Annual Dog Show Takes Place Today

The pressure is off for the 5th Isles of Scilly Vet Support Group Dog show this afternoon.

In previous years, the fundraiser had to bring in thousands of pounds to pay for the new veterinary surgery. But today, just £1,000 is outstanding from the building project, which cost £190,000.

Chairman of the Vet Support Group, Bill Wilson, says they need to have one or two events a year to cover running costs. But he also thinks people enjoy the dog show so it should become a regular fixture in the Islands’ calendar.

About 60 dogs entered the classes and agility events last year and Bill is hoping to increase on that number this time.

This year’s show will be longer after some locals felt it was all over too quickly in 2011. Bill says that was constructive criticism and they hope to extend the fun this time by spacing out the different classes a bit more. He says they’ll ‘play it by ear’ and hope it’s as successful as last year.

Visitors and islanders are both welcome to enter but Bill says it’s mainly residents who put their pets on show. It’s very much a day for islanders, he says, and allows people of all ages to take part.

And you don’t need a pet to enjoy the day. Bill says anyone can just come along and watch the classes taking place.

The show starts at 2.30pm in the field next to the veterinary surgery in Old Town.