The Wag & Bone Show

Posted on: 02 July 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Why not join in the fun at a day out for dogs, their owners and friends.

You and your dog can go along to The Wag & Bone Show in Windsor Great Park on Saturday 2nd August 2008 and get those tails wagging. There are events for all the family and whether you win a rosette or not, you are bound to enjoy trying.

Pedigree or crossbreed, your dog is eligible to take part in loads of events on the day.

The Blue Cross will be looking for this year's 'Top Dog', so if your dog has a melting expression, is a loveable rogue or you are the best doggy family then enter the Top Dog competition. There are 10 categories at £2 per entry and you can register online at The Wag & Bone Show website.

Scruffts, the fun dog competition run by the Kennel Club, caters specifically for crossbreeds and only costs £1 to enter. You may even find yourself in the national final in November. Categories like Child's Best Friend and Golden Oldie ensure there is something for everyone at this year's Wag & Bone Show.

How obedient is your dog? Put your dog to the test in Temptation Alley, just one of the fun activities, together with Doggie Water Bobbing and the fitness testing Doggie Dash in the Winalot Games Zone, organised by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Every entrant wins a prize.

In the Wood Green Animal Shelters' ring, there are both mental and physical team challenges, basic agility demonstrations with a chance to have a go yourself, as well as fun exercises to music and tunnel maze trials. Meet their Agony Aunt and Uncle with Q&A sessions on behaviour training, including those for sight and hearing impaired dogs using human guinea pigs.

If you fancy kicking back and letting someone else provide the entertainment, then there are plenty of opportunities.

Kate and Gin, Britain's Got Talent. Photo: Ken McKay / Rex FeaturesBritain's Got Talent finalists Kate & Gin will make a special guest appearance at the show. Watched by some 12 million ITV viewers, Kate & Gin danced themselves into the final with a magnificent show of freestyle dance to music having wowed the judges. They captured Simon Cowell's heart and made Piers Morgan wonder if this year's winner would be human! Gin, a 6 year old Border Collie, leapt to fame weaving, prancing and rearing up on her hind legs, emulating 16 year old Kate's steps.

They will perform their winning routine in The Wag & Bone Show's Main Ring, just one of nine rings with a multitude of activities and competitions people can watch and try out themselves on this fun filled day. A Q&A session will take place afterwards, a chance for fans to meet Kate Nicholas and hear more about the dynamic dancing duo.

Speaking on behalf of Gin, Kate says, "We love working together and think it is important for dogs to be trained to behave properly. Hopefully our appearance on Britain's Got Talent has shown people what fun it can be. We are really looking forward to appearing at The Wag & Bone Show - it should be a great day for everyone and fantastic that we will all be raising money for such good causes."

Sponsored by Purina PetCare, all the proceeds go to help seven major animal charities - Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, The Blue Cross, Dogs Trust, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, PDSA, The RSPCA and Wood Green Animal Shelters.

For sheer amusement, watch the seven charities' mascots - Blue Cross' Barney, Battersea Dogs Dogs & Cats Home's Bat, PDSA's Carla the Cat, Wood Green Animal Shelters' Fred, Kennel Club's Rufus, RSPCA's Paws and Dogs Trust's Zippy make a mad dash, if they can, to the finish line at 2.30pm in the Main Ring. Come and cheer them on!

The 16 strong Southern Golden Retriever Display Team will put on a magnificent display.

Wag And Bone Show - Peter Purves with Kent, one of his 7 dogsFormer Blue Peter presenter, Peter Purves, will provide commentary on the main events throughout the day. Owner of seven dogs himself, Peter Purves says, "Outdoor shows in Britain can be a bit of a lottery, but whatever the weather, I think The Wag & Bone Show is a winner. So much to see, so much to do, I defy your dog not to have a wonderful day. And you might even enjoy it yourself, I know I shall!"

In addition to the competitions, there is a chance to shop for yourself and your best four-legged friend. The Shopping Village has a huge number of stalls selling all things dog related, from Maasai beaded dog collars, knitted dog beds, specialist pet photographers, as well as clothing and gifts for dog lovers to organic and holistic foods, training equipment, first aid products and eco-friendly pet accessories.

On a more serious note, PDSA is giving dogs a free 10-minute 'MOT'. You can also seek advice on all aspects of dog ownership including veterinary, rehousing and legal guidance plus tips on training, nutrition and microchipping in The Care Advice Centre.

Always a major attraction, the Dogs Trust Dogmobile will be pitching up at the show, featuring some dogs from the local rehoming centre on the lookout for new owners.

Visitor Information

Opening Hours: 10am to 5.30pm, Saturday 2nd August 2008.

Ticket Price:
Adult: £10 in advance / £11 on the door.
Concessions: £8 in advance / £9 on the door.
Children: 5-16 years - £8 in advance / £9 on the door. Up to 4 years - free.
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children): £25 in advance / £30 on the door.
Camping: Caravan and camping facilities are available onsite priced at £25 for two nights. Book your site in advance by telephoning 01753 847900.

Tickets and information: 0871 230 5569 or online at

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