Morpeth all set for more canine capers as Sanderson Barkade returns

A wooftastic weekend is in store for dogs and their owners at Morpeth’s shopping centre.

By Andrew Coulson
Thursday, 16th June 2022, 10:19 am

Following a successful event last year, Sanderson Barkade is returning this Saturday and Sunday.

The event at Sanderson Arcade will once again include the pooch market and a range of competitions.

Talks and demos hosted by Matt Bailey will take place on Saturday from 1pm and will be held in the piazza.

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Sanderson Barkade is returning this weekend.

Speakers include dog groomer Brenna Blades, the Dog First Aid Company, Nordic Dog Gun Dog specialist and more. They will be covering everything from fear-free grooming to giving gun dogs their mental work.

The centre is also setting up photo opportunities for your pooch and hydration stations.

Sanderson Arcade manager Lottie Thompson said: “I cannot wait for another Sanderson Barkade – it was my favourite event last year.”

Dog traders in the Arcade will include Sandersons Department Store Betty’s Boutique, Jem Illustrations, Snack Pawtal, Husse and David's Dog Deli.

The Sanderson Barkade competitions return on Sunday with the following categories: Owner Most Like Their Dog; Golden Oldie; Best Puppy; Fancy Dress; Pup Triathlon; Best Rescue; Best Junior Handler.

Pooches, pups and junior handlers can enter the competitions online, but visitors and their pets are also allowed to just turn up and register to take part on the day.

All first, second and third places receive a rosette and all first prize winners receive a goody bag. The event will even have winners’ podiums, so you can grab a photo of your competing pooch.

The Barkade competitions will be judged by Pets at Home, hosted by Matt Bailey and photographed by Rebecca Ashworth Earle.

Lola the West Highland Terrier was named ‘Best in Show’ last year.

Dogs attending the event should be well-behaved, non-aggressive and not intimidated or stressed around loud noises, groups of people or other dogs.

You must always keep your dog on a lead and it is the owner’s responsibility to care for and look after dogs throughout the event.