A regular Crufts competitor and dog owner is set to take her passion for man’s best friend to the community by organising a dog show in Dickleburgh.
The Dickleburgh Companion Dog Show, set for the village hall at 9.30am on Sunday, October 11, is being organised by 22-year-old Samantha Plaisted, who has competed at Crufts three times and will return to take part in the competition next year.
Miss Plaisted, a biohaem technician who works at a veterinary laboratory in Harleston, said her passion for dogs first began after one of the family’s pet cats died.
The conditions set by her mother to have a new pet — a puppy — was to make sure they were brought up correctly — including taking it to puppy classes.
And in that time her passion for dogs has grown, so has the number of canine additions to the family to a total of three — Lola, 9, Kali, a rescue dog, now 6, and Inca, who Miss Plaisted has brought up from a puppy.
Miss Plaisted told the Diss Express: “I have always loved animals.
“I think I was about 13 when I had my first dog and I just suddenly had this connection with them and I had this new confidence, as I had always been shy before. I went to dog class and my confidence grew with my dog.
“I used to go to fun companion dog shows and really enjoy them. I remember one of my dog trainers taking me to Crufts and she said ‘one day you could compete here’ and I thought I will never get to. But if you work at it, one day you could do it.
“I would love other people who had been in my situation to come along on Sunday and go on to do bigger things.”
The event is being held in aid of DogLost and The Brain Tumour Charity. Miss Plaisted, of Stradbroke, explained she wanted to have her love of dogs help raise money for charity. She said DogLost had played an important part in helping reunite an owner with their lost pet in Harleston recently, while her partner’s father died of a brain tumour three years ago.
“I felt I should do something to help those charities,” she added.
The Companion Dog Show will feature four pedigree classes, three handling classes and 13 novelty classes. No previous dog handling experience is required, while there will also be prizes, rosettes, a children’s play area, bar, raffle, trade stands and more.
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