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Clever hounds take a leap for charity at dog fun day

PUBLISHED: 10:27 19 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:27 19 July 2016

Hempnall dog day. Peter Forman's Cockerpoo Bess.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Hempnall dog day. Peter Forman's Cockerpoo Bess. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

You can see the concentration on the face of cockerpoo Bess as she leaps over the hurdle to show off her agility skills.

Hempnall dog day. Nicky Bliss's chocolate labrador Bracken on the Flyball game.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYHempnall dog day. Nicky Bliss's chocolate labrador Bracken on the Flyball game. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

She was one of many dogs of all shapes and sizes who were the stars of the show at the fourth annual Paws 4 Training Dog Fun Day.

Bounding to catch balls and vaulting over hurdles, puppies and older dogs were able to test their obedience and agility against other canines and all to help raise money for charity.

Held at the training centre in Hempnall, about 300 people brought along their four-legged friends – from labradors to Jack Russells – for a day of family fun.

The event raised £390.50 for the independent charity Soldiers off the Street.

The charity helps ex-military personnel who have been affected by homelessness and provides clothing, food, rehabilitation and advice on post traumatic stress disorder and housing.

Naomi Farrow, who runs the Paws 4 Training centre, said: “It is a fantastic amount.

“Money was raised from the dog show, fly ball and agility events and tombola.

“I saw a homeless person sitting on a bench in Norwich earlier this year and he was in full military gear. I did some research and decided I was going to raise money for them.

“On the day we had some people who entered their dogs into all the classes.

“The dogs looked like they enjoyed themselves. Most people want to do things with their dogs and this was a nice social day.”

For more information about Soldiers off the Street visit http://www.soldiersoffthestreet.org/

To find out more information about Paws 4 Training visit http://paws4training.net/

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