DOGS big and small are being invited to unleash their hidden talents at a New Forest care home’s charity dog show.

Colten Care’s Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst is inviting canine creatures of every size, shape and breed to attend its first ever pooch pageant.

The event, between 2pm and 5pm on Saturday, September 14, will celebrate all that’s great about dogs, while raising money for Oakhaven Hospice and the Honeypot Children’s Charity.

Woodpeckers manager Katie Aswad, the proud owner of a Chinese Crested dog called Rudy, said: “I think it’s safe to say that the majority of our residents and staff simply adore dogs so the show is something we have been planning and looking forward to for some time.”

Katie continued: “We hope to welcome big dogs, small dogs, fluffy dogs, wiry dogs, working dogs, puppies – all kinds of dogs really.

“Our residents are even making dog–friendly ‘pea-mutt butter’ treats for the entrants and I’m sure there will be plenty of fun, a few hairy moments and complete cuteness overload.”

The show will feature a variety of categories in which the dogs can show off their skills, agility and any special talents.

Pets and owners are welcome to wear fancy dress if they wish and there will even be a prize for the dog which looks most like its’ human.

Katie added: “As well as being a lot of fun, the day will feature refreshments and stalls and will benefit two great charities: Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington and the national children’s charity Honeypot, which gives young carers respite breaks and outreach support.

“We hope as many dogs and their owners as possible will help us make the event a success.”