Easter charity dog show in memory of local legend Arnie

April 02nd, 2015

Guests at The Valley’s dog friendly accommodation Cornwall will get a chance to show their pets this Easter weekend at a charity dog show being held in memory of a much-loved award-winner from Helston.

Standard poodle Arnie triumphed for years at dog shows around west Cornwall, winninghis owner Jenny Williams a hoard of trophies and rosettes after being named top dog at the likes of Stithians Show and Rambuck Fair.

He even made headlines three years ago in Dog’s World magazine, as well as appearing countless times in the pages of the West Briton at various shows. However, Mrs Williams said 14-year-old Arnie was put to sleep last week after suffering from a chest infection. “It was a very sad decision; he hadn’t been well,” she said.

She had recently organised a 14th birthday party for Arnie: “He loved to sit around with his doggy friends and enjoy a cream cake,” she said.

Mrs Williams credited his pedigree to his grandmother, who was a champion at Crufts. “It all began when he was a pup and we took him to the harvest fair in Helston,” she said. “Anyone could take him to the shows. He could do it all himself. He just loved the show ring.”

Mrs William’s friend Anne Shaw said Arnie had been a champion at every dog show this side of Plymouth. “Arnie had a lovely nature and was very regal in appearance,” she said. “He won several hundred rosettes during his lifetime. He really was a legend.”

She has now organised a memorial dog show which will be held on Easter Sunday at St Piran’s Hall in Goldsithney, with judging at 1pm.

All proceeds from the event will go to the emergency pet care fundat the Mount’s Bay Veterinary Centre at Longrock, Penzance.