Easter Sunday means the annual St. Agnes dog race. So we took the black dog down there to participate in his very first competitive activity! But despite bribery, by way of a handful of gravy bones, he wasn’t quite on top form. Speed wasn’t a necessarily the problem, just direction.
The event takes place every year at Trevaunance Cove in St. Agnes and raises money for the local Surf Life Saving Club. And the idea is that you turn up with your dog, pay a donation to enter them into the races, parade them a little so spectators can place donation wagers. You take them to the start line in heats, they all speed off down the beach after a lifeguard dressed as an Easter bunny, a winner is announced and lots of money is raised for charity.
The reality is that you turn up with your dog, pay a donation with one hand whilst trying to stop your dog sprinting straight onto the beach with the other hand, attempt to parade them a little whilst they strain to smell doggy bottoms and cock their legs all over the pen stakes. You bribe them over to the start line, run to the other end waving your arms and gravy bones in their general direction and as soon the race starts it’s total canine chaos! There are of course some quite professional entrants who sprint in a straight line right past the bunny and direct to the finish. The rest of them create a sort of doggy scrum of wagging tails, bottom sniffing and barking.
The black dog took part in the second heat – the St. Agnes Bakery Steeple Chase, and was looking pretty confident up until the about 1 second off the start line, when he veered wildly off to the right. He did make it back onto the track, eventually, but I’m not sure he actually crossed the finish line, well not the right direction anyway.
Never mind boy, it’s the taking part that counts!