Does your canine companion have what it takes to become top dog?

Sarah Wilkinson, manager of West Hall Kennels, Cleadon, with Dino, a four month old Lurcher puppy from Hylton Red House, Sunderland. Sarah is in favour of the proposal that all puppies will have to be microchipped.
Sarah Wilkinson, manager of West Hall Kennels, Cleadon, with Dino, a four month old Lurcher puppy from Hylton Red House, Sunderland. Sarah is in favour of the proposal that all puppies will have to be microchipped.
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POOCHES can battle it out to be crowned top dog at a kennel’s 10th anniversary funday.

Staff at West Hall Kennels, in Cleadon, are hosting the event to raise funds to help cover next year’s veterinary bills.

Many of the dogs which are rehomed need medical treatment before they can find new owners and this can be costly.

Kennel manager Sarah Wilkinson said: “The aim of the event is to raise cash which will cover next year’s bills. These vary every year depending on the animals which come in.

“When some dogs arrive they can have all sorts of things wrong with them and we need to put them right before we give them to a new family.

“I like to make sure we have a back-up fund, so if we ever require veterinary treatment for a dog, we can dip into it and get them the care they need.”

The funday will be held in the kennel’s front paddock, off Cleadon Lane, on Sunday, September 2.

There will be a range of competitions for dogs, including best-looking, golden oldie and happy families – where there is more than one pet per household.

Those who come first to sixth place will win a rosette, while first to third winners will scoop a prize.

Dogs with nimble pawed pets can try their luck on an agility course and if they have a faultless run, they will win a ribbon.

A board will also be displaying pictures and descriptions of the kennel’s latest animals needing a new home.

Sarah said: “It’s all good fun really. There’s lots of categories, so all of the dogs should be able to enter one or two.

“We are also staging a best rehomed dog from Cleadon Kennels competition, because we always like to see how well our old residents are getting on.”

Sarah added: “Even if people don’t have a dog they should still come along. We will have lots of refreshments on offer, so they can enjoy some cake while watching all the animals. It should be a great day.”

Dogs entering competitions need to be registered by 12.30pm and the funday will begin at 1pm.

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