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The Wag & Bone Show [30/06/2005]

If you love dogs there’s only one place to be on Saturday August 6th. The totally unique Wag and Bone Show celebrates its third year by moving to a much bigger venue – Windsor Great Park in Berkshire, and it’s not just the royal Corgis that will be wagging their tails either! This very special event is the best interactive doggie day out all year - with so much to see and do that dogs everywhere will be begging their owners to buy tickets.

The Wag & Bone Show celebrates the amazing role man’s best friend plays in our lives and is the ultimate day out for you and your dog. Sponsored by Purina, and supported by Dogs Today and the Daily Mail, this unique interactive event is in aid of seven top animal welfare charities – Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, The Blue Cross, Dogs Trust, The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, PDSA, RSPCA and Wood Green Animal Shelters – all working together to create this unforgettable Show.

There are so many ways to get involved! There are classes all can enter in Top Dog – where nearly 3,000 dogs simultaneously compete in a fun dog show. (Prizes for all who take part.) The Games Zone has been dubbed the canine equivalent of Alton Towers, as the ingenious events capitalize on all the things dogs like doing naturally. (If you didn’t think dogs could smile – this area of the show will change your mind. Can your dog get through Temptation Alley?) In the Talent and Training Zone you will be amazed by the experts dancing with their dogs – or step out yourself in one of the free have- a-go sessions. Pup Idol always has the crowds captivated – everything from skateboarding canines, footballers, singing dogs – almost anything goes!

There’s also a ring to teach even old dogs new tricks or just brush up their basic training with a top-name trainer. And a good reliable stay will be very handy if you sign up to take part in the Super Sit - a Guinness World Record attempt for the most dogs sitting at the same time.

If you’re thinking of taking on a new dog – there’s a whole new area of the show just for you – the Rescue Village. Be guided through the process of taking on a new dog and listen to relevant short talks that can help you make the perfect match. The Rescue Wall will have lots of inspirational stories of successful rehomes – plus there’ll be photos of other lovely dogs all still hoping to meet their own special Mr or Ms Right.

Always a highlight are the Look-alikes classes, if you look like your dog - or your dog looks like someone famous - this is the event for you. But even if you’re not naturally similar – there’s now a special category for augmented look-alikes where you can dress up to look like your dog!

The show is now so huge there’s far too much going on to list everything here, you really need to plan so you don’t miss anything. The website (www.thewagandboneshow.co.uk) helps and it can cut down queuing for some of the more popular attractions and enables you to make savings on buying entry tickets in advance.

Ticket prices are: £10 adults £5 concessions and children in advance. On the gate £12 adults, £6 concessions. Car parking free. Camping £25 for two nights - strictly in advance as numbers are limited, Dogs free.

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