UK’s Pet Pad of the Year 2012 Revealed!

After a two-month nationwide search a replica of detached family home in Derbyshire is crowned ultimate doghouse –
and taken the title of ‘UK Pet Pad of the Year 2012.

The doggie dwelling is an exact 1/3 scale replica of the owner’s house, with carpets, lighting, a gravel driveway and fully-functioning guttering being just a few of the property’s mod-cons.

As well as being bestowed with the first ever ‘Pet Pad of the Year’ title, the winner will receive a £1,000 prize.

The famed expression ‘in the doghouse’ will take on a whole new meaning today as the winner of the inaugural ‘Pet Pad of the Year’ competition has been revealed by MORE TH>N Pet Insurance – and it’s quite the slice of real estate.


The winning entry (pictured) belongs to a two-year-old St. Bernard called Wellington and is a painstakingly authentic half-storey replica of his owner’s detached three-bedroom house in Derbyshire.

Standing at 6.5 feet tall the canine crib even features all the mod-cons of a family home – including insulated walls and floors, carpets, glossed skirting boards, lighting, a slate roof, fully-functioning guttering and the pièce de résistance: rippled Cotswold windows that ensure Wellington has all the privacy he needs.

It’s not just the bricks and mortar that owner Julian Kite has gone to town with; the surroundings aren’t too shabby, either. Set in sweeping back garden grounds with a fine gravel driveway, patio stepping-stones, ceramic statues, potted plants and hanging baskets, it is the epitome of classy canine living.

Despite Wellington also having the run of the family home, Mr Kite spent an impressive 84 hours building the ultimate second residency for his beloved dog – dedication which helped him fight off stiff competition to be officially crowned Pet Pad of the Year 2012 by a panel of judges, including celebrity pet lover Dawn O’Porter and me!

Commenting on Julian’s entry, Dawn O’Porter said, “I love the idea of Wellington having his very own property and land to roam. It’s so grand and ridiculous that it’s pure genius. Going through all of the Pet Pad of the Year entries has kept me amused for days and really inspired me to get more creative with my little dog.”

When presented with the cash prize and award accolade, Julian said, “I can’t honestly believe it. What an honour. Designing and building Wellington’s house has been a hobby, so being rewarded in such a way is truly brilliant. It’s just the beginning though, by the time I’ve finished with his kennel I’ll probably want to live in there myself!”

As well as being crowned as the first-ever ‘Pet Pad of the Year’ winner, Julian received a £1,000 cash prize from MORE TH>N Pet Insurance – which launched the two month-long competition to find the UK’s greatest pet pads.

John Ellenger, Head of Pet at MORE TH>N, said: “The UK is a nation of dog and cat lovers and this competition shows the great lengths that many owners go to ensure that their pets have a comfortable home to relax and sleep in. Julian’s entry brings to life exactly what we were hoping to find and I’m delighted that the inaugural Pet Pad of the Year title has gone to such great ambassadors.”

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