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The UK’s leading animal charities are uniting to launch the first ever Wag and Bone show to celebrate the importance of dogs in our society and raise funds to help the organisations to continue their welfare work

The first ever Wag and Bone show is being held at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 16 August and is being organised by the RSPCA, NCDL, PDSA, The Blue Cross, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, Battersea Dogs Home and Wood Green Animal Shelter.

A variety of canine competitions will be held on the day including Kid’s Best Friend, a special class for dogs who have helped children in a unique way, like Ben a Newfoundland from Bristol who regularly visits a children’s hospice.

Other competitions will include Pup Idol, Lookalike, Top Dog and Man’s Best Friend. Entries for these classes must be sent in advance and people can enter via www.thewagandboneshow.co.uk

There will be lots of things for the whole family to get involved in such as behaviour and training workshops; forums on burning issues; as well as exciting demonstrations to watch.

The show will also feature the Canine Olympics – devised by behaviour guru Dr Ian Dunbar. Already well established in America, this is the first time the events will be seen in Britain.

All the charities will have their own stands showcasing the type of work they undertake and there will be a variety tradestands to enable visitors to stock up on canine supplies or buy their dogs a special gift.

For more information on this event visit www.thewagandboneshow.co.uk or to book tickets (tel: 08700 132652).