Res­cue dogs have their day

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

RES­CUE dogs were in the spot­light at Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home’s an­nual fun day.

Pups of all shapes and sizes took part in a pa­rade in the grounds of the Old Wind­sor cen­tre and fought for awards such as the Wag­gi­est Tail and Loveli­est Lady.

The event was for dogs that have ex­ceeded 250 days in ken­nels, in the hope of fi­nally find­ing them a lov­ing home.

Chil­dren’s au­thor – and Bat­tersea am­bas­sador – Dame Jac­que­line Wil­son and Chan­nel 4’s Count­down word­smith Susie Dent judged the con­tests.

Susie said: “What a won­der­ful day, full of dogs of ev­ery shape and size, each show­ing just how amaz­ing res­cue dogs are. From the Hand­somest Fella to the Loveli­est Lady, it was dif­fi­cult to pick a win­ner among all th­ese happy hounds and their very proud new own­ers.

“Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home does such a fan­tas­tic job of res­cu­ing and re­hom­ing thou­sands of dogs and cats ev­ery year and I truly loved be­ing part of their Wind­sor Fun Day, get­ting to meet so many for­mer ca­nine res­i­dents and hear­ing their ragsto-riches sto­ries.

“I re­ally hope many of the cur­rent dogs in their care, in­clud­ing the adorable Bud the Lurcher cross, now also find new homes as a re­sult of this event.”

Bud is one of the longest­serv­ing res­i­dents at the home, at a whop­ping 874 days. He is fol­lowed by Siberian husky Storm (263 days), and friendly mongrel Blue­bell, (261).

Vis­i­tors were en­cour­aged to bring their own dogs.

Eight-year-old cocker spaniel Al­bie, from En­gle­field Green, won the award for Fab­u­lous Fella, while 21-year-old ter­rier Jenny, from Farn­bor­ough, nabbed the Golden Oldie tro­phy.

Dogs were tested on their re­spon­sive­ness to typ­i­cal com­mands, such as ‘sit’, ‘stay’ and ‘down’, in an Obe­di­ence Elim­i­na­tion con­test.

Tim Mardell, from Staines, whose three-year-old Dober­man Nigel won the com­pe­ti­tion, said: “I got Nigel from Bat­tersea as a puppy and he’s awe­some.

“We’re so happy he won the obe­di­ence class.”

Ac­tive, friendly and in­tel­li­gent: Harry, a Mongrel with great po­ten­tial.

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