Bark in the Park another howling success

Bark in the park 2019 judging

Published: Wednesday, 10th July 2019

A family and dog fun day attracted over 250 people to Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park.

Bark in the Park was held for the third time as part of our efforts to promote responsible dog ownership. 

Activities and events

A wide variety of stalls from various animal charities and organisations were available, other activites included:

  • a fun dog show
  • dog agility course
  • face painting
  • bouncy castle
  • colouring competition for children

As part of our responsible ownership efforts, dogs could be microchipped free of charge at the event.

Dogs Trust partnership

Owners could learn more about our partnership with the Dogs Trust, which has seen us named the charity’s Partnership Scheme winner for 2018/19.

The Dogs Trust worked with a selection of local authorities across the UK to promote proactive approaches to dog welfare and responsible dog ownership.

We were recognised for our work with Police Scotland around control of dogs legislation, which alongside its free microchipping service helped reduce the number of stray dogs by 60 per cent over the last year. 

The partnership also allowed us to hand out thousands of free dog poo bags from contact centres across the area over 12 months and provide low cost neutering vouchers.

We also proactively supported Dog’s Trust’s social media campaigns around various dog welfare issues and made information and advice available on our website. 


The dog show attracted a wide variety of dogs of all ages and sizes. The winners were:

  • Best Puppy: Kora – owner, Linda McMichan (Hawick)
  • Golden Oldie: Marley - Grant Blaikie (Hawick)
  • Prettiest Bitch: Skye – Melanie and Braelyn Hannay (Ashkirk)
  • Handsome Dog: Ollie - Louise Williams (Melrose)
  • Waggiest Tail: Archie - Stacey Aitken (Hawick)
  • Best Trick: Odie - Emma McLaren (Galashiels)

Charities to support Bark in the Park included:

  • Arthurshiel Rescue Centre
  • Borders Pet Rescue
  • British Horse Society
  • Scottish Dobermann Rescue
  • Guide Dogs Scotland

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Locality Services

“It was fantastic to see so many people once again enjoying Bark in the Park in Wilton Lodge Park.

“Over 750 people have now attended the event in the three years since it started and their involvement is part of the reason for the Council picking up the Dogs Trust’s first Partnership Scheme award.

“We need to continue to work in partnership with owners and local communities to tackle issues around ownership, including fouling, stray dogs and control of dogs.

“Our teams are working hard to educate and enforce but we need the co-operation of everyone to tackle an issue which can blight lives. This is why it was so refreshing to see so many people and charities engaging in a positive manner at Bark in the Park, which we hope will return in 2020.”

Further Information

Images are available on our Flickr page.