Walkies! Dogs take the lead at Bark in the Park fun day

WALKIES! Steven and Dee Costin from Totton take part in the Bark in the Park event. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122972-3)
WALKIES! Steven and Dee Costin from Totton take part in the Bark in the Park event. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122972-3)
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TONGUES were certainly wagging as hundreds took part in the Bark in the Park fun day.

Southern Co-operative invited dog owners and their furry friends to yesterday’s all-day event to raise money for four-legged charity Canine Partners.

FUN Nikki Gudgeon and her children Lucie-May (10) and Oliver Gudgeon (seven), from Cosham take part in the Bark in the Park event at 1000 Lakeside with their dog Lola. (122972-1)

FUN Nikki Gudgeon and her children Lucie-May (10) and Oliver Gudgeon (seven), from Cosham take part in the Bark in the Park event at 1000 Lakeside with their dog Lola. (122972-1)

They enjoyed a 2,000m stroll around the picturesque grounds of 1,000 Lakeside in Cosham before browsing the dog-inspired stalls and information stands.

Pooches of all shapes and sizes attended the day, and some took part in the exciting agility course.

Sarah Leaves, of Copnor, brought sprockers Buster, one, and Woody, four, to the event. She said: ‘I found out about it from a friend and it was a lovely day for it. It was quite a good turnout.

‘I am a dog lover and had a boxer before these two.

‘There are not many events like this in Porsmouth and it’s for a good cause too.’

Colin and Claire Garner, from Cowplain, brought cockerpoo Kaitlin, two, to the event.

Mr Garner said: ‘We have been to a walk like this in Jubilee Park but this event raises awareness of the charity too.’

Canine Partners helps people with disabilities to enjoy a greater quality of life by providing a dog to assist their needs.

Jan Rogers, from Paulsgrove, was happy to bring her three-year-old patterdel lakeland Ginger to the day.

She said: ‘She loves doing dog agility as she has got so much energy.

‘I think the day was absolutely brilliant and there should be more like this every year.’

Sophie Paget, deputy director of fundraising and marketing, said: ‘This really helps us to raise awareness of the charity.

‘Events like this help us to get support in the local community.

‘The Southern Co-op have been great. They have been doing a number of events to raise awareness of the charity and it’s really important.’

Phil Ponsonby, chief operating officer of Southern Co-operative, said: ‘It’s been a brilliant, fantastic day.

‘We were so lucky with the weather and the turn out was fantastic. We had a couple of hundred dogs through in the morning and raising awareness was one of the main reasons why we wanted to do something dog related.

‘We are not aware of anything like this and we wanted to make it Portsmouth’s biggest dog walk.’