Herald's involvement made it easier for UK owners to enter; although the cost of entry was low, at $5, the price of acquiring an International Money Order would have tripled this for UK owners.
Entrants to the Spring 1996 VDS (the second such; the first was held last autumn) included Mable, one of the current Blue Peter dogs. Mabel entered in the mixed breed, 'rescue' and 'occupational' categories, and the VDS was mentioned on Blue Peter itself earlier this month. Other publicity has included an article in the Times of Saturday 11th May, a phone interview with VDS coordinator Liz Bartlett on Channel Four's "Big Breakfast", and a phone interview with Herald's Melanie Harper on Radio Luton. "I told the presenter that there was a class in the show for deceased dogs and he was a bit taken aback," said Harper.
Many owners have said that they have welcomed the Virtual Dog Show as a chance for even the most humble of family pets to have their day "in the ring". There are no restrictions on the type, breed, age or pedigree of the dogs that could be entered.
The results of the Virtual Dog Show were announced on May 25th and are now available online at
http://www.dogshow.com/. (Mabel placed third in the Rescue class.)