Blackadder’s Tony Robinson and Margaret Mountford from the Apprentice were among hundreds of people who turned out in force yesterday to support our celebrity dog show, Hyde Bark.
Dog owners and their four-legged friends came in droves to enter their pets in seven categories throughout the day, including Sweetest Staffie, Best Veteran and Best in Show.
Actress Sue Jameson and actor husband James Bolam, actress Lizzie Roper, TV vet Marc Abraham, author Aby King, actress and model Heidi Mumford, radio presenter Kate Lawler, TV presenters Anneka Svenska and Wendy Turner Webster, were also on hand to show their support as celebrity judges.
London Live television also came along to support the event, here’s the link:
Tony, who arrived with his rescue dog, Winnie, to judge Sweetest Staffie said: “It was an incredibly tough decision. They’re all georgous dogs and so very different.
“I love The Mayhew and the wonderful work they do especially with TheraPaws where they take animals to see patients with dementia and other illnesses. They’re so transformed by the animals, I witnessed it with my own mum and I’m thrilled to support such good work.”
Margaret Mountford, a long term Mayhew supporter, joked: “I chose best veteran because I have most empathy with this group. It’s a great day despite the initial rain. I adopted my two cats from here eight years ago, so I was delighted to come along and support the work The Mayhew does.”
Aby King, author of a series of books based on Prince William’s dog Lupo, gave a fun filled reading from her latest book and also judged Best Friends with Children category.
The Mayhew’s Chief Executive, Caroline Yates, said: “The turnout was fantastic. The support of our celebrity judges means we can help raise awareness of the vital work we do. We can’t thank people enough for turning up to support us. It’s so easy to buy a pet off the internet then give it up. Thousands of pets pass through our doors each year and events like this mean we can let more people know about our animals in need.”
Events Officer, Margherita Billotto, added: “I just want to thank everyone for all their support and for working so hard yesterday at Hyde Bark, including staff, volunteers and celebrities. It was great to see so many people come along and enjoy themselves with their pets.”
The event was compered by staunch Mayhew supporter, Angela Humphreys, who kept the crowd entertained all day.
Prettiest Lady was won by Maya and her owner Sue
Sweetest Staffie went to Lottie and owner Susanna,
Handsomest male was taken by George and owner Rowan
Best Veteran went to Charlie and her owner Katie
Best Friends with children was won by Tolstoy and Alice
Best Rescue went to Billy and Wendy
Owner Lookalike went to Humphry and Philip
Best in show was taken by Charlie and Katie.
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