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Southern Golden Retriever Society Fun Day - 2022

After a two year absence thanks to Covid the Southern Golden Retriever Society once again held their annual Fun Day at the end of May. There was a change of venue almost at the last minute and it was held at Larkfield Village Hall. This proved to be a very successful setting and there was an exceptionally good turnout. Although the clouds gathered the rain held off except for a few drops and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event.

There were various stalls and games and the SGRS Display Team gave their usual polished performance as seen at Crufts .It is super to see that three of our rehomed dogs regularly perform in the team, evidence of much kind and enthusiastic training. The very popular Parade of Rescue Dogs, which always brings a lump to the throat, had 35 dogs and their proud owners walking round the ring while their stories were read out.. It’s amazing what some of these dogs have been through. Three trophies were presented. The Holly Trophy, presented by the Dyer family for the oldest rescue dog present on the day, was awarded to Rocky, owned by Peter and Jayne Stevens. From the Fun Classes, judged by Mandy Pett, the John Richardson Trophy for Best Rescue Dog and given in memory of John who, with his wife Eileen, used to be Co-ordinators for the Horsham area, was awarded to Wills, owned by Wendy Penfold and presented by Eileen who had travelled all the way from Lowestoft to be with us. A new Trophy for the Best Rescue Bitch, given in memory of Yvonne Bennett, was awarded to Cloud owned by Mrs Ann Price and presented by Yvonne’s husband Gordon. They used to be Co-ordinators for the mid-Kent area. We were delighted to welcome Eileen and Gordon and hope they enjoyed the day.

We had a much enlarged stand quite near the entrance and welcomed many, many people to learn about how we work. Some people said they could consider fostering a dog for us. I know our volunteers enjoyed catching up with people who have adopted through us. Some dogs remembered volunteers with enthusiasm, others were quite content to say “hello, but I am very happy where I am”.

The day is also about fund raising and over £3000.00 was achieved. Thank you to all who contributed.

We appreciate the significant amount of work that goes in to achieving a successful and enjoyable event and thank the Southern Golden Retriever Society members for sharing this day with us. In 2023 we are looking for volunteers to help on some of the stands, so let us know if you can throw a dummy or scatter a sausage!