Dogs of all shapes and sizes defy petrol panic

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AN increasingly prestigious dog-show attracted more than 200 prized pooches to Papplewick — even though it was hit by anxiety over a possible strike by fuel-tanker drivers.

The event at the Griffin’s Head pub last Saturday was hailed a success, although organisers from the Yew Tree Canine Society revealed that there were 100 fewer dogs than at the previous show in September.

Yvonne Bullivant, of the society, put this down to owners from further afield deciding not to travel because of fears of impending fuel-shortages.

But those who did turn out enjoyed an action-packed day across 14 pedigree classes and 25 novelty attractions.

The overall ‘Best In Show’ was an Akita, owned by Chesterfield woman Mary Chambers. He also scooped the ‘Best Puppy’ accolade.

Dogs on show included giant Irish wolfhounds, which stand more than three feet tall, to tiny chihuahuas.

Mexican hairless dogs also proved to be head-turners.

Novelty classes included the newly-added sausage-catching competition, assault courses and even a fancy-dress challenge for owners, which was won by a man dressed as a shark.

Money from entrance fees, various stalls and donations is likely to top £500, which will be donated to the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.