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THERE were hundreds of wagging tails and smiling faces at Chobham’s RSPCA centre for its biggest fundraising day of the year on Sunday.

Millbrook was packed with people and a variety of animals, for a day of attractions, entertainment and refreshments.

Rescue dogs and animal care assistants taking part in the rehoming parade

The crowds turned up in the sun to watch arena events ranging from a farmer who herds ducks as well as sheep to axemen who competed to chop and saw tree trunks into logs.

Also providing entertainment in the arena were members of the Spelthorne Gymnastics display team, with the Shimmy Café Barefoot Dance Fusion company staging a contrasting performance.

Spiderman’ Jack, aged five, and prizewinning pooch, 12-week-old Betty

Special guests were Britain’s Got Talent stars police officer Dave Wardell and his retired police dog Finn. Finn was badly injured while protecting PC Wardell when a robbery suspect they were chasing attacked them with a knife.

PC Wardell spoke of his successful campaign to get a law passed to prosecute people who harm police dogs, in the same way as those who assault police officers face the courts. The pair got to the final of the TV talent show this year with an act based on the idea that Finn can read minds.

Canines of many breeds and sizes competed in agility competitions and a fun dog show and there was a parade of dogs from Millbrook who are seeking a new home.

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FUN and fundraising were the aims of the dog show at Millbrook Animal Centre in Chobham on Sunday last week.

The event made a total of £5,200 for the RSPCA, as dozens of owners and their pets turned up to take part.

Members of the Mortlock and Frankland families and friends with their dogs.

Extra classes were added to the show this year, due to the high number of entries in 2018. Dogs of all types were welcome – pedigree, non-pedigree or “mix-up”.

Judging took place throughout the afternoon in three different, with prizes for star canines ranging from Perfect Puppy to Best Rescue Dog.

Entrants were also able to show off with classes called Best Three Tricks and How Many Sits in 30 Seconds and have a go at fun agility sessions.

Apart from entry fees, money was raised through volunteers selling refreshments, including cakes and burgers.

“It was a good day all round and well supported,” said Jocelyn Iveson from the centre. “We would like to thank all those who took part and helped on the day.”

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MY MY MY DELILAH – nine-year-old Lauren Holder, from Bisley, with her loveable hound

MY MY MY DELILAH – nine-year-old Lauren Holder, from Bisley, with her loveable hound

ABOUT 200 furry friends pitched up on Millbrook’s field with their two-legged owners for the RSPCA’s annual dog show on Sunday.

The centre’s Fun Dog Show is open to old, young, pedigree, non-pedigree, novice, rescue and homeless canines alike.

And, not to be sniffed at, the event raised more than £4,000, which will be ploughed directly back into the centre and spent on animals in their care.

Manager at the Chobham animal rescue centre, Sue Walters, said: “It was a fantastic day and there was huge support from families and dog lovers.

“I’d like to thank all the people for their help.

“We were amazed and touched by how generous visitors have been – especially in this tough economic climate.”

There was an agility display, fun agility and fastest recall, which was won by Willow, owned by Mr Perry, who completed the recall task in only 2.6 seconds.

There were 10 classes for doggie entries and the winner of each category was put forward to find the Top Dog of the Day.

A Staffie called Smokey, owned by Richard Bos, took the overall accolade.

Sue added: “Smokey had been adopted from this centre about six months ago. Now his fur looks amazing and he’s in  tip-top condition.”