Dog lovers and their pet pooches are gearing up for canine capers at one of the North’s premier visitor attractions.
The second Wallington Woofs will take place at the National Trust run property at Cambo in the heart of Nothumberland on March 4.
And dogs – and their owners, of course – are being invited to take part in what promises to be a fun-filled day of four legged thrills and spills.
Wallington Morpeth Woofs takes place just days before the greatest dog show in the world – Crufts – gets underway on March 8 at the NEC in Birmingham.
But the Wallington event promises to be far more relaxed for both dogs and their owners.
Classes will include the waggiest tail, the cutest puppy, the hound with the saddest eyes and even the canine that looks most like its owner.
Agility demonstrations, have-a-go tests, guided walks and trails and the chance to meet rescue dogs in need of a new home, will also be on the cards.
Wallington Woofs is the brainchild of the property’s general manager Sally Richards, owner of a two year old Golden Doodle called Scooby.
Like many dog owners, she has found it difficult to find places where owners and their pets are welcome. So she decided to put Wallington on the canine lovers map by heralding the property’s dog loving credentials.
Julie Tucker, events and promotion manager for Wallington, says: “Wallington is a great place for dogs and well-behaved ones are welcome all year round.
“A lot of our regular visitors come to Wallington to walk their dogs as we’ve got miles of fantastic countryside footpaths. Because of this, we wanted to introduce an event into our annual calendar that all our visitors could enjoy, even the four legged variety.”
More than 1,000 people attended last year’s event, many of whom brought along their pet pooch and took part in the fun.
“Last year was a real success. We didn’t know what to expect as it was the first year we’d organised an event like this, but feedback from visitors was that they had thoroughly enjoyed the day – and the dogs had a great time too,” says Julie.
This year Wallington has teamed up with the Cleverpawz Canine Team Challenge Club (CCTCC), who will be helping to run and judge the dog classes, as well as organising an agility knockout battle between their plucky Pugs and dashing Cavalier King Charles spaniels.
Karen White from CCTCC explains: “We’ve been taking part in agility demonstrations for a number of years and wanted to show people that any breed of dog, not just the traditional collie, can get involved in agility.
“We’ve worked up a really fun challenge for our dogs and for the people watching. It’s called the Cavaliers versus Roundheads (Spaniels versus Pugs) and involves a parade followed by a circular knockout battle. Spectators are encouraged to pick a side and cheer.”
For those interested in getting involved in regular canine team challenges, Karen and her colleagues from CCTCC are looking for owners of small dogs to join the club.
Other dog loving organisations who will be at the event include an artist who will take commissions to paint a portrait of your pooch; Arthur Loves Walks, a company selling limited edition and bespoke leads and collar,s and a pet photographer.
The RSPCA will also be there with some of the dogs in their care currently looking for a new home, and the animal welfare charity will also be offering a micro chipping service.
Julie continues: “Wallington Woofs is establishing itself as a fun annual event that all the family can enjoy and we hope that it inspires people to come back throughout the year to get involved in another of our family events, or even just for a walk with the dog.”
Wallington Woofs takes place at Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland, on March 4 between 11am-4pm. Read more about the National Trust Northumberland properties.