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Canine capers in the park

13 August 2007

Who let the dogs out?

That’s the question visitors to Holyrood Park will be asking themselves this weekend as Edinburgh’s largest and most popular green space becomes the venue on Sunday 19 August for the Holyrood Park Fun Dog Show. The family event, which takes place from 11.00am to 3.00pm, has been organised by the Holyrood Park Ranger Service.

Everyone is invited to bring along their dog and a picnic to join in the canine capers and the show’s full programme includes a wide range of ‘enter on the day’ competitions with classes including ‘basic agility’, ‘waggiest tail’, ‘most handsome dog’, ‘best junior handler’, ‘best biscuit catcher’, as well as ‘new kid on the block’, ‘auld faithful’ and ‘champion of champions’.

The PDSA’s large mobile unit will be at the Holyrood Fun Dog Show offering free health checks for pet dogs.

Grace Hounds Rescue will also be on hand with an information stall providing details of their work and how people can support it.

Nicky Pettigrew of The Holyrood Park Ranger Service said: "Holyrood Park is extremely popular with dog owners of all ages so we thought it would be fun to organise an entertaining event just for them and their pets. We hope as many people as possible will come along with their dogs and enjoy the day.

Of course, the main focus for our dog show isn’t breeding and pedigree; it’s all about enjoying and appreciating our four-legged friends and having fun with them in the wonderful natural surroundings of the Park."

The Holyrood Park Fun Dog Show is on Sunday 19 August 2007 from 11.00am-3.00pm. Entry to the event is free.

For more information, please contact the Ranger Service on 0131 652 8150.

Notes for editors
·Holyrood Park is in Edinburgh, east of Holyrood Palace and Abbey. To contact the ranger service, please tel. 0131 652 8150.

·One of Edinburgh’s most famous and popular historic landmarks, Holyrood Park encompasses a 5-mile radius of land and has probably been a Royal Park since the 12th century.

·Holyrood Park is in the care of Historic Scotland which is responsible for maintaining the natural environment and presenting the Park for the enjoyment of the local community and visitors. The Ranger Service based at Holyrood cares for this unique historic and natural attraction and provides a range of important educational services.

·Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae.

·Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959