Rescue Dog Triumphs At Vet Support Group Dog Show

Best in Show Pip with owner Pamela Freeborn

Best in Show Pip with owner Pamela Freeborn

A 4-year-old rescue dog has triumphed at Saturday’s Vet Support Group Dog Show.

Border Collie Pip, who lives with owner Pamela Freeborn near Falmouth, won this year’s new show class for Best Visitors’ Dog, as well as the Best Dog Trick category, before going on to take Best in Show.

Pamela says she’s very proud of Pip, who had been badly treated during her early years. And she says it’s wonderful to see her now winning prizes.

Pip performed a number of tricks for the crowd at the Vet’s Surgery in Old Town, including jumping through Pamela’s arms and ‘high-fiving’ her owner.

She says it took a while for Pip to learn her first trick, but after that she picked them up easily. Border Collies tend to enjoy learning new things, says Pamela.

This year’s show judges were Fraser and Julie Hicks. Julie, a self-confessed dog lover, says it was hard picking the winners.

Her own dog Percy has been treated several times by the vet and Julie says she felt it was important to support the Surgery.

Vet Support Group Chairman Pam Manning says she was very pleased with how the day went.

She says the weather was fantastic and she feels the attendance was even higher than last year. There were a total of 121 entrants across all ten categories.

Pam felt the show was more professional this year, because they were able to use the new marquees and ring fencing bought with their recent Scilly Lottery grant.

And for 2015, there are plans to add a beer tent in partnership with the Old Town Inn.

Pam says she was grateful to all the helpers and particularly Paul Evans of the Old Town Inn who loaned a public address system, although they needed some help from Keith Campion to get it working.

The event raises money for equipment, which will stay with the surgery and practice. Islands vet Heike Dorn is hoping to purchase an endoscope this year to help diagnose difficult gastric problems.

She says she really appreciates the help that the Vet Support Group offers here, which allows her to run the practice even during the quieter times in the winter months.

Pam says the event raised £423.

You can see photos from the event in our gallery here.
Most Handsome Dog            KIMBA       Libby Shave

Prettiest Bitch                         TINK           Jessie Jenkins

Child Under 12 With Dog    WIDGET      Isabella Bear (age 2)

Waggiest Tail                           MABYN      Angela Jenkins

Best Puppy                               TIFFANY    Toby Daulton

Best Groomed                         STORM      Rebecca Carr

Best Visitor’s Dog                   PIP              Pamela Freeborn

Owner/Dog Lookalike            TOBY          Julie Brereton

Golden Oldie Over 9              CASPAR     Alice Bloomfield

Best Trick                                 PIP              Pamela Freeborn

Best in Show                       PIP             Pamela Freeborn