A FUN dog show is being held to raise money for bull terrier rescue which is dear to the heart of Star staff member Zoe Donoghue.

The regional promotions and events manager for the Star's parent company Newsquest North West, who is based in St Helens, said: "I have had English Bull Terriers for many years. For me, no other dog would ever compare, a bully is far more than your normal every day dog.

"They have a fantastic character, they are the clowns of the K9 world, once you have got the bully bug, I guarantee you will never want another breed of dog.

"When my old girl passed away, I was unsure of how the space she left would ever be filled. I joined many rescue pages on the internet and after looking day after day at all those beautiful bulls in need of new homes, we finally found our boy.

"At the time, he was a nine month old, full-of-mischief English Bull Terrier. Lincoln, now two-and-a-half and quickly becoming a lazy bull, he has turned our life upside down, but all in a good way. He is very much part of the family and we are so glad we found him and took on a rescue rather than looking for a young pup."

The show is being held between 12pm and 4pm on June 29 in Leigh at Westleigh Methodists Cricket Club's Knowles Park ground off Westleigh Lane.

It's open to all dogs, pedigree or cross-bred, and looks set to be a great day for man and his best friend, at the same time raising the much needed funds for the rescue service.

Classes include fancy dress, best six legs, best child handler, dogs with special needs and of best rescue.

Adopt-a-Bull Terrier Rescue was developed to help less fortunate Bull Terriers who may have disabilities, impairments or special needs, catering for those who couldn’t always be re-homed and seen by some as a drain on resources.

They wanted to help all bullies, not just those who are just fit and healthy.

It is a non-profit, voluntary organisation that relies on donations made by the public as well as funds raised by their volunteers. All monies received goes toward helping the dogs in their care.

Many require veterinary care when they come in and some may require treatment whilst in foster. All dogs are neutered and spayed in foster if this has not already been done before they come into care. Adopt-A-Bull Terrier Rescue would not be able to do this without generous support and are indebted to the many donors.

For further information on Adopt-A-Bull Terrier, see their website, www.adoptabullterrierrescue.co.uk or email info@adoptabullterrierrescue.co.uk