EXCITEMENT is building among Helensburgh's dog lovers as a popular event featuring all things canine friendly gets set to return.

The annual Helensburgh Companion Dog Show and Gala Day is set to take place on Saturday, July 27 in Colquhoun Square.

It is fundraising event, sponsored by Helensburgh Pet Shop and supported by the Kennel Club, for the town's Christmas lights festival in a few months.

Last year, we reported that a total of 211 dogs entered the various classes and were judged by Helen Monaghan before being strutted around the ring by their owners.

Class 10 was the most popular, with 32 entrants wanting to win the rosette for "Most Handsome Dog".

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Booking will open on the day from 10am and the show begins at 12 noon.

It will make an ideal family-friendly event as there will also be a market with a variety on offer and fairground rides dotted around the square.  

Rosettes and prizes for the first to sixth places in each class will be awarded and a special trophy in memory of “J.J” for Best in Show will be presented at the end of the show by Paw Patrol friends who will be on hand for photographs and canine cuddles.

The classes for the show are as follows and multiple class entries are welcome.

Class 1:  Puppy (6 - 12 months)      

Class 2:  Sporting (Any Gundog, Terrier or Hound) 

Class 3:  Non Sporting (Working, pastoral, Utility or Toy breed)

Class 4:  Open (Open to all)    

Class 5 :Veteran (7 years and over)    

Class 6: Best cross Breed   

Class 7: Best Rescue   

Class 8: Best Mover

Class 9:  Best Condition     

Class 10: Most Handsome Dog  

Class 11:  Prettiest Bitch

Organisers of the event said: "The volunteers hope that many more four legged supporters will join them at what has proved in the past two years to be a happy and entertaining family day.

"It is a great social occasion and chance to meet lots of new canine friends as well as helping to raise much needed funds to ensure the lights project can go ahead this year. "