, once changing to our Maintenance Diet this will cover with great nutritional benefit, the latter stages of junior growth.
Our team worked well, even in what became, at times; when the wind dropped quite intense heat but for me the show was stolen by the “Handling Challenge” class where young Stanley, aged three, was guided by Peter Purves with his professionalism and kindness, helped over the very successful challenge to a great round of applause from all watching.
Lowestoft Dog Agility Team were there giving a great display for all to enjoy.
Throughout the day there was an abundance of good looking dogs and everyone seemed to have a relaxing and enjoyable time. By around 4pm the event was drawing to a close and the prizes were presented. Best in Show carried away a large bag of Salters and came to express their thanks.
We would especially like to thank Anne King from the National Trust who went to great length along with her colleagues to put the show together.
Thank you from all at Salters.
We have included here just a few of the pictures that we took at the show