Stamford Virtual Dog Show hosted by Stamford Methodist Church stand with collar
A virtual Stamford dog show was a resounding success and garnered phenomenal support from pet lovers.
The show, which took place on Sunday, made the lineup tremble as nearly 190 entries were thrown into the ring.
This is Stamford’s second dog show to take place in the virtual world, with last year’s and this year’s show being canceled due to uncertainty surrounding covid restrictions.
Conan Lewis, president of the Stamford Dog Show, said: “It went very well with a response very similar to last year.
“The most popular photo category was the best of friends and the cutest expression.”
The traditional event is hosted by Stamford Methodist Church and usually takes place at The Meadows. However, the organizers took the opportunity to get creative with new and unusual courses, such as The Voice, Destruction, and Dogs Got Talent.
Conan said: “It would have been nice to meet on the meadows like in previous years, but there was a bit too much uncertainty in August when we had to make the decision that the Test and Trace app was slapping everyone. .
“We were worried if the organizers and the pit keepers were going nuts.
“It would be very difficult to make it work smoothly, but it’s great to make it work virtually and see it get such a good response.
“Everyone gave very positive feedback from people who said they liked the photos to be posted on their Facebook feed. “
Conan’s personal favorite was an entry in the best friends category that featured a black Labrador puppy over an adult Golden Labrador.
“One thing that interested me is that quite a few dogs that entered last year have re-entered but are a little bit bigger,” said Conan.
So far, the event has raised £ 700 for Stamford Methodist Trust mission projects, including the Nixon Memorial Hospital in Sierra Leone and a new headquarters for the Second Scout Group in Stamford Town.
While the registration fee was £ 2 per submission, many people made an additional donation to support the church.
“Thank you all for your enthusiasm and involvement, and for helping to raise funds,” said Conan.
Organizers are already planning next year to host an in-person dog show at Stamford Meadows.
Conan encourages people to save the date of September 11, 2022.
“We can’t wait to see people face to face in the Year of Meadows’ Nest,” he said.