Neatly combed beard, check; brushed teeth, check; jaunty lead, check.
Freddie looked sharp and I looked Crufts smart and yet we once again failed to make a hit with the judges in both the Most Handsome Boy and Best Rescue Dog categories at the Friends of Fisherman's Walk Fun Day in Southbourne. Very well attended dog show with pooches of all shapes, sizes and dispositions milling about and getting acquainted in a typically frank canine manner while their owners pretended to look the other way. All dogs very very cute or beautifully behaved and a great cause - entry fees donated to one of the local rescue centres - Pound Puppies.
Freddie and I were philosophical in defeat and stopped off at Seafield Gardens for a New Forest ice cream - oriental ginger flavour - and a deep drink of fresh water on our way home restoring our good humours.