|Gypsy the Greyhound has gone up in the world..|
|These boots were made for riding..|
But everywhere there were dogs. Mostly well behaved too it has to be said and they seemed to be enjoying the socialising every bit as much as their owners. It really is a bit of a doggy display opportunity and there was every kind of canine under the sun to be admired. Gypsy is a rescue greyhound with a lovely rags to riches story. She was picked up from the RSPCA at Preston where she was left after not making the grade at the race track and now models bespoke pet furniture at country shows. The company Pink Whiskers make hand upholstered leather chesterfield-style dog beds to keep your pampered pooch off the floor and out of that pesky draft in style. She’s even modelled in Vogue with Cameron Diaz and graces the facebook page Blenhiem aswell.
|Tilly loves the Tartan line|
In fact dogs were proving very useful altogether as sales aids at the showground as Tilly the wire haired Terrier was also employed modelling on the Thistles tartan furniture stand.
|Splash looks smart|
There were whippets and of course the obligatory collies, terriers, Dalmations, Mastiffs and probably top dog choice of the country set – the black labrador. Even Pixie the Chihuahua seemed to be enjoying herself although it must be a bit like living in the Land of the Giants for such a diminuative pooch.
|Pixie had a grandstand view|
In the arena as well as side saddle and dressage displays and the day being saved by the light cavalry, dogs were making their presence felt. Dog agility displays are always tremendous fun especially when they are jumping mini versionsof the fences the horses tackle, just a bit lower.. In fact South Oxfordshire Riding Club hosted its inaugural dog one-day event this year. Each canine and owner combination had to take on a ‘doggage’ test, a round of showjunping and a 16 fence cross-country course-complete with ditches, banks and awater complex. Entrants ranged from a miniature daschund to a Doberman. Organisers are hoping for four-star status soon.
|Have dog will travel|
|Splash gets up close to camera..|