Can you spot yourself or your pet dog? Thousands flock to Norfolk Showground for All About Dogs
- Credit: Nick Butcher
With one of the hottest August bank holidays turning up the temperatures, thousands of dogs took the opportunity to cool off in paddling pools at the Norfolk Showground.
All About Dogs returned for its eighth year on Sunday and Monday, and with highs of 28C the water was one of the star attractions.
The event brings around 15,000 people to the Norfolk Showground each year, and was created by director Pam Upson, originally of Essex.
She said the show took life just though her own 'passion and love' for dogs.
'There are lots of championship shows for the professional dog handler - this is really for people who have got a pet dog and want it to join in some fun activities,' she said.
'It has been fantastic [this year] and we have had so many people and dogs here all having a lovely day. It has been very hot but there is lots of shade here and we have got swimming pools so they can have a little paddle to cool down.
'The heat can affect things because if it is too hot people won't bring their dog out. A dog's health is paramount, but there is a nice breeze at the showground.'
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She added bank holiday Monday was quieter than usual, probably due to the heat.
'The dog jumping pool is very popular with lots of people wanting to have a go on that with their dogs to see how far their dog can jump in the water,' she said. 'They love the fun dog show too, which is so popular.
'We have got a local gun dog trainer who is doing demonstrations with his gun dogs. He will show you how to train your dog and is promoting good citizenship for dogs out in the countryside.
'Especially in Norfolk where so many holidaymakers come with their dogs it is so important to promote good citizenship.'
Ms Upson added the Norfolk Showground was 'the most tidy and prettiest' venue they used.
'We do lots of different events here and we always have such good support from the Norfolk people - it is fantastic the feedback we get from them,' she said.
'I would say Sunday was well up on last year in terms of numbers and we were probably getting on for 15,000 that day. Monday has been a little quieter because I think a lot of people came and visited the day before.
'I can honestly say people have had a fantastic time.'