Dog day stars; MAILBAG.
The weather incidentally, turned out not too bad. This year we had our first Dog Star Awards and nobody there could have failed to be moved by the owners' own accounts of why their dogs are true Dog Stars.
May I suggest that the anti dog people read their stories and try to understand why dogs do make such a difference to some people's lives.
Each year the list of people to thank seems to get longer, which I suppose is a measure of our success. Thank you so much to Calder Vets for their sponsorship of our Dog Stars Award Scheme. Everyone has been so supportive and helpful.
Thanks to Tracy Rodger and Mars In The Community not only for their sponsorship of Dog Stars but also of Bark In The Park itself.
Also a huge thank you to the Huddersfield Examiner and in particular to Natasha Maskery and Editor Roy Wright for the professional manner in which they have organised and presented the Dog Star Award scheme for us.
Lepton Dog Training Club and North K9 Dog Training must be thanked for their displays as well as all the stallholders for supporting us.
No event such as Bark In The Park could take place without an army of volunteers. Thank you so much to the Huddersfield Fun4Paws committee and helpers along with Tina Shaw, and both her Kirklees Council colleagues and Springers Dog Club members. The input from all these people is phenomenal.
I hope I haven't missed anybody but if I have, thanks to you also.
When I was starting to suffer from an overdose of horrible weather forecasts in the middle of last week Tina Shaw reminded me that we were dealing with dog folk and they wouldn't be put off by a bit of weather. How right she was and how glad I am that she was JOHN D JACKSON Chairman, Huddersfield Fun4Paws