Pupils from Portadown Integrated and St Mary’s Maghery have taken part in educational shows promoting responsible dog ownership and how to stay safe around dogs – with Jed the Border Collie being the star of the show.
Organised by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in partnership with the Dogs Trust, children in primary five and six were encouraged to think about the time and care that a dog needs on a daily basis through the format of a ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’ quiz.
A question and answer session was held after the quiz along with a demonstration of microchipping equipment before pupils were each presented with ‘freebies’.
The highlight of the show was, of course, Jed who showed off his skills by responding to commands and doing some tricks before letting pupils give him a pat under close supervision.
The shows also coincided with the Dogs Trust’s ‘Big Scoop’ campaign so pupils were taught the importance of cleaning up after their dog and being a ‘Scooperhero’, complete with bright yellow capes.