A DOG trainer with a business in North Wales has admitted she is delighted to see a return to competitive shows in OSwestry following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Karen Boyce, who owns Beastly Thoughts Professional Dog Services (BTPDS), held a Companion Dog Show, welcomed back owners and their four-legged friends top Oswestry Showground last weekend.

Karen, who lives in Froncysyllte, was joined by her team of BTPDS instructors for the event, which was part of the Clwyd Veteran and Vintage Machinery Society’s Annual Show, as dozens of dogs strutted their stuff around to try to win red rosettes for such awards as 'coolest guy', 'cleverest dog' and 'best veteran'.

She admitted it felt good to be back in action so close to home.

“It was wonderful to be back holding a friendly little dog show in our own backyard," she said.

“And it’s the first of another three get togethers like this that we have planned for 2022.”

The awesome Hector the Springbat (Springer Spaniel x Bassett) from Gobowen took the biggest accolade of the day, earning Best In Show.

Meanwhile, the Society’s own chairman, Bernie Morris, picked up Reserve Best In Show with the gorgeous collie; Jaffa.

Karen added: “We raised nearly £120 for the charity so we would like thank all those who attended and also came to watch.

“Special thanks to the society for asking us to run the show.

"And a big thank you to the BTPDS Team volunteers for their time.

"We can’t run a show without folks like these giving up their time."

Beastly Thoughts Professional Dog Service (BTPDS) business is celebrating 15 years in business this year.

Karen added: “Our next dog show is actually our anniversary one, that is being held as part of the Criftins Summer Fayre on Saturday, July 9.

"All welcome as always.”

Winners on the day were Best Puppy – Sali the collie from Mold; Cutest Gal – Pip the Jack Russell; Coolest Guy – Billy the Sprocker from Shrewsbury; Best Veteran – Lily the Staffy from Llandinam; Best Non Pedigree – Hector the Springbat from Gobowen; Cleverest Dog – Marley the Fox Terrier from Abergele; Best Coat – Jaffa the collie from Wrexham; Most Appealing Eyes – Bella the Springer from Bagillt and Best Ears – Norman the Spinoine from Dudleston Heath.