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Henry Cornish Care Centre hosts paw-some dog show

Dogs great and small competed to be crowned top dog at a special fundraiser hosted by OSJCT Henry Cornish Care Centre in Chipping Norton.

The dog show was the first event of its kind held at the care home, which is managed by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), and helped raise funds for interactive digital devices that support residents’ wellbeing through play.

The show was open to all, and contestants included carers and their canine companions, as well as residents’ family members and their pet pooches.

A panel drawn from the home’s residents judged the contestants and the winners were: Maeve for Agility; Harley for Cutest Dog; Benji for Most Obedient Dog; and Peggy for Best Trick.

Other top dogs included Dodger, who “sang” opera with his owner Barbara Ingham, the daughter of resident Dorothy Hewitt, and Macca, a very polite little pooch owned by visitor Angela Gaydon.  They came second and third respectively in the Best Trick category.

Ron Knight, a friend of Angela’s and resident at the home, was one of the show’s judges.  He said: “It was smashing, what a lovely thing to do.

The home’s chef, Satoko Bagnall, made a special cake for the event, decorated with a dog’s head.

Roger Tyrell whose mother Joyce lives at the home said: “The dog show was a lovely event, everyone and particularly mum really enjoyed it.

Tina Brain, Activities Coordinator at OSJCT Henry Cornish Care Centre, organised the dog show. Summing up the event, she said: “Well done to all our winners and runners-up. I’d like to thank everyone who helped organise our first ever dog show and attended on the day. We couldn’t have done this fundraiser without you. We can’t wait until next year’s show!

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