Waggy tails aplenty as Sunderland's four-legged friends mark Armed Forces Weekend in their own way

Alison Cudworth, 33, from Roker, with seven-month-old Pomeranian-Chihuahua cross Daisy.

Alison Cudworth, 33, from Roker, with seven-month-old Pomeranian-Chihuahua cross Daisy.

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A myriad of furry friends honoured our heroes in their own way when they took part in a fun dog show as part of Armed Forces Weekend in Sunderland.

Waggy tails aplenty could be seen at Seaburn Recreation Ground today as canines of all shapes and sizes entered 22 novelty classes.

Paul Wales, 29, with his nephew Brandon, 12, and partner Holly Newey, 30. The trio, from South Shields, brought rescue dogs Apache, Benji, Lily, Inca and Luna and won a number of prizes.

Paul Wales, 29, with his nephew Brandon, 12, and partner Holly Newey, 30. The trio, from South Shields, brought rescue dogs Apache, Benji, Lily, Inca and Luna and won a number of prizes.

Four-legged friends competed in categories including waggiest tail, scruffiest dog, fancy dress, best biscuit catcher and friendliest dog, with rosettes being handed out to fourth place in each class.

One of the stars of the show was little Daisy - a seven-month-old Pomeranian-Chihuahua cross. The adorable pooch - dressed in a sailor outfir - attended with owner Alison Cudworth, from Roker, and took home the rosette for cutest puppy.

Alison, 33, told the Echo she's had Daisy - her therapy dog - for a couple of months so far and that she has worked wonders for her agoraphobia and panic attacks, which forced her to give up work as a senior carer.

Now, with he help of Daisy, Alison is going from strength to strength and the future is looking bright.

Sheila Hutchinson, 61, from Durham, with her Bedlington Terrier Meghan, aged three, who won best in show at the Armed Forces Weekend fun dog show in Seaburn.

Sheila Hutchinson, 61, from Durham, with her Bedlington Terrier Meghan, aged three, who won best in show at the Armed Forces Weekend fun dog show in Seaburn.

Alison said: "I was going through panic attacks and nerves. I couldn't deal with big crowds. My therapist suggested I get a dog for therapy. Now I leave the house to walk her every day. She is my little hero."

And taking home the most coveted prize of the day - the Best in Show - was little Bedlington Terrier Meghan, aged three, from Durham.

Meghan attended with owner Sheila Hutchinson, 61.

Sheila said: "We have entered a few fun dog shows, nothing serious, but this is the first tie she's won anything.

"She is very quiet, very calm and placid. She's a wonderful dog, quite timid, but she's a wonderful companion for me as I live on my own. She's just brilliant."

Paul Wales, 29, had travelled from South Shields with partner Holly, 30, and nephew Brandon Wales, 12.

The trio brought four dogs between them - all rescue pets - and won a number of prizes.

Saluki-cross Apache took home first place in the Last Paw Saloon class, while Staffordshire Bull Terriers Luna and Inca, came first and second, respectively in the friendliest dog category.

The dog show was part of a three-day celebration of our armed forces and came on the family day, which also featured a children's football tournament.