Who was top dog? Pets, and owners, have a paw-some day out at Dereham Carnival Dog Show

Dereham Carnival dog show - Best in Show, two-year-old Millie with owner Natasha Fairhead. Picture:

Dereham Carnival dog show - Best in Show, two-year-old Millie with owner Natasha Fairhead. Picture: Haydn Rogers - Credit: Haydn Rogers

They came in all shapes and sizes and from pedigree to crossbreed to vie for coveted rosettes at the second Dereham Carnival Dog Show.

Dereham Carnival dog show - Best Novelty, Reserve Best Puppy, Best Puppy, Best in Show and Reserve B

Dereham Carnival dog show - Best Novelty, Reserve Best Puppy, Best Puppy, Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show. Picture: Haydn Rogers - Credit: Haydn Rogers

Numbers were a little down on last year due to other local shows taking place on the same day but 130 dogs were entered in a variety of classes at the event on Sunday at Swanton Morley village hall.

The novelty events again proved popular from the hotly contested best biscuit catcher to fancy dress and a musical sit, ably assisted by the ice cream van.

Dereham Carnival dog show - Fancy Dress. Picture: Haydn Rogers

Dereham Carnival dog show - Fancy Dress. Picture: Haydn Rogers - Credit: Haydn Rogers


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Best in Show was awarded to Natasha Fairhead and her two-year-old dog Millie.

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There was also a special award for best crossbreed in memory of cockapoo Benji who was killed by burglars at his owners' home in Gorleston at the age of just seven months. He had been bred by one of the Carnival's founding committee members Wendy Barker.

Dereham Carnival dog show - Sausage Race. Picture: Haydn Rogers

Dereham Carnival dog show - Sausage Race. Picture: Haydn Rogers - Credit: Haydn Rogers

Carnival chairman Kerry Doyle said they had some great feedback from this year's event.

'People throughly enjoyed themselves, won some great prizes from generous sponsors and there were more requests to bring it back next year,' she said.

Dereham Carnival dog show - Checking out the hydrotherapy stand with Paddle Paws Canine Hydrotherapy

Dereham Carnival dog show - Checking out the hydrotherapy stand with Paddle Paws Canine Hydrotherapy. Picture: Haydn Rogers - Credit: Haydn Rogers

'The committee is grateful to all those that helped in the lead up and on the day itself, donated prizes and joined in the fun. Now we're on the countdown to Carnival day and starting work on the Christmas lights event.'

* For more information on the Carnival, which will take place on Sunday, July 16, visit the website.

Dereham Carnival dog show - In memory of Benji trophy presented, with Mark Phillips, Benji’s owner a

Dereham Carnival dog show - In memory of Benji trophy presented, with Mark Phillips, Benjis owner and breeder Wendy Barker (right with Sunday and Ginger, Benjis parents). Picture: Haydn Rogers - Credit: Haydn Rogers

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