Friday, September 18, 2009

Scruffts 2009

The 10th Scruffts Dog Show taking place at FATACIL in Lagoa, Algarve on Sunday the 20th September 2009, is sponsored this year by Albuferia based pet food and supplies company “Paws4Pets.”

“We are delighted,” says Julie Pickering Sales Director of Paws4Pets,
“to be the main sponsor of this years show and we will supply the prizes for all judging classes and the agility winners.”

The judge for 2009 will be the Vice President of the Portuguese Kennel Club Snr Pedro Albergaria. In addition to the normal judging classes there will be demonstrations by the AHCTA Search and Rescue Team from Faro and also obedience displays. Local company “Dogsbodies” have also announced that they will offer as a raffle prize a commissioned hand painted pet portrait. The painting will be done by local artist and “Dogsbodies” partner Karyn Real and be presented after completion by APAA President Alan Camplin-Smith to the winner of the raffle.

Another feature of the show will be personalised seminars by international dog trainer, Yolande Bosman with particular regard to clicker training for puppies and older dogs.

For those bringing their dogs to the show are reminded that Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture permission is that all dogs attending Scruffts must be micro chipped and have their vaccinations papers.

Entrance to the show is 1 euro with children free, whilst class entry fees are 3 euros per class per dog.

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The 10th Scruffts Dog Show taking place on Sunday 20th September at the FATACIL Pavilion in Lagoa, will welcome for the first time the Association for Guide Dogs for the Blind (Associação e Escola Cães Guia da Mortagua) who have only been established here in Portugal for a few years. The show will give the guide dogs and their handlers an opportunity to mingle and interact with those visiting the show and increase public awareness of what here in Portugal is a fairly recent but worthy cause.

In addition to the guide dogs, Faro based AHCTA Search and Rescue Team will show a number of simulated “emergency response” demonstrations. Besides the 17 pedigree and non pedigree judging classes there will another opportunity for dogs and their owners to try the Agility Course organised by Margaret Gobby and also learn about “Clicker” training with Yolande Bosman.

Says APAA President Alan Camplin-Smith “We are delighted that Paws4Pets - the well known Albufeira based pet food and supplies company - has agreed to be our main sponsor; they are providing all the prizes for the 19 judging classes. There has been an excellent response from individuals and businesses such that all individual judging classes have now been sponsored, as well as there being over 25 trade stands booked for the event. With lots of entertainment planned, and plenty of food outlets, this is a day out for all the family.”

Further clarification has now been obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture on those bringing their dogs to the show. All dogs entering any of the judging classes need up-to-date vaccination papers (and these must be available for inspection by the Vets at the Show); additionally, dogs born after 1st January 2008 - and all dangerous breeds - must have microchips.

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