Bark in the park for Family and Dog Fun Day success

Jack Russel jumping agility

Published: Monday, 09th July 2018

Over 300 people descended on Wilton Lodge Park on Friday for our second successful Family and Dog Fun Day.

Activities and entertainment

Activites and entertainment ran throughout the day in glorious conditions in Hawick. Over 50 pets entered into the various competitions including a fun dog show.

Entertainment included:

  • Les Amis D’Onno dog display team
  • Dryburgh Abbey Training Group with ‘have a go’ dog agility course
  • dog training demonstrations by Braw Puppy

There was activities for the whole family including:

  • a children’s colouring competition
  • face painting
  • bouncy castle
  • scavenger hunt
  • candy floss cart
  • competition prizes

Pet owners were also able to get information on the control of dogs, the Green Dog Walker scheme, while free health checks and microchipping was available.

Fun Dog Show results

Golden Oldie – Amber (owner Lily Fairley)

Prettiest Bitch – Lulu (Gwen Lindsay)

Most Handsome – Ben (Melissa Whittet)

Best Rescue – Tig (Heather McManus)

Best Puppy – Lacey (Jacqueline Tait)

Junior Handler – Deck (Mia Walker)

Best in Show – Tig (Heather McManus)


Along with Borders College, charities supporting the event included

  • Arthurshiel Rescue Centre
  • Borders Pet Rescue
  • Guide Dogs Scotland
  • Scottish Borders Greyhound Rescue
  • Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue
  • British Horse Society
  • PDSA

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Locality Services

“This was another fantastic day, with entertainment, activities and education the themes of the day.

“It is vital communities play their part and be responsible dog owners, in particular our young people, and our Family and Dog Fun Day certainly helped get across this positive message.

“Thank you to all who attended with their pets, as well as charities, volunteers and sponsors who supported the event.”

Further Information

Images are available on our Flickr page.

More information on responsible dog ownership is available on our website.