Pooch lovers celebrate the dog days of summer at the Royal Norfolk Showground

All About Dogs Show at the Royal Norfolk Showground, Costessey. Photo : Steve Adams

All About Dogs Show at the Royal Norfolk Showground, Costessey. Photo : Steve Adams

If the Glastonbury Festival has a canine equivalent, this has got to be it.

Thousands of dogs and their two-legged friends from across East Anglia flocked to the Royal Norfolk Showground, Costessey to enjoy two days of fun and games.

Stallholders at the All About Dogs event touted everything from rainbow-striped leads to doggie dental care.

Canine swimming pools, obstacle courses and talent shows went down a treat with owners as well as their pets.

Visitor Susan Bircham said she had seen every kind of dog trot by from pocket-sized pugs to high and mighty great danes.

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But, she said, there was only one breed for her – the German shepherd.

She said: 'They're lovely and intelligent and I think they're the best thing on four legs – but of course I'm biased.'

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Mrs Bircham volunteers with a group called UK German Shepherd Rescue, helping care for neglected and abused dogs across the country.

She said All About Dogs, which was on Sunday and yesterday, was a fun and well-organised event. 'I've had a dog since I was three years old and I love them,' she said. 'It's such a great thing to see them all here socialising together.'

Another visitor, Stacey Fenn, from Bawdeswell, said she had always been a fan of dogs and now owned eight of them.

Ms Fenn, a professional dog trainer, said: 'They cope with life far better than we do, and they're usually happy, it doesn't matter what the situation is.'

One of the organisers, Matt Upson, said: 'Dogs really are a part of the family and there's just something about them that makes you happy.

'When you see the face of a little Boston terrier you can't help but smile.'

He added: 'It's been brilliant to see so many people here in this beautiful weather. We want to make it even bigger next year and have a camping area so people can make a whole weekend of it.'

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