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Pups out in the cold after show wash-out; WEATHER: Rain ruins events at Coombe Abbey.

Byline: By Cara Simpson

SHIVERING pooches and their owners were left disappointed in the rain as the dismal Bank Holiday weather put paid to a long-awaited dog show yesterday.

The annual event run by the Coventry RSPCA at Coombe Abbey Country Park is one of the charity's main ways of raising funds but the heavy rain meant it was a complete wash-out.

This year the centre was in particular need of the money to replace dilapidated kennels.

But unfortunately the rain meant the event had to be axed at the last minute leaving many disappointed dog owners who had been looking forward to showing off their pets in the many competitions.

Diane Dickens, head trainer of the clicker section at the Nuneaton Dog Training Club said: "I came here at 10 o'clock and someone from Coombe Abbey said it had been cancelled.

"We had to phone around because 25 people from the group were going to come and some were from as far as Polesworth so we didn't want them to have a wasted journey.

"It's a shame about the weather but it's just one of those things."

Members who had come well prepared for the weather, bringing macs, umbrellas and hot drinks with them, decided to make the most of the journey and took their excited dogs for a walk round the park grounds anyway.

Corinne Morgan, from Nuneaton, said: "I was disappointed because we have practised so long for the display to get it right and we haven't been able to do it."

And trainer John Hegarty, aged 45, a jeweller, of Nuneaton, added: "I got my dog Joey from the Coventry RSPCA two years ago and it would have been nice to give something back."

A hastily-written sign was later put up explaining the situation to any other would-be competitors.

A spokesman for Coventry RSPCA apologised for the inconvenience and admitted it was a blow to the centre.

They now hope to rearrange the event.

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RAINING CATS AND DOGS... Members of the Nuneaton Dog Training Club (above) were looking forward to competing in the event, but they were thwarted by rain. Right, the sign explaining the situation. MR270507DOGS4; MR270507DOGS1
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 28, 2007
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