Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

'SCRUFFTS' welcome at Crawfordsburn

John Mackle, of sponsors McGrath dog food, and Mert Thompson, warden of Crawfordsburn Country Park are joined by local cross-breed Chester, to launch Bark in the Park

‘Personality' will preside over pedigree on Sunday when local dogs (and their proud owners) will compete for glory in Northern Ireland's first ever SCRUFFTS event.

Taking place as part of the inaugural ‘Bark in the Park' event at Crawfordsburn Country Park in Co Down, SCRUFFTS is a dog show with a difference as it is open only to crossbreeds and mongrels.

While pedigree and breeding count for little at SCRUFFTS, personality, loyalty, style and appeal will all form part of the judging criteria.

Running from 10am to 5pm, SCRUFFTS will be searching for the winners of four classes: Golden Oldie Crossbreed (eight years or older) — judged at 1pm; Child's Best Friend (six months to 12 years) ie handled by a young person aged 6-16 years of age — judged at 2pm; Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch (six months to seven years) — judged at 3pm; and Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog (six months to seven years) — judged at 4pm.

One overall winner will go forward to represent Northern Ireland in the UK finals of SCRUFFTS.

Mert Thompson, warden of Crawfordsburn Country Park, said the show was a great opportunity for dog lovers everywhere.

“Bark in the Park celebrates all aspects of dog ownership and the SCRUFFTS event in particular aims to give some of our most loveable four legged friends a taste of the limelight,” said Mert.

“While the emphasis will be on having fun, so we also aim to offer practical advice and support and help encourage responsible pet ownership throughout.”

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