Dogs delight at ‘pawsome’ Carradale Harbour Day

Alastair Cousin judged the dog show which was much enjoyed by both participants and spectators.
Alastair Cousin judged the dog show which was much enjoyed by both participants and spectators.

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The highlight of this year’s Carradale Harbour Day was undoubtedly the dog show.

So many pooches of varying shapes and sizes turned up last Saturday that organisers decided to enlarge the arena so the many pets and their owners could compete for the prizes up for grabs.

It was a hotly anticipated event as just about everyone brought along a dog or two.

The day dawned bright and hopes were high for a splendid day by the harbour, with attractions including games, crafts, music and, of course, the dog show.

The 14 crafters arrived early to set up their stalls in the gazebos ahead of the noon opening and had such a good day that many have already asked to return again next year.

With The Clam Dredge bar and Beinn an Tuirc Distillers bar open for business, visitors enjoyed burgers or filled rolls prepared by members of Saddell and Carradale Parish Church Guild, along with their gin cocktail, Fyne Ale or mug of tea.

Cupcakes and baking were also available from the Carradale Primary School stall.

Games included working out how a set of cubes fit together to win £5 and the launching of small wooden boats once again proved popular with children.

‘Thanks to Stewart McAllister for the hulls and to Gordon Abernethy for finishing the boats and for entertaining the youngsters,’ said an event spokesperson.

Although the weather could have been sunnier, with slightly less of a breeze, people remained in good spirits and quite a crowd built up for the dog show which was judged by retired vet Alastair Cousin.

Results: Best dressed dog: winner Maisy, entered by Cameron. Dog with the most smiley face: winner Clay, entered by Innes; runner up Louis, entered by Kate. Dog with the wiggliest tail: winner Kiki, entered by Nicola; runner up Bella, entered by Emilija. Junior handler: winner Aotea, entered by Cara and Isla; runner up Kiki, entered by Eva. Owner looking most like their dog: winner Mookie, entered by Penny; runner up Masie, entered by Ryoko. Most obedient dog: winner Kuri, entered by Kenny; runner up Monty, entered by John. Dog with the most appealing eyes: winner Louis, entered by Sophie; runner up Masie, entered by Jessica. Goat Cup for best in show: winner Monty, entered by John; runner up Romy, entered by Callum. Musical sit: winner Mookie, entered by Penny; runner up Romy, entered by Callum.

‘Thanks to Alec MacKinnon for playing his accordion for the musical sit, no doubt the highlight of the dog show and the day,’ said the spokesperson.

‘Alec played traditional Scottish tunes and when he stopped, the last dog to sit was eliminated. Some of the canine entrants looked bewildered!

‘The organisers thank everyone who made the event work so well, from the wee boats for the children to putting up and taking down the craft village and putting it away in the shed or hall to those who donated their stall proceeds to Carradale Harbour Group.

‘Thanks to everyone who attended and made it another good day out.’


Alan Milstead, one of the organisers, presents the Goat Cup for best in show at this year’s Carradale Harbour Day dog show to John and Monty. NO_c29harbourday01

Cara and Isla won the best junior handler award with Aotea, a neat standard poodle. NO_c29harbourday02

Alastair Cousin judged the dog show which was enjoyed by participants and spectators. NO_c29harbourday03

Laura Abernethy and Rhona Elder had a fine time serving tea and coffee. NO_c29harbourday04