The first-ever Cross Creek Country Club Dog Show was deemed a success by event organizers who said they are hoping to make it an annual event.
Linda Mooney, director of Surry Animal Rescue, the organization that paired up with the country club to host the event, said she was extremely pleased with the turnout and the weather at yesterday’s event. She estimated that more than 100 people were in attendance.
“We just want to thank everyone that came out to enjoy the events. It was a family-friendly event. There were a lot of laughs, and a lot of well-behaved dogs,” said Mooney. “The weather held out for us. We are appreciative of Cross Creek Country Club and to all of the people who came out.”
An array of activities designed to entertain and educate the public were held during the event. They were designed to raise awareness about the various ways dogs contribute to society, Mooney said.
Local dog trainer Matt McCrystal was on hand for the event to give demonstrations.
Dr. Renee Sykes of Animal Medical Services also was on hand and lead a question-and-answer session on various topics.
Dog-agility demonstrations were part of the show. They showcased the canines’ ability to go through tunnels and negotiate similar obstacles. Mooney said the demonstration in which the object was to find out who was faster, the kid or the dog, was a particular favorite.
Foster dogs available for adoption were on display.
Alexis King had her eye on a 4 1/2-month-old German Shepherd named Lacey. She put in her application and will have to wait to see if it’s approved, but even her dad, Warren King, knew that she had her heart set on adopting the dog.
“I want her,” said Alexis King. “When the police found her, she was near a highway and was covered in fleas and ticks. She’s lucky to be alive.”
Jane Surratt, a volunteer with Surry Animal Rescue, said she was pleased with the amount of people and dogs who turned out to the event as well. She said four applications from people who want to adopt dogs were taken at Saturday’s event.
“These are all good dogs that need to find homes,” said Surratt.
A dog fashion show that featured country club members also was held.
“It was thrilling to see the outfits and the different breeds,” said Mooney.
Donations were collected during the show, but Mooney did not have a total at the end of the show.
Volunteers with Surry Animal Rescue were busy Saturday as a dog wash was also held at Tractor Supply.
Dogs of all sizes were given baths for a nominal donation. Nail trimming also was offered for a small fee.
All proceeds will go to Surry Animal Rescue in support of its mission. The organization rescues between 350 and 400 dogs and cats per year, Mooney said.
More information about the dogs that need good homes is available at the website surryanimalrescue.org, by email at email@example.com. or by calling the organization at 789-2328.
Reach Mondee Tilley at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 719-1930.