Online contest launched after Ketton dog show is rained off

Jean Layne with her dog Oz which was named best in show at Ketton Dog Show ENGEMN00120130820142719
Jean Layne with her dog Oz which was named best in show at Ketton Dog Show ENGEMN00120130820142719
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Organisers of a charity dog show have organised an online competition after their event was rained off for the second time.

Ketton Fun Dog Show was due to take place at Park Farm Stables on Monday. The event had already been postponed once from its original date of August 10 after heavy rain. And further downpours on Monday left organiser Lauren Humber with no choice but to cancel again.

“It’s been a bit of a nightmare really,” said Lauren. “Especially because last year was so good and this year was a complete disaster.

“We started working in May, collecting prizes and donations. It’s just a shame really.”

The show had been organised on to raise funds for Wansford-based Animal Helpline Dog Rescue, Greyhound Rescue and Labrador Rescue. Lauren was determined to support the charities so invited people to enter the six show categories by posting pictures of their dogs on Facebook and donating to a Just Giving page.

The response so far has been huge, with scores of people entering their dogs into one or more of six categories: Cutest Puppy, Golden Oldie, Prettiest Bitch, Most Handsome Dog, Best Rescue and A face only a mother could love.

Yesterday donations at reached £100.

“Every time I log on it’s growing,” said Lauren.

“We’ve got the judges lined up to view the entries on the site. Fingers crossed we will be able to hand out the prizes.”

Prior to cancellation the show had plenty of support from businesses in the area. Plenty of prizes had been donated and sponsors had helped make the event a possibility.

Lauren said: “Because we had so many sponsors I have messaged everyone and said what has happened. Everyone has been really supportive.

“Those who donated prizes have said we can use them for the Facebook competition or we can take them down to the rescue centres.

“And hopefully they can support us next year and the weather will do us proud.”

The dog show took place for the first time last year and was well supported, raising more than £1,000 for Animal Helpline Dog Rescue, Three Counties Dog Rescue, Greyhound Rescue and Lab Lifeline.

Lauren is determined to bring the event back next year. She said: “It has been a rollercoaster but we will be back.”

The online contest closes on Saturday. Enter with a £2 donation at