Greyhound Rescue Wales held their Summer Show at Parc Howard Club Field in Cwmgors on Sunday, August 18.

There were sighs of relief all round as the rain held off for the main part of the day.

Hounds and their humans came as far away as Usk, Pembroke Dock, Cardiff and Lampeter to take part.

Speaking at the event, Sandra Wynne, Head of Rescue and Rehoming for Greyhound Rescue Wales, told The Guardian: “It’s been lovely to see so many people here today with their dogs.

“It’s lovely that there are so many other breeds of dog here and everyone is getting on so well with each other.”

The judges; Chris the Cobbler from Ammanford and Shany Thomas and Gwenn Sualt-Jones from Bush House Veterinary Group Ammanford, had their work cut out in choosing prize winners for the different competitions.

Best in Show went to Zed, adopted by Trevor and Hayley Donovan from Swansea.

Trevor said: “It’s been a lovely day and for Zed to win Best in Show is a wonderful way to round things off.

“Zed suffered a freak accident last year and badly damaged his spine. We really thought he might never walk again.

“He’s come through so much this past year and we are so proud of him.”

The best in show winner and reserve received beautiful hand painted glass trophies from Crafty Dog Cymru.

Chris and Amelie Dignam, from Crafty Dog, accompanied by the crafty dog herself, Penny, were thrilled with the day.

They said: “It’s been so lovely to meet so many old friends today, both four-legged, two-legged and even the three-legged tripaws.

“We follow the stories of many of the dogs on social media so to meet them for real was a treat.”

As well as the fun show classes there was also a parade of the Last Hope Fund Dogs, which included those currently at Hillcrest rehabilitating from their serious injuries.

The Last Hope Fund helps greyhounds, who sustain life-changing injuries at racetracks, to receive the necessary veterinary treatment to go on to lead a full life in a loving home.

Susie Clayton, from Pembroke Dock, came with her adopted greyhound, Loki, especially to see the Last Hope Fund Dogs.

Susie said: “I try to support the Last Hope Fund as much as I can and it was wonderful to see so many dogs in the arena.

“They have been through so much with their severe injuries and now they are recovered they are enjoying life to the full.”

Abbie Conway, Manager of the Hillcrest Rehoming Centre for Greyhound Rescue Wales, was delighted with the positive response of everyone who attended.

She said: “It’s been hard work to get everything organised in time and we were all so worried about how the weather could go, but the turn-out has been tremendous.

“We look forward to holding the Summer Show again and thank Parc Howard Pony Club for allowing us to use their wonderful grounds and facilities this year.

“I am pleased to say that the show has raised over a £1,000 for Greyhound Rescue Wales, so a massive thank you to everyone who came to share their day with us.”

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