I love dog shows - the fun ones where nobody takes things too seriously. Okay, so my dream is to enter Crufts - but having a Jack Russell and a cross-breed means that isn't likely to happen any time soon.
One thing I love about fun dog shows is that everyone there is so devoted to their dogs. You walk around talking to people and they all rave about how fabulous their dog is, the little stories that make them unique.
We have another show next Sunday where Every Feather has a stall to raise money for the hospital and aviary. It's run by the Society of Abandoned Animals in Manchester so if you're free then come along. Arwen will be trying to win her first rosette and there will be cake - lots of cake!
Every Feather has had some sad outcomes this last week. A juvenile woodpigeon with PMV who died in his sleep; a woodpigeon shot through the wing who had to be euthanized due to the extent of the injuries and the potential for continued suffering; a baby magpie who died after a cat attack and this Saturday another woodpigeon who had been attacked by a cat and a magpie who also died in its sleep. Even when the outcome isn't what I would have hoped for I still hope that I have given them somewhere safe and comfortable to spend their final hours - if I can't save them then at least they were briefly loved.