Saturday, 31 July 2021

Do you own Henley’s Top Dog?

BOUNDING into its fourth year, Henley’s canine competition is back and promises to be as funny, heart-warming and entertaining as

BOUNDING into its fourth year, Henley’s canine competition is back and promises to be as funny, heart-warming and entertaining as ever.

There are £1,700 worth of prizes to be won in this year’s contest, which is organised in association with Naughty Mutt Nice, Henley’s dog shop.

To be in with a chance of winning the coveted title of Henley’s Top Dog — plus a plethora of fantastic goodies — all you have to do is enter one of our three barkingly brilliant categories:

Don’t Call Me A Mutt

Hybrid dogs are hot in H.O.T. — golden doodles, pugshires, schnoodles, there are so many wonderful new breeds, all with such unique personalities. To enter this category and be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, please send us a good quality photo of your dog, plus 200 words explaining why your “mutt” is the best hybrid in Henley.

Dog Tails

Your woofer is wonderful —you know that — and now you need to tell us why. Maybe your dog has done something exceptionally brave, or they have experienced something heartbreaking but pulled through nonetheless. Or maybe you have a hilarious anecdote about your pooch that you would love to share. To be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, please send us a good quality photo, plus your dog’s tale in 200 words.

May The Paws Be With You

Last year saw Hoshi the shiba inu scoop first place as Fox in Socks. Could your creativity put your dog in the top spot this year? Put on your thinking caps and dress your dog to become a famous character from your favourite book, film or TV show. To be in with a chance of winning, please send us a good quality photo together with a short description.

How to enter

You can send your entries by post or by email.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is send us your story and photo of your dog, together with your name, address and daytime telephone number, to: Top Dog competition 2013, Henley Standard, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley, RG4 1AR or email your entry to topdog@henleystandard.co.uk or to info@naughtymuttnice.com

The competition closing date is Friday, July 12.

All the stories and pictures will appear in the Henley Standard and at www.henley standard.co.uk

The winning entries and runners-up will be chosen by the Top Dog judges, Henley Standard editor Simon Bradshaw, Naughty Mutt Nice proprietor Aspen Weatherburn, Erik D’Arcy-Donnelly of the Henley Veterinary Centre and Mayor-elect Stefan Gawrysiak.

The awards ceremony will be held in the Balfour Room at Hotel du Vin in New Street, Henley, on Thursday, August 22.

All dog owners will be welcome at the ceremony as well as any socialised and well-behaved four-legged friends who fancy popping along. The ceremony will begin at 7pm.

Terms and conditions

A dog can be entered in only one of the three categories.

The prizes are non-refundable and there is no cash alternative. All prizes must be claimed by November 1.

Normal Henley Standard competition rules apply and the editor’s decision is final. To see the rules, visit www.henleystandard.co.uk/regulars/competition_rules.php

Prizes

Don’t Call Me A Mutt (total prize value £640)

1. A meal for two (plus your dog) at the Henley Brew House worth £40. www.thehenley brewhouse.co.uk

2. A health check at the Henley Veterinary Centre with a consultation and urine sample evaluation worth £50. www.henley-vets.co.uk

3. A behavioural group class worth £30 with Josh Wood at the Instincts Group. www.theinstinctsgroup.com

4. Four pack-walks with Dog-Go-Walkies worth £40. www.doggowalkies.com

5. A 20-minute introductory, fully assisted hydrotherapy session including a shampoo and shower at Doggy Dips worth £35. www.doggydips.co.uk

6. One-day care session at Doggy Dips worth £20. www.doggydips.co.uk

7. A Filiz Tunali commissioned A3 sketch of your dog worth about £250. www.cargo collective.com/filiztunali

8. An organic trial box of Lily’s Kitchen dog food worth £25. www.lilyskitchen.co.uk

9. A lead and collar set from Funky Mutts worth £60. www.funkymutts.co.uk

10. A wash, tidy and nail cut at Naughty Mutt Nice worth £35. www.naughty muttnice.com

11. A John Paul pet shampoo set worth £30. www.johnpaulpet.com

Three runners-up will each receive: A night at Pete’s Pet Pad worth £25, a nail cut at Naughty Mutt Nice and an Alpha & Ruby Pupcake (www.alphaandruby.com)

Dog Tails (£545)

1. A night, plus dinner, for two at Hotel du Vin Henley with your dog worth £260. www.hotelduvin.com

2. A health check at the Henley Veterinary Centre with a consultation and urine sample evaluation worth £50. www.henley-vets.co.uk

