Top dogs reign at Crowborough

Angela Wickins and Minnie
Angela Wickins and Minnie

Dogs took centre stage at a pet show in Crowborough on Saturday.

Those on parade were all shapes and sizes and delighted residents at Heather View care home in Beacon Road, where the show was held.

Most popular category was ‘softest fur’ where judges, all residents, invited others to help them with the decision. The dogs enjoyed the extra attention as they were patted and stroked and eventually the honour, with rosette and chocolate prize, went to Lottie, a golden Labrador brought to the show by Carol Hobbs.

Other fun categories included best dressed, best tricks, waggiest tail and cuddliest pet.

The ‘most beautiful eyes’ award was won by Maude, a King Charles Cavalier spaniel owned by Emilie Watson, who organised the event. A little bias could have been claimed because Maude was already a favourite of residents. She’s a regular visitor at Heather View and travels up and down in the lift on her own to call on the dog lovers.

All the animals were well-behaved with the only barking coming from smallest dog Minnie who made a special effort so she wasn’t ignored. Her shouts paid off because she was chosen as ‘best dressed’. Some owners weren’t above calling for attention either and the judges couldn’t resist the pleas of Joanna Mellard when it came to choosing ‘cuddliest pet’. The prize was well-deserved. Joanna’s Affenpinscher Queenie spent most of her time curled up in the arms of Joanna’s mother Pat, one of the judges.

Heather View activities co-ordinator Emilie Watson said: “It made my day seeing how happy our residents were and how much pleasure the dogs have given. It proves the importance of animals in residential care. A show like this helps residents connect with the community and daily life.” Care UK home Heather View offers highest standards of residential, nursing and respite care for older people. Specialist care is also available for people living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.