Hounds of all shapes and sizes were crowned waggy-tailed winners by children’s author and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home ambassador Jacqueline Wilson at Battersea’s Fun Day in Old Windsor.
More than 2,500 animal lovers brought their four-legged friends to the rescue centre on Saturday, July 5, to compete in 11 dog classes – including golden oldie, best Battersea dog and prettiest lady – to raise money for the charity’s homeless residents.
Dame Jacqueline – who brought along her new Battersea dog, five-month-old black terrier cross Jackson – judged various classes and the first Great Battersea Bake Off competition.
Dame Jacqueline said: “I’ve had a wonderful day meeting all the former Battersea residents and seeing Jackson make some lovely new friends.
“I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the special event, although it wasn’t an easy job judging the dog classes.
“I wanted them all to win, but I think those who took home the first place rosettes deserved them, and I hope they’ll come back next year to defend their Battersea titles.”
The best Battersea dog event was won by one-year-old Buster, who was rehomed from the Old Windsor centre in April last year. He had been brought in as a stray in desperate need of medical attention, having lived off rubbish for weeks.
The English setter cross collie – who now lives in Maidenhead – was awarded the prestigious honour of representing the home as an official Battersea Ambassadog for his miraculous transformation and gentle nature with youngsters.
Other winners included six-year-old ex-racing greyhound Moo Moo, who took the prize for prettiest lady home to Amersham, while 96-year-old Eveline Holroyd shared the prize for dog that looks most like its owner with her bichon frise Molly, for their uncanny resemblance.