On Thursday 8th September, Nigel and his 18 month old Labrador/Poodle cross, Eevee, will compete with other politicians and their pooches to win the coveted title of ‘Westminster Dog of the Year 2016’.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes will be whipping their MP owners into shape as they head to Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, London to see who will be crowned top ‘pawlitical’ dog for 2016.
Organised jointly by the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust, the theme of this year’s event focuses on the need for education to ensure that children understand how to interact safely with dogs. As well as this, the competition encourages an open dialogue on important dog welfare issues.
Proud owner Nigel explains: “’Eevee is incredibly loyal and a large part of the family. She loves meeting people and when she’s out and about in the constituency with me, she is very popular. I hope she does well in the competition but to me, she will always be a winner.”
MPs will also be calling for their supporters to vote for them, in a bid to win the paw-blic vote, with additional judging on the day which will review the contestants on their heroic doggy deeds and winning personalities. This will then determine which political pooch will take home the ultimate parliamentary privilege of the ‘Westminster Dog of the Year 2016’ title.
The Westminster Dog of the Year 2016 competition starts at 10.00am on Thursday 8th September at Victoria Tower Gardens. The judging panel that will determine which pooch wins the highly desired crown includes last year’s winning dog owner Andrea Jenkyns MP, ‘pawblic’ vote winner Hugo Swire MP, Stephen Jenkinson of the Kennel Club and Graeme Robertson from Dogs Trust.
Details of MPs and dog entered for this year’s Westminster Dog of the Year can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/westminsterdogoftheyear and please visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WDOTY2016 to vote for Nigel and Eevee!