Westminster Dog of the Year 2011

I’m once again delighted to be helping to judge this year’s prestigious Westminster Dog of the Year Competition on Thursday 13th October 2011.

From 10.30am Victoria Tower Gardens, next to the House of Lords, Westminster will be filled with hopeful MPs clutching their dogs of all shapes and sizes across the political parties.

The winner will be announced at midday and fellow judges are Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko, Dogs Trust CEO Clarissa Baldwin and last year’s winner the lovely Helen Grant MP.

This is the 19th Westminster Dog of the Year competition; this time with 17 canine contestants throwing their leashes into the ring, so it’s bound to be the most exciting leadership battle of the year.

With not a spin doctor or focus group in sight, the Westminster Dog of the Year competition also provides the nation with the opportunity to see their MP as a real human being – poop scoop bag and all. The competition is open to all parliamentarians’ pooches, regardless of breed, creed or pawlitical persuasion.

This year’s dogs range in size from a pint-sized miniature Dachshund to a glamorous Poodle and all 17 canines will be hoping for a decisive victory. Power-sharing is a big no-no among dogs.

Entrants include:

David Amess (Conservative – Southend West) & Lily the Pug

Harriett Baldwin (Conservative – West Worcestershire) & Poppy the Miniature Dachshund

Matthew Offord (Conservative – Hendon) & Max the Jack Russell

Neil Parish (Conservative – Tiverton & Honiton) & Wilberforce the Labrador

Caroline Nokes (Conservative – Romsey and Southampton) & Fudge the Cocker Spaniel

Last year's winner Helen Grant MP with her border terrier Charlie
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