SALFORD, U.K. — Twinkle, the one-year-old Shar Pei cross that was rescued from a life as a bait dog, is the inspiration behind the first annual Dogs in Salford Festival. The event is scheduled for July 26, between 11 and 3 p.m. in Clifton Country Park.
Twinkle’s past is tragic. Once used as a bait dog, she was the target of other dogs’ aggression, leaving her riddled with wounds and scars. When Rochdale Dog Rescue saved her, she was emaciated, weighing only half of what was normal. She was found on an apartment balcony, left outside in freezing temperatures without a single comfort, no blanket or shelter.
Terrified, Twinkle could barely stand. Her rescuers were heartbroken. Though she’s been nursed back to health and is ready to be homed, Twinkle struggles with aggression towards other dogs. If the right home can’t be found by September, she will begin training with a behaviorist to work through these issues.
Twinkle’s story is the inspiration behind the Dogs in Salford festival. This is a day when dogs will be celebrated and the event will be healthy, positive, upbeat, educational and informative.
Dogs can participate in several competitions, including golden oldie (for dogs seven years or older), most handsome/prettiest girl, best scruff, waggiest tail, best handler (under the age of 12) and best scruff.
Veterinarians will also be onsite to microchip and provide free health checks. Also in attendance will be several local businesses including Dial A Dog Wash, Pixie’s Posh Pets, Flyin’ Dog Photography and Wolf if Down. There will be face painting for children (Kelli’s Creations) and the HMP prison dogs will be there to do a demonstration of the crime-fighting work they do.
This festival is sure to be a success. How could it not be when it’s an event celebrating everything dog-related?