Hug a Husky

Husky dogs owners Val McAllister and Steve Stout with their dogs Diesel and Myshka
Husky dogs owners Val McAllister and Steve Stout with their dogs Diesel and Myshka

RENOWNED for their tireless energy, most notably in ice expeditions, and immediately recognisable, the Husky is more often associated with the arctic

But this Saturday (June 16) visitors to the annual Canine Capers event, at Victoria Park, in St Helens, will get the chance to ‘Hug a Husky’!

Siberian husky owners Val McAllister and Steve Stout, of Billinge, will be among a number of husky owners to attend the midday event.

Two years ago we snapped them with their pets Diesel and Myshka - and they’ve since added another husky to their pack.

Ten-month-old Kaviq was set to be put to sleep before Christmas after escaping from his previous owner’s property on numerous occasions.

But Val and Steve embarked on a 10-hour journey in the snow to rescue him - and the rest is history!

Val said: “Huskies always draw a huge crowd and we are forever getting members of the public come to us with all sorts of myths and stories they believe to be true about the breed. We like nothing more than talking about our wonderful huskies and allaying some of those myths.

“A husky is not just a pretty dog but a working dog. At Canine Capers we will have scooters and rigs on display and we are arranging a Hug A Husky, a raffle and a stall too.”

Canine Capers kicks off at midday on Saturday (June 16) at Victoria Park.

Dog owners who turn up with their pets can also take advantage of free pet healthchecks, free microchipping and watch an amazing dog display team.