Animal rescue organisation One Dog at a Time hosted their second annual Rum Tails dog show on Saturday. The event, held at the Seven Fathom’s Rum Distillery, featured a host of animal lovers with their four-legged friends.
The canine carnival raised more than $1,000 to assist with the re-homing of dogs and puppies freed from the Department of Agriculture pound, which would otherwise be euthanised.
The afternoon was opened by Tom Mayman representing Elite Marble & Granite, who generously provided all the fencing, chairs and a marquee for the event.
Held in memory of Cathy Richardson, who first introduced the Cayman dog show nearly 25 years ago, and who lost her battle with cancer in 2015, the event attracted a wide variety of dogs, dog owners, and families for a fun-filled afternoon.
On one of the hottest days so far, dogs and owners alike were keen to stay cool. Cold tubs of water were placed around the show and many dogs took advantage of the buckets by leaping and splashing in them.
Dogs booked themselves in to the beauty salon for a shampoo and dry as well as nail trimmings and care advice given by nurse Jess from Cayman Animal Hospital.
Many of the owners were persuaded by their pets to visit the distillery shop and cool down in the air conditioning too. Hamish Hamilton was on hand to take professional photographs of the beautiful dogs posing, for a small donation.
Stalls selling a variety of merchandise, including ODAAT T-Shirts, wrist bands, and bumper stickers were busy, while a barbeque and cold refreshments kept everyone replenished.
Heidi Suarez Rivera demonstrated with her agility trained dog, Hendricks, on a tricky course before owners could try their hand at guiding their dogs through tunnels, over jumps, and through poles. The winner of the agility course competition was Trevor, owned by Simon Ecclefield.
For the dog show, pooches donned their best waggiest tail, fancy dress costume and smile to compete in the various events, judged by Denise Osterloh, Teresa Strad and Simon and Regina Ecclefield.
Pat Cox with long-term foster, Aimee, from the Cayman Islands Humane Society won the Best Rescue Dog. Aimee has only one eye and extensive cancer due to being tied to a tree with little shade for six years.
Paula Wythe of ODAAT said: “It was a fabulous afternoon and very successful. It brought many dog owners together to share their love of our four-legged furry friends and there was a fantastic, community atmosphere.
“One Dog at a Time would like to thank all their sponsors, foster homes, adoptive parents and donators for the support during, not only this event, but for past and future events.”