THE pooches of Barton are being washed, groomed and brushed in preparation for this year’s dog show.
Organised by dog-lover Hayley Davies, the annual event is on Sunday, September 28, and aims to bring together the estate’s community.
It will also raise money for two charities – Hounds for Heroes – which provides assistant dogs for the emergency services and armed forces – and Dogs for the Disabled.
Mrs Davies, who has two dogs, said: “It’s all about the community and bringing the people of Barton together.
“The area often gets a bad name but Barton offers a whole lot of things and it’s about reminding people of that and showing people there’s lots going on here.”
The show, to be held at Barton Neighbourhood centre, will feature a number of novelty classes for the dogs, including Prettiest Bitch, Handsomest Dog and Waggiest Tail and the ever-popular Puppy class.
The pooches will also be judged in more traditional categories: Hound, Pastoral, Utility, Toy, Gundog and Working.
The winner of each class will compete for the Best in Show title, with the overall victor receiving a free groom from the Oxford Dog Grooming Company.
Mrs Davies, of Edgecombe Road in Headington, said: “It has taken longer to organise it this year and it’s going to be bigger and better – we have stalls this year and more classes for the dogs.”
The 45-year-old added: “We’ve already had several dogs booked in, the word is spreading I’m excited and nervous too.”
Her 26-year-old son Aaron Britnell returned from Afghanistan earlier this month after a four-month tour serving with the Royal Corps of Signals.
She said they share a love of dogs which inspired the choice of charity.
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