Make a date for festival to raise pooches money

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ANYONE who likes dogs will be sure to love the Pennies for the Paw festival tomorrow.

The event at Southsea’s Castle Field will feature loads of canine activities and games.

Organiser Caroline Cogan said the festival would be non-stop action from 10am to 5pm including agility demos, have-a-go sessions and games for dogs.

Visitors can also take part in group dog walks along the seafront, which have a £5 registration fee.

There will be a 4km ‘dinky’ walk and a 6km ‘dynamic’ walk.

Entertainment for children includes face painting, a bouncy castle, a bungee trampoline and inflatables. A pair of ponies will be there to give rides.

On-site will be stalls selling pet-related goods and well as hand-made arts and crafts.

Another attraction will be a ‘pet photographer’ who will snapshots of people’s canine companions.

Dog shows start at 1pm and there will be prizes in categories including ‘lovely lady’, ‘fantastic fella’, ‘golden oldie’, ‘best rescue dog’ and ‘best in show’.

Portsmouth’s Lord Mayor Councillor Steven Wylie will be on hand to present rosettes to winners.

There will be a beer tent as well as food and drink stands.

Proceeds will go towards Serbia’s Forgotten Paws charity and Portsmouth City Council-run kennels.

Ms Cogan said the causes were important for anyone who cared about canine welfare.

She said: ‘There are quite a few dogs on the south coast who have been rehomed from Serbia.

‘Serbia’s Forgotten Paws has just become a registered charity.

‘It has 400 dogs in its pound and it really struggles to feed them and our own city dog pound is literally filled to the max.’

Ms Cogan said she hoped the festival would build on the success of last year’s event.

She said: ‘We had about 300 people last year and we raised nearly £2,000 and that was on a very windy day.

‘We’re hoping for lots more this year.’

Admission to the festival is free.