3. A behavioural group class worth £30 with Josh Wood at the Instincts Group. www.theinstinctsgroup.com

4. Four pack-walks with Dog-Go-Walkies worth £40. www.doggowalkies.com

5. A 20-minute introductory, fully assisted hydrotherapy session including a shampoo and shower at Doggy Dips worth £35. www.doggydips.co.uk

6. One-day care session at Doggy Dips worth £20. www.doggydips.co.uk

7. A wash, tidy and nail cut at Naughty Mutt Nice worth £35. www.naughty muttnice.com

8. A John Paul pet shampoo set worth £30. www.johnpaulpet.com

9. One Billy & Margot treat pack worth £20. www.billyandmargot.com

Three runners-up will each receive: A night at Pete’s Pet Pad worth £25, a nail cut at Naughty Mutt Nice and an Alpha & Ruby Pupcake (www.alphaandruby.com)

May The Paws Be With You (£470)

1. A meal for two (plus your dog) at the Henley Brew House worth £40. www.thehenley brewhouse.co.uk

2. A health check at the Henley Veterinary Centre with a consultation and urine sample evaluation worth £50. www.henley-vets.co.uk

3. A behavioural group class worth £30 with Josh Wood at the Instincts Group. www.theinstinctsgroup.com

4. Four pack-walks with Dog-Go-Walkies worth £40. www.doggowalkies.com

5. A 20-minute introductory, fully assisted hydrotherapy session including a shampoo and shower at Doggy Dips worth £35. www.doggydips.co.uk

6. One-day care session at Doggy Dips worth £20. www.doggydips.co.uk

7. A wash, tidy and nail cut at Naughty Mutt Nice worth £35. www.naughty muttnice.com

8.A Fenella Smith gift set of two mugs and a matching dog bowl worth £70. www.fenellasmith.com

9. An organic trial box of Lily’s Kitchen dog food worth £25. www.lilyskitchen.co.uk

10. A lead and collar set from Bone and Rag worth £70. www.boneandrag.com

11. A John Paul pet shampoo set worth £30. www.johnpaulpet.com

Three runners-up will each receive: A night at Pete’s Pet Pad worth £25, a nail cut at Naughty Mutt Nice and an Alpha & Ruby Pupcake (www.alphaandruby.com)

suggested that I looked at this breed because he had one in the house where was living over there. He said they were the ideal pet to have. They are very quiet and quite obedient, although they can be a bit independent.”

Her prize included a night for two — plus dog — at the New Street hotel. Mrs French added: “To win was just fabulous and to win a night in the hotel was extra special.”

Bree won the competition’s new video category after the judges were touched by a film of her picking up litter in Mill Meadows and putting it in bins.

Matthew, a pupil at Gillotts School in Henley, said: “Down by the river we see a lot of empty water and plastic bottles and normally she would pick them up and maybe play with them.

“One day she found a water bottle and we thought that instead of us putting it in the bin we would teach her how to do it so since then we have been picking up litter together. We tell her to bin it and she does it.”

Matthew lives with his parents Carole, an office manager, and Graham Case, a window cleaner, and sister Laura, 11, who also attends Gillotts and helped shoot the video.

He takes Bree for a walk in the morning and evening, usually in the field by The Henley College or by the river. He said: “I love dogs. They are really nice and are good friends for you to have and Bree’s is one of my favourite breeds.”

Hattie, a one-year-old rescue dog, won the Tails of the Brave and Bold category.

Mrs Cowdery, 40, said: “She was six months old when we got her from Battersea dogs home. She had been found wandering the streets of Hounslow and had gone into a dog pound but hadn’t been claimed so she was sent to the home.

“When we got her she was quite bald, she had no confidence, she didn’t bark and she didn’t know how to play and was in a bit of a sorry state but now she is great.”

Mrs Cowdery said her daughter Lucy, 24, encouraged her to enter the competition, adding: “We thought that her story deserved to be told.”

Monty won the You Had Me At Woof category after Charlotte sent in a photograph of Monty jumping over a flower bed at the family’s home, Nicholas Hill Farm.

Charlotte said: “He loves jumping over things and when he decided to jump over this bush we caught it on camera. My auntie took the picture but my mum and me set it up.

“Monty has got a great personality and when you go somewhere he will jump over random things and play with every dog.”

Judge Aspen Weatherburn, who owns Naughty Mutt Nice, said the competition had grown in popularity. She said: “Each year we get more and more entries and this year has been really good again — Henley folk love their dogs. The fancy dress category was my favourite this year. People made such a huge effort and it was really lovely to see Hoshi dressed as Fox in Socks.”

The other judges were Standard editor Simon Bradshaw and Erik D’Arcy- Donnelly of the Henley Veterinary Centre.

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