Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:45

Dogs and their owners are in for a whole pack of canine capers at the second annual Dogs’ Day Out at the Eden Project on March 8.

Among the big attractions are a dog which rounds up ducks and a fun dog show.

Most of the action is in the Eden arena where at 12 noon the day kicks off with a police dog display.  This is to be followed by a search and rescue dog display.

At 2pm there will be a Fun Dog show free to all to enter as long as long as dogs have been registered at the desk in the arena before 1.30 pm.

A highlight of the day will be the Quack Pack led by farmer and expert sheepdog handler Meirion Owen.

Meirion’s team of border collies and Indian Runner ducks are to provide an entertaining, educational and interactive display.

Meirion started sheepdog trialling at the age of nine and has since gone on to win many trials including the Welsh National Sheepdog Championship. He also captained the Welsh team at the International Sheep Dog Trials.

Meirion is a life member of the International Sheep Dog Society and past Welsh President of the Society. Judging assignments have taken Meirion all over the globe and in 2002, he was honoured to be invited to judge the very first World Sheep Dog Trial in Bala, North Wales. More recently Meirion headed the organising committee for the very successful 2008 World Sheep Dog Trials held in Llandeilo, South Wales.

A farmer born and bred, Meirion has been around border collies all his life. He is the third generation of his family to be involved in the art of training, competing and demonstrating with his border collies all over the country. Meirion appears regularly on TV and has been on three series of the very popular BBC programme 'One Man and His Dog.'

Meirion's duck herding demonstrations are designed to showcase the amazing talents of border collies and the communication between handler and dog. They are also interactive, allowing hands-on adult and child participation. Meirion provides his own humorous commentary as he uses a combination of commands to guide his dogs and ducks around a course that includes tunnels, slides and pens.  The Quack Pack demonstrations are due at 1.30pm and 3pm.

Eden will also be visited by several local organisations, including Paws for Cake treats, and Pets As Therapy, a national charity that provides therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes. They will be under the link canopy from 10-4pm.

Chris Pritchard, Eden’s Interpretation Production Manager, said:  “We love dogs at Eden and this is a great fun and educational way to show their owners how dog-friendly we are.  After our first Dogs’ Day Out last year we have been asked by many people when we would do it again and here it is – with the fun dog show sure to be a highlight.  And who wouldn’t want to see collies and ducks working in harmony?”