Friday, 12 August 2022

Former winners urge owners to enter their 'Top Dog'

THE 2013 Top Dog winners are urging owners to enter their pets in this year's competition.

Last year's overall winner was Rory, a cross between a bearded collie and a border collie, owned by Joyce Marriott, from Pyrton.

Mrs Marriott said: "I would absolutely recommend anyone to enter. It's a nice way of celebrating what dogs bring into our lives. You don't have to have a pedigree, they can be any size and breed.

"It was lovely to see everyone there on the night with their dogs and it was a really good evening."

Rory was rescued by Mrs Marriott when he was 14 months old and used to suffer separation anxiety. She spent two years helping him get over his problems and now he visits schools, care homes and community groups to raise money for Stokenchurch Dog Rescue.

Mrs Marriott said: "We have had some kudos in Stokenchurch since Rory won. I put it in the village newsletter and he has been recognised from that.

"I decided to enter the contest to raise the profile of rescue dogs and show that just because a dog is second-hand it doesn't mean they're second best.

"I'll let someone else have a go this year but I might try to enter one of my other dogs next year. My Yorkshire terrier-cross Lucy was given away by her old family when they found out she wasn't pedigree so I might enter her."

Last year's May the Paws Be With You fancy dress category was won by Cuche, a two-year-old Lakeland terrier owned by 12-year-old Danielle Hawkins, from Rotherfield Greys.

Danielle submitted a picture of Cuche dressed as Paddington Bear. His blue jacket and red beret had been knitted by her grandmother for her teddy bears when she was younger.

Danielle, who goes to Gillotts School in Henley, said: "It was great to use all the prizes and we got to see Cuche have fun with them too. The best one was the dog swimming lessons. It was a great experience to see him swimming for the first time. I'm really glad I entered. I had seen it in previous years and we had considered entering with our old dog, Hogie. When we saw the character competition we knew we had to enter Cuche because he looks just like a teddy bear.

"Lots of people have recognised him in the street and people at school have come up and said they saw him in the paper.

"I'd recommend the competition to anyone. It's a really fun thing to take part in and see all the different dogs and the effort their owners have made. The prizes are great too — there are things not just for you but your dog too."

Click here for full details on how to enter Henley's Top Dog 2014.

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