All creatures large and small on show at busy pet fair

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PETS of all shapes and sizes were celebrated at a packed event in Portsmouth.

More than 3,000 visitors came from all over to the Hampshire Pet Fair, which returned for its second year to the Mountbatten Centre, in Stamshaw, on Saturday.

Terry Picton, 46, from Hilsea, with Roxy, Ronnie and Peggy the bulldogs Pictures: Kimberley Barber

Terry Picton, 46, from Hilsea, with Roxy, Ronnie and Peggy the bulldogs Pictures: Kimberley Barber

The fair featured animal encounters, dog shows, reptiles and exotic pets, ferret racing, pony rides, food and refreshments, children’s activities and shopping, charity stalls, plus much more.

Samantha Paterson, who organised the event with Sarah-Jayne Andrew from Hants Events, said: ‘It was great. We had a lovely day.

‘There were so many people there. We had cats visiting on harnesses, and I even saw a man with a rat and a ferret on his shoulder.’

This year was the first time dogs were allowed and many brought unusual breeds to showcase them in the dog shows.

Alpacas from Miniature Mayhem mobile farm

Alpacas from Miniature Mayhem mobile farm

Lauren Allen, 25, from Southsea, was there with her 18-week old Chiweenie puppy called Koko. She said: ‘It is a really good event. It is great to get out and socialise Koko.’

People of all ages were at the fair. Ellie Holder, 11, was with her sister, Millie, seven, and mum Louise Fry, 31, and stepdad Wayne Fry, 41, from Waterlooville.

The girls, who have two dogs, two rabbits, two axolotls, a bearded dragon and mice at home, were getting hands-on with the goats at the Miniature Mayhem mobile petting zoo.

Ellie said: ‘It is really good. The best bit has been the alpacas, they were cute.’

Pete Wall, 50, from Bishop's Waltham, with ferrets Sandy and Jayne

Pete Wall, 50, from Bishop's Waltham, with ferrets Sandy and Jayne

Cherry Lewis, 29, from Farnborough, was with Charlotte Davison, 24, and their dogs, at the day. She said: ‘There’s lots to do here, it’s great, especially just for £3 entrance.’

A charity dog walk to raise funds for Canine Partners also took place.

Gabby Head, 23, from Waterlooville, with friend Katy Gofton, 33, from Farlington, and Minnie the toy poodle, Nemo the Maltese Shih Tzu and Ralph the show type cocker spaniel

Gabby Head, 23, from Waterlooville, with friend Katy Gofton, 33, from Farlington, and Minnie the toy poodle, Nemo the Maltese Shih Tzu and Ralph the show type cocker spaniel

Pony rides at Hampshire Pet Fair

Pony rides at Hampshire Pet Fair

Sarah Brain from Springs Aquatic in Botley

Sarah Brain from Springs Aquatic in Botley