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Crufts-style' competition a hit with pups, pooches and dog lovers at Sanderson Barkade

18 June 2024

Pups, pooches and dog lovers gathered for a two-day doggy spectacular at Sanderson Arcade at the weekend.

Pet owners looked on as their canine friends performed tricks and showed off their skills on an agility course before enjoying treats and puppuccinos as part of the two-day event.

The hotly anticipated Barkade competition, which was kindly sponsored by Pets at Home Morpeth, saw dogs compete in several categories including Golden Oldie, Best Recue, Junior Handler, Best Puppy, Fancy Dress and Happiest Dog.

All winners placed received a rosette and the chance of a podium photo, while all first prize winners took home a goody bag packed with over £50 worth of toys and treats kindly gifted from Pets at Home.

Judges also announced the overall winner for ‘Best in Show 2024’ as Best Rescue, American Bulldog, Finn and owner Phil Cheesman who took home a hamper of goodies worth over £100.

And to further add to the fun, a number of dog owners got into the spirit of the event by taking part in this year’s fancy dress theme of TV and film.

Lottie Thompson, Centre Manager at Sanderson Arcade, said “There was a real buzz about the centre all weekend and it was so great to see all of those different breeds of cute dogs!”

The competitions were hosted by BBC Newcastle’s Matt Bailey and judged by Pets at Home staff and, Max William Robertson, aged 10, who won last year’s ‘Best in Show’ competition with his golden oldie, Milly the golden Labrador.

The weekend also saw the return of Morpeth Street Food Market in the Market Place, giving visitors a chance to indulge in culinary delights from the likes of Dou_h & Co, Little Twins Bakery and Big Fat Donut Co.

For more information on the event and other activities and markets at Sanderson Arcade visit


The full list of first place winners is below:-

Golden Oldie
Chewie – Yorkshire terrier mixed with a jack Russell

Best Rescue
Finn – American Bulldog

Junior Handler
Jasmine with Show Cocker Spaniel Evie

Best Puppy
Cleo – Jackawowa (Chihuahua and Jack Russell Mix)

Fancy Dress – TV & Film Themed
Bella a miniature Poodle, dressed as Belle from Beauty & the Beast

Happiest Dog

Nala – Cavapoo

Best in Show 2024

Finn – American Bulldog with Owner Phil Cheesman

Reserve Best in Show 2024

Chewie – Yorkshire terrier mixed with a jack Russell with Owners the Hogg Family


 Pictures show Barkade at Sanderson Arcade, Best in Show Finn and Reserve Best in Show Chewie


For further information, contact:-

Public Relations Department, Dransfield Properties Ltd
Tel: 01226 360644

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