Best mates . . . Gill Williams, of New Brighton, with her affectionate 48kg great-dane-bull-mastiff cross rescue dog Bruce at the Oxford Farmers Market Charity Scruffs Dog Show. PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP


What more could a pooch want? Dogs being signed up in the registration tent for last weekend’s Scruffs Dog Show may well have had more interest in the Rockford County Pork stall next door.

More than 100 dogs turned up for the show at the Oxford Farmers Market.

The annual event is organised by Oxford’s Linda Pocock to raise money for the Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust, a rescue and rehoming service for abandoned pound dogs. Donors came up with more than 30 vouchers to reward entrants. The trust was also a winner, with $370 raised.

A wide variety of wacky competition sections were available, including “waggiest tail’ (most wags in 15 seconds), best portable dog, most obedient dog, the pet most like its owner, and even the best- dressed combo.

Oxford’s Aaron Allison said his dog Benny was happy with his performance in the waggiest tail section but had little interest in the “most obedient” section.

The winner of the most obedient dog was a 4-year-old boxer called Mister, who surprised his Sheffield owners, Rebecca and David McGregor. They say Mister takes a far more relaxed attitude to obedience at home.

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