Rescue dogs have their day
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.