10-year-old Westhoughton girl hoping to hit £10,000 mark with dog show on Saturday

Dog lover Scarlett and dad Martin with rescue dogs Mini, Mercy and Bentley

Dog lover Scarlett and dad Martin with rescue dogs Mini, Mercy and Bentley

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A PRIMARY school pupil is to take her fundraising for an animal rescue centres past the £10,000 mark.

Scarlett Berry, aged 10, is hosting the Barking Berry’s charity fun day in Central Park, Westhoughton on Saturday to raise cash for Bolton Destitute Animal Shelter and Dogs Trust Merseyside.

Enterprising Scarlett, who lives in Westhoughton, started supporting animal rescue charities when she was eight by selling homemade dog biscuits and donating the profits.

Scarlett, a Bury Grammar School for Girls pupil, wants to become a vet and last year was nominated for Young Animal Enthusiast Of the Year at the Daily Mirror Animal Hero Awards.

She said: “I am so excited about the day. Last year was good but this year is going to be even better.

“We will have music, a compere, even more stalls, refreshments and lots of entertainment.

“We want to raise lots of money for all of the rescues coming along on the day but probably the most important thing is to let people know that you don't need to go to a breeder to buy a dog because there are so many lovely dogs in rescues all over the country waiting for their forever homes.”

There are 15 canine show classes on the day, while pet dogs can also take advantage of flyball and agility games.

The shows, which costs £1 to enter on the day, will be judged by veterinary nurse Gemma Yates from Darley House Vet Centre in Farnworth and trainee vet Alice Leach.

The categories are Best Child Handler, Cutest Pup (12 months and under), Glossiest Coat, Prettiest Bitch, Waggiest Tail, Most Handsome Dog, Best Smile, Best Senior (seven years and over), Best Ears, Best Ex-Pound Dog, Barkiest Dog, Best Rescue, Dog Most Like its Owner, Best Fancy Dress and Best in Show.

Support from local businesses means each winner will receive a goody bag containing Heights Farm quality dog food, a £10 Pets at Home voucher and bags of treats from Jollyes Pet Store.

The overall winner will also receive a cup, with Reserve Best in Show walking away with a shield.

About 50 stalls will be at the fun day, which runs from 11am to 4pm. For more information go to the dog show's Facebook page.

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2:02pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Wolfie190 says...

What an outstanding young girl she is I hope she does become a vet. All the best to her.
What an outstanding young girl she is I hope she does become a vet. All the best to her. Wolfie190
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