Town is full of happy hounds

Happy Hounds, Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge. From the left, Sarah Graham with Buzz, Seth Graham, seven, and Matilda Graham, six.

Happy Hounds, Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge. From the left, Sarah Graham with Buzz, Seth Graham, seven, and Matilda Graham, six.

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Dog lovers and their prized pooches descended on Hebden Bridge to take part in the annual ‘Happy Hounds’ event.

Held on Saturday in Calder Holmes Park, the day was organised by Hebden Royd Town Council and Calderdale Council in response to complaints about irresponsible dog owners.

Happy Hounds, Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge. Brian and Louise Toberman with Bella and Maisie.

Happy Hounds, Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge. Brian and Louise Toberman with Bella and Maisie.

But it’s recognised those people are in a minority and the event was designed to celebrate all that’s great about responsible dog ownership.

Local dog trainers were on hand to give useful information and highlighted some of the important roles our four-legged friends play in society.

Ulti-mutts Agility, based in Sowerby Bridge, ran demonstrations and ‘have a go’ agility classes and there was also a number of fun dog categories, including ‘waggiest tail’ and ‘dog who takes food most politely’.

Demonstrations, face painting and children’s entertainment kept little ones entertained throughout the afternoon.

Happy Hounds, Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge. Nessie Macdonald and Michelle Campbell with dogs, from the left, Ellie, Sam and Louanne.

Happy Hounds, Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge. Nessie Macdonald and Michelle Campbell with dogs, from the left, Ellie, Sam and Louanne.

The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Tony Hodgins, said: “Hebden Happy Hounds was a great success, the weather was good to us and the turnout was brilliant. The agility dogs were very good to watch and the entries for the fun classes were the best ever and raised over £150 for the Mayor’s charity, for which we are very grateful.

“I hope the event can now go from strength to strength and we would like to thank all the stall holders and participants for making it a day to remember.”

Happy Hounds, Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge. Mayor of Hebden Royd Tony Hodgins with Goldie the goldendoodle, right, and consort Hazel Scriven with Benji the cavalier King Charles spaniel.

Happy Hounds, Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge. Mayor of Hebden Royd Tony Hodgins with Goldie the goldendoodle, right, and consort Hazel Scriven with Benji the cavalier King Charles spaniel.