Banbury care home hosts first-ever virtual dog show

A care home in Banbury has announced the winners of its barking mad dog show competition.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 5:24 pm
Peaches (at left) was voted 'Best in show' at the dog show hosted by Highmarket House Care Home, on North Bar Place, Banbury

Care UK’s Highmarket House, on North Bar Place, hosted its very own edition of Crufts.

As part of the virtual contest, locals were invited to showcase their dogs’ skills and good looks in one or more of the seven possible categories: ‘cutest puppy’, ‘best fancy dress’, ‘best veteran’, ‘best action photo’, ‘most handsome male’, ‘prettiest female’ and ‘happiest hound’. An overall ‘best in show’ winner was also chosen.

The crown went to Peaches, a two-year-old cocker spaniel – on top of being named ‘best in show’, she was also the joint winner of ‘Best fancy dress’ thanks to her adorable looks.

Highmarket House resident Marion Bellamy selecting Peaches as the Best in show winner (Image from Highmarket House)

The worthy winners, picked by a jury of residents, received dog biscuits specially made by residents as well as dog bandanas, rosettes and toys.

Jo Pohl, home manager at Highmarket House, said: “We’re pleased to say our first-ever virtual dog show was a resounding success – we received so many wonderful pictures of the local poochies it was hard to pick just a handful of them.

“We know just how beneficial animal therapy can be for older people, especially for those living with dementia, as being close to animals can help lift a person’s mood and stimulate social interaction.

"With current restrictions in place, a virtual pet competition seemed like the next best thing, and residents were thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of our judging panel.

“We’re looking forward to next year’s edition of our very own Crufts – hopefully in person this time!”