Donisthorpe Hall went to the dogs recently when we staged our first dog show.
They came from all over Leeds, as well as Middlesbrough, after the Jewish Telegraph and Facebook announced that Donisthorpe Hall will “do a Crufts” and stage its own rosette-strewn dog show as a Bank Holiday treat.
The brainchild of Candace Grant, dog-owners with pooches of all breeds and sizes sashayed down the catwalk to show off their pets’ breeding, good looks and unshakeable barking abilities and cutest expressions.
Chihuahuas, spaniels, mixed breed rescue dogs and Cavapoos rubbed noses and wagged tails as judges handed out the prestigious Doni rosettes.
The canines barked off competition, to the delight of residents, yapping their way to stardom and competing for the coveted prizes of best tail-wagger, most handsome dog, prettiest bitch and best tiny tot and rescue dog.
The prize for the show’s top dog– the residents’ favourite — went to Lexi, owned by Oliver and Isabella Newman.
Candace Grant, who organised the show, described the dogs as “real stars”
“A huge thank you to all the owners and judges, (Jonathan Grant, Sheila Fisher and resident Stanley Jacobs) for braving the squally weather and for their good humour and patience.
“Our residents thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and we are hoping to make this an annual event.”
By John Fisher