Dog lovers of Donegal and beyond gathered at Kinnegar Brewery’s K2 facility in Letterkenny on Monday to celebrate their canine companions.
The brewery’s first dog show on Easter Monday was a great success, with large crowds travelling from across the north west to compete at the Ballyraine brewery.
The dogs were big, small, fluffy and scruffy, and each of them were good boys and good girls in their own right.
Acclaimed dog judge Martin Potts had his job cut out for him in each class. The overall Best in Show winner was Maxi Bear from Gortahork, who was presented with the inaugural Rusty Cup from the Kinnegar team.
The inspiration for the cup came from a beloved Irish Terrier dog called Rusty, who was a key member of the Kinnegar family. Rusty’s 10th anniversary falls this year. One of Kinnegar Brewing’s best-loved beers, Rustbucket, is named after Rusty. Several of the independent Donegal brewery’s beer labels feature Zack and Pico, two Black & Tan Jack Russell terriers.
Between classes, attendees relaxed with Kinnegar beers at the dog-friendly K2 taproom and enjoyed fresh pizza from Napoli Express.
Attendees were also treated to showcases with impressively trained dogs displaying their skills. Trainers included Tania Carron and her 4-legged team from Academy Dog Training in Rathmullan, Ger Brogan and his ace Labrador Retrievers and Jim Sheridan, a Red & White Setter breeder from Rathmullan, introduced a special showcase of Ireland’s native dogs.
It was a ‘pawsome’ day out for local pet owners, and every dog left with a participation rosette, a wagging tail and a proud owner.
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